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Malori Maeva of Hoot & Holler really is a renegade florist. If you haven't had the pleasure of meeting her, I highly recommend you visit Hoot & Holler and check out her About page. She is extremely talented with an absolutely beautiful design aesthetic. Malori, like always, was incredibly kind to spend some time answering questions about the wedding and events industry as well as providing insight into what you should know when picking a florist and planning for the big day. Enjoy! xo Ventola Photography: What is it about the wedding and events industry that you love most? Malori: I really love the excitement and optimism. It really is such a special day and it's full of so many hopes and dreams. It's so lovely seeing the bride and groom surrounded by all of their friends and family and I get really excited knowing that Hoot & Holler played a small role in making their dreams about their wedding day come true! Ventola

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Paige Ashcroft is a true artist. She understands hair, beauty and the overall creative vision, which is why I have loved working with her for a long time. Not only is she amazing at styling beautiful hair but she is a doll to work with and we've become great friends through the years. She was so kind to answer a few questions about beauty trends, what really makes wedding hair look great all day long and other advice for those soon-to-be brides who might be undecided about their day-of look. You can see more of her work and get in touch, here.   Ventola Photography: What major trends, if any, have you seen for this season? Paige: I have been seeing a lot of dramatic eyeliner in fashion across the board. I think it translates well into bridal as well. Also it seems as though the days of curly and coifed are dwindling, voluminous dutch braids with lots of surface

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I think every bride can agree that planning a wedding takes a LOT of time and energy. Of course, it's all worth it because brides know what they want and want to make sure everything is as close to perfect as it can be. Katherine Thornhill, owner of Lucky & In Love, is a Phoenix-based wedding planner who is simply excellent at what she does and knows all of this better than anyone. I am so excited she agreed to share her insights and tips into the world of planning for that big day. Thank you, Katherine! Ventola Photography: How did you first come to start Lucky & In Love? Katherine: I've wanted to be a wedding planner since I was a little girl. I was working in PR and events, and often had friends ask me to help them with their weddings, whether it was dreaming up ideas, or planning the many details to make the

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Nikki + Conrad are family to one of my best friends in the entire world. When I found out that Nikki wanted a family portrait session to highlight her exciting maternity news, I was so happy to be a part of it. We shot in a few different locations in and around their Phoenix home. It was a lovely evening.  

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October 14, 2014 Spotlight: Standard Wax

I've known Samantha and Andrew of Standard Wax for a little while now. I was so, so happy to get to shoot their beautiful, unique products. This week Samantha provided Ventola Photography with some really valuable details about what defines Standard Wax as a brand, why imagery is a major pillar within their business strategy as well as advice for those who might be looking to start their own business. In other words, they've got it going on and I'm super excited to share this with anyone who doesn't know them already! Ventola Photography: Where did the name Standard Wax come from? Samantha: Honestly? I can’t even remember. Andrew and I went through a LOT of name ideas after we had (accidentally) started the business. I think there was a clothing company we liked that had “standard” in the name. It was so everyday, so simple, and yet it really spoke to us and our product. We also didn’t want to

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Alexandra Evjen of A.V.E. Styles is the REAL deal. She is a stylist worthy of endless reviews and I am so happy to have 1) been able to meet her and 2) work with her! I highly encourage you to check out what she's been up to, here. Not only is she amazing at putting together a killer outfit but she has almost 1 million followers on Pinterest so needless to say, she knows her stuff! Just this week she gave me the scoop on trends, why she loves what she does and even gives a tip for those of you (and I know you're out there!) who want to break into the styling, fashion or blogging worlds. Thank you, thank you for the interview, Alex! Your advice is wonderful! xo    Photo credit: Gina Meola Ventola Photography: In one sentence, how would you describe what it is that you do? AE: I'm a fashion stylist and art director styling pin-worthy

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Being a photographer has allowed me to meet some of the most talented people I have ever worked with. Stephanie Neiheisel is one such artist. She is a beauty inside and out and I'm in sheer awe every single time I work with her. Anyone who has done a few shoots knows that getting a shoot just right (having it come out looking just like you imagined) takes multiple people and a makeup artist is certainly a strong part of that mix. I'm honored to know Stephanie (we've had some fantastic times shooting together) and I am so excited to be sharing a glimpse of her talent with all of you today! xo Ventola Photography: What is it about makeup that you love the very most? SN: What I love about makeup the most is that it's a form of expression. Whether simple or dramatic, it is an art. You're telling a story. Your story. Or in my

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When I look back at Rachel + Tim's Munds Park wedding I'll remember how beautiful it was. The natural beauty was in everyone that attended and the landscape around them. I have been shooting Rachel for a while now so I feel privileged to be both her friend and her wedding photographer. I will cherish her and Tim's day forever! They are an absolute darling couple and their wedding couldn't have been more perfect. Thank you both for letting me be a part of it! I wish you the very best. Also, a BIG thank you to Katrina Wallace for second shooting with me! You are THE BEST!        

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I've shared a few sneak peeks of Jess + Nate's wedding in Los Angeles. Now I get to share a few more of my favorites from their big day. I love, love, love this couple with all of my heart. Jess is a humble beauty. She is truly one of the kindest, most loving people I have ever met. And Nate is just the same. Their entire wedding was about gratitude and love. They thanked EVERYONE the entire time in the most genuine way. Their wedding and reception was held at Elysian, which is a delightful venue with amazing backdrops and splashes of color.                      

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A suite at the Hotel Valley Ho was the perfect place for these two to say "I do" with their closest friends and family. From the minute I arrived until the time I left, the energy was so good! No stress; just love, laughter and (happy) tears. It was one of the most genuine ceremonies I had ever seen. I love that Augustina wore the dress that SHE wanted; not the dress that everyone expects a bride to wear. It was perfect and she was stunning. Just look at the way that Alex holds his breath the moment he sees her come around the corner. Get the tissues! ;) So much love for this wedding.

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