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A WEDDING MAGAZINE FOR I DO

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A LETTER

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S I P O N S OME B RI N G ON The anticipated Fizz & Frills special issue here! On

In this issue, we talk about a city safari wedding that

September 9, 2012, we hosted our second Fizz & Frills

the Utterly Engaged team put together for Propel, a

in the charming Old Town Pasadena with Lovely

photography workshop by Caroline Tran. You will get

Jubilee and had great success! We had a tremendous

a behind-the-scene look at a photographer’s passion

turnout of brides and frill lovers alike, ready to shop

to share and teach her craft to aspiring photographers

and be inspired for their big day. We were absolutely

and artists, and how an editorial shoot unfolds. You

thrilled to bring awesome shops, like 31 Bits, Paper

will find these Propellers in our 11 up and coming

Pastries, Olivia Nelson, Daughters of Simone, Petit

photographers to watch out for in 2013.

Plume, Ticings, J and R Foods, Veiled Beauty and many more! We also introduced The Menagerie to

The frill lover in you will also get tickled pink by a

showcase designers and artisans who were not able

dramatically romantic wedding filled with sparkle and

to travel and The Designers Showcase to highlight

glamour, set in the historic Plaza Hotel in New York.

the creativity of a few hand-picked event stylists and

And if you remember Hazel Bourget of Blu Bungalow,

designers, florists and stationery designers through a

the elite event planning studio where we held the first

tablescape design. This year brides could also get up

Fizz & Frills last year, you will enjoy the He Said/She

close and personal with live models wearing wedding

Said article in this issue, where we interviewed her

dresses from Lovely Bride LA and bridesmaid dresses

and her husband of 8 years on their love story.

from Ruche in the Fashion Lounge, and grooms could get style tips from the gentlemen of Pocket

This year has been filled with beautiful inspiration

Square Clothing. We want to thank all the brides and

and people, as well as big challenges that we had to

shoppers, all the designers and artisans, and all the

overcome. So as we near the end of 2012, we leave

sponsors who have made this event a success. We

you with this last issue for the year and we will be

look forward to our next one because it’s going to be

taking time to reflect on the years past and look to the

even bigger and better!

future to set new goals to reach new heights. We look forward to see in the new year! xoxo,

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THANK YOU to our friends

A N D AW E S O M E C O N T R I B U T O R S

CARMEN SANTORELLI Photographer

BRAEDON FLYNN Photographer

CAROLINE TRAN Photographer

NANCY PARK Event Designer & Stylist

SA N D R A FA ZZ I N O Photographer

WILMAROSE ORLANES Event Designer & Stylist

DOROTHEE & ANNABEL Photographer

KATIE FREDERICK Travel & Honeymoon Guru

M I K E PA N G A N I B A N Cinematographer

ROBERT INGRAHAM Photographer & Cinematographer

LARISSA REHDNER Floral Designer

KIM SANDERS Floral Designer

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The first time Shannon and Mark met, they were acting as “wing men� for their friends who previously met at bar. Little did they know that their good deed would pay off and they were the ones to hit it off instead. Later that night he offered to walk her to her car to fill the meter. It was then that she knew he was a good catch.

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THE PROPOSAL Mark surprised her on a romantic trip to San Ysidro Ranch in Montecito, CA. While on a walk after a day of horseback riding, Mark got down on one knee and proposed. “All I could do was cry! I was so happy,.” exclaimed Shannon.

THE VENUE Shannon had always dreamed of getting married in a barn setting, but their budget didn’t allow for it. Their desire to create her dream wedding with a little creativity led them to the next best thing – a location with ranch style homes and horses everywhere. What made it even better was that it was in the backyard of their close family friend in Rolling Hills, CA where she grew up.

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THE BRIDE AND HER WEDDING GOWN She fell in love with the dress as soon as she saw it. The antique colored Ivy & Aster gown had rosette details that she absolutely adored. The rosettes were made of tulle that completely covered the entire gown. What made the gown even more special was that her mother made a silk sash to go with her gown. Her mother embroidered their wedding date in light blue on the inside of the sash. It meant so much to her.

HER FLORALS Juliet Roses Kangaroo Paw Parrot Tulips CafĂŠ au lait dahlias (her favorite) Craspedia Exploding grass Chamomile Spray roses Lisianthus Peonies Scented geraniums

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THE CEREMONY Connie loved the natural, organic setting of the barn and wanted to showcase that in a more elegant and romantic way, without being too country. Throughout the planning process, they talked a lot about how they wanted to keep things simple and really showcase God’s love for them and their love for each other, rather than a fabulous spectacle they had created. Their colors were neutral with greys, ivories, muted peaches/pinks, sage greens, and accents of gold. They also incorporated a lot of wooden elements and plants to achieve that romantic yet organic look.

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THE RECEPTION After the ceremony, 180 of their guests walked to their reception and were welcomed with live music by a bluegrass band called The Dustbowl Revival. Delicious appetizers such as mini lobster pot pies, caprese kabobs, tomato bisque and mini grilled cheese sandwiches, sliders with bleu cheese and caramelized onions, and coconut shrimp were served with their signature cocktail drink, John Daly – An Arnold Palmer with vodka. Their evening reception was like a special family get-together – simple, relaxed and intimate. There were hay bales covered in muslin all around and wine barrels turned over that were used for cocktail tables. CafÊ lights were strung up all over outside from the tree, through the tent and over the dance floor. They used dark wood tables covered with handmade table runners that had their initials M&S monogrammed by her mother, along with different colored hand-sewed napkins. Vintage plates with different designs and jars and bottles filled with various types of flowers and candles adorned the tables.

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One of the most spectacular things about the reception was the 1000 paper origami cranes that Shannon’s parents had strung in a big eucalyptus tree. Folding 1000 cranes for someone at their wedding is a Japanese Tradition (Shannon’s mother is Japanese) that will bring 1000 years of happiness and prosperity to the couple. They were lovingly made by her parents, siblings, aunties, Mark’s mom, and some family friends. They were in different colors and patterns that looked beautiful among the café lights hanging from the tree.

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The dinner was followed by dancing to all kinds of music from country to oldies to rock n’ roll. In addition to their two-tiered wedding cake, their guests also enjoyed an array of desserts by Cake Monkey that included mini chocolate lockets, mini peanut butter cakewich, inside out s’mores, and mini apple pop pies, among many others. Their guest left the wedding with a small mason jar filled with honey, tagged “Love is sweet”. They certainly felt the love after an amazing day of celebrating the marriage of Shannon & Mark! U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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CREDITS Ceremony | St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church Reception | Friend’s Home in Rolling Hills, CA Photography & Lighting | The Long Haul Photography Floral Designer | Mein Schatze Invitation designer | The Happy Envelope Rentals | Classic Party Rentals Caterer | Gourmet 2 You Cake Design | Cake Monkey Entertainment | The Dustbowl Revival DJ | DJ Dub Gypsy 22

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GLITTER AMOUR GRACE An evening wedding of glamour and elegance any girl would dream of. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CARMEN SANTORELLI U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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he Plaza Hotel in New York City was the perfect setting for sparkle, opulence and romance.

The bride dressed in a dramatically soft, ethereal Ines di Santo wedding gown was the right touch of romance in this fairy tale wedding. Modern, free-form florals of hydrangea, anemones, orchids, astilbe, bunny tail celosia, oak ivy and spirea branches enhanced the opulent linens. The simple but elaborately tall wedding cake was contrasted by the soft textures of the florals in pink, peach and cream, and the golden bronze tones of the sugar dĂŠcor.

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DESSERTS

Profiteroles Pops

OUR ELEGANT ANSWER TO OVERLY-SWEET CAKE POPS, GOLDEN PROFITEROLES WERE FILLED WITH CREAM, TOPPED WITH A TRI-STAR STRAWBERRY FROM BERRIED TREASURES AND PLACED ON

Phyllo Cup

RIBBONED STICKS. DESIGNED TO BE PASSED

CRISP, GOLDEN-BROWN PHYLLO FILLED WITH COCONUT BUTTERCREAM, TOPPED WITH MINI

Petit Fours

SPRAYS OF TART RED-CURRANTS

DIAMOND-SHAPED ALMOND CAKE LAYERED WITH VANILLA AND RASPBERRY BUTTERCREAM TOPPED

Meringues Charlotte Russe

WITH RASPBERRY GELEE FOR AN OMBRÉ EFFECT

SWEET MERINGUE KISSES, PAINTED BRONZE

CHOCOLATE CAKE FILLED WITH SEASONAL RASPBERRY BUTTERCREAM TOPPED WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND FRESH-FROM-THE-MORNING-MARKET RASPBERRIES, WRAPPED WITH LADY FINGERS

Cutting Cake

TIED OFF WITH A GOLDEN RIBBON

GUAVA-COLORED SUGAR GARDEN ROSES ATOP AN ALMOND CAKE WITH PASSION FRUIT FILLING AND NYC ROOFTOP HONEY BUTTERCREAM ICING.

Cookies Assorted Candy

SHOWCASED IN A GLASS DOME.

HEART-SHAPED CHOCOLATE SUGAR COOKIES

ROCK CANDY, SWEETS AND BUBBLE GUM IN PINK AND GOLDEN TONES.

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CREDITS Photography CARMEN SANTORELLI Photography assistant HELGA SCHAFFER Planner STACIE SHEA EVENTS Location THE PLAZA, NYC Floral Design SPLENDID STEMS Paper TEN FOUR PAPER Calligraphy JESSICA HALEY INK Tuxedo MEN’S WAREHOUSE, STAMFORD, CT Wedding Gowns INES DI SANTO PROVIDED BY BRIDAL REFLECTIONS Hair Accessories BRIDAL REFLECTIONS Linens LA TAVOLA LINENS Dish/ Glassware THE PLAZA AND RENT VINTAGE CHINA Cakes and Desserts SUGAR FLOWER CAKE SHOP Makeup/ Hair ERICA OGAWA Models RANDALL HARRIS & MOLLY RANDALL

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I attended a coworker’s citizenship party. I brought my boyfriend-then and was introduced to Marc by the host. Marc was working the fancy indoor grill. He worked out a whole lot and was wearing a t-shirt where you could see his ripped chest and arms and I couldn’t stop staring at him whenever he was within view. He had the most

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Our “official” first date was when Marc took me out to a popular sushi restaurant and a movie. I was impressed that Marc liked sushi – especially since he seemed to be a picky eater. I didn’t want to order too much and look like a heffer, but I love to eat and was still hungry after a couple pieces of some safe generic rolls. Marc thought I really was content with the amount of food we ordered. Afterwards, instead of going to a movie theater, we decided to go to his place to watch a movie. On the way there, I was thinking this guy is trying to get fresh with me! But to my surprise and disappointment, all of his roommates came out to watch the movie with us. The movie could have been Finding Nemo, but I can’t remember because all I kept thinking was that I was on a date with Marc and his 3 other roommates. Sad to say, I left really late that evening without an offer to crash at his place (I lived 40 min. away) and not even a good night kiss. Smooth. Real smooth Marc.

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We were at the Oracle parking lot where we both worked and it was at the end of a work day in November – a couple of weeks after our first date. Marc walked me to my car before leaving. To my sur p rise, he leaned in and kissed me goodbye. I was smitten. I later find out that Marc was super ner vous after the kiss. Marc is prone to allergies and his nose was dripping like a leaky faucet. He got paranoid and thought he got some snot on my lip when leaning in for a kiss and didn’t think he would hear from me again. Lucky him, I didn’t notice.

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Valentine’s Day 2005

It was our first Valentine’s day together. We were thoroughly enjoy ing a silly moment and were c racking u p about something ridiculous and I blurted, “That’s wh y I love y ou!” I quickly caught myself and realized what I just said and looked at him to see his reaction. He got super quiet and serious, then looked at me in the eyes and said he loved me too. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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After she outlasted all of my previous relationships and I realized I wanted to be a better person by being with her.

A year prior, one of my best friends from childhood had passed away from a serious heart problem and it was going to be her one year anniversar y of her death. A bunch of our friends and her family were having a celebration of her life in the Central Coast, where I grew up. I had the flu and was terribly sick, but was intent on tr ying to make it down to be there for our friends and her family. Although Marc and I had just started dating for a couple of months, he drove me down to Salinas, where my best friend used to live so she could take me down the second leg of the trip. It was a late rainy evening and Marc patiently chauffeured me to Salinas which was a two-hour trip, made sure I had sufficient water and medicines to keep my flu symptoms under control, and drove back up to the Bay Area by himself. He understood how much it meant for me to be home for my friend’s celebration of life party and it was then I knew how much he truly cared for me. It was also then, when I returned and was fully recovered, that I knew I wanted to be with him for the rest of my life.

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I had a private table set up on a bluff at the Ritz Half Moon Bay. We had champagne while watching the sunset and a ser ver brought us a plate with the ring on it. When the plate and ring ar rived, I d ropped down to a knee and p roposed. Fortunately, hotels guests taking pictures of the sunset from their room snapped a picture of the proposal and sent it to us.

I had a feeling he was going to do it that night earlier during the week, because Marc told me he wanted to take me to Half Moon Bay for dinner and insisted on it when I tried to suggest going to the city to watch the Chinese New Year’s parade. But I tried to keep myself grounded, and told him to plan the entire weekend and surprise me. That Saturday couldn’t have been more beautiful and Marc knew it was going to be a nice day in HMB since he checked the weather on a daily basis that week. He also made arrangements with the hospitality folks at the Ritz to get a table set on the bluff with a perfect view of the sunset. The lady in the lobby greeted us and

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directed us to the terrace to listen to the bagpipe player and watch the sunset. Marc and I found a seat and I wanted a glass of wine, but he told me to stay put while he checked on dinner reservations. Five minutes later he came back (with no wine) but told me there was a better view of the sunset around the corner. There, on the bluff, was a single little round table covered with white linen and two chairs. On the table was a little sign that said “reserved.” A waiter served us champagne and Marc toasted to making the right decisions. I sort of paused, waiting for him to finally do it, but he didn’t and we clinked glasses and I drank up. Marc started talking about our first date in HMB and how we joked about getting

married 2 years ago. The waiter arrived at the table with a covered silver platter and said the executive chef created a special appetizer for us and warned me that the platter was very hot. Before I knew it, Marc got down

on one knee and said that although we were joking about getting mar ried back then, he wanted to follow through on that p roposal and p ropose to me now. He uncovered the platter, popped open the box, and all I could say was, “Are y ou for real?” and stared at the bling. Marc waited for a while for my answer and I finally said, “Of course! Yes!” I cried, he cried. I gave him a little kiss and a hug and then all of a sudden we heard applause from the folks behind us in their hotel rooms. It was so surreal. It couldn’t have been more perfect. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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MARC, When I count my blessings, you are one of the first graces that come to mind. I am humbled when I think of how fortunate I have been to have such a supportive, patient, tall-dark-handsome, brilliant, and more importantly, caring husband who genuinely thinks the world of me. You continue to challenge me to be my best and we continue to thrive together, side by side, both looking and growing in the same direction. Your t r ust in me makes me p ros perous. Your belief in me makes me st rong. Your unconditional love for me means the world to me. Gratitude for all of these overwhelm me. I love you‌more. Yours always, Hazel

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Hazel, The last 8 years that we’ve been together have been nothing short of amazing. Thanks for being patient, my biggest fan, my biggest critic, and my better half. The thought of spending the rest of my life with you excites me every time I think about it. I promise to never stop trying to be the best husband I can be. I love you!

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Des g i n e r Sh ow ca se: Ke nd ra S c o t t J EW E L RY D ES I G N E R

HOW DID YOU DISCOVER YOUR PASSION FOR JEWELRY DESIGN?

Being a mother to my two precious boys is undoubtedly

Since I can remember,

ing in weekly car pooling with other moms, being pres-

I’ve had a love affair

ent for my boys’ games, and spending time with them.

with fashion. When I

Finding a healthy balance between work and family is

was in my twenties,

crucial and I encourage everyone at Kendra Scott to do

I realized that there

the same.

my most important job. This is why I established family as one of the cores of my business, and we have stayed true to that since the beginning. Though I absolutely love my job, I always put my children first, participat-

were certain jewelry items I wanted that

BEST MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR?

I couldn’t find any-

The opening of our flagship Austin store in the heart of

where, so I decided to

the SOCO district. Having a Kendra Scott boutique was

start making pieces on

a dream of mine for years, and though I knew Austinites

my own. It was then

would love and support it, I could not have imagined

that I discovered the passion I had for making jewelry. I

the immense success the store would have immediately

started out by literally wire wrapping stones at my din-

upon its opening. The prosperity we experienced at the

ing room table, but when my friends began asking me

Austin store was the fuel that drove our store openings

to create pieces for them too, I knew I had caught onto

in Beverly Hills, and Dallas, and the Houston Rice Village,

something.

Houston CityCentre and Scottsdale stores that will be opening soon.

HOW DID YOU BUILD YOUR BRAND FROM THE GROUND UP? AFTER YOU DECIDED THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO, WHAT WERE THE FIRST STEPS YOU TOOK TO MAKE IT A REALITY?

WE LOVE THAT YOU GIVE BACK TO CHARITY. WHY DO YOU THINK IT'S SO IMPORTANT IN BUSINESS TO GIVE BACK?

The start of my company was a mix of fate and my own

cally driven. After experiencing my stepfather’s battle

brazen tenacity. I took $500 out of savings and created

with cancer when I was 19, I opened The Hat Box in Aus-

a mini jewelry collection, promising my husband that

tin, a hat boutique whose proceeds benefitted cancer

I’d double the money. With my newborn son in a Baby

research. Giving back to others was a value instilled in

Bjorn and my jewelry in a tea box, I went door to door to

me at a young age and so it was a no-brainer to have

local Austin boutiques and sold out of my first-ever col-

philanthropy at the core of my business. As an entrepre-

lection. Months later, I received a call from a Dallas buyer

neur, I know firsthand that everyone can use a helping

who wanted to represent me. With her help, I landed

hand at some point. It is so important to give back to

my jewelry in a renowned New York City showroom and

the communities that have helped us succeed, and to

the brand took off from there.

give back to near and dear to us is a priceless experi-

My first venture in business was actually philanthropi-

ence. There is truly no greater joy than that of giving to

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others which in turn helps make our brand and company culture thrive with happiness and positivity.

DO YOU HAVE A MUSE FOR YOUR CURRENT BRIDAL COLLECTION? AND HOW DO YOU STAY INSPIRED?

brides love to let their own creative juices flow when

I know that brides will cherish pictures from their wed-

My inspiration for bridal is different than when I am de-

ding day forever and so it is my vision to create pieces

signing for a seasonal collection because while I want

that are timeless and distinctive. With that said, I don’t

the jewelry to have a modern edge, I want the pieces to

just think of one kind of bride when I am designing.

remain classic. Therefore, I often find my inspiration by

Whether a bride wants to add a splash of color to her

perusing through vintage jewelry in my grandmother’s

look or simply wants to adorn her bridesmaids in jewel-

jewelry box or while I’m antique shopping.

selecting jewelry for one of the biggest days of their life.

ry correlating to their dresses, we have beautiful pieces

and tablet usability, is an amazing tool for brides who

IF YOU WERE TO GET MARRIED AGAIN, WHICH PIECES FROM YOUR BRIDAL COLLECTION WOULD YOU WEAR?

want to create custom jewelry incorporating their wed-

I would design a one-of-a-kind pair of gorgeous chan-

ding colors. When I am designing pieces for the Color

delier earrings, incorporating our truly luminescent new

Bar™, brides are top of mind because I know how much

stone in our Color Bar™, Ivory Mother of Pearl.

that will appeal to all. Our Color Bar™, which was just relaunched with new stones, silhouettes and iPad, iPhone

The

stone is absolutely incredible and picks up light and color from every angle.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A BRIDE SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT JEWELRY FOR HER WEDDING DAY?

When picking out jewelry for your wedding day, my advice would be to not just consider the dresses you and your bridesmaids are wearing, but look at all of the elements of your wedding. Your bridal jewelry is a way you can tie in all of the other beautiful elements of your big day, like your flowers or your venue. Getting married on a beach? Choose a piece from our feather collection to add a chic but carefree feel to your look. Using blush pink hydrangeas in your ceremony? Have your bridesmaids wear earrings incorporating Rose Quartz from our Color Bar™. The vast array of colors and silhouettes in our collection allows brides to truly be creative in the way they accessorize themselves and their bridal party.

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friends in high school, and taught myself patternmaking and draping from library books. I was a scrawny, super awkward kid, and making myself clothes made me feel so much better. I love knowing that my work can have the same effect on others. There's a certain kind of magic in a wearing a dress that makes you feel amazing, and that's one of the reasons I love bridal! HOW DID YOU BUILD YOUR BRAND FROM THE GROUND UP? AFTER YOU DECIDED THIS IS WHAT YOU WANTED TO DO, WHAT WERE THE FIRST STEPS YOU TOOK TO MAKE IT A REALITY? I worked my buns off! As glamorous as working in fashion may seem, it is a business at its core and requires a lot of planning, grunt work, late hours, and determination to build a brand from the ground up. The first step was a cohesive business and marketing plan. BEST MOMENT OF YOUR CAREER SO FAR? Gosh, every day! It's pretty surreal how well the line has been received and how fast we are growing. Seeing my gowns in magazines like Martha Stewart Weddings or Brides or The Knot really never loses its excitement. The same goes for adding new retailers (56 and counting!)

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WHAT'S THE FIRST THING YOU DO TO START PLANNING A BRIDAL COLLECTION? DO YOU HAVE A CERTAIN TYPE OF BRIDE IN MIND? I usually first decide on the general concept and story, then move on to sketching and sourcing textiles. I drape and sew each of the new samples myself, and each gown tends to evolve and lead into the next idea as I drape. We try to offer a broad range of gowns in each collection, so there are definitely specific types of brides in mind for each piece - sweet and romantic, sensual and sophisticated, boho and whimsical, etc. but all within the umbrella of our aesthetic. DID YOU HAVE A MUSE FOR YOUR CURRENT BRIDAL COLLECTION? AND HOW DO YOU STAY INSPIRED? Last year I read every work by Fitzgerald, and I was left with the image of these lush summer garden parties thrown by the characters. All of his characters are a little crazy, but they know how to party! There's a bit of 20's influence, but not in a literal or costume-y way. I never have a problem staying inspired- the opposite rather! I feel like there's a constant conflict between number of ideas versus time to make them. Narrowing down ideas to focus on a concept for a collection can be hard sometimes, but it seems to get easier. You start to realize that you don't have to use every idea you have all at once, right at this moment! There's a creative drive that is impossible to turn off. IF YOU WERE TO GET MARRIED ( OR AGAIN), WHICH FROM YOUR BRIDAL COLLECTION WOULD YOU WEAR? My favorite gown changes everyday it seems! Today I am in love with Pemberley.

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WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE A BRIDE SEARCHING FOR THE PERFECT GOWN FOR HER WEDDING DAY? Have fun with it! This is such a great opportunity to really go for it style-wise. It's best to limit the number of people you bring with you to one or two trusted friends/ family members. Too many opinions can be overwhelming and confusing. Sometimes it is helpful to come to your first appointment solo and then bring your entourage in to view the finalists at another appointment. Set your budget. Nothing's worse than falling in love with something you can't have, so we find it's best to keep budget in mind when making your selections to try on. If you're trying on gowns for the first time ever, keep an open mind and try on an assortment of different silhouettes and styles. You might be surprised by what you respond to, and listen to your consultant's suggestions. U T T E R LY E N G AG E D

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Do ruffles make your heart race? Do sequins make you weak in the knees? Do pom poms fill your heart with glee? If you say “I do”, we vow to delight the frill lovers in you! In the morning of September 9, 2012, brides

glowed along the window, gorgeous vintage

and shoppers were seen standing in line outside

furnitures from Found Vintage Rentals created

of Pandora on Green in Old Town Pasadena,

inviting spaces for shoppers to sit and relax and

waiting to check out the hottest bridal shopping

beautiful floral arrangements by Flower Allie

event called Fizz & Frills, hosted by the ladies

added an exquisite texture throughout the venue.

of Utterly Engaged and produced by Lovely

The overall branding and marketing materials

Jubilee, an event design and personal styling

for this event were designed by DL/sh Design,

company. Fizz & Frills is an event where brides

Utterly Engaged’s sister company.

can shop for their big day from highly curated independent designers and artisans, as well as meet and greet with vendors they have been following online to experience their products and services firsthand.

Each shopper was welcomed with a swag bag, filled with goodies from Umama, Three Little Words, and more, and given a button badge with fun sayings like “I’m a Frill Lover” or “Give Me Some Fizz” by Beluga Home Studio. They

When shoppers first walked into Pandora on

also received a program with a map of the event

Green and onto the custom designed aisle

and a list of shops and activities, and a punch

runner by I Do! Wedding Aisle Runners, they

ticket by Jen Simpson Designs that took them

immediately find themselves in a frill lover’s

on a mini scavenger hunt throughout the event

paradise. Banners of ribbon, trims, doilies and

and earned them an entry to win the amazing

yarn tassels by Lovely Jubilee draped the space,

giveaway prizes that included clutch bags from

fancy gold balloons spelling out “Fizz & Frills”

Angee W., custom bowties from Pocket

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Square Clothing, $100 giftcard from Ruche, free

Brides and frill lovers got to experience top notch

makeup trial and beauty gift bag from Symmetry

products, such as hair accessories and veil, jewelry,

Beauty by Nyrie, $100 gift certificate from Drop It

invitations, dresses, edible favors and many more,

Modern, $100 gift certificates from Prime Element

and meet with the creative designers and artisans

Productions, $150 giftcard from Bellacures, and

behind the products. In the Menagerie section,

signed copies of Inspired Celebrations book from

brides can touch and feel products from out-of-

author Ngoc Nguyen-Lay.

state designers, such as Mamie + James, Hushed Commotion, and Handmade by Sara Kim.

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Camille K

Petit Plume

THE DESIGNERS & ARTISANS Borrowed Blu 31 Bits

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Paper Pastries

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Besides all the shopping, shoppers were also invited to partake in the fun activities surrounding the shops. Each station was labeled elegantly with calligraphy on scroll banner by Copper Willow Paper Studio. This year, brides can get up close and personal to live models wearing gorgeous wedding gowns from Lovely Bride LA and colorful bridesmaid dresses by Ruche in the Fashion Lounge. They could also find more dresses hanging on the racks and take a look at the beautiful clutch bags from Angee W. set up in the armoire. Of course there was also something for the guys. In the Grooms Lounge, the gentlemen of Pocket Square Clothing shared their style

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remember the great time they had. Shoppers also got to enjoy a glass of fizzy champagne and small savory bites provided by Pandora on Green. Making their way further into the event, things just got sweeter with a cake tasting station of mini cupcakes by Susie Cakes, sitting atop stacks of pink dessert plates from Casa de Perrin, and organic ice cream treats from Sweet Lucie’s.

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This year, they also introduced a new feature called The Designers Showcase where a few handpicked designers, florists, and stationers teamed up to create fabulous tablescape designs based on the inspiration for Fizz & Frills to highlight their amazing talents and creativity. The Showcase featured Sweet Emilia Jane, The Little Branch, Lovely Jubilee, Jen Simpson Design, LV Floral Events, Primary Petals, and DL/sh Design. This section not only added to the style of the event, but also inspired brides for their own wedding. To top off all the amazing details, shops, and perks, author and event planner Ngoc

Lovely Jubilee, Jen Simpson Design and LV Florals

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Nguyen-Lay was there to meet and greet and share her secrets to successful party planning. Shoppers could get a signed copy of her book Inspired Celebrations filled with easy entertaining ideas and healthy recipes for everyday life.

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A huge thank you goes out to ALL of the shop vendors, event sponsors, swag bag and raffle sponsors, designers, special guests, team members, brides and frill seekers that help make the second Fizz & Frills such a success! We’d like to thank our amazing photographer Braedon Photography and talented videographer Robert Ingraham for capturing all of the beautiful details that brought this event to life. And special thanks to Annie VovanBui, Hazel Bourget, Jeanette Manlapaz, Lydia Yeung, Marcela Cebrowski, Sara Kim, SueJean Kim and Sylvia Chen for their wonderful help throughout the day. The event wouldn’t have been possible without these awesome individuals and more.

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EVENT SPONSORS

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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS SHOPPING BEGINS! 11 am POP THE CHAMPAGNE & PASS THE HORS D’OEUVRES! 12:30pm “INSPIRED CELEBRATIONS” Book Signing with author Ngoc Nguyen-Lay Get expert tips on planning a successful celebration! 2pm - 4pm BRIDAL FASHION SHOW LOUNGE Bridal gowns by Lovely Bride LA Clutch bags by Angee W. 11am - 1pm 2pm - 4pm 5pm - 6pm

Do!

Wedding Aisle Runners

BRIDESMAID FASHION SHOW LOUNGE Bridesmaid gowns & accessories by Ruche 11am - 12pm 1pm - 3pm 4pm - 6pm

DIAMO N D S P O NSO R

SI LVER SP O N S O R

CHAMPAGNE & RAFFLE PRIZES Win exciting prizes from our sponsors! 4:30pm

DON'T MISS THESE PERKS! Fashion lounge

:: LOVELY BRIDE LA :: ANGEE W. :: RUCHE

Check out gorgeous gowns and accessories for the bride and her girls!

GIV E AWAY S P O NSO RS

SPECIAL THANKS!

Angee W. Symmetry Beauty by Nyrie Ngoc Nguyen-Lay

Annie Vovan-Bui Hazel Bourget Jeanette Manlapaz Lauren Marino

SWAG BAG S P O NSO RS Three Little Words Umama

Lydia Yeung Marcela Cebrowski Sara Kim SueJean Kim Sylvia Chen

Beauty bar

:: SYMMETRY BEAUTY BY NYRIE

Take a break ladies and get beautified with a mini beauty treatment!

Nail bar

:: BELLACURES

Step up that mani with a ring finger embellishment.

Sweets corner

:: SUSIE CAKES :: SWEET LUCIE’S

Ditch your diet for the day and indulge in cakes and organic ice cream.

Grooms lounge

:: POCKET SQUARE CLOTHING

Look sharp with style tips for the guys!

Photo corner

:: SUTANDO

Strike a pose in the open air photobooth.

Thank you for your support!

Good beats

:: PRIME ELEMENTS PRODUCTIONS

Keep the shopping and party going.

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Caroline Tran, an amazing Southern California wedding photographer, combined her love of teaching and photography and started a workshop called “Propel”.

She says, “I

was a high school Physics teacher before becoming a full time photographer. Though there are many reasons why I chose photography, there are also many things I miss about teaching. I especially miss the mentoring aspects of teaching I love sharing knowledge and I love helping people reach their full potential. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to teach again.” 86

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Propel focuses on helping its participants build a sustainable business, and establishing your style when you shoot. It covers topics anywhere from marketing and branding to workflow. Caroline walks them through on how she approaches a shoot, and then gives them time to practice. Propel teams up with creative vendors to pull together a couple beautifully-styled shoots for participants to practice what they’ve learned in the classroom.

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So when Caroline invited Utterly Engaged Magazine to be a part of this amazing opportunity, we jumped on board. We came in as editors of a magazine to share the ins and outs of putting an editorial shoot together. We teamed up with Nancy Park of So Happi Together to create this amazing shoot. The mock wedding Nancy produced was inspired by the idea of taking Caroline's students out of their element, "the city", and into the "safari" of learning the nuts and bolts of photographing for editorial. And with a lot of our editorial articles, our concepts start with a story.

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he Bride is a city girl with a big heart

Mixing organic blooms and safari inspired

and a love for Africa. Her groom is a

graphic patterns created a wedding rich in

Southern gentleman who loves big ad-

textures and layers of love. Consider infusing

ventures. Consumed with love, they eloped and

your wedding with this modern down-to-earth

got married among their closest friends and

glamour.

family in an intimate celebration for twelve.

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CAROLINE, WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO DO PROPEL? AND WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE NAME PROPEL?

A few years ago, I got an email asking if I was going to have a workshop. I was flattered but said no because I wasn't sure what I even had to offer. As more emails like this came in, I started to entertain the idea because as a former high school Physics teacher, I really missed being a mentor. I knew that if I was to have one, it had to be purposeful, based on my strengths, with a clear objective. One area I was successful at was growing my business in a short amount of time. I started to think about what contributed to my fast growth and it came down to finding my voice as an artist, and having a sustainable business plan. I wanted to help other photographers leverage their strengths to take their business to the next level... to Propel. 94

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WHO IS PROPEL INTENDED FOR?

Photographers who want to take their business to the next level, artists who want to find their voice and establish/ grow a sustainable business based on their strengths.

AMELIA PLUMB

AMELIA PLUMB

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT PROPEL?

My favorite part of Propel is seeing the Propellers bond and the community of learners that we become a part of. With the shared knowledge and philosophy learned at Propel, we have a group of like-minded individuals who continue to support each other, learn, and grow.

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HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE TEACHING PROPEL AFFECTED YOUR OWN PHOTOGRAPHY?

Teaching Propel makes me reflect on my business, and reminds me to practice what I preach. I've cleaned up my marketing materials and presentation/packaging since starting Propel. Teaching Propel has also made me more aware of my thought process and metacognition while I shoot. I continue to challenge myself to break down the steps so that I can articulate this to others. HOW DO YOU FEEL AFTER EVERY PROPEL?

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ST Y L E with wa rd robe st ylist W I L M A R O S E O R L A N E S of LOV E LY J U B I L E E

HER DRESS This city bride is very conscious of her impact on the environment. So I put her in an eco-conscious dress by (5)

to Mother Nature, but is also breathtaking!

For the reception, I loved the idea of creating a second outfit around the wedding dress by layering something as simple as a chambray denim shirt from (2) ANTHROPOLOGIE to tie in that down to earth glam feel of the wedding.

H ER AC C E S S OR I ES

HER SHOES

When it comes to her accessories, I imagine layering differen types of textures like (4) VINTAGE HOMEGROWN wrapped necklace, patterns, and finishes just like (4) 31 BITS pixie rowe necklace to achieve an effortless ethnic glam feel.

You can take this girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of this girl. She will be wearing these (6) CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Feticha Zebra Pumps that are not only inspired by such gorgeous creatures, but also this brides love for fashion and glamor.

LOVELY LOS ANGELES DESIGNER LINDEE DANIELE that not only is kind

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HER HAIR Loose, textured and swept up with braids (3) and curls into one effortless and magnificent do.

HER MAKEUP Golden and dewy ( 1 ) with a strong emphasis on her naturally beautiful features.

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SINCE YOU WERE ONCE A TEACHER, WHAT IS ONE HOMEWORK THAT EACH PHOTOGRAPHER SHOULD DO TO GET BETTER?

Self reflection is a crucial step in growth. Take some time after each shoot to think about what went well and what could be improved. Think about the things you specifically did to make things go well so that you can repeat this success. For the areas of improvement, think about what you can do next time. These areas can include pricing, directing, exposure, and omposition to name a few. Then push yourself by setting a personal goal/challenge for the next shoot. Practicing self reflections is how I grew from shoot to shoot. WHAT IS ONE THING YOU'D LIKE YOUR ATTENDEES TO LEARN FROM PROPEL?

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VENUE saddlerock ranch, malibu, ca. EDITORIAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR

engaged

HEAD DESIGNER & STYLIST

occasions jubilee

lovely los angeles CUSTOM

a whisk

FLORAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR

art with nature

WARDROBE & PHOTO STYLIST

amy clarke makeup

BRIDAL GOWN DESIGNER

vintage homegrown

collection

so happi together

FLORAL STYLING ASSISTANT

MAKEUP ARTIST

BRIDAL LINGERIE

DESSERTS

RENTALS

HAIR STYLIST

beauty by melina

lindee daniel / gown: rebekah

BRIDAL JEWELRY & ACCESSORIES

naked princess

cake monkey

found vintage rentals

lucia dinh pador, utterly

LIGHTING

CATERER

31 bits

chef anahita

chivari chairs rentals

TEXTILES RENTALS scalamandré

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BRIDAL GOWNS

BRIDAL JEWELRY -

WEDDING RINGS

CAKE DESIGNER STATIONERY LINENS

lovely

sylvie

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MRS. PHOTOGRAPHER

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Brainerd Lakes Area, MN loveaimee.com aimee@mrsphotographer.com

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draw

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inspiration

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I take

those things, plump them full of

sunshine,

pull

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emotion from my couple and add a touch of pretty on top! WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? I LOVE when my clients see their images for the first time and are instantly overwhelmed with emotion.

Knowing

that

they

have likely never seen themselves look so beautiful and full of love is what truly makes me happy.

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ISA PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Isa Pin

Hong Kong isaphotography.net isa@isaphotography.net

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? Things that move me and make me want to freeze a particular moment are often love and joy. Love

for

others,

passion

for

an art, joy of just being here emotions that are so simple but so overwhelming at the same time. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? I

love

being

able

to

freeze

little moments of a wedding: the anticipation of the couple getting ready; the intimacy of the bride and groom portraits; and the excitement of the guests having an awesome time.

The

couples are often so preoccupied with other things that they miss out

on

these

moments,

so

I

love being able to present to them these precious snapshots.

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KYM VITAR PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Kym Vitar

Chatsworth, CA kymvitarphotography.com kymvitar.photography @gmail.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? I

gather

inspiration

from

all

around me. Magazines, advertising, museums, if it catches my eye and interests me, I take note and study why it attracts me, so that I can try to bring those same elements into my photography. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? Capturing

the

of

day,

the

the

beauty

detail.

true in

Whether

engagement

emotions

and

finding

every that

shoot,

little be

an

wedding,

new baby, or family, I love to capture the raw emotions and connections

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between

people.

Besides loving the photographers style, make sure you meet with him/ her ahead of time and are completely comfortable with each other. He/she will be your T T E R LY E N G AG E D | 115 shadow for the day, and if you aren’t fully comfortable, it willU show!

JUSTIN PARKER PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Justin Parker

San Francisco, CA and Washington, DC justinparkerphoto.com info@justinparkerphoto.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? I am inspired by the beautiful concepts and personal details that couples bring to their weddings. The pleasure clients derive from seeing their special day captured in timeless imagery inspires my devotion art

from

to

the

photographic

capture

to

print.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? I love getting to capture people’s emotions

and

the

special

occasions in people’s lives. Seeing the proof prints for the first time when they arrive from the lab is one of the best parts about being a fine art wedding photographer using

traditional

analog

film.

It is easy to get overwhelmed with the planning. On the day, delegate the logistics to others and don’t sweat the little things. Enjoy your special day and 116 | I S S U E No. 024 be sure to slow down and save moments to cherish forever.

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ASHLEY BATZ PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Ashley Batz

San Francisco, CA ashleybatz.com hello@ashleybatz.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? Love, relationships, and people inspire me. I’ve grown up innately interested in other people and how they live their lives, and through photography, I’m able to learn more about others and create new relationships. There are so many beautiful things in life, and being able to utilize my creativity within the context of someone’s wedding is a great way to show my appreciation for love. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? I love being a key participant in such a momentous occasion within someone’s life. It’s such an honor (and a great responsibility) to document the love that two people have for each other. I love going through the process with my couples, and by the time that we get to their wedding day, I’m there sobbing just as much as anyone else when they say “I do.”

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Relax as much as possible, and let the day happen for you. You have put so much work into it the past year, and now it’s your time to experience the day. There are few things more beautiful than your wedding day, and when you let go of the details and just live it, you’re going to have of E D | U T Tthe E Rbest LY Etime N G AG your life. Not to mention, your photos will look even more amazing!

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AMELIA PLUMB PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Amelia Plumb Fisher

San Francisco, CA ameliaplumb.com amy@ameliaplumb.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? As a photographer I am inspired by

the

countryside

because

of its raw and natural beauty, the

way

the

light

shines

through the trees at sunset, the simplicity of wide-open spaces, and

gorgeous

pastel

colors.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? I

love

that

something

I

get

fabulous

to for

create each

one of my clients. Whether it’s an album or several beautiful canvases for their wall, it’s very special to give them something they will cherish for many years.

To the bride and groom I would say: relax, have fun and enjoy your day. It flies by quickly, so be sure to have a wonderful photographer there to capture 118 | I S S U E No. 024 the details, the emotion and the special beauty of your occasion.

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KIMBERLY CHAU PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Kimberly Chau Lee

Houston, TX kimberlychau.com she.takes.photos@gmail.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? I am an artist and a storyteller. What gets me energized are the sweet, The

in-between

raw

moments.

emotion,

charming

details, and simple beauty all inspire me to capture and retell a couple’s story of love and joy. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? When I take photos, I see a story unfold. I paint it with lush colors and soft lighting. Not only do I create art, I can share in a couple’s

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happiness

and

keeps

loving

me

excitement. what

I

It do!

Find out what looks and styles energizes you (not just what’s trendy). Collaborate with vendors to create a complete vision. Make sure they are the right fit artistically and professionally. Trust their U T T E R LY E N G AG E D | 119 creative ability and enjoy your wedding day!

PHOTOGRAPHED BY CHELSEA

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Chelsea Chamness

Dana Point, CA photographedbychelsea.com chelsea@photographed bychelsea.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? I

am

inspired

most

by

the

unconditional, unique love shared between

couples,

all

the

beautiful things in life that are often overlooked or unnoticed, as

well

as

light

and

nature.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? It is truly an honor to document every moment, detail and emotion of a couple’s journey so they never forget this special time. I am always touched by the endless love and the ways it is expressed!

Make sure to embrace each moment and enjoy the day, stress-free! And if you can, steal away your new spouse for 15 minutes during the reception. This precious time alone lets you 120 | I S S U E No. 024 remember the real meaning of the day!

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MICHELLE TUREK PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Michelle Turek Mittelman

New York & Virginia michelleturekphoto.com hello@michelleturekphoto.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? I am inspired to tell the story of their wedding day. I love that each wedding which to

is

gives

be

so me

creative

different

the in

platform

my

work.

WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? I

love

documenting

weddings

and have a great time doing it! I work with fun couples who are so excited to have me be a part of their day. Being a wedding photographer is one of the most intimate honors I have had. You are

documenting

intimate be

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some

moments

repeated.

It

is

that an

very can't honor.

Be yourselves. Lots of laughing! Don't sweat the details. Act as though I am not there. Have a good time. I want you to be 100% comfortable around me so U T T E R LY E N G AG E D | 121 that I can capture your true personalities.

CAROLINE YOON PHOTOGRAPHY

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Caroline Yoon

California. Pennsylvania. New York. Available worldwide. carolineyoonphotography.com hello@carolineyoonphotography.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? My eyes are drawn to style and beauty. I’m inspired by people I have the joy of meeting, design, fashion, love, and all things lovely. I

try

to

stay

inspired

always

by letting myself be open to the world and taking it all in. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? I think I’ve always wanted to create beauty and when I found photography,

it

became

a

natural extension of what I love to do. Also, I love knowing that I’m playing a part in creating beautiful memories for my clients.

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ANNIE VOVAN

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Annie Vovan

Santa Monica, CA annievovan.com annie@annievovan.com

:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: WHAT IS YOUR INSPIRATION? I recently traveled to Africa and India. I am inspired by women all around the world for their strength, courage, and capacity to love. I am inspired by any individual or company that makes their business socially responsible. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT WHAT YOU DO? Beauty

exists

in

us

all,

no

matter our shape, size or age. I love my Just B.E. {Beautiful & Empowered} session. I capture generations of women and hear their amazing stories. We donate 10% to charity with every session.

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I just got married in August! Share each other’s visions, honor them. Spend 10 minutes alone together after the ceremony. Give long hugs to your loved ones. My T T Ethat! R LY E N G AG E D | 123 husband requested we say our vows without notes, it was amazing,U do

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