Girl With a Serious Dream

Anita, the incredibly talented designer and owner of A Girl With A Serious Dream, is just as beautiful and loving on the inside as she is on the outside- which really shows in how she designs each piece in her collection. I was so honored when she asked me to photograph all of her new pieces for her Spring line, which I, of course, jumped at the chance.

Alee Willis meticulously styled each piece and crafted the florals for the shoot, which we photographed among thousands of newly budding camellias in the spring. The beautiful palette of blush, ivory, and lush greenery proved to be the perfect backdrop for the delicate lace and silk pieces that Anita had designed.

From Anita… The changing of seasons also comes with a change in mood. With warmer days, I can’t help but be reminded and inspired by the trip I made to Asia around this time last year. Being surrounded by traditional styles and ancient culture naturally drew me to the direction I wanted to go for my new collection. The silhouettes for my Spring 2014 collection are inspired by the comfort and easiness of the traditional clothes–especially the kimonos worn in different parts of Asia I visited. I wanted to translate this universally known style into something that could be applied to the wedding world. In many parts of Asia, it’s common for people to be dressed in lounge wear all day! I find this truly amazing because for me it’s really important to dress comfortably, but at the same time look polished and effortless. Combined with carefully thought and couture techniques, the results are flirty, effortless silhouettes made of the finest and softest laces & silks.

Make sure to see the full feature on Once Wed today.

Bridal Robes, Cover Ups & Veils: Girl With A Serious Dream // Styling & Floral Design: Alee Willis Creative // Hair & Makeup: Eulanna Bloodworth // Venue: Maclay Gardens


I’m so glad to finally share the images from Tyson + Elena’s wedding. Tyson is the lead singer for the All American Rejects and Elena plays the beautiful “Judy” on Magic City. I loved being a part of this absolutely stunning and intimate wedding for the couple’s close friends and family, all finished with a celebration of fireworks to mark the New Year. See more on People Magazine online.

Coordination: Christina Gillon, Christina Gillon Events // Styling & Floral Design: Myrtie Blue // Catering: Chef Todd Misener & Chef Brannon Janca of Blue Mountain Beach Catering // Venues: Seaside Chapel, Private Residence in Grayton Beach // Harpist: Gulf Talent Services // China & serveware: Hemstitch Vintage // Cake: Sweet for Sirten // Elena’s gown: Inbal Dror// Shoes: Badgley Mischka