southern blooms: a styled shoot | culpeper, va | virginia wedding photographer

Hi friends! Hope you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend and an even better time celebrating Summer’s End… Mother Nature seems to still be confused with these humid 90 degree days, but I’m excited for the start of Fall and some unique projects on the horizon!! I will be sure to keep you posted as long as you promise to come back and show the blog some love whenever you are in need of eye candy that’s spicy, sweet and sentimental. 😉


First things first! I have to share, that crushed tulle is my new favorite styling element – it transports so well because it’s already crushed and wrinkled. Um, genius. Can someone please make a line of clothing made out of this wondrous material? Ha, no but seriously, my wedding dress dry cleaning bill (as in the dresses I photograph weddings in… I don’t actually twirl around in my old wedding dress at home, although my daughter would probably think I’m the coolest mom ever if I did!) will thank you.




Speaking of styling tips, work with herbs as much as possible! Here I specifically used lavender (courtesy of the contents from Southern Grown Vintage‘s adorably sweet and unique custom welcome gift box – see below!) which smells amazing and makes a great prop for ring shots…




The venue at Rixey Manor was incredible in so many ways, but for this styled shoot specifically, it was so bright, airy and elegant! The endlessly talented Tabitha of the Girls from Main Street, styled our stunning “southern blooms” inspired tablescape. It was stunning with linens in the most romantic and sophisticated shade of blue and floral design by Good Earth Flowers




Timeout… these monogrammed plates by Sasha Nicholas took everything to the next level! How special and personalized can a wedding get?! You just found your answer.






SO many fun wedding details including paper flowers by Creations by DGB!


Now, what’s a gorgeous table if you don’t have the tastiest and most beautifully presented food to eat while sitting at it?! Roadside Chive absolutely outdid themselves with this spread… I dare you not to drool.







Since you might need a break after eating staring at all of that fresh fruit, veggie and pork tenderloin goodness, I’ll let you digest before sharing images of the beautiful models at sunset along the rolling hills of the Piedmont!

Stay tuned for soft pastel sunset skies, the classiest champagne bucket you’ve ever seen and bridesmaid dresses you’ll actually want to wear and OWN to wear over and over again because they’re so classy yet fun all at the same time. Yes, they are out there! Oh, and did I mention the wedding cake? Yeah, there may have been a swing involved…

Venue: Rixey Manor

Planning + Styling: The Girls from Main Street and Lieb Photographic

Rentals: The Girls from Main Street

Linens: Main Street Linens

Florals: Good Earth Flowers

Stationery + Calligraphy: Farmstead Design Studio

Cake: Cakes in Art

Wedding Gown: Fab Frocks

Hair + Makeup: Bobbypins and Blush

Catering: Roadside Chive

Custom Welcome Gift: Southern Grown Vintage

Paper Flowers: Creations by DGB

Models: Angela Moberley, Cassie Ervin, Marlynn Casillas




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