You realize a lot of things when moving. You start to appreciate the space more than ever before. You soak up more of the house in your every day living in it. We have had our house up for sale since last Christmas but it wasn't until we actually sold it that I ever considered leaving it. For the last week we were there, I couldn't walk through from room to room without seeing memories play out like an old movie in my head. And it when it all sunk in that soon we would be leaving this place behind, I would be lying if I said I wasn't emotional. I had wished our house would sell so that we could get back to the beach with our family and friends, but once it did a part of me wished I could stay forever.
David and I bought this house at the ripe old age of twenty-three, four months before we were to be married. Back then it was just the two of us. Over the course of two and a half years we were able to fill that house with a rambunctious boxer, a baby and lots and lots of memories. Some good, some bad, but memories all the same. Suddenly now we were packing all of those memories into boxes and letting fate lead us to where we would go next.
Moving is an emotionally tolling thing. We have moved in with my parents, but sadly one of our family members, our boxer Bow, couldn't come. She is currently in the best hands possible, a friend of ours who is letting her sleep on couches and romp around with her two other dogs until we can take her back. Now we are in the process of closing on a new house in Virginia Beach and couldn't be more excited about our new journey. But first we had to say goodbye to the house that started it all, that stood as a sign we were real grownups and the house where we nurtured our marriage and raised our family. This house was more than good to us and I can't wait to drive by in the years to come and show Rhett where he came home from the hospital and see him grow along with the trees that will inevitably get taller in the front yard.
We had been planning a little family session with our sweetest friend Zoe, but as life all too often does, it got away from us and we never made time for it. I didn't realize until a few days before we would turn our house over to its new owners. We decided that something was better than nothing and we needed to capture these photos of where it all started. We were all worn out, in the process of moving, and emotional. All that was left inside was our farmhouse table. The very first one David ever built; a labor of love that he made for me and has now grown into a staple of Bluebird's. It was specifically requested with the house by the buyers. Not knowing where we would put it in the mean time, we agreed but not without a lot of tears (from me). But we sat down in our now empty house to capture the rooms, the walls, the space that had been the backdrop to our lives for almost three years. Needless to say, I am so happy we have these and I cry a bit each time I look through them. Thank you for these Zoe- more than you know! xo
This Summer I can't get enough of the kimono. It has become a summer staple in my book. They make the best beach cover ups and double as the perfect twist to any outfit. Time to stock up!
If you haven't yet perused the pages of your local Scout Guide, you are in for a real treat. The Scout Guide is a stunning publication put together to showcase the best of local. Coastal Virginia's guide just released their second volume and it is filled with homegrown goodness and an array of small business. Before the newest guide is released, advertisers and friends are invited to unveil the guide and celebrate. When we were asked to be a part of this event it was a dream come true!
This year's 'scout is out' party took place at the newest Taste Unlimited off Shore Drive in Virginia Beach and I cannot think of a more perfect backdrop to host an event celebrating local business and food. In my eyes, Taste is the poster child to small business success. It has been a staple of good food in my life, remembering back to sandwiches on the beach as a child. When family from Richmond came into town it was straight to Taste and don't forget the extra house dressing.
Be sure to pick up one of the newest guides at our shop at 1703 Mediterranean or at another 'scouted' spot in the area. Thanks to Echard Wheeler for capturing it all so perfectly!
Another beautiful styled shoot for the books! This one was shot by my friends and talented photographers Cynthia Tenney and Jessica Ryan. I love the use of our mantle as the perfect altar for this beachy and steamy love fest. A full list of vendor credits listed below!
Happy mother's day weekend everyone! I will be spending my weekend with my little family on the beach, maybe strawberry picking and sunday with my Mom, Dad and whole family cooking out. Motherhood is one of life's greatest gifts. Celebrate the mamas in your life and shower them with love.
Here is part 2 of our farm-to-table shoot as the fresh fruits and veggies were turned into a brunch spread sure to please all of the senses. Eating local and organic help to support local farms and agriculture and we were so excited to present a "day after wedding" brunch that incorporates all things hand farmed and made. A full list of credits is listed below!
Spring is a time of renewal and new beginnings as seeds blossom into flowers and farms are filled with baby animals and a bounty of fruits and vegetables. We wanted to capture this essence in our shoot, focusing on fresh with an emphasis on local. The idea started with a farm; the perfect canvas as life sprouts up each Spring season. Buying local and bringing these items from farm to table to create the perfect feast of colorful veggies and juicy fruits for a bright and cheerful 'day-after’ brunch. We loved choosing vendors who were unique and offered handmade, homemade, local goods and working with them to create the perfect ethereal brunch setting.
Here's some major home envy for your Saturday afternoon...
Can we start with this cake? I want it. I love the modern use of pink and green and everything this living space has to offer. The simplicity of each of these pictures is what's really inspiring me the most. For me, it's simple and clean everything these days.
Here in Virginia, we have had a little tease of the warmer season ahead. Today temperatures dropped off again, but here's to hoping the inevitable warmth of Spring sticks around for good sometime soon. I love denim and I love how different these three Spring denim looks are.
This week, Becky and I hosted an open house for vendors and friends to come check out our new space! It was heartwarming to see such talent come out and show us their support. Check out a few shots from the night thanks to Becky's eldest son Mac. I think he's got a knack for it!
Our vintage Schwinn took a trip to the ocean side in this pretty stylized shoot shot by the talented Shawna Bielat of Shawna Bielat Photography. From french macaroons and florals in pretty pastels to one drop dead gorgeous bride, this shoot had it all. A full list of credits are listed below.
Event Planner - Endlessly Events
Florist - Catherine's Distinctive Floral Designs
Wedding gown - Maya Couture
Cake - Shockley's Sweet Shoppe
Macaroons - Hummingbird Macarons
Vintage Bike Rental - Bluebird's Garage
Hair/Makeup - Aubrey from Behind the Veil
Models - Cynthia Tenney & Chris Tenney
Assistants - Mai Fugii & Ranila Wesner
Mobiles aren't just for babies anymore. They are all grown up and are making a splash in home decor trends in a big way. Think of them as hanging art. Their minimal beauty is aesthetically pleasing and the perfect addition to any room in your home. These modern mobiles may have been inspired by the Finnish tradition called 'himmeli' which are made of straw and are believed to promote good harvest. Either way, these hanging masterpieces offer a bit of whimsy to your everyday. You can get a geometric shapes mobile like this one by Academy at Bluebird's!