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April 5, 2017 Danielle Poff Workshop!

April 5, 2017 Danielle Poff Workshop!

Come hang with me for a full day on April 5 and we will discuss anything and everything; I'm an open book! PLUS, this year 2 speakers are joining in! We will cover branding and website design, social media, finding & seeing light, networking, attracting your ideal client, how I hustled to get where I am today, organizing styled shoots, getting published, a portfolio review, shooting film & hybrid & how to transition, editing & workflow & being efficient with your time, client interaction, how to shoot to get what you want, lots of film talk, & lastly, a styled shoot before sunset.

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Michaela + McCann's Pastel, Floral Print Carmel Wedding //

Venue: Holman Ranch // Wedding coordination: Engaged & Inspired // Floral design: Michelle Lywood // Hair & makeup: Lindsay Dabalos // Rentals: Forage Vintage Rentals // Invitations: Minted // Cake: I Do Wedding Cakes // DJ: Jon Belmont Entertainment // Catering: Paradise Catering // Calligraphy: Grace Line Art // Film scans by Photovision //

From the Bride, Michaela: There were so many special aspects to our day. From little details, our ceremony uniting us as one, the amazingly touching and hilarious speeches made by our maid of honor, best man and my dad — everything was so memorable and important to us. It was equally important to us to honor a very special person who sadly didn’t get to see us be married. My husband’s father passed away last January, so we wanted to honor his memory. We had my grandmother sew a heart-shaped piece of one of his favorite shirts onto two hankies. One for me and one for McCann. The hanky I carried was my great, great grandmother’s hanky that she used on her wedding day many, many years ago. My grandma embroidered McCann’s dad’s initials on them and he carried his in his pocket, while I tied mine around my bouquet. It was our something borrowed and something blue. A way tangible to remember his dad and how much he meant to us.

Our ceremony was another important part of our day. We chose to wash each other’s feet, showing one another that we promise to love and serve the other person, just has God has loved and served us.

Some other fun touches included customized cornhole bean bags with our monograms, our delicious apple raspberry jam favors (we met in an apple orchard!), the comfy vignette seating we created outside of the dancing barn complete with blankets and pillows, our amazingly talented DJ who kept the beats rollin’ all night (the dance floor was literally never empty!) and the glow sticks we passed out at our reception, and our interactive polaroid camera guest book. What a FUN day, which we will remember for years to come.

Advice for brides: Once the day has arrived, just rest. Know that you’ve done everything you can to plan your beautiful celebration of marriage. Relax and let the professionals (and your bridal party!) take it from there. The only thing that truly matters is the fact that you are getting married! So celebrate that, take time during the day to take deep breaths and take it all in. I did lots of “this is my wedding day!”while just looking around the reception taking in the joy and beauty.

Practical advice for your wedding: hire a planner or coordinator. Just do it! It makes your life SO much easier. Our wedding flowed so well because of this. Also, find an amazing photographer and videographer. These are the only tangible memories of your day, so be sure you love the work of whomever you choose.

Check out their engagement session that was featured on Style Me Pretty!

And their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty too!

Kelly + Ben Colorful Boho Los Gatos Wedding //

Venue: Redwood Ridge Estate // Wedding coordinator: Two Roads Event Co. // Floral design: Freckled Floral // Dessert: Garden Creamery Ice Cream Truck // Bridesmaids dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Specialty rentals: Archive Rentals // Makeup: Ashley Rose // Catering: Armadillo Willy's // DJ: Robin Cortez // Videographer: Museville // Rentals: Pleasanton Rentals // Cake: Icing On The Cake // Photo booth: Night Owl Photo Booth // Brides dress: Watters // Brides shoes: Jeffrey Campbell // Suit: J.Crew // Invitations: Minted // Brides hair: Melissa Kohoutek // Film scans by Photovision //

From the bride Kelly: I really love anything bohemian, however I’m a country girl at heart, so we decided to blend the two and I feel that it represented our style very well. When we began the planning process, we both wanted the flowers to be the main focus of the decor and when my photographer and friend Danielle Poff Photography introduced me to Freckled Floral I knew she was my floral soulmate. My advice to other couples planning their wedding is to trust your gut and don't be afraid to step outside the box. it's your day and you want it to represent your personal style.

Check out their Pleasanton boho engagement session //

Check out their wedding featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

Walnut Creek Wedding: Modern Palm Springs Inspired Wedding At Ruth Bancroft Gardens //

Venue: The Ruth Bancroft Garden // Wedding coordination & styling: Spreading Lovely // Floral design: Amanda Vidmar Design // Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas // Hair & makeup: Melissa Hoffmann // Brides dress: Claire Pettibone // Bridesmaids dresses: Show Me Your Mumu // Grooms jacket: Zara // Headpiece: Untamed Petals by Amanda Judge // Tabletop decor: CB2 // Rentals: Botanica Lifestyle & Design // Dessert: Sugar & Spun // Dreamcatchers: The Gypsy Moon // Bride & bridesmaid jewelry: Fiat Lux // Film scans by Photovision //

This inspiration shoot is featured on Green Wedding Shoes!

Lauren + Alec's All Outdoor Carmel Wedding //

Venue: The Holly Farm // Florist: Fleurs du Soleil // DJ: SoundShine Mobile Entertainment // Hair & makeup: Katrina Michelle Hair & Makeup // Wedding dress: Mira Mandic from Loho Bride // Catering: La Creme // Invitations: Bella Figura & Union Street Papery // Wedding coordinators: Evolutionary Events // Film scans by Photovision //

Check Lauren & Alec's San Francisco engagement session!

Julie + Chris's Rooftop San Francisco Engagement Session //

Film scans by Photovision //

Betsy & John's SF Anniversary Session //

Betsy and John celebrated their wedding anniversary in San Francisco last month! I loved documenting their love and roaming around the Marin Headlands with them.

Film scans by Photovision //

Nicole & Justin married // Kenwood, CA

Venue: Villa Pietra (private estate) // Wedding coordinator: All Set // Videography: 618 Studios // Hair & makeup: The Hair and Makeup Company // Florist: Catherine Scott Flowers // Wedding cake: Michele's Corner Cakes // DJ: Franco Finn // Black Market Orchestra // Caterer: Stag Dining // Rentals: Wine Country Rentals // Linens: La Tavola Linens // Invitations: TruInvites // Film scans by Photovision //

Check out their Kenwood engagement session!

Check out their wedding feature on Style Me Pretty California!