We are SO pumped to show off this beautiful Apostrophe & Co shoot. If you don't know about A&Co, well then you've been living under a rock. It's basically our love child with Samantha McFarlen. Where we bring in Alicia and she dolls you up. Then we style the shit outta you with pieces you bring and pieces from our collection. Then Sam shoots you. Finally you get a beautiful product in the mail.
We woke up SUPER early. Which actually sucked. I think we left the house at 5:55am to do a quick sunrise shoot. Sam and a dress--that's it! Emma took photos mostly, but I tagged along and tried my hand at it, so check out my shots here:
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.
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...).
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!).
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.
High on life right now. Design proposal presentations may be one the best parts about our job. Planners and designers, we have a question for youuuuu: Do you want our design template? Sound off in the comments below!
This badass babe is on the blog so what are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk.