You fall in love only perhaps one or two times in your lifetime. Sometimes, it is with a person or a career or your children or a little spot in your corner of the world. For me, I have fallen completely in love with a garden and the building that surrounds it. I have always been enchanted by space, by architecture and landscape and the character contained in those things. And this spring, Salt Harbor moved into the space of my dreams. I walk into work every day and I am continually amazed. I cannot believe we are blessed enough to work here.
We discovered the space in February when looking for a shoot location with Millie Holloman. Millie and I happened upon a hidden courtyard, tucked between the buildings of downtown Wilmington. We asked the owner if we could use the garden for a photo shoot, and as a result found the beautiful office space that overlooked the courtyard. We fell instantly for the space, and after learning it was available, signed papers on the building in April. Smack in the middle of wedding season, we moved our entire studio downtown (which if you have seen our old warehouse, was no small feat).
We are finally all moved in and settled. The building has become a treasured spot, full of character and history and story-- the very things that have always inspired us. Millie Holloman Photography's staff is now our upstairs office mates, and the creativity that bounces between floors is beyond what I could have imagined it to be. I have always been so grateful for the relationship between MHP and SHD, but now that we are in such a creative collective space, the relationship only grows stronger.
We thought the courtyard was the perfect space for wedding ceremonies, so we decided to open it for that purpose. We named it The Atrium by Ligon Flynn, after the architect who renovated the space in the early 1980's. It is, as far as I know, Wilmington's only downtown urban garden available for events. We held our first wedding in the space in July, and we were delighted to be a part of the celebration.
With the move and getting settled in the new space, I know I have neglected the blog. Now that things have settled down a bit, I will start blogging more. There are lots of great weddings from spring to share, along with a few wonderful new team members, and lots of great photos from other events (like a one year anniversary party for one of our favorite clients). As the space get upfitted, we will also blog some interior shots as well!