Aug
29
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 54…

just going to get right to this week’s confetti throw fridays.

again, confetti throw fridays is a compilation of five of my favorite images from wedding photographers that i am either subscribed to their blogs or have discovered recently through their social media feeds.  i would truly appreciate it if you clicked through their links to see their entire posts as these images are only just a glimpse to the entire brilliance that they’ve captured.

here goes…

THE LAST FORTY PERCENT

(iceland.  enough said.)

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ASH AND JAMES

(first looks are always so sweet.)

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BROOKELYN PHOTOGRAPHY

(one of the classiest wedding parties i’ve seen.)

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BRIGHTWOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

(a new orleans wedding.)

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NIRAV PATEL

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have a fantastical long weekend everyone.  but come back on Monday, as I’ll still be posting!

*throws confetti*

Aug
28
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT ACE HOTEL PALM SPRINGS…

always worth a confetti throw to have the work of

RYAN FLYNN PHOTOGRAPHY

on the blog.  especially with this gorgeous Palm Springs wedding.

super thankful to Ryan and Emily for sending this wedding over to share and more than grateful to have their friendship as well.  you’ll want to head on over HERE for more of the stellar work.  you’ll get lost there for a while and that’s ok.  it’s all worth it.

Aug
27
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AROUND CHICAGO’S LINCOLN PARK…

love that this couple went back to where he proposed for their engagement shoot and love welcoming newcomers to the blog

major thanks to

ALICIA MAGNUSON PHOTO

for sending this one over to share.

one of my favorite parts of this blog is getting the opportunity to discover new amazing talented wedding photographers and Alicia is definitely one of them.  check out more of Alicia’s work and mosey around on HER BLOG.

Aug
26
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT NORTH CAROLINA’S CELEBRITY DAIRY INN…

an absolutely incredulous fall wedding from the lovely and talented husband wife photography team

BRETT & JESSICA

thrilled to have them back on the blog with this Celebrity Dairy Inn wedding.

for more from Brett & Jessica which i know you really want to see, head on over HERE to mosey around their latest work.

other wedding vendors involved:

Venue: Celebrity Dairy Inn Make-up Artist – Lovely by April / Hair - Jaime Phillips @ To The Woods Salon /
Florals – Garretts Flower Shop / Caterer – Celebrity Dairy /Bakery/Cake – Weaver Street Market / DJ - Darren Hunicutt / Stationary - Minted / Dress – Olga’s Bridal / Bridesmaids Dresses – J. Crew / Groom/Groomsmen Attire – J. Crew / Rentals - American Party Rentals 
Aug
25
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} A SAN FRANCISCO SUNRISE LOVE…

a san francisco city engagement session during a sunrise with a monique lhuillier dress, so what exactly could be better?

add in the amazingly wonderful photography duo from

WOODNOTE PHOTOGRAPHY

love Jayden and Caroline, the talented duo behind this husband/wife team, to bits.  always guaranteed to have belly laughs while hanging out with these two and their photography skills are just an added bonus.  major thanks to Jayden and Caroline for sending this one to share.

you really ought to head on over HERE to check out more from WOODNOTE PHOTOGRAPHY.  their site is just oozing with their talent.

Aug
22
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 53…

so that ALS ice bucket challenge.  here’s my two cents about it, which i posted on my personal facebook.

 awareness is awareness. whatever way it gets done. this world can get pretty vain so if it takes millions of us dumping ice water on our heads to get people aware of an awful disease and to donate to a worthy organization, by all means, please do. it may annoy the crap out of some people, people may judge why you end up donating money privately or publicly. but i have to say when the challenge first started, people were dumping ice water on the heads and then nominating people to do it to avoid donating. it has now become where people dump the ice on their head AND still donate.

again, i stress- awareness is awareness regardless of how it’s done. as someone who, along with Utterly Engaged, has actually experienced how viral social media can get. For Japan With Love could in no way have raised over $72,000 in two and half weeks because we weren’t annoyingly tweeting every hour on the hour that we raised another $1,000 or emailing friends to not blog on that Friday to raise awareness of what we were doing. trust me, we got people unfollowing us because they were fed up of us tweeting about helping and we even got people questioning how the hell a day of blogging silence would help. well let me tell you, the night before our day of silence, i went to bed at 4am and we had raised $28,000. when i woke up at 9am, we were at $44,000. so that’s what one “challenge” can do. what we did over three years ago could not have been done AT ALL without the help of so many giving hearts all over the world without raising awareness via social media. i am SO very grateful to this day for that whole experience. i am so very glad we tried something similar for For Philippines With Love. granted we didn’t achieve close to that ginormous amount, the fact that we were doing something, absolutely anything, to help others in need. i still remember many of us at that time of these natural disasters wanted to help, but just needed the direction that there was somewhere we could donate to help.

sometimes it takes something ridiculous to get us all moving. i, for one, know that i would have had no idea how serious ALS is without this. donate or don’t, do the ice bucket challenge or not, whatever you end up doing, just respect that this is an awareness campaign and we need to start paying more attention to this awful disease and hope and have faith that some day we will figure out a better way to battle it.

and if you really want to kick up a fuss about wasting that water, dump confetti on your head instead.  eco-friendly confetti if you want to get that nitpicky.

ok thanks for listening and onto your favorite part of the week for this blog.

here are this week’s…

LAUREN SCOTTI

(there isn’t a fancy detail or some grand backdrop with this image, i just like the moment Lauren captured in this frame)

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ALISON VAGNINI

(need i say more about that backdrop?)

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HEATHER ELIZABETH

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YES DEAR STUDIOS

(high fives for this Norway wedding)

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ATHENA PELTON

 (who knew a bridal party could make a corn field look damn attractive?)

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and that’s a wrap for another week.  again, i plead you to go check out each individual link and mosey around the rest of each photographer’s site.  these guys are incredulous and their portfolio will just leave you in awe.

alright you guys.  have a great weekend.

*throws confetti*

Aug
21
2014

{ELOPEMENT} LOVE AT SAN FRANCISCO CITY HALL…

y’all know i’m already a fan of elopements.  and san francisco city hall happens to be one of my favorites as a backdrop for an elopement.

brings me absolute joy to feature

GLADYS JEM

and this SF City Hall elopement.

Gladys has a portfolio of absolutely beautiful work that you need to check out for yourself over on HER BLOG.