Christmas Mantle

You guys remember #thegodwingang, right? I blogged a few photos I took of them a couple weeks back. Well, come to find out, they have a GORGEOUS home and when I saw their Mantle I was dying to get my hands on it. It was begging for some holiday decor.

I headed over to the Godwin Casa this past Friday evening with hundreds of ornaments and yards and yards of ribbon in tow. When I walked in I had a minor heart attack.. the first thing I noticed was the tree. It was GINORMOUS. J sent me a text the night they were picking it out, but that photo didn’t do it justice. After I got over the initial christmas tree shock I sat down to eat dinner– Talk about hostess with the mostess. Grilled Chicken and Mac and Cheese, YUM!

KC had spent hours putting lights on the tree earlier that day and I couldn’t have been more thankful. That is my least favorite thing to do when it comes to decorating a tree. With that already done, JW started hooking ornaments and I started hanging them on the tree. After all the ornaments had been hung, I placed the bow on top. We were set. Well minus a few limbs sticking out above the bow. I moved the ladder over and climbed up to trim a few branches and missed. YUP! You guessed it, I cut the light cord. The whole top half of the tree went out. I was mortified. At least we can laughed about it now. I’m NEVER allowed to decorate after 11pm.

Side Note: That wasn’t the only think I broke that night. There might have been a broken vase too. ;( I’m not sure I will be allowed back over. They might not trust me again. You could only imagine the reaction I got from JW when I asked if we could put a real fire in the fireplace for photos. hahaha

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(Wrapping Paper: Hobby Lobby, Sam’s Club and Walmart | Gold and Silver Round Giftboxes: Dollar Tree)

When trying to decide on a “theme” for their mantle I tossed around a couple of different concepts, but never fully set on anything specific. The only MUST HAVE was a fresh garland and boy did it set the stage. I am so thrilled with how everything turned out. What do you think?

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I love layering. Wether it’s clothes, a wedding tablescape or a holiday mantle it adds tons of dimension to whatever you are doing. When styling I always try to mix a little old with new. The taper candle holders came from the goodwill. They were only a quarter each. JW is a layer and all of the books we used on the Mantle are old law books. Most everything was something I already had or little trinkets that I found while I was out and about. And can we have a moment for that Stag Head? I saw it at Target and almost fell out. I.HAD.TO.HAVE.IT. The horns are gold, all the more reason to get it, right?  I want everyone to know, JW selected the red candle in the lantern. I had a white one that I wanted to use but he felt the red popped more. He was right. We wins! HIGH FIVE! I’ll have to reward him for his styling win. View More:

(Fresh Garland: Costc0 | Metal Stars: Caffco | Burlap “G” Initial” Hobby Lobby | Stag Head: Target | Stockings: Target)

The most exciting part of decorating their home was spending time with these cuties. I absolutely LOVE children and when Zoe came running in the door from school screaming “Mr. Evan, Mr. Evan, Mr. Evan” she instantly won me over. It melted my heart. Olivia sat on the floor with me for over an hour wrapping gifts and singing to me. It was the sweetest thing. I was in heaven. I’m trying to talk them into a trip to the Zoo to see the Christmas lights.  It would complete my holiday season! I have made myself an honorary member of #thegodwingang. View More:

I hope you guys LOVE the Mantle just as much as I do. It is always a pleasure working and hanging out with the Godwins. In the meantime I am heading out to get prepped for this weekends weddings. It’s a BIG weekend! Make sure you’re following us on Instagram (@evangcooper) for a behind the scenes look.  Can’t wait to hear your feedback.

a HUGE thank you for my friend Nick of Nick Drollette Photography for stopping in and shooting these pictures for us.

Vendor Spotlight: Nick Drollette Photography

I’m almost positive that you guys are well aware that everyone is a photographer these days. Ok! Not everyone, but it seems like it, right? Let me introduce you to the real deal, Nick Drollette. He’s a photographer from Montgomery Alabama that is taking the wedding industry by storm.

I met Mr. Drollette about 4 years via Facebook. I know, it’s kind of creepy, but it was all him, I PROMISE! Nick thought I was an old bearded photographer who could help him further his career. Long story short, through that silly Facebook friend request We’ve become the best of  friends (He even asked me to be a groomsmen in his wedding). Nick is honestly one of the most talented guys I know. When he puts his mind to something, he does it and KILLS IT. He’s passionate about what he does and it comes across in every photo. I’m beyond honored to get to work with NDP on a regular basis with Weddings, Events and editorials but even more import I am honored to call him and his wife friends.

With that being said, I bring you another installment of  (insert drum roll sound effect)’s  Vendor Spotlight. Below I had Nick send over some of his favorite images and answer a few questions to give the blogging world a chance to get to know him a little better..

EGC: What Inspires you as a photographer?

Everything. I’m inspired by what is around me. I think there is so much that we take for granted everyday. When you shoot it is about capturing that one moment in time because it will never be the same. Seeing so many photographers out there challenge me to get better. If I am not looking at other peoples work or looking for things to learn  or ways to better my skill I end up sitting in a slump. Photographers have to be inspired and learn from each other to become better. It’s  a never ending process.  There’s always something to learn, it’s impossible to know it all. I think that’s what I like the most.




EGC: How does someone become a Photographer?

Hmm…Take photos of EVERYTHING! It doesn’t matter what camera you use just take pictures. You will grow if you start to dig deeper into learning the technical side of photography. Anyone can teach the technical side. It’s learning the creative side that is the hardest.

EGC: One of today’s main discussion points amongst photographers is the use of digital vs film photography; what do you prefer? 

I love the convenience of digital, You can instantly see what you have taken. I think learning on digital was a wiser choice than  film.  Shooting film makes you slow down and makes you a better photographer. It makes you think about every shot. Most of my favorite pictures I come across on the web are film. Why would I work so hard to edit a digital photo and try to make it look like film when I can just shoot film. To me film has a romantic look . Now there are some downsides to film. Obviously you can’t see it right away and most importantly you have to be willing to trust your lab and leave it in their hands. For me, I shoot anything I can. If you like to shoot disposable cameras. Then shoot disposable cameras. It’s not the gear that makes you a great photographer it is the technique and eye.  2013-11-09_0004 2013-11-09_0001


EGC: Where would you see yourself with your company in 5 years? 

I’m honestly not sure. I enjoy going with the flow. Like every other entrepreneur I want my business to grow. I want to be able to travel and see many different things.

EGC: What are your favorite type of projects to work on? 

I really enjoy documentary and travel photography. I have been on several trips with my church and would love to be able to travel and shoot around the world full time

EGC: Is there any special techniques or gear that you like using?

I enjoy working on my Mac. They’re a musty have for photographers 🙂 For Digital I shoot with a 5D MK II and a Hasselblad H1 for my film work. I only shoot Kodak film.



Hopefully you know a little more about Nick Drollette and his company, Nick Drollette Photography. Hey! And how you have someone for all your photo needs.Remember, NDP doesn’t shoot just weddings– His lifestyle and commercial photography is pretty incredible. Thanks for reading! Until next time…