Vintage Tea Party Photo Shoot

Remember this? Well, it is time to reveal the product of that sketch.

I am thrilled to share this vintage tea party I designed with the help of Taylor Jackson from Barefeet Photography and Cassie Henley from Twelve Twenty Photography (who is also the mastermind behind my blog design). There are so many pictures to share because I just couldn’t choose and Taylor shot a video as well so you are in for some serious eye candy! Cassie and Taylor’s nieces were our models and they are simply precious so you can imagine how difficult it was to narrow it down.

These first few photos are by Cassie

I love the girls’ faces in this picture.

And these are Taylor’s

look. at. those. eyes.
Thank you to all of our sweet models and their mommas!
 Taylor, me and Cassie!

When Taylor contacted me about designing the photo shoot, she knew she wanted a vintage, traditional touch to the classic tea party with pastels as our color scheme. My goal was to use props that I either already owned or could borrow to prove that ANY party can be done on a budget. At first I had assumed I would use a table but when I couldn’t find the perfect one I changed my plan to incorporate the porch swing hanging from the tree in a picnic style setting.

As for the props, here’s how we did it. The chandelier and sheer curtains were already in my collection as well as the pink china plates I had purchased from Anthropologie last year and the pillows some of which came from my bed, others of which were purchased at Walmart two years ago. A special thank you to sweet two-year-old Anna Grace for letting me borrow her table. She gave a little pouty face when I walked out her front door with her tea party table but hopefully I am forgiven as I returned it promptly! 🙂 The linens and vintage tea cups belonged to both mine and Taylor’s moms as well as the bird cage, tea set, vintage trunk and furry rug. It never ceases to amaze me how much you can do with what you already own and can you believe those pillows are from Walmart!?

Taylor designed the place cards and the banner and constructed both out of extra fabric, scrap booking paper, paint, and lace that she found around her house and printed the place cards on transparency paper she already had from her home printer. Next time you have extra scraps of paper or fabric you might just keep it for a future project!

Taylor also filmed a video for the shoot. Enjoy!

Contributing Vendors:
Event Design: Shelbi Rampy, Events by Shelbi Rene
Photography/Videography/Paper Products: Taylor Jackson, Barefeet Photography
Photography: Cassie Henley, Twelve Twenty Photography

And of course a special thank you to our darling models Kendyll, Carlie, Abby Kate, Avery, Mary Alice and Milla!


This video is presh. I was a little confused when I first saw it because I don’t watch Scrubs but you’ll love it. Trust me.

I like this guy’s creativity AND it’s all on video. Perfect.

Lyndsay’s Wedding Shower

A few years ago I designed and decorated a shower for friends of ours from college, Lyndsay and Kyle Miller. Lyndsay was the vice president when I was president of our sorority, the jelly to my peanut butter, the cheese to my macaroni (you get the point) and Kyle and my husband grew up in the same church and were college roommates. With that said, Kyle and Lyndsay didn’t even meet until after college! I totally missed out on an opportunity to play matchmaker. God has a funny way of working things out though!

Kyle’s parents and my in-laws have been friends for a while so when my mother-in-law asked for my help with their wedding shower I was beyond delighted. Lyndsay’s love of butterflies, purple and bling were my inspiration for this shower and my mother-in-law’s Austin hillside home was the setting. Unfortunately I did not own a fancy camera at the time so these pictures are courtesy of a hot pink point-and-shoot that did the best she could…

 The guests of honor!


So I am not an artist. I have never claimed to be one. But when I need to remember how I want to design something in my head, writing it down doesn’t cut it; drawing is a necessity. So my friends, I give you this masterpiece:

(What appears to be an octopus hanging from a string is actually a chandelier. Please take notice of that.)

Yes, I drew that and I assure you the real thing is better. Hopefully I will be able to prove it to you when I post the real, non-stick figure photos in a few days.

Lord help my drawing skills.