Allure: 8th Week in Review

This was a very productive week!  I spent the rainy days inside working, or at coffee shops working, or on Pinterest 'working' when I needed a break from the work!  Let's start with Pinterest...

1. Pinterest.  I Love Pinterest.  It's an online personal organiztion tool, it's a website to collect pictures with links of things you love, it's fashion, blogs you like to visit, home decor, project ideas, recipes, how-to's...whatever you want to 'pin' onto your 'boards', you do!  For wedding planning/inspiration/DIY it's a daily go-to.  I have boards for current clients, and I show prospective clients my Weddings of My Beautiful Clients board at every first meeting.  Pinterest is time-consuming because it is addictive, not because it is hard to figure out.  And it's time saving, because I don't need to bring individual portfolios to meetings to show clients.  I can do a lot of research and collecting on Pinterest, then send my clients the link to their board.  If you are anything like me, you have had a large spiral notebook at some point in your life, filled with pages torn out of magazines---inspirational sayings and articles, pretty pictures, lists of random ideas or goals...my pinterest account is that beat up spiral notebook.  Except way more organized and less likely to get lost.

2.  New promotional video.  This week, I shot the interview part of the short video my friend Sean Basaman is producing for me.  (Sean Basaman's business website is under construction--but here's a link to his wedding that I planned!)  Sean is an excellent producer and director.  He has been the field producer for Dancing with the Stars, so he knew how to work with a diva like me.  Just kidding.  He didn't know.  Kidding!  I'm not a diva.  Really.  Anyway, we are doing this video to share my commitment to gay rights and marriage equality.  It's a commitment Sean and I share and one that is very important to Allure's mission as a small business.  Shooting the interview was really fun, and I can't wait to share the final product!  It's a project that is also tied into the styled shoot Kaella and I are doing next week with Meg Perotti.  Hint hint...!
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Here's the first video I did for Allure.  On my youtube channel.

3.  2012 Weddings.  This past week, I booked a few weddings and spent time organizing as I prep to start the actual planning work.  Like I've said before...it feels like a lot more work to get weddings than to do weddings sometimes.  I'm about to start a lot more doing!  Here are a few of the venues I'll be working at this year...Rengstorff House in Mountain View, Fort Mason in San Francisco (pic below), St Gregory's and the Presidio Social Club in San Francisco, and the Marin Art and Garden Center.  And in two weeks, I'll be at Tilden Park in Berkeley to help set up a reception for dear friends!

      Gotta go!  I have work to do!

Allure: 7th Week in Review

It's Spring!  Did you see Kaella's Green and White Inspiration Board on Friday?  I love it.  I love Kelly Green and I love Spring!  In a few weeks, I'll be helping my friends Dan and Andrea with their Tilden Park reception.  It'll be my first wedding to attend this year.  I'm helping to coordinate some of the reception details and set up for them too, so it's a twofer!  (Check out my Pinterest board for Andrea!)  I get to wear my planning hat, then fling it off and party with my dear friends!  The rest of the month, I'll be busy with projects and clients...this week followed suit.  Weddings are in the air!

1. Prep!  Lots on the horizon for Allure!  We've been busy prepping for our first styled shoot and on next week's Review, I'll be able to tell you how it went!  Kaella and I are thrilled to work with One True Love Vintage Rentals for this shoot.  Need special vintage furniture pieces and details for your wedding?  OTL is the place to go!  In another life, I had Amanda's job. 2.  New Video!  We are also working with my friend Sean Basaman, a video producer, for the styled shoot.  Sean is going to shoot the shoot, so to speak!  He will be there all day with us for some 'behind the scenes' footage of our styled, detail-filled 'wedding' and everything that goes into producing it.  Sean and I will be shooting an interview in a few days, prior to the styled shoot, so that I can talk about some of the very important reasons for doing the shoot.  So this week, I needed to scout a location for that interview and make sure I got my talking points to Sean so he could come up with interview questions.  A lot goes into a small production to make it seem effortless!  I plan to put the video on our blog, and my Wedding Wire profile.  And of course, connect it to the finished product--our styled shoot!

3.  Bowerbird Photography.  I met with Ariel and Sam, the lovebirds of Bowerbird, this week and we really connected.  Allure and Bowerbird share a commitment to LGBT weddings and I'm so glad we met to share our stories--personal and professional.  I'll be featuring Bowerbird Photography on a post later this month.  Ariel and Sam are simply lovely to be around and I would LOVE to work with them on weddings this year.  Plus, they graciously offered to take some family photos for us...yes, please!