We got together one afternoon to brainstorm, think and try and see if this was even possible to pull off in the matter of 2 weeks! And man did our brains start to spin. Beth posted some behind-the-scenes photos and thoughts on her blog today of where, why and how to this little Valentine weekend of fun came together!
This styled shoot, much to our surprise, got posted on Style Me Pretty earlier this week with raves coming from many many people. It was overwhelming. And awesome. Getting encouragement from people you don't know, people you have just met and having the feeling that you are doing something worth while in your life is so rewarding. I am not trying to argue that styling a shoot is my life's goal, but rather living with creativity, laughing with friends and doing what I love is becoming more evident to me as time passes.
I have to say a GINORMOUS shout out to the amazing vendors that helped us, loaned us items and gave us some trust to come along side us:
Event Design: Bethany Hway
Photography: Emily Steffen Photography
Styled by: Bethany Hway, Dena Swenson and Emily Steffen
Paper Elements: Dena Swenson
Floral: Ginger Floral Design
Bouquets: Jillians Etsy Store
Bridal Attire and amazing fur shawl: Che Bella
Grooms attire: second hand/vintage
Hair and Makeup: Lindsay Schlotte
I wish share more later this week but for now, check out the blog post and leave a little love for Abby at Style Me Pretty!!!
I had ideas of traveling a day early and staying a day late while on my mini-vacay to Orange County Cali in January for that amazing Sylelab workshop. I envisioned walking along the beach, reading books while the sun beat down on my face, sipping cold Lemonade and taking in some much needed Vitamin D from those rays! Doesn't that sound perfect? And it sounded even more perfect after the blizzard-mania that we had just before Christmas.....
WELLLLLL...if any of you watched the news in January you heard stories upon stories of the massive amount of abnormal rain and winds that southern California was getting. Mudslides, hurricane-type-winds, street flooding, umbrella-whipping-through-the-sky kind of weather... And, of course, this was at the brink of my trip. Awesome! Needless to say I still had an amazing Emily-only vacay with many glasses of wine and much relaxing at the ever-so-wonderful La Casa Del Camino hotel in Laguna Beach ! :)
Although, the first day I got there I was able to see the sun peaking through the clouds for about 30 minutes just as the sun was setting so I immediately strapped on my camera and took a walk along Laguna beach and explored the amazing artist community!
SO. GLAD. I. DID!
She came over last week and she shared. To to say that I had the time of my life would be an understatement. We shared coffee, fears, inspiration, stories, ideas and even some Brie for lunch. We talked about the photography industry, crafting (all because of my obsession of course), social media, and blogs. And we tried to wrap our minds around what makes our life complete....it was rad. Simply rad.
Eliesa gave me the kick-in-the-pants I so desperately needed to launch myself into this 2010 year. We made goals, not just clean-the-house and walk-the-dog-tomorrow goals but LOFTY ones....big ones (in my eyes). I was able to dream about my large house on a farm someday with many pugs and an abundance of gardens....we talked about what makes me happy and who I am at the core of Emily. Gol, It was awesome!
I really, whole-heartedly believe that photography is just a piece of how I see the world...a piece among knitting, sewing, crafting, attempting to cook, gardening, and loving! I LOVE that I am able to make my living at a job that I am head-over-heals about and I also LOVE that being an artist is something that I am able to do every day.......
If you are ever in need of a good conversation, Eliesa is your girl! Her business is thriving and she is inspirational to her core! Thank you E for everything you shared.....myself and my business are better because of our time together! :) Honestly.
Their intimate wedding ceremony led way to a larger party upstairs at the St. James hotel as guests were greeted with hugs from the bride and groom and a tower of delish cupcakes at the reception! Hattie's details were wonderful with her purple, ivory and brown color palette and custom truffle boxes for guests as they left the party! She was even thrifty enough to find her designer Sophia Tolli wedding gown on craigslist for half the price of retail! :) I was impressed! :)
Every guest grinned ear to ear as they got greeted by Hattie and Dave at the reception doors---their love was contagious and their personalities perfect for each other! :)
My *favorite* part of the night is when we went over (across the hall) to Jimmy's Pub where Hattie and Dave had their first date almost 2 years ago to the day! :) We just HAD to snap a few at "the table" where they first laid eyes on one another! :)