Once Wed and Joy Thigpen Studio Sessions for Photographers

StudioSession-once-wed-joy-thigpenWe are so grateful to everyone who has signed up and attended our Studio Sessions in both Atlanta and Los Angeles! This experience has been so inspiring, and we are eager to share it with even more of you! Here are some kind words from our sweet attendees! StudioSession2

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Atlanta and Los Angeles Studio Sessions sold out, and we are flattered that so many of you wanted to attend our sessions. If you missed out on the first two sessions, we’re excited to let you know that we still have spots open in our New York City and Mallorca sessions! We’re so thrilled for our workshop in New York on April 7th, and for our European friends (and any other adventurous souls), the session in Mallorca will be spread over two days, starting May 5th, and will be held at the beautiful Fonstanta Hotel!

We would love to share this experience with you! As a reminder, here’s what you’ll learn at Studio Sessions:

AESTHETICS + DISCOVERING YOUR PERSONAL AESTHETIC

HOW TO COMPOSE GOOD IMAGES

WHAT MAKES A GOOD IMAGE

STYLING PEOPLE — WARDROBE, HAIR + MAKEUP

STYLING TABLETOP — FOOD AND TABLESCAPES

STYLING DETAILS — FLOWERS, PAPER + ACCESSORIES

EDITING

HOW TO WORK WITH A STYLIST

HOW TO WORK WITHOUT A STYLIST

TIPS, TOOLS, AND TRICKS

GETTING PUBLISHED

BUILDING YOUR PORTFOLIO

ROOKIE/EASY-TO-FIX MISTAKES THAT MAKE OR BREAK AN IMAGE

Hour long one-on-one sessions with Joy and Emily are still available for our New York City session on April 8th, and Mallorca on May 7th. 

The investment for our New York City session will be $1200. Price includes lunch and dinner.  Does not include travel or accommodations.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 2 are an additional $500

The investment for our Mallorca studio session is $3100. Price includes a shoot, all meals, accommodations, and transportation to and from hotel. Does not include travel.

Hour-long one-on-ones with Emily and Joy on Day 3 are an additional $500. Breakfast included on Day 3.

WE’D LOVE TO MEET YOU! SIGN UP TODAY! 

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02.21.14 / Featured

Elegant New York City Bowery Hotel Wedding

We instantly fell in love with Danielle and Seth’s Bowery Hotel wedding when Trent Bailey sent it over to us a few weeks ago. Danielle is one of the talented ladies behind The New Potato, a food and lifestyle website she operates with her sister. The New Potato focuses on restaurants, chefs, and the aesthetics behind great food, and we adore Danielle’s modern and sophisticated style that’s expressed on her website. Firefly Events did an amazing job articulating Danielle’s contemporary aesthetic through their planning and design, and we’re simply enamored with the result. The florals, reception decor, and overall style of this lovely New York City wedding are all timeless and perfect for the setting of the Bowery Hotel on the Lower East Side of New York. The Bowery Hotel is full of rich fabrics, moody lighting, and exposed brick, and we love how Firefly Events kept the decor simple so the hotel’s character could speak for itself.

Thanks again, Trent Bailey for sending this gem of a wedding over to us!

Location & Catering: The Bowery Hotel | Planning & Design: Firefly Events  | Photography: Trent and Dara of Trent Bailey Photography  | Flowers: Flower Girl NYC | Calligraphy: Paper Finger  | Table Top Rentals : The Trove |Band: Pete Saunders Band at Hank Lane | Cake: Nine Cakes | Dress: Amanda Wakeley | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik |Jewelery: Monica Rich Kosann

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02.20.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Vintage Romantic St. Louis Wedding

Thanks so much to Clary Pfeiffer for sharing this elegant St. Louis wedding with us! We adore all of the elegant details, and personal touches throughout this lovely wedding. The bride and groom helped design this modern and romantic wedding to combine their differing styles. Read below for some words from the bride:
From the get go, Edward and I wanted to make sure that our wedding was a reflection of both of us as a couple, set within a style that celebrated romance, our history together and a combination of both of our tastes in design.  We started with the venue to set the overall tone and then enhanced the overall look of with accenting elements that complimented the space, and the two of us.  
 
We knew we wanted to honor our family heritage in St. Louis, MO. So we set out hunting for a venue, and found the perfect location in the historic Piper Palm House in Tower Grove Park, a conservatory in the midst of a lily pond and beautiful trees and greenery.  We loved how the long red brick building from the late 1800s was set in nature and depicted a romantic vintage feel that both Edward and I are partial to.  We wanted a light filled, fresh, clean and classically elegant look that the park and the Palm House had to offer, along with a simplicity that allowed us to make the venue unique to us.
 
We chose to accent the space with old and new pieces- vintage brass vases, sparkling gold pyrite rocks, minimal, modern place cards and love quotes scattered about.  We also made sure to add hand made elements into the mix, as we love personal touches.  Edward hand painted each table number and I designed our decorations.  We had a wonderful letterpress artist hand draw and press each of our invitations, and an amazing calligrapher paint each guest’s address on our stationary.  My mother, a jeweler and metal smith, hand made our wedding rings, the bridesmaids, flower girl, and my jewelry for the day, along with our silver cake server, engraved with our names and wedding date, our wedding gift from my parents
 
The space was lush, filled with loosely arranged flowers, each varied and full of greenery, and hints of caramel, chocolate and ivory tones.  Our florist also accented the entire space with sweet soft tea lights and pillar candles making the evening glow.
 
The event fell into place beautifully, with each element speaking to what Edward and I love and the visual sensibility we share.  Most importantly, we created a picturesque atmosphere where we celebrated our love and commitment to one another, with our closest family and friends all together.  

Photography: Clary Pfeiffer | Videographers: Lovebird Studios | Wedding Coordinator:  Kristin Ashley Events | Venue: Piper Palm House Tower Grove Park | Caterer: Butler’s Pantry | Officient James Mooney of the Ethical Society of Saint Louis | Flowers: Bloomin Buckets | Invitations: Hand Illustrated Letterpress by Elysia Mann of All Along Press | Calligraphy: Betsy Dunlap | Signage – Art Direction and Design: Eve Daher Kinsella, Illustration: Edward Kinsella |  Wedding Dress: Monique L’Huilleier Heidi Dress from Town & Country Bridal | Veil and Comb:  Toni Federici | Bride’s Shoes: Marc by Marc Jacobs | Bride’s Purse: Miniauditere by Liberty of London for J. Crew | Rings, Other Jewelry: Deborrah Daher, deborrahdaher.com (handmade by bride’s mother; 18k yellow gold, champagne diamonds and 18K Red Gold) | Hair: Bethany Laska | Bridesmaids’ Dresses:  Amsale chiffon gowns in Black, Charcoal, and Graphite | Groom Suit: J. Crew Ludlow Suite | Groom Suit: Cole Haan | Flowergirl Dress: Monsoon Kids

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02.19.14 / Featured, Real Weddings, Real Weddings Blog

Designer Dresses from DaVinci Bridal

With our sponsor, DaVinci Bridal, spend less and get more when you discover your dream wedding dress! Created to give you an elegant alternative to purchasing from chain stores that often sell off-the-rack wedding dresses that have been tried on countless times by other brides, DaVinci Bridal is here to help you find the brand new wedding dress that is all about you. We’re in awe of the limitless options from Davinci Bridal and their exciting collection of top-quality, on-trend bridal gowns and bridesmaid dresses.

DaVinci Bridal delivers both value and sophistication, including designer styling, top-of-the-line materials, and meticulous construction for a flawless fit. The newest bridal gown collection features dreamy wedding dress styles with timeless designs and delightful details, including graceful draping, ornate beadwork, and luxe laces. Once you’ve found your perfect wedding dress, they make it easy to find bridesmaids dresses that complement the style of your wedding that will make your bridal party feel their best. DaVinci Bridal designs wedding dresses to flatter and compliment a woman’s body, creating fashions that you’ll continue to love as you look back at photos from your wedding day!

Plus, DaVinci Bridal is proud to offer incredibly convenient delivery in as little as one week! You read that right: if you’re a bride on a deadline, brand new DaVinci wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses can be available in your perfect size and favorite color in just one week.

We invite you to experience the luxurious quality, delightful fit, and excellent value of DaVinci wedding dresses and bridesmaid dresses at a boutique near you!

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02.19.14 / Featured, New Sponsor Blog