Sunshine, birds, the sounds and feelings of warmer weather woke me up as I lay in my adorable quirky Air BnB. I was in Pittsboro, North Carolina and it was the morning of the How We Gather Shootout. I spent the day before driving from Pennsylvania, about 9 hours. I was exhausted by the time I got in, so after many hours of sleep I was ready for the day! I pulled into the parking lot of Forest Hall At Chatham Mills and was immediately blown away. There is certainly nothing like this place at home. It was a beautiful space, and the vibe just felt so chill and dare I say “hip”.
Meeting Chelsy and everyone there was a huge breath of fresh air. I was nervous, being from a very different area, that I maybe wouldn’t fit quite in the group. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Everyone was so welcoming! As we all looked around the room I saw that the attention to detail was impeccable. There were so many things set up, flowers everywhere. I was just aching to get my camera out and start shooting. The models came out and the other 2 photographers and I looked at each other. It was going to be a fantastic day. I was (and still am) basically speechless about it all. Jus the way it all came together. I had been looking forward to this for a few months, after seeing Chelsy talk about it on The Gathering Co.’s Instagram Stories. I knew that I’d be able to make new connections and meet some amazing people, all while creating the most magical and stunning photos. I really wasn’t prepared for what came out of me! Here’s a look at the first part of the shootout, an Edgy Black and Blue Glam look!
Aren’t these guys just the sweetest? They’re currently engaged, and I just can’t believe how easy it was for them to do their thing with 3 groups of photographers, and have each run be different. I loved the back of Amy’s dress, and the leather jacket was just the most perfect touch! Also yes- that is a mobile bar and I was just as obsessed as you probably are. We need one of those here ASAP! I want to give a HUGE shoutout to all of the vendors who came together to make this shoot happen. I know they all worked so hard and so long to make everything perfect, and I definitely think they are just as happy as all of us are!
The Gathering Co. – Planner and Design
Sugar Euphoria – Cakes
Megan Strimbu – invites, mirror, and leather/terra-cotta escorts
AL.Calligraphy – Hanging cake sign and geometric escorts
ElleWoodsCo. – Lounge wooden signs and wooden rounds
Greenhouse Picker Sisters – Lounge pieces, rugs, cake stands, black plates, special goblets
CE rental – Dinnerware rentals
Mosshound Designs – Floor lounge woven wall piece, runners, napkins, and ribbons
Bardot Bridal: Hair and Makeup @thebardotbridal
The Barbox Co. – mobile bar and menu board
Shopbofemme – Jewelry (necklaces, earrings, ring)
NYBG – Dress and Black Tux
Model Couple: Amy and Andrew
Bridesmaids: Jenn and Kristen
Even though this was just the first look of the day, I finished with Andrew and Amy and felt so amazing. It was pure magic. I can’t wait to show you more from the How We Gather shootout, but I hope you enjoyed this first taste!
March 19, 2019