Happy Golden 30th Birthday Sarah!

Category: Portraits | March 6th, 2017

What could be better than celebrating a special birthday? When I told Sarah my plan for a fun smash the cake type photo shoot she jumped on board. I sent her a few of my ideas and we even included her cute dog Gadget -who I met at her engagement session. (I love this dog!) A big thanks to her friends who helped with makeup and hair and as well as testing the light, holding the reflector, calling the dog and zipping up her shoes backwards and upside down- shew I put these girls to work! But we had snacks and wine so it was so much fun! Sarah I hope you enjoy these sneak peek photos!

Copper Inspired Sweetheart Table

Category: Favorites | December 1st, 2017

I have to admit that I love a good celebration! This look was inspired by the warm tones in these wonderful copper lanterns. When Oriental Trading contacted me about creating a look I couldn’t wait to order. The items came very quickly and it was like Christmas opening so many boxes. My favorite project was finishing the look for the glass terrarium. I used Minwax in a classic gray to stain the base of the terrarium with two coats. After it was dry the washi tape was added around the middle to finish the look. It is a great way to hold advice or notes to the couple while they are at their sweetheart table. The boxwood garland was plenty long and I loved following the natural bend to know where to put the lanterns. To finish the look I weaved magnolia branches into  the front of the design. The large candle in the middle is a battery operated light so that the leaves inside would not burn. We hope you enjoy this wedding decor inspiration. 

Magnolia Branches: Jackson Florist
Table: PaperBlooms N More
Styling and Photography: Pottinger Photography
Candle: note the candle is battery operated and was already owned
Decor: Oriental Trading 
Thank you to Oriental Trading for sponsoring this look and blog post! Be sure to check out the links below to find your favorites!

DIY Crafts
Round Glass Terrarium w/wood base

Decorative Accents
Small Boxwood Decor Balls

Antique Goldtone Photo Charms

Washi Tape

Metallic Washi Tape

Accent Decor 
Copper Lanterns

Boxwood Garland



It was so great to get to know these two as a couple. This was the first time I was able to meet Dan. I loved that the couple was wiling to hike to some of my favorite spots for photos. The natural wooden bridge, an old overgrown boardwalk next to little pond and a tree with incredible roots – they were the perfect natural background for their photos. We chased the soft golden hour lighting and it made the perfect natural hair light. (And also separated them from their backgrounds if you want to get technical – ha) Thanks Gretchen and Dan for exploring with me and making your session so much fun!