Hello, friends! Today is a good day because I’m finally sharing photos from a styled shoot that I am absolutely head-over-heels in love with. When I look at the gorgeous photos Jenny Cruger captured from this day, I want to live in them. Of course, that means I’ll be sharing about a zillion photos with you today. And, you guys, this is after I seriously narrowed them down. There were just THAT many to love!The shoot took place at Pine Halls in Cottontown, TN, on a day that just so happened to bring the final snowfall of the year. The snow that blanketed the pine trees gave the whole forest this magical Narnia feel. I love that the whole day felt like this sweet, lingering goodbye to winter, one where the grays and whites of the season gave way to the beautiful bright pops of lavender and spring flowers. I am so in love with our bride. Her boho style married perfectly with the look we envisioned for the styling of this wedding–we wanted something organic, natural and a bit untamed. When I topped off that amazing gown from The Bride Room with a faux fur coat, a pretty pair of lace-up boots, an armful of gold bangles and that wild floral crown (with all that lovely greenery!), I was floored by her look. And her beautiful blond dreadlocks and tattoos? She might be my favorite boho alternative bride of all time. All of the flowers are the work of Hillary Yeager of Brocade Design. She nailed the untamed mix of lavender, herbs and pretty blooms we envisioned. I always have so much fun styling sweetheart tables for brides + grooms. I love creating a special little spot for couples to share their first meal as husband + wife. This one was really special because it’s adorned with barn wood that my husband and I reclaimed from a toppled barn here in Tennessee. I used one of the planks we saved and cut it into the table runner and the two hand-painted “Mr. and Mrs.” chair signs. How much do you love those Brocade Design flowers coupled with the candlelight? The brass and gold accents picked up the sparkle of the the fresh snow, and it was like magic. I made these handmade wedding favors as a nod to the history of the Pine Halls forest. The family who has owned the farm for generations planted each and every one of the pine trees by hand, summer after summer, until they had created a beautiful forest. I found that story so sweet and charming that I couldn’t resist crafting guest favors with tiny pine trees that they could plant after the wedding to remember the day and “Let Love Grow.” Elizabeth Hardin of Hardink Calligraphy designed this invitation suite for us. The accents of gray and gold were so lovely! I collaborated on this cake with my styling assistant, Jenna Puckett of Kitty Cat Stevens. She made the cake, I adorned it with the lavender sprigs, gold bands and golden branches. I love simple cakes!The iced herbal tea bar carried out the natural, organic vibe of the shoot. The lavender green tea and rosemary iced tea were gorgeous and delicious–my favorite combination! Thank you to all of the amazing vendors who collaborated with us on this shoot. It’s definitely one of my all-time favorites! For more photos, pop on over to Jenny Cruger’s blog post. - Elizabeth
I’ve had many clients and friends ask when Stockroom Vintage would launch a collection of vintage + handmade pieces for sale. And the answer is…next month! I already shared the news that this spring I’ll be styling The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale with lots of vintage goodness. And I’m finally ready to let the cat out of the bag: I’ll be a vendor there, too!
For the first time ever, I’ll be selling a special, curated collection of vintage pieces and handmade pretties–and I’m so excited! Now Stockroom Vintage is more than rentals and event/photo shoot styling, and this feels like such a natural step for my business. I already spend most of my time hunting for amazing vintage pieces and sharing my favorite finds with you all–except now you can own them instead of just borrowing them for a day!
The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale runs from April 26-27 (with special tickets available for preview shopping on April 25!) at Starlite Farm in Hartsville, TN. Be sure to like The Strawberry Patch page on Facebook for lots of updates, sneak peeks and vendor spotlights. I can’t wait to share all of the awesome, super-secret finds I’ve been hoarding for this sale! Hope to see you all there! - Elizabeth
Hello! I’m back to share the second installment of my DIY project partnership with Old Time Pottery and The Budget Savvy Bride (read more about how it came about here). This project is born out of my serious case of spring fever and the enormous faux flower section at my local Old Time Pottery store, which has been calling my name. I couldn’t resist these big magnolia blooms, which were begging to be made into some lovely floral chair garlands. Be sure to pop on over to my post on the Old Time Pottery blog for the full tutorial, which is beyond easy to replicate at home. I think these chair garlands are the perfect addition to a sweetheart table at wedding receptions, but they’d be just as perfect strung along your living room mantel. Thanks to photographer and friend Alissa Saylor for coming over to snap some shots of this project. We set up Stockroom’s gray day table and wood folding chairs in my backyard. And somehow Alissa managed to to transform the jungle that is my yard into something that looked much less beastly than it does in real life. Ah, photo magic! - Elizabeth
I’m so excited to officially announce that I’ll be working some vintage styling magic at The Strawberry Patch Barn Sale this spring! I squealed when Christy Jo, the designer behind the lovely line of upholstered furniture from The Strawberry Patch and the brains behind this popular Hartsville, Tennessee barn sale, asked me if I’d like do some styling for the show. If you haven’t met Christy Jo, she’s as talented as she is sweet + inspiring. I love to collaborate with fellow small biz ladies who follow their vision so passionately!
Expect some more exciting announcements and reveals as the April 2013 barn sale approaches. I’ve got lots of ideas in my vintage bag of tricks! Until then, mark your calendars for April 25-27 and visit my previous post about last year’s fall sale. There will be lots of good food, music, and, of course, amazing vintage finds and splendid junk to be had at Starlite Farm! Follow The Strawberry Patch on Facebook for more info about the show. I hope to see you in April! - Elizabeth
Today I thought I’d round out my Valentine’s mini-sessions posts (you can check out Part 1 and Part 2) with my favorite aspect of any photoshoot: the details! My mini-sessions with Alissa Saylor Photography were all about lovely rustic, feminine touches. Think lace, pale pink, creamy white and peach hues and lots of pretty sweets, including the heart-shaped handpies I baked with Alissa and Jenna, Stockroom Vintage’s styling assistant. We rolled dough and cut out mini-hearts in Alissa’s kitchen for hours the night before–and the charm they brought to the shoot was so worth it! Jenna shared a sneak peek of our heart pie baking bonanza on her blog.Our dessert table featured a ruffled cake by Pastry in Pink, which was adorned with my handmade glitter heart toppers. We filled lots of compotes and vessels from Stockroom’s milk glass collection with my dip-dyed marshmallows (DIY tutorial coming soon!) and Jenna’s pink meringue cookies. I’m also madly in love with the fabric backdrop Alissa and I dreamed up for this shoot–we ripped up so many vintage sheets and lace curtains into strips to create it. As it turns out, ripping fabric is super therapeutic. Who knew? A quick glimpse of our beind-the-scenes action during our morning set-up. It was less than 30 degrees (and so icy!). Don’t I look like I’m so in my element when surrounded by farm equipment?! Yeah, I didn’t think so.
Speaking of farm equipment, I just had to share this shot Alissa captured of our husbands riding on the arm of a tractor up into the barn’s rafters. It was the only way we could hang that gorgeous ribbon backdrop! Thankfully, this happened before I arrived on set (I was stuck in traffic thanks to the icy roads). Otherwise, I would’ve had an anxiety attack when our hubbies teetered toward the roof. So chivalrous!If you’d like to see more images from the shoot, check out Alissa’s blog post. She shared some amazingly sweet mother-daughter photos, which are admittedly some of my favorite from the bunch! Thanks again to Christy Jo of Starlite Farm for letting us set up in this lovely space! - Elizabeth
Happy Valentine’s Day, loves! Let’s celebrate with some heart-shaped pies and cute couples, shall we? It was just the sweetest to see so many couples cuddling on the farm at my styled mini-sessions with Alissa Saylor Photography. Vintage + love?! My favorite combination.
First up we have the Johnsons–you may recognize Lindsey, who just so happens to be an amazing local photographer whose work you must check out.
And here are the super snuggly McCanns. Elle is another familiar face. She’s the Nashville designer behind Jam + Toast paper goods. These two are such a fun couple! Could they be any more in love? And by the way…are you dying over this vintage chevron afghan that Alissa snagged while she and I were thrifting? The colors + print are just beyond amazing!
I was so excited to meet the Oglesby family at our mini-sessions! Such a cute and stylish couple! I’ve since been stalking–um, I mean following–Kristen on Instagram. She’s crazy good at hand lettering…and you know I love a gal with good penmanship.
And you may remember the Springers from the family shoots I shared yesterday. So glad they were able to sneak away from the little one for just enough time to capture some gorgeous shots of just the two of them. I’ll be back here again soon to share some of my favorite detail shots and vignettes from the shoot. Hope your Valentine’s Day is full of lots of love…and even more chocolate. - Elizabeth
Happy almost Valentine’s Day! I’m so excited to share the first round of photos from the Valentine’s mini-sessions I styled with Stockroom Vintage rentals. As always, the photos from Alissa Saylor Photography absolutely take my breath away. First up: my favorite family photos from the bunch. Between the cute kids and sweet confections, I hope you’re ready for a sugar high, friends!
That gorgeous mommy-daughter pair you see above is the Legg family. (They’re so adorable that I’m dedicating an entire blog post just to their session in the next few days. Look at those smiles–I couldn’t help myself!)Next up is the Springer family. Behind-the-scenes confession: This handsome little man had his first sugar binge at our shoot! We laughed until our sides hurt as he crammed marshmallows and powdered donuts in his mouth…all the while looking back at mommy and daddy with a mischievous grin and giggling about what he was getting away with. Judging from the sugar rush that ensued, we’re pretty sure he may never nap again. Our sincerest apologies to the Springers! I was so happy to see our bicycle built for two put to such good use! Who’s ready to take a spin around the neighborhood with me? I call dibs on the back seat. And last up is the Jeter family. How cute is that little face? And the overalls?! Adorable overload. Thank you to Christy Jo at Starlite Farm (home of the Strawberry Patch Barn Sale) for giving us free reign of the farm. And to my lovely valentines (or should I say “galentines”?), Alissa Saylor and Jenna Puckett of Kitty Cat Stevens, who assisted on the shoots, for a lovely day on the farm!
Hello, friends! A few weeks ago, Jessica of The Budget Savvy Bride and the team at Old Time Pottery approached me and asked if I’d be interested in putting my crafting skills to work for a new partnership. You see, Old Time Pottery has launched a new blog and their team was in the market for a resident DIY wedding blogger. As you can see from the first DIY I’m sharing here today, that crafter is, indeed, me!
Of course, I don’t need much of a reason to get excited about creating beautiful handmade wedding decor. And if you promise me free reign of an Old Time Pottery store to grab as many pieces and supplies as necessary to create the wedding crafts and decor of my dreams, I’m an easy sell! And, yeah, in the name of transparency and all that, it’s a paying gig. But I’m not going to make, build or put my glue gun to anything I don’t love, so you can expect lots more Stockroom Vintage-style craft tutorials ahead!
I created this canvas art piece to showcase my favorite aspect of any wedding–the marriage vows! I love the painterly effect of the soft watercolors. I envision this piece as the perfect customized addition to a dessert bar or escort card table, but I’ll be hanging this sucker in my house for sure. It’s the perfect reminder that my hubby and I promised to love, honor and cherish each other forever and ever and ever. Pop on over to the Old Time Pottery blog for the full tutorial on how you can create you own custom canvas art! - Elizabeth
Big news! As I hinted back in August, I (along with Stockroom Vintage, naturally!) would be featured in an upcoming issue of Flea Market Style magazine. And I can finally tell you all officially to look for Stockroom Vintage in the Spring 2013 issue, which will be on stands very soon. Sneak peek of the cover above!
I won’t spoil the surprise of the 2-page spread for you all just yet. But I will say that you can find me on page 16 shopping at my favorite Nashville spot for awesome vintage finds…with a haul that will be available to rent from Stockroom Vintage soon! I’ll be back in no time to share some photos from the magazine with you all. Until then, keep an eye out on newsstands for the Spring 2013 issue! - Elizabeth
I always love seeing how couples put our vintage rentals to use at their weddings! Jessica + Heyburn’s Nashville wedding took place at Houston Station in November and was full of so many lovely, thoughtful touches…including all of the artfully illustrated chalkboards throughout! I’m thrilled with how they incorporated Stockroom Vintage’s School Days Easel (it’s the one the left!), as captured so beautifully by photographer Joshua Gull. Aren’t Heyburn + Jessica such a good-looking couple? And they really are the sweetest! Thanks for letting me share some snapshots of your big day, newlyweds! - Elizabeth