Monday, February 13, 2012

the new site is here!

This is my last post on this blog; all new posts will be over on:
Please come check out the new site!


Wednesday, February 8, 2012

the new site is almost here!

Hello all! I've been very excited with this brand overhaul and have been busy working to get the new site together, hopefully to launch this week or early next! I wanted to wait until it's ready before writing new blog posts (the new site has a blog attached), but I thought I should put my contact information here just in case anyone needs to get a hold of me during the switchover.

My email is emily {at} emilytakesphotos {com}, but if that doesn't work, I can be reached at emily.perello {at}

Once the site is switched over, I won't update this blog anymore, so I'll post a link to the new site, so if you subscribe to this in an RSS reader, you can make the switch then.

In the meantime, I want to talk about the awesome team I've been working with to make this new site happen: Liz and Jeff of Super Runaway! They're the team behind a few awesome sites, including A Practical Wedding, and I had a chance to work with them bit while the Vendor Directory was being built last summer. Liz handles the aesthetic design side of things, and Jeff takes care of the technical stuff, and together, they are INCREDIBLE.


Need proof? Okay!

When I originally started talking with Liz about the look and feel of the site, she suggested I create a board on Pinterest of things I like design/colour-wise, and she would use that and my current logo (the bird) to create a new look for me. I was drawn to a lot of vintage kitchenware, as well as pretty much everything on the Anthropologie website, and in the end I sent her this:


After a few days she sent back some mood boards with ideas for the site, and her designs we so in sync with what I had been imagining but didn't know how to describe. For a second I was like LADY GET OUT OF MY HEAD!!!


The thing that blew me away the most was how she took the teardrop shape of the bird's feathers in my logo (originally designed by my friend, Sophia Umansky) and used that shape to create new shapes (frankly, I don't think I'd even noticed the teardrop shape until she did that)! After sending back some notes, she sent me four incredibly beautiful designs, and I had a hard time just choosing one, so I've asked for the other designs to be incorporated into print materials to be designed later.

And I don't want to forget about Jeff, who has been an absolute dream to work with and has helped me learn how to work with WordPress and made the tech side of the process super easy. He is so knowledgeable and reliable and quick with his work, and has explained all the components to me so that I understand what's going on behind the scene but don't have to do the grunt work (YES!). I know they're out of town right now, but I email them whenever I think of something or have a questions so I don't forget about it later, and he still responds. I'm like DUDE GO ENJOY YOUR VACATION!!!

I really love these two. :) Go check out their awesome site and see some of their other projects. Oh yeah, and their 3-D page. Seriously. Try it with 3-D glasses. It's awesome!

So that's all for now, and I'll write again once the new site is live. Until then, here's a sneak peek!


Yay Washington!!!

I just watched the Washington State House of Representatives make their remarks and vote YES on Senate Bill 6239 to legalize same-sex marriage!! I knew full-well that it would pass since they had a majority going in, but I was unprepared for the overwhelming emotion I'd feel when I heard the crowd cheering as it officially passed. I've been crying my eyes out (happy tears, of course)! and am so SO ready to hear the same news for California.



Read more about the vote here.

Monday, January 30, 2012

{musings} practical ryan gosling

I'm taking a blogging break this week, so instead I thought I'd share some good wedding-planning advice with an overdose of hotness.

via Practical Ryan Gosling


Monday, January 23, 2012

{day after} sam & eric

I met up with Sam and Eric at some of my favourite spots in San Francisco to take some fun portraits in their wedding attire; Sam will jump at any chance to wear that cute dress again, and I'll jump at any chance to hang out these two! It was a wintery grey day which gave a romantic feel to the shoot, and I ended up doing a lot more black-and-white photos than I normally do (I'm a sucker for bright colours), which was a nice step out of my norm.





Check out their wedding photos here.

Check out their engagement photos here.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

{weddings} ruchi & dave

*Fair warning: I wrote a lot in this post!*

After the amazing day before, I figured I'd need an extra dose of caffeine to keep up with all the excitement at the wedding (turns out I didn't really; I was just so happy to be there that I had an adrenaline rush that lasted almost the whole day)! For as beautiful and colourful and elaborate as the wedding was, the moment that really stuck out to me was during the ceremony, when Ruchi and Dave read their vows to each other, all the stresses of the day seemed to just melt away, leaving them to just be two grinning, giddy kids madly in love with each other!

There were so many amazing elements of the day (coordinated amazingly by my lovely fried, Elizabeth, of Lowe House Creative!), but the three I want to point out are the Baraat/Welcome Ceremony, the wedding ceremony itself, and the Hora to end all Horas!

Baraat/Welcome Ceremony:
The Baraat is the procession of the groom and his family and friends to the wedding. Traditionally, the groom rides a decorated horse (or elephant! or bicycle! or helicopter!) while his friends and family dance around him. Since it would have been a bit difficult to ride and dance through the streets of San Francisco, instead they did a big loop in front of the Galleria. Some of the men from Ruchi's side taught the men from Dave's family some dance moves, and the whole thing was amazing and so much fun to watch!

Once the procession "arrived" at the Galleria, Dave and his family entered to be welcomed by Ruchi's family. Her mother fed each of them and showered them with rice and flower petals and officially welcomed each of them to her family while her other family members exchanged floral garlands with Dave's family members. The ceremony itself was fairly simple, but so powerful! A lot of us cried while watching, and I still tear up thinking about it.

The Wedding Ceremony:
During their engagement, they worked thoroughly with their rabbi (who had already performed Dave's siblings' weddings as well as all of their B'nai Mitzvah) to create a ceremony (which they lovingly dubbed their "HinJew" wedding) that combined and honoured their cultures' traditions (Hindu and Jewish) and reflected them as a modern couple. And they pulled it off beautifully (or reals, Kristen has shot a ton of weddings with me, and this was the first one she cried at)!

I was amazed at how similar some of the traditions seemed to be and how much overlap their was. Both traditions had the couple marry under a canopy (Hindu: Mandap; Jewish: Chuppah), and the number 7 was significant in both (Hindu: Saptapadi- seven steps around the holy fire; Jewish: Sheva B'rachot- seven blessings). Everyone else got into the spirit of the combining cultures, too, which I thought was most evident in their attire, with Ruchi's uncles wearing yarmulkes and Dave's family wearing saris and kurtas.

The Hora:
Ok, anyone who's been reading my blog for a while probably knows I love me a good Hora! What made this one especially amazing was that
A) there were probably around 200 people in this one (at least!),
B) this time the parents of the couple were also hoisted up on chairs, and
C) Ruchi's mum was hilarious when she was hoisted up, and her smile conveyed pure joy (and maybe a little terror)!

Ok, I could go on and on about this wedding, but I'm going to let my photos do the rest of the talking!

















To Ruchi and Dave: Just, wow. What an incredible story, and I'm so honoured to have been a part of it. Wishing you two a life this amazing (ok, punctuated with a few quiet moments here and there)!

Check out their engagement photos here.

Check out their Mehndi photos here.

Check out their Sangeet photos here.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

{events} ruchi & dave, sangeet

Friday night after the Mehndi party, we headed over to Ruchi's uncle's house for the Sangeet, a celebratory event prior to the wedding where friends and family sing and dance in honor of the couple. Their home was beautifully decorated and many of their friends and relatives wore traditional Indian attire, which made for quite the colourful evening!

After dinner, Ruchi and Dave's loved ones put on an amazing show, with everything from singing and dancing, poems, speeches, and skits depicting moments in their life together (some to the music of Les Miserables!). Ruchi serenaded Dave with a song (and dang, she can sing!), and the show closed with the "Aunties & Uncles Dance," in which they danced to a medley of popular Indian songs.

It was an incredible evening filled with lots of laughs, a few tears, a couple broken wine glasses (the mark of a good party, right?), and so much joy that I couldn't believe that wasn't the actual wedding!









Stay tuned tomorrow for wedding photos!

Check out their engagement photos here.

Check out their Mehndi photos here.