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One Pic: Morgan and Erin//July 23, 2014

Since feeling is first 

Since feeling is first
who pays any attention
to the syntax of things
will never wholly kiss you;

wholly to be a fool
while Spring is in the world

my blood approves,
and kisses are better fate
than wisdom
lady I swear by all flowers. Don’t cry
—the best gesture of my brain is less than
your eyelids’ flutter which says

we are for each other: then
laugh, leaning back in my arms
for life’s not a paragraph

And death I think is no parenthesis -e.e.cummings

 

Congratulations to this beautiful couple. Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your dreamy wedding day.

Cheers

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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4 things…Moonlight//July 20, 2014

Happy weekend to you all. I hope everyone has had an event filled summer so far. I’m still dreamy from Lauren and I’s trip to Washington and Oregon.  I can not wait to share some images of the beautiful sites we walked through.  I feel like I left a little piece of me on Orcas Island.  It’s a bit like summer camp.  People’s faces soften when you mention the island.  It just has a little magic.  I’m so grateful to Morgan and Erin for making us a part of their wedding week and Serena and Dan for opening up their home to us.  Here is a nostalgic look at two strangers watching the moonlight dance on the water.

1. Reading: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweeden by Jonas Jonasson. Check out a review here. Two great things about this book: It’s funny, and it reminds us the impact that just one small person can have on the world.

2. Creating: watercolor in plein air. This past week I got a chance to paint in the beautiful outdoors of Washington National Park.   My painting was no masterpiece but it felt really good to draw upon real life for inspiration.

3. Dreaming: of a date night with Mike. Even though I’ve had a blast on my trip to the Pacific Northwest, it’s nice just to sit on the couch and hold Mike’s hand.  I’ve missed him.

4. Inspired: by a Rad post in an inspiring blog. Wittyrental’s recent blog post talked about fashion forward ladies and imagined what their spaces would be like. This post has really sparked something in me that I can’t quite verbalize yet but I hope to soon.

Happy Sunday friends,

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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The $40,900 Question: Michele from Before I Do Events//July 19, 2014

One of the many wonderful things about our job is that we get to work with such rad vendors. We interviewed Michele from Before I Do Events, and we got a little insight on what brides should be thinking about but often don’t, where Michele draws her inspiration from, and much more. Read on to hear about what has been going on with the lovely Michele lately.

1. What are one thing brides do not think about but should?

M: Tip the “little people”. We always ask brides to leave us a handful of $5′s and $10′s so that we can give them out to the rental guys and the people setting up. They work so hard and appreciate the gesture and often work so much harder for you after receiving it!

2. Design style you’re currently loving?

M: Romantic, organic, chic-I love the look of spilling bougainvillea from pots or urns. Warm but bright colors. It gives me a deep romantic feel and has a carelessness about it. I love all things organic but I am a wanna-be hippy, so I have to glam it up a bit. That is where the chic part comes into play.

3. Most rewarding part of your job?

M: The end of the night! The look on a brides face is nothing but one of pure joy! I honestly love seeing them partake in one of the best days of their lives.

4. Where do you draw your inspiration from?

M: To be honest, I am boycotting Pinterest. I feel like it does the opposite of inspire. It clogs my brain and totally overwhelms me. If I am overwhelmed, then everything is forced and nothing really comes to fruition. I like to sketch things out. I am not the best drawer, but from a sketch I then have it in my head and can explain the vision. I often am inspired by clothing…the colors, textures, and patterns in them.

5. Three things that make you smile?

M: My kids being crazy and wild (not in a naughty way), a good dinner party, any form of travel or adventure.

6. What do you do to recharge?

M: Some form of a workout (usually spin or volleyball), followed by a massage and then a fully planned out long day at the beach. Food, drinks, the right gear and no kids!

7. Something people don’t know about you?

M: I always get confused about the past…I remember things the way I wished it would have happened and always get made fun of because my stories are way off. They often say I live in “lala land”, but my version of life is way better that way.

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

M: This is easy…there are two trips on the wish list right now and one of them does not cost a ton but the other does. With the family we would: do a week on a boat sailing the coast of Croatia, then we would spend a week following the Tour de France while they travel thru the French/Italian alps. Then we would rent a house on the Amalfi Coast in Italy and invite a group of friends to come and join us.

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One Pic: Dana and John//July 15, 2014

“He’s more myself than I am. Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.”-Emily Bronte

Dana and John, thank you for including us on your beautiful wedding day. We wish the two of you many years of happiness.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

 

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4 Things…Island//July 13, 2014

We hope you’re all having a great summer so far. This week I took a trip to Washington to shoot a wedding. The picture below is from the ferry ride to Orcas Island. Here are a few things I’ve been enjoying lately…

Watching: So You Think You Can Dance is back. Performance art is one of my favorite pleasures in life. I especially love seeing live performances. I am always in awe that someone would stand on a stage and pour their heart out. For some reason even though it’s reality TV, the show always captures my imagination. It’s one of those shows that Mike and I can agree on. Is it crazy that it makes me feel proud that my husband loves the arts?

Loving: Yesterday I shot a beautiful wedding on Orcas Island. I read an article in sunset magazine over 8 years ago about the island and I’ve been dreaming of it ever since. Here is a recent Sunset Magazine article about the island. Cheers to Morgan and Erin for sharing their wedding day with me.

Thinking: about Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo and Juliet hyper saturated palate. It has been floating in and out of my mind lately. I think it’s all of the fun I’ve been having with my underwater shoots.

Dreaming: of Portland. Lauren and I are heading there tomorrow. Is portland as good as they say? Time to find out.

 

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

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The $40,900 Question: Michael Tiernan//July 12, 2014

We had the chance to interview Michael Tiernan of Still Listening Productions and hear more about the people in his life that keep him inspired, his favorite sounds, and some big news that is coming up for him. His smooth voice matches the artist he is playing remarkably well. Working with talented artists such as Michael always makes us happy.

xoxo,

Suzanne

  1. Dream gig?
    Playing live at Red Rocks in Denver on a perfect Fall evening. That, or headlining the Grammy’s with Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl…. A man can dream, right?
  2. What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
    Gigolo, but don’t tell anybody. No seriously, at some point I hope I can be some sort of monk in a desert monastery and write books.
  3. Ideal summer destination?
    Stand up paddle boarding in Alaska.
  4. What keeps you inspired?
    I’m a lucky dude, in that I’m surrounded by people who inspire me daily – my kids, my wife, a ton of amazing songwriters and musicians I get to play with regularly, plus all the incredible wedding vendors I get to work with who have created their businesses and found a way to thrive, plus – my brides and grooms – I’m so incredibly blessed to be a part of their day in enter into the energy of what they are doing, surrounded by their closest family and friends – what a great inspiration!!!
  5. Books or TV?
    Ideally, books. Actually, the manuals of all the cool guitar pedals I have but don’t know how to use properly!!  But after a long wedding, it’s usually TV for a bit, and a very hoppy beer.
  6. What do you do to recharge? 
    Songwriting is the most satisfying and recharging activity I can do for myself.  It’s a huge release for me.  But on a more daily basis, I love getting out on the water, whether surfing on my own, or paddle boarding with my wife, we frequently play hooky during the day to get out there.
  7. What sound do you love?
    Hearing big waves crash from a distance during the night when a new swell comes in.
  8. Advice for aspiring musicians who want to break into the music industry?
    I’d tell them what a friend already in the business  told me when I started – Don’t delay! Just start doing what you love, writing and performing, and the road will open up. Don’t worry about all the details, just set your intention and be true to your calling as an artist.
  9. Do you have any exciting news coming up that you would like to share? 
    YES!  After 18 months of working on my new album, it’s ready to be released!  August 17th, a really amazing sunset concert at one of my favorite wedding venues – The Crossings at Carlsbad.  You guys are all invited (if you’re not working a wedding that is!!!).  It’s going to be a super fun party, all ages, communal, w/ great food and drinks – I’m so stoked to finally get this out there!
  10. If you had $40,900 to spend on one trip, where would you go and what would you do?
    I would take 4 months off and bring my family to Italy, probably rent a nice hillside Villa in Umbria, travel all over the country, and get my Italian chops back into working order.

 

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Midnight Glam//July 10, 2014

We had the opportunity to partner with Luxe Events and shoot a rad editorial at the New Children’s Museum a few months ago. You can also check it out on Luxe Event’s Blog and Grey Likes Weddings Blog. Have a glamorous weekend.

xoxo,

Suzanne

 

Coordination: Luxe Events

Venue: New Children’s Museum

Photography: SheWanders

Flowers: Root 75

Catering: Continental Catering

Make up: Elena T Beauty

Paper: Brightly Designed

Table Rental: Hostess Haven

Linen: La Tavola

Furniture Rental: Hire-Elegance

 

 

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