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Seaside Dreams | Bridal Inspiration

There are a thousand reasons to love the Summer. The cool sand, ocean blues and warm rays of the sun are good for the soul. A few months ago our team started dreaming of some Summer wedding inspiration by the seaside. Here’s a little more about the inspiration behind this concept of the shoot:

When I think of Summer the first thing that comes to mind is the ocean. Perhaps its because I grew up minutes away from the shore. Regardless, I’ve always been enthralled by the dichotomy between chaos and calm of the sea. It is both fierce and gentle in an ethereally and haunting way. It evokes a beautiful sense of longing for the unknown and intangible. The ocean has always moved my soul deeply. I knew it would be beautiful to merge my love of the sea and wedding inspiration. When I found the dream-like coast of Fort Pickens, I knew it would be the perfect backdrop. Our model is a ballet dancer, beautifully using her talent for capturing emotion through movement. It is as if her love is out at sea and she waits for him. Looking out upon the waves fill her with both immense longing and peace. Our floral and paper designs pulled everything together in perfect simplicity. The watercolor on the paper suite wonderfully mimics the lull of the tides. Again, the model’s attire reiterated simplistic beauty and the organic-feeling tiara added just the right amount of elegance. We hope you feel as we do when looking at these images.

Credits | Photography - Jennifer Blair Photography | Rentals - Events by Nouveau Flowers | Calligraphy & Paper Suite - Graceline Art
Floral & Event Design - Events by Nouveau Flowers |Wedding Dress: Nicole Miller | Bridal Tiara - Carlie Sizemore

Stephanie - July 11, 2014 - 5:52 pm

This is beyond stunning. I love the watercolor invitations. So unique and beautiful. Each picture feels like a painting, not necessarily a photography. It adds to the dreaminess and romance. Basically? I’m in love. Great job, Jennifer!
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Kara & Justin | Magnolia & Mint Wedding

I’m so excited to be sharing this beautiful wedding with you all today. I’ve been on this journey with Kara and Justin for what feels like a very long time. Their engagement session last summer in Oxford seems like an eternity ago! I knew from the beginning that these two were going to have such a beautiful celebration of their union, both tangibly and intangibly. The feel of the whole day was pure sweetness and romance. Kara is one of the most detailed yet laid back brides I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with over the years. The day they planned was perfection. One of my favorite moments was their first look underneath a canopy of old oaks. Nothing compares to that moment when the groom gazes upon his beautiful bride for the first time. It will never, ever get old to me! There were so many beautiful and timeless moments on this day. Here are just a few…

These moments between Kara and her beautiful mom were so sweet.

Their joy was so intoxicating!

Like I’ve said before, I can’t get enough of cute flower girls!

I loved these precious bridesmaids!

Kara is such a classic beauty! And those flower girls below…I die!

It was so moving to watch Kara’s dad marry these two as well.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your gorgeous day Mr. & Mrs. Walters!

Summertime Rest

The Summer has officially arrived here in the South and so has the busiest season of the year. I love the Summer, but it is definitely a whirlwind! This year is full of work, camps, events, visiting family and friends, weddings and shoots. Sadly I won’t be traveling quite as much as normal, but I have a great reason. We’re getting ready to welcome our first little one into the world at the Summer’s end as well! We are also trying to find time to get ready for that big event! It’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness of Summer and miss out on really enjoying the season. Even in the midst of constant going and doing, we can find moments of rest and restoration for our hearts. For me, it can be something as little as taking a moment to stop and soak in the warmth of the sun, letting it remind me of life’s bigger purpose.

I love this verse from The Message Bible on resting.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30

 I hope you all can find refreshment for your hearts as well as your bodies this Summer!

Laura Nelson - July 1, 2014 - 11:13 pm

Love love that verse <3

Mallory & Kevin | Swan House Engagement

I will go wherever there is beauty, no matter how far. I often find myself traveling for engagement sessions. There are just too many gorgeous locations to stay in the same place. Travel has always been one of  my loves. I can mostly thank my mother for that trait. She used to pack us all up in the car on a whim and take us on adventures. Love of nature and beauty was passed down from her mom and now to me. If there is an adventure to be had or something lovely to behold, I’m ready to go. After talking with this sweet Atlanta couple about their engagement session, I knew the stately Swan House had to be one of the options. Fortunately, they thought it was perfect too! I couldn’t imagine a better fit for this classy and elegant couple than this breathtaking mansion and it’s beautiful grounds. They epitomize everything Southern and sweet. I’m so thrilled to be a part of their New Year’s Eve nuptials in Charleston in a few months!

Laura Nelson - July 1, 2014 - 11:15 pm

WOAH! This location is a dream! I just love how you have really developed your style with film and these lovely colors, my friend!!!! xoxo

jennifer blair - July 2, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Thank you so much Laura! You are too sweet!

Featured on 100 Layer Cakelet

I’m so incredibly honored to have my own maternity session featured on 100 Layer Cakelet today! About two weeks ago I found myself on the other side of the lens for a mini maternity session at an old Plantation on the Georgia coast. My sweet sister (and assistant) Michelle was kind enough to make this session happen so beautifully. The ridiculously heat aside, the South can be a dream. After stumbling on this location a few years ago, I knew it was the perfect backdrop to commemorate this special season of life. Maybe the next time I visit I’ll have my toddling little girl with me! These make me so excited to meet my Eleanora Rose!

You can see the feature here and part 1 on my baby blog here.

Happy Monday friends!

Allison - June 12, 2014 - 8:57 pm

I saw your feature and it was beautiful!!! I love your style! Then this afternoon I was on Lauren Conrad’s website and saw YOU! Did you know you were featured in her feature? So fun! :) http://laurenconrad.com/blog/2014/06/oh-baby-fashion-beauty-must-haves-for-the-mama-to-be-ilana-saul-pregnancy/

jennifer blair - June 17, 2014 - 1:10 am

Thank you so much Allison! Yes, I found out via several friends. Sadly, I wasn’t asked permission for it’s use before it went everywhere. :(