Rhett Reeves Bentley
Lisa Marie Blume
Lisa Marie Blume fell in love with Savannah during her graduate studies at SCAD. She is now a Washington, DC-based destination wedding photographer, traveling worldwide to capture joyous nuptials on film. Her passion for natural light, emotion, and pretty little details keeps her searching for that perfect shot, even after shooting weddings for almost a decade. Incorporating southern charm and urban sophistication in timeless and telling images is what she does best! Her companies, Lisa Blume Photography and Sweet Tea Photography, are often featured on Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings, Ruffled, BRIDES, and the Knot Magazine.
Kim Daniels is a stylist and photographer who runs her own company, Kimbrough Daniels, in Brunswick, GA. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Art concentrating in Interior Design and Art History. Kim has been styling events, food and homes for over two decades. She has lived on the coast of Georgia for five years, where she has cultivated her business and organized a group of talented business owners called the Golden Isles Creative Collective. Kim enjoys cocktails, boiled peanuts and anything made with bacon. You can follow Kim’s food and drink adventures at www.kimbroughdaniels.com/blog.
Jules de Jesus Fritz
Jules De Jesus Fritz is a wife, mom, and beauty guru. She’s real, not afraid to be vulnerable, and loves big! In 2007 she started Dollface by Jules, a beauty agency for hair and makeup artists, and in 2014, Jules developed Savannah’s first makeup line, JMTM.
After years of teaching, she found her higher calling of becoming a Light Coach and encouraging others to discover their light through self love and compassion. She shares motivational messages that feel like personal soul hugs to spark your spirit. Learn more about Jules on julesloves.me.
Read Jules’ monthly beauty column for Paprika Southern here!
Anthony Garzilli is Editor/Manager of the Jasper County Sun, a weekly newspaper in Ridgeland, SC. Garzilli, 35, of Savannah, GA, is a native of Bronx, NY, and has worked as a sports reporter and editor for 13 years. He’s won four first-place SC Press Association awards for writing excellence. He’s married, has a 1-year-old niece, and listens to Pearl Jam.
The Faces of Southern Farming, Issue 3 / Bobi Perry: The Lady in Red, Honey, Issue 9 / Mars Theatre: In Living Color, Issue 11 / Let Albert Wall Entertain You, Issue 12 / The Man who Marries Everyone, Issue 15 / Meet Sjohnna McCray, Issue 24 / The Brackish Boys, Winter 2016
Carol Jensky is a 2014 graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design where she obtained her BFA in Fashion Marketing and a minor in Fashion Design. She is passionate about the arts and fashion especially styling, trend research, and creative direction. Carol currently works as a freelance stylist and social media coordinator in Savannah, GA.
Founder of Women’s History Committee of Savannah, Grace McWillams is a lover of all things history. She enjoys her days as a barista, Tai Chi instructor, wellness coach, writer, photographer, foodie, and community advocate. Due to her bibliophilic nature she also works at a historic library in downtown Savannah. She has a passion for chai tea, cheese, silliness, and finding the magic in life. You can follow her adventures on instagram, Graceland_ga.
Adventures in the Gullah Geechee Corridor, Fall 2015 / A Brief History of the Holidays, Winter 2015 / The Bold and the Brazen: Infamous Women of the South, Spring 2016 / Road Trippin’: Our Picks for the Ultimate Southern Summer Road Trip, Summer 2016 / A League of Our Own: What Happened After Women Won the Right to Vote, Fall 2016 / Ground-Breakers and Earth-Shakers: Savannah’s Jewish Legacy
Cortney Phillips Meriwether
Cortney Phillips Meriwether is a freelance writer specializing in content marketing, fiction, and essays. She lives in Buckhannon, WV with her basketball coach husband and very anxious dog. To learn more about Cortney, visit her website.
Kate is an illustrator located in Savannah, Georgia. She is a graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design with a BFA in Illustration. Her colorful and stylized work is a reflection of her whimsical and childlike view of the world. In her spare time, Kate loves adventuring with her fiancé, David, and their three four-legged companions. Her work can be seen at katepaulillustration.com
Road Trippin’: Our Picks for the Ultimate Southern Summer Road Trip, Summer 2016 / 10 Things to Try This Summer, Summer 2016 / A League of Our Own & Fall Girl, Fall 2016 / Cutting Down to Size: A Table of Epic Proportions, Winter 2016
Kaitlin Przezdziecki is the owner and lead designer of Cheers Darling Events, a full service wedding and event design firm located in Washington, DC. Her love of the South took her to College of Charleston for undergrad before landing in Washington, DC and starting Cheers Darling Events. Kaitlin‘s event style incorporates traditional elements with a touch of sass, bringing in bold patterns and bright colors. Her work as been featured on Style Me Pretty, Weddings Unveiled, Washingtonian Bride & Groom and more.
Azure Rountree is a wife and mother to 4 beautiful children. She is a business owner, cookbook Author, Food Contributor for Statesboro’s Moments Magazine and an Autism Advocate. She has a love for cooking and is a member of the Statesboro Farmer’s Market where she sells a variety of sweets.
Kristen Solecki is an artist and illustrator who uses ink and paint to create pieces withchangeable, strong line and bold color. Her work ranges from paintings and drawings to editorial illustrations, designs for products, and her own line of prints and cards. She works for a variety of clients including West Elm, The Local Palate, The Globe and Mail, Taproot Magazine,Knit Wit Magazine, Skirt Magazine, and many more. She has shown her work around the country including at the Jones Carter Gallery, F.U.E.L. Gallery, Proximity Gallery, Surface Craft Gallery, and more. She lives and works in Charleston, SC. Visit her website.
Kara is a wardrobe stylist, blogger and a travel enthusiast. She loves working with her clients to create a new style and infuse confidence in their daily lives. For more information, you can visit her website or check out her instagram at @karabettie.
Stephanie Tallevast is a Savannah based interior designer with an eye for mixing the old and the new into interior spaces. Her work has been published both nationally and regionally and it always reflects her love of original art, vintage and antique finds as well as textiles. Stephanie’s more than fifteen years in the design field gives her a seasoned perspective and she looks forward to sharing design advice and trends from the interior design world with Paprika Southern readers through house tours and creative features. You can get to know Stephanie even better at www.stallevastdesign.com.
Omkari Williams began her professional life as an actress, a career she pursued for years and loved, until she didn’t.
She fell into her next career as a political consultant when a friend asked her to help someone she knew who was running for office. From there she worked for candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. In that job she used the skills she had honed as an actress to help professional politicians polish and refine their presentations so that they could better connect with their constituents.
That led to a stint teaching many of the same skills to Fortune 500 executives as they sought to improve their abilities to speak in public, and address both shareholders and their peers.
When the siren call of returning to her creative roots came she put everything she had done together and became a certified creativity coach. She then began working with people in differing creative disciplines and those wanting to live their daily lives more creatively.
Now a resident of Savannah she coaches and leads retreats on living a creatively inspired life. To find out more about Omkari and the work she does visit: www.LiveInspiredUnlimited.com