delighted ISSUE EIGHT | WINTER 2014
08 Bridesmaids Gifts 24 Love Story
34 Pictilio 46 hiip 56 Wit & Whistle
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DIY Floral Arrangement Valentine's Party Printable Raspberry Fizz Recipe Swedish Pancake Recipe
more 04 From Amanda 07 Contributors
from amanda What's not to love about Valentine's Day? It's the perfect time to really let the people you love know how much you care about them. Whether that be a significant other, a best friend, or a family member, we all like to be reminded that we are special to someone. Growing up, it was always fun to exchange cards at school, but I especially loved dinner at home. It never failed that my dad, brother, sister and I would find a wrapped gift at our place setting tied with a red bow. The gifts weren't elaborate (my most memorable was a set of cute pens, pencils and erasers), but they were thoughtful. And we felt loved.
So whether you are planning a fancy dinner out or making spaghetti for the family this Valentine's day, why not add an extra element of surprise and love? Send a dear friend a card to thank her for her friendship. Put notes and a sweet in your kids' lunches. Bring chocolates to work for sharing. Plan a couples dinner like the one on page 14. Or surprise the family with gifts at the dinner table. Do something to make someone's day and have fun doing it! Fondly, Amanda Gomes
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contributors & photographers
Amanda Wright Wit & Whistle
Candace + Vitaliy Prokopets
Kiana Underwood Tulipina
Caroline Egan Dahlberg Coeur de La Photography
Nicole Flowers hiip
John Meyer Meyer Photography
Shannon Oslick Shannon Oslick Photo
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Bridesmaids Gift Finds Colorful, practical and fun. These pieces will show your dearest friends just how much you love and appreciate them.
THE FIRST SNOW NOTECARDS :: KATE SPADE MONOGRAMMED NECKLACE :: ANTHROPOLOGIE COSMETIC CASE :: SIROGANE LEATHER WORKS KEYCHAIN
ALLISA JACOBS MONOGRAMMED COSMETIC BAG :: ANTHROPOLOGIE PAINTER SCARF :: DSW BOX CLUTCH :: THE BRICK KILN PERSONALIZED DISH SET
SWEET & WHIMSICAL
FLOWERS IN MEASURING CUPS DESIGN BY KIANA UNDERWOOD OF TULIPINA PHOTOS BY N. UNDERWOOD
Flowers: mistletoe, carnation, ranunculus A little mistletoe and some soft colored flowers make for a perfectly beautiful, unique and wintery arrangement. If you have any fun measuring cups (or even regular ones) at home, there is nothing holding you back from doing a little flower arrangement in them! Begin with the mistletoe. Just a couple of branches will do. Then add your flowers in whatever way your heart desires. This is a pretty â€œfreestyleâ€? arrangement. No particular way about it. I just put flowers wherever I thought they were needed.
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Invite a few of your "couple friends" over this Valentine's weekend and spend time sharing your love stories with each other. It's not only a great way to learn more about your friends, but will also remind you why you love the one you're with. Print the heart printable on page 20, cut out hearts and place one at each place setting or put the hearts in a bowl and choose the questions randomly. Have fun!
Photography: Pictilio Styling and Flowers: Amanda Gomes Linens: Rufflewood Chairs: Blueprint Studios Heart Cookies: Nila Holden delighted 15
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Raspberry Fizz is not only simple to make but is deliciously sweet, festive and versatile. There's no better beverage to serve at your next gathering.
Raspberry sorbet (or your favorite sorbet flavor) into glasses
Sparkling berry water (or champagne) over the sorbet and fill to the top of the glass
With a smile
Recipe by Amanda Gomes
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photo shoot location
The First Meeting
the finished ring - unbeknownst to Sin. We went to see "Like Crazy", a movie about an American and an Englishwoman who fall for each other and then get separated because of visa issues. (Ironic, huh?) We went back to Sin's apartment and were talking about the movie, including things like cultural disconnects in relationships and Joe just felt like the time was right to ask. There was a little bit of a shocked silence during which he got really nervous, but Sin said yes!
Bride's top three favorite characteristics of the groom: Joe is kind, goofy, and has an awesome head of hair.
Sin Lee Loh, 27 Joe Blubaugh, 28
A mutual friend invited us both to a Matt & Kim concert at the Mezzanine in 2010 and we hung around a crepe cart and chatted after the show. We kept running into each other all summer long and started dating shortly before Sin returned home to Malaysia for 10 months! First Date Joe had been bragging about how much better fresh pasta is than the dry kind and invited Sin over to make some for dinner with him. He was prepping the dough before she arrived and had a mishap with the food processor. When Sin came in, the kitchen was a bit of a bloody mess. Not the most elegant of first dates, but she gave him a few more chances to win her over. Engagement Story Joe had been ring shopping for a little while and had just received
November 17, 2011 June 14, 2014
Engagment Photo Details When our photographer Caroline of Coeur de La Photography suggested the Flora Grubb Gardens in the Bayview as a shooting location, we knew it'd be perfect. We keep a pretty large patio garden, including three different succulent arrangements and we love the variety and beauty of the dry-weather plants.
Mountain View, CA San Francisco, CA
Groom's top three favorite characteristics of the bride: Sin is funny, ambitious, and full of love. Wedding Colors: Coral and Green Outdoor or Indoor Wedding: Outdoors at the Rengstorff House Honeymoon destination: We are also getting married in Malaysia and are going to spend some time in Vietnam & Cambodia for our honeymoon.
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“"Joe is kind, goofy, and has an awesome head of hair.” “ Sin is funny, ambitious, and full of love.” WINTER 2014
VITALIY AND CANDACE PROKOPETS ARE THE CREATIVE AND SPUNKY DUO BEHIND THE PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, PICTILIO. THEIR STORY PROVES DETERMINATION, TALENT, AND LOTS OF LOVE CAN SHOWCASE MARRIAGE, LIFE, AND BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS ALL AT ONCE.
How did you two meet? I sat diagonally across the table from Vitaliy in our college cafeteria when I overheard that he was from Ukraine. I yelled down the table informing him that I was Ukrainian too, but my St. Louis accent betrayed me. He dismissed me immediately but I'm not one to easily accept defeat. I picked up my tray and moved closer. We bantered back and forth, me trying to prove my Ukrainian blood and him trying to discredit it. With no proof in hand, I ended the conversation telling him I’d bring back
evidence. “And when I do”, I said, with outstretched arms, “I want to feel the love!” I walked out of the cafeteria that day, but not out of his life. Neither one of us knew just how much love we’d soon have for each other. When and how did Pictilio come to be? Vitaliy and I launched our photography business in 2008 as Prokopets Studio. We started off photographing families, but soon found ourselves in other avenues of photography. In 2010, we attended the Identity Conference which
changed everything. We discovered two things while there: our passion for marriage and our love for photographing weddings. We decided to build our business around these two things and relaunched our business as Pictilio at the beginning of 2012. What has been the best part of working together as a married couple? Vitaliy: Making out with my wife anytime of the day! Just kidding. I love getting to watch Candace use her God-given gifts and succeed. That brings me true joy. delighted 35
Candace: I've most enjoyed seeing how God knit us so perfectly together. The gifts I possess are incredibly different from Vitaliy's. He loves photography and technology. I love writing and marketing. His photography skills paired with my business skills are the perfect match for a successful business. What has been the most challenging? Boundaries. Hands down! When you own your own business and you work together as husband and wife, it is so easy to have it consume your life. Whether it be working into family time or having business fill the conversation, any aspect of it can vie for your attention. We have to remember that we are husband and wife first and business partners second. We set and agree upon boundaries together and consistently check in with each other to make sure both of us
are feeling good about our relationship.
have fond memories of their experience with us.
What do you enjoy most about photography?
What do you love most about being part of the wedding industry?
Vitaliy: I love the moment when everything comes together and you get "the shot". Knowing that you clicked the shutter at just the right moment with just the right expressions and just the right light is a good feeling. And to deliver those moments to the couple and see their reaction brings it all full circle and it leaves you feeling fulfilled as a photographer.
As a photographer, it's very easy to feel isolated. It's just the two of us each day. We don't have other employees, no company parties. But when the wedding day rolls around, you are part of a team of professionals all working together to create the best memories for a couple on their wedding day.
I recently discovered on Candace: I enjoy help- social media that a wedplanner/designer ing to create a moment. ding When the camera comes I had the pleasure of out, it is hard for most meeting this past fall was people, myself included, flying to another state to feel natural and com- to surprise her clients in fortable in front of the person with a mock up camera. I like to be a part of their wedding bouof creating a genuine quet. She had arranged moment with real emo- it with the couple's wedtion so our couples walk ding photographer to deaway feeling good about liver the bouquet at their themselves when they engagement session. I see their photos and couldn't believe what delighted 39
â€œ We have to remember
that we are husband and wife first and business partners second.
I was reading. These two individuals, Rhi from Hey Gorgeous Events and Shalyn from Love The Nelsons, made the wedding industry even better with this collaboration surprise. They not only made this couple's wedding experience unforgettable, but they raised the bar for fellow wedding professionals like myself to likewise surprise my clients with unforgettable memories. It makes me honored to be a part of a community serving people in such meaningful ways. How would you describe Pictilio's style? There are different styles that photographers label themselves as, such as, "lifestyle" or "fine art" or "photojournalistic", but I'm always hesitant to give our work any of these labels. During the course of a wedding day, we can incorporate all three of these elements into how and what we WINTER 2014
â€œWe want people to be more in love after their interaction with us. â€? shoot. Instead of shooting with a particular style in mind, we try to shoot with three words in mind: light, emotion and fun. We look for natural light that is both flattering on our clients and the image itself. We work to draw out true emotions from our clients. And lastly, we want our clients to walk away feeling like they had a lot of fun during their experience with us. Your tagline is "in the business of making love"...can you explain what that means? That is hilarious! And I can totally see why you would think that's our tagline. I guess in some ways, it's our website's tagline. I don't recall how we first came up with the idea. As the writer of
the business, I'll claim it as my idea because I love playing with words. But I think it was our amazing web designer Peter Gurry of Gurry Design who featured it on our home page. The minute I saw the mock up, I knew it was perfect. Statistics say that you have roughly 3 seconds to capture the attention of a new visitor to your website. I knew this would do the trick! We then decided to incorporate it into our intro video. What does it mean? It's kind of two fold.The literal meaning could be that we are in the business of making love because we are husband and wife after all. But that could get awkward for some people. So, the play on words is that we want to
on weddings. When we did this, our business was comprised of 80% families and 20% weddings. It may have even been We didn't have a clue 90/10. We were basically what we were doing going to start saying no our first year. Thankfully, to our main source of The real tagline for our after five years of owning revenue and walk into business is "Your Love. our own business, we've the unknown of wedding In Focus." This too was a come to learn that this is photography. It was the play on words. As pho- all part of being a small best decision we ever tographers, our cameras business owner, especial- made. We've never been will naturally "focus" on ly a creative small busi- more excited or more and capture a couple's ness. There will always be passionate about what love for each other. But new things to learn. If you we are doing with our also, at our core, we want want to continue grow- business. to motivate couples to ing, then you'll constantly focus on their relation- be walking into unknown The second big risk was ship leading up to the territories. You'll find that me quitting my office job wedding day and long just when you conquer at the end of 2012 to join one area, you'll soon be Vitaliy doing the business after. stepping into a new un- full-time. It too, was the What has been the known. best decision. Our busimost rewarding part of ness has flourished with owning a small business? Can you share about a both of us working on business risk you took it full-time and our qualFreedom! I feel truly since starting Pictilio? ity of life has improved blessed by the freedom What came of it? along with it. To finally be to set my own schedule, do the kind of work We've taken two big risks doing what you love fulltime is so rewarding and I love, and vacation when since starting our busibrings with it so much I so desire. But it's also ness. The first was comjoy. Which in turn, results something that I aspire pletely rebranding and in increased productivity. to steward well and not relaunching our business as Pictilio with a focus What advice would you take advantage of. make love with the work and art that we produce. We want people to be more in love after their interaction with us whether in person or on our blog.
What was the greatest challenge you faced during your first year in business?
give to someone considering starting their own small business? If you are serious about starting a small business, be ready to make serious sacrifices. To prepare for me quitting my day job, we had to downsize in order to drastically lower our monthly expenses. We now live and work in a 350 sq foot space. We still drive our 2001 Volvo that we've had for the past 7 years. And honestly, I couldn't be happier. It's not that I don't miss my two-bedroom condo. And there are days I allow myself to dream of having a new car. But we had to make the hard choice. Did we want the big condo and nice car, or did we want to be living out our dream? We chose to live a life of purpose and I'm thankful to God for the grace He gave us to make that decision. But it's something that requires continued observation because the WINTER 2014
temptation for stuff never goes away. Where do you see Pictilio in five years? That is a scary question to answer on paper because there is accountability when you say something out loud for others to read or hear. Right now, Pictilio is 90% focused on photographing weddings and about 10% focused on writing about marriage and relationships on our blog. Five years down the road I hope that the marriage and relationship portion of our business will be a higher percentage. I also hope that it won't just be writing that we'll be doing. I want to be leading, hosting, or teaching some kind of workshop, conference or gathering regarding marriage and relationships. My dream is that Pictilio will be a voice not only in the wedding industry, but out in the world, that marriage can work.
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In Business for Good Thinking outside of the box, creating something usable, chic and with a spirit of giving is just what Nicole Flowers has done with hiip. Using a "onefor-one" model, she is offering stylish bags and in turn, giving one away to someone less fortunate. Style and service: what could be better?
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WORK about seven years before launching into the world of entrepreneurship. After spendSure! hiip is a new fanny ing a year in advertising pack company (we're sales in Manhattan after just over a year old!) that college, I moved home has two bottom lines. to San Francisco and Like other social ven- joined the biotechnoltures, we have a desire ogy world as a meeting to provide a cool prod- planner on the commeruct to fashion-forward cial side. The freedom to consumers but also chase personal ideas and have an impact on our goals in that organizacommunity. hiip stands tion helped to develop a for "Helping Individuals critical thinking mind and in Passing" because for gave me the courage to every bag purchased, we venture out on my own. hand-deliver (not just It was an amazing eight donate) a kit of necessi- year growing experience ties to a person in need and, though many young on the street. Our desire people want to jump right is to get to know our into their own business, communities in a real the lessons in communiway by making personal cation and working with interactions that aren't people, setting deadlines usually pursued. and seeing how business What is your profes- works, have been absosional background and lutely priceless now that what inspired you to I work solely for myself start your own busi- and am building my team. ness? You officially launched
your day job to focus on your business full-time. What prompted you to make the jump?
hiip over a year ago and nine months into it, quit
My initial desire with hiip was to not only provide
Can you tell us about hiip and what "hiip" means?
I had wanted to start my own company for
Through my interactions with people outside my circle (aka my family and close friends) and my circle's circle, I realized the idea could stick and I could have a valid customer base. Once I realized and truly started thinking about it, I worked pretty hard at doing both a full-time job where I traveled a good deal and launching a small business. Nine months into doing both I knew that in order for hiip to not just be a hobby, I had to devote time and effort and so I made the leap! Hiip is committed to giving back using a onefor-one model. What does this look like and who is it you're giving to?
our customers (or hiipsters as we affectionately call them) with a cool new, functional bag but also an opportunity to get involved in the community. We partner with the Salvation Army weekly to join together and pass out the hiip Kits in various areas of San Francisco. It's an organic outreach where we put together meals provided by their team, toiletry kits provided by ours, and we head out to the streets to strike up conversations and build rapport with those living around us that we wouldn't usually see or notice. Though we're only operating Handouts in San Francisco now, I'm excited to say we'll be launching in about 10 other cities in early to mid-2014! What has been the most challenging part of quitting your day job and running your own company?
Oh man. I'd have to say time management. It's one thing to have a huge to-do list and organizing apps to write it all down but actually managing myself has been hard. I'm a creative and a dreamer and it can lead to some distracted days! But the good news is I'm building a great team of dedicated people who provide strengths to my opportunities. I also miss the camaraderie of corporate life but I wouldn't change it for anything. Building something special, no matter the challenges that come along with it, is priceless.
scious impact on this city. Seeing others believe in what we're doing is also a strong reason to continue on. People want to get involved, they want to help, we offer an avenue and we're a part of the ever-changing face of business. It's pretty cool. What has been your greatest learning experience since starting this venture?
No man is an island and there is no way I can do it all on my own. Through interns and even parttime employees, I've been able to release some of the not-so-CEO things What is most reward- to focus on big picture items. For a while I was ing? trying to manage every Seeing this whole op- piece of the business but eration grow! We have not only was I not coma few collaborations in pleting everything well, I the works, we're get- wasn't able to tackle as ting orders from all over much as I needed to. I the country (and even know now that investing internationally), we're in support is more costhiring some great talent, effective than trying to and we're making a con- manage it all alone.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
Workflowy) so my attention is clear-cut. I do not work on Sundays (don't even open the computer) because I believe everyone should have a complete day of rest to re-focus on family and friends - two of the main reasons that I, personally, work for myself.
What can we expect to see in hiip's future?
Favorite question! We have some fun months I've found a rhythm in ahead of us. Not only do bucketing my days so I we have lots of new lines keep focus only on the focusing on new areas of week's important tasks. I San Francisco with new only check my emails and looks coming (Momma respond to inquiries on and Mini to be the first Mondays and Thursdays come early spring!) but, and I limit it to the morning. We all know it can be What advice can you as I mentioned, we'll be a time-suck so I've ad- give to someone who expanding our Handout dressed that accordingly. is considering starting program across the counI have a weekly meeting their own business that try early next year. The creativity keeps coming with my Chief of Staff to gives back? and we're still making review outstanding items 1. Find a cause you're pasimprovements, little by that need to be completsionate about because little, to the bags and the ed over the week and it will keep you going. 2. process. It's great fun and other than that, each day Provide a product or serwe're so glad our hiipis different. I build a to-do list at the end of each vice that no one else is sters are sticking around week and then schedule offering. After that, start for all that's to come! specific time each day it. The best advice I can to complete the vari- give (that I received at ous tasks. I've found that the beginning of my adscheduling myself (and venture) is: Action trumps FACEBOOK not overdoing it!) helps everything. Find out what INSTAGRAM with my productivity. If I works and what doesn't. need to draft a contract Fail. Succeed a little. Fail PINTEREST or review a photo set, I some more. Then, once TWITTER block an hour and get to you feel like you've found WEBSITE it. It mirrors my list (for your spot, do it and do it a life-saver, I recommend well.
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Amanda Wright of Wit & Whistle
TEXT & PHOTOS BY AMANDA WRIGHT WINTER 2014
WIT & WHISTLE OFFERS WITTY GREETING CARDS AND WHISTLEWORTHY PAPER GOODS. ALL PRODUCTS ARE DESIGNED AND ILLUSTRATED BY AMANDA WRIGHT AND INSPIRED BY HER LOVE OF DRAWING AND HER DESIRE TO INDULGE IN LIGHT-HEARTED CREATIVITY
When did you start Wit & Whistle and what inspired you to do so? I started Wit & Whistle in 2009 because my graphic design job at the time wasn't allowing me as much creative freedom as I had hoped for. I really missed working with my hands and drawing. I started making greeting cards on the side, and lo and behold people wanted to buy them! What is the most rewarding part of owning your own business? There are so many rewarding parts, but most of all I love having the freedom to work on whatever I feel passion-
ate about at the moment. over my desk really help chase the dark basement What does a typical feeling away. I also made work day look like for sure to keep all my supyou? plies within arm's reach, Every morning after which makes my work breakfast I make a cup of flow as efficient as postea and go down to my sible. studio to ship orders, restock, and things like that. I reserve my afternoons for creative pursuits like sketching, brainstorming, photography, writing blog posts, and such.
What items did you splurge on? Save on?
I don't think I really splurged on anything for my studio. I try to be as thrifty as I can in my What was most im- work space to avoid cutportant for you when ting into my profits. Most setting-up your work- of my office furniture is space? from Ikea, and my glasstop desk was a hand-meBecause my workspace is in our basement, I down from the previous wanted to make it as light owners of our home. It's and bright as possible. huge and heavy, so they White furniture and a left it for me instead of cluster of paper lanterns moving it. delighted 57
What is your favorite thing about your workspace?
efficient as possible?
List making really keeps me on track, since I get My absolute favorite an incredible amount of thing about my studio satisfaction from crossis that it's all mine! I can ing off completed items. I listen to blaring music, also record how I spend make a huge mess and my time using Yast. never clean it up, talk to Time tracking ensures myself in a funny voice, that I won't accidentally or chase my dogs around waste an hour browsing the room. I don't have Pinterest when I should to worry about both- be working! ering anyone, and I can do whatever I need to What tips can you share do (however weird) to for balancing work and keep my creative juices personal life? flowing. Don't be afraid to say Is there anything you "no". Having time for would change about friends, family, and enjoyyour workspace? If so, ing life is so important, what? and this means you can't I would love to have take on every opportumore windows in my nity that presents itself. space. There's some- Learn to be okay with thing about natural light that! that really seems to fuel my creativity. A nice high When not at your desk, ceiling wouldn't hurt you can be found ___ . either! Cuddled up on the What tips can you share couch with my dogs and for keeping yourself as my sketchbook. delighted 61
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Recipe and Photo by Shannon Oslick
This is a traditional recipe handed down to me by my boyfriendâ€™s mom. The trick with these is to have a good flat skillet and keep a solid eye on the pancakes as they cook. Traditionally theyâ€™re served where the cakes are rolled.
3 eggs 2 1/2 cups lowfat milk 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flower 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 tablespoons butter, melted vegetable oil
1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs with half of the milk 2. Beat in flour and salt until smooth 3. Stir in melted butter and remaining milk 4. Heat a griddle or large skillet with a small amount of vegetable oil 5. For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the griddle and cook over medium heat for two minutes 6. With a spatula, turn the pancakes and cook until brown, one minute 7. Keep warm while making remaining pancakes and serve immediately Follow Shannon Oslick Photography website | facebook | pinterest
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