Styled Shoot: Parachute Styled Shoot

This styled shoot was a labor of love that allowed me to create the wedding of my (current) dreams using the best of local and most talented business people in the area. What started as an idea of a painted backdrop by neighbor OnieTonie (check out his stuff next door to the shop on Mediterranean Ave) grew into a bold, colorful and blissful faux wedding day! We lucked out with the most gorgeous and talented models in town who without we could never have pulled this off. Also, how great is Zoe Grant? Incredible in my book! It was intoxicating to style something from ideation to implementation and I am thrilled with our finished product. After being featured on Burnett's Boards this week, I am FINALLY able to share with the world what we have been cooking up this Summer! Check out the full list of vendors below!

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Photos: Zoe Grant Concept & Styling: Mary Kaufman of Bluebird's Garage Vintage Rentals: Bluebird's Garage Stationary Design: Christina Prock Vintage Clothing: 6 Petals (see Christina Prock) Painted Backdrop: OnieTonie Flowers: Roost Flowers Oysters: Pleasure House Oysters Jewelry: Bohobo Collective   All images copyrighted by Bluebird's Garage and Andi and Zoe Photography

Photos: Zoe Grant

Concept & Styling: Mary Kaufman of Bluebird's Garage

Vintage Rentals: Bluebird's Garage

Stationary Design: Christina Prock

Vintage Clothing: 6 Petals (see Christina Prock)

Painted Backdrop: OnieTonie

Flowers: Roost Flowers

Oysters: Pleasure House Oysters

Jewelry: Bohobo Collective

 

All images copyrighted by Bluebird's Garage and Andi and Zoe Photography

our first house

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

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Photos by Zoe Grant

Photos by Zoe Grant

mama & boy

With Summer on our heels, we are turning to the outdoors to fill up any free time in our schedules. And free time nowadays is hard to come by. We have sold our first home in Chesapeake and moved in with my parents at the oceanfront all in about a week and a half. Now we are beginning the hunt for our next home, all in the midst of wedding season! Although there is so much going on we couldn't be happier and are trying to soak up all of the perks of living at the oceanfront which means bike rides, the beach after work, and whole foods. Lots of trips to whole foods. Here's to taking one day at a time and enjoying the sunny spots of life. 

With Summer on our heels, we are turning to the outdoors to fill up any free time in our schedules. And free time nowadays is hard to come by. We have sold our first home in Chesapeake and moved in with my parents at the oceanfront all in about a week and a half. Now we are beginning the hunt for our next home, all in the midst of wedding season! Although there is so much going on we couldn't be happier and are trying to soak up all of the perks of living at the oceanfront which means bike rides, the beach after work, and whole foods. Lots of trips to whole foods. Here's to taking one day at a time and enjoying the sunny spots of life. 

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Photos by the ever-talented Zoe Grant

'Scout is Out'

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!

Photography: Echard Wheeler Floral Design: Roost Flowers Vintage Rentals: Bluebird's Garage Styling: Mary Kaufman   A huge thanks to editor Anne Hazard for the opportunity and my handsome husband for being so tall and helping me reach the tall branches!  

Photography: Echard Wheeler

Floral Design: Roost Flowers

Vintage Rentals: Bluebird's Garage

Styling: Mary Kaufman

 

A huge thanks to editor Anne Hazard for the opportunity and my handsome husband for being so tall and helping me reach the tall branches!

 

Rhett's Rootin'-Tootin' 1st Birthday!

This past Sunday, we celebrated Rhett's 1st birthday with everyone we love! Thanks to all of our family and friends who came out to make it one to remember. We decided to throw a cowboys and indians theme party at the shop. Having all of the rental collection to play with made for some added decorations. It still hasn't sunk in yet that our baby is a whole year old. I am sad to see him get older, but completely relieved the party is over! Kid birthday's are no joke. With a successful first birthday behind us we can move on to other matters of business like first haircuts...eek! A huge thank you to Zoe Grant for capturing this day for us to forever cherish! I hope you enjoy xo

This past Sunday, we celebrated Rhett's 1st birthday with everyone we love! Thanks to all of our family and friends who came out to make it one to remember. We decided to throw a cowboys and indians theme party at the shop. Having all of the rental collection to play with made for some added decorations. It still hasn't sunk in yet that our baby is a whole year old. I am sad to see him get older, but completely relieved the party is over! Kid birthday's are no joke. With a successful first birthday behind us we can move on to other matters of business like first haircuts...eek! A huge thank you to Zoe Grant for capturing this day for us to forever cherish! I hope you enjoy xo

Styled Shoot: Seashore State Park

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!

Photos by Cynthia Tenney

Photos by Cynthia Tenney

Photos by Jessica Ryan     Location: First Landing State Park  Wedding Coordinator: Jamie Leigh Events Vintage Rentals and Concept Styling: Bluebird's Garage Wedding Flowers: Roost Flowers Stationary: Paper Dolls Design Wedding makeup: Dhalia Edwards Hair Stylist: Mariaelissa Littles Jewelry & Outfits Styled by Love Esme Jewelry made by: Few made jewelry & Bohobo Collective  Wedding Cake: Sweet Temptations Dessert Cafe  Garland: Tidal Bay Collections  

Photos by Jessica Ryan

 

 

Location: First Landing State Park 
Wedding Coordinator: Jamie Leigh Events
Vintage Rentals and Concept Styling: Bluebird's Garage
Wedding Flowers: Roost Flowers
Stationary: Paper Dolls Design
Wedding makeup: Dhalia Edwards
Hair Stylist: Mariaelissa Littles
Jewelry & Outfits Styled by Love Esme
Jewelry made by: Few made jewelry & Bohobo Collective 
Wedding Cake: Sweet Temptations Dessert Cafe 
Garland: Tidal Bay Collections
 

mama & boy

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.

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boy: top-found on a trip to puerto rico when we were pregnant with rhett//pants-american apparel 

 

Photos by Zoe Grant

Styled Shoot: 6 Petals Summer Lookbook

Ever since stumbling onto va beach based vintage shop, 6 petals, back in March I have been anticipating the day we get to work together. The day finally came in the form of this bright and cheery summer lookbook, debuting vintage sun dresses and accessories. I am so looking forward to working with the girls at 6 petals again this month for a special  styled shoot that will showcase their twist on bridal. Stay tuned...

Ever since stumbling onto va beach based vintage shop, 6 petals, back in March I have been anticipating the day we get to work together. The day finally came in the form of this bright and cheery summer lookbook, debuting vintage sun dresses and accessories. I am so looking forward to working with the girls at 6 petals again this month for a special  styled shoot that will showcase their twist on bridal. Stay tuned...

Photography: Zoe Grant Vintage clothing & accessories/ styling: 6 Petals Floral Design: Roost Flowers Vintage Rentals & Concept Styling: Bluebird's Garage Location: Bluebird's Garage + Roost Flowers, Zeke's Beans and Bowls Model: Priscilla Queen  

Photography: Zoe Grant

Vintage clothing & accessories/ styling: 6 Petals

Floral Design: Roost Flowers

Vintage Rentals & Concept Styling: Bluebird's Garage

Location: Bluebird's Garage + Roost Flowers, Zeke's Beans and Bowls

Model: Priscilla Queen

 

Styled Shoot: Farm to Table // Part 2

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!

ROOST FLOWERS AND DESIGNS- Becky Devlin (flowers and styling) BLUEBIRD’S GARAGE VINTAGE RENTALS & CONCEPT STYLING- Mary Kaufman (rentals and styling) SARAH STREET PHOTOGRAPHY- Sarah Street (photography) PAPER DOLL DESIGNS- April Foster (stationery) NEW EARTH FARM- (location) FRUITIVE- Bruce Rozeboom (juice and other food) LA DOLCE VITA BAKERY AND WINE BAR- Victoria and Joseph Caruso (dossants) THREE SHIPS COFFEE- Brad and Amy Ewing (coffee)

ROOST FLOWERS AND DESIGNS- Becky Devlin (flowers and styling)
BLUEBIRD’S GARAGE VINTAGE RENTALS & CONCEPT STYLING- Mary Kaufman (rentals and styling)
SARAH STREET PHOTOGRAPHY- Sarah Street (photography)
PAPER DOLL DESIGNS- April Foster (stationery)
NEW EARTH FARM- (location)
FRUITIVE- Bruce Rozeboom (juice and other food)
LA DOLCE VITA BAKERY AND WINE BAR- Victoria and Joseph Caruso (dossants)
THREE SHIPS COFFEE- Brad and Amy Ewing (coffee)

Styled Shoot: Farm to Table // Part 1

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. 
 

mama & boy

Mama & Boy is a new series I am so excited to share with you! Every now and then I will be sharing my personal style as an on-the-go mama alongside my son, Rhett. Over the past few months, I have started to notice how his style inspires mine. Most days, I tend to dress Rhett first thing in the morning. After the gym, breakfast, and lots and lots of coffee I make it around to getting myself dressed for the day. These days its all about being able to balance style and being ready to bust into a sprint at any given moment. Style is a mode of expression and is ever evolving as we grow into different phases of our lives. Motherhood requires form and function, keyword function, but that doesn't mean it can't be one of your most stylish times. So, us mamas may have to trade in our favorite heels for awhile but flats can be just as cute...right? RIGHT!

Mama & Boy is a new series I am so excited to share with you! Every now and then I will be sharing my personal style as an on-the-go mama alongside my son, Rhett. Over the past few months, I have started to notice how his style inspires mine. Most days, I tend to dress Rhett first thing in the morning. After the gym, breakfast, and lots and lots of coffee I make it around to getting myself dressed for the day. These days its all about being able to balance style and being ready to bust into a sprint at any given moment. Style is a mode of expression and is ever evolving as we grow into different phases of our lives. Motherhood requires form and function, keyword function, but that doesn't mean it can't be one of your most stylish times. So, us mamas may have to trade in our favorite heels for awhile but flats can be just as cute...right? RIGHT!

Mama: top-need supply co.//pants-jcrew//shoes-urban outfitters Boy: top&pants-american apparel//shoes-converse//hat-mini boden//knit doll-blabla   Photos by Zoe Grant 

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Photos by Zoe Grant 

BTS: Farmhouse Table

We are kicking off another series, I am calling 'BTS' or behind the scenes, with an inside look at the making of one of our handmade farmhouse tables. I have to applaud my husband, David, for his incredible skill and expertise that has brought my vision to life. I also have to thank the most naturally gifted photographer and friend, Zoe Grant, for capturing this process so that we are able to share it with you! As a side note, she is a ray of sunshine and her work is brilliant.   Each and every table we make here at bluebird's is a labor of love. We pour ourselves into making it the perfect addition to any home and anticipate that it will be the canvas behind each meal and every conversation. We love providing a piece of furniture that can withstand the wear of daily use while offering a timeless esthetic appeal. The beauty of this table is that it could start with one person and eventually seat their entire family, extended families, and friends.   Once David has constructed the table, I begin the distressing process. Next, I apply our home brew stain, a top secret mixture that we make in house that allows each wood grain to react differently. This creates an array of color variations within each board and makes each one truly one-of-a-kind. This is followed by the finishing touches and applying a thin wax seal. The seal protects the table from food and drink without jeopardizing the authenticity of the wood. Once this wax seal sets the table is complete and ready for a new home!   We hope you will enjoy this glimpse behind the scenes and come in and order your very own farmhouse table today so that we may forever be a part of your family gatherings.

We are kicking off another series, I am calling 'BTS' or behind the scenes, with an inside look at the making of one of our handmade farmhouse tables. I have to applaud my husband, David, for his incredible skill and expertise that has brought my vision to life. I also have to thank the most naturally gifted photographer and friend, Zoe Grant, for capturing this process so that we are able to share it with you! As a side note, she is a ray of sunshine and her work is brilliant.

 

Each and every table we make here at bluebird's is a labor of love. We pour ourselves into making it the perfect addition to any home and anticipate that it will be the canvas behind each meal and every conversation. We love providing a piece of furniture that can withstand the wear of daily use while offering a timeless esthetic appeal. The beauty of this table is that it could start with one person and eventually seat their entire family, extended families, and friends.

 

Once David has constructed the table, I begin the distressing process. Next, I apply our home brew stain, a top secret mixture that we make in house that allows each wood grain to react differently. This creates an array of color variations within each board and makes each one truly one-of-a-kind. This is followed by the finishing touches and applying a thin wax seal. The seal protects the table from food and drink without jeopardizing the authenticity of the wood. Once this wax seal sets the table is complete and ready for a new home!

 

We hope you will enjoy this glimpse behind the scenes and come in and order your very own farmhouse table today so that we may forever be a part of your family gatherings.

  Photos by Zoe Grant

 

Photos by Zoe Grant

Styled Shoot

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. 

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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