Oct
24
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} SNAP PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL…

you know this blog has always been about the community and how essential it is to have the support and encouragement of others.  without community, it’s can get hard being out there on your own.  this industry has a pretty solid one and for that, i’m really thankful.  this blog could not run without the love and support from others.  i have absolutely loved this journey of creating such personal friendships and relationships with the wedding photographers who have submitted their work to this blog.  and i’ve absolutely enjoyed learning from them and seeing them learn from each other and cheer each other on.

so i am thrilled and very excited to help announce

a world class line up is announced as part of SNAP, the UK’s first ever photography
festival aimed at wedding and lifestyle photographers.
SNAP showcases the first ever festival of this kind in
the UK. held at the beautiful Fforest resort, in West Wales. the festival will run to the same
format as a music festival, but is designed as an immersive learning and creative development
experience for more than 100 photographers from all over the world.
some of the world’s most inspiring wedding photographers will be teaching alongside the UK’s
finest home grown talent, as well as photographers outside of the wedding genre.

“i attended Photo Field Trip in the US earlier this year and found it hugely inspiring” says Laura
Babb, SNAP Photography Festival’s founder. “it was as far away from a corporate conference as
you can get, with all of the teachers hanging out with the attendees, camp fires, parties and a
completely unique, shared experience. i knew i had to bring something similar to the UK.  as well
as all of the amazing workshops and activities we’re planning, we’ll be having an epic closing
party where campers can let off some steam before the start of the new wedding season”.

to celebrate the launch of the website SNAP Photography Festival has a number of offers and
incentives available.

the first is an early bird discount combined with a donation to charity on behalf of the ticket
purchaser: http://www.snapphotofestival.com/blog/2014/10/19/the-early-bird-catches-the-worm

they also have 6 opportunities to attend the festival on a free or discounted basis: http://www.snapphotofestival.com/blog/2014/10/15/snap-needs-you

we are keen to hear from organisations who may wish to partner with us.  a range of sponsorship
opportunities are available so please get in touch for a media pack.

here’s some work from some of the speakers as this week’s confetti throw fridays.  the line up is spectacular so please go check this AMAZING festival now.

INDIA HOBSON

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ANDY GAINES

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ANDRIA LINDQUIST

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KARL GRUPE

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SAM HURD

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PAULA O’HARA

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MARIANNE TAYLOR

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EMMA CASE & PETER SMYTH

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DYLAN AND SARA

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CONOR MACNEILL

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ALAN LAW

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ROSS HARVEY

to find out more, head on over to  SNAP PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVALS’ SITE or THEIR FACEBOOK.

have a great weekend all!

*THROWS CONFETTI*

Oct
23
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN CALIFORNIA’S SANTA PAULA…

“James and Lindsey are some of the coolest people you will ever meet. They are getting married in fall 2014 and wanted to celebrate their engagement in the small town they both grew up in – Santa Paula, CA. The small town, which was once the center of a booming western movie industry, has so much charm and was a wonderful backdrop to tell James and Lindsey’s story. We spent most of the afternoon exploring antique stores and eating tacos. The culmination of the day was definitely when they took us out to a farm outside of town to explore in the late california sun. Stunning to say the least.”

stoked to have

KAPPEN PHOTOGRAPHY

and i need to thank them so very much for being so very patient with me.  i will sheepishly admit i kept forgetting that they had submitted and this is what happens when i don’t write things down in my planner.  regardless, i am so very glad to have their work on this blog.  their work is absolutely beautiful and there is so much honesty behind it.

head on over HERE for more of their latest work.  you won’t regret it.  go. now.

Oct
22
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT A BOWLING ALLEY…

how fun is this bowling engagement session from

CASEY FATCHETT

he always gets some pretty fun ones so head on over to HIS BLOG for more.

plus he’s got this really neat halloween haiku series going on his instagram right now.

Oct
21
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT HUDSON VALLEY’S KAATERSKILL…

thrilled to have

MONIKA PHOTOGRAPHY

on the blog with this Hudson Valley wedding.

you’ll definitely want to check out more of Monika’s work on HER BLOG.

other wedding vendors involved:

Venue: The Kaaterskill  / Flowers and Design: Allow Me EventsCatering: New World Home CookingDJ: DJ Chela  /Dress: Jon’s Bridal By Suzanne  / Black Jacket Sirens & Starlets 

Oct
20
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE IN CHICAGO’S WEST LOOP…

loving this west loop chicago engagement session from

MARK FEDERIGHI

so excited to have Mark’s work on the blog.  he’s got some stellar work up his sleeve so check out more on HIS BLOG.

Oct
17
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} AN ELOPEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY…

if you’re a long time reader of this blog, then you know how big of a fan i am of elopements.  i love that the focus is purely on the couple with only a handful of their loved ones sharing this big moment.  i love how calm and simple it is.  and most of all, i love the intimacy.

some of my favorite photographers have captured THE most amazing elopements.  the moments, the candids, the love that they end up shooting are purely breathtaking and can be forever cherished.

so i am more than THRILLED to help announce this photography giveaway for AN ELOPEMENT.

remember this ever amazing engagement session in an abandoned church?

 

well

AUBREY RENEE PHOTOGRAPHY

is giving away an elopement package to one awesome couple!

AUBREY RENEE PHOTOGRAPHY  is really into passionate, intimate, wonderful love. There  really aren’t enough adjectives and it truly shows through her work. And I mean the love that has you climbing mountains and dancing in fields. Getting married somewhere that makes your soul sing? Having only your very closest friends and family? Have a million and one words for how your love makes you feel?

THIS IS FOR YOU.

i am so excited to help Aubrey with this giveaway because her work is pure amazing and absolute solid gold.  see for yourself on HER BLOG.  the couple who wins this giveaway is going to be so lucky.

HERE’S WHAT YOU  NEED TO DO TO ENTER:

1. Follow Aubrey on instagram (@aubreyyrenee), “Like” the giveaway announcement post on instagram, and answer the question in that post.

2. Hop on over to aubreyrenee.net for more details AND the final step: tell Aubrey about the one who makes your heart dance.

Other important details:

Deadline for submissions is FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7TH, 2014. Winner will be announced November 21, 2014 via instagram (@aubreyyrenee). Winner will receive 8 hours of wedding coverage and digital images. Travel fees not included. Wedding date must not be previously booked. First time inquiries only, please.

good luck to all!

*throws confetti*

Oct
16
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT HARTLEY BOTANICA…

“Shortly before we got engaged, Eric and I attended a wedding at an all-outdoor venue, and I realized how magical outdoor weddings can be. When we started looking at venues for our own wedding, we immediately knew Hartley Botanica would be the perfect backdrop for our special day. The natural beauty of the venue created the ideal base to achieve the organic & elegant look we were going for. Much to my surprise, I really enjoyed wedding planning. Not only did I have fun doing the tactical parts of planning, but more importantly I tried to savor the planning process as a very special time in and of itself. I don’t think a wedding should just be about “the big day;” it’s much more than that. It’s a year of planning & anticipation, capped off my one of life’s biggest milestones. My advice to other brides is to try not to get caught up in the stress of planning (because it ALWAYS turns out great), and instead to enjoy each important step along the way – going dress shopping with the special ladies in your life, seeing your wedding invitation for the first time, watching your future husband try on wedding bands, etc. Our wedding day felt warm & filled with love, ethereal, and surreal. Like most brides will say, the day absolutely flew by! Some of my favorite moments (among many!) are our first look and how elated I felt walking down the aisle. In the end, it was exactly what I had hoped for – a beautiful event filled with family and friends from all stages of life, and getting to marry my b’shert (my one & only).”

colossal thanks to

SARAH KATHLEEN PHOTOGRAPHY

for sending this one over to share.

head on over HERE and mosey around for more of Sarah’s gorgeous work.

other wedding vendors involved:

Event Venue: Hartley Botanica//Caterer: Command Performance Catering//Hair Stylist:MariaBella Salon//Invitation Designer: Minted//Dress Designer: Monique Lhuillier//Jewelry:Nadri//Floral Designer: Rockrose Floral Design//Shoes: Seychelles Footwear//Cake Designer: Skiff’s Cakes//Cinema and Video:Skyline//Bakery: Sweet Arleen’s//Band: West Coast Music – James Gang Encore//

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