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A 21st.

21 Nov

I went to Robin’s cousin’s 21st the other night. It is a big deal in New Zealand so they generally celebrate pretty intensely this particular birthday. I was just there as a guest, and ended up being ‘the photographer’. Should I have charged? Haha. Just kidding.

Here are some of the fun snaps of the night. Robert had a great celebration. That’s for sure.

I had a great time and it was one of the most unexpected party I have been to in a while.

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A photo. No Word.

14 Nov

An afternoon with Zoe

13 Nov

Images that simply do not need much words. A sunny afternoon with 7-month-old little Zoe and her adorable parents: Tim and Fay. It was fun and Zoe is just such a cutie. See for yourself.

It was the opportunity to have some mum-&-dad-time in the sun.

Lovely parents, cute Zoe.

With her favourite soft toy too: Winnie!

…Let the fun begin… …Elegant Decay {1}…

11 Nov

This is a pretty special post today and I hope you will enjoy the experience with us. We are the first of a long series of amazing wedding blogs to launch the Elegant Decay photo series. This is beyond just being part of an amazing collective of wedding bloggers and vendors (we’re the #TWIPS on Twitter and you find us on twitter under the #ElegantDecay hash-tag for this particular initiative.).

In fact, it means a lot to me as a bride looking for inspiration for my wedding.

I still have a few weeks to look forward to before the big day (99 days to be exact!). And for sure, I still look everywhere for inspiration on how to choose the perfect dress, pick the perfect colours, create the perfect centrepiece… but I would never want for my well-styled, hard-worked-on table setting to remain the perfect picture I have in mind, like a lifeless image – I want people to live it, enjoy it, turn it into a space, which experienced fun and laughs.

I don’t mind the wine stains, the candlewax, the breadcrumbs… Bring it all on!

For me, the photo below represents just that: the fun you will be having on your perfect day and the memories you will be creating with your guests and for your guests! This photo and those that you will find on all the other participating blogs represent the ‘perfectness‘ of a day that was enjoyed and lived!

So right now, I know I cannot wait for my own Elegant Decay on the 18th of February 2011!

But first, more about the shoot:
We’re  Aleah + Nick Valley of Valley & Co. and we’re so excited to partner with some of our most favorite blogosphere friends for this Blog Around the World: Elegant Decay post! Today you’re invited to a worldwide scavenger hunt on these awesome blogs where you’ll find snippets of our Elegant Decay photo shoot, designed to show off the after effects of a celebration: fun! We all spend so long putting together amazing designs and tablescapes for our couples, and this shows off the end result {and the most important element}: enjoyment. We hope you enjoy this – thank you to all of our friends for participating and be sure to visit these other fabulous blogs for more photos, ideas, tips, and fun!

Design + styling & JOY cards: Aleah + Nick Valley of Valley & Co. www.valleyandco.com
Photography: Jeremy Leffel www.jeremyleffel.com
Floral design: Anne Bradfield of Floressence www.floressencedesign.com
Crystal & marble decorative candle accents: vintage pieces from Nick’s mom
Venue, dessert, & drinks: Palace Ballroom by Tom Douglas www.tomdouglas.com
Linens: Choice Linens www.choicelinens.com
Chairs, silverware, and china: AA Party Rentals www.aapartyrents.com

Be sure to check out the other photos. They will be released every 15min from now! See below for links and order.

1: Bubble Rock @stephbubble
2: Magnolia Rouge @rubyandwillow
3: Cap Classique @capclassique
4: Brancoprata @brancoprata
5: The Demoiselle @The_Demoiselle
6: Engaged + Inspired @EngagedInspired
7: Postcards and Pretties @postcrdsprettie
8: Paper Garland @papergarland
9: Sparkle and Hay @sparkleandhay
10: Superburbs @superburbs
11: Every Last Detail @ELD_Lauren
12: Brenda’s Wedding Blog @weddingsites
13: Niche White @NicheWhite
14: Simply and Forever @KatieSaeger
15: Bride Goggles @BrideGoggles
16: Landlocked Bride @LandlockedBride
17: Forget Me Knot Weddings @forgetmeknotwed
18: Fabulously Wed @fabulouslywed
19: The Bride Suite @thebridesuite
20: Enchanted Dreams Wedding & Affairs @NaomiVGoodman
21: Marry You Me @MarryYouMe
22: Luna and Chloe Weddings @lunaandchloe
23: La Petite Coquin @lapetitecoquin
24: Glamour and Grace Weddings @GlamandGraceWed

100-day challenge

10 Nov

This is all I have. ONE HUNDRED DAYS.

The countdown to one of the most exciting times of my life is on. And I am sure those100 days will pass by in a flash.

So, for my 100-day-to-go post, I thought I’d just share about some amazing photography that I came about yesterday. I have always wanted to have photos in the water. Not close to it, in it! Jumping in a pool, underwater…

My favourite image of all times is one from Jessica Peterson. A-MA-ZING! It’s been around the web a bit but there is no issue in showing it again and inspiring some other readers with it.

These two black and white shots from Holladay Photo are brilliant too. Not in a swimming pool, but out there in the ocean and how I love my ocean (and we have plenty of it in NZ and around where we are getting married). This would be such fun to do something like this. (wink wink to my photographer out there)

And finally, there is the ‘on-the-water-edge’ photos. A bit more daring (but not that daring, surely) but oh so romantic and pretty. I am in love with those shots. It looks fun and intense at the same time. May as well have some fun with the water once you are soaked with it.

Credit: Studio Foto Blog

Need to shoot…

9 Nov

When I roam the blogosphere and see all my twitter friends being amazing and talented people, I wish I had the time and no day job to do what I love doing – design, photograph and film.

Tonight, I thought: let’s do a mini-session. I gave myself 10min to find props, set the scene and shoot! And here is the result. Nothing amazing but a start. But most importantly, it teaches me one thing or two.

  1. Have a concept. It’s hard to just pull props from around the house and hope it’ll just work.
  2. Take your time. No point trying to achieve grand things with only 10min – speed-shooting doesn’t necessarily bring inspiration
  3. Select your props and lay them out with the plan in mind.
  4. Choose a good location or a good time of day when you have plenty of natural light and no distracting background (oh I cannot wait for my home office to be revamped)
  5. Do it for yourself first. I love photography so it’s just fun to take the camera and shoot.

And maybe I should add: don’t be overly perfectionist or self-critical. I am not that bad!

Oh! And. I almost forgot. Keep your cats away from the set! Ah!… Enjoy.

But here is the best!

31 Oct

Work fun! Halloween’s Faves.

31 Oct

Our work function last night was brilliant and I got some awesome shots of some of the best outfits ever, with the inspiration from the letter ‘M’… T’was a great night. Lots of laughs and fun times!… That was certainly a good Halloween!

…So I am back…

13 Oct

Yes. Six weeks away on a trip around the world and now  back to reality and the biggest one of them all? I have just over four months to finish planning my wedding and boy there is a lot of things to do.

In six weeks, I met and reconnected with some amazing people and for this first post back holidays, I would like to dedicate it to long time friends and new found friends. To those who are here to support you no matter the time and distance.

There is no other thing that is worth more than friends and family and guys, I just want you all to know how much I love you (super cheesy but I don’t care!)

Photography by André Teixeira from Brancoprata.

Caught on the moment

10 Sep