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.

Aug
20
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE AT IDAHO’S HULLS GULCH

an absolute stunner of a wedding in boise, idaho of all places. and a fantastical idea to have the wedding at a flower nursery too.

more than excited to feature the work of

MARISA ALBRECHT

on the blog with this wedding.

Marisa’s got an absolute golden touch with her wedding photography skills so i am so thankful she picked this blog to share it.  you’ll want to head on over HERE for more of her gorgeous work.

Aug
19
2014

{LOVE} A SIMPLE BUT STYLISH AFTER WEDDING SESSION…

how gorgeous is this after wedding session from Kristine of

MADE TO BE MINE

here’s what Kristine had to say about this session:

“I met Syd and Zach years ago, when I was shooting my first wedding, a wedding for Zach’s brother.  They had just gotten engaged and I was hooked.  I saw Syd’s luscious red locks and Zach’s tattooed limbs and I knew I had to have them.  You know, in front of my camera.  They didn’t hire a professional for their wedding, insert sad face here…but then Syd messaged me.  She wanted to do an after session with me, in their wedding duds, I couldn’t have been more excited.  When she emailed me I was shouting on top of a MOUNTAIN excited!  Syd and Zach are my first official couple since I decided to completely change my focus to only lovebirds…and let me tell you, they are perfect.  They are crazy in love with each other, gorgeous, stylish, and they love me just as much as I love them…it’s a match made in photographer heaven. “

many thanks again to Kristine for sending this to share.  you’ll want to head on over to HER BLOG for more of her latest work.  you’ll probably get lost for a few hours on there.

Aug
18
2014

{ENGAGEMENT} LOVE AT MALIBU’S LEO CARILLO BEACH…

i mean, could it really get any more spectacular than this?

thrilled to have

BRIAN LEAHY

back on the blog again with this stellar engagement session.

makes me fall in love with the california coast all over again.  we are so lucky to call this place home.  and many thanks to Brian for capturing a beautiful couple, but also this gorgeous backdrop.

you need to check out what else Brian has been up to on HIS BLOG.  this is only one tiny glimpse of his fantabulous work.  so go now.

Aug
15
2014

{CONFETTI THROW FRIDAYS} NO. 52…

before i reveal this week’s confetti throw fridays, i would like everybody to take note of what this family is going through and hope you can do whatever you can to help- even if it’s just spreading the word or donating $10.  this wedding industry community has been known to rise and band together to help anyone in need.  and this wedding photographer and his family could sure use some strength right now.  i  have been fortunate and blessed to experience what “every little helps” truly means.  take note that for japan with love and for philippines with love did not raise as much money because it was people donating $1000 at a time.  with for japan with love, there were over 1,400 individuals that donated to raise that large amount.  and it’s ok if you can’t help financially, sometimes words and presence are even more comforting.  i’ve had my fair share of dark days this past year.  the amount of emails, text messages, facebook messages, instagram comments and tweets got me through a lot of those.  please in whatever you can, take a moment to read their story and send them your strength.  click HERE to read about Bobby, Lindsay, and Clive.

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ok so here we go… confetti throw fridays no. 52.

CHRISTIAN GIDEON

(this shot though)

 

KALLIMA PHOTOGRAPHY

(not only was this bride’s gown fantabulous, but you need to check out the bridesmaids too)

LEO AND KAT

YARO PHOTO

BENJ HAISCH

 (there aren’t words to describe this one except you just need to go see the rest.)

before i sign off, i touched upon this briefly on the facebook page.  but this week we lost an incredibly kindhearted and talented soul.  he has touched generations and will continue to do so through his films and shows.  he gave life to one of my favorite Disney characters of all time and played a nanny that i wish was mine.  he truly was one of a kind and there will be no other like him.  he truly will be missed.  o captain, my captain.

just a reminder to be a little more compassionate each day.  you really don’t know what others are going through.  have a fantastical weekend all.

*throws confetti*

Aug
14
2014

{REAL WEDDING} LOVE IN ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA…

 i am SO proud to call this lady my friend outside of the blogosphere and so flattered she picked this blog to share this wedding and her work.  truly thankful for her support and her friendship.  and so thrilled to share the work of

CAROLINE GHETES

this Guatemala wedding and the story behind the couple is just something else.  and Caroline’s work is just absolutely flawless.  go see for yourself on HER BLOG.  you will not be disappointed.  guaranteed.