In Tribute to Lynrd Skynrd’s Last Concert in Jacksonville, Ideas for a Music Cake Smash!

Living in Jacksonville, Florida, home of Lynrd Skynrd, everyone is going crazy today for the last concert going on tonight.

So in tribute, I figured I’d throw together a musical/Lynrd Skynrd themed cake smash ideas for you.

If you want to put together a musical themed cake smash (or any theme!) let me know and let’s make some messy fun!

Props

I’m not sure what I’d do with these, maybe put them everywhere or glue them to a backdrop or have a newborn hold them.

This banner would work great.

This Free Bird sign would look awesome propped in the back somewhere, or rigged to hang.

An old tape player or record player would look awesome as well, especially if you have these to go with it.

Cake

One of these would be awesome on a small smash cake or set up along the ground.

Or this one, which can be customized.

Clothing

This crown is sooo cute.

And this diaper cover would work great for a boy or a girl.

Here’s a bib to go with it.

Here’s a more colorful diaper cover, depending on the look you’re going for.

This shirt looks like it would go with the above diaper cover (you could probably ask if they could match colors. But this might look better with some blue jeans, especially if they were ripped, to give off that rocker vibe.

Tutus always make great smash outfits for little girls. This one has musical notes around it’s edge. It could go with a background of most any color or look.

I LOVE this little outfit and she makes it in different colors.

Here’s another one that’s clean and very easy to see what it is.

 

Finally, as the parent, you WILL likely get messy helping with your kid’s first birthday smash session, so you might need a change of clothes too. There’s a couple of vintage and new choices for Lynrd Skynrd inspired shirts on Etsy. Here’s a good newer one for a die hard fan.

And these musical fingernails are pretty awesome too.

 

Christy Whitehead Photography is located in Jacksonville, Florida and specializes in newborn, family and cake smash photography. Contact her now to set up your own session. 904-891-0359.

Cake Smash Sessions! Toy Story Cake Smash -Jacksonville Florida Studio Photography Ideas

Disney Pixar Toy Story sets are one of my favorites. I occasionally get asked to do something with Disney in most all of my newborn sessions. And every once in awhile a mom wants a Toy Story set for the cake smash as well.

If you would like me to create a special Toy Story session for you, contact me. These are ideas for clothing for moms, but also ideas for other photographers who would like to create something similar. Or if you are looking for decoration ideas for your own child’s first birthday, hope this helps!

The above image was something a little more simple and clean. The brown was so nice against this little boy’s skin. Mom and dad work in law enforcement and are huge Disney fans, so Woody was a MUST. (I got that little Woody doll out of a cereal box, I think., a couple of years ago!)

Containers

When I went to do my first Toy Story session, I was trying to figure out what to put the baby in. Photographers usually use baskets or buckets. And that just didn’t seem to fit. I searched the web and Pinterest and found nothing. I was watching Toy Story 3 and saw the boxes, where Andy’s mom was putting the toys to donate and it dawned on me! Now, of course, if you search Pinterest, everyone copies the idea and I’m flattered. BuzzFeed has twice picked up some of my Toy Story themed sessions and posted them to their site.

Something like this bucket would be a cute idea as well, from DeLaDesign. It could be used for Easter or Halloween after. For photographers, it would make a great gift for after the session.

This wood box would be cute as well, from CarriageonCherry. This would be a more stable option, as boxes or buckets can tip. Plus it has a classy look and can be used in a bedroom after to store supplies or books.

Clothing

My daughter, in the photo above, is wearing a Jessie costume from Disney, and then the Buzz Lightyear hat came from Etsy.

For newborns, I NEVER recommend onesies or standard clothing, they typically don’t fit and if you have writing on them it can be awkward to see.

So the next image isn’t mine, but I couldn’t help but share it. I found LoverDoversBaby on Etsy and she has some ADORABLE Disney outfits for newborns up to 12-18months.

 

This is a cute little Buzz Lightyear romper from 4YourLittleStar on Etsy, and would look cute for any little girl who wants something different. Or if you had twins, one could be Woody and the other Buzz.

I’m in love with this Jessie romper from JuneBuggsHatchlings.

For boys, you could do denim pants and a red bandana (see the photo below).

Pair this little outfit below from Sonorali with jeans and you’d have a perfect little outfit for a boy or girl. (Add a huge bow or the Mickey ears below for a girl)

I NEED to pick this set up from Etsy. How cute is this?

This is an adorable crocheted hat that would be cute for a session!

I found quite a few Disney Toy Story ears on Etsy also. You could do a simple diaper cover, jeans or tutu, partnered with something like this cute Two sided ears from Myforevercharmed on etsy.

Decorations

The toys in my sets were all items I had in my collection. You can usually pick some up at flea markets, yard sales or Ebay, if you don’t have a Disney Store nearby or don’t want to spend a fortune.

Some other ideas for decorations, I LOVE these blocks that look like Toy Story blocks and you could spell out your child’s name from AuntJJsAttic.

 

Of course, I’m also a huge fan of naked baby booty.

I think I got the flags from Target. You could do something like this from Amazon.

This is an adorable printable from Etsy that has all the characters on it.

I made the backdrop for my Story sets. I designed it in Photoshop and then had it printed out. Etsy has a couple of vendors who provide a digital file for printing your own.

Like this one from, Printerama:

Here’s a cute one from KbKParties.

 

Cakes & Cupcakes

For the cake, I love the above Toy Story cake. We used an actual toy hat for the top. However, you can find some cupcake toppers and such on Etsy.

Like these from BellaMiaUs, if you just want character toppers for cupcakes.

Or these number super cute toppers from Thingamaparty!

Skylar in blocks, Toy Story newborn and sitter session!

 

Christy Whitehead is a photographer, based out of Jacksonville, Florida. She specializes in maternity, newborns, families, and cake smash sessions. Her studio is located right off of I-10, ten minutes from downtown.

Would you like to help the family of Deputy Ben Zirbel Family?

Sunday, I had both of my kids packed in the car and we were heading down Blanding Blvd to get some feed from Tractor Supply when the traffic just backed up all of a sudden. Of course, you get annoyed and frustrated, but after awhile we finally made it around the mess and I see the wreckage. I knew it was bad, based on all the news media and the fact Law Enforcement was taking photos instead of clearing  the accident for traffic.

My heart broke.

It was Deputy Ben Zirbel with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. I didn’t know the officer. But I knew someone would be notifying his family about the accident. And my heart ached for them.

You see, my father is a retired police officer. My uncle is a police officer. I have cousins that are police officers. Growing up, I always feared that call.

I’m trying not to get to upset, just writing this.

I heard this week he didn’t make it. And I want to do something to help.

“Good works are links that form a chain of love.” – Mother Teresa

So, if you book a session between now and September 15th (you don’t have to do the session until after that date, so perfect for Christmas, just book it by Sept. 15th.) I will donate $100 from each family, pet, newborn and cake smash session to the officer’s family.

If you would prefer to give to the family, they have a GoFundMe account set up. You can go here to help.

Additionally, here are some other law enforcement charities you may want to also consider donating too:

National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund

C.O.P.S which helps families cope with the loss of an officer.

NACOP: The National Association of Chiefs of Police, is right next to NASA, in South Florida and I have worked with them many times in the past. They help families and they also help underfunded departments by basic things like bullet proof vests.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

If you’d like to create memories of your own family this Fall and help out the family at the same time, please email me at Christy@jaxphotographer.com

 

Christy Whitehead Photography is dedicated to enriching the lives of their clients through portraits. But we also occasionally partner with different causes, whether it be through donation drives, awareness or donations. 

 

 

Unicorn Set, Ideas, Tips and Links to Buy, Cake Smash in Jacksonville, Fl

Unicorns have been a popular theme in kid’s clothing and in sets for our studio, especially cake smashes.

As a Jacksonville, Florida based children’s photographer, I love photographing all the different themes that come my way. I recently had a really cute unicorn themed smash and I wanted to share it with you, along with ideas and tips for your own session or to use as a backdrop at your child’s birthday party.

Backdrops

I buy backdrops from all over the place, so I can’t remember exactly where I got this one from. But, here’s some suggestions and ideas for backdrops:

Rainbow Clouds backdrop on Etsy

Unicorn backdrop on Etsy

We used a ONE sign made on Etsy by TinCakes at  but if you wanted something even more elaborate, this might be an option. Super cute and layered.

Cake

Our cake was made by Sweets by Staci, here in Jacksonville. She will deliver the cake to the studio for you on the day of your session.

One of these cake toppers would be cute for your cake as well.

If you are doing something at home and need to make a simple store bought cake look like a unicorn, you could always pick up something like this.

Table Skirt

A lot of parents like to buy a decoration to go around the table or high chair.

Here’s a pink tutu style one.

As for clothing choices.

We just used a simple rainbow tutu and a headpiece similar to this.

Tutus are always a fun choice for a first birthday session.

This is a SUPER cute outfit from Etsy‘s DabinDesigns.

This outfit is a little more subdued in colors, but is def. cute with the unicorn on it. Would match a lot of sets. Sold on Etsy by CoraandViolet .

This is all pink and super girly by DwellAndAbidePtyLtd .

Here’s a white onesie style with a gold ruffle butt and accessories.

And of course, Unicorn shoes!!!

Win a Free T-Shirt from Cracked Egg Design!

We’re cosponsoring a contest with Cracked Egg Design and you need to go enter NOW to win a Free T-shirt of your choice.

Cracked Egg features designs mostly aimed at the photography and wedding industry (More industries coming, like realtors, police and fire and there are a few select massage shirts as well). BUT, if you dig a little deeper there are a ton of fun designs for moms, people who love to camp, those of us that keep chickens and more!

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So, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite shirts and items.

First, you’ve got to check out the leggings, dresses and bathing suit section.

I mean how cute are these camera “don’t be negative” leggings. Even if you aren’t a photographer, we all take a zillion pictures, and these are cute! PLUS, some of them have POCKETS! Plus a lot of the designs have a matching T-shirt to go with them. Which I love.

There are also dresses and bathing suits in some of the patterns, perfect for a gift for a photographer you know (or someone else in the industry, as there are hairstylist bathing suits and more!).

 

We recently bought a popup camper and my kids LOVE it. So the camping section is a must for us.

Happy Glamper is a popular design right now.

Here’s a pop up version of the Happy Glamper design. Kind of hard to find pop up shirts!

 

 

The “Most Expensive Day Ever” is pretty funny, at least we’re Florida residents so we get a discount!

The Manage Chaos shirt, that feels perfect for me as a photographer, but I’m sure also all of us as a mom!

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Featured Vendor: Greenlight Graphics Headshots and Product Photography

Crystal and Zach Gay own, Greenlight Graphics a veteran owned and operated family run company that offers laser engraving and vinyl services. We used them for our window signage and were impressed with their keen interest in making sure that the colors matched correctly. They showed up with samples for us to flip through.

When our home was flooded in the hurricane, they offered not to charge us for the vinyl, but I wouldn’t let them do that, but I loved their generous and caring heart!

They have since gone on to work with several businesses I know and so I wanted to feature them on my blog in case anyone else in the North Florida/Jacksonville area needed something as well. However, I do think they’ll ship.

I had to open with the photos of their daughter holding the engraved notebook. She is SUPER cute and she def. needs to do some modeling, look at those curls and that smile!

But Rielle, isn’t only the cutest one of the team (sorry guys!, she also really does help!

“She is the absolute best.” says Crystal. ” She loves helping with the company. She is our door greeter at pickup. During cut prep, she unboxes and sorts lids. She also likes to help us pack everything back up for the customer.

The three of us make a great team and we love teaching her that she can create her own business and be the boss in her life, if that is what she wants one day.”

I used green with many of their photos because their branding has green in it.

How did you guys get started?

What drew you to vinyl and custom products?

After we had Rielle, I wanted to be there for her always and become a stay at home mom so we started brainstorming ideas for extra income to make that transition easier.

We began having casual conversation about logos/marketing and the constant need for it, along with the growing trend of personalized gifts. We thought it would be really neat to work with other businesses while building one of our own. I had a background in customer service along with the love for working with others and Zach is an artist and great with designs so we gradually started putting it all together and just took a leap of faith and invested in the equipment.

(These are for the fabulous Remi Realty, here in Jacksonville.)

What all products do you make?

We personalize, in individual and bulk, RTIC and Maars drinkware, wood products such as cutting boards, coasters, photo on wood canvas, etc. and leatherette gifts such as flask boxes, koozies, wallets, mouse pads, portfolios, bottle openers, business card holders etc. We also do vinyl for storefronts, wall art, or decals.

How did you come up with the name of your business?

Zach created the name and logo. We literally just said names aloud until something clicked. We wanted something simple, but clear and catchy.

And now for some fun stuff:

What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville?

We spend most of our free time and some body of water. We both grew up on the Suwannee River and just thoroughly enjoy fresh air, sand, and sunshine.

When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always have to do?

We live in Yulee, so we always take family onto Amelia Island for great food, shops, and beaches. We also enjoy Dave and Busters or other places in Jax that are kids oriented.

What’s your favorite song?

We are music lovers. That is definitely something we use to connect with each other and to escape with. Some of our fav. bands are JJ Grey and Mofro, Gaslight Anthem, and Hours Eastly.

What is your favorite movie?

Busy days leave little time for movies and most tv time is filled with Disney films. And we have to admit, we love them just as much as Rielle does!

What’s something you can’t live without (besides your loved ones)?

COFFEE!

They were sweet enough to bring me this reusable cup when they came in. What surprised me was most of these cups I see for sale online by vinyl companies scare me, because vinyl would come off easy. But Greenlight Graphics actually ETCHES the logo into the cup, making it super durable!

Check them out:

Facebook:    www.facebook.com/greenlightgraphics
Website:   www.greenlightgraphics.net

Different Kinds of Headshots– Corporate Photographer, Jacksonville

Are you needing head shots of your employees or maybe all the executives in your company? Most companies need updated portraits, but often aren’t sure exactly what they need.

I did a session with Michael recently to update some business portraits for him and I thought I would share a couple of variations and their uses.

The above two shots are very common requests.

The left image is what I do for many companies who just need something quick for each employee. These types of shots are typically great for email signatures, ID badges, etc. It might also get used in casual usages and ads.

A horizontal head and shoulders is also a popular option for this type of headshot. 

I saw the above image on Pinterest. I wish I knew who created it. But it has some interesting information to think about as well for a standard headshot.

Three-Quarter Length Stance

The right is a little more formal and it crops down to about the waist. Not only does his outfit imply it’s a little more formal, but also because it shows more of his body. These types of portraits are more ideal for managers, relators, job seekers, etc. If you want an employee to stand out a little more, this option might be good.

Seated

The above example doesn’t show the seated example as good as say the next image, but he is seated. I like how it pulls him forward and makes him feel more inviting.

Seated poses definitely feel more warm and personable. They also usually give the person somewhere to put their hands, something to do.

However, it’s not appropriate for all portraits, if it’s done wrong it can make the person look bigger or frumpy in the mid section.

Full body

Occasionally, I get a request for a full body. And Michael had on red shoes, so I HAD to include those as it shows off part of his personality.

For executives and owners of a company, this is can be a good option. It can also be cropped in at waist level for a secondary look or use. These might be used for an annual report, or for a full portrait for the wall.

Environmental Portraits

There’s an image up a little higher where you can see a window behind Michael. That’s another “environmental” type portrait.

These can be done in your office, outside or on location somewhere. They help to show off the personality of you and your business.

For realtors this might mean near a house. The brick wall is popular.

A lawyer might use a library, or their desk.

If your office has great big windows or great architecture, those are all great places for this type of shot.

These usually are a little more custom and aren’t as ideal for name tags, or a large company with a 1,000 employees.

These are often used for formal portraits or prints to hang on the wall since they often have that extra bit of color or personality.

ABOUT

Christy Whitehead photography has travelled all over the US photographing employees and executives for news publications as well as internal use (uniform manuals, websites, etc). She has photographed companies that have one employee as well as those with multiple locations and 1,500 employees.

Email her to set up your own custom quote.

 

Featured Wedding Photographer: The Copper Lens

I recently photographed Susannah Moore, of The Copper Lens, creating some new headshots for her and wanted to share those photos and a little about her and her business.

When photographing a business owner, I like to take a look at their brand–usually their website. and see what their style is. Is it very traditional or do they have a different vibe? Usually it helps me pick out a color pallet to use.

For Susannah, her colors were very light and airy. She likes pinks and coppers.

I also try to do one look that is slightly different. Sometimes the lighting is more moody or the colors may not fit quite with their brand. For Susannah, when she came in she was wearing this cute little red dress with blue flowers and a denim jacket. So I pulled a blue background and started her with a one light headshot, creating a little more dramatic shadows and making a little more rich of an image.

Susannah has been in business for 3.5 years and has a great look. Her brand is very pulled together.

I got my start to photography when I owned a women’s boutique. I learned to shoot by taking photos of the clothing on models and slowly began creating styled look books each centered around a certain theme. I quickly learned that the creative side of the business and the photography was my favorite part.

Friends began asking me to capture all their special moments and occasions and as I began to dabble in photographing outside of fashion, I fell in love.

I decided to close shop and pursue photography full time. After a year of shooting a little bit of everything to get my feet wet, I found my passion in couples. Weddings, engagements, anniversaries, elopements, or even just because photos of two people in love is where my heart still lies today.

What drew you to photography?

Originally, it was the joy of creating something and also capturing a moment and being able to re-live it over and over again. I love putting things together to create something out of nothing but I also love the joy of just creating. Photography is art and art is a way of expressing yourself or your subjects. It’s always changing and I think I love that most of all.
How would you describe your style? Bright, Romantic and joyful! I love pretty light, pastels & people in love! You just can’t go wrong with that combination.

How did you come up with the name of your business?

I knew I wanted something more creative than just my name for a business name. I actually hired an incredibly business branding strategist to help me come up with the name! When I told her my favorite color was copper she put it all together for me! I absolutely love it.


Anything really funny ever happen while you were shooting?

Every time. I love to be active during sessions and will do anything to help my clients feel comfortable so they can be themselves. I hope every session has at least one moment that we can all look back on and laugh.

Other fun stuff:

What’s your favorite food? Potatoes. You can seriously cook them 100 different ways and they are all delicious! 
Favorite dessert? Cheesecake
Favorite restaurant? Any Hibachi/Sushi
Favorite place to hang out in Jacksonville? If Im being honest, my house! I am such a homebody and introverted. I could spend all day just chilling on the sofa watching Netflix!
What’s your favorite movie? Dirty Dancing

 

And some of her work:

Check out The Copper Lens:

IG: @thecopperlens
www.thecopperlens.com

Featured Guest: Sam Stitchberry with Ghost Tours of St. Augustine!

I was recently doing headshots for Saint Augustine based Samantha Stitchberry when I asked her where she works, she told me she had three jobs! One of those being a ghost tour guide in St. Augustine! (Oh and she works on vintage costumes and fixes them.)  I had to know more…

How did you get your start?

I started by answering a Craigslist ad! I was looking for a new job and I thought being a Ghost Host sounded like great fun!

What drew you to costumes and the ghost tours?

I grew up in theatre and I always loved playing in the costume closet. It was filled with clothing that I would never be able to wear in my everyday life. I knew that downtown tour guides usually had to dress up in some sort of period costume so I was even more excited about the job!

Anything really funny ever happen while you were out giving a tour?

Oh for sure. I get weird things almost every night. Last week I was interrupted by a guy in a pedicab, playing bagpipes. It was very weird but kind of impressive.

How about scary or crazy?

I always love when people are able to get a picture of a ghost on camera. James at the Tolomato cemetery has been very active and it’s a nice way for people to get that ghostly chill.

How long have you been doing the ghost tours?

8 months

What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville and St. Augustine?

The beach is always great but I love going to the pirate museum in St. Augustine. It’s so interactive.

When your family comes to town, what is something you guys always have to do while they are in town?

My parents actually live here! We like going out and trying new restaurants.

What’s your favorite movie?

Either Anastasia, Ratatouille, or Harry Potter. I can never pick. They are all very nostalgic

What’s your favorite song?

Currently Necromancer’s Lullaby by Bearfoot Monty. I love the work put into the lyrics. It’s haunting and beautiful.

What’s something you can’t live without (besides your loved ones)?

If my cat Pepper doesn’t count, I would have to say my IPad and planner. My entire life is on both of those things. I do a lot of editing on my iPad and I just love the convenience.

What’s your current obsession?

Kayla Nicholson Youtube video. She has a beautiful aesthetic. They have really been making me consider making some videos myself

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Doing a job I love in a small little beachfront property, surrounded by a variety of animals.

Favorite dessert?

Fruit salad. I know it’s healthier, but it’s something I will never turn down.

Favorite restaurant?

Anywhere that makes good Japanese food!

Find her on Instagram.

I don’t know about you, but I want to do a ghost tour now! Go ask for Sam over at Ghost Tours of St. Augustine.

Wedding Photographer Feature: The Veil Wedding Photography

Since I have stopped doing wedding photography, I have decided to partner up with some other wedding photographers in the area so that you know where to go! Every photographer has a different style, whether it’s light and airy to dark and moody. Some use a lot of off camera flash, others don’t use that at all.

Today, I’m featuring The Veil Wedding Photography, owned by Amanda and Landon Raulerson.

I’m not going to lie, their style is super consistent in it’s editing style (which is DEF what you want from a photographer) and light and airy.

Let me preface this, with a story about how I met them.

A couple of years ago when I got this studio space, I had A LOT of work to do to make it what it is. I made a call out on Facebook looking for some help to lay flooring and paint the walls. 2,400 sf is a lot of work and it was killing me to get it opened in time.

It was Amanda’s birthday and she showed up with her husband and kids in tow late that evening. They worked for hours. And neither one of them complained at all! They both smiled and just helped.

I appreciated all their help so much. Especially from other photographers in our area that did NOT have to help, especially since they weren’t being paid and I was their competition!

For that, I have always been eternally grateful to them. Some people act nice and genuine and then there are people who actually ARE that way.

So onto their story:

Landon retired from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to fulfill this dream

Here’s some info about them.

How long have you been in business? 6 years

How did you get your start?

We picked up a camera with plans of having a hobby to do together. I wish I had some cool story of how we have always loved photography, but the truth is this journey was never suppose to be a business, that was an unexpected blessing we received.

What drew you to photography?

We were looking for a hobby to do together. I (Amanda) had been a stay at home mother for 7 years and wanted something to get me out of the house more. Landon had the idea of photography. The rest is history.

How would you describe your style?

Simplistic, Elegant, Timeless

What has been the hardest part about working with someone else in your company?
The first few months after Landon quite his job as a correctional officer and began working with me from home full time was interesting (for a lack of a better word lol.), we had been married 7 years already and I was use to him going to work while I took care of the kids and home. To have him home every day, to be with each other constantly, it was like we had to learn each other in a whole new way. It was a learning experience.

We had to learn how to balance marriage, parenthood, and being coworkers, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. This business takes us both to run. His amazing talent, my business and social skills. We really excel in different areas and together make up a wonderful team.

Do you guys ever disagree on how things should be done?

Ummm.. heck yes! LOL! I’m a passionate person. When I decide to do something I jump in head first. Landon on the other hand is the voice of reason. He thinks everything through and makes the most logical decision. Sometimes being passionate is a good thing, but there are times I need him to bring me back to reality lol. So there are many times we disagree how situations should be handled. But we never handle them without first agreeing together on a solution.

 

How did you come up with the name of your business?

Interesting fact. Most people believes the name “The Veil” comes from a wedding veil. Actually that’s not entirely true. When we first started the name of our business was Amanda Jayne Photography. We had planned for me to be the main shooter.

It wasn’t until we both realized where our strengths were in our business that we realized Landon was actually the main photographer role and I was the second shooter and handled the every day running of the business.

When Landon came on to work full time with me I decided it only made sense to change the name of the business to something we both could be represented by, instead of the business being named after me.

We knew of course we wanted our industry to be represented in our name, but we also decided we wanted our faith to be represented. Landon and I are Christians and truly believe we have succeeded simply because of God’s grace.   We came across this bible verse and knew immediately “The Veil” would be a part of our name: Matthew 27:51 “then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split.”

Anything really funny ever happen while you were shooting?

All the time. But if I’m honest the thing me and my couples laugh the most at is when Landon is demonstrating to the bride how to pose for a photo. Watching him play the bride’s role always cracks us up. I really need to make a video of his moves lol.

What is a piece of advice you can give to newbies?

Never give up. Your going to get discouraged, or think your not good enough, or go through some ups and downs. We have all been there, but if you can push through those trials the reward is wonderful. You will meet the most amazing people and share in some of the greatest moments of their lives. It’s not a race it’s a marathon. Keep working at your craft, keep your head up, and the time will come that you look back and feel proud of the journey you’ve been on.

What’s your current obsession?

Obsession? Wow! We are parents of 3 Kids. It’s normally all about them lol. Hmmm.. I guess it’s Netflix. I know Netflix has been around a while now, but we didn’t jump on the band wagon until last year. We work so much and when we aren’t working we are being parents, so we have found enjoyment in binge watching Series on Netflix once the kids are asleep. First we went through The Office, then Friends. We enjoy not having to think and just laugh together for a few hours at night. Man we are getting old and boring lol.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 
In 5 years I see us expanding our business. We have already began to expand The Veil but I see more growth opportunities ahead. I’d like our business to be a career option for our children should they choose it when they become adults. We want them to follow their own dreams, but should their dreams be this industry we would like a solid foundation set.

(Amanda recently launched her own company to do wedding planning.)

What’s your favorite food?
This is hard. I’m a food lover. Though I will say Landon has 2 meals he makes that I think are better than anything I’ve ever eaten: Cajun Pasta and Italian Chicken Soup. He really could have chosen to be a chef, the man can cook!

Favorite dessert?
We both have a love for the French Pantry’s Wedding Cake. That cake is amazing.

Favorite restaurant?
We have several. Though our tops favorites right now would be Bentos, The Burrito Gallery,   Timoti’s, and Chuys.

Favorite place to hang out in Jacksonville?
Wedding venues. Is that an option? Because on weekends that’s pretty much where you can find us. On a serious note we have started really loving beach trips.

What is your favorite thing to do around Jacksonville?

We have found a love as a family for searching for sharks teeth. We enjoy all going to the beach and searching for them. Yesterday we found four in one trip. It excites the kids, but poor Landon has yet to find one.

My son felt bad for him and brought a sharks tooth from home to place in front of Landon so he would see it and get excited he found a sharks tooth. Sadly Landon is so bad at it he can’t find sharks teeth we put right in front of him lol. But then again he is pretty much good at everything else, so we were shocked to find one thing he wasn’t good at.

What’s your favorite movie?
I would have to say A Walk To Remember. It is the movie we were watching when we had our first kiss. It will forever be my favorite.

What’s your favorite song?
I’ll Be- Edwin McCain. It’s our song.

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