Wanted to interrupt my usual fashion posts with something I found inspirational and enjoyable this morning.
It’s a long talk (about an hour) but it’s easy to have going in the background if you are busy.
Even if you are not a designer I think she has some great ideas included in her 11 rules/values to live by that can apply to and inspire us all.
Remember the adorable Leighann & Caitlyn who got married at the ever impressive Marvimon House? Well, Ruffled has chosen to share it with the world. We had a pleasure working with their photographers The Gemmers, as they are the sweetest couple ever! And we are thrilled and honored that Ruffled chose to share our film. Please be sure to check out all the photos and read about what the couple had to say about their day here.
So John compiled our annual Year in Review video and I have to say that this years video almost made me cry. Okay, you’re right, I’m pregnant and lots of things almost make me cry (seriously have you seen this years list of “26 Moments That Restored Our Faith in Humanity“?).
But honestly, what an amazing year we had! It’s easy to forget, because a year is a long time and a lot happens in a year. Which is why this little annual video is so fun. Half of the pictures fly by so fast you have no idea what they are (sort of like life itself) but I remember the moments and love catching a glimpse of them.
In 2012 I rang in my 30 birthday, did more traveling in a year than I think I have ever done. That included some stay-in-our-state adventures like the dessert in Palm Springs, Camping in Big Sur, fun local beach adventures here in Southern California, a trip to the mountains to visit my grandparents, and a trip back to SF to visit some best buds. We ventured out to Cleveland which was exciting for me as a California native who doesn’t know much about “the mid west”. And we went on the most amazing European vacation ever and in little under a month I saw London, Paris and Italy! And we did most all of it with our little pup by our side.
We ate a ton of good food. Shared many a good meal with friends and family at home and abroad. And tried a bunch of new recipes many of which included veggies from our own backyard.
We watched two dear friends get engaged, and another two work their way through their first pregnancy. And just before the holidays we found out we were pregnant too! I mean, come on!? Right? So super thankful for this past year and can’t wait to see what the next one brings.
We are happy to announce that in 2013 we will be welcoming our first child into the Jenkins’ family! It’s pretty crazy stuff. And to be honest I’m somewhat dumbfounded as to what to even type here as I tell you all about the news. I have dreamed of being a mother all my life. It’s just something I knew I always wanted to do. It has always been my biggest goal. And now that it’s finally here I am both overjoyed and naturally also terrified, haha.
Pregnancy is a bit of a weird business in that you cant talk about it with anyone for the first three months (well, you can if you want, but they advise against it because the chances of a miscarriage are still pretty high within the first three months). Keeping it a secret for so long, almost makes it not seem real. Nobody knows and you can’t really tell by looking at me (thank goodness for bulky winter sweaters) I sort of look like I just had one too many holiday treats. Anyway, long story short, I have been dying to shout it from the rooftop for months, but now that I have kept mum so long, I really don’t know what to say!
So here is to a new year full of new surprises, new adventures, new challenges, well, shit, everything is gonna be new to us. Bring it on 2013! We can’t wait!
We recently finished up a wedding films at What We Do Films and I wanted to share it with you all.
When these two contacted us, sadly their first question was “do you do same sex weddings?”. Our response was….”Well, duh!” But we were pretty depressed to hear that some other vendors had turned them down. These two are totally awesome. Like, so awesome that we are friends now. Their wedding, no doubt, was also totally awesome. And it was at the amazing Marvimon here in Los Angeles. It was an honor and a pleasure to be a part of their special day and we just had to share:
The work of Invisible Creature is always fun and inspiring but I especially love this new GIGANTIC mural piece they did.
Quoted from Invisible Creature:
“This past summer, our good friends at Vulcan Real Estate commissioned us to create one of the biggest jobs we’ve worked on to date – literally: A 100′ x 30′ mural that faces one of their new Amazon.com buildings in the ever-growing ‘city-within-a-city’, South Lake Union. Home to Amazon HQ, fine dining, upscale living & shopping, South Lake Union is full of life, culture and color. Our job was to reflect that with a vibrant and whimsical take on what ‘building a city’ could look like.
This project presented a fun challenge: Taking digital art, scaling it way up and painting it traditionally without compromising quality and its original style/intent. Finding the perfect partner to bridge the gap was important to us. To do that, we teamed up with artist (and mural pro) Don Rockwell and Foley Sign Company, which has served the Pacific Northwest sign industry for over 85 years. A huge thanks to Don, Mark Metcalf and the team at Foley for bringing our creation to life.”
We just finished another new film in our My Friends Are Talented series. I’m pretty excited about it and wanted to share
“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” -Susan Sontag
This is Nate Skinner. He spends 8 hours a day in a lab as a bio-chemist. He fills every other available moment of his life exploring, framing and photographing the world around him.
Watching this film, we can’t help but get a little bit choked up because we know how dedicated and talented Nate is at his craft – and at this point we want it as badly as he does. His passion is inspiring and contagious. His photographs are many. His longing for something more is relate-able and his urge to become the best possible version of himself is something all of us should strive for.
Look for more of Nate Skinners work and follow him at:
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” -Barack Obama