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One Swell Day : 2014 workshop // recap!



Welllll that was lovely.

I hosted a one-day workshop earlier this week, and (once the nerves had their say) it was fantastic. I’ve usually shied away from teaching (when you’re mostly self-taught in anything it’s difficult to explain your why’s and how’s) but I decided I’ve learned enough to have some things to say, and I if I can help people then I should really try to.

I talked the most about developing your photography style through understanding and acting on your inspiration, (since how can you find ideal clients to shoot your ideal work if you’re not being your ideal self?) and how + why to make your business more personable. We also talked about maximizing strengths + opportunities, workflow, travel, improving client + vendor relationships, all the advice I could think to give a wedding photographer, and a bit of everything else. The wonderful Laura + Megan from Events in the City even dropped in to talk from a planners point of view and that was a terrific help.

Since I’d wanted the day to feel more like a long coffee date than a class, Rust Manor House was the perfect venue for couches and tea cups and window light, especially when Rebecca (of A Daily Something) made it even more beautiful for us. Bonnie, Paula, Liz, Katarina, Tori, and Hannah were the fantastic attendees who made our time so fun, and they’ve also since formed a pretty exclusive book club which I can only hope to be invited to.

I’m so grateful to everyone who came and helped and I can’t wait to host another!








Wow!!! It looks like you had so much fun!!!

This looks like such a relaxed learning environment, I love it! I am sure it was such a great experience!

Eleanor and Kevin : Wedding // Murray Hill, Virginia | The Knot + Green Wedding Shoes

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I thought about putting together a 2013 Year In Review post, but after looking back I decided this cheeriest day of summer had enough of my year wrapped up in its story that it only seems right instead. : )

It started out as any another wedding…typical except for the interview call from Africa about some people who met in England and fell in love in Kenya and were getting married in Virginia before they moved to Scotland.  They were instantly stuck to my heart and I’ve been so blessed by their hospitality in my adventures across the pond. From Kevin teaching me stick shift + frolicking by the sea in England in the winter to the city streets and crumbling bookstores of Glasgow this fall, their lives have been such a gift to mine.

They’re the sort of couple who live out their priorities no matter of how difficult it is to get there, and I know their commitment to that will keep making their lives so special.

Their wedding was a gem of a day with its joy and play and whimsy, and the people they chose to bring their vision to life are some of the absolute best too. (Most especially Laura with Events in the City and Paula who shot with me!) It was featured on Green Wedding Shoes and then also a 6-page feature in The Knot (national!) magazine, which is the biggest honor of basically all ever.

So, here’s to 2013 – to the colors, the adventures, the stuck-to-your-heart-friendships; the lessons learned, the joys chosen, and the love of God known.







The feature in The Knot magazine…

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…and the feature on Green Wedding Shoes!

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second shooter: Paula Bartosiewicz // venue: Murray Hill Leesburg, Virginia // event design, planning + coordination: Laura Ritchie with Events in the City // floral design + flower wreath: Sweet Root Village // wedding dress: Claire Pettibone // shoes: barefoot 🙂 // bridesmaid dresses: J.Crew // groom’s bow tie: Balzac paris // groom’s suit: Reiss // hair + makeup: Claudine Fay // catering: Design Cuisine // music: DJ D Mac // vintage furniture rentals: Something Vintage // photo booth: Bash Booths // temporary tattoos: Tattly // stationery designer: Intrigue Design Studio


Completely breathtaking! i love this wedding and the photos ever so much. well done, chum 🙂

I died when I looked at this wedding…so so amazing!

Absolutely unbelievable! I remember seeing snippets of this wedding on GWS and being in awe. Your images always take me to another world Rebekah!

It’s perfect, in every imaginable way.

ohmystars, this wedding is perfect. i think i fell in love with all the happy colors. and the couple is so precious.
your work is absolutely stunning!

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