i love this beautiful RUCHE DRESS & i
am beyond thrilled to be giving one away

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i recently photographed a BEAUTIFUL LOOKBOOK for
RUCHE’s lovely & very affordable VINTAGE inspired wedding gowns

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this dress really caught my eye because i thought it’d be perfect DRESS
to wear as a guest to a wedding or to a brunch with family or date night
with you favorite person – it is feminine &  oh so flattering -so simply

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1) pick your favorite image from the RUCHE
LOOKBOOK i photographed “Forever & A Day”
and share it on INSTAGRAM

2) your caption must include @shopruche & @elizabethmessina

3) add hashtags #RucheBridal & #ElizabethMessina

we will pick the lucky winner of this pretty RUCHE DRESS soon – xoxo

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have you heard???

you can ENTER to WIN me (ELIZABETH MESSINA) as your wedding
photographer & ALISON EVENTS as your wedding planner by joining
contest – i am so thrilled to be part of this extaordinary GIVEAWAY


so today i thought i’d share some of ALSION’s best wedding tips
if you are getting married & are feeling a little lucky ENTER NOW

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1. Keep it local: Spring is an amazing time of year no matter the location your wedding or event is taking place. Using fresh, seasonal and local items. These items such as herbs, fruits and vegetables can be used as a theme throughout your catering menus, a fresh spring on your place card or as a favor for guests to take home.
2. Use the warm weather to take advantage of the area your event is taking place: Provide your guests with information via your website or welcome packet including: Hiking Trails, water activities like kayaking in the russian river, cooking classes at a local resturant that practices farm to table meals, or wine tasting
3. Keep the palate simple: most outdoor venues will have whatever plants/flowers surround the area in bloom. use the landscape around you to enhance the look and feel of the wedding while keeping the table top clean, crisp and simple. This also saves  bit of money! You can even see if the venue will allow you to hand pick blooms, fruits or veggies straight from the property.
4. Pitch a tent. Spring is the best time to have an outdoor tented event. The weather in some areas can still get a little chilly in the evening so having a tent adds a a great sense of space, keeps things formal and acts as a just incase to keep your mind at ease.
5. Special Touches: Provide pashminas or throw blankets for your guests to use later in the evening if the wether cools down and also use these on lounge pieces or the backs of chairs for an added touch of decor!
in celebration of CUPCAKE VINEYARDS amazing
giving away a copy of our books to a lucky someone – simply leave
a comment HERE  for a chance to win a copy of:
& if you are engaged be sure to ENTER
as your photographer & ALISON as your planner
good luck to all – xoxo

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simply enter  CUPAKE’s DREAM WEDDING CONTEST & you can

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win me as your WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER & the amazing
& talented  ALISON HOTCHKISS as your wedding planner & an
additional $5000 towards your beautiful wedding day…xoxoxo



you must also pick up ALISON HOTCHKISS ‘s newest book
published by
designed by HELLO! LUCKY

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It’s time for a new tradition – bridesmaids need something borrowed too!

LITTLE BORROWED DRESS is a new online wedding boutique which offers
bridesmaid dresses for rent – because you shouldn’t have to compromise
style or sanity to find a dress all of your bridemaids can afford.


sooooo, today, in celebration of this lovely dress company you can
win a LITTLE BORROWED DRESS by simply leaving a comment below,
you can wear it to a wedding, a cocktail party or just around the house…
the winner will be able to pick any style &/or color (up to $400).


hair & makeup by ERIN SKIPLEY
floral styling by FLOWERWILD 
photographs by ELIZABETH shot
at 240 STUDIO in santa barbara

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a while back a good FRIEND of mine who writes a little blog called SNIPPET & INK told me about an amazing book company she though i would like….soooo, i checked it out & literally fell off my chair….VELVET RAPTOR makes the most scrumptious swoon worthy books….many people don’t know, that before my photography really got going i did lots of little creative odd jobs to make money….for a while when my oldest daughter was a wee one, i made hand made velvet books & sold them to boutique stores…it was truly a labor of love…i know how hard it is to get good velvet that will work with the binding process….i bow down to VELEVT RAPTOR…their books are what my books wishes they could have been….anyhow, i am just happy to live in a world where VELVET RAPTOR exists….last year at WPPI i introduced these books to everyone who came to my presentation…after that several talented photographers starting using their products….now i want to share them with my KISS THE GROOM world….although these are fabulous books if you are a photographer, they are really great for everyone….they’d make a lovely journal or scrap book too… so today i am happy to announce 1 lucky someone will win one of these beautiful books (pictured above)….just leave a comment & double check to make sure you are not on santa’s naughty list…may your day & nights be full of VELVET & PHOTOGRAPHS…..(gown by the CLAIRE PETTIBONE)…xoxo

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to LIZ the winner of the amazing


& to all of you who took the time to vote for the
& congratulations AMY the winner of the


& congratulations to the SOOLIP winners
i’ll be stopping by SOOLIP too…
maybe i’ll see you girls there..


wishing everyone a lovely day…xoxo

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This year, A Soolip Wedding, is proud to highlight the couture bridal gowns of Claire Pettibone featuring her, Spirit of the Night, Spring 2011 Collection.  “It was a joy to revisit the effervescent creatures that inspired this season’s collection. Luminescent wings, drops of dew on a rose, the colorful glow of the sun dissolving into the moon. Glittering sequins, beads, pearls and crystals dazzle and sparkle. An ethereal wedding gown in moon-lit gold and spun silver, shimmers between reality and another world. Night settles in the forest, the moon rises, and the fairies come out to dance and play,” comments Pettibone on her 2011 collection. (I adore CLAIRE PETTIBOONE & a SOOLIP wedding)


Sunday, March 6, 2011
11am – 3pm
Fashion showing at 11:30
Engaging with Experts: 12:30pm-2:20pm

Bel Air Bay Club
16801 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California 90272

Tickets may be purchased online at
www.asoolipwedding.com or
by calling 310.360.1055

so here’s the deal…i have 3 pairs of tickets to GIVEAWAY!!

so if you want to be part of this lovely bridal event
& spend time with some amazingly talented people

leave a commment

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you have another opportunity to win a fuji INSTAX camera

this is a contest within a contest….
a beautiful wedding i photographed is in a FACEBOOK contest…
we are in the running to be classic party rentals
& we need your help to take 1st place

to enter simply follow this LINK & vote for a CHIC WINE COUNTRY wedding
(the event planner is maxine andrew  & photos by me)

you can vote once a day until march 3rd….
everytime you VOTE leave a comment here & you will have a chance
to win a lovely little fuji INSTAX camera…i will announce the winner on march 4th…
please take a moment & VOTE…your support is greatly appreciated….xoxoxo

help our CHIC WINE COUNTRY wedding take 1st place
& enter here to win yourself a fuji INSTAX camera….xoxo

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happy valentine’s day giveaway!
today is KISS THE GROOM’S 2nd birthday  & we
are celebrating with our loveliest giveaway ever….


“Twigs & Honey by Myra Callan is a line dedicated toward creating unique & innovative accessories that are designed to compliment & accentuate the wearer’s features. The pieces utilize both modern & old millinery techniques for assembly from hand dyeing & sewing to pressing of petals & curling of feathers. The designs are not created to follow trends but rather to create pieces that are original, beautiful & wearable. New styles are being adding regularly but all are heavily influenced by vintage fashion, patterns & textures in the natural world & fine materials. Perfect for special occasions & weddings, Twigs & Honey designs are created to work wonderfully for your event while remaining timeless in form & function for years to come.”

“Drop it MODERN© is a line of modern photography gear and luxurious backdrops that have been made famous by their rich textures, modern designs and quality materials. drop it MODERN© is the “Original Modern Backdrop Company,” that features custom made prints by owner of Drop it MODERN©, Breanne Schaap, to best accommodate every genre of the photography industry. With one touch you will feel the difference. drop it MODERN© is an inspired company, set to inspire you to enjoy chasing that creative thought in your mind.”

drop it Modern© donates a portion of the profits of every backdrop
purchased to provide clean water to thirsty people worldwide.

“I don’t remember when I fell in love with letterpress stationery, but always knew
it was in the cards for me. On the eve of my 25th birthday, my quarter-life crisis
prompted me to take the leap. My main objective was to create a collection of stationery
that was modern, minimalistic, and smart. Using a printing technique from the 15th century,
simplistic design philosophy, and only the finest papers and inks….

Our mission is to draw attention to the beautiful things in life,
while preserving our earth…one letterpressed note at a time.”


jillian creator of GIG PRESS on her wedding day

in the spirit of love & life & KISS THE GROOM & valentine’s day….
i asked the 3 talented designers to share a personal KISS & TELL story….


myra’s kiss & tell….

The day that Matt and I were married was truly an extraordinary day. We were blessed with having our loved ones near, lucky to have perfectly warm weather, and thankful for having each other. I didn’t think that I would be the bride that would get overly emotional during the ceremony, but I felt my knees get weak while facing my future husband and struggled to hold the tears back. I really don’t remember much of anything that was said during the ceremony but I mostly remember the flood of emotions and those reciprocated by my better half. When it came time for us to kiss, I recall thinking that this was really the “first” kiss ever. It would be the kiss that would signal our lives together as husband and wife. After we kissed, I remember smiling ear to ear as we were announced as husband and wife and I’m happy to say that Matt and I still flirt and kiss over 3 years later.

breanne’s kiss & tell….

“It was new years eve, and there were lots of people there. I had a crush on him for as long as I could remember.  It had been a week since our first date and I hadn’t heard from him since. I live in a small town and everyone I knew was crammed in an old rusted out shop on a cold foggy night on the outskirts of town…..Popping champange and trying to keep warm. I was wearing gold sequins from head to toe so he couldn’t miss me in the crowd….the countdown started…. 10……7……he makes his way towards me…..3…..2……1….it was sweet, soft and sexy….. and it went on and on and on…..a perfect start to the new year and the rest of my life….”

jillian’s kiss & tell….

“our first married kiss…  i look at photos, and i’m reminded of exactly how it felt…i pray i never forget the feeling!!  the all to short moment was filled with so much joy and excitement.  my heart was fluttering…and i remember trying so hard to commit the moment to my memory forever.  it was so romantic, and sweet enough for the world to see.  it truly was a taste of what was to come…of what our life would be like as mr. & mrs.  i cannot believe it’s almost been one year…. wedded bliss…time flies when you’re in love…”


another sweet little detail of GIG PRESS designs

may love & light & kisses be with you always….

one lucky girl will win stationary from GIGI PRESS….
& my favorite sea blue backrop from DROP IT MODERN &
the birdcage veil (i wish was mine) from TWIGS & HONEY

happy valentine’s day….XOXO


(to enter the contest simply write “xoxo” in your comment)

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congratulations to michelle & alexis…..
the 2 lucky winners of the fuji instax cameras…
the response for this contest was overwhelming…i wish i had cameras for all of you…
in the spirit of  giving, there will be a new wonderful contest announced tomorrow…..
one sweet somebody will win
TWIGS & HONEY piece &
a DROP IT MODERN backdrop &
some lovely stationary form GIGI PRESS


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