An Unplugged Weekend with Reveriemade & Cottage Hill

On a snowy day in early March, a bunch of (really cool) girls gathered together at content and company, put away their cellphones, and spent some quality time connecting face to face instead of through hashtags and glowing screens. The concept was a collaboration of reveriemade + cottage hill magazine ... you have to read Kristin of reveriemade's thought provoking piece on this topic, which you can read right here. My favorite excerpt below: 

"In our culture of instant gratification, most of us fall back into a pursuit of happiness.  We forego long-term joy for something that is quickly attainable.  We upgrade our wardrobe, we furnish our homes with pretty things, and then we turn to social media to fool others-- and ourselves-- into thinking that we’ve found joy.  But instead, all we’ve created is comparison; the comparison of our lives to others.  The comparison of our ideal lives to our real lives.  All of us fall, and nobody wins.  
But absolute joy is so much more than a fleeting feeling.  Joy is a choice.  It was not yesterday, nor is it tomorrow; it’s the here and now.  Joy is.  
Joy is every bite we savor at the table, away from the distraction of television.  It’s the morning run without an iPod, the rhythmic sound of strides and breaths as the only sound.  It’s the laughs we share with friends in person, without the distraction of cell phones.  
In our final days, we’ll remember most vividly the moments in which we were fully present in joy.  We were created for community, and we were created to live joyfully.  As quickly as we can learn to be still-- to be fully present-- joy is just as quickly found." - Kristin Polhemus of reveriemade

I honestly can't say it any better than that. This was an absolute J O Y to capture along with dana of between asleep and awake. Plus, the best models in the world - Amy Hickey, Alexandra McMahon, Ashley McMahon, Mekina Saylor & Alyssa Thiel. Special thanks to Courtney & John for opening her home to us and to Parris Chic Boutique for all the calligraphy goodness! You should definitely check out the feature, but here were some of my favorites below shot with a mix of digital + film...

Client Welcome Gifts with That's Darlin' Gifting

When trying to curate the perfect gift for L&L Couples, I hit a huge decision-making road block. How in the world will I ever find the perfect arrangement of items that not only say how excited I am to photograph their wedding day, but also set the tone for a high-end, effortlessly chic experience that L&L would provide throughout their engagement? Whew. That was totally a run-on sentence. But you get the gist, somebody call for backup! I needed someone to pull in the reigns on me because I was all. over. the. place. with excitement and ideas. Enter Malissa of That's Darlin' Gifting

Malissa and I exchanged countless emails brainstorming products...Malissa constantly pulled me back to reality explaining logistics of each product and how to make my brand truly shine. I am definitely a picky client, and Malissa was patient and kind when we went back to the drawing board to find the perfect champagne bottle (the label has to match everything!) and little clutch (the best white leather only, please!).... you see what I mean?! I am the worst. But it was all worth it! In the end, Malissa created a mockup for my final approval.

Once we finalized the gift design, Malissa did the rest. While I spent my time creating the L&L Bridal Guide, (an 80-page magazine which helps each and every L&L Bride plan their day) magic, Malissa ordered EVERYTHING for me and packaged them carefully in custom mailers. This way, each time I connect with a couple, their welcome gift is ready to go at a moments notice! She's kind of the gift fairy. With confetti.

I very much want to share the custom gift we created together, however I really don't want to ruin the surprise for my 2017 couples! So with them in mind, here is just a little peek! I will reveal it in full after 2017 is fully booked...until then you will just have to wait and see! ;-)

Oh! If you are a professional looking to work with Malissa, you'll have to watch the brand movement film done by my friend, Dana of between sleep and awake. Dana and I love collaborating with brands and small businesses to create content for your website and social media to truly connect with your clients and show them your passion and all that you do. While Dana films, I snap away so you have cohesive photographs and film to tell your complete story. Check. it. out!