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Any engagement shoot that features a fur-baby grabs my attention… I feel bad that we still haven’t had photos taken with our puppy Charlie cause she’s such an important part of our lives and it’s so nice to have them be a part of such a celebration! Winnie & Darren enjoyed a shoot earlier this year in the Northern Hemisphere spring with their photographer JULIE LIM… I’ll let the gorgeous bride to be tell you a little more… 

Darren and I both grew up in between Baltimore and Washington, DC and wanted to wrap ourselves in the beauty of DC’s springtime – which is never long enough – in our engagement shoot. We spent the day with our photographer and our fur-baby Nugget visiting a few favorite locations. Fletcher’s Cove is an idyllic little boat house nestled along the Potomac River that blooms with activity every spring as tourists and locals head out onto the water. I work in DC, and two of my favorite places to visit on my after-work runs are the DC War Memorial and Constitution Gardens. While both are located in close proximity to some iconic DC sites – the Lincoln Memorial, the Washington monument, and the Korean War Memorial, to name a few – neither seem to receive the same attention that the other monuments get, in part because both are ever so slightly tucked away. Our wedding will take place at the George Peabody Library in Baltimore next year, so this was a wonderful way to pay homage to one of our two ‘home’ cities.

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If you’re anything like me this vibrant shoot in Byron Bay, Australia will have you booking a ticket and winging your way to the tropics!! The ladies from LIFE IN BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY worked on this beauty with SUNSHINE & CONFETTI who not only planned and styled it, but created the sweet stationery suite for it too. WHITE IVY DESIGN put together some gorgeous florals in an array of vibrant colours that scream summer. Wearing a gown by Australian designer LISA GOWING and a headpiece by SHUT THE FRONT DOOR, the model has a very natural and relaxed style by ELINA VALTTILA. All in all, utterly gorgeous!   

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Photography LIFE IN BLOOM PHOTOGRAPHY / Planning, styling & stationery SUNSHINE & CONFETTI / Gowns LISA GOWING / Flowers WHITE IVY DESIGN / Hair & Makeup ELINA VALTTILA / Cake SWEET OBSESSIONS / Armband & Anklets FOREVER SOLES / Headpiece SHUT THE FRONT DOOR / Cake Table VAST INTERIOR / Venue GURRAGAWEE / Model CHRISTINA MCPHERSON

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I did a merry little dance when this gem of a shoot by CHARLA STOREY hit my inbox earlier this year and of course just had to feature it in MAGNOLIA ROUGE MAGAZINE. It’s abundant in ornate details, soft touches paired with bold jewel tones and lush, textured florals. With styling by GRIT & GOLD and stunning florals by SWEET MAGNOLIA it has an old world feel set in the midst of European gardens. The starting point was a beautiful tablescape complete with raw materials such as wood, muslin and terracotta accents. Incorporated into this were family style foods, cheeses, and wine. All design elements such as the cake setup are in unison with the terrain of the rugged landscape. Extraordinary details also include beautiful hand-made invitations, a wood cheeseboard scripted menu and of course how can you miss Mimi, the sweetest little donkey!

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Photography CHARLA STOREY / Design & Styling GRIT & GOLD / Cake BLUE NOTE BAKERY / Florals SWEET MAGNOLIA FLORAL / Gown BHLDN / Mimi the Donkey SASSAFRASS RANCH / Stationery & Calligraphy STATIONERY BAKERY / Venue LE SAN MICHELE / Veil STANLEY KORSHAK BRIDAL / Jewellery ELIZA PAGE JEWELRY / Hair & Make-up KISS BY KATIE / Rentals, China, Flatware and Glassware LOOT VINTAGE / Catering CATERING WITH A TWIST
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