The summer breezes were certainly in play for this last TVWP monthly meeting at Los Willows Wedding Estate by the Temecula Valley area wedding professionals this past Tuesday, May 2nd.
Yes, it was a warm night as almost 90 wedding professionals and their guests gathered at this secluded venue off the I-15 near Fallbrook. Los Willows and their sister venue Paradise Falls, hosted the event and provided the perfect location for a combo meeting & style shoot for the new upcoming edition of Mosaic Bride Magazine. Grassy knolls, tranquil lakeside views, secluded ceremony sites, and a pavilion that can hold upto 250 guests provided more than enough space for the group and the 5 photographers that took part in this mashup meeting.
You might be sensing that this meeting format was not the usual – and you’re correct. Mosaic Bride provided roving models attired in formal tuxedos and wedding gowns via Friar Tux and Jamie Elyse Couture; couple this with each photographer being given the opportunity to do basically a full-on fashion shoot. End this with each photographer showing some selected shoots to the group with an open forum of Q & A and you have a very interactive and non-traditional take for a networking event.The insight and follow up questioning set the stage for a great transfer of knowledge on the inner thought process’ and working mindset of wedding photographers. This is exactly the learning exchange that TVWP tries to incorporate into the program portions of our meetings.
But wait, Isn’t the main point about the food at these meetings? Well, Los Willows didn’t disappoint and they rolled out the red-carpet for the group with a buffet that exceeded the most discriminating taste buds. Top this off with a dessert bar by another local favorite, Elegance On Display, and maybe a after dinner espresso by Joy Java and you have a meal that we can’t wait to enjoy again (sooner than later hopefully).
Wrapping this up, you can read that Annette is again in the Shaking It Up mode, as she designed a meeting with a little of the usual, but a lot of the unexpected. In the end, the venue, the food, the information and more importantly the connections made, more than exceeded our expectations.
We’ll be posting A LOT of the images of the style shoot portion that was done in conjunction with Mosaic Bride in the coming days. This first batch is a mix of imagery from Justin of Hulse Photography who went above the call in organizing and coordinating the photographers, sprinkled with some early shoots by Courtney at Courtney McManaway Photography and one of our guests, Sarah of Bracci Mills Photography.
Here are all the great member contributors to this meeting:
Venue: Los Willows Wedding Estate
Dessert: Elegance On Display
Linens: Luxe Linens
Florals: Soiree Design & Events
Emcee & Sound: TaylorMadeItMusic
Coffee Cart: Joy Java Espresso Catering
Bridal Gowns: Jamie Elyse Couture
Tuxedos: Friar Tux
Photography Lead: Hulse Photography
Featured Hair & Makeup Artists: Tammy @ TG Hair & Makeup | Erica @ Beauty EverAfter
Contributing Photographers: Focused In Photography | Leah Marie Photography | Nicholas G Photography