The Just for Grins Foundation event

A few weeks ago I had the honor of contributing my time and talent toward such an amazing cause, The Just for Grins Foundation annual 4G event.  

Amanda Adams is the founder of the event. She has a fabulous salon in San Marco called San Marco Strands and also offers on site hairstyling for weddings and special events. I heard she was having this event and I offered to help. I absolutely love Mandi's heart and respect the amazing work that she does. 

Mandi started the Just for Grins Foundation to give girls who have a cleft lip and palete a chance to meet other girls who might face the same struggles. She wanted to have a fun event to pamper these girls with hair and makeup and give them the confidence and support they might need. My nephew was born with a cleft palete so I can understand just a little bit the challenges that these girls face and it was a cause that hit close to home for me.  

The event was held at The Paul Mitchell School at the St. Johns Town Center. The students pampered the girls with hair and makeup. Next, the girls were able to pick from a selection of dresses and then get photos taken of them. One of the photo options was the open photo booth and custom props I created for them. I think it's safe to say we all enjoyed ourselves being silly in the booth. Mandi also offered breakout sessions for the girls to talk with her and each other for support and encouragement. Everyone involved had so much fun mostly in part to the great music played by DJ Jacob Towe 

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I enjoyed contributing the little bit that I did. If there is something that I can do to help an organization that you belong to please email me and let me know. I probably can't help everyone but nothing makes me happier than being able to give back. 

Venue: Paul Mitchell School DJ: DJ Jacob Towe Professional Photography (watermarked) Dana Fontaine Photography Open photobooth and custom props: Amber Veatch Designs 

You can see a video of the event from Channel 4 News here

Valentines Day Elopement {Featured Styled Shoot}

A few weeks ago I had the chance to collaborate with several amazing vendors in the wedding industry. I know it isn't nice to play favorites but I have to say that Shea Hopely Flowers and J.Lane Photography definitely are a few of my favorites. Shea is a true artist when it comes to floral design. She thinks outside the box and stays on trend but still classy. Her flowers always blow me away and she is as sweet as can be too. Chelsi and Justin are the owners of J.Layne photography. They are an adorable couple and their work compliments each other. They both have a great vision and their photographs are beautiful. They were a lot of fun to work with and if you are looking for a florist or photographers for your big day you can stop looking now.

Chelsi came up with the idea for the shoot to be a valentine's day elopement. She used an adorable engaged couple, Stephanie and Cody who are really getting married next year. They are gorgeous together and so evidently in love. I had an amazing time working with everyone and I hope you enjoy the photos!

Concept and Photography: J.Layne Photography

Flowers : Shea Hopely, Shea Hopely Flowers

Hair and Makeup: Amanda Hopcraft

Sweets, love letters, tassle garland and styling: Amber Veatch Designs 

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This shoot was featured on Grey Likes Weddings, also one of my favorites and you can see the post also on J.Layne Photography.