Blossom & Branch

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Who knew such loveliness was coming from the Brooklyn Navy Yards?  Check out the rest of Blossom & Branch‘s work on their newly revamped website…

And don’t forget, for those of you doing the card swap, cards need to be mailed by Tuesday, Dec. 15.  If you haven’t included a recipe with your card, you can email me with it and I’ll be putting together a pdf to send to all participants with the recipes!

[images from Blossom & Branch]

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Free download from Inspired Bride

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Maddy from Inspired Bride just sent me the loveliest gift…in honor of her upcoming 1 year blogaversary, she’s sending out some custom postcard files to bloggers for the holidays.  Since this time of year is all about sharing, feel free to download the file and send it out to your own friends!  Thanks Maddy, and congrats on 1 year!

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[image from Inspired Bride]

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Engagement shoot: Dahnya + Fran

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I thought these engagement pics were such a change from the usual “pretty” pictures…why NOT get a little colorful and messy with your soon-to-be-groom?  They really show the fun nature of this couple.

The paint pictures came completely out of the blue. Francis, was adamantly opposed to the idea of taking engagement pictures. One day, in an attempt to make the idea sound more appealing I proposed the paint fight (not really thinking he’d take me seriously) but he took the idea and ran with it. The more we talked about it, the more excited we got. From there it was a matter of finding a photographer willing to expose his camera to such chaos. The instant we met Clint, we knew he was the photographer for us; easygoing and creative.

The day of the session we headed over to pick up the paint (our wedding colors) and believed ourselves completely ready to go! It wasn’t until the last drop of paint had been flung that Francis & I realized we had not thought to bring a change of clothes for after the fight. The blankets we’d brought were completely futile in protecting the interior of our car so, we hopped onto the back of Clint’s truck and headed to a nearby car wash to hose each other off. Clint was such a trooper; I fear we may have left lasting hand and foot prints in his truck bed. Instead of berating us, he kept his camera going & spurred us on.
It was a day filled with browsing a bookstore, swinging in the park, dodging paint and being blasted with water- all accompanied by my future husband. And to think, I was lucky enough that such an amazing day was documented for us to look back upon for years to come! Thank you, Clint.

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[images from Clint Shuttlesworth]

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Studio tour: Southern Weddings Magazine

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Name: Lara Casey
Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Company: Southern Weddings Magazine

What is your aesthetic? Clean, warm, and personal.

How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We have a very open, warm, fun office dynamic, so the space reflects that feel.  Each person’s desk space conveys their personality.  We like everyone to feel like they can kick off their shoes and get comfortable.  The couch gets a lot of use and we tend to all move around a lot during the day.  Inevitably, one or two people end up working there.  It’s important to that everyone is ultra-comfortable because we’ve found that it increases productivity and long-term happiness.  Whether that means bringing in family photos, a favorite pillow, or posting inspirational quotes on our white board, there are no rules.

Favorite part of your studio?
Lara:  My personal bulletin boards.  They are a collection of things that make me happy and make me feel refreshed when works gets crazy.
Emily:  Our office manager, Abby Kitty Pants, and the bow on Katharine’s bulletin board.  It makes me happy.
Katharine:  the couch.
Whitney: my bulletin board.
Apparently, we love our bulletin boards.  They really reflect who we are and make us feel at home.

Where do you go for inspiration?

As a group, we tend to get inspiration from bouncing ideas off of each other during our morning huddles.  We are also inspired by the creativity of the brides we feature, art, music, nature (living in Chapel Hill, the leaves are gorgeous right now!), relationships, popular culture, and exploring museums and non-wedding magazines like Architectural Digest, Wired and Veranda.

What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?
Our Mac’s and iPhones.  We’re all all-Mac office now and things are moving at lightning speed compared to our archaic PC days.

Is there anything you’d upgrade to? Yes, we need more space!  We’re taking on another full-time employee starting in January, and we’re out of room.  I’ve been dreaming of getting Emily and Katharine huge white table-top desks from Pottery Barn.  And Katharine wants a TV.  Don’t ask— she says she works better while watching Lifetime movies, so we’re gonna make that happen.

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[images from Nancy Ray Photography]

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NELLE Flutter collection

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Laura from NELLE Handbags has got some great new products to match her adorable clutches and purses…these sashes and hairpieces from her Flutter collection will make a great add-on gift for your bridesmaids.

And, she deserves a little congratulations because she recently got engaged!  Congrats Laura!

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[images from NELLE]

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