I am officially dubbing this bHag Wednesday (big HAIRY audacious goals Wednesday) because today we get to see one of ours come to life!! Once a year, the incredible, powerhouse, force-to-be-reckoned-with wedding blog that is Style Me Pretty, comes out with their annual magazine where they feature about 10 of their absolute favorite weddings of the year. And for people who look at the most gorgeous weddings in the world all day, every day....that is quite an undertaking to narrow down!
Making it into the SMP magazine has been on my bHag list since their first issue came out last year. So when we got the email that Ashley & Chris's Branford House wedding had been selected for their second annual edition, happy dances most definitely went down! The Wobble may or may not have been involved (it definitely was)! It is a really good day indeed!
Here is a look at our feature & if you want to see the whole gorgeous magazine in its entirety you can do that by clicking HERE!
This week we are away for the Amazing Life Escape up in Maine, where us & 5 other couples are making the choice to unplug a good bit and focus on each other again rather than the rest of the world. I know it's going to be a, well, amazing couple of days. And it doesn't hurt that this house we're staying in is ridonculus!! I can't wait to show you more, but for now let's just say: two kitchens, a theater room, hot tubs, saunas, those crazy showers with the jets coming from every direction, and a view that will take your breath away! Last night we kicked off the retreat with a personal chef whipping up dinner, and now I think every night's dinner should be made that way.
Um, for the rest of my life!! :)
So needless to say, for the next few days we'll be a little more off the radar while we soak it all in. But we hope to come back rested & recharged, and ready to rock out the rest of this season! In the mean time, scroll down for a few morning announcements!
A few quick matters of business to attend to:
*There are only TWO seats left to our upcoming Nov 20-21st Walk Through a Wedding w/ J&M Workshop** with our "The Notebook" theme!! Grab em while you can!
*There are only THREE spots left to our Dec 8th What's Next One Day Getaway. You can grab one of the last remaining seats by clicking HERE!
*In case you missed it, we are heading to Cambodia in January (the 14th-21st) for The Raddest Photo Trip Ever. We just got word that everyone who signs up to come with us this week by November 15th will also be receiving a PASS Passport that will give you lifetime unlimited event uploads! The Passport normally goes for $1500 and that's also how much a seat to the Cambodia trip is. So for all of you out there who have been hoping to purchase a Passport (IF they even become available again), this is a way to both lock in the Passport and basically get your seat for pretty much FREE! Almost half the seats are already gone, so definitely don't wait to sign up!
**What is Walk Through?? Walk Through is kind of the Super Bowl of all our workshops, because it's two days of basically everything we teach combined in to one super-workshop: posing, lighting, marketing, branding, dealing with all those trouble spots on a wedding day, creating systems that stick, post-processing, goal setting and of course "The Why." We start on Day 1 walking through our mock wedding as if it is the real deal: the getting ready, a dark ceremony, an unruly bridal party, shooting portraits on a time crunch, shooting reception details in the dark, first dance, toasts etc. It's about 12 hours of teaching! Then we bring it back on Day 2 for all the other side that goes into running a wedding business: marketing, branding, pricing, workflow, editing, client experience, running the first meeting, getting your booking rate to the 90% range, building word of mouth with your clients and then building a "secondary circle" and a freight train of momentum, vendor relationships, post-processing and creating a signature style, and more! That day is another 10 hours of teaching or so. And then we end the whole thing with a wine & s'mores party at our place, and it's usually midnight before everyone leaves!!
Ok friends, brace yourself! This is going to be a BIG post!
Kayla & Brendon's wedding was one of the prettiest days we have ever had the honor of photographing. And a really HUGE part of that is because in so many ways, the day was beautiful before it was pretty. First and foremost, Kayla & Brendon are just two of my favorite people in this world and they are both so beautiful inside and out. They are two people who love each other and everyone around them with their whole hearts. And when it came to us that was no exception! Two weeks before the wedding, Kayla sent me an email letting me know that she knew we were her photographers even before they were officially engaged, and we were the first people they booked as soon as they were. And that she just wanted me to know that they trusted us completely, and we had free reign on the day. Ahhhh, you want to talk about setting your photographer's heart on fire and guaranteeing they'll do their above & beyond best work possible....send them an email saying that!! :) Am I right, photographers everywhere?? :)
Add to that, that their day was absolutely full of GORGEOUS, pretty details. But what made them so beautiful for me, was that Kayla & her mom worked tirelessly together hand-making everyone of them. And all the love and thought that went in to the day, was woven into every detail. To go along with that, both sets of parents poured into everyone on hand that day (us included!) They made sure everyone felt welcome, was taken care of, and during the ceremony they incredible advice on how to have long, beautiful marriages like theirs.
Finally, the whole gorgeous day ended in a STUNNING fireworks display, the likes of which I've never seen before. And that could have just been a pretty way to end the night. But when you add to that, that Kayla's grandfather who had passed away had been a fireworks pyrotechnician and they were done in his honor...it just made the whole thing that much more meaningful and therefore so, so beautiful!
So sit back, relax, get an EXTRA big cup of cocoa for this mega-post and enjoy!
Married: Kayla & Brendon
**K&B: We love love LOVE you guys! We are so thankful for your love & that you came into our lives! And just so you know, we are declaring that we will be friends for life (hope that's cool with you!) Love like this always, you guys! xo M
I'm not really sure how old I was the first time I saw The Goonies.
All I know is that I've seen it approximately 117 times since.
From the ship full of treasure to the kids saving their houses to the "booty traps"....it is everything I think childhood adventure should be. And I secretly always wanted to set out in search of the three rocks that lined up to start the treasure map. And scream "Heyyyyy YOU guyyyyyyys."
So when we decided to bring our workshops to Oregon, we decided to host them right in Cannon Beach- home of "Haystack Rock" aka the Goonies rock.
So that I could wake up every morning we were there, and be reminded of what it is to love the adventure.
Here are a few quick pictures we grabbed the first day we got there. I'm pretty sure if you look hard enough, you can see a pirate ship in the background!