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In this world of weddings, soft shades, delicate accents, and pretty little details reign supreme. So, we’re thrilled to disembark from the typical and showcase a joyous outdoor wedding filled with bold color choices (which still includes its own share of “the pretty”). The inspiration began with the venue itself, a Spanish-inspired villa with a remarkable tunnel of blooming yellow wisteria. Something this vibrant certainly can’t be avoided, so the decision to fully embrace the bold hue brought about an accent palette of warm wood and wicker tones, citrusy oranges, and touches of mauve for a unique flavor. The overall look doesn’t overwhelm, but rather compliments the space with pops of vibrancy well suited for an outdoor wedding.

Read on for more from the event designers, Kae & Ales: 
“Inspired by the palpable joy the couple and their loved ones experience in the moments leading up to the ceremony, we set out to design a shoot that captures the essence of those sweet, unnamed instances. When we discovered Villa Catalana hidden away just a short drive outside of Portland, Oregon, we knew it would be the ideal backdrop for our endeavor.

We imagined the Spanish-inspired venue infused with fresh bursts of color while also remaining romantic and classically elegant. The venue itself yielded a great deal of delightful details for us. A tunnel of blooming yellow wisteria made for the dreamiest ceremony location. We imagined the guests under the canopy of fragrant blooms with the sunlight sweetly filtering through as the bride made her way down the aisle. We continued the jubilant feel into the reception, which we imagined would take place al fresco on the villa’s grand stone patio. Climbing roses and weathered pottery added the perfect touch of old-world charm while the lush arrangements of soft peach and ivory peonies in wooden vessels added just the right amount of organic femininity to the tablescape. With an abundance of candlelight pouring over the table, we could almost hear the joyous laughter of the guests and the clinking of glasses filling the spring air as the sun set behind us. We could not imagine a more delightful wedding day for a couple to enjoy with whose they cherish the most.”

Styling & Creative Direction: Kae & Ales | Photography: Brian Whitt | Flowers: Flourish by Kay | Hair & Makeup: Kirstie Wight | Model: Megan Ell | Dress: Shop Gossamer | Paper Goods: Brown Linen Design | Venue: Villa Catalana Cellars | Film lab: Photo Vision Prints


Whether you’re a bride-to-be or you’re a wedding vendor, Instagram has certainly captured our hearts… and all of our attention. Long gone are the days of actually posting images in the instant that they’re taken. Now, we curate, obsess, and pre-plan our Instagram feeds in order to better tell our own stories, in the best light possible. And thanks to Planoly, now you can plan the perfect Instagram feed in just three simple steps!

Planoly is an end to end Instagram visual management platform, which means that it allows you to visually plan your Instagram feed using the drag-and-drop planning feature on their app and web dashboard. With a clean aesthetic and simple process, the user’s photos become the only focal point.

Here’s how it works:
PLAN: Carefully design the look of your feed using their simple drag-and-drop feature.

SCHEDULE: Schedule your content and your captions in advance with push notifications.

ANALYZE and COMMENTS: Understand your audience to better tell your story, with metrics and analytics, all while managing and responding to your comments in one place.

Planoly’s Top Tip for Planning the Perfect Instagram Feed:
“Being able to tell your story with visuals means making sure that your feed is visually appealing and cohesive. Each image or video content should convey your style, personality and brand message to your audience!”

All images can be found on Planoly’s Instagram feed.

Every family should have beautiful, formal images of themselves – wedding day photos, engagement photos, the entire extended family at anniversary parties – but every family also deserves to have beautiful images that reflect their real, every day lives. Susanne and Fredrick are adventurers. They travel the world together, and climb mountains most of us could only dream of climbing.  But it is the story of the moments of their rest and waking that photographers Nina and Wes wanted to tell at their recent photography workshop. In a place where the Himalayan mountains are the view from the window, Fredrik and Susanne started their morning. Without saying a word, each moment was captured as it unfolded, in a quiet cottage in Nagarkot, Nepal.

A little bit about the workshop….

This shoot was captured at the Beyond Workshop, a non-profit workshop that seeks to inspire small business owners to use their success to give back to a world in need.  100% of the profits from this workshop go to orphan care and human trafficking interception in Nepal. None of the vendors take any pay, and this year we will be able to give back $6,000 to the people of Nepal! The first half of the workshop is spent in classroom sessions revolving around business and giving back, and the second half of the workshop is spent doing volunteer work in Nepal. We had an amazing group of people this year, the second year in Nepal, that gave everything they could to help this workshop succeed. Each attendee had their own part to play, and as the days unfolded, it was a joy to see each one of them fall in love with the country of Nepal.

Last year, only a month after our inaugural workshop was completed, Nepal was hit by a massive earthquake that took the lives of thousands of people.  This year has been a year of rebuilding.  To return to Nepal and see the resilient spirit of the Nepali people was awe-inspiring.  We returned to the same resort we held the workshop at last year.  It suffered vast amounts of damage, and we didn’t think we would be able to return there this year.  But just a few months before the workshop was to begin, the people at the Fort Resort assured us we had a beautiful place to share with our attendees once again.

Workshop: Beyond Workshop | Storyboard & Styling: Abany Bauer | Photography: Nina & Wes Photography | Florals:  Jaclyn Journey | Hair & Makeup: Heather Smith | Sari Blanket: Sari Bari | Venue: The Fort Resort in Nagarkot, Nepal | Models: Susanne and Fredrik of Axel & Berg | Production Lead: Marcus Patrick | Nepali In-country Logistics Coordinator: Gautam Rai | Sponsors: Finca la VidaState Film LabGoodman Film LabRichard Photo LabBrown Linen Design

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