Thursday, February 23, 2017

Our Trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina {part 1}

Hello friends! 

My husband and I recently took a little trip to Hilton Head, South Carolina and Savannah, Georgia. Something you may not know about me, if we've never had the pleasure of meeting, is that my husband Phil is the COO of a company called Laugh Your Way America, an organization created by his father Mark Gungor, and one that endeavors to help strengthen marriages and families by teaching and inspiring couples with truth and humor. In 2016, we discovered that there was a huge need for these marriage events that was even beyond what Phil's dad could meet, as his Laugh Your Way conferences were all booked out for years already. It was at this point that Phil began traveling and doing these marriage events as well and our first event was last February in Geneva, Switzerland (see the post HERE and HERE). We've since been to Montana, New Jersey, and Philadelphia to work with all these incredible couples and it's been an awesome experience for us. We've just launched his Facebook page which shares all of his speaking engagements and pictures from our travels. We'd love to have you follow there too!

So this trip to South Carolina had him speaking at two Valentine's dinner events in two different cities, and it also allowed for 2 days off to relax and enjoy the beautiful island of Hilton Head, where we had the pleasure of staying. 

The days were mid-60's to 70's and that alone was a major gift to us, coming out of our 30-someting temps in Wisconsin. This area is just breathtakingly beautiful and those of you who know it will agree that the Spanish moss is just absolutely dreamy. Every tree is covered in the eery moss that gives it a creaky gothic feeling, as if it's been decorated for a movie set. It's quite unreal and really cool. The island is known for picturesque beaches and our hotel offered bicycles for riding around the island, eventually leading us to the beach where the sand was packed tightly enough for you to take the bike out on the beach, riding right alongside the water.

We also spent an afternoon on the Harbor Town golf course because my husband spoke of nothing else for 2 weeks leading up to our time away (it's famous, apparently ;). It was a gorgeous day and I was happy to ride alongside him in the golf cart and enjoy the spectacular views of the ocean ... and the alligators. Yes really, right there on the golf course, sunning themselves next to the ponds. Scary!

So here are some pictures from our first couple of days there. Enjoy!

 Part 2 coming soon!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Bridal Romance - Part 2

Hello again lovelies! 

Today I would love to share Ashley's shoot with you. (You can see the other look that I styled and photographed for YOU Magazine's Wedding issue here, just in case you missed it.) This stunning dress is from Mink Maids based in Milwaukee and graciously sent our way by the incredible artist and creator, Amanda. Yes, I immediately tried it on when it arrived in the mail and yes, it is everything and more. Ashley was the absolute perfect model for this handmade creation. Thank you again and again to all who worked on this story. 
Thank you beautiful ladies!
Styling and photography - Kirsty Gungor
Hair and makeup - Victoria Stencil and Rossemary Alcantara of Belleza Hair and Makeup Artistry
Model - Ashley Houts
Assistant - Jocelyne Berumen
Gown - Mink Maids
Hair accessories and belt - Tie the Knot Bridal
Location - Gather on Broadway
Hanging wreath installation - Ebb and Flow Flowers

Friday, February 17, 2017

Bridal Romance (for YOU Magazine) - Part 1

Hello lovelies!

YOU Magazine's Bridal issue is on news stands now and I'm so excited to share this entire shoot with you. You'll catch just a tiny glimpse of the (the larger, grander experience) in the mag this month with all the pricing details and a note from our hair and makeup team. What a dream it was to shoot these stunning models, Adriana and Ashley, at Gather on Broadway on this chilly December day. They looked absolutely stunning and we had such a lovely time swishing and swaying in those gorgeous dresses, creating a little effervescent magic for our readers in the hopes of inspiring brides who are in the full throes of wedding day planning, to enjoy the romance of it all and dream big when it comes to that dress! All while Pitbull jammed in the background. Haha! 
There were so many details and photos that I loved so I've decided to split the girls up into 2 posts. Ashley's look will be blogged soon!
Styling and photography - Kirsty Gungor
Hair and makeup - Victoria Stencil and Rossemary Alcantara of Belleza Hair and Makeup Artistry
Model - Andriana Angeli Guazzone
Assistant - Jocelyne Berumen
Gown and hair accessories - Tie the Knot Bridal
Location - Gather on Broadway
Hanging wreath installation - Ebb and Flow Flowers

Read the issue online HERE!

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