Vendor Appreciation Dinner // Ridgewood Films // Bixby + Pine

Okay, couple of things: Jaimie and Brandon of Ridgewood Films are two of our favorite people. We've traveled together near and far. We've bon fired. We've shared meals. We've worked together on weddings and in coffee shops. Basically what we're getting at is that we're industry friends with Jaimie and Brandon AND real life friends. 

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Should I Invite My Wedding Planner or Wedding Vendor To My Bridal Shower? // An Inside Look For Brides // Bixby + Pine

That title is a little forward, don't ya think? But truthfully, we are invited to almost every. single. one. And you can bet we count our blessings.

You see, this little business of ours is about so much more than about designing a rad wedding. It's really about the people. And we don't say that lightly. We say that because our clients are our friends, and there's really no two ways about it.

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Your Clients Give You WHAT At THEIR Design Presentation? // Clients Gifting Vendors

Sometimes our blog feels like it's really just a collection of brag posts shoved together in front of your face to see, but when we have such dope clients, what's a girl to do?! (Yeah, you're right, the answer is BRAG the HELL on your clients!)

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3 Tips for Planning Your Destination Wedding // Guest Blogger: Carson, A #bixbyandpinebride // Bixby + Pine

I'm Carson and I am the girls of B+P’s best friend, has-been B+P girl for those of you who remember, and real life B+P bride! I wanted to drop by and talk destination weddings with you! I recently got married in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico and boy did I learn a thing or two. You would think a girl with my experience would have her ish together?! To be fair I have never planned or even been to a destination wedding and there is a learning curve. In order to save you a lot of headaches and a few tears, here are my biggest tips when planning a destination wedding!

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Workation: Tuesday // Palm Desert, California // Styled Shoot // Bixby + Pine

Tuesday was a nice day because we got to sleep in (and thank god--a little recovery from the night before was SO needed). We started the day with hair--Alicia has been my colorist for a couple of years now and we needed to touch up my roots and we took off a few inches so that it was easier to manage (read: less blow dry time) and would hold shape better when curling it.

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Workation: Monday 2.0 // Girls Night Out // Bixby + Pine

OMG. Monday night got a little...CRAZY (read: AWESOME). It was Sammy Mac's birthday, and we wanted to celebrate her and let loose, so we snagged an Uber, headed downtown, and started out night at THAI RESTAURANT NAME. (You'll later learn that we basically stayed there the whole night except as we walked up the street to get to our Uber...).

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Workation: Monday // The Ruin Venue in Joshua Tree, California // Styled Shoot // Bixby + Pine

While usually Monday is the nation-wide-dreaded-day, I welcomed it with open arms! Being in California, in the desert, with some of my favorite people was the perfect way to wake up. I started my day with a trip to Trader Joe's where I instantly picked up some additional blooms that matched the shoot's color palette perfectly. I carried on through the store picking out the prettiest of fruits and vegetables as we knew that was an important element we wanted to add to the tablescape (and it paid offffff!).

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WTF, It's January // Newsletter // Bixby + Pine

Sometimes January is a hard time to "start new"! There is so much pressure on "starting off right" and "setting new goals". Like, we just had Thanksgiving, then Christmas--how in the hell are we supposed to have time to, I don't know, reflect, rejuvenate, and outline new goals?

We're still learning what works for us, and because we all took a low-key break when Ashley was on maternity leave, the end of 2017 looked a bit different for us than it has in years past. We wanted to have a B+P Company Party and invite some of our favorite industry friends (you know, our real-life friends). We also decided to sit down and do PowerSheets TOGETHER. You see, we bought them last year, but never ended up touching them. And this year, we knew we wanted some intentional focus for our year--both personally and professionally.

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B+P Client Christmas Gifts // Bixby + Pine

We have played with many ideas in the past for how we want to gift our clients--is it a booking gift? A pre-wedding gift? A day-of wedding gift? A post-wedding gift? An anniversary gift? A Christmas gift? A birthday gift? Oh man, the options are ENDLESS. And guys, we're the gifting type (especially Taylor), and so it will probably always be a work in progress, but this year...this year takes the cake!

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3 Wedding Planning Tips from a Photographer // Kyle Loves Tori // Bixby + Pine

Hey friends, Kyle and Tori here of Kyle Loves Tori Photography! We are a traveling husband and wife photography team specializing in adventurous weddings and elopements. Kyle drinks coffee and Tori plays music. We balance each other out, drive each other crazy and love each other deeply. We loved everything about our wedding day and we want nothing less for all of our couples. So we’ve put together some tips from a photographer’s perspective to help you get the most out of your wedding day and get the very best photos! 

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Vendor Love: Reviewing Vendors // Bixby + Pine

A good word can go a long way in the industry. A positive review certainly helps when potential clients look you up—but how do you make sure you are getting reviews in the places that your future clients will actually see them?! 

Keep reading to see how we make sure we are getting the reviews we want AND returning them whenever we work with a rad set of vendors!

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Blaze with Tonie Christine: The Commercial // Tonie Christine Photography // Bixby + Pine

Whenever we work with Tonie of Tonie Christine Photography we ALWAYS have a blast!!! This girl just fits in with us so well. When she reached out about her Blaze with Tonie Christine commercial we were so down with helping! We knew her vision and knew we could create some magic, while keeping the overall shoot very simple. And yes, this happened last year, but we haven't really shown it off on our blog (boooo on us), so we're finally doing that! BUT! We did show off the photos that came from the shoot, so be sure to check those out here.

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Vendor Love: Thank You Notes // Bixby + Pine

After a wedding or styled shoot, there are a couple of things we try to do. They're not always done immediately, but we strive to get them done in a timely manner, and one of those things is showing gratitude. This blog post feels super fitting since Thanksgiving just happened ;)

The gratefulness you show to vendors you love afterwards has an impact. Have you ever received a thank you card in the mail? How did it make you feel? The answer is probably somewhere around "pretty damn good!"

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Styled Shoot // Blaze with Tonie Christine: A One-Day-Business Intensive

Our good friend Tonie of Tonie Christine Photography hosts a one-day business intensive called Blaze with Tonie Christine that helps legitimize your business, teaches you valuable marketing skills, and helps get you more inquiries hitting your inbox. When she asked us to design and style the Blaze commercial shoot, we were PUMPED. Our little brother and his then-girlfriend (now they're married!) modeled for us in a simple but GORGEOUS shoot--it's actually one of our favorites to date. 

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These Hoes Ain't Loyal // How To Handle Disagreements In Business // Bixby + Pine

We hope you're singing Chris Brown's "These Hoes Ain't Loyal" right now! That's goal one of two for this post. Goal two, well for that you'll have to keep reading.

It's very common to have disagreements about the way someone is running their business, and that's okay, but how do you handle those disagreements when they could directly effect you and your business? Perhaps you're working with someone on a wedding, or a styled shoot, or you're partnering on a workshop or event. How can you turn those disagreements into positive forms of communication that help provide resolve, when you could so easily be resentful or overbearing?

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WHO CAN I TRUST IN A CREATIVE WORLD OF "EDUCATORS"? // PNW WEDDING PLANNERS AND DESIGNERS // BIXBY + PINE

In our industry it seems like everyone has the title "educator" after their name, and while that's all fine and dandy, we think it's important to take a look at someone whom you're seeking professional and creative advice from in a full circle approach.

It's easy to add a few letters after your name (e-d-u-c-a-t-o-r), but what makes you someone worthy of providing advice or value to someone else's business or creative journey? Well, so often we hear people cutting down others saying "They shouldn't be teaching!" or "They shouldn't be putting on a workshop!" or "They shouldn't be selling that template in their shop!"

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WE ALL HAVE THE SAME AMOUNT OF HOURS IN THE DAY AS BEYONCE // THREE TIPS FOR PRODUCTIVITY // PNW WEDDING PLANNERS AND DESIGNERS // BIXBY + PINE

Have you ever heard someone say "I need to learn to manage my time better" or have you said that yourself? Well, we've got news for you: You actually can't manage time. Trippy, right? But 24 hours is 24 hours is 24 hours. So what can you manage? You can manage yourself. It's kinda one of those mindset shifts (ya know, like our ideal client vs ideal philosophy mindset shift)--instead of learning how to manage time (which is impossible unless you've invented time travel), we need to learn how to manage ourselves better.

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