branding and design | Akula Kreative

Since one of the topics I talk about at Propel is branding, I knew I wanted to model this myself.  The talented Nikki of Akula Kreative helped me design several pieces that would convey the Propel brand.  It’s so nice to work with someone who sees my vision!  Thank you, Nikki, for being so creative and witty!

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pasadena wedding photography workshop dinner

Come fly with me… and Propel!  To finish off the story of our Pasadena workshop, this was our dinner.  So after our 3 gorgeous styled shoots, Propellers got this incredible surprise dinner.  I wanted them to have the most incredible experience – from top notch instruction, to delicious meals, to the most amazing shoots ever. My highlight was definitely seeing my Propellers featured on Style Me Pretty. Here is a glimpse of our dinner…
Lovely Jubilee came up with this great concept, Come Fly with Me, where she combined the name Propel with Frank Sinatra’s song. It’s genius. I love the post office inspired sign-in table above. It would be perfect for any travel themed wedding or couple who had a long distance relationship. And this was our dining table:
I die for all the gorgeous china from Casa De Perrin and the gorgeous stationery from Jen Simpson Design.

Krista Jon, this bouquet blows my mind:


Finally, we eat! mmm… thank you to The Langham for the gorgeous venue & delicious meals!
And if you haven’t seen, please check out our feature on Style Me Pretty and the amazing video by Elysium Productions.

Huge thanks to my amazing team:

Photo Shoot Venue: The Langham Huntington, Pasadena in Pasadena, California / Event Planning: Skybox Event Productions / Event Design: Lovely Jubilee / Floral Design: Krista Jon / Cinematography: Elysium Productions / Invitation Design: Jen Simpson Design / Lighting: TMMPRO / Linens + Coverings: La Tavola / Tableware + China: Casa de Perrin / Props: disregarden / Furniture: Archive Vintage Rentals / Favors + Gifts: Ticings / Wedding Dress: Enzoani via Blush Bridal Couture / Headpieces: twigs & honey / Makeup Artist: Chiali Meng Wedding Makeup / Jewelry: Haute Bride

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September 5, 2012 - 8:07 am

Camelia - Amazing!!!! The photos are breath-taking. I was wondering if they were shot on film?
Great work nonetheless!

September 5, 2012 - 11:59 pm

Caroline - thanks, camelia! yes, this was 100% film! <3

Photography workshop video by Elysium


I have been dying to share the rest of Pasadena Propel! It was an incredible experience. There was so much inspiring energy and eye candy! Here’s a little sneak peek by the talented Julie of Elysium Productions. Make sure to head over to Style Me Pretty to see the gorgeous photos too! As a teacher, my ultimate goal is to see my students succeed. I’m so proud to see my propeller’s photos featured too!

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Langham, Pasadena – March 2012

I am so excited to share with you the first of 3 shoots from our Pasadena workshop.  This was featured on 100 Layer Cake!  We started off bright and early with a hot breakfast in the classroom and went up til bedtime!  We had an inspiring morning where we covered topics including marketing strategies, sustainable business planning, work flow, establishing your style, getting published…  After working up our appetite, I surprised all the propellers with a beautifully designed tea party!  Everyone got time to shoot the setup, and I’m excited to announce that Jen from Green Wedding Shoes (who was one of our guest speakers) just featured two of our attendees on her blog!  As a teacher, my ultimate goal is to see my students succeed, so I’m very proud to see my propellers published!

Here’s a little glimpse at one of our lovely models, Sonia, who also happens to be an amazing event planner.  Special thanks to Skybox Event Productions for planning the logistics of the day for me.  Everything flowed so smoothly!


Special thanks to the people who pulled this all together:

Event Designer:  Lovely Jubilee
Cookie seating cards:  Ticings
Floral Designer:  Krista Jon Floral
Venue:  The Langham Hotel
Invitation Designer:  Jen Simpson Design
Dress Store:  Blush Bridal Couture
Linens:  La Tavola Linen
Beautiful China & Dinnerware:  Casa de Perrin
Prop rentals: Disregarden
Furniture: Archive Vintage Rentals
Makeup Artist:  Chiali Meng
Belt & hairpiece:  twigs & honey
Jewelry: Haute Bride

And stay tuned later this week for a super cool video that the talented Julie of Elysium Productions put together for us!

If any of you are interested in attending the next Propel in July, you can apply for a limited number of spots here: Propel Photography Workshop.

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propel photography workshop | pasadena, ca

Sharing just a little of the Propel fun. I seriously have been on such a high since Thursday, even though I’m physically exhausted! It was definitely more tiring than a wedding, but so much fun. I don’t even know how to describe how I feel in words… humbled, proud, inspired… This is seriously a dream job for me. I met 15 amazing people and photographers. Some traveled great lengths to join us (like from Hong Kong!) so I knew I had to pack in as much content as I could for this one day workshop. We started at 8am sharp and went as late as they could handle. I can’t wait to share all the magic we made together… stay tuned as I reveal some of the images in the next couple weeks! In the meantime, meet all the amazing photographers I met:


L-R, top-bottom: Tony (HK), Angel (Indiana), Cheryl (Missouri), Eileen, Michelle, Jen, Lyda, Diana, Misou (Virginia), Jamie, Tauran, Becky, Anna (SF), Mica, Wing (Minneapolis)
Huge thanks to Ngoc of Skybox Events who made the day extremely organized and Wilmarose of Lovely Jubilee who made the day unbelievably beautiful! I have so many more to thanks, but I’ll wait til I have photos of their beautiful contribution first. Can’t wait to share with you all the gorgeous details!

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June 6, 2012 - 7:25 am

sayunclemedia - Langham hotel Pasadena is so beautiful . Good place to visit