Adrian has outdone himself! When I asked him (ehem, more like told him) to build a booth, I don’t think he expected to really build a booth! Like a lightweight, wooden, fold-able photography show booth.

Now, with the walls almost complete, it’s my turn to get creative. Since I’m an overly visual gal, I snapped a quick photo of the panels and played around with some ideas in Photoshop.

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// Deciding on the Art Display

My first task was to choose the size and number of framed photos that will be featured on the back walls. After going back and forth for like 30 minutes, we both agreed on 4 large frames. This seems to be the right fit. Nevertheless I bought five large frames, just in case…

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// Finding the Right Color for the Booth

I started out with adding a chair rail to make the booth feel more elegant. Love the effect! In my head I had imagined to go with an all white or partly pink booth. Once I added the white however, it looked too sterile and too safe of a choice. The polka dots didn’t really help the matter either…

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So then I started to experiment with some pink choices. Definitely super pretty and 100% me! Just… Which one to go with?

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So, which one is YOUR favorite?? Seriously, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

 

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I like the paler pink on top! :D

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I’d go for the second last.

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It was fantastic!

Working on styled wedding shoots is absolutely a blast. Tons of work, but it truly is so inspiring, refreshing and wonderful, being able to collaborate with industry friends, create something beautiful and feel like a little girl in a candy shop.

Here’s a first little sneak peek of a successful shoot. More to come soon! ♥

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Floral Design by Gavita Flora

Hair & Makeup by Kelly Jones

Ballerina Style Wedding Dress by Ju.Lee Chic

Menswear by Nordstrom

And a special thanks to Sierra & Anthony, a real life couple, for modeling that afternoon!

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It’s official. I’ve signed up for our first Wedding Expo and I’m excited as well as utterly nervous. In fact, every time I think of the show I feel butterflies in my stomach, my heart starts to race and my hands get all cold and clamy. But while these are just some side-effects of a new challenge, I can’t wait to do something that really pushes my envelope and comfort zone, meet lots of newly engaged couples, talk about wedding details and invite Brides and Grooms to Meet&Greet Sessions! So excited!!

I knew from the get-go, that I wanted a real awesome booth. Something that would truly represent me, my style and my love for details, simplicity and all things beautiful. Frankly, this project made me rethink my whole brand identity. Who exactly was I trying to reach? What exactly is my message? What exactly makes me different? May I say, all very difficult, time consuming questions to answer. While it was hard and somewhat exhausting thinking work, it was an amazing experience. The whole process took me about 5 weeks and all of a sudden, pieces just started to fall into place. Just like that. It’s almost like the business is talking to me, telling me what it needs to be. Crazy talk!

Because I’m such a visual person, I started to put together an inspiration board. Oh, doesn’t it look gorgeous!?

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1// Some beautiful, real flowers in soft pinks, whites and maybe a touch of yellow 2// I just love clipboards! And they will play a big role at the show 3// I love these pretty cards with the fabric. It’s exactly what I want for attending brides, something that will catch their eye when they go through a bag of pamplets 4// Can’t get enough of these simple, elegant vanities! I’ve already found an antique little one on Craigslist and it’s ready in its new, white coat of paint! 5// Last but not least I need to bring in my love for Scandinavian design! These are my all time favorite chairs and I’m thrilled to finally have a real good reason to purchase a pair!! LOL

My inspirational words are Bright, Soft & Dreamy. I’m aiming to create a booth that gives you that WHAM! experience, something completely different from other photography booths.

Oh, I can’t wait to start building!

xoxo, Rahel ♥

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A while back, I used to do these ‘A Month in Review’ Posts. Life got busy (to my defense, it was summer and summer means main wedding season) and I stopped doing these little snippets of my life. As a New Years resolution, I decided to start these babies up again. So here we go, December!

It was a month of re-charging my creative batteries, a month of doing lots of decorating, sewing and painting. It was a month of falling in love again with my business (not that I’ve ever fallen out of love with it, but you know, it sometimes wears off a bit…) and it was a month of doing a lot of thinking work, coming up with new ideas and finding my true and honest core strengths as a business owner, photographer and person. It truly was a great month and I’m pumped up to head into the 2015 wedding season. Like super super excited! ♥

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1// We enjoyed the colder days and went on countless walks with Leya 2// I decorated the dining table with a pretty, untraditional Adventskranz 3// Oh boy, did we drink lots of tea this month! And really, it’s easy with such a pretty teapot. I found this beauty in a thrift store in Switzerland and immediately fell in love with the Scandinavian form and pattern.

4// Yes, I started a new, giant quilt! It’s a time-consuming triangle piece of art – let’s see if I finish it this winter…? 5// Found a pretty 2015 planner! And look at my new desk buddies I got from Adrian for Christmas – they’re lucite!! 6// Early this month, I did a lot of painting

7// This is the closest we come to a mantle and I love decorating it for every season 8// Made a new pillow for Leya – she really really likes it – happpyyy 9// I put myself in charge of decorating the Christmas Dinner table at my in-laws. Everyone loved the extra effort and I think this will be my new job for many upcoming Christmases

xoxo, Rahel ♥

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Sweet bride! You just got engaged and you’ve already booked your perfect wedding venue. The next point on your list is to find your photographer. You’re excited for the engagement session and can’t wait to get it all started. And here begins my first tip on how you can prepare for a successful photo session. Let’s get started, shall we?

1 // Pick the Right Photographer

A little while ago, I put my thoughts on picking the right photographer into a blog post. It’s the beginning of an amazing photo session, so go check out my tips on how to pick the right photographer!

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2 // Get Excited, Not Nervous

When you think of your engagement session your first thoughts were probably really excited ones. You will have a great time with your man and you just cannot wait to get started. And then, the nervous thoughts start to come up. ‘My arms are too big. I don’t know what to wear. What if I don’t know what to do with my hands?’ Let’s go back to the excited thoughts! Keep them alive, take a deep breath and trust your photographer to guide you through the session. If you’ve picked a great photographer, they will pose you to the T, they will tell you what to do and they will even let you know what to wear ahead of time. So don’t fret, get excited again and ignore the negative thoughts.

3 // Have a Blast

The best images – and I mean most natural looking images – are taken when a couple feels relaxed and is having a blast! So go on your shoot, have fun, enjoy the photography experience and show off the love you two share! It’s as simple as that.

4 // BONUS: What to Wear

This last tip is meant to help you with any and all fashion questions. Go take a peek at this blog post and then have fun shopping for the perfect outfits and splurge on hair & makeup! So much fun ahead!!

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xoxo, Rahel ♥

PS: Are you still looking for your wedding photographer? I’m located in Gilroy, serving the SF Bay Area, Napa, Santa Cruz and Carmel Valley areas! Contact me and I’m excited to chat with you soon!!

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