I was so fortunate to take some portraits of the Copp family a couple weekends ago, on a gorgeous November afternoon at Green Hill Winery. The venue was absolutely beautiful and we picked the perfect day to catch Virginia’s fall foliage in its prime! This family is full of warmth, silliness, and fun, which was such a pleasure to photograph.
I consider myself incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to create art with a wonderful group this spring. My sister, Natalie, and I were asked to model gorgeous and unique gowns designed by Sweet Caroline Styles, based out of Philadelphia, at Assateague Island. Natalie and I visited these beaches – home to roaming wild horses – while growing up, so the location holds a special place in our hearts. Even though we didn’t encounter any of the horses, our day was full of creativity, adventure, and mystical weather changes that pulled everything together.
This February, Claire Duran of Claire Duran Weddings & Events invited me to collaborate on a traditional and elegant bridal inspiration shoot. I was super excited to work with her and Elizabeth Fogarty for the first time on a frigid day in February. Despite the biting cold, the three of us had a lot of fun capturing the gorgeous details of a beaded vintage Gossamer dress, whimsical bouquet by Petals by the Shore, and the elegant braided twist that Melissa artfully created with my hair. Tiffany gave me a neutral pout and delicately lined eyes to complete the look. Liz captured everything beautifully against the majestic marble columns of the Jefferson Memorial – even the magical sun flare at golden hour – and photos were featured on Cottage Hill Magazine in April.
Last summer I participated in a fun styled shoot at the historic Oatlands property in Virginia with some very talented vendors, and our work was featured on Magnolia Rouge in March! It was a fairly hot day, but Lissa Ryan Photography beautifully captured all of the intricate details of the vintage crown, veil, and gorgeous gown from Gossamer.
The perfect mix of floral colors and textures arranged by Succulents and Saffron highlighted the bright purple hues of the garden, and my classic hair and makeup by Phenomenal Faces and Georgetown Bride created a delicate look for our ethereal bridal shoot.
photography: lissa ryan photography | venue: oatlands historic house and gardens | floral design: succulents & saffron | styling, vintage gown, veil and wax flower crown: shop gossamer | hair:georgetown bride | makeup: phenomenal faces | film scans: the find lab | featured on magnolia rouge
I’ve had my eye on a company called The Mrs. Box, who’s dainty velvet ring boxes frequently grace the Instagram and blog feeds of photographers, designers, and bride-to-be’s alike. They recently released their fall collection and I procured two of their new beautiful colors – The Nouvelle and The Scarlett – for two beautiful belles. The boxes themselves are small and light, perfect for housing a delicate engagement ring in it’s time off of a finger. They are handmade with unique limited edition velvet colors and are the ideal match for your most treasured baubles.
I was able to shoot an engagement session for the very first time with my friends Sam and Kyle a few weeks ago. Kyle proposed to Sam in May at Delaplane Cellars – a winery in Virginia – so they wanted to recreate their special moment for their photographs. Bryan joined me on the adventure, and we all met on an uncharacteristically cool day in August for a picnic and a little wine. Sam and Kyle are not the pose-y type, so we kept it casual and fun with a lot of jokes and laughter. It was a perfect afternoon!
My dear friend and colleague, Jen, asked me to photograph her best friend Dara’s baby shower at the end of August. I have been welcoming every opportunity to work on my photography skills , so I was incredibly excited to capture the sweet details of this jungle-themed shower and portraits of the mom-to-be, her friends, and family.
I discovered last week that it is incredibly easy and fun to create the sweetest little bachelorette party hangover boxes. Marci, the MOH for Chelsea’s September wedding, and I wanted to collaborate on decorating and filling simple white take-away boxes for each bachelorette party attendee to have during our weekend in Charleston, SC. I am not a professional calligrapher by any means, but I am pretty darn good at replicating, it seems.
After studying the work of a few pro’s, I mustered enough courage to put my pretty gold pen to paper. I wrote everyone’s name in my “faux calligraphy” and then jazzed up the boxes a little bit more with some delicate pink and purple watercolor flowers. Marci took care of the excellent – and much needed – fillings with mini Advil packs, mints, granola, and snacks to help revive us the morning after a lively night out. It was the perfect combination of cures to have on-hand!
If you’ve been looking for the perfect whimsical wedding hair style and the person to do it, look no further. Paige Clifton of PSC Hair Artistry transformed my long locks into a sweet spirally up do, suited for a lovely crown of red roses, for a styled shoot at the beginning of March. Paige is based out of Annapolis, Maryland, and is launching her website on May 1, 2015!
In the meantime, you can check out her artful handiwork on Instagram @pschairartistry. Her beautiful hair designs were also recently featured in a Buzz Feed article, 8 Must-Have Looks for the 2015 Bride. I would say “I do” to any of these looks!
Photography by CJK Visuals
It has happened – I finally have my dream work space! No more wishing, wanting, and longing for the perfect place to dream, think, doodle, and be creative. I may even delete my “Dream Workspace” board on Pinterest. (OK, let’s not get too crazy…). The space speaks for itself, but there are a couple of things that I want to highlight.
My amazing friend Heather Mae, in addition to being a musician and fellow style blogger, refurbishes furniture and creates memo boards on her Etsy shop, ALittleLoved. She created a gold memo board for me with chalkboard panes and fabric panes for pinning my favorite notes and clippings. I love me some Pinterest, but there’s something irreplaceably gratifying about pinning things to a physical board.
Shelves were also an important piece of my workspace, so a little trip to Ikea and some gold spray paint did the trick. If you’re thinking about redoing your workspace, it doesn’t take much to give it a little uplift, and a little lift makes all the difference.