Winter Styled Photoshoot

The morning after the Design Challenge presentations I woke up to a text from Abby saying, “Congrats!” I frantically clicked on my Facebook app and saw my own design board at the top of my cluttered News Feed. I had won. A feeling of excitement and satisfaction washed over me as I took in the moment. When I’d begun with AME I hadn’t imagined that my experience would culminate to this.

As I mentioned in my previous posts, the winner gets a prize. This award comes in the form of getting to plan and hold a styled photo shoot based on your design. This then leads to submitting it for publication in blogs and bridal magazines across the country. The honor and recognition that comes along with this is priceless and I couldn’t wait to begin.

A few days later, I met with Abby to discuss design options. We both agreed that since the design I’d made for Kaylee was classic AME, we could branch out and try something a bit different. Always one for a challenge, I was excited to be able to recreate and come up with a special design. A few days of Pinterest and a fresh inspiration board later, I had a new design..

INspa Board
Winter Styled Shoot Inspiration Board

A color scheme, place settings, linens, floral arrangements, and everything down to detailed guest favors were planned out.

The planning process, I found, was a great challenge and increasingly insightful. It came with its hiccups and tough moments but helped me learn some deep breathing techniques and how to problem solve. Organizing this shoot throughout the holiday season added a level of difficulty as many were taking time with their families and enjoying their perfectly-cooked turkeys, twinkling lights, the smell of pine trees, and the pop of champagne bottles. [I won’t even mention the nightmare that is hunting for cake stands or the call I got two days prior informing me that a bride had bought my model dress.] Just remember to keep a level head and remind yourself that it all works out in the end. Because it does, one way or another.

In the midst of family celebrations, I reached out to vendors that I knew could bring this look to life. I chose some that have become amazing friends in my time with AME along with some fresh faces. I received each one’s contact information, communicated by phone and email, coordinated a timeline for the day of the shoot, and explained my vision. Every single one was so accommodating and a pleasure to work with. They are all so incredibly talented and I could not have had a better team. They donated their time, effort, resources, and creative abilities to help make the day a success. And it was a huge success.

I’m already so blessed to have the job that I do. But my joy increases exponentially when we have so many individuals in this industry come together to create a masterpiece.

I woke up that morning ready to take on the day. I had all the rentals in the back of my car and headed to Springfield. Hair and make-up was first on the list and my model, Dani Jo, got to enjoy a few hours of being pampered at Honey & Hive Salon. A dress pick-up, a few impromptu dances, and a lot of baby Otto kisses later…it was set-up time at our beautiful venue The Old Glass Place. The rest of the day was spent laughing, collaborating, and enjoying the product of our labors. Charity from He Loves Me Flowers stuck around throughout the whole shoot just sharing the experience with us (she is the absolute best and so adorable!). Dani braved the brisk day in a beautiful strapless gown from Ella Weiss and participated so willingly and graciously. When it was all over and every image had been captured, we tore down (always the sad part), and loaded everything back in my car. Vendors departed with chocolates and champagne and not nearly enough “thank yous.” The sense of accomplishment was overwhelming.

The days passed on and life went back to normal. But the moment I saw an email from our talented photographer Kellie Michelle a few weeks ago, I could hardly contain my excitement. The photos captured exactly what I had envisioned and exceeded all of my expectations.

Below are a few of the many gorgeous shots that our brilliant photographer and her assistant got on that January day. To check out the published work and full photo shoot (just in time for Valentine’s Day!), head over to The Perfect Palette.

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Grace, beauty, and light.
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Look at this GORGEOUS floral centerpiece made by Charity B.
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My love for this floral crown increases every time I see it.


Credit for this amazing photoshoot belongs to:

Photography: Kellie Michelle Photography // Design & Coordination: Allyssa of Abby Mitchell Event Planning & Design // Bridal Gown: Ella Weiss // Cakes: Charity Fent Cake Designs// Florals: Charity of He Loves Me Flowers // Linens: SB Bon Events // Linens, Flatware, Glassware, Plates: Eventful Rentals // Chargers: Elegant Touch // Acrylic Chairs: Ellee’s Rental Boutique // Hair & Make-Up: Honey & Hive Salon // Venue: The Old Glass Place // Model: Dani Jo Stevenson

Check out their websites for your own event or wedding!

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So much love to all my vendors!




Intern Design Challenge: Part 2

As I mentioned in my last post, the Intern Design Challenge is the chance to show what you know and all you’ve learned with Abby Mitchell Events. After my summer session with Abby I decided to stay on throughout the fall and my last semester of school. We had a new AME family and our newest and adorable addition, baby Otto (Abby’s son born in July). It was a fall full of autumnul color schemes, crisp air, and ecstatic young couples. I knew though that it was all coming to an end when we met at Abby’s house one night… I knew what was coming.

Knowing this would be my second and also my last Intern Design Challenge, I stepped up my game and put all I had into it. With school in full swing and preparing to graduate, accomplishing this feat was easier said than done. I spent hours on my computer researching for my bride/partner Kayley Walker to create her dream wedding design. After a few weeks of planning and putting my creativity to the test….my computer crashed, taking all of my hard work and ideas with it. After streaming tears and raging anger in between trips to the computer repair shop, it was time to begin again. I now doubled my time staring at computer screens as I spent hours in the lab to make up for my lost time and work. A constant reminder intertwined with my thoughts saying, “Irritation won’t change it. Move on and make it work.” Frustrating? Yes. A test of patience? Definitely. Did I finish? Absolutely.

A few weeks after the challenge being assigned our little team gathered together again taking turns holding Otto and presenting our designs. Below are a few pages from my design for Kayley:

Inspa Board K&C
Inspiration Board
Gift and Guest
When the Bride’s maiden name is Walker, there is no other hashtag needed.


Again inspiration boards were posted to social media outlets and voted on by the judges and fellow AME interns. All of our designs were superbly unique and pleasing to the “brides.” However, we all know there is only one winner…

But I can’t give away all of my secrets in one post… So hang on to that cliff a little while longer. I promise it’ll be worth the wait.