Styled Shoot at 101

My sweet friend Erin with Yay!Parties messaged me awhile ago on Instagram after she had seen a photo of some pressed flowers I’d done for a home decor project. I’d used my clear laminated flowers for invitations and signage before, but not for wedding pieces. She had some awesome ideas around using these pressed flowers and my hand lettering for a winter to spring styled shoot she was planning and asked if I’d like to be apart of it. After chatting a bit I began to brainstorm and develop concepts around pressed flower invitations and envelops that would match her styled shoot vision and honestly I am BLOWN AWAY by how it all came together.

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Vendors first cause that’s the most important thing:

Design + coordination + specialty rentals // @yayparties

Photography // @marniecornellphotography

Videography // @realizingdaydreams

Florals // @cfsaesthetics

Hair + Makeup // @pacificbrides

Paper Products + Hand lettering // @davidandleanna

Cake // @ladygreyseattle

Dress // @rimearodaky @thedresstheoryseattle

Jewelry // @hellobaleen

Linen // @bbjlinen

Tabletop rentals // @cortpartyrental

Venue // @the101.828

Model // @alexandra.mcconnell

It may sound silly, but these photos actually made me pretty emotional. I started this journey of running my small calligraphy business when Braden was maybe 6 months old. It wasn’t too serious, just an excuse to be creative. Motherhood is a pretty thankless job. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else, but most SAHMs I’ve talked to agree; you gotta have something outside of the house in your life or you go a little crazy.

Things had started to pick up and I was able to work with some amazing event planners and brides and really enjoying it when we got pregnant with Duncan AND moved/sold our house. So the small business went on the back burner until I was feeling well enough to work. A few months after Duncan was born things picked back up again, this time even more so than before. I was working on projects I loved; my skill set was catching up to my style/taste; I was starting to dream about the future of this little side business.

So this time around when I had to start turning down projects and opportunities it was a lot harder emotionally. I was worried I would lose business contacts and miss out on opportunities that would further my progress. As a creative person it’s also just very disorienting to spend long chunks of time unable to create.

These photos made me emotional because they reaffirmed the choices I’ve made over the past three years. Progress has been slow, and it’s had many starts and stops as we’ve added to our family. Although my skills as a calligrapher aren’t where I’d love for them to be after 3+ years of practice and I only get a handful of projects each year, these photos reminded me of the progress that’s been made. It’s something to be proud of. I’m honored to have been apart of this gorgeous styled shoot and can’t believe the part I contributed turned out so lovely.