Psalm 19:1 // The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands.
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Earlier this summer, I received the sweetest email from Savannah, a new wedding planner in the area. She gushed to me about an editorial she was planning under the company she was soon to be launching.
Savannah studied hospitality and event planning at UF (go Gators!) before accepting a full-time position with an event design group that had offices in DC and on the Central Coast of California. After a year, she decided to get out of planning because she wanted her weekends back, however, she couldn’t shake her love for weddings. Next, she ended up working for WeddingWire and the Knot for two years! COVID brought Savannah back to her family’s farm and allowed her the space in her schedule to assist a family friend with her wedding day! This also resulted in Savannah pursuing the desires of her heart and moving forward with finally opening her own planning company.
As part of her debut, Savannah designed an editorial that focused on pink florals with bright, green tones coming through from the vintage goblets and flatware. The reception table was styled under a tall oak tree where the Spanish moss hung down, almost touching the table. So romantic. French chairs were styled around the whitewashed farmhouse table. The real MVP of this shoot was the property, with those rolling hills and big oak trees dripping with spanish moss. Can you believe that Savannah’s parents get to live there?! So beautiful. Keep scrolling to see all the pretty that Savannah designed.
What was your design inspiration for this shoot? I built the whole design around the plates, actually! As I was starting to dream up a vendor team, I had an idea of what I wanted on the table, but couldn’t seem to find the right fit. Out of curiosity, I hopped onto Casa de Perrin’s website because it’s hard to beat their quality and variety. I saw their Royal Crown Derby line on there and couldn’t shake it… ended up piecing together the full tablescape based on their inventory, all to realize a few hours in that they don’t ship for styled shoots. “Never hurts to ask,” I thought, and I’m so glad I did. Their team was an absolute dream to work with and the pieces they shipped over were simply stunning.
For this look, I wanted something light, airy, simple, and romantic. I knew that I wanted it to have a bit of a Southern feel and that I wanted to shoot the table under this beautiful oak tree on my family’s farm. I lean into pops of color with the flatware (which I am beyond obsessed with!) and the green goblets.
What was the inspiration behind the colors and the textures you selected? The plates and flatware definitely drove the decisions on color. I initially didn’t want anything too bright or too pink, so the muted blush from the plates was perfectly pulled into the florals and taper candles.
The flatware that was styled with this was actually going to be used for a different look, but I realized a pop of color wouldn’t hurt this table. The pop of color came from the mismatched depression glass goblets. I styled all of this on a whitewashed table so that the colors would pop even more. It completely changed the original look I was going for with the design, but I’m so pleased with the result.
As far as texture goes, I am all about including as much as possible. We added a runner to soften the table and give it a more airy look, but the real star of the show here is Jenna’s floral runner! She added baby’s breath (anyone else loving that baby’s breath is making a comeback right now?), and it flawlessly elevated these arrangements–that was all her genius, nothing I mentioned. I love that it added a ton of texture while not overshadowing the blooms placed around it.
What was your favorite detail from the shoot? I feel like I’ve mentioned the flatware so many times, but I really loved it so much! Outside of that, I’d have to say the location. This shoot took place on the farm where I grew up. It meant a lot to me for my first styled shoot, under my own brand, to be held in a location that is so special to me.
Were there anything unique or funny stories from the planning process/or the day? Oh, goodness! There are a few. First and foremost, planning anything in the midst of a global pandemic is going to be anxiety-inducing. The week before the shoot, our model couple tested positive for COVID. This sent us scramblings as we had already ordered their attire. Ericka from OML Bridal told me that we didn’t need to worry that she would dress whoever we found to fill the spot. My cousin, Blake (who was styling hair for the shoot) graciously agreed to model for us, and it was beyond perfect. (the original couple are absolutely fine and they are healthy) A few days later, Ingrid was exposed to someone who had a fever. Luckily, she was absolutely fine and tested negative, but that was a scare as we didn’t know if Ingrid was going to get to shoot.
After all the COVID scares, we made it to the day-of only to check the weather and see that there were thunderstorms in the forecast all day long. We thankfully ended up getting to shoot the table before a total downpour drenched everything.
What an honor to partner with Savannah’s first project. If you’re planning a wedding in North Florida, you should really consider having Shindig Co graciously offer a hand with her generous southern hospitality and her professional expertise.
There was a LOT of celebrating this month. Birthdays, babies, and GRADUATION. I have waited for this month for four long years! Wayne graduated with his Doctorate of Physical Therapy and just like that… school is over (forever). I am so thankful we have finally reached the end of this season, even if it may have felt like we were crawling to the finish line. It is DONE.
On top of Wayne’s graduation, I had a lot going on with work! This fall season began with a few passion projects, graduation sessions, family sessions, and an elopement. Pretty strong start!
I even got to try out a new mirrorless camera that I may be switching to! After trying it out with a recent couple, I practiced on Tori and the kiddos. I also got in front of the camera for a few shots and I am in LOVE.
My friend Emily celebrated her birthday this month and I coordinated a little dinner date together through Facetime! I was actually pretty proud of myself. I secretly got her Chipotle order, which was a challenge because I didn’t have her husband’s phone number. I found him on the only social network he’s on… LinkedIn! Through his help, I was able to coordinate for Uber Eats to deliver at the same time I would have my Chipotle (SF – Gainesville time). We caught up about all of the recent details of our lives and even talked upcoming Bachelor spoilers (we watched Bachelor when I celebrated my birthday with her in SF). Such a fun surprise and sweet quality time.
Tori and I continued to meet up for 6a breakfast and coffee. Lots of tearful conversations and heart to hearts before the sun was up!
I got to photograph an old client’s newest milestone. From engagement to baby’s first birthday!
A little COVID-style baby shower celebrating the upcoming arrival of a really special boy! Like many others, our first-time-parent friends, Dave and Ashley, have had to alter their plans (and expectations) a lot this season. While helping plan for their baby shower, it was important to honor and protect the parents and guests by coordinating a safe shower. While it took a little more creativity to make things safer during a pandemic, I genuinely think it was a success and our friends felt so loved! Here are some tips that worked for us:
1.) Plan for a small gathering. This shower was just for grandparents/siblings/us (Carneys). This shower had 12 adults. They had a drive-by shower for other guests to visit after our shower. Friends were allowed to drive by within a 2-hour block after the family shower. 2.) Plan for everyone being masked, including family. 3.) Have the baby shower gathering outside. Our friends bought a tent and set it up in the driveway. Tables that seated four guests were placed 6′ apart and were grouped by family. It was PERFECT and made a front lawn party feel more elevated. 4.) Catered food can be professionally prepared and handled safely. I was the server and wore gloves as the family members came up by the table. They had individual drinks for each of us. 5.) Have hand sanitizers out in different areas. 6.) Pass out individually packaged cupcakes. 7.) Set up a station for drive-by guests. One station to drop off gifts and another station for guests to chat with you, while everyone being masked. We made a little outdoor seating area with chairs 6′ apart so that they would be able to say more than a “hello.” Seating was sanitized between guests. 8.) Allow guests to go inside for some AC time (or just do what Wayne did and fan me with a big leaf, see below). 9.) If you want group pictures, plan ahead. This was one thing we didn’t plan ahead for! We attempted for a socially distant picture without masks, while holding our breath. 10.) Do your best and try your best. Any method will be criticized or could be better. The important thing is that you try your best and respect other people’s boundaries and efforts. Being critical isn’t as cute as being kind.
We are so happy for them! I genuinely feel like this way allowed them to give full attention to their drive-by friends, without compromising full attention to their family, since one was before the other.
The celebration continued with an early morning maternity session! I love watching these two get giddy for their boy. That’s the best way to describe them… genuinely GIDDY.
Media meetings + boba tea to get us out of the house.
Wayne had his LAST PRACTICAL FOR SCHOOL… EVER! He performed it over Zoom in our back room with my brother Alex as his patient.
Our baby girl turned ONE! Our little family celebrated her by eating cupcakes together. I think Selah enjoyed hers a little too much, as she tried swallowing it whole. A new milestone for her was saying I love you! We heard it clear as day, but she tends to only say it to Tori now.
In an attempt to add a routine/schedule for Ethan’s day and keep him stimulated, Ethan started Pre-K… at home! He is learning about caterpillars and butterflies, upper and lowercase letters, Spanish and simple adding. It’s about an hour and a half every day and he absolutely LOVES “school time.” It’s also been great to watch how his mind works and how proud he gets of himself when he says the right answers. We are learning the concept of trying again without frustration.
Photographed a few invitation suites for Ciarra Claire‘s updated portfolio. GIVE ME ALL OF THE PRETTY PAPER! Below is the process of a flat lay for me. Ethan wants to tag along. The neighborhood cat wants to tag along. Layout all of my details. Style multiple times until I find the layout that I like. Shoot it in film.
Our team was a part of a small bridal session editorial and we got to do it right in my driveway. Vendors involved were given headshots right outside of my garage! Below are some of my Gainesville faves. (left: Iron & Clay Flowers, right: Eunice Jin)
It was scorching hot and I forgot to wear sunscreen, but it was worth it!
SO grateful to have a partner on this day for the coordinating, extra hand, and emotional support! It was a long day, but so much fun together.
A few graduation sessions this month at the University of Florida!
… but nothing compares to my favorite graduation session this month at the University of St Augustine.
Wayne is done! We are done! So many times this month I reflected on the things I could have done better throughout the trials of this season, but a friend gently reminded me that while I could have done things better in some areas, the Lord was with us. The important thing to us is that we tried to do our best alongside the Lord. The guilt behind “could have been better” was washed away after that. He is enough and I’ll celebrate that… and the fact that I’m married to DR. WAYNE CARNEY!
Since Wayne’s graduation ceremony was postponed and rescheduled as a virtual, at-home ceremony, he and his classmates raised enough support to coordinate a socially-distant, in-person “unofficial” ceremony! Even some of his professors showed up and made speeches, gave out awards, and hooded the graduates. A professor mentioned that this was the best graduation ceremony they have ever attended with a graduating class. I sat in the audience overwhelmed with emotions as I realized, “I am sitting through Wayne’s graduation ceremony! We are HERE.” This day happened to fall on the same day as our proposal anniversary! Here we are, ten years after we got engaged. Praise the Lord from whom ALL blessings flow.
COULD NOT HAVE REACHED THIS POINT WITHOUT THE HELP OF THESE PEOPLE… and a few others! Our whole quarancrew was able to make it!
Wayne’s parents generously gifted our little family a room at the hotel and we lived it up with room service and much-needed (short) beach time. This was our first night away since before the pandemic!
We spent the next day being tourists in St. Augustine with Wayne’s parents. Ethan’s favorite part of the weekend was looking at all of the different reptiles at Alligator Farm. I’m not a fan of large lizards, so I’m sticking to my favorite part being the graduation ceremony.
Afterward, we headed home and had a little party for Wayne with some of our quarantine crew. We had dinner together in the backroom, Wayne sipped on his expensive celebratory bourbon, ate a homemade peanut butter dessert, and played a couple of rounds of Bang! A perfect night for him.
The very next morning we went back to the beach with the same crew and spent the entire afternoon playing games at the beach. It was one of the best beach trips I’ve had. Even though the trip was super short and we had a basic lunch, it was such quality time with quality people. That’s all that matters! Plus, I usually spend my time laying out at the beach. This was the first time I didn’t layout and spent the entire time playing games! Before leaving town, we stopped by Ritas by the beach.
The weekend ended with a dinner date with Wayne in our back room. All of Wayne’s dearest people wrote him a letter stating things they were proud of him for and encouraging him for his future. I had a fat stack of letters and made all of these elaborate plans to decorate the room and hang a bunch of memories. I wasn’t able to get any alone time in the house or complete the project I wanted to do, so it fell through and I felt so defeated.
Wayne was praying before our meal and I just started sobbing because I was so disappointed in my plans falling through. Wayne, confused, asked me what was going on and I told him all about my plans. My sweet Wayne wiped my tears, thanked ME for the weekend/last four years, and reminded me that elaborate plans don’t serve him as much as the simple gestures, so this worked out better. I handed him the stack of surprise letters and I sat there next to my husband who was overcome with emotions at the love and support for him. This was the perfect ending.
Later that week, I photographed a magical little elopement after the rain.
And the very next day, I had a playdate with Gainesville florist, Iron & Clay Flowers. She had extra florals to play around with and asked me to do a shoot with her beauties. I AM ALWAYS DOWN. Look at this color combo!
Since Wayne is done with school, his beloved skeleton, Arty, is finally gone from my office. It was always creepy looking through my office window from the street and seeing Arty stand there. Below on the left was my reaction to him moving and to the right was his departure.
A few BW selfies from the month with my favorite boy!
We are always looking for new ways to celebrate date nights during a pandemic, so we signed up for Hello Fresh. Not my favorite experience, because the food is a little simple for the price. The meat portions are TINY. Tinyyy. Regardless, it was nice to do something different together. One of the nights, Wayne came out of the room in his suit and asked me out (for another backroom date). We put on a mix we have together and cooked with our fancy clothes.
Last, but certainly not least… MY NIECE WAS BORN! After ONE HOUR OF MY SISTER LABORING, Jemma Wren Young made her appearance into the world. That day was probably the most I’ve ever Facetimed one person in one day – 7 times. I couldn’t get enough!
I love how this month marked new beginnings in a lot of areas. So much hope is found in the arrival of a new season and so much anticipation is behind the search for a new direction. May we try our best, but most importantly may we choose to do it all with the Lord’s leading and presence. Until next month!