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Job Posting for Created Lovely

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Job Posting for Created Lovely

If you're looking for a chance to jump into the wedding industry in British Columbia and pour your creative heart out, an opportunity to work as a decor stylist for Created Lovely just might be your golden ticket.  Check out the post above for more details.  

And if you're an industry creative or wedding vendor with news to share, send an email with all the pertinent info (and images) to jaime@valeandvine.com if you'd like Vale + Vine to promote your next big thing!  

Boheme Workshops in Vancouver

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Boheme Workshops in Vancouver

The process of creating fine art wedding imagery is something Vale + Vine loves to share, and with that passion comes the desire to bring opportunities for education to creatives who want to sharpen their skill set or broaden their artistic horizons.  

On March 21st, 2015, Canadian fine art wedding photographers Vasia Photography and Artiese Studios are joining with a team of industry leaders to offer a one-day photography workshop at the Hycroft Manor in Vancouver, British Columbia.  For more details, visit http://www.boheme-studio.com

Vale + Vine on Pinterest

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Vale + Vine on Pinterest

I'll be honest, I enjoy social media, but I had no idea how much I'd be posting aside from my regular blog posts when I started Vale + Vine.  Facebook and Instagram are like my permanent sidekicks these days, and Pinterest is joining the ranks--no Twitter as of yet....  Now when you peruse Vale + Vine's Pinterest page, you'll find daily additions both from the blog and other sources that I believe will appeal to fine art wedding aficionados as well as those who love beautiful imagery...

Vale + Vine's "Best Of" Series

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Vale + Vine's "Best Of" Series

For busy brides and vendors on the go, Vale + Vine will be offering weekly roundups of some of the best ideas and images featured on the blog.  I'll be going back through the archives and bringing back my favourite gowns, florals, hairstyles etc. for Vale + Vine's 'Best Of' series which will feature once a week on the blog's main page...

Vale + Vine Wedding Column Coming Soon

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Vale + Vine Wedding Column Coming Soon

One of the resources Vale + Vine will be providing for brides and those involved with the wedding of a friend or loved one, is an online column.  From how to start planning your big day to navigating tricky family dynamics to finding the perfect vendors, Vale + Vine is officially taking your questions and will be providing answers beginning in the near future!

Building a Community of Creatives

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Building a Community of Creatives

One of the goals I've expressed regarding Vale + Vine's purpose, is to build up a community of creatives within the Canadian wedding industry (and beyond) whose work fits with the blog's aesthetic -- an emphasis on natural light, film photography (though not exclusively), outdoor environments, handcrafted details, and a styled, fine art look.  As I continue to connect with wedding professionals throughout the industry, I'm becoming more and more aware of the variety of workshops and opportunities for both brides and vendors to grow and be inspired.  I've started to share those opportunities under Vale + Vine's News section, as well as through our Facebook + Instagram feeds.

Curated Vendor Guide Coming Soon

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Curated Vendor Guide Coming Soon

One of the things Vale + Vine will be offering its readers in the coming months is a curated vendor guide designed to showcase the best wedding vendors across Canada whose work fits with the aesthetic vision emphasized on Vale + Vine.  If you're a bride and enjoy the work seen here, you'll love knowing that the vendors listed in our curated guide are highly reputable and produce some of the best work in the country.

WedPrep Workshop for Winnipeg Brides

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WedPrep Workshop for Winnipeg Brides

While spring may be a little ways off for brides living on the Canadian prairies, it's definitely not too early to be making plans for your upcoming wedding.  This February, a team of talented Manitoba wedding professionals are coming together to help you prep for your big day and are inviting brides to attend Winnipeg's first interactive wedding planning workshop, called WedPrep.

Joy Thigpen's Creative Direction + Styling Workshop

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This past fall I attended Joy Thigpen's Creative Direction + Styling Workshop in Serenbe, Georgia.  I had originally heard of Joy several years ago while attending Jose Villa's Mexico workshop and have been following her work ever since.  Joy is one of the wedding industry's most respected wedding stylists and is known for her uncluttered, ethereal aesthetic.  When I finally had the chance to meet Joy and learn from her over the course of several days in the tranquil setting of Serenbe, I discovered that not only did Joy have one of the finest eyes for detail I've ever witnessed, but also one of the most humble spirits I've ever encountered.  Joy's warmth and approachable nature, paired with her insight and experience, means the wealth of knowledge one can unearth while attending one of her workshops is limitless.  Actually, Vale + Vine got its start at Joy's workshop.  During my one-on-one session with Joy on the final morning, I shared my vision for this blog and Joy couldn't have been more encouraging.  She helped me focus on the first steps I needed to take, and I walked straight out of that meeting, sat on a nearby porch, and bought the domain name for this site and began contacting photographers for content.  Two and a half months later, here we are!  

This winter, Joy is offering her Creative Direction + Styling Workshop again at Serenbe.  It's a perfect chance to fine-tune your creative direction and focus your vision for 2015.  To learn more about what each day will cover and how to secure one of 20 spots available, visit Joy's workshop page on her site:  http://joythigpen.com/creative-direction-styling/   If you have any questions about what my experience was like, feel free to leave a comment below and I'll be happy to respond! 

If you're a vendor with an upcoming workshop, giveaway, or other exciting news and would like to discuss the prospect of having the word spread through Vale + Vine's blog posts and social media feeds, please email jaime@valeandvine.com with the subject line YOUR BUSINESS NAME - NEWS ITEM

Credits // Workshop - Joy Thigpen Creative Direction + Styling / Photography - Jaime Lauren Photography / Film Processing + Scans - Photovision //

Vale + Vine's Fresh New Look

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Four weeks ago, when Vale + Vine, initially kicked off its 'soft launch', I couldn't have imagined that the response from my fellow Canadians, as well as those from the United States and beyond, would have been so enthusiastic.  I also couldn't have envisioned unveiling fresh new branding and a polished new site design by Christmas, which is exactly what I'm celebrating on Vale + Vine this week.  Meg White of megwhite.ca in Vancouver, British Columbia, knocked all my expectations out of the ballpark with a design process that was expedient, gratifying, and fun.  I couldn't be more appreciative for her help with drawing out my vision and bringing it to fruition.  She is a marvel.  Thank you Megan, for a truly fantastic experience!

Floral Workshop by Clare Day Flowers

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Floral Workshop by Clare Day Flowers

Clare Day of Red Damsel Farms (a 12-acre organic flower and produce operation) just outside Victoria, British Columbia, is an amazing floral designer who'll be featuring a spring class on organic flower gardening, foraging, and floral design.  Her April 12 class is filling up, so head over her website to register:  http://www.claredayflowers.ca/classes/ 

I've loved featuring Clare's work here on Vale + Vine this past month and can't wait to see what she creates in 2015!  Photography credit here goes to Adrian Michael.  You can view more from this citrus-inspired shoot by Adrian and other fantastic west coast vendors here on Vale + Vine.