My Favorites | Salt Air Styled Shoot | Amanda Hedgepeth Photography | Jennette's Pier | Outer Banks, NC

A year ago, doing a styled shoot with Amanda Hedgepeth was on my list of personal/professional goals. I just LOVE her and adore her work. I knew if the time ever came to collaborate, it would have to be colorful and happy because that is Amanda!

Flash forward to late last summer, I offered to help Amanda with her workshop styled shoot and she said yes!

Working with her and our lovely team of vendors was an absolute joy! Everyone was so eager to get involved, which made if so easy for me! Here are a few of my favorite highlights from each vendor!

PaperDolls Design
April designed my new logo and did the invitation suite for my very first styled shoot. She knocked this one out of the park. In fact, I'm considering getting married again just to have this watercolor invitation suite!

Beauty by Sharra
Isn't Erika beautiful? Sharra has worked with me on every shoot and I'm impressed with her more and more each time she works her magic! Not only did she do hair and makeup, she helped me lug all the stuff in my car from the bottom of the pier to the shoot space. #hero!

All Washed Up Jewelry
When Amanda said she secured some pieces from AWU, I was SO excited. We had our pick of the bunch and got to dress Erika in the cutest necklace combo! I am particularly fond of THIS ONE right here. (Ahem, husband...hint hint.)

Pure English, House of Maya
This gown. What words can I type that will do it justice? Hayley Paige outdid herself here. I mean, it has color, sass, and elegance. I wish I could add this to my closet.

Cakes by Chelsi Davis
Chelsi is a cake baker and you should know her. Instead of just making something pretty for the pictures, she never skimps on taste and presentation. This cake was 3 flavors AND had filling between the layers. I love how perfectly her airbrush painting matched the rest of the shoot.

Adele Diamond
My friends over at Adele have always been more than happy to loan me a ring or two. This time, they sent 5 rings and the workshop attendees were able to take turns using them for detail shots. They also provided the gorgeous flutes and cake serving set...it was hard to give those back. ;)

Jennette's Pier
Amanda found this beautiful venue, which is just a few miles from her Kitty Hawk home. At first, I thought "hmm, pier," but this Jennette's is so much more. There is an entire banquet space upstairs, perfect for a good sized wedding reception. Also, who doesn't love an ocean view?! Absolutely gorgeous!!

Distinctive Event Rentals
They provided the tables, glassware, and STUNNING x-back chairs. When I saw the chairs, I knew they would go with our beachy theme. Having worked with them several times now, there is no other large rentals company I would recommend.

Waterford Event Rentals
The ladies at Waterford are full of good ideas! When I went to chat with Rebecca about our linen choices, she immediately insisted I use this blue sequin beauty. YES, PLEASE. Paired with pink petal linens, I think we found the perfect beachy combo.

Handsome Biscuit
Who doesn't love a biscuit bar? I mean...c'mon!

One Sweet Day in May
Michelle is kind of a floral genius. When she asked what kind of flowers I wanted, I told her I didn't care as long as they were colorful. Dang, that girl delivered!

Sweet Pear Paper
Camberly was one of my roommates from the Creative at Heart Conference. I knew upon meeting her that she put her heart and soul in every paper flower she made. I look at them and literally cannot figure out how she does it! Adding paper flowers to real arrangements was an idea I wasn't sure would work, but I'm SO glad we tried it!

And lastly, this pink chair. A friend of mine found it on the side of the road. It had 3 legs and was badly damaged from being left out in the rain. With a little (okay, a lot) of pink paint, I turned it into this beauty. I think it's my favorite piece of decor in the whole shoot. Sadly, it went directly into the dumpster once we were done for the day. Haha!

Model: Erika Mills, babe extraordinaire!
Photos: Amanda Hedgepeth. I just love this little ray of sunshine!