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Soft Spring Inspiration Palette with Eric Kelley + Joy Thigpen at Early Mountain Vineyards

04.17.2014 — Hair, Make-up, Weddings

I love the contrast of soft whites and greens, with dark shadows and touch of romance. This was such a wonderful time with Eric and Joy at Early Mountain. Joy was incredible, and last minute (it was bridal market), she sewed together this amazing lace top just for this girl. Such a dream! Hope you enjoy!

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Photography: Eric Kelley // Venue: Early Mountain Vineyard // Skirt: Lanvin // Top: custom made by Joy Thigpen// Flowers: Joy Thigpen // Rentals: Festive Fare // Hair and make-up: Lora Kelley // Paper Suite: Black Bird Press + Holly Hollon // Jewels: Tiffany + Co // Flowers: Fifty Flowers // Cake: Maggie Austin

Our Family Session with Elizabeth Messina

04.15.2014 — personal, Travel

Last October, I had the immense pleasure of meeting Elizabeth Messina – if you haven’t seen her work, go now and be fulfilled! It was probably the highlight of my year. Della was born in February in 2013, and when she was born, we both became ill. Della was in the NICU for 2 weeks recovering from infectious pneumonia and meningitis. It was pretty traumatic for all of us, trying to figure out how to balance caring for her, me post-labor and recovering from being sick and completely out of it, and also to be with our son, Henry and care for him.

I think, in some ways, we’re still thinking through our response to all of that, how to be effected but not overcome – how to incorporate it in to the fabric of our story but not let it be the story. How to talk about it without being too intense but not void of emotion. It’s complicated. But in the wake of all of that, I was determined to have some family portraits done, and I really wanted Elizabeth to do them. She is a wife and a mother of 3 beautiful children, and she works for herself.

The day that we spent with her was a complete gift to me and to our family. Without being maudlin, the day met us where we were in our life, coming out of the craziness of the year with Della, transitioning to 2 children, working and trying to figure out all of the things that go along with being married, having children and working for oneself. We left full, encouraged, hopeful and feeling loved. I’ve taken so long to share these images.. because they felt so precious to me; sometimes with a gift, it’s hard to share. Hope you enjoy them.

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Such special thanks to Petite Bebe in Charlottesville for all of the adorable clothing for Henry and Della. Jewelry by Bissell and Blaise and Cat Bird NYC.

 

In Morocco This Week with Pearl and Godiva + Jen Huang

04.05.2014 — Business, Destination Weddings, Travel

Ladies!!

So excited to say that I’m headed out this week to Morocco to do hair and make-up for a workshop with Pearl and Godiva and Jen Huang… can’t wait to share images!

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In the meantime, don’t miss my favorite spring things..

The best self-tanners

Spring make-up tutorial

Travel Essentials 

Some other fun links:

So you’ve heard about oil pulling… here’s some even-handed thoughts from around the web - here, here, and here…

Pillow case frenzy…

The best natural make-up

Simple day time smokey eye…

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