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The $40,900 Question: Archive Rentals//October 25, 2014

We feel so lucky when we get to work side by side with Regina and Krista of Archive Rentals. Their close attention to detail and sweet personalities shine through their work. Thank you both for being so wonderful.

1. What makes Archive Rentals so wonderful?

Krista:  Our team is constantly working together and drawing inspiration from one another as well as our clients. I feel so lucky to also get to share in a partnership that makes me excited to come to work every day. Of course our furniture, florals, and events design is pretty special, too, but the personal satisfaction I feel working with amazing people everyday is what really sets this company apart to me.

Regina: What I love most is the culture we have built our company selecting people that are collaborative, free thinking, and highly creative. We may all have varying ideas and opinions, but we all always agree that the clients needs are our number one priority and when we all come together, magic happens. Krista and I have been successful because of the support of our team.

2. A piece of advice for brides to be?

Krista: Enjoy every moment of the process. Savor all the memories and planning up until that special day, and then on that day, so be in the moment that you are able to soak it all in!

Regina: Enlist people to take care of your big day that you know are amazing and trust. Then let go. Let the pro’s work hard to make your vision happen while you remain stress free, get lots of beauty sleep, and then bask in the glow of your amazing day!

3. What is the most thrilling aspect of your work?

Krista: Getting the opportunity to travel and design events!

Regina: Seeing something I envisioned in my mind become reality. I have an active imagination, so this aspect is so gratifying…especially when things turn out even better than I imagined.

4. Color pallets you are loving lately?

Krista: I am loving neutral and soft tones like nude with dark saturated undertones like dark red. Actually, I am loving red in any way it comes.

Regina: After a season of bold mixed colors (which I have loved), I am coming back around to white. But not white in the tulle and organza kind of way, but more of a diverse pallet of warm earthy whites, with lots of textures.

5. Where do you draw inspiration from?

Krista: Nature and sometimes I have to dig way down deep into the pit of my belly.

Regina: I draw inspiration from places and experiences. Brief but unforgettable moments. Maybe it was a hayride when I was 7, a roadside picnic with my hubby in the wine country, ordering beers from a beach shack in Mexico, or the moment you round the bend at the beginning of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Little fragments of those sensory moments resurface in the details of every event I design.

6. Most interesting client request?

Krista: Wanting a barn on an empty plot of land! We made it happen and it was gorgeous!

Regina: The most interesting request by a mile came from my partner, Krista. “Can I tear open this velvet sofa and stuff it with succulents?” Yes, yes you can.

7. What would you be doing if you weren’t in the wedding/event industry?

Krista: I would still be an artist of some sort. I am ruled by color and light and find inspiration everywhere I look. I don’t think I could ever be without exploring color, flowers, and design in some form.

Regina: I am a writer and have dabbled in film making. I would and probably will be doing it sometime in the future. Right now I am enjoying telling stories through design.

8. Three things you can’t live without?

Krista: Family, friends, nature

Regina: Family, human interaction, a good nights sleep

9. What do you do to unwind and recharge?

Krista: Unplug and spend time with my husband and family. We love the beach and camping in the mountains. Nature and good family love always does the trick for me. I also love to spend time at home gardening in my free time.

Regina: My family and the ocean. Did I mention the good nights sleep?

10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?

Krista: I would be happy to explore beaches on the Fijian Islands with my family and just be.

Regina: France & Italy, the extended version. I like travel where you stay put in one spot for long stretches and really get to know the place and the people. And who am I kidding? I would eat every delicious thing I could get my hands on, so $40,900 would mean I would two airplane tickets to fit in the seat on the way home.

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Cristina and Simone : Moncrivello, Italy//October 23, 2014

“You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known– and even that is an understatement.”- F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Suzanne

 

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One Pic : Gabby and Andy//October 21, 2014

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Waterworld : Morgan and Oscar//October 20, 2014

Getting to photograph a mother and child is always special.  The love that exists between them is so pure and moving.  There is an undeniably strong bond that is one of a kind.  I was eager to capture this relationship in my underwater series and am overjoyed with the results.  There is such a mixture of emotions in these images: trust, love, security, support, happiness, excitement and wonder.

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4 things…friends and family//October 19, 2014

It is hard to believe we are already half way through October.  This time of year I like to spend extra time with my friends, family and loved ones.  I hope everyone gets some time this season to do the same.

Thinking about : Nicknames.  I have always enjoyed nicknames.  They are such special inside jokes that make you laugh and smile every time you hear them.  Some of my favorites are, Stripes, Gaidin Nordic warrior, uncle gorilla, and Mike what happens in Vegas, Mike Ofeldt.

Dreaming of : an upcoming trip to Vegas.  Two of my oldest friends are flying in from Australia to Vegas in a few weeks.  I cannot wait for Mike to finally meet them and to have a fun weekend with my friends.

Inspired by : Collaborating with friends. Alyssa McNees, Taylor Mcwethy and I created a Kid parade, play date, photo shoot. I feel so blessed to count these two super talented ladies as friends and collaborators.

Dining : family barbecues.  It’s been a few weeks of family time and I am so smitten about getting to eat outside al fresco with my family.  Everyone is so spread out and it has been amazing to be able to share so many meals together.  My cousin Amber hosted the most beautiful dinner in her backyard a few weeks ago.  She lives in Napa and has a gorgeous garden with tons of wine.  Being around her makes me want to take cooking classes. Looking forward to heading back and visiting Amber Minha again.

 

Enjoy your week everyone.

 

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Suzanne

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The $40,900 question: Donna Urban//October 18, 2014

1. What got you started in the wedding coordinating business?

Owning an art gallery for ten years put me in the business world as well as the creative world. After the sale of that business, it was not a stretch to use the creative and organizational skills to move into the wedding world. A passion for design and customer service was put into a whole new arena.

2. Most rewarding part of your job?

Taking a wedding or event from conception to completion and seeing the satisfaction and JOY of my clients as they realize it with me!

3. Is there a specific style (vintage, shabby chic, rustic, etc.) that you love?

I love all styles, but I probably gravitate towards the warm themes that the outdoor weddings bring. Using nature as the canvas and getting creative by bringing sophisticated elements into that are some of my favorites.

4. Where do you draw inspiration from?

My clients, most of all. Each couple is so different and bring something new to each wedding.

5. A piece of advice for a bride who’s wedding is coming up?

Make sure that you have a planner who is not a family member or well meaning friend to do the hard work. You are spending so much time, money, and effort to create your special day…have someone who knows exactly what should be happening, when it should be happening, what should NOT be happening, and make it ALL happen with a peaceful yet “get it done” attitude.

6. What do you do to unwind and recharge?

Walk with my friends, read, go fly fishing with my husband!

7. Three things you can’t live without?

Besides water, shelter, and food? (: God, my family, and chocolate. (:

8. If you could have a profession other than yours, what would you do?

I would renovate and redecorate houses!

9. A tip for somebody looking to get into the wedding coordinating business?

Work for free. Honestly…shadow people whose work you admire and be willing to do whatever you are asked to do. No job too small. There’s no substitute for on site experience.

10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?

First, I would find another $1,000 to make it an even $50K….something about that sounds like much more, doesn’t it? (:

I would buy a used RV and spend a few months traveling United States with my husband visiting all of our friends and family situated around the country.

 

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Jess and Michael : San Diego Botanical Gardens//October 16, 2014

“I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” – John Green. The Fault in Our Stars

It’s the best feeling in the world to photograph someone’s wedding that you already love.  Admittedly, Mike and I are blessed when it comes to the best clients ever.  We are epically spoiled with the best couples, and it is even better when you already know the couple and have watched them grow together.  Jess and Michael melt my heart.  They are endearing, awkward, and so witty.  Jess was an intern at Shewanders at one point and I always am struck with this feeling of pride when I’m around her.  I wish them every happiness in the world and can’t wait to see what else unfolds for Jess and Michael.

To the happy couple!

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