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.
Not sure that we can really put into words what this summer wedding at Suncadia was like, but we're going to give it a shot. Oh, and we've taken a minute to share this because it finally hit newsstands in the Seattle Bride Magazine!
Lexi + Scott came to us from a recommendation of a friend, and really, we just instantly loved them. Their vision was bold, their personalities meshed with ours, and we were off to a good start. We chatted about all hopes and dreams for the wedding weekend, and then we began to daydream on "what if we did this" and "what if we did that". Lexi + Scott had a few big ideas, but really left the rest to us (talk about a dream for us!).
On Thursday October 12th, I went out to dinner in Edmonds with friends--across the boat. I was part way through dinner when I got a call asking when I was coming home--my grandma had fallen asleep earlier that day and hadn't woken up yet; the whole family was there. I finished my dinner and got on the ferry and came home. I got there, and she was lying in her chair in the living room. I sat close and held her, and started crying. My mom tried to console me, and then my grandpa, "What can I do to help you? he said. I bawled and said "I just want her to wake up one last time!"
Lo and Connor had gotten engaged earlier this year during summer. We had set the wedding date for an intimate gathering for September 2nd, 2018--plenty of time to do all of the things we wanted to do: custom build tables, hand-sew napkins, design the perfect day for a couple we LOVE (our brother and his soon-to-be-wife, who had our hearts a long long time ago).
She had good days. She had bad days. She had days where she was up, doing laundry and cooking. And she had days where she could hardly get out of bed. She had days where she hallucinated. But she had good days.
This is going to be a three part story, with a beautiful wedding in between (you'll understand soon). This isn't easy to write, but I believe it's therapeutic and I believe that letting people in is better than shutting people out.
So, there I was, on my couch, wracking my brain on what I would get the girls for Christmas. You see, we all have this problem where if we want something, we just go out and buy it. Yes, we are very fortunate that this is our reality…but it gives gift givers a hell of a time trying to surprise us with a gift (just ask our significant others). I really wanted to avoid giving them another goddamn blanket, in another goddamn basket—this is our usual go too—and I love it don’t get me wrong but this year especially it seemed so fake.
While we're gearing up for 2018 over here at BPHQ, we snuck in a styled shoot that has hit high on our list of things we loved about 2017. Sarah of Sarah Anne Photography asked us to design a shoot so that she can elevate her brand and start her website re-launch off right--and goddamn, that's exactly what we did. We wanted magical, haunting, dark, romantic, moody--and we got all of that and more. The color palette was stunning (if we do say so ourselves) and the vendor team was dope, and maybe the sweetest part was the couple--a real life couple we were celebrating TWELVE years of marriage the very next day.
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!
Okay guys, we are noticing some trends that we think will be sticking around for a while. And you’re in luck because they are perfect pieces for you to wear to a winter wedding! We won’t keep you waiting, let’s dive right in!!
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!
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!
Friendlies! It's ALREADY December. What. In. The. World.
We have been so busy (and unbusy) in the best of ways. We have had time to be with our families, and spend time with each other and our friends. We've had time to get to know Clarke (her birth story is coming, we promise) and watch AJ turn into a big sister. We've had time to work on some 2018 wedding design proposals (a HUGE process). And we've had time to make fauxjitos and eat Grub Hut together.
You guys! We are sharing the most beautiful engagement session RIGHT NOW. Our brother asked Lo to marry him earlier this year and we were ECSTATIC to be gaining an official sister (even though we considered her family a long long time ago). As we began wedding planning (like any good wedding-planning-sister would do), Lo pretty much was open to everything but she KNEW she wanted Sam as her photographer, and we were PUMPED.
It’s our annual retreat weekend and we are hard at work! You can check out stories (and our highlights) to see what’s going down but we have a question for you: Do YOU do a work retreat? If so, how often?
We usually do one, but we are scheduling two a year for 2018 and 2019.
Want a Galentines Day gift from us? (For those of you who are not aware, Galentines means Valentines for the girlfriends in your life!) DM us your mailing address and tag a friend (or two) in the comments below to be entered to win a gift from #thegirlsofbp—trust us, you wont want to miss out!
Gowns: @adishlomo.bridal from @labellesalonbridal
Models: #bixbyandpinebrides and friends
We are in Oregon! It’s a work day for us...brainstorming for 2018 and 2019 on the way down, a venue walkthrough at @oregongarden and then lunch with our 2018 clients to talk about alllll the pretty things for their upcoming wedding, and then another few hours back home to continue to work on our dreams and goals for the coming year or two. Tell us, what’s your favorite lunch restaurant in Silverton or Salem?!