One of the most unique parts of the minimal modern wedding inspiration shoot we produced involved Honey and Hive creations. We created of a scene involving our couple making a pie crust together rather than having a traditional sand ceremony, or candle lighting. We love those traditions.  But we wanted to create a new tradition that fit the unique creativity and theme of our ideal couple and our shoot. We wanted to present them doing something unique to their modern minimal wedding in a bakery, but also working together to accomplish a complicated task- their first as husband and wife.

So when Amanda found Honey and Hive Creations, it was the perfect addition.  Rachelowner of Honey and Hive shares our ideals of being united through good food, beautiful histories of love, and elegant and simple presentation. On her website, she shares these words, “Honey & Hive Creations is dedicated to blending the arts of cooking and storytelling. Our passion is people (and making the perfect pie.) We love to cook, we value our histories, we’re always looking for an excuse to host, and we share recipes.” This is what the South is about, right? This is one of the things we wanted to highlight in our shoot, and it was the one idea that we kept coming back to over and over as we mulled our options in the planning phase.

We had our models, Camellia and Charlie, unwrap the book and use it in their scene. I love the kraft and jute wrapping and the mixing spoon. It’s so natural and simple.

 

Honey and Hive Creations

I really loved the beautiful sentiment Rachel included on the back of the cook book.

I love most the community aspect of this cookbook. All your friends contribute a recipe, and Rachel takes over from there, designing and planning and the final product is stunning. When we marry, we take on the responsibility of nurturing love, and passing that love on through the generations. And this cookbook is a true heirloom, a perfect vehicle for owning that responsibility of nurturing love and relationships.

Rachel, I can’t thank you enough for graciously bringing Honey and Hive Creations to this shoot. You added value and meaning to it, and I’m so thankful Amanda searched you out and made you part of this work.

You can arrange for your own heirloom cookbook here. Pricing Starts at $150.

Cookbook: HOney and Hive Creations

Design and Planning: Simple Day

Venue: The Table Farm Bakery

Models: Camellia Jade and Charles Spivey

Photography: One Crazy Love

Bridal Apron Messy Messy Me

Baking Table details: Gryphon Acquisitions 

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Erin and Jared’s Matthews House wedding was a day filled with love and family. The day dawned bright and early at Raleigh Universal Unitarian Church where Erin and her bridesmaids were assembling bouquets and boutonnieres and having their hair and makeup done by Bella Trio.  As the day progressed and more family arrived, the love shown for everyone in the room was palpable. It was the gathering of families anyone could ask for. I loved meeting Erin and Jared’s family. They were a dream to work with. So kind, so accomodating, so appreciative of each and every vendor at the wedding. I adore families like that.

Raleigh Universal Unitarian Fellowship

Raleigh Universal Unitarian Fellowship is a one of the most beautiful places I can think of for a wedding. It’s beautiful modern architecture, classic wood paneling and open windows create this amazing airy atmosphere that I love. THe hanging pendant lights give the room depth, and a sense of focus. The paneled backdrop draws the eye right up to the ceremony spot, and it’s easy to see how how anyone could want to be married here. It’s a beautiful, inspiring place to begin a new part of your life.

The Matthews House Wedding Reception

After the ceremony and receiving line, we departed the church for Erin and Jared’s Matthews House wedding reception in downtown Cary. The Matthews House is a beautiful spot right off of Chatham street that anchors the west end of downtown. With intimate gardens and lawns and dedicated reception space, the Matthews house is the perfect place for a southern wedding reception. Erin and Jared had an AMAZING spotify play list to dance the night away with, and Canon Catering served up an amazing buffet of southern classic food. Their Matthews House wedding reception was definitely one to remember.

 

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Venue: Raleigh Universal Unitarian Fellowship

The Matthews House, Cary, NC

Photography: One Crazy Love

Hair and Make Up: Bella Trio 

Bridal: Lana Addison

Groomswear: Mens Warehouse

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Today I’m excited to share 4 suggestions for beautiful bridal prep images is a clean bright space. Here’s a few easy ways to achieve the clean classic look you want in in your bridal prep and dressing images. As an added bonus, the same is true for groomsmen pictures. 4 suggestions for beautiful bridal prep images

 

  • Have all the details in one place, ready to photograph. This includes: wedding dress, Bridesmaid dress, any other dresses (Flower girl, mother of the bride. etc), Shoes, rings (engagement, bride and grooms bands), other jewelry, ceremony program, invitation, any heirlooms that will be part of the wedding. If the bouquets are ready, we’ll do that then as well. My second and I usually pick a spot on a chair near a window, or simply on a beautiful wood floor to photograph details.
  • In the room where you’re getting ready and where the bride is dressing, try to keep things as picked up as possible. Clothes, shoes, undergarments, make up bags not belonging to the Hair and Makeup artists etc, should be in bags, and the bags kept as much out of the way as possible, in closets, or another room so people don’t trip and so they won’t be in portraits when the bride is putting on her dress. Counter tops and beds being clear also contributes to great clean images. Empty cups, cans, plates, utensils, etc should be kept in one place during hair and makeup, then cleared away when it’s time to dress. Believe it or not, things get scattered easily on the day of the wedding, and making sure everyone stays picked up actually makes the day flow more smoothly. It’s worth it to gently remind your ladies to make sure they can keep their stuff together and in an out of the way place.

  • Natural light sources should not be blocked. Blinds and curtains should be open, lights should be off, unless the room is dark, etc.
  • Electronics: I make an effort to shoot around large electronics such as TV, stereo systems, etc. But I usually suggest to couples that if there’s something you might not want in the prep images, feel free to move it.

 

 

Using these 4 suggestions for beautiful bridal prep images is part of getting beautiful images. Another large part is making sure that your photographer knows how to present images both in their natural setting and also by themselves. It may not seem like it at the time, but one day you might look back through your images, hoping for a glimpse of your bouquet, and it will bring you joy. I know my images of details do. I love them. I’m so glad I have them and you will too!

 

Happy Planning~ Charity

 

Linkage:

Venue: Villa De L’Amour

Dress: Marie’s Bridal Shop

Flowers: Amor FLowers and Decor

Photography: One Crazy Love

 

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Every so often I get an email from a couple, and they’ve attached some images they found on Pinterest. I LOVE these sorts of images and receiving these emails. It’s a beautiful sign that a couple is really excited for their session. The photos are beautifully authentic, people laughing, talking, showing clear, genuine real emotion. So today, I wanted to share 3 easy ways to encourage authentic photos in your session. So without further ado, here they are:

3 easy ways to encourage authentic photos

 

First, talk to each other. Talk about your favorite memory together, the moment you met, and your initial thoughts about each other. When I ask a couple to talk about these things in a session, the result is something that falls somewhere between elation and embarrassment, but no matter how it starts, it ends in laughter and connection. That’s what I look for, that’s what I love and what I’m always so thrilled to see.

3 easy ways to encourage authentic photos

Next, be playful! A lot of photographers like to use the “Walk toward me” prompt. I do it, and it’s beautiful. But while you’re walking and holding hands, maybe pull apart a little, have some playful tension where you pull on each others hands and spread apart, or see just how close you can walk together without looking awkward.

3 easy ways to encourage authentic photos

Finally, when you’re in a pose a photographer sets up for you, say, maybe you’re facing each other and holding hands, try having a conversation that consists of just one word, like spatula. Use voice inflections, or just say it over and over in between kisses until you laugh.

3 easy ways to encourage authentic photos

The thing I love most about these 3 easy easy ways to encourage authentic photos is that you can use them independently of your photographer.  There’s a lot of room for interpretation, and talking and laughing create beautiful light hearted images. And beautiful light hearted images are always unique to you, your own love story, and your life. When you look back on them, you’ll remember some of the things you talked about, and the emotions you felt while taking those pictures.

 

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The Palo Alto Plantation makes me think of this quote I read somewhere that said that a house isn’t a home until there’s been a birth, a wedding in it. Countless families have lived and loved at the Palo Alto. It’s a house that’s seen a lot of history, both good and bad.  There’s been joy, sadness, and hope in the house. And now in this new phase of the Palo Alto Plantation’s life, there’s weddings and love. Tons of Love.

The Palo Alto Plantation in Maysville, NC,  embraces these ideas. The Team at Dream Makers Wedding Estates brought the Palo Alto back from a worn out tired state and breathed into it new life. Stephanie and her team created a space that honors the history of this place  while bringing it into a new place and time. I think it has to be one of the most satisfying jobs to be honest. To walk into a tired old property, one filled to brim with other stories, and to see the new stories that this place can launch. Countless marriages, laughs, tears, all happy, all joyful. It’s beautiful new time for this space.

One of the things I love personally about the Palo Alto Plantation is the beautiful job of restoration. I especially love the floors. When you walk in they’re the one of the first things I noticed and I asked Taylor if they were going to be refinished and she said, No. This this their natural look and that’s how they’ll stay.” I loved the floors, the original bricks in the hearth, the way the rooms all had these lines, built for airflow, but lead from one space into another. It makes my heart skip a beat, people. It was almost too much for me.

I’m looking forward to going back to the Palo Alto to photograph a beautiful coastal North Carolina wedding some day.

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Venue: The Palo Alto Plantation/ Dream Makers Wedding Estates

Hair and Make Up: Silver Ceiling Beauty consultants

Dress: Eve of Milady found in The Wedding Dress Shoppe, Wilmington NC

Photography: One Crazy Love

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