• Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • The Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach is where the Blogging Bootcamp was held. This hotel was fabulous! I just wish we were staying the night. But we at least arrived in time to snap a few photos and to eat a scrumptious breakfast. The open air patio would be fantastic for weddings.

    Fresh flowers were everywhere!
    I loved how the coffee saucer was tilted! I was good and still didn't eat (but just one taste) of potatoes. I did however have to try a slice of the their yummy grain bread with my omelet.

    Up on the deck, they had water and lemonade chilling in the coolest chilling container! Yes, I'm a total geek for enjoying such details. Nicole snapped these images as she is actually the one who was even more geeked out about these than me!
    And this, by far, was the best view. Can you imagine settling into this hot tub, with the ocean air and the stars?!




  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Teresa sent over these photos she took from Dani and Tommy's engagement session and had the following to say...

    "Dani is my BFF Crystalâ??s step sister. Crystal and I have been friends since the 7th grade!!

    Dani and Tommy are so much fun. They LOVE to be in front of the camera. They were up for anything I threw at them. When I saw the giant mic on the window I said â??How about we do a rock concert?â?? Their response was â??OK!!!â?? So Tommy rocked out and Dani danced for him :0) They are so in love and it is so sweet. I canâ??t wait till Saturday.p.s. Do you LOVE her eyes, especially on the blue wall." -- TeresaThis is Jen's favorite!I love this series! so much fun!!!



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Nicole and I both attended the Blogging Bootcamp this last week. It was awesome to be around so many talented people in our industry. Liene Stevens, of Think Splendid Communications and Blue Orchid Designs, is absolutely amazing! And boy, while I thought I knew what I was doing...did I learn so many things I need to change. The class was packed. I enjoyed the break out sessions.
    Liene front and center - She had so much to cover in just one short day. We even bumped into a few fellow Dynamite Weddings Friends. This here is Laura Hooper of LH Calligraphy. And of course, Nicole had the camera and snapped away while I was talking to this wonderful group of ladies.
    On breaks, we headed up to the open air deck to make some calls and enjoy the fresh ocean air of Manhattan Beach. Here is again Nicole snapping away at me while I was working. And you'll see that hmmm....not sure Nicole looks like she was working as she lounged on the wonderful chaise lounges.



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • I've made two trips this last week to see my mom in Reno. She was in the CCU (cardiac care unit) for over a week and was just released yesterday. This image of her was taken on my 2nd trip, when she was in a normal room for a day before being released. As you can see, she was smiling. Much better than the trip before that I made a week ago. She doesn't even remember me being there during my first trip. The very frustrating part of this situation is that the doctors really still can't explain why my mom had such a horrifying experience. Many tests were done, but more than once we heard "tests were inconclusive". UGH!

    Thank you all again for thinking of me and sending me your kind emails, FB messages, and phone calls.



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • I recently met Kelly and Leila of Be Inspired PR, a PR firm specialized in the wedding industry. Our discussion wrapped around the topic of how print publications are now fighting online professional wedding blogs/sites for first right of publication for weddings. We, The Memory Journalists, attempt to get every one of our couples featured in print as it's a special memento for our couples to cherish.

    We are going to have to start limiting the the distribution of our images to vendors until we can at least make our attempts. Leila wrote a wonderful article about how damage can be done even by images showing up on Twitter and Facebook, let alone other blogs and sites. Print publications have become more savvy as to where to look and how to search to ensure their wedding submissions have not been showing up on the internet before going to print.

    Please check out this article about how photographers and designers shouldn't release their images prematurely if they would like to submit for print.


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