aaahhhhh….weekend?

friday friday! happy weekend everyone! it has always been such a strange concept…a weekend. i have not had a true weekend since…well, maybe ever. i started competitive swimming at the age of 6, and from then on out, weekends were filled with swim practice and swim meets. once i became a teenager, not only were the weekends filled with the previously mentioned, but also a job. once i got to college, that one job turned into two. no “weekend” still. now, with a more realistic adult job, i still occupy my weekends with a side job at a coffee shop. the most exciting addition to my weekend? being a second shooter for my sister‘s photography business! i am so stinkin’ excited! adam and i even broke down and bought me a very nice, VERY professional camera like my sister uses. tomorrow morning is my first officially hired wedding!
my camera
it is a cannon EOS 5D Mark II. and. i. love. it! Lindsey is teaching me how to shoot in manual. it is no easy task, but i think after a good amount of practice, i will eventually get the hang of it, and it will become second nature to me. so far so good. i did a wedding with her last year, but at the time it wasn’t a paid job. she thought i did such a good job, she ended up paying me for my time.
helper wedding
this one time assistant hobby has turned into a full blown second…ahem…i mean third job, being hired for a total of 9 weddings from now until december!

i am so blessed to be in a family of creativity, and to be able to express that creativity not only through here and my etsy page, but with Lindsey Johnson Photography. i even got hired to second shoot with the girl who did MY wedding photography, Alissa Saylor!
my wedding

this is going to be quite the adventure!

wish me luck! and happy friday!

inspiration ahoy!

today i am fully artistically minded….it has been a bit since i played around on Pinterest, but with all this new website/etsy business running around in my head, i have spent a bit of time browsing creativity. with all that said, i just wanted to make a post to give homage to those that inspire me and move my hands to try…

first off, i must discuss Lindsey Johnson Photography. I have to say, this woman is not only a true artistic talent with an eye for romance, heart, and genuine beauty in people and things, but she is also my encouraging, fan-minded, keeping-me-true-to-myself sister. since we came to know the Lord back in 1996, she has become my best friend. (before that she probably wanted to kill me off, but know she knows love. haha…) Lindsey has inspired me because she chased after her passion. she used to work in marketing at a very prestigious cancer research company in Nashville, but she gave that up to pursue what means real success to her…photography. she has had a passion for it for many many years, and now it has become a reality. her fearlessness has pushed me to stop sitting around on my creative butt and do something with my mind.

There are a couple blogs that i follow…not many, but some of fully worth the read. one of them happens to be another major inspiration. Ashley Ann Photography, creator of “Under the Sycamore” is a woman of grace, faith, love, art, and family. just read her blog and you will fall in love with her creative spirit and love of life. this woman has basically made a career for herself simply by blogging about her life and her art. she spends a lot of time crafting for her children, and she loves it. i am so drawn in by her photography and love of family.

Blair of “A Case of the Mundays” is actually a personal friend of mine. the friendship came about because she married one of my oldest friends from grade school, Wade. i am so blessed to have stumbled into this friendship, because i feel like i am a parasite feeding off of her motivation, spirit of giving and creativity. Her blog has several weekly themes, like awesome DIY projects, ways to dress like anthropologie-type people for a price that most of us can afford, eating gluten free, and just general inspiring topics. her and her husband just went to Ethiopia to do mission work! now that she is home i have demanded a craft night asap!

Of course, in the world of photography, i was first woo-ed by the talented and beautiful Alissa of Alissa Saylor Photography. why, you may ask? well, because she does amazing photos that tell a wonderful story, is a humble woman of God, and rocked it out with my engagement and wedding photos! her and my sister happen to be great friends who spur one another on, not only in their work lives, but in their personal goals, their relationship with God, and their lives as wives. another beautiful soul to move yours…

the last one….atleast for now….that i want to mention is something i recently came to love on the internet. while my friend and i were discussing art and illustrations, she showed me this website with some of my new favorite art! when i look at these pictures, all i want to do is create! be sure to check out Hoonyoon.

i hope you are inspired by these artistic people chasing their dreams. we are in that world, as well.

an adventure in “i do”…

probably the best part about a smaller wedding was the time i had to help create it. mine and adam’s engagement lasted about 8 months. Lindsey Johnson, my sister and photographer extroidinaire works in marketing and really knows her way around people and business talk, AND she happens to LOVE weddings….which meant that within the first 3 weeks of engagement, i had my location, my photographer, my videographer, my tent, tables, chairs, caterer, etc. all set up and booked. thank God for her because i would have fallen apart with the research. that left me all the room in the world to make my own creative choices. we hired a woman named Kathi Johnson to help bring my vision into existence, and i can safely say that my wedding was right around perfect….(get ready, this is a long one, but full of pictures!)

etsy became my best friend….although she was a fairly new friend at the time. it all started with a video that my videographer and long time friend, Matt Underwood, assisted on in Nashville. it was a wedding video, the girl was wearing blue shoes, and that was all i needed to get me up and running with creativity!

i ordered my blue shoes (custom bridal flats, to be exact) from Hydra Heart. they were so soft and comfortable, and the perfect blue to match my earings, which i got at Pangea.

as part of my gift to my bridesmaids and flower girl, i chose to make my own hair clips. we found some super creative “button-iers” on etsy for the groomsmen, and this made me want to match the ladies. i don’t know why i like buttons, but i really do.

my niece’s hair clips as the flowegirl

1 of 7 unique sets of bridesmaid clips

i bought some stamps, found some old printmaking paper left over from college, got some vellum and silver brads and my mom and i made my invitations…

the ceremony had to have some special handmade touches as well. i always wanted to get married under a giant tree or a canopy of trees, but due to the time of year, my hatred for research, and the fact that i cannot get married at Radnor Lake, i didn’t find a place with these specifications in time. ….so….we made our own canopy. this is where having a decorator comes in handy. she did a much classier job with these than my idea to just find a way to hang the sheets from window ledges or walls….which who knows how i would have accomplished that.

we made our own programs, as well…

the reception centerpieces were so perfect. this was all Kathi. all i told her was that i wanted cotton and to tie them into the wedding.


just so you can see my bouquet, so you know what i am talking about….

craspedia, purple mokara orchids, and dusty miller.

….and the mothers/grandmothers flowers….

….and the bridesmaid bouquets….

and, of course, there was the guest book…..

…and the bird cake-toppers from my mom on top of a cake made by the deliciously talented Patty Bartlett

the cake was a Martha Stewart cake, and kathi made the cake stand with some tree limbs and brown wicker.

etsy to the rescue again! i work in a coffee shop, so i saved up lots of different loose tea, which we filled small cork-topped test tube glasses with and added a very special bird tag from Fairly Loving Creations.

sheesh…..we made a ton of things for this wedding!

last thing in the reception was one of my favorites….my mom and i had an idea to create holiday light chandeliers. we searched and searched for wire wreaths so that we could wrap them, or play around with the idea, but leave it to kathi to be madame resourceful. this was the combination of our idea and her awesome abilities…

it was a 3-tier fixture with tree branches and sticks wrapped around.

last thing….adam and i really wanted to create our own photo booth. we always liked them at other people’s weddings, but i wanted to class it up a bit. there was a clock tower in the center of the main drive to the location, so we turned that into a photo booth. we coaxed some groomsmen and my poor friend ben (that 12 passenger van gets him in trouble all the time) into hauling our orange couch to the site so that we could use it for the photos…by the end of the night, i had 4 offers on buying the couch. nah, we still have it in our living room.

this is my aunt laurie, my mom, and my aunt buh

it was so much fun making this wedding a reality. i was never a girl who dreamt about her wedding day much as a kid, but once it was here, i threw myself into it completely!

**all my photography was done by Alissa Saylor Photography.

**my invitations will be up for sale on my etsy page, The Rooftop Birds, which is also where the bird cake-toppers and guest book were made.