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Oh, Target. Just the other day I was there, minding my own business, literally only there to buy a new pack of pens because my last good pen ran out of ink that morning. And wouldn’t you know it, the Nate Berkus aisle is right before the pen aisle! What good luck, right? And that’s when I saw it. This brand new gold mirror desk organizer.

Oh, Nate Berkus. If you have not seen his work, just head on over to his Target page and take a look. Don’t worry, I’ll wait.

His brand is a classy mix of minimalism, marble, white, and gold. And those are four of my favorite words. Often on my way back to the grocery aisles, I’ll stop in and say hey to Nate (or rather, these gold scissors I so desperately want). Sometimes I have enough self control and I’m able to breeze on past, but other times I’m pulled into the magical white and gold aisle.

I already own the gold stapler, and it is perfect for my Instagram flatlays ;) And a few months ago, I bought the cutest little gold mirror box! Unfortunately it’s not available anymore, but you can see it in my office pictures here.

This box is actually not part of the Nate Berkus collection (it’s the Target Threshold brand), but it is literally sitting right beside it and it looks exactly the same. So I’m going to say it’s the same ;)

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  • Maggie Nolan - Oh girl… I totally got you. I have so much of his stuff, it’s not even funny.ReplyCancel

  • Kendall Lynnette - Totally agree with you, Emily! I’m OBSESSED with Nate Berkus and check out his line literally every single time I’m at Target. :)ReplyCancel

When I first arrive on a wedding day, I will go find the girls and say hello / introduce myself. The very next thing that I’ll do is take your details and begin photographing them! The reason I do this, is because it allows me to slowly ease into the craziness of a wedding day, and ‘warm up’ so to speak before I get to photograph you!

But sometimes this doesn’t run as smoothly as it could. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I thought I’d make a more detailed post for my future brides (or anyone else’s!) about getting yourself more organized. I am the queen of organization, so I’ve got lots of tips ;)

The key to getting great detail photographs is to (wait for itttttttt…) have details. You may be thinking that I’ve gone a little crazy… “Emily, of course I’ll have details!” But I’m not just talking about the main things like the dress and the shoes. The truly stunning detail photos are the ones that include more ‘things’. Now don’t get me wrong, I hate clutter, and I can’t stand to have little knick-knacky things laying around my house! What I mean is that there are only so many detail photos that I can get with just the dress, rings, and shoes.

You will still get beautiful photos of those things, but when you also give me things like a necklace, earrings, garter, veil, invitations, or extra flowers from your bouquet, I am able to get a much bigger variety! It also helps to tie in all those photos for your wedding album, because your photos will have a common element. It’s even more perfect if you give me things from your wedding day, like a scrap of burlap from the table runners, or a lime if you’re having a ‘fresh’ themed wedding, or a program from your ceremony!

But the second part of this post will actually help you so much the morning of the wedding, so keep reading!

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It is cold in Virginia. Like, really really cold. Memorial Day is in almost one week, and the thought of getting the pool ready for swimming just makes me shiver. Brrrrr.

 But hey, I’m feeling optimistic and I know that some day soon it will be unbearably hot and I’ll jump in the pool and wish for cooler days again. The other day we went to the greenhouse for some veggies (boring), so Joelle and I ended up doing a photoshoot in the greenhouse. Typical.

I’ve always wanted to take pictures in a greenhouse, and it was just as wonderful as I thought it would be. The colors are amazing, and the LIGHT. It was crazy bright outside, but the diffused light inside was perfect. Now I’m dying to take a bride and groom to a greenhouse!!
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Last week all the rain we had gotten was starting to get a little old. This week it’s just plain ridiculous. I have had to reschedule so many shoots, and I am just itching to photograph again!! Is that too much to ask?? :)

This past week has been a lot of behind the scenes work. It has been nice to have a tiny break from wedding season, but I am seriously so excited to get back in it! I’ve had my little refresher, now BRING IT ON.

I’ve been on keto again for a week and two days now, and the food cravings are real. Including but not limited to ice cream cake, regular ice cream, fruit pizza (always.), fries, a Wendy’s frosty, COSTCO PIZZA, and Chinese food. I’ll get over it soon enough, so excuse me while I go eat a bowl of lettuce.

Just kidding, it’s really not that bad.

Hannah and I almost never have weekends off, and it’s almost impossible for us to have a weekend off together! Last Saturday we were both free, so we decided to go for a hike. Saturday morning we were texting each other like “should we even get out of bed for this??”, but we finally did, and it was such a great decision. It was exactly what I needed!

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