Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Blog Address

Thank you for visiting the ele3 blog, we have recently upgraded our web presence, and our blog address has changed. Please bookmark or subscribe to us in your google reader at the below address. Happy 2010!


Saturday, December 26, 2009

From our hearts to yours Merry Christmas, from "the girls" at ele3 Event Design & Planning!!!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Andy Wakeman Photography

In June, Teal and David hired ele3 for our premier wedding planning services for their destination wedding in Glen Arbor, MI. During the pre-planning portion we contacted the new and talented Andy Wakeman of Andy Wakeman Photography out of Traverse City. We blogged about the wedding and featured a few of his pictures at that time, but today we'd like to tell you a little bit more about Andy. If you are intrigued by this Q and A and want to learn more, please feel free to contact him!

When did you know that you wanted to be a photographer?
I have a graphic design background and I've always been in love with images, composition and all art forms in general. Photography was always a hobby that very naturally transitioned into a career path.

How long have you been in the business, and what makes you different from the other photographers out there?
This past summer was my first full season of weddings. I had photographed a few weddings for friends and family the year before. Happy with my results I decided to put a website together. The response since then has been incredible, way beyond my expectations. I think my background is a little different than other photographers. My graphic design / marketing background has given me loads of experience on high budget photo shoots as an "art director". It was a very natural transition for me to pick up the camera and begin shooting since I had been around the process all along.One other thing that makes my images different is just recently I've started shooting some film at my weddings (not the whole wedding just select shots). It really compliments my style of shooting and makes a really soft organic image. The cool thing is with digital scans the bride still receives all of the film images on a disc just as if they were shot digitally.

What is your favorite type of shot?
I love shots that have a vintage feel to them. I don't just mean what the bride is wearing either. Certain compositions and poses just have a more vintage feel. I love anything quirky, sometimes I'll have the bride hold the bouquet in front of their faces while they kiss or something like that. Also, I'm a sucker for using props - old cameras, umbrellas, hats, fans, anything vintage and cool.

Explain your wedding day shooting process.
I'm shooting to tell a story. If I see an interesting texture or decoration then I capture it. These detail photos by themselves are a little bit vague but next to a portrait of the bride they really complete the story. You see this editorial shooting style all over the bridal magazines and it's something that I try to recreate for each of my weddings. Also, I always try to work it out where I have about 20 minutes with the bride and groom alone. For me this is the best way to get the couple relaxed and comfortable which is so important

If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, living or dead, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
I'd trade places with my 3 year old daughter. Mostly because she says the funniest things and I would like to know what she's thinking.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Michigan Venue "Rosewood Inn Bed & Breakfast"

ele3 Event Design & Planning had the opportunity to go to the Rosewood Inn Bed & Breakfast for a friend and family members joyous wedding day. This gorgeous southern mansion is located in Lansing, Michigan and if you think the pictures are beautiful the space is even more lovely in person. This Michigan venue is complete with outdoor ceremony setup and white peaked tents for reception space. Congratulations to our friends & family Becky and Steve!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sneak Peak - Rhonda & Gregg

Please enjoy the above pictures of Rhonda & Greggs Wedding. ele3 Event Design & Planning had the opportunity to plan, design, and do the florals for this wedding occasion. The blissful couple had a beautiful day and we look forward to sharing more photos and details with you soon! Patti Maravolo owner of PMP Photography did a fantastic job capturing the couples special day. Congratulations Rhonda & Gregg!

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Lovely Jeweled Toned Real Wedding

I can not contain my excitement for this weekends wedding. This is such a special event with fabulous vendors. Our lovely bride and handsome groom are from Pittsburgh so we are truly looking forward to reuniting with them and seeing their vision put into life. ele3 Event Design had the chance to design their wedding decor, reception, & florals for them. The main theme throughout the wedding is going to be sharp chartreuse green and black. The bridesmaids bouquets are going to be a gorgeous jewel tones with each maid caring a different hue of pink, violet, blue, and white with the bride to be carrying green, accented with black satin ribbon. I look forward to showing you a sneak preview next week!

Photos Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings

Monday, September 7, 2009

Rachel & Andy 9/6/2009

The team at ele3 Event Design & Planning wants to say congratulations to Rachel and Andy! We thoroughly enjoyed being apart of your wedding day! Please enjoy this sneak peak of the happy couple, photo courtesy of the talented Amy Caroll. We look forward to sharing more of the couples beautiful day!