Real Wedding: Leila and Alex's Roman Portrait Session by Mike Kire (10)

This amazing wedding portrait session comes to us from Mike Kire, based in Rome, Italy! Here’s what Mike has to say about the shoot:

Alex and Leila are an amazing couple, it was a pleasure to spend a few hours with both of them, getting to know them better and to photograph them around all the streets and alleys of Rome and then at the Castel Sant’angelo. We started off near the Colosseum and made our way closer into the central city of Rome.

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Today’s videographer interview is with Anthony of ARAND Video Services based in Pittsburg, CA! Enjoy:

Tell us about your company,  how did you get started?

The vision of ARAND Video Services started when Anthony made a family video for a family reunion in 1996.  The family loved the video so much they then asked him to create a video for all future projects such as Wedding Anniversaries, Birthdays and retirement celebrations.

Anthony met his wife Olivia in 1999 and an instant romance turned into a blissful marriage in 2002.  Once they combined their talents, Anthony soon discovered his wife, Olivia, was also very talented in creativity with her own style and talents using mutli software products to  further enhance photos, that added a unique custom design to fit the client’s needs. Anthony and his wife created classic heirlooms, and as a result, family members shared this couple’s talents with their friends and family members who started soliciting the couple to produce their family video projects.

As the couple embarked on a major career change in 2008, through prayer and direction they  officially founded ARAND Video Services. They are Christians and discovered they were both blessed with a vision, so their mission focus was to help customers create a professional video without having the concern of being charged for every added expense or any hidden cost. They then create a logo “It’s not totally about us — It’s about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ as He is in control of our walk in how we treat our customers.  They then discovered their  company’s name was given to them to help remind others that the Lord will return to rebuild His new Temple. “After Resurrection A New Destiny” will be in place!  ~ Revelations 21:1-8 ~  They stand by their strong beliefs to treat their customers the way the Lord expects fairness in every business deal, and they work hard to bless their clients with fond memories of how they can help them accomplish their vision.

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Get to Know a Wedding Planner: Chancey Charm

Today’s planner interview is with Sarah Chancey of Chancey Charm based in Atlanta, GA! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

After graduating with a Fine Art degree in Interior Design from the University of Georgia, I gained professional experience in a variety of creative event centered industries, such as floral design and catering. I also expanded my design aesthetic by spending a few years living in Denver and traveling along the west coast. All of my experiences culminate in my work with Chancey Charm as I bring a holistic prospective of the event industry to my work as lead designer and owner of Chancey Charm.

My use of hand-drawn renderings within the event design process is something that developed naturally and fits perfectly into the experience. Coming alongside clients and providing original design boards, which capture their vision and allow them to feel excited and confident about the journey is what drives my passion for the event industry. I have a special love for timeless, elegant designs and love incorporating unique interior furnishings and lighting into every event I work on.

Chancey Charm is a luxury wedding planning and design studio serving clients in Atlanta, Georgia and at destination venues throughout the southeast. Our  team of Senior Planners and Designers work together to meticulously craft bespoke events through the use of custom design PDFs and online planning programs, that bring our client’s vision to life and encourages an open creative process. Our services ensure that each event will have an elegant vision that is publication ready, while also delivering an exceptional client and guest experience.

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All aboard! ... Destination Friday Roundups
Photo credit: Carly Hack Photography. Originally appeared in this summery Australian beach photo shoot.

Cute photo right? Miss the Aussie beaches! I actually grew up in a small coastal town near Sydney, but attended the University of Miami, FL for one year back in 2010 as an international student. And that’s how I met hubby! <3 We endured a Skype relationship (I had to return home for one year to graduate) before I made up my mind to move to the United States and call it my new home. It’s been three years since I’ve been back to Australia and am so excited to be visiting in just a matter of days! Wish me a safe flight! x

Up, up & away to this week’s roundups:

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Get to Know a Wedding Photographer: Hannah McClune Photography (1)

Today’s photographer interview is with Hannah of Hannah McClune Photography based in Berkshire, UK! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company

Hi there, I’m Hannah. I am a modern wedding photographer based in Berkshire, UK and I create romantic and relaxed photographs. My business is all about people in love. Utterly soppy, but that’s really what it comes down to. The photos always reflect people enjoying being with those that mean the very most to them.

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Real Wedding: Jessie and Justin's Southern Estate Wedding by Brandy Angel Photography (8)

This impeccably elegant Southern wedding comes to us from Brandy Angel Photography, based in Madison, Georgia! Here’s more about the wedding from Jessie, the lovely bride:

I was working on a luxury yacht when I had some guests that really wanted to fix me up with their best friend. During the week long charter these guests kept telling me that the best man in their wedding would be the perfect match for me and that we had to meet. These guests had only known me for a few days so I didn’t take their comments too seriously. The guests went on to mention that this guy “Justin” played hockey, that got my curiosity up because that’s how my parents met too. My mother was fixed up with my father on a blind date while my dad was playing in the NHL. I was working and living in the Bahamas at the time and Justin was playing hockey in California so the three hour time change and our crazy work schedules led us to emailing for four months before we ever got to meet each other.

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Real Wedding: Nicole and Danny's Wedding by Annie Steele Photography (8)

This classically elegant real wedding comes to us from Annie of Annie Steele Photography, based in Chicago, Illinois! Here’s what Annie has to say about this couple and their big day:

Nicole and Danny were married on the most perfect Fall Day. Every detail of the Creme, Blush and Black Wedding showcased their style and overall love they have for one another. Their day was perfect as they celebrated with family and friends from near and far.

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This beautiful seaside elopement comes to us from Barrie of Barrie Anne Photography, based in Seattle, WA! Here’s what Barrie has to say about this sweet wedding and the happy couple:

Katie & Josh are high school sweethearts, they meet freshmen year. Josh noticed Katie for the first time while playing basketball with his friends, as she was walking back from gymnastics practice. She had the most beautiful eyes and smile he had ever seen; he knew he just had to meet her, and they have been together ever since. Katie and Josh share a love for the outdoors, they love to hike and explore the wonders of this world, and after 7 years together Josh asked Katie to be his wife.

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A Brief History of Letterpress Wedding Invitations (5)

Today’s guest post comes from Christa of Christa Alexandra Designs, a Vermont based stationery company that specializes in the design of high quality wedding invitations and day-of-materials. Her pride and joy is her 1918 antique letterpress that she prints many of her ready-made and custom designed invitations on. Enjoy!

Did you know…wedding invitations all started with a town crier? Before printing presses, a gentleman would walk through the streets and loudly announce the wedding – traditionally, anyone within earshot became part of the celebration. Thankfully wedding invitations have changed a lot, and we are able to send beautiful mail to our carefully curated guest lists – not all those in earshot!

Of all the invitations sent and received, one of the most gorgeous and recognizable is a letterpress invitation. Running a finger over the deep impression and cotton paper, you can literally feel each part of the printed design…but what goes into this letterpress invitation?

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