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As you probably know about us, we LOVE change!! We love evolving, creating and reinventing ourselves. We work hard continually year in and year out to create amazing artwork for our clients. We also love learning new things, employing new technology and constantly evolving as business owners and artists. After announcing the new name for our studio in mid December of 2010, we have been busy little bees. We are so excited to direct your attention to our new website and new look for our blog! Take a peek around and let us know what you think! xoxo
We have a complete and utter obsession with Anthropologie here at Betwixt Studio, so when we learned they were releasing a wedding gown line, we just knew we would, well, to quote our favorite style Maven, Rachel Zoe, DIE. Anthropologie did not disappoint. These gowns are so adorable, so detailed and lovely that I just wish I could get married again! To Maurice of course : )
To celebrate our love of all things Anthropologie, plus just because we want to capture a beautiful bride in one of these gowns, we are offering a FREE Wear It Again session with us to all 2011 Betwixt Brides who wear one of the BHLDN dresses : ) Help us spread the word!!
The first two are my absolute faves. I LOVE the unexpected color of the Zinnia Gown on the left. And the pleating on the Pleated Fantasy Gown at right is amazing. I love that on BHLDN’s website you can see a video of each gown, so that you can see how they move and better imagine what the gowns will look like on.
Okay, so these are also absolute faves. These are so whimsical and sweet. The black ribbon-bow-sash on the Tiered Tulip Gown at right is just delightful! And I admit to loving a short dress every now and then … well, anytime really … the Floral Artwork Dress at left is just a dream come true.And these are pretty sweet too. I love the bow on the front of the Sweeping Taffeta Ball Gown on the left, and who can resist the cascading butterflies on the Ethereal Monarch Gown at right. I also adore the hint of the under layer at the front of this gown. The vertical pattern contrasts so perfectly.
My grandmother might have worn the Pinwheel Tea Dress on the left. She would have looked so adorable in this. And well, I just love the detail on the Burnished Organza Gown at right. Sigh.
For the bohemian goddess in you, you’ll love the Eyelet Medley Sheath, it’s so San Diego destination beach wedding : ) And how perfectly sweet is the Fondant Tea Dress? I have to say, I LOVE them all! Each is so adorable and cute and has so many lovely details. It looks like there is something for everyone’s style.
Because we are so inspired by these gowns, and are just DYING to photograph them, we will provide a free Wear It Again Session to all 2011 brides who wears one on their wedding day!! Email us about it!! Just because : ) xoxo
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the lovebirds out there! Maurice and I are wishing you all an amazing day full of love and hope and many many kisses : ) To celebrate Valentine’s Day we wanted to share some LOVE-ly inspiration!! These images are featured today on the popular wedding blog, Style Unveiled. So fun!! How adorable is Colleen in her Christos gown from Del Mar wedding boutique, Bliss Bride? The sweet heart shaped rose flower pillows were lovingly created by Sharon Mintz, San Diego wedding florist, owner of Organic Elements. And Colleen’s hair and makeup was expertly applied by San Diego makeup and hair stylist Jennifer Bueno of Beauty to Be. We got our inspiration from Colleen’s Anthropologie inspired wedding at The Darlington House, and collaborated to create this sweet and whimsical collection of images just in time for the most romantic day of the year. We’d like to thank Heather, editor of Style Unveiled, for sharing our pictures with the world!
San Diego Wedding Vendors: Photography Betwixt Studio | Florals Organic Elements | Gown Bliss Bride | Hair and Makeup Beauty To Be | Cage Veil YJ Design on Etsy
We are very concerned about articles online at popular wedding planning sites purporting to educate and advise brides and grooms about how to plan their weddings that we feel are detrimental to both the industry and to clients looking to hire their perfect vendors.
The most distressing article we came across advises brides to “be indifferent” to their vendors when discussing their wedding plans with them. We cannot understand this type of advice. Your relationship with your vendors needs to be built on trust and mutual respect. It also needs to be built on openness. Whoever you choose to work with will be sharing your most intimate day with you and your family. If you cannot open up to these vendors and provide such things as your contact information, your budget, and tell them what your hopes, dreams and vision for your wedding are, then they are not going to be able to service your needs. It is putting vendors at a disadvantage that is ultimately not in your best interest. Personally, we like to have a relationship with each of our clients. We see each and every one of our clients as part of our family; and we want you to feel that way for a good reason. The truth is that as vendors we cannot service your specific needs without knowing what they are. If you are indifferent toward your vendors and don’t share your dreams and your wishes and your limitations then there is no way that a professional business can help you. What chance does a business have of communicating their passion for what they do and of informing a client about how and why they are different from other businesses if they are not given the opportunity to have a personal connection with the client? In our opinion one of the most important pieces of information that you need in order to make the right decision is finding out why each vendor is different from the last one you talked to. THAT is how you make an informed decision. If we as vendors aren’t allowed to have a personal relationship and establish a personal connection with our clients then we can’t flush out what the bullet points on our price sheet really mean. For instance, saying “editing of images” does not fully describe what we do. If we never get the chance to talk about and show our clients what exactly they are receiving, then the consumer does not have all of the information and will be unable to make a fully informed decision. In the end this kind of advice is leading to people making their decision solely on price and not on the individual merits, personality and experience level of the vendors they are considering. This can never be a good way to make a decision, regardless of one’s price point.
This particular article goes on to encourage brides to “Find out what other vendors offer for the same price point, and use this as leverage. Ask about every single thing that’s included in your package. Then find out in advance what extras are going to cost … and whether those costs can be waived.” True professionals insist on providing you with all of this information up front before you sign the contract. True professionals don’t want to have any room for confusion, misunderstanding or disappointment. There are plenty of inexperienced, unprofessional vendors out there in this industry that are more than happy to take your money without being fully transparent and up front with you. And believe me we get calls every year from brides whose photographer flaked on them just weeks before their wedding, or who found their engagement pictures looked nothing like what was on the photographer’s blog and website, or who realized too late that they would have to spend an extra thousand or more dollars to get their CD of images. All of these experiences add up to leave these clients frustrated, disappointed and sometimes stranded and without much choice at that point. But truly professional studios really want you to know everything about how they work for you, because they want you to make the BEST decision possible for you. When you make the best decision and that decision turns out to be to work with us, then we know you are going to be happy. And happy clients make positive referrals for us. It is a WIN-WIN situation. Everyone benefits and everyone wins.
To consider comparing various price sheets without taking into consideration very important aspects of the vendors being considered, things like customer service, years in business, business reputation, experience level, creativity, style, etc, is a bad way to choose someone that will be such an important part of your wedding day. This is how one might go about buying a new car: you get Consumer Reports, you go online to research the specs of the car you want, and then you call dealerships and locate the best deal. You don’t even have to visit a car lot. A lot of people would probably say that this is great advice for purchasing a car, the reason being that all other things being equal, the car itself doesn’t change from shop to shop unless of course you’re buying a custom Rolls Royce or ordering a Mini-Cooper that has to be hand-built to your specifications. But weddings are the most highly personalized experience you are likely to have the chance to create in your lifetime. Your car is not. Your car is not personalized like your wedding menu is likely to be, or your invitations are surely going to be, or the style of your photography is going to be, etc. This is simply not a smart way of hiring your wedding vendors, certainly not the ones that will be with you for most of your day. Each vendor’s personality, each vendor’s sense of style, each vendor’s creativity is going to impact your wedding day. If you make your decision based strictly on comparing price points and trying to leverage down each and every vendor you’re likely to be left with the least common denominator; the person willing to give you the best DEAL however is usually the LEAST likely to give you the best of everything else … service, reliability, timeliness, talent, experience, passion and creativity. We noticed that the articles providing this type of misleading advice to brides conveniently leave all of these related insights out.
Weddings are different from any other business transaction that you will ever make in your life. Planning your wedding is actually a collection of decisions to be made that will result in one day that CANNOT be done over again. The memories from your day will stay with you for the rest of your life. If you hire someone who doesn’t have the experience that you wanted and you arrived at the decision to hire them based solely on price, then you are likely to be left with an experience that doesn’t make you happy. And you will remember THAT experience way more than the happy memories of your day. When we tell people what we do for a living they usually very quickly share all the details about how bad their own wedding photography was at their wedding. These people usually admit that the vendors they hired they hired based on cost rather than based on experience level. For an example, we’ve had a few people tell us that they never received their images. We’ve had clients hire us after hiring a different photographer because their engagement session images didn’t match their expectations. One bride told us their photographer kept telling them how uncomfortable they looked during their engagement session; after seeing their pictures they fired him and hired us. The list goes on … but the single common theme between all of these people is that they did not use a reputable business. Instead they focused on the great deal they got. It is unfortunate that their memory of their wedding is wrapped up in this negative experience they had with this particular vendor, all because they chose them because of price and NOT because of the relationship, quality, experience level, or other myriad factors they could have decided on.
We totally respect having a limited budget for your wedding. Working with a limited amount of resources is completely understandable and should be respected by all of your vendors. Likewise, high quality vendors who are trustworthy, respectful and have an expertise in their field deserve the respect for what they charge. These vendors are not weekend warriors who have second jobs and they are not hobbyists who dabble in this very serious profession. True professionals are people who dedicate their lives to ensuring that you have beautiful imagery, a flawless day, gorgeous flowers, amazing video, access to amazing gowns wherever you live, great music, hair and makeup done flawlessly, food that your guests will remember for the next 20 years, a plan b in case of catastrophe (not to mention the ability to quickly execute it), and so forth. This group of individuals puts their heart and soul weekend after weekend and week after week into creating your special day. If you cannot afford to have the very best of every vendor because your budget is limited, then you need to prioritize your vendor list and invest the most money where your priorities lie. This is the advice echoed by every event coordinator we know.
But some of the budget tools we see online are misleading to brides and grooms and paint unrealistic pictures of what is possible with today’s wedding budgets. Accurate budget planning needs to help brides and grooms, who have usually never planned a wedding before, to understand what the costs and process for budgeting for a wedding should be. Instead the popular online wedding budget tools don’t take into account individual priorities and local/regional pricing. This first point we cannot stress enough. We work with clients of all means and all budgets. The one common thread with our clients is that they prioritize high quality, artistic, modern, creative wedding photography. Our clients are often willing to go without other things because they have arrived at the decision that for them photography is of utmost importance. Oftentimes they contacted our studio, having used an online budgeting tool that does not give them a true picture of what a photography package will cost or include. Whereas these budget tools suggest that location and food should be expected to cost 48-50% of the total budget, only 10-12% is recommended to set aside and be split between photography and videography. But if photography is THE most important thing to you, then budgeting 25% or more on photography is not unrealistic. Because we only know pricing for photographers we can’t really speak about other vendors but we assume the point is the same across the board. In the end more important that what things cost in every category is what category of vendors are a priority to you because your budget ultimately needs to reflect what your priorities are.
The thing we find most disturbing about these planning articles, in addition to the inaccurate budget planning advice, is the current emphasis on removing the relationship between the vendor and the bride and groom from the decision-making process. We cannot stress enough how harmful this can be both for the industry at large and for each and every bride trying to decide who to work with. The wedding industry at heart is a very personalized, relationship-based industry. Like your engagement ring that was personally selected or created just for you, the wedding industry is full of creative individuals committed to creating the day of your dreams. It is crucial that you have a relationship with them so that they can help fulfill your dreams for your wedding. You have to be willing to take a chance and fall in love with each and every one of your vendors, to have a personal relationship with each person you consider hiring, and to build trust with each of your vendors, so that the partnership between you and each of your vendors, being first established in a positive place, results in your perfect day. In the end, you’re far more likely to get a better DEAL from a vendor you establish a personal connection with than someone you don’t.
We are so excited and about 2011 and know it’s going to be a great year! We’re kicking 2011 off with art and style. Our wedding albums are chic and edgy and have a certain sophistication. All of our clients who invest in an album package know they are receiving an heirloom that will travel with them throughout their lives. Wedding albums are more than just a book, they are your first family heirloom that your kids, grand kids and great grand kids will enjoy. Our albums are manufactured with eco-friendly materials so you get a wonderful album without hurting the planet and the trees will love you! Enjoy these pictures of an album that just arrived. xoxo
This album features leather binding, photographic prints and nice thick pages. The images are printed full bleed, meaning out to the edges of all four sides of the album. The material between the photographs is ECO-FRIENDLY!! So cool! The cover accommodates a full image which makes an impact, don’t you think? LOVE!! xoxo
We are so excited that Andrea and Paul’s San Diego Wedding is being featured on Style Me Pretty today! Andrea and Paul’s wedding at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego in La Jolla was full of fun details and creative elements. You’re going to love seeing this post! Many thanks to the lovely ladies at Style Me Pretty for sharing our pictures!! Click the image below to see the postt! xoxo
We are so excited that La Jolla Light featured a story about the launch of our t shirt line today! A big thanks to Kathy Day for helping spread the news!!
You can check out our complete line of wedding t shirts, bride shirts, bridesmaids shirts, bridesmaid tote bags and more at Etsy.
We hope you have a fantastic holiday season filled with family, good food and fabulous fun. We’re sending you a special gift … our wish for you that 2011 is the year you make your life the life you want to live. Be ridiculous and do the things you’ve always dreamed of. Be outrageous and believe in your dreams. Be hillarious and laugh as often as you please. And don’t forget to buy yourself those fabulous new shoes … just be sure to wear them often and make any day an extra special occasion!
Amy + Maurice
This summer we had the opportunity to capture Micaela and Kyle’s Grand Del Mar Wedding at the amazing Grand Del Mar, the perfect location for their San Diego wedding. Micaela and Kyle’s love story started in high school, where they met and dated since freshman year … just like Micaela’s parents : ) Micaela’s mom really had an amazing time helping plan Micaela’s dream wedding. We especially loved the personal touch of naming the reception tables after the places where Micaela and Kyle’s memories were made! Senior Prom, Homecoming Dance … adorable! Another really special touch was having the same band that entertained the guests at Micaela’s parents wedding provide the reception entertainment!! And I do mean party!!! None other than the fabulous Wayne Foster Entertainment … Micaela’s parents’ wedding band … provided the live entertainment for Micaela and Kyle’s wedding. It was too fun!!! Dancing and singing and confetti canons galore! Wayne Foster himself was there to wow and dazzle the audience with his mad piano skills : )
Everyone started the day at the Grand Del Mar, with a leisurely morning of preparations and a few toasts : ) The bride and her entourage of bridesmaids, including her sister as Maid of Honor, got ready in the Presidential suite (LOVE!). Kyle and his groomsmen as well as the bridesmaids hitched a ride on the Old Town Trolley while Micaela and her parents took a limo to the ceremony. Micaela and Kyle were married in the beautiful Founder’s Chapel at the University of San Diego.
After that it was back to the Grand Del Mar for a night of great food, friends and family and fun on the dancefloor!
San Diego Photographers: Betwixt Studio
Ceremony: USD Founder’s Chapel
Reception: The Grand Del Mar
Wedding Coordination: Mary Noble’s Classic Weddings
Live Entertainment/Band: Wayne Foster
Hair and Makeup: Beauty-To-Be
Videography: Jennifer Anne Film
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!!
We hope this post finds you and yours well, and ready to enjoy some good food, great friends and your amazing family. Maurice and I wanted to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful clients and friends who have helped make 2010 a spectacular year! We have had an absolutely amazing year, and though it’s not over yet, we thought Thanksgiving is the perfect time to count our blessings and share a little joy. We have been blessed with capturing over 40 amazing weddings, countless engagement sessions and portraits of all kinds … maternity, newborn, child and family, teen and high-school seniors … we have been one busy studio! And we have made new friends, met so many amazing people and been incredibly inspired along the way. And we would not have been able to do it without all of you!
As our way of thanking you for making this year so spectacular, we are celebrating with a very special Buy-1-Get-1 Free print promo now thru Thanksgiving weekend. For orders of $100 or more you will receive 2 prints of every image ordered*. To receive this special offer, just enter the Promo Code BOGOMMX at checkout. Don’t delay, because this deal ends November 28, 2010.
Amy & Maurice
*This special offer is good for photographic prints only, and is not valid for any photographic or designed products such as albums, holiday cards, proofbooks, standout prints, canvas wraps, etc. This promo cannot be combined with any other discount or offer : )
Tammy + Tad recently got married in San Diego’s amazing Prado in Balboa Park, coordinated by good friend Cynthia of CZ Events. We would have loved to photograph their wedding but alas, we were right around the corner at the San Diego Museum of Art photographing another amazing wedding (stay tuned for pictures from that wedding soon!), but when Tammy and Tad contacted us to see if we could shoot their Trash The Dress session, well, we could not have been happier! How much fun! We LOVE trash-the-dress sessions, especially in beautiful San Diego’s iconic Balboa Park. Tammy is crafty to say the least, which if you know anything about the DIY movement you know that is the ultimate compliment to pay a creative gal, and she had such a fun time adding lovely little elements to their wedding, all of which she brought along to the session with us. Paper cranes, “I Do and HooRay!” pennants, signs reading “I’m her Mr” and “I’m his Mrs”, and all the lovely paper details from the ceremony and reception … ah, details delightful! Super fun! I especially love Tammy’s reception (made for dancing) dress, yellow heels, and yellow shawl. The flowers were made by their wedding florist, Indulge Florals.
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