Engagement: Karly and Shaun

Today’s couple is near and dear to my heart. My brother-in-law Shaun and his then fiancee, now new bride Karly honored me with the privilege of taking their engagement pics. It was so much fun taking a stroll through the woods with these two and grabbing a few shots of them in such a beautiful, natural surrounding. They certainly made my job easy. Come back on Wednesday for a peek into their bridal shower. It was a blast.

Images by Becca Murdaugh


Love Stories: Vintage Twist

Today we are looking at the fourth and final theme of the 417 Bride’s Summer Love Stories shoot. This theme was one of my favorites; based on one of my favorite books The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, we give you a Vintage Twist.

Hair: Karma Salon, Melanie Gibbs
Make Up: Karma Salon, Chelsea Basham
Bride Model: Emma McClain

Shot on location Dwayne Holden and Beth Yarbrough’s residence. 

Nicole Miller 100 percent silk halter gown, $730 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design.

Headpiece by Felicita Studios.

Otreska black circle ring, $19.95 at The Market.  Fabulous Fur faux winter white mink, $99 at Normans Springfield.

1928 Ford Model A Pheaton available for rental through Vintage Arrivals.

18-karat white gold and black bangle, $9,999
white gold with white gold bangle, $8,199
vintage round white gold and diamond ring, $1,795
all at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants. 

1. Presidio Suite No. 1 invitations available at PaperWorld. Rolex watch, $26,650; Estate Collection bow pin, $875; both at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants. Color block necklace, $26.95 at The Market. Tablecloth available at Provence.

2. Bouquet of hydrangea, hyacinth, roses, tulips, miniature gerbera daisies and spray roses by Ron Johnson at The Nest. Vintage round white gold and diamond ring, $1,795 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.

3. Truffles by Elle’s Patisserie. Zig zag napkin, $20.25; Emily Henry plate, $37; both at Provence.

4. Chevron purse, $32 at Red Velvet. Allie Night Moves black shoe, $95 at Normans Springfield. Tablecloth available at Provence.

5. Console table, $298 at Pickwick House; art deco glasses with gold trim, $18 per set of six at Pickwick House. Three-tier cake by Pastries by Carla. Gold-etched votive, $19; white urns, $125–325; all at Obelisk Home.

6. Black Numbe place setting; Juliska napkin, $24.30; pomegranate napkin ring, $8.50; all at Provence. Oneida Patterns Forever Satin Aquarius flatware, $50 per five pieces at Dillard’s. 


Thanks to all the wonderful vendors we worked with that made the Love Stories shoot possible!

Love Stories: Evening Whimsy

If you’ve following along this week you’ll know that we are showcasing our work that we did with the 417 Bride’s Summer Love Stories shoot. Today, we are looking at a theme inspired by William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Evening Whimsy.

Hair: Studio 417, Carly Hamilton, Jared Cluck
Make Up: Grove Spa, Krista Murphy
Bride Model: Ashley Toner
Bridesmaid Models: Kinsey Mhire , Mikaela Peterson, Michella Tenneson

Shot on location at Enchanted Hills.

Custom-designed gown and headpiece by Frock Bridal.

Fresh bouquet including delphenium and carnations by Linda’s Flowers. 

1. Pergola, votive lanterns, silver tree, candle stands and mercury vases available at Swept Away Rentals. Linens available at The Total Bride. Blue vases available at Creative Touches. Mikasa countryside collection cake plate, $80 at Dillard’s. Flowers by Linda’s Flowers. Two-tier cake by Beth’s Bake Shoppe.

2. Synergy Save the Date available at PaperWorld.

3. Purple bridesmaid dress, $199; magenta Venus Bella bridesmaid dress, $172; Bari Jay peacock bridesmaid dress, $230; all at Normans Springfield. Hairpieces by Felicita Studios.

4. Black linen available at The Total Bride. Purple clutch by Liddie Mae. Sterling silver David Yurman blue topaz and diamond ring, $1,200; 18-karat white gold flower fashion ring with diamonds, $3,499; both at Justice Jewelers

5. 14-karat white gold sapphire and diamond ring, $4,950; 18-karat white gold cabochon ruby and diamond ring, $6,799; both at Justice Jewelers 


Love Stories: Antique Elegance

Continuing our journey through the 417 Bride’s Summer Love Stories shoot, we look into the second theme: Antique Elegance. This themed was inspired by Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

Hair: Ashley Lauren Salon, Conor Bruner
Make Up: Ashley Lauren Salon, Megan Murphy
Bride Model: Caitlynn Larive
Groom Model: Braden Larive

Shot on location at Elfindale Mansion.

Roundtree & York suspenders, $22
Signature Calvin Klein pants, $69.50
Roundtree & Yorke belt, $40
Daniel Cremieux cream shirt, $69.50
all available at Dillard’s.

Ivory Allure lace dress, $1,458
large headpiece, $170.95
Jessica Lynn ivory belt, $295
all available at Normans Springfield.

Signs courtesy Felicita Studios.

1. Ivory Allure lace dress, $1,458; Erica Koesler ivory veil, $338; at Normans Springfield. Fresh bouquet including alstroemeria, tulips, roses and stargazer lilies by The Flower Merchant

2. Tablecloth and napkin available at Provence. Oneida Patterns Forever stainless steel flatware, $30 for five pieces at Dillard’s. Vine by Grande Living china, $9–10 at Dillard’s. Jet-colored pearl brooch, $50 at Normans Springfield. Hypericum berry flowers by The Flower Merchant.

3. Lace courtesy Social Graces. Invitation available at PaperWorld. Cameo, $1,090; small cameo, $225; pearl necklace, $5,570; at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants 

4. Lace embroidery hoops courtesy Social Graces; Three-tier swirl detail cake by AmyCakes; Antique books, $75 at The Market.

5. Daniel Cremieux tie, $59.50; Roundtree & Yorke suspenders, $22; Daniel Cremieux cream shirt, $69.50; from Dillard’s.

6. Earl Gray tea– and rose-flavored marshmallows, 75 cents each at Elle’s Patisserie. Book page flowers, $2.25 each at The Market

7. Allure Bridals frost ivory peep-toe heels, $75 at Normans Springfield. Vintage pearl and diamond ring, $3,465 at Maxon’s Diamond Merchants.


Love Stories: A Natural Approach

We are so excited that 417 Bride’s Summer issue hit the stands last week! This is our third issue to work on and we are particularly excited about it. If you are a local Springfield-ian, you can pick up your copy at area Price Cutters, Summer Fresh Markets, Country Mart, Harter House or Barnes & Noble. It is a great way to see what local vendors have to offer for your big day.

Now… to the fun part!

All of this issue’s themes were based on literary inspirations.

The first of four themes, inspired by Henry David Thoreau’s Walden:

Hair: Studio 417, Jennifer Bridgman
Make Up: Grove Spa, Krista Murphy
Bride Model: Kylie Wright
Flower Girls: India Tru Lengyel and Ireland Kelsey

Shot on location at Enchanted Hills.

Wtoo Brides by Watters Devon gown, $1,115 at Ella Weiss Wedding Design

Headpiece courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey.

1. Hydrangea bouquet by Wickman’s Garden Village; 14-karat white gold, emerald-cut green tourmaline and diamond ring, $5,499 at Justice Jewelers

2. Yellow quartz and diamond necklace, $795; White gold leaf-style diamond ring, $895; white gold cushion-cut diamond ring, $6,995; all from Mitchum Jewelers

3. Custom-designed fabric flower necklace by Liddie Mae

4. The Diamond Collection Casablanca Dress, $750 at Gracie’s Bridal

5. Hairpieces courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; moss balls, $11.95 at The Market; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal

1. Grass and moss courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village; birch vases courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; four-tiered fondant cake with fondant leaves by Cameo Cakes; cake stands courtesy Social Graces

2. Wood chargers courtesy Social Graces; Woodbury place setting, $6–12 at Dillard’s; Lenox Tuscany classics collection wine glasses, six for $40 at Dillard’s; cloth napkins, $4.50–26 at Provence; green chicks, $13 at The Market

3. The Hawthorn Suite invitation from PaperWorld; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; wood chargers courtesy Social Graces

4. Terrariums with moss and assorted greenery courtesy Wickman’s Garden Village

5. Paper banner courtesy Social Graces; pinwheels courtesy Sincerely, Kinsey; Sweet Beginnings flower girl dresses, $144–158 at Gracie’s Bridal Opposite Page: Hydrangea centerpieces by Wickman’s Garden Village; hanging lanterns courtesy Swept Away Rentals.


Cheers! Roasted Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Sprouted Kitchen, by Sara Forte, is a fabulous blog to follow simply because it brings two of my favorite things together: beautiful photos and delicious food. Sara’s husband, Hugh Forte, is an amazing photographer. They are currently working on a cookbook that is due this fall.

Today, I thought it would be great to share this gorgeous recipe: Roasted Strawberry Coconut Milk Ice Cream.


Adapted from Hungry Girl Por Vida

Few notes. First off, be sure to use full fat coconut milk, the light stuff will turn out too icey. I halved most of my strawberries, but after a few spoonfuls of the ice cream, I wish I had either quartered them, or mashed them up a bit with a fork before I added them to the machine. The chunks were a bit large and disrupted my pure ice cream enjoyment with big frozen cubes of fruit. If you end up with more strawberries than you use in the ice cream, they are delicious on a piece of toasted bread over a hearty swipe of fresh goat’s cheese. In fact, that combination is maybe a reason to make more than you’ll need anyway.

2 pints strawberries, hulled and quartered

2 tsp. natural cane sugar

2 egg yolks

1/3 cup natural cane sugar

3 Tbsp. maple sugar (or just more natural cane sugar if that’s what you have)

1 13.5 oz. can coconut milk

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

2 oz. dark chocolate, optional

Preheat the oven to 300′.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Pile the berries in the middle, sprinkle with the 2 tsp. of cane sugar, pinch of sea salt and toss gently to coat. Spread in an even layer and bake on the middle rack for 25 minutes. Turn off the heat but leave the berries in there to cool slowly. They need to be completely cool before adding to the ice cream machine. This step can be done in advance.

Set a glass bowl over a pot of simmering water, but do not let the bowl touch the water. Add the egg yolks and both sugars and stir to warm. As the sugar melts, it will become smooth and shiny. If these two need a bit of help melting, just add a spoonful of the coconut milk to get things moving along. Stir the mixture for about 5 minutes. Add the can of coconut milk and whisk everything to combine. As everything warms, it will get smoother. The custard will start to thicken just a bit. Stir in the vanilla, turn off the heat, strain through a fine strainer to remove any eggs bits and transfer the bowl to the fridge to cool completely.

Add the coconut custard to your ice cream maker and churn according to instructions. Meanwhile, if using, melt the chocolate in a double boiler (glass bowl over simmering water). At about 75% finished, add in a cup of the cooled, roasted strawberries and let it continue. In the last minute, slowly drizzle in the (not super hot) chocolate if you wants some chocolate chards or chunks in the ice cream.

Transfer to a container and freeze until firm.

Images via Sprouted Kitchen.

Sneak Peek: 417 Bride

Once again, Social Graces had the privilege of styling for 417 Bride that will hit stands this winter.   Back in May, we styled a two day shoot at Silver Dollar City that you can find here.  This time we pulled together and styled three different shoots; honeymoon getaway dresses, 4 weddings and a cupcake spread.  Below are some shots from the photoshoots through my phone.

Bride model, Jenna, and photographer Amy Pennington shooting one of the four wedding themes

Our delicious cupcakes from bakeries all over Springfield on top of cake stands made by Social Graces

Honeymoon model, Bekah by an antique airplane from the Taney County airport.Honeymoon model, Yulia, rockin’ an Envy outfit on an antique airplane from the Taney County airport.