Friday, July 31, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy

I received this lovely wedding from Keri Doolittle out of Phoenix, Arizona. This is the wedding of Emily & Jake, which was held at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Chandler, Arizona. Immediately following the ceremony was a wonderful reception at The Mesa Marriott. I love the bride's bouquet - absolutely gorgeous!

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Real Wedding 2009 | Sarah & Adam

Couple Sarah & Adam, 7-25-09
Pearls Events service Event Set Up
Pearls Events consultant Kate Ngyuen
Ceremony Westminster Presbyterian
Reception San Chez
Photographer Da Vinci Photography
Florist Friend of the Bride
Entertainment Rhythm & Lights
Limousine Prestige Limousine
Pastry Chef San Chez
Invitations Sondra's Ink

Sarah and I first sat down a few weeks ago to go over the deails of the beautiful wedding she had planned. There were great little touches of she and Adam's personality all over and I was very excited to set up the wedding and carry through her vision.

Amy and I met at San Chez on Saturday morning and from the moment we walked in, everyone that worked there couldn't have been more helpful or wonderful. We got straight to work on the table decor, hanging 20 paper lanterns, centerpieces, table numbers, cake table, cocktail tables, and everything in between.

We set everything up according to plan and tried to add a little creative flair here and there. There were some great touches, such as anniversary cards on each table that each guest signed and then will be opened on each of Sarah and Adam's anniversaries and the homemade salsa as favors and escort cards. Sarah did a wonderful job!

Congrats Sarah and Adam, we hope you had a wonderful day!

-Kate

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Recap | MWEP July 27, 2009



Ann Forrester of Forrester Farms


Ann's fabulous flowers!


Julie Strating & her makeup models


The goody bags


The models


We had a pretty great turnout at McFadden's!


Sondra of Sondra's Ink


Some of the fabulous women having a great time.

Another successful MWEP meeting in Grand Rapids took place Monday evening. We had a great turnout, and our two speakers - Ann of Forrester Farms and Julie Strating did a wonderful job! I've blogged about both of these talented women in the past, so please check out Ann's posts here & here, and Julie's post here.

Thank you to everyone who made it out, and a HUGE thank you to Erin & her staff at McFadden's for hosting us. What a great place! Another giant thank you to Julie Harmsen for capturing all of these photos. Check out her blog if you are looking for some lovely inspiration!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Spotlight | Telltale Photography


I had the pleasure of sitting down with Melissa Keeley of Telltale Photography and we had a great time getting to know one another over coffee. Melissa is a friend of a friend (Thanks, Emilie, for sending her my way!) and it's always great chatting about the wedding industry. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this wedding above - that veil/hat combo is fabulous and who doesn't love an amazing wedding at the Blue Dress Barn?

Check out Melissa's blog for more drool-worthy eye candy! And before you pop over there, here's a bit more about the fabulous
Melissa of Telltale Photography. Enjoy!

How long have you been photographing weddings & events?
I photographed my first wedding in 2003 but at that time I was not really focused on wedding photography. I was instead finishing up my degree in Studio Arts and working on a few documentary series for gallery exhibition (I spent about a year going to rodeos for a series on amateur bull riders). However, after doing a handful of weddings I decided to learn more about the business and began assisting an amazing photographer in Columbus, Ohio. After shooting three wedding seasons with her (and many weddings of my own on the side) I moved to Michigan and decided to begin Telltale Photography and focus on wedding, events, and portraits full time.

What inspires you as you work with your clients?
This might sound trite, but I really have the most amazing clients you could ever ask for. I always get jokes about working for Bridezillas and to be honest, I have never worked with a Bridezilla. My clients have amazing personal stories and are kind and creative and I just can’t get over how blessed I am to get to photograph their weddings. And I love that weddings are all about family and friends and not just a couple’s relationship, but the many relationships in their lives that have helped them grow and mature as people.

Why did you chose to photograph weddings?
What has always drawn me to photography was the ability to tell a story through images. When I began shooting weddings I was hooked because you get to document this amazing day in a couples life and to really create images that have a narrative quality to them. Instead of spending a year working on a series of images I get to spend a day photographing a couple in a very intimate way—I meet their families, their friends, learn about their lives, and I get to capture all of the emotion and passion of the day and record it all in a way that will last for generations.

If you could shoot a wedding for anyone who would you pick?
I don’t know if there is any one person I am dying to photograph. However, I would love to shoot a Vegas wedding—you know, one where the couple is married by Elvis. I get to shoot some amazing events, but Elvis…that would just be awesome.

Do you have one "gotta get it" shot at every wedding?
You know I do not have one shot I get at every wedding but often when I get to the wedding location or see the bride I know there is a certain shot I need to get. Sometimes it is a little detail on the dress or a really cool little area at the wedding or reception locale, or just something about how the bride and groom interact that inspires me and I know immediately what my must have shot of the day is going to be.

What is your favorite way to spend a non-working Saturday in the summer?
Well my husband and I just bought our first home so even a Saturday when I am not photographing means it is going to be a workday. So right now I spend most of my free time with rollers, paint, and my handy edging tool. But when I am not painting I love to explore Michigan and my new hometown with my husband Cory and our dog Hector. I also like to go antique shopping to find furniture for our new house (I love mid century modern stuff and am excited to be living in the vicinity of Herman Miller) and love the movies and will go see just about anything given the chance.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Weekend Eye Candy

We started posting Weekend Eye Candy at the beginning of March 2009 and this is the first Friday I don't have a darn thing to share with you - I apologize for the let down this week! However, there are SO many great ones in our files, please check out some of our favorites...

And, that's just a few of what we have. Check out them all here. If you're a wedding photographer and have some work that you'd like to share with our readers, please contact us via email [aletha@pearlsevents.com] to submit. The only requirement is that the images are at least 810 pixels wide, and detail shots are our favorite!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Great Find | Indie Fixx Banners

Daisy is a fabulous 2008 bride who keeps me in touch with everything wedding-related she thinks I'd enjoy. Yesterday, she sent me to Indie Fixx for their fun banner post. Jen posted the banners above and I just happen to be working on my own banner for a baby shower this weekend, so it was a perfect post for me to check out. Are you adding a banner to your next event?

1. Pamela Angus
2. Lobster and Swan
3. Little Red Caboose
4. LeiLiLaLoo
5. Fleder Haus
6. Ravenhill
7. Little Retreats
8. The Academy of Gentle Arts
9. Adorable Fiend
10. Meringue Designs
11. Royal Buffet
12. Ladybug Suebee
13. Blackbird Letterpress
14. Paperfish
15. Jump Up and Down

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Spotlight | Spark Creative Photography


I had the chance to sit down with Rose from Spark Creative Photography recently, and we had a blast talking about the industry in Grand Rapids, and life in general. Rose has been building her photography career for the past three years - taking college photography classes, working as a second shooter, then taking on work slowly & steadily. She finally went part time with her day job, so she can focus more time to Spark Creative Photography. She's got a great blog too, updated with recent work - so check it out!

How long have you been photographing weddings & events?
I started working as a second shooter in 2006. In 2007, I started my wedding photography business. I started photographing children and doing some corporate shoots in 2008. Over the years I have worked with three fabulous Michigan photographers who have mentored and guided me along the way. In June of 2009, I went from full-time to part-time at my day job so I could pursue photography more! I can't wait to see what is going to happen next!

What inspires you as you work with your clients?

Weddings are days full of love, family, and crazy-happy moments. It's totally normal for me to get choked up at least a few times at each wedding. I got married a few years ago, so my wedding is still fresh in my mind and I still feel the magic of that day. To me, it’s a fairy tale day! I try to use that feeling to capture sincere, genuine interactions between the bride and groom. I feel like I get to slip into their love and photograph moments that will be remembered for a lifetime. I want my pictures to PULSE with love!

Why did you choose to photograph weddings?
I didn’t have plans to become a wedding photographer - in fact, I have degrees in elementary education and graphic design! After completing my second Bachelor's degree, I decided to take a "fun" art class and ended up in black and white photography. Friends heard about this, saw some of my work, and started asking me if I would be interested in photographing their weddings. Things spiraled from there and it's been so amazing! Now I consume all things related to photography! If I had time and the money, I would love to get a Master's degree in Photography.

If you could shoot a wedding for anyone who would you pick?
She's already married but I would have loved to have photographed Gwen Stefani's wedding! That girl has style, class, and an amazing voice! Can you imagine all of the little details and fabulousness she would have put into everything? I secretly love her!

Do you have one "gotta get it" shot at every wedding?
I love it when the bride and groom decide to see each other before the wedding and I can set up a little private time for them. There is nothing like that moment when their eyes first meet! I adore the face every groom makes when he first sees his beautiful bride. It's absolutely my favorite and most cherished picture from MY wedding day!

What is your favorite way to spend a non-working Saturday in the summer?
I like to spend every Saturday I'm not working with my husband or with family. My ideal day would be: Going out for breakfast, hitting the farmer's market, maybe checking out a few rummage sales, spending time outdoors, and grilling in the evening with friends!

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