“With You I’m Home” Holiday Inspired

A Style Me Pretty feature… somebody pinch me.

SMP Feature

A Style Me Pretty feature seemed like a way-too-big dream to have this early in my business. I started DSE 3 months ago, so although I had big dreams for this shoot, I also didn’t want to break my own heart. When I contacted Annamarie and Amanda, I am SO GLAD they didn’t laugh in my face!! I’m so glad they believed in me, and wanted to be a part of my vision. Seeing my first shoot on SMP? Y’all, I have no words!!! There aren’t even enough exclamation points to describe how I feel!!!

No, I am not going to base the success of DSE off the number of features I have. My success is in happy brides, dream-come-true-weddings, and helping sweethearts tie the knot. But, that doesn’t mean I don’t get REALLY excited when a feature comes along:)

It all started with my great-grandmother’s china. I have always, always loved their pink, cream & gold combo. And I love the legacy behind them. From my great-grandmother’s table, to my grandmother’s table to my own table… they’re so special to me and I LOVE that this shoot showcased their beauty. In August, I spotted this print by Lindsay Letters and I KNEW I had to make my vision a reality. A Christmas-meets-vintage inspired set. GORGEOUS flowers. “Home-y” details. A blush gown. The groom in dress blues. A fur coat. Yesssss.

I hope you LOVE the images and heart behind this shoot just as much as I do. Christmas is all about home. Being home. Coming home. Finding home. A groom barely making it home in time to celebrate with this bride; a bride hopelessly waiting for her love … my romantic heart loves that so, so much.

I can’t thank Anna, Amanda, Regan, Kate, Courtney & Wendy from Ava Laurenne Bride enough. I really, really can’t. I am SO BLESSED to have already found amazing friends in this industry!!! Because of their amazing talent, our beautiful shoot was displayed for all the SMP-readers to see. And, man, doesn’t she look great?! Take a peek at even MORE loveliness below (and check out Anna, Amanda and Regan’s blogs for their take on it, too!).


Concept & Design: Dear Sweetheart Events // Photography: Annamarie Akins Photography

Floral Design: Amanda from Into It Events // Models: Regan & her hubby, Strom

Calligraphy: Kate Sacra // Hair/Makeup: Courtney Lucas from Rejuvanese Day Spa in Fredericksburg, VA

Dress: Allure gown sponsored by Ava Laurenne Bride in Fredericksburg, VA

Venue: My parent’s farm // Manual Labor Crew: My amazing husband & parents





My sweet Mama helped me bake these cakes the day before:)


That garland took FOREVER to make, but I love how it turned out!



I’m not a fan of eggnog, but I just LOVE how this photographed!!!



We almost didn’t use the rug because the ground was so wet, but I’m so glad we did!!





This is exactly what I pictured… a groom making it home to his bride… *sigh*









STUNNING bouquet!!!!




a blush gown + a fur coat = a little piece of heaven


Regan, you are GORGEOUS!!!



there’s something about a black & white that gets me every time…


xo, kat

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  1. Rachel May

    December 20th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Absolutely stunning work, ladies!!

  2. dearsweetheartevents

    December 20th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    thanks, friend!!!!

  3. Regan

    December 20th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Eeeeek!! Girl. I am so proud of you. This was such a joy to be able to do for you. I see AMAZING things coming your way for DSE. You have a gift, my dear. Truly! I just looove everything about this shoot!! It was an out of the park home run on every level!! *hugs*

  4. dearsweetheartevents

    December 20th, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    you’re amazing. and hott. it totally helped the shoot out:) hehe!

  5. Sharon H.

    December 21st, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Amazing! You did an outstanding job with the planning & details, Amanda’s flowers were over the top gorgeous (and I’m so glad we got to enjoy them in the house after the shoot!) and Anna showcased all the beauty with her photography talent!! Not to mention the beautiful bride & handsome groom 😉 and the stunning gown from Ava Laurenne. I’ll admit it now — I had a hard time imagining this shoot when you first told me, but I’m sold! It’s a winner and so are you.

  6. Caitlin Gerres

    December 21st, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Kat, this is incredibly gorgeous! I can’t believe this is your first shoot! You truly have a gift! I can’t wait to see what you do next!!!

  7. dearsweetheartevents

    December 21st, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Thank you, girl!!! You’re so sweet:)

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