Jo + Andrew - Ireland Destination Wedding - Part One

Dec-16-15  |  Weddings

No spring nor summer beauty hath such grace 
as I have seen in one autumnal face.  
- John Donne 
On a crisp autumn afternoon London natives, Jo and Andrew, arrived at Ballyfin Demense which is comfortably settled in the rural county of Laois, Ireland. Greeted by an awaiting staff they ascended the grand steps up to the front of the historic mansion that would soon host their most intimate and important celebrations with family and friends.  
With great thought and care, and with the inspired vision of Pearl & Godiva, Jo and Andrew masterfully orchestrated each day to create the most intimate and memorable moments with those they care for most. Pearl & Godiva effortlessly married the wild nature of Ballyfin's sprawling estate to it's grandeur and elegance. A combination that so fittingly reflected the character and style of Jo and Andrew.  
On their first day, Jo and Andrew welcomed their immediate family with a luncheon under the glass of Ballyfin's sun soaked Conservatory. That afternoon the couple collected eggs from the estate's hen house with Jo's youngest siblings before setting off on a romantic boat ride across the estate's enchanting lake.  
To officially start the festivities, Jo and her father admired a grand view of the property from a hillside Water Cascade while sharing a special bottle of Chateau Margeaux together. Later, Andrew and the rest of the family would join them for an intimate dinner in the Ballyfin House. Later, the evening was capped with fireside cocktails and fairytales in the Library.  
By the following afternoon, friends and extended family members began to trickle in from all over the world. They were shuttled up a windy dirt path to the Ballyfin Picnic House for a welcome picnic with expansive views of the valley below. Guests were treated to warm drinks and light faire as the lush Irish countryside twinkled shades of autumn amidst a foggy afternoon drizzle. Once full of cider, guests were escorted back to Ballyfin where an elegant evening of celebration was soon to take place... 
Check back next week for Part Two of this Irish Wedding Adventure. You can also find it featured in the Fall Issue of Martha Stewart Weddings Magazine which is on stands now!  
Creative Direction, Event Design & Styling: Pearl & Godiva // Venue and Catering: Ballyfin Demense, Co. Laois, Ireland // Florals: Hanako + Honey of a Thousand Flowers // Cake: BakeMyCake // Stationery: Mr. Boddinton + Day of Stationery & Calligraphy by Tara Jones // Make Up Artist: Sjaniel // Hair Stylist: Glen Cullen

Equestrian Elegance

Nov-19-15  |  Weddings

If there is one thing that I am sure of, it's that when you have the opportunity to combine your passions magic is almost sure to follow. Further, if you can collaborate with other creatives who are also inspired and passionate, it multiplies... 
I've enjoyed working with Southern Weddings for many years (you can see our previous editorials with them here and here) and when the editors called to ask if I would photograph an equestrian inspired wedding editorial I literally jumped for joy. Horses (and all animals) are one of my greatest loves and combined with Southern Weddings' vision of shooting at the picturesque Pippin Hill Farm in Charlottesville, Virginia it was truly a dream editorial for me. Easton Events flawlessly brought the elegance to equestrian with their timeless and refined vision. Working alongside all of the vendors that helped bring this editorial to life was inspiring and I'm very grateful for all of their talents and efforts. The final product is my favorite editorial for Southern Weddings to date and I'm thrilled to have it featured on the pages of their new issue, Volume 8, on stands now.  
Get your copy here.  
Design + Styling: Easton Events // Venue + Catering: Pippin Hill Farm, Charlottesville, VA // Florals, Rentals, Linens and Props: Bee Hive Events // All Paper: Pitbull and Posies // Illustration: Karina Puentes Art // Tabletop: Casa De Perrin // Cake: Buttercream Bake Shop // Hair and Makeup: Lora Kelly // Videography: Caleb Jordan Lee // Gown: Romona Keveza

Santa Barbara Seaside Wedding at Bacara Resort

Nov-06-15  |  Weddings

'She was a lot like the ocean, a lot like the wind and a lot like the stars.  
She taught me how to drown and feel things above the sky.' -R.M Drake 
On the cliffside lawn overlooking the Pacific, soul mates Brittany and Kristian exchanged vows at the beautiful Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, California. With beautiful design by Joy Proctor and a sea of white florals from Camellia Floral Design their celebration was beautifully understated and very heartfelt. You can see their full wedding and love story in the Summer/Fall 2015 Edition of Pacific Weddings magazine, on stands now.  
Design + Planning: Joy Proctor // Venue: Bacara Resort & Spa // Gown: Hayley Paige // Floral: Camellia Floral Design // Makeup: Steve Christine // Hair: Brandon Liberati // Rentals: The Tent Merchant // Linens: La tavola Linen // Lighting + Drapery: Spark Creative Events // Videography: Ink Spot Crew // Ceremony + Cocktail Music: Warren Priske Jazz Combo // Dj: Gavin Roy Presents // Cupcakes: Enjoy Cupcakes

Napa Valley Private Estate Wedding

Oct-14-15  |  Weddings

World travelers and New York City natives Elizabeth and Rhys chose the beautiful Napa Valley to host their chic destination wedding. Together with their closest family and friends they celebrated at Z Modern, a private estate situated high above the sweeping valley. You can see more of their wine country celebration featured in Issue 07 of Flutter Magazine.  
Venue: Z Modern Estate, St Helena // Wedding Planner: Laurie Arons // Floral Design: Flower Wild // Bride's Gown: Carolina Herrera // Hair and Makeup: Mimi & Taylor // Groom's Tux: Armani // Rings: Custom designed by Justin Kulchinsky for Mayfair Rocks // Printed Materials: Anticipate // Calligraphy: Curlicue Designs // Wood Place Cards: Paper Tangent // Catering: Paula LeDuc Fine Catering // Cake: Perfect Endings // Tent: Zephyr Tents // Linens: La Tavola // Lighting: Illusions Lighting Design

San Ysidro Ranch

Aug-21-15  |  Engagements, Personal
San Ysidro Ranch, Montecito California
'Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable.' 
-Mary Oliver 
See more of this San Ysidro Ranch engagement session here.

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