Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Cool people I met this week. Volume VI

I really, really love these cool people posts...almost as much as I love actually meeting the great people that I'm writing about!  I had a really busy week last week getting together with four fantastic wedding vendors of all different types :)

1) I'm pretty sure that Livia Caporale and I met via facebook a couple months ago and finally got together last Monday for dinner.  Livia is a fantastic on-location hair stylist who works all over the Chicagoland area.  What struck me about Liv was just how down to earth she was!  She's gorgeous, obviously very talented, but was very humble about her successes.  Livia told me that one of her brides complimented her on the fact that her tone of voice was so calming and made her feel much less nervous on wedding day.  I am not surprised one bit.  :)  I'm looking forward to recommending Livia to my clients and hopefully getting to work with her soon!  Here are some photos of her great work and don't forget to check out her website for more.


2) Suzy Rohan of Lily Red Design and I met a few weeks ago at a networking meeting for photographers.  As the two non-photogs in the group (although Suzy is a budding photographer herself!) we clicked immediately and decided to get together so she could show me some of her invitation design work.  I have to admit, I was expecting to see beautiful work, but I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY!  Suzy's design work is incredible--and she is able to capture any bride or groom's vision for their day.  Like Livia, Suzy is quite modest and actually asked me how her work compares to other I've seen.  I'll just say, "wow!".  :)  She mentioned that she really likes to "brand" a wedding so that all the paper products have a cohesive look.  It's something I've thought about before, but never put a name to, so thanks, Suzy!  See below for a few of my favorite designs but she can create just about anything for any budget.  Her website has a lot more to look at so check it out as well. 

3) Jenn Gaudreau of Jennifer Kathryn Photography and  I had actually met several times before we grabbed dinner last week, but we both really wanted to sit down together and learn more about each others' businesses!  Jenn is one of the sweetest people I have EVER met, but so completely genuine it almost catches you off-guard.  :)  She's inspired by everything around her and is inspiring to everyone she knows--and I can now officially attest!  The short quote in her email signature:  [passionate. spontaneous. authentic.] really describes her to a 't'.  Jenn's passion and true-to-herself nature rubs off on everyone she meets, and so it can only naturally come out in her photography.  From what I've seen, her subjects are so relaxed and happy in front of her len which results in some fabulous photos.  I'm so glad to be able to call her a friend.  I'm sure all her clients feel the same way--so check out more of her work here and make an appointment to meet Jenn asap! :)

Boy...actually writing these out makes me realize what a whirlwind week I had!!  Last one...

4) I met with Jeremy Scott of Sound Investment AV on Thursday evening.  Most people think of florals and linens as the end-all, be-all of wedding decor.  But there's SO MUCH MORE you can do!  Jeremy ran me through the list of Sound Investment's areas of expertise from simple jobs like pin-spotting the centerpieces and screens to show slideshows to more elaborate set-ups of textured wall lighting and huge sound systems.  Just lighting the walls of your reception room can completely change the look of the event--or what about changing from amber lighting during the dinner-hour to a more club-like atmosphere with lights and sound as the dancing gets started.  It's really how the atmosphere can change so quickly with the addition of these things!  What I especially appreciate about Sound Investment is that they not only do weddings, but also set-ups for giant concerts, huge galas, and conferences.  It's always reassuring to know, that your event is on the smaller-scale of what a company is capable of!

I don't have any photos of Sound Investment's work, but check out their website here to see all the amazing things they are capable of!
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  1. Yay!! Some more incredibly cool people! I love Suzy's work and I think she is a totally fantastic person. And Jenn...what can I say. You pretty much described her perfectly! She's pretty much amazing and one of my most favorite people in the world!! Great post!

  2. Hey Joan, great post. It seems that you are meeting some really amazing people. I dig your blog and look forward to learning more about your side of the wedding world. Rock on!


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