Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day and if you have been following us on social media, we’re having an event to celebrate love. If you’re living in Southern California and you’re looking to do something you’re invited to join us for a photography showcase of the beauty of what “Love Is” based on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8. There will be art, live music, spoken word, sweets, florals, and good people. I hope to see you there!

As the day before Valentine’s, we’re also excited to share Mary Dougherty shoot that’s spontaneous, sweet and alternative. Valentine’s is one of those holidays I secretly want to indulge in. I rarely do, because it seems like the type of holiday you are suppose to be surprised with, showered upon and all together taken by surprise. However, depending on others can leave you hanging and create too many expectations. So over the past few years I decided to celebrate exactly how I wanted to – with diy projects, lush floral blooms and the prettiest cakes and cookies. It is better to give than receive so why not make Valentine’s Day special for those you care about and have fun in the process?

Mary teamed up with some fabulous and talented friends to create inspiration for a modern black and bright Valentine’s Day. Sassafras Flowers did an amazing job with floral design, The Incredibly Edible Cookie Co baked up the most delicious treats (the coconut macaroons are out of this world), Dado provided us with the perfect black dress… and Mary’s amazing hairdresser, Karolann Kuter, not only did her own hair and makeup but modeled for them as well (look closely to see the lavender highlights in her hair, they’re gorgeous).

They wrapped some gifts in handmade x’s + o’s paper and picked up the most gorgeous bouquet to deliver to a friend. In the end it was all about giving and being less worried about receiving – because let’s be honest, when you give you receive more than you imagined!

When you give, you receive more.