Tuesday, December 10, 2013

catherine and mike {engagement session}

I suppose you could say that Catherine and Mike's relationship was 'in the numbers...'

This adorable pair met at Wake Forest while both obtaining their degree in accounting. I love a good excel sheet too, so who can blame em?

Catherine and Mike are set to marry next June at Foundation for the Carolinas. We have been planning and designing, and boy is this going to be a gorgeous wedding! Mike's family owns a printing and signage company, so helllllloooooo custom signage {gah, I can't wait!}!

Please enjoy some photos from their recent engagement session taken by Caroline Howard of Caroline Ro Photography.

with love.

Monday, December 2, 2013

holiday card shoot {with lauren rosenau photography}

It felt like forever ago when I marked 'think of a holiday card' on a random September date in my calendar last year. After receiving yet another thoughtful holiday card last season {and not having one to send out myself}, I decided that in 2013, I too, was going to send a thoughtful card from Favor Me Events.

Like anything, it started with an idea. Editorial. Glam. Old Hollywood. Yet holiday. Hmm. I did a quick check of Pinterest and came across this photo. Yep, that was it! My inspiration.

That same day I texted the photo to my friend and photographer, Lauren Rosenau just to get her thoughts on my holiday card inspiration. She responded with a question. "When are we shooting this?"

Less than a month later we shot my holiday card and even though I have had the photos for weeks now, they still make me happy.

So, here it is! My very own thoughtful holiday card for 2013 {front and back}...


Choosing only two photos to use for the card was near impossible. So, please enjoy a few more shots from the shoot...





I think it is easy to take for granted the industry that I am in and the immense talent here in Charlotte. I have endless talent at my fingertips, yet I am seriously always amazed by them as well as their generosity...

To Gina at the Duke Mansion, thank you so much for allowing us to take over the solarium for a few hours and make it a winter wonderland in the process.

To CJ at JMajors, thank you for allowing me to play dress up and choose the perfect dress for the shoot. 

To Erin from Erin Ashley Makeup and Rebekah McCann, thank you for making this girl look {and feel} beautiful. I said that I wanted 'big hair,' and you totally came through!

To Melanie from New Creation Flower Company, thank you so much for allowing me to borrow your sweet little Christmas tree {as well putting it together for me}!

To Carrie from Pink Toast Ink, thank you for putting up with me and my 'fonts'! 

To Lauren from Lauren Rosenau Photography, words can not express how thankful I am to have had you a part of this shoot. Your talent amazes me.

Happy Holidays, friends and Cheers to 2014!

with love.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

lori and brandon {tie the knot} the mint museum uptown

We are exactly one week away from Thanksgiving and I am so ready for the holiday season to begin. This chilly weather has me craving hot cocoa and fire-side chats...

I can't believe that Lori and Brandon's wedding was over a month ago {and actually my last wedding of the 2013 season}.

Lori and Brandon were married on October 12th at The Belk Chapel with dinner and dancing at The Mint Museum Uptown. I don't think that Lori left the dance floor that night.

Lori truly outdid herself with all sorts of personal touches {she hand painted each and every one of her invites. Yep. Each and every one.} Not to mention the backdrop behind the sweetheart table, the escort cards, runners for the table {and this is just the tip of the iceberg}.  I am not normally an advocate for DIY for your wedding day, but I would consider this 'DIY done right.'

Please enjoy some photos by Jenna from Red White and Green Photography. Is it just me or do the 'getting ready' photos look like they were taken on a balcony somewhere in Paris? {They weren't. That would be the Dunhill Hotel, in case you were wondering!}

Thank you to the vendors that helped to make this night a success!

Ceremony Site: The Belk Chapel
Transportation: Sunway Charters

Lori and Brandon, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your planning process. You certainly helped wrap up my 2013 wedding season in style {and with a bang!}

with love.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

lauren and justin {tie the knot} the duke mansion

Each year it seems like there is one venue that I frequent. This year, it was hands down The Duke Mansion. Not that I am complaining, the space is absolutely gorgeous and the staff is fantastic to work with {shout out to my girl, Gina Bailey!}

Wrapping up my 'year of the Duke' was Lauren and Justin's wedding on October 5th. You may remember this sweet couple from here.

Lauren and Justin share a love for dessert, so it was no surprise when they decided to incorporate sweets throughout their reception, including custom made bon-bons and a visit from Ben and Jerry's.  

Justin's partner in his law firm performed the ceremony which made it extremely personal and left not a dry eye.

Please enjoy some photos taken by the super sweet, and equally as talented, Dan and Candice Lanning of The Beautiful Mess.

Thank you to the vendors that made this day extra special!

Photographer: The Beautiful Mess
Videographer: Landon James Video
Florist: The Bloom Room
Draping: Sterling by Design
Vintage Rentals: Vintage Charlotte
Stationery: Pink Toast, Inc.
Cake: Cake Lady Jill
Ice Cream Buffet: Ben and Jerry's
Hair and Makeup: Who's the Fairest

Lauren and Justin, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your day. I wish you a lifetime love, happiness and amazing desserts!

with love.