Engagement shoot: Lia + Rob

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I met Lia few weeks ago at a Lion in the Sun event I was speaking at, and she told me about this fabulous engagement shoot she had just done with the ladies of Simply Bloom Photo…it was pretty funny because just a few days earlier, the photographers had emailed me asking for some cool spots to check out when they were in town.  Now that I’ve seen the pics, they’re even better than I could have imagined, so here they are!  Lia talked a little bit about the inspiration and where that FABULOUS dress came from!

The pink dress I am wearing I actually bought at a cheap store on Broadway for $25. I saw it on a rack and it looked kind of ridiculous next to jeans and sweaters but I immediately had a vision of this dress on the bridge and saw the potential for something amazing. I
went to the fashion district and bought different shades of pink tulle and had a seamstress add it underneath the dress.

Beginning 10 days before the shoot I was checking the weather forecast for the day of the shoot religiously and watched as the chance of showers forecast at the beginning of the week turned into heavy rain and T-storms and I was more than a little concerned that my shoot in Brownstone Brooklyn, in Prospect Park and on the Brooklyn Bridge would
be rained-out. Despite my friends and family telling me I needed a plan B, I just crossed my fingers and bought large umbrellas. It turns out the rain was the best thing that could have happened for the shoot because the bridge which is typically packed with bikers, tourists and locals was practically ours alone for the day. And the grey skies just made the pink of the dress pop even more in the photos. We did get caught in some heavy rain at points but it just added to the adventure of the day and I wouldn’t change a thing!

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[images from Simply Bloom Photography]

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Studio tour: Nancy Liu Chin

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Name: Nancy Liu Chin
Location: San Francisco
Company: Nancy Liu Chin Designs

What is your aesthetic?

Great questions.  Modern. American. Classic.  And Pretty.  I am to be the Ralph Lauren of Weddings!

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?

It’s a 2 story commercial workspace with a bottom workroom that has high ceiling.  My office is on the top floor.

Our studio is very simply designed using all light blonde wood.  Everything is very clean, tailored, and simple.  Colors of cream, tan, brown are the dominant.  Every year I change the accent color.  It’s been a light/sky blue for a while now.  Magazine boxes in happy green.  Kolo boxes in dark chocolate.  Pillows in suede mocha brown.  We show off our portfolio using a slideshow presentation on our Sony 42 inch color tv screen.  Everything is clean.  On one wall we have some shelves and 3 large oversized floral images framed in thick White wooden frames.  That’s my studio.

If you are wondering, our space in Potrero Hill, our logo, station products reflect my casual, fun. unpretentious personality.

Favorite part of your studio?

My desk!  I combined two simple rectangular desks together so they are back to back.  It creates a really nice work space.  Also, when my assistant is working, we love chatting face to face. Love it.

Where do you go for inspiration?

I love to shop and window shop.  I often get inspiration from walking around Hayes valley with their ecletic, urban mix of shops and eateries.
Going to restaurants and hotels is a huge source of inspiration as I often design for large spaces.  I love the decor at hotels like St. Regis, Clift, and Solage in Calistoga.   There are so many wonderful restaurants in the world.  A few in SF that sparkle my imagination include Michael Minna’s restaurant in the Westin St. Francis. The beautiful new Out the Door in Fillmore is lovely and urban.  There’s a Supperclub in SF and the decor is very provocative.  That’s appealing to my senses.

Believe it or not, movies and pop culture gives me inspiration.  The Twilight mania is just one example of how pop culture/movies inspires.  Though I haven’t done a “vamp/goth” wedding, it does inspire me.

This sounds so crazy but I love food, candy, pastries.  Going into Miette’s candy shop is eye candy for the senses.  I love how food is displayed like at Bi Rite.  And when you see a plate of food from Cyrus, it’s art.  How can I not be inspired by these things.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?

IPHONE – so that I can twitter, fb, and read emails while I wait for my ice tea.

EXCEL – to help me with large buys

Crowning Glory – for flowers

Manila Folders – they keep me organized
Fandeck – it is a deck of cards that shows almost all the flowers from a to z.  It’s my secret tool when brides can’t figure out what flowers they like.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to?

We are getting new computers next year…at least I hope.  We are currently trying to phase out of pc’s.

Anything else we should know?

I think that’s a whole lot!

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[images from Nancy Liu Chin Designs]

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Real wedding: Stephanie + Trev p.2

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More from Steph + Trev’s wedding…its all about the cool details!

It would be considered a sin as a graphic designer not to do my own invitations.  I created all of the paper accessories for our wedding, with major help from my friends and family with the assembly.

We created a save the date that embraced the Bavarian spirit of Leavenworth by taking a photo of ourselves in rented authentic Bavarian costumes that really showed off Trevor’s sexy long legs.  haha!

For the invitation I did a simple illustration of two people in Bavarian attire holding hands with the mountains in the background.

Our programs, which doubled as fans were cut outs of either Trev’s or my face on one side and program information on the other.  These led to many great photo ops, including a group shot of everyone at the wedding holding them up to their faces after the ceremony.

Trevor being a sexy bald man wanted to name our tables after bald celebrities, so I created table signs and escort cards that had coordinating bald heads on them. Don’t worry I didn’t forget that Britney Spears was once a bald celeb. :)

For the long road trip home Trev and I made our guests cds to take with them.

A few of my other favorite wedding details were our roadside story and our rubber chicken boutonnière. Instead of spending money on traditional flower boutonnières which I new the guys wouldn’t appreciate we bought miniature rubber chickens and glued them to pins.  It was way more fun and the yellow went great with the ladies’ accessories.

My grandparents house is about 5 miles in on a windy country road with no cell service, so we came up with a way for people to know that they hadn’t gone too far and that they were almost there, a roadside story.  Trev and I bought about 20 pieces of poster board and wrote out a nursery rhyme style story of how we met and fell in love.  The signs were perfectly spaced and lead guests right to the ceremony.  Here is what they said,

This is a story that begins at age 10,
Boy falls for girl. Girl “just wants 2 b friends.”
Boy builds a go cart, she thinks it’s cheesy
However in reality it was off the heezy (for sheezy)
The girl moves on with her life, The boy does the same…
but in the back of their minds…
is the rear section of their brains.
Then their Jr year of high school…
he decided to ask her out…
she obliged with plenty of (crossed out with no next to it) doubt
Their relationship progressed through high times and low…
nearly six years had passed…
and they were ready to give it a go!
The dude got down on one knee…
and pulled out a ring…
which brings you here today…
to Steph & Trev’s wedding.

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[images from Jenny Jimenez]

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