I’m honored to be published in the Fall-Winter 2011 edition one of my FAVORITE national magazines - Destination I Do!
Lindsey and Nate‘s destination wedding in San Antonio Texas was featured as 1 of 5 Real Weddings in a special editorial piece – “What You Get for the Money.” The article features five weddings at different price-points and shows how each couple was able to pull off a gorgeous, personalized destination wedding while staying within budget.
The issue officially hit the stands today so be sure to check your local bookstore (or click here to subscribe online)!
I’m honored to have been chosen by the editors as one of the 10 finalists for the Pacific Weddings Magazine Contest! And now, I need YOUR help! Voting is open to the public to choose between the 10 finalists, and the winner’s image will apear FULL PAGE in the upcoming Winter/Spring 2011 issue on the “Last Word” page dedicated towards ending each issue with an inspirational quote and awesome image.
I’m excited to be traveling a good amount this year and wanted to post my updated travel schedule for destination weddings and events. I have limited availably for photo-sessions while traveling, but I can fit a few more in for cool, up-for-anything couples. If you would like to chat about the possibility of setting something up (engagement, couples session, boudoir, trash-the-dress, etc.) while I’m in your area, hit me up via email or use the contact form above!
July 25-28th: Los Angeles, CA
September 14-20th: Lille & Paris, France
September 21-24th: Amsterdam, the Netherlands
October 8-10th: San Antonio, TX
October 15-17th: Grapevine, TX
November 8-12th: New Orleans, LA
May 20-22nd 2011: San Jose, CA
Other Availability: I have 4 spots left for 2010 weddings and am now accepting bookings for 2011!
And speaking of shooting cool places… I was in California last week to celebrate my birthday and while in the area got together with one of my fab couples, Mindy & Neil to photograph their engagement session! It was a blast hitting up the beaches of Santa Monica and Venice with them. Here’s one quick teaser – with more to come very soon!
In celebration of Earth Day, I wanted to do a post to celebrate all that’s green and earth friendly!
ECO-FRIENDLY WEDDING TIPS:
To start, here’s a couple of my favorite green vendors in here in Vegas!
- Earth Limos & Buses: Earth Limos & Buses is a limo company committed to minimizing their impact on the environment. One of the main ways they do this is using vehicles that run on eco-friendly fuel sources such as biodiesel and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). And not only are their limos earth-friendly, but they are also super comfortable and stylish! I especially love their luxury limo bus.
- The Springs Preserve: This 180-acre environment-centered preservation is tucked away in the middle of the city, just 10mins outside of the busy Las Vegas strip. Whether you’re looking for something a bit different for your Vegas wedding or just looking for a place to explore and have a little fun while in town, the Springs Preserve is wonderful. For weddings images from here, check out a few of my recent features on Style Me Pretty - Whitney & John’s Wedding and the Vegas Inspiration to Reality.
Also, for a great resource on more green wedding vendors, be sure to check out Juliet Douglas of Green Orchid Event’s blog – The Las Vegas Wedding Planner, which is updated frequently with great information for brides.
While I’ve never been the hugest tree-hugger on the planet, I do have an appreciation for the little things and products that attempt to make a difference. And I’m always looking for ways of incorporating more earth-friendly things into my own business. Here’s a few:
- All proofing, ordering for prints, albums, etc. is done online via Pictage.com, which is much more convenient for me and my couples and really cuts down on printed forms and paperwork for product selections.
- The album company I use and LOVE like crazy should seriously win an award. Not only do they offer the most gorgeous high-quality albums, they are the greenest album company I know. They take great care in selecting the materials they use. They take great care in how they package their products. And they even have an extensive office recycling program.
Their “pleathers” are all PVC free, and they wont use hides that have been tanned in Asia because of poor working conditions.
Their product packaging is completely green: hand-made recycled pineapple leaf paper used for wrapping, hand-made recycled mulberry leaves used for the ribbons, mulberry skeleton leaves used for decoration, natural kraft tissue used in wrapping and packaging, corn starch peanuts used as packing materials, paper tape used to seal all boxes, completely recyclable cardboard used for packing and shipping,
All their other packing is made from all natural organic materials that can be reused and recycled. Every possible scrap of paper, glass, metal and plastic is recycled.
Everything is made by hand. If it weren’t for building lighting, a power failure would hardly effect their production.
JUST FOR FUN – MY FAV THINGS:
- Simple Shoes: My newest craze! Their tag line “Shoes for a Happy Planet” says it all. And my feet are also quite happy wearing them. They are colorful, stylish, fun and oh-so comfortable! I made Jayse take a couple photos of them for me – thanks love!
Could one ask for a more perfect sneaker? :-) Here’s a cool video about their bio-degradable soles:
I was invited to be the moderator of our group and teach things like lighting and composition with the fantastic photographers Mike Colón and Ray Santana. It’s always great having the opportunity to give back – and I loved the idea of working with and inspiring children through a subject that has inspired me so much. Many of the kids were underprivileged and had never had the opportunity to ever handle a camera – even a point and shoot. This made the experience even more special for them. We started the day with pizza, an introduction by Pictage’s fantastic CEO, Jim Collins and classroom instruction at the Boys & Girls Club: teaching the kids about the art and fun of photography.
Afterward we took the kids on a field trip to the one of my favorite shooting places, the Springs Preserve for some hands-on-shooting! And, to help inspire the them to think outside-the-box, a photo scavenger hunt was planned: The kids had to shoot things like “happiness without including a person”. Or “Create an image of an “A” shape without using a sign or any text.” Or “Take a picture of something large but make it appear small.” Challenging stuff for sure and it was so cool seeing how much the children got into it. We definitely had a few aspiring photographers in the mix. :-) Watching their faces light-up when they saw the results of their work was something I’ll never forget.
Bellow is fellow photographer Matt Savage, Jim Collins and myself with our great group of kids:
And a big group shot with all the kids, photographers and volunteers taken by Kenny Kim:
At the end of the day, Mike Larson did his infamous camera toss where he throws his (very expensive) camera into the air. One of many favorite moments of the day was all the kids yelling in unison “Higher – Higher – Higher!” Haha, loved it!
I came in hoping to inspire and give what I could to this wonderful group of kids – but what I didn’t expect was that at the end of the day I would leave so incredibly refreshed, recharged and inspired by them. It was such a great experience. And a big, HUGE thanks goes to the Pictage team and to Jim Collins for having the vision and heart to make this happen!
As you probably already know, I have a very big crush on a certain ultra stylish wedding website (Style Me Pretty). Abby, Elaine and all the girls at SMP are my kind of people – also obsessed with details and pretty things. So I was absolutely delighted to be a part of their new feature called the “Inspiration to Reality Challenge.” I love the whole concept and how it works! Each region puts together a team of fantastic wedding vendors, then they choose an inspiration board designed by one of SMP’s readers and put their creative juices together to bring it all to life.
I’m beyond excited to share some photos from the Inspiration to Reality shoot that our Las Vegas team put together – and that it’s a 4-part feature on the front page of Style Me Pretty this weekend!
Our shoot took place at one of my FAVORITE ceremony and reception locations here Vegas, the gorgeous Springs Preserve! I loved how the blues popped against the warm desert backdrop. And our model bride, Gabi looked stunning with hair & makeup all done up by Allyson, Lauren & Monet at Las Vegas Style Sirens.
I first saw this dress on Gabi a couple weeks before the shoot. A bunch of us girls were hanging out in the bridal salon while Dawn was trying different dresses on Gabi. It was too funny because it was almost as if we were her bridesmaids. When she came out with this gown on there was one big synchronized “Oohh!” It was definitely THE ONE.
The ensemble was topped off by Stella & Dot Jewelry from stylist Carrie Hogan and a fantastic blue veil from MUMO hair accessories.
Jesus (our groom – who also happens to be the Catering Manager at Springs Preserve) was looking pretty darn sharp as well.
Details, details, details – I was definitely lovin’ all the eye candy! From the amazing feather bouquet by Emplume, the totally unique cakelets by Kristen at Gimme Some Sugar (SO love this idea to have multiple smaller cakes rather than one main one, or in addition to the main one), signature drink by Dress the Drink, peacock chair decor by Wildflower Linens, beautiful centerpiece by Randi at Naakiti Floral, the invitations that arrive in a vintage steamer trunk by Tifany at Gourmet Invitations, and so much more!
Be sure to hit up Style Me Pretty to see a ton more images in the 4-part feature! Here’s the links: