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Annual Photography Retreat

Wednesday, May 25, 2016 | food, garden, home & holiday

After last year's amazing photo retreat in Jackson Hole, we rendezvoused again in Charlottesville, Virginia for another 'workshop' style gathering we photographers put on for ourselves. This time we were up to 18 photographers and an editor. Our highlights included a lunch at Pippin Hill, with a talk by Priscilla Foster albumsr & Bill of Pro Camera Charlottesville, a visit to Castle Hill Cider and an amazing dinner by Apimento Catering at Beehive Events headquarters. I especially loved our flower arranging workshop with Beehive Events and a special talk by my favorite photographer John Dolan.

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Mary and David

Friday, April 22, 2016 | Personal

My sister Mary married David in the backyard of their Ann Arbor farmhouse this September and celebrated with loved ones at a party fitting the ideals of two environmental educators-it was made by hand, had zero waste and no impact on the environment. Congratulations to my little sis on your nuptials and creating such a special day we all enjoyed.

a few notes on their approach//Mary and David met working as environmental educators and thoughtfully planned for a party that included a compost station and recycling area with little signs to direct guests where to put everything. Plates, glass jars, cloth napkins, collected silverware all was thrifted and will be reused for future parties. A jar system cut down on glasses and cups-you put your name on a rubber band and used that one jar all evening for drinks. They wore vintage clothing. As a formal vow, they sang each other an Avett brothers song. My sister Anna and I made them bouquets and floral arrangements from locally grown flowers purchased at the farmer's market. Their garage served as the buffet and bar area for a dinner of salads, BBQ pulled pork and cider and donuts.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016 | Travel

a few shots from my Gentl and Hyers workshop I took in Peru in early April 2016, visting Cusco, the Sacred Valley and a life changing journey to a tiny village called Q'eros

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Featured in Martha Stewart Weddings

Thursday, February 25, 2016 | Published

So exciting to see Cameron and Jake's gorgeous Eastern Shore Maryland with Pineapple Productions, Susan Gage and Beehive Events featured in the new issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. I'll be sharing more of this wedding soon!

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Lilse and Conor | Maryland's Eastern Shore

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 | Published

How inspiring is this lovely little summer wedding Lilse designed at a family friend's home on the Eastern Shore of Maryland? Congratulations to the happy couple (who met in middle school!) and may they only have fond memories of the hurricane storm that barreled through their dance party! Thank you to The Knot for featuring it in their 2016 issue!

"I loved watching the guests arrive and the ceremony begin from inside the dining room of the house. It was like watching a movie we'd spent a year writing, directing, and praying would unfold as we'd imagined. I'd never planned for that moment of anticipation and it was a great surprise!" -Lilse

"Growing up, I loved collecting pieces of chinoiserie china that washed up on the beach in front of my grandparents' house," Lilse says of the inspiration behind their blue and white color scheme. Pink peonies and cherry blossoms decorated the waterfront space, along with sandalwood fans and a small bar for guests-perfect for early arrivals to grab a drink prior to the start of the ceremony."

"Conor and I always loved hanging out on the dock together at my grandparents' house on the shore, so we were both excited when you suggested that we take some of our photos together on the dock." -Lilse

"After spending the day preparing the tent and getting pretty for the wedding, I was a little nervous for all of our guests to arrive. A moment after this photo was taken, though, I found my Dad and all of the groomsmen at the bottom of the staircase cheering me on. After that I did not stop smiling all night!" -Lilse on the image below

"I'm so happy you captured this moment of my grandmother and I hugging on the dance floor. It illustrates perfectly how much fun everyone had at the reception. From teenagers to grandparents, we were all tearing up the dance floor!" -Lilse

During the reception, a heavy storm rolled in, leaving Lilse, Conor and their guests to celebrate in the rain. "Our bartenders left when the storm hit, so the groomsmen hopped behind the bar and started handing guests bottles of alcohol," Lilse recalls. "The dance floor was filled with rain-soaked guests, and the band kept on playing!"

venue: a private estate, Easton, Maryland | flowers: Seasonal Flowers | gown: Anna Maier, Bergdorf Goodman, | bridesmaids dresses: BCBG Max Azria | rentals: Eastern Shore Tents & Events | late night dessert: The Scottish Highland Creamery | band: The Bachelor Boys
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