If you’re like most couples planning their big, you’re starting to feel a little overwhelmed by the entire thing. You may have even searched and looked into Eloping but you know darn well your bestie and mother will be upset if they don’t see you walk down the aisle. Instead of eloping, which is intended for yourself, your future spouse, and I witness ... why not plan a Minimalist Wedding, also know as a Microwedding!
Are you asking yourself “What is a Minimalist Microwedding?”
With all the quickly changing fads in the wedding industry, I have noticed that more couples are choosing to wed in small intimate wedding ceremonies known as minimalist microwedding. This type of ceremony and wedding is typically going to include anywhere from 5 to 50 guests. It’s perfect because it’s intended for your immediate family and/or super-close friends only. Though tiny and low-key, a microwedding isn’t an elopement. Think of a Minimalist Wedding as a beautiful cross between an elopement and a big, traditional wedding—and it might just be the perfect compromise to suit your style. Here are a few reasons to love the increasingly popular minamalist wedding.
You’ll Save a Lot of Money
A small guest list is the easiest way to work within a smaller budget. The fewer people you invite, the less physical space, party rentals, food and drinks, invitations and favors (the list is really endless) you’ll need overall.
You’ll Be Able to Splurge on Things You Really Love
While a microwedding can definitely save you money, many couples take the micro route in a different direction. They’ll take all the money they’ve saved on certain wedding details (a live band, copious amounts of flowers or a large venue, for example) and pay for expenses that truly matter to them. With a guest list of 15 of your nearest and dearest, a tropical destination weekend wedding, a designer wedding dress or a decadent brunch at a five-star restaurant becomes much more feasible
It’s an Introvert’s Dream Wedding!!
What’s the point of celebrating this personal milestone if you’re freaking out about being in the limelight the entire time with all eyes on you. Don’t lose sleep over picking your closest 250 pairs of eyes—it’s not worth it.
Whether or not you consider yourself an introvert, your dream wedding might be saying “I do” in front of 10 witnesses you adore. Then followed by delicious cake or cupcakes and yummy champagne at your condo.
No pressure, just love. And you should absolutely do it.
You Can Think Outside the Box
A smaller wedding, fewer expectations, and less people will allow you to be more flexible and creative. You’re free to change things up—for example, you don’t have to add in the traditional wedding details if you don’t really want to.
Also, a minimalist wedding will be easier to coordinate, no matter where you are or what you’re doing. You’ll be able to reserve a private room at that top-notch restaurant you’ve always wanted to try. You can fit everyone into your parents backyard, an AirBNB, or bring your immediate family and besties up a mountain for a scenic ceremony and picnic lunch.
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I met Jessica Lyster, owner of Hayari Style while attending a woman's business networking event with San Diego Moms Blog in North Park at Hess Brewing. After hearing about the jewelry line she represents, Chloe&Isabel, I just knew that I had to share it with everyone!
These pieces are absolutely perfect for the upcoming fall and holiday season. The pieces can easily go with a casual look, including jeans and knitted sweaters or pair them with your holiday outfits. Check out some of my personal favorites below, which include an adorable Bead + Ribbon Multi-Wrap Bracelet.
Plus, you won't want to miss their new wedding collection line. The new wedding collection at Chloe + Isabel are elegant statement pieces, that will be sure to draw in everyone's attention. Jessica at Hayari Style is amazing and really helpful when it comes to helping you select the perfect piece for any occasion.
Here's what Jessica had to say about her business, being an entrepreneur, and a mama!
What inspired you to start this business?
"I moved to Japan after getting married and left a management career behind for a new adventure. I had a hard time finding a job as a military spouse and was unemployed the first 6 months of living overseas. I finally found a job using my early education background. I still craved fashion and enjoyed styling women to feel confident in their own aesthetic.
That is when Hayari Style began. Hayari means "fashion/trendy" in Japanese. After settling back in the States I started researching jobs as a new mom. Chloe&Isabel caught my interest with it's unique jewelry & accessories and my background in styling & retail management. I began my journey with Chloe& Isabel and have enjoyed the ride as the company just celebrated it's 6 year anniversary!"
Share with us a favorite wedding you’ve had the honor of servicing?
"Unfortunately, I have not had this experience yet. I would love to service a wedding and accessorize the bride and bridesmaids with the bridal collection from Chloe&Isabel."
How do you feel your business differs from other businesses?"
"Chloe&Isabel jewelry and accessories are unique and innovative. The C&I jewelry comes with a lifetime guarantee. The jewelry is nickel-free and allergy-free. We also offer a variety of price points and different promotions on all of our products. Many of our pieces are convertible, one investment and multiple looks. We also offer a new free passport membership program where our customer earns 15% reward credits on every purchase. Plus, the company enables women to have an additional career while balancing a full-time job, being a mom, or as a college student."
What is it like in the daily life you? Are you a full-time entrepreneur, a mom, a spouse, etc ?
"I am stay at home mom of 3 and also a wife. I enjoy having Chloe&Isabel as a creative outlet. I want to continue to grow my business as a merchandiser and be in a management level role within the company."
What moments makes you especially proud of your business?
"I am in charge of my business as a merchandiser for Chloe&Isabel. I enjoy the creativity and thinking outside the box to explore different opportunities. Each opportunity gives me a chance to learn and grow as a C&I merchandiser, mother, and wife. "
Business Name: Hayari Style featuring Chloe&Isabel
Business Owner: Jessica Lyster
Year Founded: 2014
Business Service: Styling with Jewelry & Accessories
All photos have been taken by Heather J. Keys, Blossom and Bloom Photography. These images are not to be used without written permission.
They’re Back ... That's Right We Couldn't Say No To Fall Mini Portrait Sessions!
I hope this blog finds you and your family doing well. With summer over and the wedding season winding down, I am starting to plan out my fall and winter portrait schedule.
If you're like me, you’re already thinking about Fall and the holidays that will be approaching quickly. I'm over here like ... Bring on pumpkin spice everything!!! Enough with 90+ degree weather.
With that said ... let's get your Fall Portrait Session scheduled!
I've had so many of my clients ask me about mini sessions and if I have any in the works ... I'm happy to say, I have (2) dates selected for Fall Mini Sessions this year!!!
Because they are in November, that means you'll be able to get your images back in time to make custom holiday cards that you'll actually send out this year. Don’t worry, even I have issues getting my cards out on time, this year I’m determined that everyone will get their Christmas card before New Years, lol.
How to Sign Up
Please note that each session can have up to 5 subjects (that includes any pets!)
There will be (2) amazing local locations to pick from which will be disclosed to you at the time of booking. Ssshh it's a secret!
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Every month I select a talented wedding and/or industry related vendor to tell you about. This month, I'd to give a big shout out to two extremely talented wedding coordinators, Dee Dee Crumb & Erikka Fortenberry, the co-owners of Bowties and Lace Weddings. These two amazing ladies have worked their tails off bringing their couples spectacular weddings and events.
I truly love being able to ask vendors the questions we are all dying to know, so here are a few answered by Dee Dee and Erika.
What inspired you to start this business?
We have both always had a love for beauty and creativity. We are true artists at heart and feel totally fulfilled when we are able to express ourselves artistically. Couple that with our passion for ALL things wedding and it only seemed natural to share our talents with the world!
Share with us a favorite wedding you’ve had the honor of servicing?
We had the honor of planning the wedding of our good friends Ka’ Shawn and Michael Chambers at the Coyote Hills Golf Club in Fullerton, CA March 12 of this year. It was such a magical wedding filled with personal details that represented the couple perfectly. The colors were purple and ivory and the theme was a Storybook love. We were able to use lace and other vintage details to tell their story and create a magical atmosphere. When the bride saw how beautiful everything looked, she cried! It was a very proud moment for both of us.
How do you feel your business differs from other businesses?
Dee Dee and are very passionate about our work and take every measure possible to make sure that our brides feel particularly special and catered to not only on their big day, but also throughout the entire planning process. Wedding planning can be incredibly stressful at times, and it is always our goal to take the brunt of that stress.
We can easily take the bride’s vision and bring it to life in a way she would never imagine possible. We not only stay abreast of the current trends, but also create ways to add personal touches that represent the couple and their love and make an effort to think outside of the box when it comes to color and décor.
What is it like in the daily life of Bowties and Lace Weddings‘’?
Busy! We are constantly creating, researching and networking with other industry professionals. There are more pinterest pins and trips to Michael’s in a day for than you can imagine!
What moments makes you especially proud of your business?
This is a family business (Dee Dee is my aunt) and we are extremely proud that we have the luxury of working together and learning from each other.
And of course, the best moments are always the look on the bride’s face when she sees that we have made her vision a reality. It lets us know that all of our efforts have paid off.
Business Name: Bowties & Lace Weddings
Business Owners: Partners Dee Dee Crumb & Erikka Fortenberry
Year Founded: 2016
Business Service: Wedding design and coordination
How To Make A SnapChat Geofilter For Your Wedding, Bridal Shower, Or Bachelorette Party | Temecula Wedding Photographer
If you're like most couples planning their wedding, you've got a lot on your plate. Between working and wedding planning you've basically got two full time jobs. You want to stay up on all the newest wedding tenders too but that also means staying up to date with all the ever so changing trends in the wedding industry as well as the social media world.
With that said, Lets Talk SnapChat Geofilters!
Our amazing friends from THE KNOT want to help our couples get the latest in amazing and beautifully created Geofilters for SnapChat. Once you have created your wedding website with The Knot, they will help you make your own totally customized geofilter.
In other words .....
All of your wedding tech will be in one place. Convenient, right?
You don't even have to have designed a website yet—you can create personalized filters for any (or all) of your special events. Design different gorgeous templates for your engagement party, bridal shower, bachelor and bachelorette parties, wedding day and day-after brunch—or use a similar filter for each event for a stylish and cohesive theme throughout.
Choose from a variety of pretty templates and thousands of graphics and fonts, then make it your own by adding fun emojis, your names, hashtag, wedding date or location. The choices are endless!
Ready to make some geofilter magic? Get started here
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2017 International Association of Professional Birth Photographers Winners Announced | Temecula Professional Birth Photographer & Member
I'd like to first start off by saying, thank you for taking an interest in Birth Photography. I was extremely grateful to have so many beautiful births this year and to be able to participate in the annual International Association of Professional Birth Photographers.
This marks my second year entering the contest, I am humbled to say I have not yet won but you know what, that's not why I enter my images. Truly, a win would be amazing but at this point I'm humbled to be among some of the most beautiful and creative souls in the industry.
My “why” to enter the competition is much deeper. Birth photography has my heart and has for many many years. I started photographing births of military families I was close with on Camp Pendleton. Just being there to capture the beautiful birth of a newborn baby while their daddy was overseas was validation enough for me about 4 years ago.
If it wasn't for IAPBP, I doubt I would have even thought being a professional birth photographer was going to be something I could successfully achieve, I couldn't have done it alone. It’s incredible honor to call myself a member. A member of one of the finest group of professionals you’ll meeting. It's an honor to share in the excitement with so many amazing professional birth photographers through the year. They bring their best work to the table each and everytime. I've not only watched myself grow, but those Birth Photographers I've become dear friends with. We are a tight knit community, always supporting and always helping each other grow in our craft. Through our closed group, we share, inspire and support each other. I joined IAPBP back in 2013, I would not be the birth photographer I am now without the encouraging and supportive nature of the professional Birth Photographers I've met within this community.
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Please join me in celebrating the incredible beauty of birth in this extensive gallery of birth photographs. Join me in celebrating my fellow birth photographers who are living their dream, documenting the beauty of birth and reaping the rewards of their hard work. Celebrate the families who have welcomed these new lives and have chose to let the world view the raw emotion, the love and beauty of their most special days!
Go see for yourself the winners!!!
CLICK HERE TO SEE THE WINNERS
Don’t stop there, keep scrolling to see all 600-ish entires! Afterwards, share with your friends and family. Let’s keep sharing with the world the beauty of birth, after all, it’s how we all arrived in this thing called life!
Congratulations to Jaydene Freund, Katie Mathis, Elizabeth Farnsworth, Natasha Hanse, Kourtnie Scholz for the incredible wins! And congratulations to all of the honorable mentions, especially Neely Ker-Fox, Elise Hurst and Eliana Gilbert!
TO INQUIRE ABOUT HAVING YOUR BIRTH PHOTOGRAPHED PLEASE EMAIL ME AND I WILL BE IN TOUCH VERY SHORTLY!
Did you just get engaged?
Have you started planning the wedding of your dreams and are hunting for a wedding venues and other wedding professionals to help you with your big day?
Are you having a hard time finding the perfect venue for your special wedding day?
If you've said yes to any of the questions above, I've got a few pointers as a professional wedding photographer, that just may help save you some serious time and prevent possible headaches while planning for upcoming wedding! Here are a few things you should avoid and think about at all cost when picking your perfect wedding venue and your other wedding professionals.
I can't stress this enough ... have a back-up plan!
As you may already know and if not I hope you never have to find out the hard way, but not all vendors are created equal no can you predict the future.
Anything can happen, weather could cause you to move your wedding inside instead of the picturesque outdoor reception location. Your vendors could face a problem or have a family emergency. Make sure there's a back up for them and that they are able to stick to the contract if an emergency occurs. Also, make sure your vendors are professionals, which means they should all be professionally insured! Don't take their word for it either, ask for a copy of the professional liability insurance prior to signing a contract and giving a deposit/retainer for service.
I can't stress this enough ...
Get your own wedding insurance policy!!
The brides of Alfred Angelo's Bridal store will most likely never be able to receive their wedding gowns, and worse never receive a refund on the money already paid out for their gowns which is tragic. I'm honestly praying that they had their own wedding insurance policy! Let this be a lesson to us all, it pays to have insurance.
It most likely will cost you less than your wedding cake and could potentially save you thousands of dollars and safeguard all of your wedding-related investments if things happen to go wrong. Disasters can happen to anyone. Consider protecting your investment with wedding insurance from places like WedSafe, so you can have some peace of mind, too. They have two insurance packages that can help you:
Happy Wedding Planning!
Heather J. Keys
Blossom and Bloom Photography - Temecula's Top 21 Engagment and Wedding Photographer
If there's one thing you may already know about me, or maybe you're just learning about me is that I love to capture the real, organic, and raw moments my beautiful and amazing clients have with their loved ones.
Forget those overly posed engagement and wedding photos, where her hand is on his chest and they look into each other's eyes, with a blank stare ... as if someone just said "ok that's great now, look into each other's eyes!" Well ... it happens and I frankly think it's downright boring.
I want my couples to feel alive! Grab each other by the hands, give a dip, laugh and play together. Non of that posing stuff here, because let's face it I'm here to capture who you truly are.
Snuggle up real close with each other, make each other blush when you share your most intimate and loving moments with each other. I want your man or woman to get that tingling feeling he or she gets up the spin when you nuzzle up to them and kiss their neck.
On your wedding day, don't be afraid to twirl your partner on the dance floor, sing to each other, take a shot with your groomsman, or a selfie with your bestie! Heck, that cake that's smashed on your new brides face ... don't let it go to waste, don't worry I love cake that much too!
I'll be there to capture each of those awesome moments much like I have for my previous clients.
I want your engagement and wedding photos to represent you, your love for each other, and most of all your special day with each other and your loved ones. Remember, your wedding should represent you just like the photos being taken should.
I'm not here to make the cover of a magazine with your special moments, I'm not concerned about your wedding looking absolutely perfect for a blog feature on a wedding website. You want to cry as your bride walks down the isle, let the tear flow my man. It's all good, enjoy that moment and soak it in and live it!!!
I want the photos I take of you to be special and just for you! That way when you look back on your photographs in years to come, you'll smile and laugh remembering all those amazing moments.
As a local Temecula, Ca Wedding + Portrait photographer located in the heart of wine country, I'd love to meet you at a local winery, enjoy a glass of wine together and discuss your upcoming wedding with you.
Much love and many blessings,
Heather J. Keys
As a local Temecula Wedding + Portrait Photographer, watching the ever so changing trends of photography is often rather interesting. SLR Lounge really nailed the 2017 Photography Trends in their most recent article.
Check it out below, are you loving or hating the trends?
I personally love them! Most of the trends, I've been doing for a little over a year with my own photography style. It's kind of cool to see that others are thinking outside of the box and embracing the shadows and direct light.
Below are a few recent headshot portraits taken for Wildomar hair salon, Tribe. The client wanted a dramatic and artistry headshot for their staff members. Here I used one light source, with a black backdrop and reflector for fill light.
Heather J. Keys
Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar Photographer specializing in YOUR story.