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Laser cut wood, gold foil and glitter wedding invitations (FRESHbash!)

Hello, Lisa here! I could not BE more excited to finally get to share all the goodness below. a couple of months ago, I was asked to participate in a wedding showcase of sorts, called FRESHbash. It was to be a competion where I would be working with three other wedding vendors: Roots Reclaimed (event design), Seascape Flowers (floral design), and Enchanté Macarons (desserts) to push the creative envelope and come up with some insanely awesome wedding loveliness. We ALL have been working so hard over the past several weeks to get ready for this event and I am so proud of how well everything came together. Before we get to that, I first wanted to share my main contribution to the event, these super rad, glitter and gold foil, laser cut wood wedding invitations. FRESHbash was a wonderful opportunity to try some techniques I have never done before and really push the limits of what wedding stationery can be. Below you can see the full invitation suite.

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The focal point of this suite is the laser cut wood centepieces. The geometric stripes were designed to match the arbor backdrop, which you will get to see in a minute. They are cut from a beautiful walnut wood and stained the most perfect warm color.

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When turned to the opposite side, you can see how everything was contained using a rippled sparkly purple belly band.

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When the guest removes the belly bend, they get an awesome surprise! Weddings are all about love right? I created the wood piece so that it could be something the guest could keep in their home after the wedding as a beautiful piece of art. Can’t you just imagine how beautiful it would look leaned against a mantle? Swoon.

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I could not be more in love with this walnut.

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The invitation itself involves some modern techniques and a little bit of humor. :) You would laugh so hard if you saw how I created that black floral background using some silk flowers, my scanner and a piece of black construction paper. The couple’s names were typeset and all other cursive writing was hand lettered in brush calligraphy by me.

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The best part of it all is that all of the text is in GOLD FOIL. I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love gold foil. It looks so beautiful and these photos do not even begin to do it justice. This whole suite just begs to be touched.

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I am ALWAYS down for a couple that does not take themselves too seriously. Sometimes a touch of crass humor is just the right thing.

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A simple map that orients your wedding guests with the area can be such a great idea. This hand-drawn map was printed entirely in gold foil.

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I love to incorporate fun little interactive details into invitations, especially the RSVPs. Whether that is a fun mad lib, or a space for guests to draw you a doodle, like below.

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I hand addressed the outer envelopes and added a touch of gold paint for good measure. Bright ochre envelope liners feature the simple chevron motif that can be found throughout the suite.

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Here is our booth. Isn’t it lovely? I was SO impressed with Roots Reclaimed and their gorgeous rentals and styling. Nicole and Beth are bosses of the industry.  They built this amazing arbor! You can see where the geometric lines on the invitation came from.

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Roots Reclaimed also built this rad podium to showcase my design suite.

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This is how it was displayed at FRESHbash. Under a layer of glass was a ton of beautiful different types of moss. Crystals, geodes, and florals decorated the top.

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Here you can really see how awesome the gold foil looked.

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I also designed and built our team sign! Geoff laser cut out all of those gold words and names and I built all of those tiny boxes to hold our team members’ business cards.

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I designed a set of really cool crystal/geode inspired escort cards made of acrylic.

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They looked perfect hanging from this dream catcher made by Roots Reclaimed.

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I also made little signs for all the desserts made by Enchanté Macarons. Would you believe that the signs and escort cards started their lives out as these? I might have to do a tutorial on how I made them. It is surprisingly easy!

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The booth was beautiful. All I wanted to do was magically transport this entire setup to my backyard.

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Check out these amazing florals by Darcy of Seascape Flowers. I still can’t get over them. Airplants and poppies are my fav.

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I need this lamp in my life.

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Here is the whole team! I loved getting to work with these amazing women. There is some SERIOUS talent here.

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That’s me!

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Here is a little peek at some of my favorite vignettes that the other teams created. Team Rad’s booth was drop dead gorgeous.

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Team Bae’s geodessic arbor dome was fabulous and their cookies were adorable.

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Team Elevate had an upside-down chandelier cake. What!?

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There were tons of sweet nibbles.

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This swoon-worthy cake was made by Palette Cakes. Their sugar flower work is incredible.

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Photo Booth time!!

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I have to give a should out to Baker’s Donuts. I have been going there since I was a kid and I was so happy that they were there at FRESHbash. GO TODAY and get a cronut or an ice-cream stuffed donut.

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You can’t go wrong with a Fruity Pebble covered donut.

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Geoff and I could not resist jowling in Giggle and Riot’s slo-mo booth.

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If you missed FRESHbash this year, I do feel a little sorry for you, I’ll admit. You missed a killer party with so many rad vendors, pretty things to see, yummy food to eat, tasty cocktails to drink, and space to dance, dance, dance. Don’t miss it next year! I absolutely loved getting to be a part of it and challenge myself creatively and form close bonds with some amazing, talented people.

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Sam + Lauren: an adventure in Morgan Hill

I will warn you there is a cute overload ahead. It may be that Sam and Lauren have a really adorable boy named Hunter, or it may just be that Sam and Lauren are so head over heels in love you can see it in every photograph. I think it is actually a little bit of both. Plus their session was the day before Valentines Day, PLUS it was Friday the 13th, which means if you ever needed an excuse to hold the love of your life today was a good day. The reality is we were meeting here in Morgan Hill because this is such an important place. It is where they live, where they work, where they are raising a family, where the have fun, and where they love to be. Morgan Hill is the perfect combination of outdoor recreation and city rolled into one. There are hills, lakes, trails, and you are down the street from the rest of Silicon Valley. We met them downtown and just took a stroll as a family. It practically felt like a nice summer day, except it was almost 80 degrees in February. We can not complain about the perfect weather. It gave us a sunset I can not wait to show you. Since both Sam and Lauren work for outdoor companies, Sam for Specialized and Lauren for Fox, it was no surprise that the second spot in our session was up at Anderson Lake. We even saw mountain bikers passing us by in the parking lot which put a smile on Sam’s face. Sure a mountain bike will do that to this man but there is someone else how certainly puts a bigger smile there. It was a blast seeing how these two laugh and smile and enjoyed being with each other at the lake. Thank you so much Sam and Lauren for sharing your little piece of Morgan Hill with us!
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Weddings! – Best of 2014

What does a years worth of photos look like? Today we live in a world where we are surrounded by constant imagery at every corner we set our eyes upon. We look back at the things that find ways to fill our hearts with stories, with loves, with new ideas, and with joy one can not describe quickly. For me I look at these photos below and see what becomes an endless story of how love is this line that moves us in every direction possible. It is not like a complex math equation just sitting there wanting to be figured out. It is a lifetime of challenges that unbeknownst to yourself, we are trying to understand and solve each new day as the sun continues to rise and fall. So I ask myself if love is a challenge that I can only understand in a moment what does it mean when I can see more then just a few answers to love questions. I wish I could say that I have sat there with so many of loves answers in front of me but I smile at knowing that I want to see the challenges of love and happiness more then I want the answer. It is that idea that moves me, that the challenge and journey of love and marriage together as a couple is the strongest piece of the puzzle to hold. Living life clearly is not living when you have all of the answers. Thats why we create families right? We do it but we don’t really know what we are doing. We have ideas, wants, and needs, but together and as a family we learn and change as we grow together. Lisa and I have been lucky enough to see so many beautiful families created this last year. Well, really its been a while now as we have seen hundreds of families created. These moments below are just a few of the images that have inspired us, made us cry, laugh, dance. 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Best of Portraits and Engagements – 2014

2014 was a year of a lot of change for Lisa and I. We started it with a two week old baby, and ended with fireworks and fun with friends and family. You let us peer into your lives for just a little while to allow us to capture a small piece of who you were in 2014. We were able to help tell stories designed to last beyond even our lifetimes as our children and grandchildren learn about what it meant to be us. I have said this so many times and it never stops touching me the same way, we do not take just pretty pictures, but images that tell stories about who you are today. There are so many little stories behind each frame we have taken below. I love that I know so much about each and every person that has allowed us into their lives.  I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who supports us in all the crazy ways we need your support. You our couples, our family, our friends, we can not do the things we do without you. I hope you enjoy looking through some of our favorite moments of 2014. I started with one of my favorite portrait sessions from 2014 in a city that has stolen this families hearts so many times. There are so many adventures below and thank you from Lisa, Bear and I for allowing us into your hearts to capture these photos.Best of 2014  The Goodness 001Best of 2014  The Goodness 002Best of 2014  The Goodness 003Best of 2014  The Goodness 004Best of 2014  The Goodness 005Best of 2014  The Goodness 006Best of 2014  The Goodness 007Best of 2014  The Goodness 008Best of 2014  The Goodness 009Best of 2014  The Goodness 010Best of 2014  The Goodness 011Best of 2014  The Goodness 012Best of 2014  The Goodness 013Best of 2014  The Goodness 014Best of 2014  The Goodness 015Best of 2014  The Goodness 016Best of 2014  The Goodness 017Best of 2014  The Goodness 018Best of 2014  The Goodness 019Best of 2014  The Goodness 020Best of 2014  The Goodness 021Best of 2014  The Goodness 022Best of 2014  The Goodness 023Best of 2014  The Goodness 024Best of 2014  The Goodness 025Best of 2014  The Goodness 026Best of 2014  The Goodness 027Best of 2014  The Goodness 028Best of 2014  The Goodness 029Best of 2014  The Goodness 030Best of 2014  The Goodness 031Best of 2014  The Goodness 032Best of 2014  The Goodness 033Best of 2014  The Goodness 034Best of 2014  The Goodness 035Best of 2014  The Goodness 036Best of 2014  The Goodness 037Best of 2014  The Goodness 038Best of 2014  The Goodness 039Best of 2014  The Goodness 040Best of 2014  The Goodness 041Best of 2014  The Goodness 043Best of 2014  The Goodness 042Best of 2014  The Goodness 044Best of 2014  The Goodness 045Best of 2014  The Goodness 046Best of 2014  The Goodness 047Best of 2014  The Goodness 048Best of 2014  The Goodness 049Best of 2014  The Goodness 050Best of 2014  The Goodness 051

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