Enchanted Garden at the Historic Burgwin-Wright House

Living here in the Port City, I am falling more and more in love with the down home friendly people and historic colonial charm. I love discovering new, hidden gems tucked along cobblestone streets. The Burgwin-Wright House blew me away with its enchantingly intimate garden and beautiful storybook setting, perfect for an intimate affair. 

The expansive, white colonial home exudes so much charm against age old foliage and mossy trees. Dating to the Revolution, I was amazed to learn that the home housed the British prison during the war and was the center of British command under General Cornwallis! Now that is what I call a venue!  

 

I see so many brides go for a venue based on size, convenience and cost, forgetting that a wedding venue is not just a box through which to celebrate, but also an extension of a couple, adding a significant page to the story of their love and describing who they are to all the guests attending. 

The Burgwin-Wright House couples a soft, enchanted garden feel with the richness that comes with a storied past telling the tale of our nation's independence. This shoot with the amazing photographer, Melissa Blythe, captures a soft, hidden mystery set amidst a lush garden. I love nothing more than a meaningful gathering in an intimate natural setting!

 

The invitation suite has an historic air with monochromatic calligraphy and vintage inspired botanicals on handmade cotton paper. The gals at Aluna Works Studio are geniuses when it comes to artistry in paper making! The suite is held together with a translucent vellum crest celebrating the North Carolina coast with watercolor illustrations of herons, native plants and oyster shells. 

 

It was such a blessing working with all the incredibly talented creatives on this shoot!

Hair and Makeup - Rachel David Artistry | Photography and styling - Melissa Blythe | Calligraphy - your's truly | Venue: The Burgwin-Wright House | Florals: Blossom Bay Botanicals | Cake: One Belle Bakery | Model: Christina Anthony | Dress: Sottery & Midgley | Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes | Ribbon: Silk & Willow + Tono & Co. | The Ring Box: The Mrs. Box

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Play in the Sand

Mathias is 9 month old, and it's absolutely astonishing how quickly time flies! Ever since he was born, people kept telling me how quickly babies grow and to relish ever moment. I can't relish enough! Just this last weekend he learned to how clap his hands, at a Super Bowl party of all things. I love watching his intent gaze studying his little fingers and then his toothy smile grinning up at me for praise as he pats his hands together. I am realizing more and more what an incredible job it is being a mama. I have big plans and business goals for the next couple of years, but those ambitions are vain next to all the love I have and am responsible to give to my little squishy.

He watches everything we do and takes it all in like a sponge. No pressure, but there's pressure! Right now I am sitting in the sand watching the paddle boarders and surfers running into the froth. Mathias is sawing logs next to me, his adorable little rosebud lips gaping open -- it's so cute I can't take it! I love taking him to the beach even more than I love being here myself, and that's saying a lot! I could be happy living here on the shore in a tent, strumming a ukulele around a fire every night with our friends! Who needs things anyway?

Our little guy has helped me to realize this so much. The week he was born, we had to move out of our beach house, into a temporary pad and live out of boxes for a month while we tried to close on our house. Mathias' nursery still isn't painted, and our fixer upper of a home is still a grand work in progress. I am learning to be content in every situation and go with the flow even at stressful times. God is so good!

Being here with the sun beating down and waves crashing in the background helps put life in perspective. Today I am ceasing to compare my business to anyone else's or my motherhood or baby to anyone else's. I love our home, so it doesn't matter if it doesn't look like it's out of Luxe magazine. So much time is wasted with comparisons, and don't get me wrong, it's a healthy beautiful thing learning and being inspired by others, but basing your value or happiness on resume bullet points, you lose out on so much freedom and joy. That is what life is all about! God-given freedom and joy is there for the taking. Time to go play in the sand!

 

 

Exercise and Nutrition Advice for Mommies-To-Be

Exercise and Nutrition Advice for Mommies-To-Be

For all you soon-to-be new mamas or even those thinking about babies in the near future, I want to use these next two posts to share all the most important aspects to having a healthy and happy pregnancy. This week I will share some awesome pregnancy advice on exercise and nutrition from one of my closest friends who is an outstanding wellness coach! Seriously, the woman is a genius!

Then next week I will share a few of my personal favorite pregnancy tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way as well as a couple must-have products that have really made a difference in my pregnancy!

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40% Off Blowout Sale!

40% Off Blowout Sale!

A sale this good only happens once a year! I've decided to cut down on inventory to make way for a brand new collection coming this summer and pass on some unreal savings to you all!

All paintings are one-of-a-kind originals that are sure to make a statement in any space!

Info and prices on each piece are listed below. Shoot me a message under the 'Contact' tab for additional inquiries and to make a purchase. Happy shopping!

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Original Painting Giveaway!

Good morning everyone! It is the first ever Bergen Lauren Fine Art giveaway, and I am so excited for one of you to win and receive this original 8"x8" acrylic painting on wood FOR FREE!

I painted this little piece while sitting at the end of our back dock overlooking the intercostal sound. It's amazing how peaceful it is back there surrounded by nature!

To enter on Instagram:

  •  Like this post and make sure you are following me
  •  Tag a friend in the comments
  •  For an additional 5 entries, repost this pic and tag #blfineart

It's that simple!

To enter here on the blog: 

  •  Subscribe to my email list to stay in-the-know with all my new art, sales, inspiration and freebies!

 

This contest is open to all worldwide and will run through Friday, April 29 at noon EST. Good luck!

Disclaimer: This giveaway is in no way endorsed, sponsored or administrated by Instagram. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18 years or older and release Instagram of all responsibility and are adhering to Instagram's terms of use. Thanks!

 

Monday Inspiration! Water and Art: How Painting Can Mimic The Sea

Monday Inspiration! Water and Art: How Painting Can Mimic The Sea

With painting I have come to realize that it’s not about perfection… it’s quite the opposite actually! For me, it’s all about embracing uniqueness in imperfections, learning from and finding new strength in failure and grasping endless joy in discovery!

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Wild Horses and New Year's Kisses

Wild Horses and New Year's Kisses

The Outer Banks, NC was a romantic fantasy in my mind, a place where I had imagined myself the main character in a Nicholas Sparks novel, relaxing on tranquil beaches, entertained by the hoof beats of wild mustangs galloping gracefully through the surf. Reality, however, painted a picture far more profoundly beautiful than my mind had previously guessed!

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A Quick Trip to Charleston

A Quick Trip to Charleston

Charleston, S.C. was the welcoming familiarity of home in a city yet to be discovered. I could have spent weeks strolling every cobblestone street perfumed with jasmine blossoms and every inch of white, sandy beach, but with only two days to explore, I found ways to experience both the rich, colonial history and natural charm of this low country beaut. And the best part was the splurge of fun while barely denting the bank account.

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