hollywood forever engagement (rebecca + lee are engaged!) | los angeles wedding photographers

With all of the nonstop traveling we do, it isn’t too often we get to hop in our very own car and drive 15 minutes down the road to shoot in one of our very favorite spots on earth. Have we mentioned how much we love LA?!

Meet Rebecca + Lee. We were invited into their home for mimosas just days ago, and enjoyed the chance to shoot them a bit in their own adorable home, [also so rare and so fun to capture what ‘life’ looks like for couples in this engaged season together!] walk down Melrose + saunter through Hollywood Forever.

R+L, we are counting down the days ’til your LA Love Day [at our beloved Fig House!] this winter! xo

c’mon, team! and a bit on c’mon nashville

Last year, Jayden + I launched a collective called c’mon, team with our friends Wyn + Krista. The four of us connected over multiple shared adventures to Yeah Field Trip and two trips that we led to India, and all share the common bond of a love of community, and, a desire to use our creative abilities to do good / give back. So, we decided to do something about it.

C’mon is a group of volunteering creatives that visit non-profits around the world to create digital content to tell the story of their cause online. Our aim is to give back to the givers by sharing our skills generously in the spirit of community.

(Basically, we create photos / videos / websites + graphic design elements for nonprofits, and help them tell their story and get their mission out to more people with as much effectiveness as possible, while all of the creative volunteers crash in one house together and get to learn from each other and become dear friends in a very short amount of time. It’s 4 nights / 3 full days, and we complete everything in those moments together. From start to finish.. a logo, a website, photos, videos.. whatever we think will be most effective in telling the story of the nonprofit.)

Last October, our very first ‘effort’ was C’mon LA, where we partnered with LA’s Best + True Connection, and we basically got to spend 3 days running around Los Angeles and hang out with some of the loveliest kiddos on planet earth. You can read a bit more about what we created for them here, or visit either of their websites to see more of what we made.

Yesterday, we wrapped our second effort, C’mon Nashville, where we partnered with the Steps of Faith Foundation and The Monkey Project. Our team of 13 incredible souls ventured to this fabulous AirBnB from Seattle, Los Angeles, Nebraska, Ohio, Tennessee, Wisconsin and Kentucky to meet face to face in Nashville, and focus on uniting in vision and direction to create content for these two incredible nonprofits in just 3 short days(!). I’m currently on a plane back to LA with a tired body, but a very full heart.

Here is a glimpse of what we created for The Monkey Project on their new website — but check out the full makeover here!

And here is the video made for Steps of Faith this week — edited by my brother Robert with an original score created by Jayden. I think I’ve watched it 82 times and just cannot get enough! Take 90 seconds to check it out, will you? The full website is here.

(Good, right?! I knew absolutely nothing about the amputee community until this week, and I can honestly say that my heart and mind have been completely opened! So much respect for Steps of Faith and the way they empower people and find ways to give them their lives back.)

Now here’s where you come in: Are you a creative (i.e. photographer, videographer, editor, composer, graphic designer, coder, chef.. you name it!) that would love to join us? Our next C’mon is going to be in Seattle from September 18-22, and you can apply here! Are you part of a nonprofit in Seattle (or anywhere else on planet earth) that is doing amazing things but could totally benefit from a digital facelift? Tell us about it! We are always eager to grow as a collective, and we would love to hear from you.

Happy Weekend, friends! xx

melbourne wedding photographers (rea + arthur are married!)

Rea + Arthur. our very first wedding of 2016. in our most beloved Melbourne.

Two families and so. much. love!

Amidst the dancing and various Greek traditions, Jayden and I found each other and said, “I really wish we came from families that recognized our cultural heritage and celebrated like this!” They just do it so, so right.

Here are a few frames from their fabulous day… xx

 

sugarland wedding wisconsin (tiffany + kevin are married!) – wisconsin wedding photographer

I met a Chicago guy in a Minneapolis bar before moving to Washington D.C.  We dated 3.5 years long distance, logging over 150,000 miles to visit each other before we ever lived in the same city.  As a result, much of our early relationship was memorialized in text messages and emails, which were fun to reread before the wedding. [Our wedding day was] collaborated on and thought through.., with our intention being to host a great party that honored our journey together as a couple and delighted our family and friends.

Tiffany + Kevin’s sunrise engagement sesh in Chicago was nearly three years ago, which must mean we’re really that backlogged in our non-linear blogging habits, but their day was just too good not to share! A destination wedding weekend in Arena, Wisconsin, a perfectly curated experience for their guests, and a few rainstorms to dodge, too.. their day was relaxed, intimate and filled with love. Guys, we miss you! We can’t wait to see you + photograph your family later this summer..:)xo!

Any advice for future brides/grooms currently planning their wedding? Be clear about what you envision for your wedding and true to yourselves as a couple, but also be flexible about how it comes together.  When making decisions, we chose meaningful options over traditional ones because it was very important to us that our wedding reflected our personality, tastes, and outlook on life and love.  There were times during the planning process that we let our imaginations go a bit crazy, but thanks to our open-minded planner and own hard work, some of our grandest ideas became the highlights of our day.  But even the best made plans have to be flexible, especially where the weather is concerned.  We watched the weather forecasts until it became undeniable that we would have to move our candlelit outdoor ceremony inside.  But the rain and dark clouds eventually gave way to an amazing starry night, which was perfect for our wishing lantern launch.

I found myself joyfully crying and laughing throughout the day. During the first look, I came down a staircase to Kevin who was standing with his back to me. After I got to the step above him, I stood for at least a minute overcome with emotion.  I was so excited and happy about finally living in a moment that I had thought so much about.  

It is truly an amazing experience for us to be surrounded all at once by many of the people who have been the most instrumental in our lives — all of whom traveled to be with us — and to be making one of the most important promises to the person we love the most in this world.  It was very special for us to give to each other, as well as to our friends and family, a meaningful and fun experience.  

Did you DIY (Do It Yourself) for any details? :

Creating decorations and experiences for the wedding was a lot of fun.  Collaborating with Kevin, I designed several personalized postcards on which guests could leave messages to us, as well as 4 posters to highlight the video that Kevin created to tell the story of how we met.  I also designed the theatrical programs with bios for the “cast” (i.e. our wedding party), made admission-ticket themed escort cards, and styled the the monogram and stamp designs used throughout the wedding. Our parents also got involved: Kevin’s mom crafted bow ties for the ring bears; my mom sewed table runners; and my dad built the directional sign listing cities that were meaningful to our relationship.  

The songs and readings during our ceremony told a story.  Our wedding themes were the notions of travel and journey because they were such a big part of our early relationship, and the theater because going to see plays is an activity we love to do together.  Our friend and master of ceremonies also worked the idea of other-worldliness.  

The ladies walked down the aisle to Norah Jones’ Come Away with Me, inviting our guests into our world and setting the stage.

Snow Patrol’s Just Say Yes because I loved the lyrics: “You’re the only way to me; the path is clear. . . . Just say yes.”  

the Beatles’ When I’m Sixty-Four before the vows as a humorous reminder of what we were signing up for — still loving each other when we’re old and gray.

Recessional: INXS’ Never Tear Us Apart because the notion of our worlds colliding was apropos.  

We also chose readings from Alice in Wonderland and Eat, Pray, Love that reflected our collective philosophy as a couple and our belief in soul mates and “impossible things,” and our vows incorporated the poetry and travel imagery of Walt Whitman.

[It was a perfect balance of intimate and personal, while also inviting their friends + family into their experience. Just perfect!]

Kevin’s favorite memory: My favorite part was being able to sneak out behind the barn and just enjoy the beautiful evening. Looking up, the clouds had parted so I could see every star. Looking into the barn from outside, the lights and music were pouring out of that huge double door. The barn was alive with music and dancing. I could feel the beat, and the lights pulsed. I was able to just stand there, quiet, and soak it all in. I had just married the love of my life, and we were throwing an awesome party so everyone could experience a bit of joy. It was the perfect feeling.

It was even more special because all day long it had been raining. In fact, during the ceremony, the rain was coming down so hard that it was getting the girls wet, from at least 20 feet away. Those doors were enormous, and some of the guys went over to close them mid-ceremony.

To be able to reclaim the night for the wishing lantern launch, and for me to enjoy the peace up against the madness of the dancing, it was a truly wonderful moment, and I will remember that right up with Tiffany walking down the aisle. I just kept thinking about how I am truly a lucky guy…”

And the one and only Robert Ingraham made this video of their day — don’t miss it!

:: the folks who were involved ::

Photographer – Caroline + Jayden of Woodnote Photography

Videographer – Robert Ingraham

Wedding planner – Cherry Blossom Events

Tiffany’s Dress – St. Patrick

Kevin’s Suit – Burberry

Bridesmaid’s gowns- JCrew

Bridesmaids Jewelry – 31 Bits

Hair stylist – B.Suite

Flowers – Sunborn Gardens

Getting Ready Venue – Walking Iron Bed & Breakfast

Ceremony/Reception Venue – Sugarland

Reception Music – Monastero Entertainment

Caterers – Old Feed Mill

 

introducing: light lab! a creative studio + event space in los angeles.

Earlier this week, I mentioned that our blog absence could (and would) soon be revealed, and today, the time has finally come!

If you follow me on Snapchat, (I’m teamwoodnote over there) this may come as no surprise, but, we have been working on renovating a 2000 square foot warehouse space in the Atwater Village area of LA. (I feel like I need to say that a few times, cuz we have kept it quiet for so long that I’m kinda ready to shout it! We are almost done with a 5 month project of renovating a warehouse, and it has nearly killed us, but I can’t wait for you to see it! Yelling feels good sometimes. Y’know?) 

The space is called Light Lab, and Jayden + I share it with our dear friend and frequent-collaborator, Anne Sage. You’ve seen Anne many, many times on this here blog, for almost 5 years now, and it is safe to say you’ll be seeing even more of her from now on. The 3 of us dove into this project seeing potential and possibility above all else, and through the countless hours of demolition, painting, wallpapering, tiling, cabinet building.. (and more), we have only become more grateful for the friendship and partnership that we share with her. (Anne, we love you!)

(A photo I snapped with my phone on our very first walkthrough of the space… feels kinda good to look at this now and actually see we’re making progress!)

Since this has been such a mega process, we’ve been taking time lapse footage to document the entire transformation, and my incredibly talented brother Robert put together this little video to give you a glimpse into what we’ve already created…

After some mega days of demolition, we got to see a somewhat blank slate, and started dreaming about what we would put into the fresh space. Sarah Sherman Samuel is a long-time friend/collaborator as well, and someone that Jayden, Anne + I all absolutely respect + admire when it comes to interior design work and innovative aesthetics. I wrote her an email about the idea of designing our Light Lab kitchen, and then held my breath while I hit ‘refresh’ every 2 minutes. Working with Sarah on any capacity is always an absolute dream, and on a personal note, I couldn’t have thought of anyone else on earth that I would have been so excited to collab with!

Turns out, Sarah was totally up for the challenge.. and she even was game to take on the addition of the bathroom design! Guys, it is so good. Like I-want-to-live-in-the-new-bathroom good. Sarah is sharing her design layout and process on her blog today, so be sure to head over here! She’s giving away a lot more than I am in this post, so you don’t wanna miss it.

Though still incomplete, the space has already seen a few magic-filled events and a few miracles, too.. like the Gungor album launch/listening party, where 150 people sauntered in with smiles on their faces, oblivious to the fact that the toilet had only been functioning for the 29 minutes prior to their arrival.. or Ruby Roth’s ‘Help Yourself Cookbook for Kids’ release where another 125+ people enjoyed a celebration, unaware of the newly completed wall that had been rebuilt hours before, due to the discovery that the electrical wiring in the space was not to code. Oh yes, this space knows miracles, and this space knows possibility. And we are only just getting started!

Stay tuned.. we’re booking events now, and have some pretty exciting workshops / dinner parties / photo shoots up our sleeves beginning early June, plus, I’ll be sure to blog again with the full tour once the space is complete, and will include all of the sources, too! Until then, don’t forget to hit Sarah’s post about her design process, and get a glimpse of what the finished space is gonna look like.. Happy Friday! xx

May 6, 2016 - 1:36 pm

Stephen So cool guys! Is it weird that I kind of want to try out that snazzy pink bathroom while we’re out in LA next month??