October weddings are so pretty! The weather is usually fairly nice in eastern WA, and this October day definitely made a gorgeous wedding day.
Eric and Sara planned a beautiful day. Lovely romantic colors of pinks and golds were seen in every detail. They chose not to see one another before the ceremony, so as soon as their eyes met, hearts melted.
Venue: Pasco Red Lion // Floral: Simplified Celebrations // Decor: Sash // DJ: Platinum Entertainment
A fun aspect of my “day job” is this chalkboard I added to an employee wall that I also designed. Every so often I find an inspirational quote that relates to the office vibe or season and have some creative fun.
Talk about the perfect Seattle engagement session!
I’m so excited for August 2016 when these two love-birds tie the knot! Jeremee has been a friend of mine for ages; his mom was one of my awesome dance teachers. But aside from knowing him for ages, it was at his 16th birthday party that I met my hubby.
The day of their engagement session we really lucked out with a gorgeous sunny Seattle day. We began in Georgetown, then tried Alki but it was a bit too windy. We then went down to Pioneer Square to get some urban areas (and avoid the breeze), and finished on the waterfront downtown. It was a marathon photo-shoot day, but we had a blast.
Being a creative means more than a title of photographer or graphic designer. It’s more of a lifestyle to me.
So when I get projects that stretch me in ways I never expected, I get excited. It’s kind of like exercising new (and often unknown) creative muscles.
During the day, I work as a Marketing Manager for a wealth management firm. One of my recent projects was to create an employee feature wall. I was given a blank canvas of a wall that is 11 ft tall and about 18 feet wide.
I was instructed to come up with some sort of way to feature our employees in a creative way, make it scale-able (so new hires can easily be added), create a budget, and a mockup. So after staring for weeks at this huge blank wall behind my computer screen – much like the ominous cursor on a new word document – I finally found my inspiration (thank you, Pinterest for your support). The parameters provide a tall order. Thankfully, I am a master creative thinker and enjoy pushing limits, thinking entirely outside of the box, and taking things from “meh” to “amazing”.
The firm is a family business and each employee wears many hats, and is extremely important. How was I to capture each employee’s profession and personality on a wall? How do you take the intangible, and make it tangible? And further, how do I make something interactive that people will want to look at more than once?
I went through many ideas – from individual quote bubble chalkboards, to a real-life Pinterest board … which then made me think of this commercial:
After much marination, I decided to go with a mixed media gallery wall. I thought white frames and white matting would be the best color, since it will be a busy wall (P.S. do you know how hard it is to find white frames, let alone white 5×7 frames?! – reasonably priced).
In order to highlight each employee, I created units. Each employee would have three components.
I intermingled things like quotes we’ve found along the way, team photo, a huge chalkboard which I can update with inspirational quotes or news items, and our team colors (True Colors).
What I learned:
Gallery walls are SOOOO much harder to do than I ever expected. It’s like styling a room, making it look magazine-worthy, effortless. Holy moly. I used 2 levels, 2 measuring devices, and TONS of poster sticky putty to keep frames from shifting as people walked by or touched the elements.
Clients absolutely LOVED seeing the wall, and spent a lot of time reading about each employee. It’s been a great conversation piece for employees, visitors, and clients alike.
My favorite part of this whole wall, is that it’s a true and accurate representation of each employee and what we’re all about. The financial industry often gets a bad rap, and many great firms have to work twice as hard to show they are trustworthy. Each and every one of my coworkers is a genuine human and citizen of the world with a huge heart, and I’m glad I was able to creatively showcase that.