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DIY Industrial Wood Patio Table

One of the best features of the house we’re renting is the adorable patio space in the backyard. As soon as we saw this space for the first time, I could imagine myself spending lots of evenings out there enjoying mojitos! We haven’t had an outdoor space for more than four years, so we were really excited to start decorating and enjoying this part of our new home.

Moving is not all that cheap and we are always more interested in spending our money on experiences and memories rather than tangible things, so I had a specific budget in mind when planning out the decor for the patio. You can see some of my inspiration here, if you’re interested.

Our patio dining set came from IKEA (I’ll share that another time!), but I wanted a little sitting area in addition to the main table. We bought two faux adirondack chairs from Target (where else??) and I decided to DIY a little table for my drinks and a citronella candle or two. Similar tables seem to be anywhere from $200-400 online, but my table only cost me $30!

I actually got the idea for the table while walking around in Five Below! I saw they had these little metal stools that I knew would be super easy to attach a table top to. Of course, they were really random colors (hot pink and purple!) but that’s nothing a couple coats of spray paint can’t fix.

I went with a matte black paint since I was going for an industrial feel for my table. If you’re making your own, you could use any color you’d like!

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Once the stool was painted, I gathered the rest of my tools…namely, the drill, wood screws, and a drill bit. If you’re drilling into wood, be sure to get a drill bit that’s a little bit smaller in circumference than your screws so that the screws have something to anchor to when you screw them in.

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I screwed the tabletop to the table through the little holes on the top of the table. I didn’t bother to spray paint the underside of the table because, well, I’m kind of lazy like that…and, who’s going to see it? That’s right, no one. At least not besides anyone who’s reading this post. ha!!

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One step that’s not photographed (I forgot!) is coating the wood slice with polyurethane. I chose a spray poly for convenience (see above-mentioned laziness), and sprayed several coats all over it to protect it. If you are using the table indoors, you might not need poly, but if you’re doing an outdoor table, you’ll definitely want to protect it from the elements as much as possible by adding polyurethane!

And…tada! Table’s all done and makes the perfect home for my little Anthro zebra and Target lantern. The funky citronella candle is from At Home, if you were curious.

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I love how this little table turned out! It’s the perfect place to set a drink while we are relaxing out here with friends! Can’t wait to enjoy it all summer!

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Cost for this project:

Metal stool from Five Below: $5
Wood slice (eBay) $18
Materials (wood screws, drill bit, spray paint) $7


Williamsburg Engagement Session | Kelsey + Matt

I was so excited to finally meet Kelsey and Matt the other week for their engagement session in Colonial Williamsburg! Especially after having to reschedule their photos a couple of times thanks to the rainy spring we had this year! I can’t ever remember a year when I’ve had to postpone so many shoots! We were grateful when we finally got a beautiful day to work with these two!

They drove down to Colonial Williamsburg for their engagement photos because it’s such a special place to the both of them. Kelsey’s family has a lot of history there (they actually have a pew in the historic Bruton Parish chapel!) and it’s also where Matt proposed to Kelsey after a scavenger hunt!

Kelsey and Matt are so sweet and silly and fun together! Their wedding is going to be such a great time, I can’t wait! Here are a few of my favorite images from their session:)



Thorpewood Wedding | Amanda + Bryan

The forecast called for rain all week, but despite a few sprinkles we saw on our drive out to Thurmont for Amanda and Bryan’s wedding at Thorpewood, it turned out to be such a beautiful day! It was exactly what I think of when I envision that perfect June wedding day! Amanda and Bryan are two sweethearts who have overcome a lot in the past year, so their wedding day was full of emotions. I felt an overwhelming sense of joy radiating from the two of them and could tell that they were just so happy to finally get to be husband and wife!

This wedding was so fun to be a part of! They gave us plenty of portrait time and were just so flexible and sweet! Here are a few of my favorites from their day 🙂

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Katie this is so beautiful!!! What a gorgeous wedding and an awesome couple!!! And that bouquet is just amazing!!

Esha Singh

Amazing work..!! Such stunning pics. Would be awesome if you can tag GlamNGlow Makeup as the hair and makeup artist. Looking forward to seeing some ‘getting ready’ pics of Amanda.


Carnival Engagement Session | Francis + Aamir

I love it when clients want to do unique things for their engagement sessions! Francis and Aamir really wanted to their photos at a carnival, but there wasn’t one in town for when we’d initially scheduled their session. Rain made us postpone, which actually worked out great because there was a carnival in town the week of our rescheduled date!!

It’s always more of a challenge for both the couple and for us when we shoot in a location that’s typically really busy (like a carnival, for instance!), but I thought Francis and Aamir handled it so well! They were so sweet and natural together!

We enjoyed hanging out with them last week and can’t wait for their TWO weddings at the end of the year!
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Hahn Horticulture Garden Wedding | Robyn + Nick

One of the biggest compliments you can get as a wedding photographer is when one of your couples refers you to a close friend or family member. Robyn was the maid of honor at our past bride Kala’s wedding, so I was thrilled when she emailed me saying she was engaged and looking for her wedding photographers!

She first reached out more than a year ago about their May 2016 wedding at Hahn Horticulture Garden in Blacksburg at Virginia Tech and after getting to know both Robyn and Nick over the course of the last 16 months or so, I was so excited for their wedding day to finally arrive! I think this will go down as one of my favorites because the entire day was such a sweet, emotional event that felt intimate despite the fact that they had over 100 guests attend. So many happy tears!

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Venue: Hahn Horticulture Garden // Coordinator: Teresa Starkey // Flowers: Best Wishes Flowers // Cake: Orange Bandana // Catering: Personal Touch Catering // Music: DJ Squirrel // Hair: Kendra with Tivon Salon // Paper goods: designed by the bride // Bridal gown: David’s Bridal // Bridesmaids dresses: Renz Rags // Men’s attire: Men’s Wearhouse //