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Dec 2

A Bushel & A Peck


Finally! Today is the day I share my most favorite shoot ever with the loveliest imagery captured by no other than Tec Petaja. This shoot graced the cover of Southern Weddings Magazine volume 7 and I couldn’t feel more grateful for such an incredible opportunity to share my passions and do my best work. There’s a full list of talented artists below who made this editorial possible and I urge you to check out each and every one. You can also snag a copy of the beautiful magazine for yourself over here. I present to you, A Bushel and A Peck.

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One of my favorite images from the entire production. Goodness I love the South!

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Our tablescape was set up in a perfectly appropriate peach tree orchard deep in the heart of North Carolina.

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Using foraged peach tree branches throughout the centerpieces made for some pretty awesome florals! Together with the various types of dahlias, garden roses and sweetheart roses, the arrangements were some of my favorite this season. Oversized, lush, textural and very very lovely. I also loved the chambray napkins that were embroidered with each ‘guest’s’ monogram meant to serve double duty as a take home favor.

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How peachy right? Happy Tuesday everyone! Oh and read this today too :)

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Photographer: Tec Petaja / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab / Florals and Styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Wholesale Flowers: Florabundance / Bouquet Ribbons: Sara Kate Studios and Frou Frou Chic / Hair Styling: Kate Bryan / Makeup Artist: Makeup For Your Day / Venue: Fearrington Village and Auman’s Orchard / Food: Fresh.Local.Good Food Group / Paper Goods: Lucky Luxe / Calligraphy: Holland Wilson / Ceremony Programs and Custom Backdrop Art: Momental Designs / Bride’s Gown: “Aspen” by Anne Barge Blue WIllow / Bridesmaid Dresses: Amsale / Groom’s Suite: Jos. A. Bank / Groom’s Bow Tie: Mrs. Bow Tie / Chambray Napkins: Bloom Textile Co. / Napkin Embroidery: Gramercy Fine Linens / Fiddle Player: Tommy Edwards Bluegrass / Farm Table and Chairs: Party Reflections Raleigh / Flatware, China and Glassware: Classic Party Rentals Raleigh / Stoneware Plates: Seagrove Pottery / Runners: La Tavola Linen / Candles: Creative Candles

Dec 1

Trouvaille 3.0 Tickets Are Up For Grabs!


It’s finally time, my friends! The Trouvaille Workshop 3.0 tickets are up for grabs and I couldn’t be more excited! There are only 24 spaces up for grabs and I cannot wait to get to know each and every attendee who snags each and every one of those spots. I blogged some other Trouvaille details over here if you’re interested in knowing a bit more about what the workshop covers and what the Trouvaille culture entails. And you can check out the website for some speaker information along with soon to be released details on the remaining speaker roster and the four-day schedule of events. Any other questions? Feel free to email me over at hello@heygorg.com. Happy December my friends! It truly is the best time of the year! Xoxo

Nov 26

Butter & Citrus


This past summer I had the pleasure of serendipitously connecting with the gracious and crazy talented Sara Hasstedt in Denver, Colorado. We decided to seize the day (or the week, if you will) and make a little magic happen together. Logistically things were sort of crazy that week because shipping florals halfway across the country can get a bit nutty. But aesthetically things were very lovely. I’m so thrilled to finally share all of the film goodness here with you today from a really special team of vendors. You can also catch more of this editorial production as it was featured over on Style Me Pretty Colorado yesterday. Enjoy the gorgeous, my friends.

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Leading up to the shoot, Sara and I discussed at length how important it was for us to create a project that circled back to key words and emotions. Rather than have a theme we wanted to use words to describe out vision. Sara and I both have such soft and feminine yet flirty and fun styles so the concept of Butter and Citrus was born. For us it was a mix of romance and whimsy. The sun that day and the colors of the beautiful venue really complimented our vision and the color palette we decided on. Throw in some delicious florals, stunning stationery and purposeful rentals? You get what you see here my friends!

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Jenny Sanders from Graceline Art did all of our stunning stationery. Those watercolor florals are the sweetest.

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And of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of some incredible vendors, listed below. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, everyone! See you back here on Monday! Xoxo

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Photography: Sara Hasstedt Photography / Florals, design and styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Stationery and calligraphy: Graceline Art / Dress and veil: Little White Dress / Hairpiece: Lacielle Roselle / Linens: La Tavola / Desserts and cake stands: Yours Truly Cupcake / Tablescape rentals: Event Rents / Vintage rentals: Chairished Events / Venue: Highlands Ranch Mansion / Hair: Hilary Hackney Matthies / Make up: Liana Figgins / Models: Bree Marshall and Trevor Monks

Nov 25

Featured {Style Me Pretty}


This past summer I visited Colorado to be a part of my best friend’s wedding. Since the sweet and wildly talented Sara Hasstedt and I had been chatting about getting together to make some editorial magic happen (and she lives in Colorado!), we figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make things happen. Together we decided on a Butter and Citrus theme and it turned out so wonderful. I’m thrilled to finally share the photos are over on Style Me Pretty Colorado in a beautiful feature. I’ll be sharing more tomorrow along with some of my favorite scans that Sara so beautifully captured and a list of the professionals who made it possible.

Happy Tuesday, blogettes! Xoxo

Nov 24

Southern Weddings Magazine Behind the Scenes


I’ve been dying to share these photos since the summer, guys! Heading down to North Carolina to be a part of the cover shoot for Southern Weddings volume 7 was such a highlight of my year. And then when I found out Nancy Ray (who is both an industry and real life friend) would be shooting all of the details behind the scenes I was thrilled. There is so much work, effort and love that goes into making editorials successful and I always feel it’s such a shame more behind the scenes aren’t documented. That’s where so much of the good stuff happens! So Nancy and Callie came in that day and together with Tec Petaja captured some really special memories. Hair styling, make up applying, table setting, paper styling, bug spraying, flower fluffing, back drop hustling, ladder holding, and the list goes on. The behind the scenes is a whole other monster my friends! Truly.


Sweet Nancy in her beautiful apron from our friend McKay at Oatmeal Lace (where mine is also from!)


Styling the stationery and paper products is one part of a shoot that can take a good deal of time. I loved watching Lara and Emily do their thing so effortlessly that day before joining in at the end with some gorgeous silk ribbons to complete the vignette. When it was time to capture it all, Em had to lend a spot to Tec while he stood on a ledge to get the perfect aerial/overhead shot on film. I’m telling you it really does take a village!


Kate from The Small Things blog is such a doll. I loved meeting her in the flesh finally!


Fearrington Village was the backdrop for the morning portion of our shoot and was the perfect space to compliment all of the peachy and pink tones used throughout. There are so many sweet nooks and crannies on the property for photos and I think we probably used them all. There was also one single peach tree (ironic, yes!) with tons of fruit on the branches still which the owners let me forage branches from. There are branches tucked into the centerpieces (you’ll see in some photos later next week!) along with some ivy I used in the bridesmaid’s bouquets. It was such a beautiful day with so many passionate people working together.


A peach themed shoot requires peachy hued flats! And naturally I spent most of the day bare foot.


It was such a pleasure working with Tec again!I love that he’s from Michigan too. And hi, Callie!


You may have noticed Lisa from Southern Weddings, as one of the gorgeous bridesmaids. You can see her below on the right of the photo with the white backdrop. And holding the backdrop taut is Dave, Lisa’s fiance! Dave was a groomsmen in the shoot hence him being on set that day and be able to lend an extra hand here and there. And those love birds will be celebrating their marriage next spring AT Fearrington Village! Amazing right? Photos like this make me smile because I realize how big of a group effort it is to make really special things happen. I have so many memories and photos of my own hubby helping to hang, adhere, fluff, primp, fasten, pick up, load and carry things like the Southern Weddings significant others so often do :)


Hi Lara and Winny! Thank you for chauffeuring me around Raleigh for three days :) I miss you gals!


Once we wrapped up at Fearrington, half of the team called it a day and the rest of us started our hour trek to a peach farm for the remainder of our shoot. But I will share the rest of those photos next week when I share Tec’s images (which you may have already seen if you have your own copy of Southern Weddings Magazine!) There’s so much more to come and I can’t wait to share the full spread with you all along with the full line up of vendors who made it all happen. In the meantime, enjoy your Monday and the start of your week, friends!