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Cozy Valentine’s Day Inspiration Shoot at Home

I love getting dressed up and going out just as much as the next person, but I firmly believe that some of the best Valentine’s Days you’ll ever spend are the ones you spend at home.  Those are the days spent breakfasting in bed and cuddling with your honey… and this beautiful shoot from Jordan Brittley and Stellar Staging & Design?  Well, it captures those moments perfectly.  See them all right here.

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From Jordan Brittley… I am SO excited to share this Valentine’s Day inspiration shoot with you. It’s full of macarons, tea cakes, gorgeous flowers and a couple keeping their promises. The inspiration for this shoot came from a C.S. Lewis quote: “It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit.” We want to encourage people to delight in the everyday mundane and rejoice in a bold love.

Catherine wore leggings and a long shawl that looked like a beautiful white blanket and Nick wore jeans and a white t-shirt. They shared dessert in bed and read to each other. We chose to keep things simple because every day life is simple and it’s all about enjoying what is right in front of you: love.

From Stellar Staging & Design… It seems as though so many of us think love is something that just “happens” to us if we’re in the right place at the right time… in some ways I suppose that’s true. This past year my husband and I celebrated our 10th anniversary, and I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be married, to be “in love”, to LOVE.

I happened upon this quote by C. S. Lewis and have been so inspired by it (by the whole chapter, really!):

“…love as distinct from ‘being in love’ — is not merely a feeling. It is a deep unity, maintained by the will and deliberately strengthened by habit.”

Lewis talks about being “in love” verses choosing to love… he says, “Being ‘in love’ first moved them to promise fidelity: this quieter love enables them to keep the promise. It is on this love that the engine of marriage is run: being in love was the explosion that started it.”

LOVING someone, in this case marriage, is really difficult. It’s a lot of work. I’d say it’s by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done.  But… it’s also the best thing I’ve ever done. It’s worth it in every way.

We wanted something attainable. We wanted it comfy, cozy, casual.  We thought a fluffy white duvet was perfectly classic, with simple pillows to accent. Natural colored sheer curtains with just a tad bit of texture were a beautiful backdrop. Cat brought a most perfect shawl for the shoot!!! She & Nick are so cute and comfortable and they did a really great job!

Photographer: Jordan Brittley | Floral Design: He Loves Me Flowers By Charity | Baking: Jessica Grainger | Design & Decor: Stellar Staging & Design

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Missouri Rainbow Wedding from Jordan Brittley Photography

One of my most favorite possessions as a kid was my rainbow bright doll and that love affair with colorful objects clearly carried on into my adult years because I can’t seem to get enough of this wedding. It’s an explosion of colorful details and whimsical snapshots made all the more fun and heartfelt at the hands of Jordan Brittley‘s photographs. Have a look for yourself right here in the full gallery of images.

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From the Bride… Our wedding venue was a pretty easy pick, because it was my home church. I wanted to celebrate our special day in a place that was important to me. For our guest book, we had our guests sign their names using a bottle of paint. We had this done on canvas so that they became a work of art we could display in our house!

I really wanted our wedding reception to be semi-informal, comfortable and FUN. The stage was a spot to have the wedding party sit where they’d stand out from the rest. For our first look, we were each holding a bouquet of balloons and released them once we were in front of each other. This day was all about happy, and I think balloons totally give off that vibe! It was exciting to have a moment together before the craziness of the wedding ceremony and reception began! I. love. color. I get SO much joy from seeing bright colors together, so I knew for sure that’s what I wanted the wedding colors to be. It took a painstakingly long time to get those colors…in that order…perfect.

My favorite part of the day, was really the day itself. It’s something I longingly looked forward to for so long. But even more than that day…all the days after…because I’m living life with my best friend. I also really cherished the message our pastor gave – encouraging us, “as iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.” He gave us a hands-on analogy with some pruning sheers and a sharpener – it was a great visual.

Photographer: Jordan Brittley | Floral Designer: He Loves Me Flowers | Dress: Davids Bridal | Shoes: Toms | Bridesmaid Dresses: Davids Bridal | Hair: Reflections | Tuxes: JcPenney | Cake : Mary Plunket of Morsels | Ceremony & Reception: First Baptist Church of Bolivar | Linens: First Baptist Church of Bolivar | Nails: Rock, Paper, Scissors | Table/Chair Rentals: First Baptist Church