Monday, January 24, 2011

Mr. and Mrs.....

If you haven't checked out the facebook albums on these two couples recently married & captured by yours truly then get over there! Their full blogs are on route! Stay tuned!!

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Grow Your Soul Thursday | Thistle Farms Take 2!!

Do you remember when we posted about Thistle Farms last year

Check it out in case you missed it:

http://bellaluphotography.blogspot.com/2010/03/feed-your-soul-thursday-thistle-farms.html

Somehow through magic of the internet shortly after the post I was contacted by Carolyn Snell-a volunteer with Thistle Farms who apparently is pretty tech savy (or perhaps I'm just very much NOT tech savy ha!) letting me know somehow she traced the links from her site back to my blog! She wanted to thank me for highlighting them and figure out who the heck I was :) 

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that's Carolyn on the right-ain't she cute? :)

After chatting I came to realize that they could use some new promo photos of their brand new location and their process! Well of course they're in Nashville but we were not scheduled to shoot back in Tennessee for a while so she so patiently waited for me to finally get back there on my most recent trip! It was absolutely amazing.......

I was able to show up bright and early and join their prayer and sharing time in the morning-an absolutely healing experience that even more so clearly showed what Thistle Farms is all about


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These women are a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I really cannot say anything more. They're kind, smart, strong, supportive and HARD WORKERS! They were knocking these products out with love and care and with full attention to detail. 

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I guess you always see the tag "handmade" but I never trust tags-perhaps I'm a skeptic....but these products are literally hand made one by one by these women alone! And they are luxurious!!

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All of these women were so open and grateful. I cannot even fathom what these beautiful ladies have seen and experienced and yet this was so obviously a place of peace and healing-truly a sanctuary where not only were they offered support but they were given the opportunity to truly partake in something tangible-to produce the same wonderful products that support this cause that has saved them and given them purpose and hope.

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Honestly one of the most impressive creations to me were the handmade thistle boxes that house some of their best products. These were literally made by hand from the thistle plants directly and create this gorgeous little box!
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If you have a special event coming up or will be giving a gift to someone special any time soon I encourage you to look into this amazing organization. And of course they ship all over the world so all of you California people can easily get anything you would need!

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My time spent at this amazing place was even more profound than I anticipated. I could not stop thinking about my brides and how wonderful it would be if they used these gorgeous creations as wedding favors instead of the typical things you so often see-and it's all awesome stuff! I've tried it all! Lip balms, lotions, candles, soaps, bath tea...you name it and it's amazing. I'm actually going to need to put in an order soon because my delish room spray is running low :)

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I think more than anything these women were truly celebrated and appreciated. Some were at different places than others on their journey but all were loved and completely accepted.

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Part of why I love Grow Your Soul Thursday (despite the fact that I'm frequently tardy on my posting!) is that it creates these amazing ties and relationships just by the click of the publish button. This work that me and Nathan do for these organizations is a huge part of us and constantly keeps us humble and grateful for the blessing that are constantly pouring into our lives. We can't wait to go back and visit again and capture more images for these amazing women!!

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P.S! If you haven't already, PLEASE become a fan on the Thistle Farms Facebook page! It helps spread the word in a simple easy way! And if you haven't already checked out their website and blog-get going!! Hey we even made it on the blog ourselves! Check it out!

http://thistlefarms.blogspot.com/2011/01/take-trip-to-farm.html

Oh and guess what I got the other day in the mail???

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I adore it :*********)

It's proudly hanging on my office wall and I love when it catches my eye and reminds me of the beautiful places this work I do has taken me....such a gift....



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Do you know an amazing non-profit that could use a little love and attention?? Whether a blog post, a facebook shout out or much needed promotional pics just email us! 

Lindsey@bellaluphotography.com or Nathan@bellaluphotography.com


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

We want to give a bride of ours a very special shout out! This week is her birthday week!! And we kicked it off with an awesome engagement session this past weekend! We can't wait to get it processed and posted! It's going to be FABULOUS!! :)

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David+Alicia | San Francisco Engagement Session

David and Alicia are getting married in Hawaii! WOOHOO!!!! But before they left they contacted me wanting to shoot in the city they love-San Francisco :) Well heck yeah!

You know there's nothing more I love than the City by the Bay!! Naturally we started the day off by getting the couple all dolled up at Monina Wright's studio and set off for this fun say of shooting!! 

Enjoy some highlights!

We started in Golden Gate Park which of course means nothing because it's SO big!! We shot in numerous places within the same area and had a ball!

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and ended at the Ferry Building at the end of Market....

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What I love about San Francisco is EVERY time we shoot there we find something totally new and unique!! Stay tuned for some stuff in the works and you'll know what I mean :)