Katie Stoops Photography

Our Italian Trip to Rome & Lake Como

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I’m convinced that there just isn’t enough time in one’s life to experience Italy to its fullest. It’s a never ending paradise full of winding roads, the most incredible food you’ll ever have, and stories that lie within every inch of stone, plaster, & paint. Naz from NazFilms & I took a trip to Rome and Lake Como and here are the little memories from that trip. One of the greatest things (thanks to Naz) we were able to do was a cooking class by Daniella . We spent five hours in her home learning how to cook authentic Roman dishes. I can’t wait to go back & see her!  All shot on film and processed/scanned by Goodman Film Lab . xoxoKatie

Featured on Style Me Pretty! A Romantic cottage wedding in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains.

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Kendall & Tito’s wedding took place at a family home, called Brushy Hill, in the mountains of Lexington, Virginia. The home has now been turned into a brand new beautiful wedding & event destination that is available to the public.

From Kendall, the Bride… Our vision was to highlight the beautiful surroundings, incorporate the laid-back feel of the countryside, and to celebrate our marriage! We wanted our guests to enjoy Brushy Hill the way we do–exploring the property, taking in the views of the Shenandoah Valley, sharing delicious food and drinks, and enjoying the chance to be together. The mature trees, blooming plants and rolling hills are so beautiful as-is, all we needed was lighting to showcase it and comfortable furniture to sit back and appreciate it. We were so lucky the weather cooperated and no tents were necessary–just strings of white lights and up lights in the trees. Climbing the hill is a favorite family activity, so we made it accessible to everyone–and a bit more thrilling–by providing golf carts. The lively band and varied menu really reflected the bride and groom’s personalities. Among the highlights were Alaskan Salmon, a macaroni and cheese bar, a Bourbon bar, and a Kir Royale station.

My favorite part of the day was the exit through the sparklers into the gorgeous 1941 Convertible Buick Roadster, followed by the magical ride in it down the hill on the rolling country roads under the canopy of tall trees and twinkling stars. It was the most peaceful, relaxing, and happiest moment relishing my new husband by my side.

Advice to new brides: slow down and enjoy every moment. Its over before you know it.

Venue: Brushy Hill in Lexington, VA/ Floral Design: Southern Blooms / Bridal gown: Watters /Cake: Pearl’s Cupcakes /Catering: Southern Inn /Invitations: Page Stationary / Hair & Makeup: Jeannie Cusick / String Quartet: Four Seasons String Quartet/ Rentals: Stonegate Event Rentals / Tent & Lighting: Skyline Tent Company

You can view the feature on Style Me Pretty here: http://www.stylemepretty.com/2014/12/16/romantic-southern-cottage-wedding/

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You can view this wedding in the new issue of Southern Weddings Magazine. I will be posting the entire wedding very shortly. If I had to choose one cake designer that I considered the best….hands down it would be Maggie Austin. Her work is exquisite and tastes sooo good, which is very unusual to have both together.