Saturday, April 30, 2011

Casa Real Vineyard Wedding | Lauren + Nick Highlights

Lauren and Nicholas had the most gorgeous wedding in February at the incredible Casa Real. This whole event was hours of custom designed beauty from the olive trees and the chandelier the bride brought in to the incredible handmade chalk boards that they used as table numbers for their guests. The bride even surprised the groom by singing to him mid-reception-TEARS! We had an absolute blast shooting this and are so grateful to now be part of this incredible couple's memories of this most special day! Enjoy some highlights here or see their wedding slideshow set to music here!
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    The Details:

    Event Location- Casa Real

    Bride's Dress- Enzoani- belt, Shawl designed by seamstress

    Bride's hair and makeup- Dustin David Salon of Los Gatos
    *Dustin David-hair
    *Jasmine Ashtiani-makeup

    Event designer- Bride and mother

    Flowers- Asiel Design

    Cake- Not Just Cheescake

    Catering-  Casa Real

    First dance song- Airborne Toxic Event "Book of Love"

    DJ-- Sean Takase

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Grow Your Soul Thursday (1 day early!) | Mona Foundation

    Earlier this week I saw about 14 different status updates on my personal facebook leading to the Mona Foundation and I figured it's about time I check it out-LOVE.


    In their own words:
    "The Mona Foundation is a nonprofit that is dedicated to supporting grassroots educational initiatives and raising the status of women and children across the world. We live by the guiding principles of Universal Education, Equality of Men and Women and Community Building.

    Our goal is to connect you to education projects in need of support around the world. It works like this: We find locally operated programs that educate people of all backgrounds and raise the status of women. Mona then partners with them to offer assistance in fulfilling the community's goals. We then open our partnership up to Mona's community of donors to connect with the projects and join in the partnership. We do this while insuring that 100% of your donations go directly to the projects you are inspired by!"

    So basically, we've all seen those sad ads on t.v. when we're up late at night with insomnia or screaming kids or just fill in the blank. You know you're meant to give money to a general fund that's supposed to help all of the starving, sad and yet totally adorable children on the screen. But if you're like me (and 40000 other skeptics in the world) you want to know...."where exactly is it all going?? how do I know? what is my impact?"

    ****disclaimer-there is NOTHING wrong with these organizations-in fact I've supported them in the past and they're doing great things-I'm speaking to those visual people like myself that need piece of mind along with their spiritual growth****

    The Mona Foundation gives you even more control of your financial support to any given cause while still supporting the greater general cause of universal education. Awesome.

    www.monafoundation.org/

    I've investigated their website and how it works and love the flow. You can search projects happening RIGHT NOW that mean something to YOU specifically. Then you can get detailed information about how it's being funded and what's happening-you can even see how many other people are also donating to the specific project. It's FANTASTIC. And we're not necessarily talking about 1 million dollar projects that you send your money to and hope for the best-you can literally see how much additional money is needed and if you're feeling particularly generous (and I'm not even talking rich) you can go in and get that project COMPLETELY-bam right there. So neat.

    here's the jist:

    Mona's based on 3 principles:

    1. Universal Education-everyone has the right to an education-particularly females in developing countries who despite having the key position in the upbringing and education of their children are not often given access or right to educate themselves.

    2. Equality of Men and Women-here in America do you realize women were only FINALLY given the right to vote in 1920-that's less than 100 years ago folks and that's only in AMERICA. I think (know) sometimes we take our rights for granted here in the states and forget that we are far ahead in many many things-including female equality. You need not go far in your travels to realize just how many of our fellow women in the world have absolutely no rights and are still to this day treated as property. It's got to stop.

    3. Community Building-seriously, come on now-could there truly be anything more important in our society?!? You cannot expect a solid, healthy and functioning society when its foundation is crumbling or lacking entirely.

    www.monafoundation.org/

    So how does it work? SO EASY! Go to the website...search for projects that mean something to YOU...support those exact project and watch their progress.
    done. so easy.

    Or if you just keep tabs on them via their facebook, twitter or website you'll find featured projects like these:


    www.monafoundation.org/

    It's so simple and fantastic. I'm in love....

    So if you haven't checked them out yet-go for it...and please please please head over to their facebook page and give them a "LIKE". It's free and it's easy and it helps spread the word if nothing else!!

    Huffington Post | Thistle Farms | Bellalu Photography

    We're so proud of Thistle Farms-a charity I highlighted last year HERE- and all of the much deserved attention they're getting in the news right now. I got a sweet email from the incredible ladies there last night:

    "Hi Lindsey,

    We have a 3 part feature right now on NPR, and Huffington Post's impact section (their inspiring stories) contacted us a few hours ago to cover the story but give people specific things they can do to help. They created a lovely piece and one of your photographs of the women accompanies it.


    here is a screen shot - at the moment it is the lead story on their Impact section, but of course I'm not sure how long that will last. your photo is so positive, and empowering and joyful. it perfectly expresses joy and we are so very grateful for your gifts!"

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    How cool is that!? We're so proud of this incredible organization and wish them future growth and support worldwide! If you STILL haven't checked them out-I don't know what you're waiting for-get on it!! :)

    Wednesday, April 20, 2011

    Luis + Caitlin | San Francisco Engagement Photography

    What a blast we had rocking out another gorgeous San Francisco engagement session a few weeks ago with the fabulous Monina Wright  in tow of course! We'll just call this shoot: The Red Shoes

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    We had so much fun playing off of both Caitlin and Luis' laid back style and killer good looks :)

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    and again-the shoes-love....

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    after Caitlin and Luis smoked up the barracks we went down to the beach and goofed off for a while-they were amazing!!!

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    Caitlin and Luis love the city-love love love it...so we talked about doing some night shots utilizing only San Francisco light-no artificial flash of any kind-I love the mood just the ambient city light gives-these deep sort of romantic shots that are just killer mixed with their style and swagger ;)

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    Needless to say, we're pretty dang excited to shoot their incredible wedding coming up fast!! Don't forget to leave some comment love for these two darling people!!