To say that we were totally floored when Randy of Revel Decor approached us about shooting his wedding to longtime partner, Michael, is an understatement. We consider ourselves extremely lucky that we live in such a big city that has even bigger sense of community for the wedding vendors that work within it. We run into the Revel crew members from time to time working some amazing weddings together, but when we get to combine what we love with the people we love it’s pure magic. So on a sunny afternoon, with just their immediate families in tow, we all headed to the rooftop Morgan Manufacturing so Randy and Michael could exchange their vows. As if the soaring skyline wasn’t enough, the Revel Group put together a few simple yet stunning arrangements to tie in the look of their simple + chic ceremony. Afterwards, both families joined at Devanti Enoteca in the River North neighborhood for toasts, hugs, and lots of smiles. We know that Randy and Michael had been waiting for quite some time to make it official and we’re oh so glad that they did. After all, love is love and if there’s any way we can be present for such a special occasion you can count us in.

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Ceremony: Morgan Manufacturing | Reception: Davanti Enoteca | Florist: Revel Decor

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Join us in FIJI this November!

After many months of planning and preparation we are excited to to announce our next Photoserve project, an opportunity to serve the beautiful people of Fiji and help bring them clean water. We are thrilled to extend this invitation for YOU to join us on this journey, November 4-12, 2015!

Each year, 1.8 million people die from diarrheal diseases. That is nearly 4 people every minute! Globally, this is the leading cause of illness and death. What if you could do something to change this statistic?

This fall, starting in a remote part of the South Pacific, Photoserve and Give Clean Water are partnering together to make a difference and improve this staggering statistic. While most think of Fiji as a beautiful vacation spot, many Fijians live in poverty, and at least half live without clean water.  Give Clean Water’s goal is to provide and install water filters in the homes of Fijian families, so that no matter what type of water they have access to, these families will always have clean water to drink.

As a participant on this trip, you will learn first hand how to assemble water filters and teach families about personal hygiene and the importance of sanitation. Then, partnering with local organizations, you will have the opportunity to go out into the community to assist with the distribution and installation of these filters. By removing all bacteria from the water, these filters give families a chance at a healthy life, free from water borne illnesses.

As visual artists, we will also work to capture the stories of those we serve. We will donate all of the stories we gather, from photos to videos to written accounts, to Give Clean Water to help them further their mission.  By telling the stories of the communities they serve, this organization will be able to provide even more families with clean water, working to eradicate disease, illness and even death in these communities. Working directly alongside Give Clean Water staff, together we will experience this country in a way that we never would otherwise, all the while using our talents to give back in purposeful and life-giving ways.

THE DETAILS:

WHEN: November 4-12, 2015

WHERE: Nadi, Fiji and the surrounding communities.

WHO: Visual artists and journalists (photographers, videographers, etc.)! Space is limited and participants will be selected via an application process.

COST: $3500 includes all airfare from Los Angeles to Fiji + hotel + food + transportation + water filters for the community + a fun day excursion. Participants must cover their own transportation to Los Angeles. If you’d like to purchase your own airfare to Fiji we can accommodate that option as well. Ask for details.
($250 deposit due with application. First payment of $1500 due September 1st.)

READY TO JOIN US? Send us a message through our online form or email us at brittany@photoserve.org and we will get back to you with all the details you need. www.photoserve.org

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We couldn’t help but smile when Julie and Tom told us that on their very first date together they ended up being their waitresses first and last customers of the evening. Talk about a solid date! We know a good fit when we see it and these two are like just like PB + J. It’s always great when our clients suggest an engagement session location that speaks to their hearts and we’re ever so appreciative that they chose the Lincoln Park Zoo Nature Boardwalk. With it’s tall grasses, stunning views, and romantic pathways we had a great time soaking up the sun and hearing all about their favorite things to do together. Julie’s love of the outdoors and Tom (ha) trying to love the outdoors we’ll be reliving this beautiful afternoon until we see them again for their September wedding. And just to leave you with the cutest detail ever, we asked Tom what his favorite thing about Julie was. His response was, “Do I have to pick just one?”. He’s a keeper.

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When two friends fall in love the word serendipitous comes to mind. That’s exactly what happened when Lindsey + Marco decided to take the plunge from best buds to boyfriend + girlfriend on Valentine’s Day a few years back. And after their whirlwind Laguna Beach proposal these two are officially planning their destination wedding in Austria. To say that we’re a bit jealous of their romantic European rendezvous wedding is spot on, but only because we’ve grown so fond of these two in the brief time we’ve known them. Congrats Lindsey + Marco-we’ll be toasting to you two on your wedding day from afar!

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