This year, Brian and I had the privilege of hosting Thanksgiving for the Powell family! This was something I had wanted to be able to do for a long time, but we’ve never really had the kitchen space to accommodate all the cooks. This year, the family decided to keep things minimal as Brian’s mother continues with chemotherapy, and as just about every household was in the midst of busy seasons of life. So it finally worked out that our home was the place to host Thanksgiving!
Even though we were keeping food dishes simple, I knew I wanted to set a lovely table for everyone. If you don’t know, table settings are a bit of a big deal in my family (the Reynolds family), and my mom even owns her own business renting out vintage china for events! My mother graciously let me borrow some mix-and-match white plates and napkins from her “bridal” collection. I used simple, cheap, gold chargers from Hobby Lobby instead of place-mats, and our existing silverware. And for the centerpiece, I just used an assortment of different-sized square and rectangular vases with floating candles along with these funky, mod gold teal-light holders from, of all places, Wal Mart!
And of course, I had to throw in a little eucalyptus garland for a pop of color, also from Hobby Lobby. I love the look of eucalyptus, but unfortunately, we cannot have real eucalyptus in the house as it can be a trigger for Avonlea’s seizures! Crazy, right?
Lastly, our house has a sweet, arched opening from the living room into the dining room, which we adorned with a lush greenery garland (from, you guessed it, Hobby Lobby). I loved looking in at the dining room table through that archway!
Of course a lot of things went awry, as they tend to do on major family holidays. The napkins never got pressed before they were folded, we forgot to get out the wine-glasses until after we were already loading our plates up with food, and I completely conked out and fell asleep about 17 minutes after dinner was over, because I’d stayed up so late the night before, cleaning! Lesson learned from my first time hosting Thanksgiving: clean earlier in the week to spare my energy to enjoy more time with family on the actual holiday 😉 Start placing your bets now as to whether or not I’ll actually do it!
Enjoy a few of our favorite photos of our Thanksgiving table!
So excited to get to show off Sweet Caroline’s lovely bridal portraits on the blog today! This gorgeous girl is married, which means we can finally reveal her bridal look to the world. I knew right off the bat when I met Caroline that her classic taste would lead to a beautiful, timeless gown and a stunning location for her portraits… and she did not disappoint! We photographed Caroline’s bridals at the Duke Mansion in Charlotte, a venue Caroline had considered for her wedding. She loved the black-and-white marble floor, the colonial trim on the walls, and the white, bridal aesthetic of this historic home. It was the perfect backdrop for her satin, A-line gown and lace topper. The house and its gardens were absolutely lovely at sunset and Caroline glowed for these portraits. Perfect hair and makeup by Emily Paige and bouquet by Carey Roberts Design Co. certainly didn’t hurt either! We had fun taking them and we can’t wait to show off her equally beautiful wedding images soon. Enjoy a few of our favorites from Caroline’s bridal session!
I had the absolute honor in June of photographing the beautiful wedding day of such a sweet friend! Sarah and I met almost a decade ago in college, working at our silly little tanning salon job! As a talented artist, Sarah did my wedding day makeup and she’s dolled up several of my brides since Brian and I started this business. Throughout the highs and lows of the last several years, Sarah has never wavered in her faith that God is in control and the He had the perfect husband waiting for her. Her wedding day to Peter, her Prince Charming, was simply one of the purest, intimately beautiful and love-filled days I’ve had the pleasure of photographing. I couldn’t help but beam with happiness for this darling girl all day long. I’m so thrilled that Peter and Sarah have found each other and are now settled in as husband and wife. Enjoy a few of our favorites from Peter and Sarah’s wedding day!