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I am so so so so excited to officially announce that we’ve set a date for our next Shoot This Not That Workshop. Our first one was absurdly awesome. You can see recaps here, here, here and here (oh…and here and here too!).¬†Our attendees LOVED the experience and learned tons…like, TONS! Not to brag or anything, but you can read what a few had to say here.

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If you are a photographer and want to see more of your work published (thereby booking more weddings in the process) then this workshop is a must! For our second time around, we’ve decided to offer a one day option, which we think offers even more value and makes it easier for you to join us. We let our mailing list know first, so several spots have already been snapped up. There is limited availability, so definitely reserve a seat asap!

We hope to see you in OC on November 2nd!

*Images above by Trever Hoehne and styled by Summer Watkins.

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Happy Thursday!

Today, I wanted to share a little sneak peek into what we have planned for our Shoot This Not That Workshop. First up, I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be teaming up with The Collection Event Studio. This is a team of gals who offer a VAST array of resources for any bride getting married in wine country. They are the perfect compliment to our workshop and I absolutely cannot wait to work with their team of vendors! When we met over skype, I felt kind of like a bride planning her wedding, wandering aimlessly without any resources. All of a sudden, here is this insanely awesome network of vendors ready to jump in and make everything come to life. If you are getting married anywhere near northern California, call these girls!

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With the guidance of Emily and Shaunna of The Collection Event Studio, we’ve landed upon an AMAZING venue for our photo shoot and wine dinner. Our mock wedding shoot will seamlessly turn into a wine tasting dinner, featuring a custom wine and food pairing. Scribe Winery will be hosting us and I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am to unleash photographers on this place that is so full of gorgeous details.

Images from a collection of images by Ellie Grover, Lori Paladino & Rebecca Gosselin. Top left image via Food and Wine Magazine.

I’m also really excited that we’re working on the opportunity to bring on the talents of Lidia of La Fleuriste. Her work is incredibly inspiring, so it will be a thrill to team up!

Images above by Jose Villa. Bottom left image from a collection of images by Ellie Grover, Lori Paladino & Rebecca Gosselin.

We’ve got other culinary destinations (read: more great stuff to shoot!!) planned as well. One that I’m really excited about is brunch at Fremont Diner…a wine country staple. This place is full of down home charm and again, full of so many opportunities to shoot AND eat.

Bottom two images on left by Carlie of Deliciously Organized via Enjoy Events Blog.

On top of all that, we’ve got some fun goodies for our photographers once they arrive. One that I’m particularly excited about is a giveaway from Totally Rad Actions, who will be giving away some goodies to our attendees!

All in all, we’re gearing up for a monumental occasion that will be monumental…both for photographers as well as brides–we’ll be coming back with loads of inspiring images and vendor resources! We still have a few slots left, so if you’re a photographer and want to join in for crazy learning, gorgeous inspiration to shoot, and way too much good food, now’s the time!


I’m so excited to finally announce the winner of our Shoot This Not That giveaway contest. We shot our random selection video live from the Roman Coliseum, overlooking the Arch of Constantine and the Roman Forum. I’m so honored to have teamed up with Miller’s Lab for this giveaway, so a very special thanks to their team!

Congrats to our winner! If you were holding out until our announcement, now is the time to snag a spot! Can’t wait to see you in Napa!

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If you signed up for our mailing list, then you already know. I’m hosting my first ever workshop in Napa this May. We’re inviting photographers to wine country for some great food and wine, fabulously styled photo shoots, and years worth of collected information all aimed at one goal: Helping you get more work published!

The workshop is aptly named Shoot This Not That. You can head over there to find out all the details. Our space is very limited, so definitely jump on the chance to join us! I’ll be on [b] School later this afternoon to talk more about getting published and all that the workshop will offer. There’s also another really exciting announcement I’ll be making that you haven’t heard yet, so you’ll definitely want to tune in.

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In addition to all that, I’m thrilled to have our recent Mexico destination wedding shoot at Zoetry Resorts featured over on Style Me Pretty today, as well as a sneak on 100 Layer Cake. The images above are a tiny peek at the shoot, so if you want to see more, definitely go check out their features and come back tomorrow for a follow up! Special thanks to Troy Grover Photography for such beautiful work!

First off, I’ve got to thank all you guys for such great comments yesterday. I gleaned so much information from each of you on how to go about getting the perfect ring (when the time comes, of course!).

Today, I’ve got something special for my photographer cohorts! We’ve got ridiculously over-the-top exciting news to share with you–just you. Photographers only. We’ll be making the big announcement next week (more details on where/when that’ll happen) but for now, we’ve got a mailing list available for you to get on. We’ll be emailing those of you who join our mailing list with details about our surprise so that you can get in on the action first. Cause you know you wanna be one of the cool kids, right?

If you are a photographer, and you want to find out our news first, sign up here!!!

And for the rest of us, some bright and fabulous color inspiration!

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Sources left to right, top to bottom: 1. Jil Sander via Dilly Dallas 2. J. Crew 3. The Art of Possibility 4. Martha Stewart