November 25, 2014

As we approach the holidays, I am recounting the year and what a year it has been.  It took months of planning and years of saving, but we managed to swing a five week stint in the UK this past summer.  You would think after a month of traveling that all but the serial jet setter would be ready for home, but honestly, I could have stayed.  The UK has always felt like home for us.  If I could spend a year at Swinglee Grange Farm in Sheffield, tending the sheep and cows, maybe I would get sick of it, I don’t know.  But I’d like to give it a try sometime.

The trip was in celebration of mine and Andy’s 10th anniversary and included a three night stay in the Keeper’s Cottage at Wedderburn Castle, in Duns, Scotland, where we were married.  The stars aligned in having a one day overlap in Scotland with our friend, and extremely talented photographer, Elyse, who offered to come to the Castle and do a photo session for us.  Even crazier is that the resulting shoot and the story behind it appealed to another talented friend, Katie, and her brand spankin’ new magazine Cottage Hill.  We are so honored to see our story in the Homecoming Issue.

So, down to brass tacks… what am I thankful for?  I am thankful for my parents, who continue to raise me in the most supportive way imaginable and have set an example for raising my daughter in the same way.  I am thankful for my husband, who thinks I’m crazy sometimes but usually lets me get away with whatever scheme I’m planning.  I am thankful for my nephew, for being such an amazing big cousin, my fellow Beatlemaniac, the Star Wars President and an all around fantastic young man.  I am thankful for my daughter, the light of my life, who won’t stay little forever.  I am thankful for my extended family and dear dear friends who make life worth living.

If you have a chance, pick up the Homecoming Issue of Cottage Hill.  I believe it can be found at Barnes and Noble and Target, as well as Dutch, here in OKC.  Or you can order it directly through their site.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the Wedderburn session.  I get teary every time I look through them!Gibson_004 Gibson_006 Gibson_007 Gibson_011_bw Gibson_015 Gibson_017 Gibson_019_bw Gibson_021 Gibson_024 Gibson_029 Gibson_035_bw Gibson_042_bw Gibson_043 Gibson_044 Gibson_047 Gibson_053 Gibson_057 Gibson_062_bw Gibson_063 Gibson_066 Gibson_067_bw Gibson_068_bw Gibson_070 Gibson_075_bw Gibson_078 Gibson_086_bw Gibson_087 Gibson_092 Gibson_101 Gibson_102_bw Gibson_106_bw Gibson_111_bw Gibson_113_bw Gibson_119 Gibson_124 Gibson_125 Gibson_128 Gibson_129

An Elopement Could Be Fun

October 22, 2014

We had a blast working with Kylie Swanson to style this shoot at Dutch on a dreary Monday in January.  We were thrilled for it to be featured on Style Me Pretty a while back too!

Concept and Styling: Kylie Swanson and Gibson Events

Hair and Makeup: Dry Shop and Melrose Makeup

Models: Brink Models

Floral: Poppy Lane Design

Venue: Dutch Floral and Home

Her Wardrobe: Cayman’s

His Wardrobe: Spencer Stone

Cake: Brown Egg Bakery

Prints: Lindsay Letters

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Jayme’s bridals

May 28, 2014

This girl, I mean inside and out you couldn’t ask for a more beautiful individual.  She and Josh had just begun dating when she started as an Intern in 2010.  It has been such a joy to watch them grow individually and as a couple.  I was among a huge group of well wishers when Josh proposed last year.  I thought I knew Jayme, but seeing her engaged was a whole new layer.  You can actually see the joy in her face in these photos.  Not to mention the day was so great with five of us packed in to her SUV with that dress and a bunch of accoutrement stuffed in the back.  Even if these photos were awful, they would be treasured for the memories.  Thankfully they are FREAKING AWESOME.

Venue:  Turner Falls State Park

Photographer: Candi Coffman

Bouquet: Poppy Lane Design

Hair: Blo.

Makeup/grip: Chelsey Ann Artistry

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Girls Retreat

May 7, 2014

Warning: Off season post to follow!  This silly heat in May has me longing for this perfect day, four months ago, when everything was so delightfully cool!

When Jana Carson and Cari Holmes approached me with the idea for this shoot I was IN.  I think secretly I hoped that planning and styling a girls retreat photo shoot would result in ME feeling re-invigorated and it DID.  The idea was simple enough, three girlfriends, spending a weekend setting achievable goals, building camaraderie and eating delicious food.  So basically my ultimate weekend.  The shoot was a blast, and so beautiful, thanks to the hospitality of Jen opening her home at Carlton Landing to us, and Maggie treating us with a couple of mouth watering recipes.

We are so pleased that Style Me Pretty Living picked up the piece as well!  You can see the feature here and a second food feature here.  What a treat!

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Venue: Carlton Landing

Photography: Jana Carson Photography

Printed pieces: MPress Cards

Recipes: Sharing Thyme

Floral: Poppy Lane Design

Kobber Besættelse

April 21, 2014

Since finding these cool tumblers in a vintage store a year or so ago, I’ve been interested in the tiny slice of time during the mod era that Danish modernists embraced the combination  of teak and copper.  I immediately thought of backing it with stark white to really let the beauty of these pieces shine.  Thus the title of this inspiration shoot, which translates to “Copper Obsession”.

We were so pleased to style and produce this editorial photo shoot for the 2014 Spring/Summer issue of the Brides of Oklahoma.  There were many moving pieces and I am continually floored by this team of vendors for “getting it” and bringing their best game to every situation.

I hope you love it as much as we loved putting it together!

p.s. brides – this would be awesomely fun to do for a REAL wedding!! Hint, hint, winky face.

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Venue: Coles Garden

Photographer: Josh McCullock

Stationery: Chirps and Cheers

Florals: Poppy Lane Design

Catering: Abbey Road Catering

DJ:  BlakeO/Box Talent

Photobooth:  SNL Booth

Bar/lounge/guest chairs/aisle runner: MOOD

Staging/lighting: IES

Staging/rigging: Marianne’s Rentals

Hair: Blo.

Make up: LJ Hill

Female guests wardrobe: Meg Guess