Creative Conversations | Meet an Atlanta Wedding Planner | Taylor Dawn

I met Taylor when I reached out to a local group of wedding professionals about doing a styled shoot.  She was the perfect person to our Coast Wedding Inspiration shoot with and from then we've gotten to know each other and even work on other projects as well!  I'm so excited to know this lady and you should too, which is why I did a little interview with her!  

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Tell us a little bit about yourself!

My name is Taylor and I am a Wedding Planner here in Atlanta! Although most of my time is spent in the city, I also double-time as a coaches’ wife. My sweet husband is a high school football and baseball coach, so many Friday nights after rehearsals are spent on a ball field! I absolutely love my job and am so thankful to be able to work for myself full time! Making brides’ dreams come to fruition is my passion. I love seeing brides enjoy a stress free and beautiful wedding day with the people they love most!

 

How did you get into wedding planning?

I got in to wedding planning from my sweet friend, Molly McKinley! I met Molly while I was in college, and it was such a God thing. His direction in my life came at the most perfect time when I had NO idea what I wanted to “be when I grew up.” After working for Molly, and with my husband’s encouragement, I was able to start my own little business!

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What are your current favorite color combinations or trends?

Well! As I am currently going through rebranding, I have really been stretching myself to include more “color” into my life, and not just sticking to neutrals, which is totally my MO! I’m a neutral gal! I am loving soft mauves and darker pink and blue hues marrying neutrals. SO dreamy. 

 

Any advice for couples getting married?

Of course, my number one planning advice is to have a planner! (Shameless plug!) Really, having a great vendor team and someone to be the point of contact can really create a seamless day. I always tell my brides (and their moms!), you don’t want the caterer calling you while you’re getting your makeup done asking where a table should be placed. Also, and most importantly, remember that at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are GETTING MARREID! Don’t sweat the small stuff. Have a mimosa, kick back, and let your team take care of business!

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 From our most recent shoot -  CLICK HERE  to see more.

From our most recent shoot - CLICK HERE to see more.

 

Any advice for new wedding planners just getting started?

There is no better way to learn than working at weddings! I would say to assist anyone and everyone. I have learned almost all that I know simply from doing weddings! Working with someone who is a bit further in her career than you should not be intimidating, you should soak it in! Learn from them! (Even if they’re doing the exact job you are!) It’s the best way! This business is made up of the best girl bosses!

 

Favorite Atlanta venue(s)?

My favorite venue has got to be Summerour. I absolutely love working with the staff there and it’s simple aesthetic just speaks to me! (Also, it takes me back to Italy, where we spent our honeymoon and I would be more than happy to move to tomorrow! Any takers?!) 

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What is something about wedding planners that many people may not know?

My favorite question I get asked, which can probably be echoed by most entrepreneurs, is “So what do you DO all day?” The answer is, my days are all different! However, being a wedding planner is really mixed with equal right and left-brain activities. Everything from making timelines, layouts, reviewing budgets, and catering proposals to meeting with brides, picking out flowers, scourging for the perfect invitation, and visiting venues!

 

What are your hobbies/ non wedding related activities?

As I mentioned before, with my hubby being a high school coach, you can usually find me at a baseball or football field any night of the week being a coach’s wife! I love these moments! Getting to know high schoolers and going through life with them is such a great experience. Also, you can probably find me out to eat with my sister, who is definitely my BFF, as often as possible (probably with a margarita in hand)!  Going out to eat is a hobby, right?!

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After planning your own wedding, was there anything you wish you did differently knowing what you know now as a professional?

Hmm, I would say that just not caring what other people think! The most important thing about getting married is your marriage! I love how truly the Lord’s love for us is displayed in marriage. Maybe also having a rain plan would have been a good idea from a professional point of view (oops, don’t tell my mother!)! 

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Creative Conversations | Meet an Interior Designer | Anna Farmer

Meet Anna!  I've gotten to know this lady through friends and church and have gotten to photograph some of the spaces she and her team at Rose Hall have designed and created.  Check out our interview and some of her work below.

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Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Growing up just south of Atlanta, the city held an appeal for me and I'm glad to call it home now. Atlanta gets so much sun, and so I like to walk the neighborhoods, parks, or belt line to take advantage of it. I like sugar, like most people, but am more of a vanilla and candy person than a chocolate and heavy desserts person. 

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How did you get into interior design?

Skyscrapers in big cities have a presence that energize and excite me. Older, historical structures with extricate details enthrall me. I love wandering for hours in museums and through art shows. I have always aesthetically critiqued my surroundings. I even edit fashion and finishes in my head, not just spaces. It wasn't until college, when I had a wealth of information, resources, and opportunity in art that I decided I wanted to make design my career and not just a side hobby. 

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What have been some of your favorite projects?

One master bath project started as only a new vanity and by the end we designed the entire en suite. Some of the challenges in this project included remodeling a remodel, space being long and narrow, an awkward step in the middle of the space, a tiny corner shower, and a 1970s hot tub with mood lighting. Our clients wanted to open the space up, bring elements of the trees and river from outside, while maintaining an overall clean, contemporary look. Every faucet finish, paint color, light fixture shape carried high import as the restrictions in the design highlighted those elements. Our clients were thrilled and I'm satisfied we created a "contemporary, but still feels like nature" space.

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What and/or who are some of your design inspirations?

My contemporaries provide my biggest inspiration right now. Artists that I know from the art community, from school, and from the Atlanta area. I know I take color combinations from painters, spatial relationships from photographers, shapes from sculptors, etc.  I regularly check out work by Jake Gee and Laura Leslie (photographers), Myra Cargo, Augusta Wilson, and Kate Roebuck (painters), William Downs (artist), and Olivia Terrell (metalsmith/jeweler). 

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What trends do you foresee in interior design and architecture?

For the past 100 years the biggest influence on the built environment has been technology. As technological innovations continue at such a high rate, there has been somewhat of a reaction valuing quality, tradition, or permanence. Much of what I see termed as new design is from specific (previously established) design paradigms incorporating new technology.

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What is something about interior design or designers that many people might not know?

 I enter into people's homes and transform the space in which they live their private lives. This concept is paramount for me. A stylish home is by no means essential to life. However, the potential for the space surrounding you to influence your light reception, color relationships, spatial awareness, mental performance, and even mood means your surroundings can greatly influence your quality of life. So are throw pillows and matching curtains important? In the grand scheme of things, no. But they sure will make you feel better spending time in that room.

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Want to get in touch with Anna?  Shoot her an email at rosehall.af@gmail.com

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Creative Conversations| Meet an Atlanta Filmmaker - Marc Sugrue | Intro 2 Music Video

I met Marc a few years ago when we both helped out with The Greenroom, a summer camp through Re:imagine ATL.  Since then, it's been fun to catch up with Marc every now and then and see how his filmmaking career grows in Atlanta.  

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of following the guys around on set capturing some behind the scenes moments for a music video Marc was directing. You'll be able to see the completed project at the end of the post and it's a must see! It's so good!

How did you get into filmmaking?

Well, I started off as any creative really. Confused. I loved making things, drawing, and making skits with home made puppets. My mom once said that she wanted to put me in acting school as a child. But due to a family member discouraging me I put off my creative instincts and focused on the academic. The problem with that was my grades never got above an 80 and it was super discouraging. I was trying to find my worth in grades, and I failing. It felt like not only did I put my worth into grades but the public school system only really commemorated for your diligence to academic studies and that never included the arts. Despite this I always pursued art in some way. Whether it was doodling on my notes, taking graphic design classes, photography classes, fine arts and finally in my last year of high school video production. Walking into video production was a breath of fresh air, where anything I created was right as long as it was created. My teacher Mr. Farranto of CNS high school was super encouraging and if it wasn’t for him I certainly wouldn't have found the satisfying career that I have today.  

*Side Note: You can actually read more about this on Marc's Blog - HERE.

What's been your favorite project to date?

The hard thing about art is starting off. I can’t say I have a most favorite video/film to date yet, but I will say I am most pleased with how my most recent personal project, "Intro 2"  that I released recently. That video took me months to create. We were not filming or editing for months but because it was an unofficial video, aka: not paid for by the musical artist/label, we needed to raise money by doing other corporate work and finding time to produce, scout, and film, etc. If anything I appreciate it the most because it took a lot out of me. It was diligent work, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

What kind of stories are your favorite to tell

I think to find your style of story to tell, you need to always be learning yourself deeper and deeper. Making films revolving around real characters in real stories means you have to pull from the real things around you. Your experiences - Your feelings are part of the story you're telling. For instance, when growing up I was told I shouldn’t be an artist, I spent years denying myself the pleasure of committing to the artistic side of myself. I denied and rejected apart of me. Through that, other friendship and community rejections I have gained insight on the world of forgiveness, regret, rejection and denial. I can pull from these experiences and feels to hopefully connect with the audience because I have really felt them. So the stories I have really felt and recognized in myself are the stories I want to tell.

What's your favorite role on set?

My favorite role on set is a even split between Director and Director of Photography. However, I would say DP. 

What's your favorite movie? ( I know this is probably a difficult one.)

My favorite movie, at the moment, is the 1980’s Elephant Man by David Lynch staring John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins. This movie shows what society values and what God’s real values are in humans. It's a movie that really focuses on Man vs. Inner man.  It's amazing I could write a whole blog post on it, maybe I will- HA!

Who are some of your favorite people to collaborate with?

There are a lot of talented people I like to work with. But the one person who is always there and is one of the best people I have ever had the privilege to work with is Chris Carey. The man is an amazing producer/AD I can name quite a few sets he alone has saved. 

Any advice for anyone looking into getting into filmmaking?

1. Unsolicited negative advice isn’t critiquing it is discouragement.

2. Find your purpose in why you want to create, not just creation for the sake of creation.

3. Forgive yourself for not liking your own work, it means you have gotten better for making it and you have better taste now.

As my blog is about helping filmmakers find there way through the jungle of the business world and creative aspects of filming and full time artistry in general, I have a lot to say and too little space. 

...and yes we rode in the trunk of this car with the hatch open to get the in motion motorcycle shots...

Music Video Credits:

Producer: Marc Sugrue
Co-Producer: Stefan Bekker

Director: Marc Sugrue
Director of Photography: Marc Sugrue
Assistant Director: Chris Carey

2nd Unit:
Director of Photography/Camera Operator: David Nobles
Assistant Camera: Jonathan Gabriel

3rd Unit:
Camera Operator: Bleu Hayes

Drone Pilot: Joesph Peed

Cast: (In order of appearance)
Adult One: Mark Mellete
Adult Two: Daniel Bass

Creative Conversations | Meet a Wedding Planner | Brianne McMullan Events

If you've been following along for a little while, you've seen this lady's face before.  I met Brianne a couple years ago when we met at a bridal consultation.  One of her bride's was meeting with me about potentially shooting her wedding and even though Brianne and I didn't get to work together on that wedding we became friends and have gotten to work together since!  

Recently, she decided to branch out on her own after having planned for a few years with another planner.  I loved getting to shoot some branding photography for Brianne and am excited to share some images from our session!  

Read below for some words from Brianne, of Brianne McMullan Events, herself!

Tell us a little bit about yourself!

I am the owner and heart behind Brianne McMullan Events, and we specialize in planning unique weddings for sentimental and sophisticated couples here in Atlanta and all over the Southeast. I am also a wife to an amazing husband, a cat mom, a margarita/chips & queso lover, and a Netflix connoisseur. I love creating & designing, and even though I am extremely introverted, I love working with people and supporting others. 

How did you get into wedding planning?

I grew up passionately pursuing a career in elementary education and was thrilled to land an amazing teaching job when I graduated, but realized fairly quickly that the burnout I was experiencing day-after-day and year-after-year wasn't sustainable. I had a wedding of my own and realized throughout the process that planning weddings combined many of the qualities in a career that I value the most: working with people, serving and supporting others, creating beautiful designs and aesthetics, and logistics. I reached out to wedding planners here in Atlanta and was lucky enough to find a perfect position as a part-time associate coordinator for an established company. I worked with them for a couple of years, learning the ropes and gaining ample experience planning and designing weddings, as well as marketing myself and selling my services. Afterwards, I launched Brianne McMullan Events!

What are your current favorite color combinations or trends?

I am so excited to say that I think bold, crisp colors are becoming more popular! I love designing weddings that infuse deep jewel tones - think emerald, sapphire blue, or ruby - or that have bright and fresh color palettes! We were in a phase for a while where many brides were requesting neutrals and blush tones, which I think will always be in style, but I am excited for the challenge of incorporating bright hues into tasteful and sophisticated designs in the coming seasons. 

Are there any trends that you'd like to see left behind?

While I think that burlap and mason jars have finally gotten the message, I'd like to put the final nail in the coffin. I also think that brides look at popular trends and feel like they have to jump on the bandwagon, but I would encourage every couple to pay more attention to incorporating personal details that speak to their story.

Any advice for couples getting married?

Stay focused on your marriage throughout your planning. Planning a wedding is so exciting and it will be an amazing day, but trust me when I say the best is yet to come! Keep your marriage at the heart of all of your decision making, be sure to talk about your marriage often (and attend premarital counseling if you desire), and continue dating each other throughout the process!

Any advice for new wedding planners just getting started?

The best advice I have is to put yourself out there. This could mean reaching out to other vendors to connect, blogging, attending networking events, or asking planners who are a few steps ahead of you for opportunities to gain experience. Oh--and don't be afraid to invest wisely in yourself. Workshops and trainings can be scary to invest in when you aren't making a huge profit, but the knowledge you gain can be invaluable. 

Favorite Atlanta venue(s)?

I love venues in Atlanta that have pretty outdoor and indoor space, providing various settings for each moment in the event. Some of my favorites are the Atlanta History Center, The Estate, and Summerour. I also really love the sleek, modern look of Ventanas, and if you are looking for views of the Atlanta skyline, it is a hard one to beat! To be honest, there are so many great venues in Atlanta that it is hard to narrow it down!

What is something about wedding planners that many people may not know?

Wedding planners spend an average of 200+ hours planning your wedding. We are so dedicated to our clients, and are committed to saving them time, keeping them on budget, and eliminating as much stress as possible. Hiring a planner is an investment in your wedding, but in many cases planners can keep you more on track with your budget than you can do on your own because of our expertise and knowledge of industry standards. I also think couples feel that if they hire a planner, they won't have as much control over the wedding, but I think the opposite is true! In fact, I believe hiring a wedding planner who is able to completely grasp the vision for the wedding enables the couple to make educated decisions about their design and their vendors that will precisely deliver the look, feel, and experience that they were hoping for (and more!). 

What are your hobbies/ non wedding related activities?

When I am not planning, I can be found spending time with my family and friends, trying new restaurants or visiting tried and true favorites, attempting to cook (we use Blue Apron), attending a barre or spin class, or enjoying a latte at a local coffee shop. 

After planning your own wedding, was there anything you wish you did differently knowing what you know now as a professional?

I definitely would have done a first look! I was pretty stubborn about that one, but I would have wanted more of a relaxed timeline immediately following the ceremony instead of trying to cram in all of my family portraits and couple photos. Of course, my style has evolved now, so I would probably design a different aesthetic. I also forgot to get in my photo booth, so I would do that. But really, it was a perfect day and there is not much I would change! It was so much better than I had imagined it.