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So proud to announce that we have won the Pictage award.  The competition was amazing and the other photographers are truly unbelievable artists in their own right.  Here is what the world famous and super awesome David Beckstead had to say about one of our favorite photos:

“Admired By Beckstead” — Image Contest Winner

Fri, Apr 3, 2009

Thank you so much to everyone for participating in the launch of ”Admired by Beckstead” — our twice-monthly David Beckstead image contest!  

(drum-roll inserted here)…We’re thrilled to announce this week’s FIRST PLACE winner: Jeremie Barlow of Charlotte, NC.  Congratulations Jeremie!

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Here’s David’s commentary on Jeremie’s winning image:

“When I first came upon this scene I felt like I was watching from the trees. I was witnessing something beautiful that I shouldn’t have. Yet then I just wanted to walk up and put my head up and feel the same feeling as her: absorbing the light and being there in that wonderful location. I became connected to the photo.

“The composition is subtle: She is center/subject composition with supportive lines and more than that, supportive light on both sides of her.  There is a leading line at the bottom of the path that quickly connects to her dress which guides your eye to her flowers. The flowers flow to her arm, hair and then finally to her face. All of this composition leads to her face and then, creates the whole story: the story you will interpret for yourselves.

“She is separated perfectly from the chaotic background-nature by light and the artist’s vision in tone conversion and Photoshop work. The bride is framed well with natural lines and the darker edges. I love the feeling of depth in this image!”

We strive to bring this quality of work to all of our weddings.  And a footnote….Jeremie has never entered a photo in a contest before!  This is her first entry! 

As we continue to search for ways to align our business with the most environmentally friendly practices possible, we are always happy when little ‘green’ presents fall into our lap.

We use the amazing, super fabulous Couture Book line of albums because there is simply nothing else like them on the market.  They are beautiful, unique and best of all, there is a ton of variety from Japanese Silk to Italian Suede to Soho Chic, for every couple to choose from.

As it turns out, Couture book has just announced the launch of a line of green wedding albums!  How amazing is that?  You can now have a beautiful album without harming the environment.  Here’s a snippet from their blog:

Our much anticipated line of books feature:

100% Post-Consumer recycled paper,
Environmentally sensitive cover materials like hemp, recycled kraft paper, and lotka paper
Green E-Certified Windpower and Carbon-Neutral,
5% of the proceeds going to replanting and reforesting and purchasing offsetting carbon credits.

Be a Part. Make a Difference. You can feel good when you purchase a book from our Earth Collection that you are making a difference for our planet.

Producing 1000 Earth Collection books will generate environmental benefits equivalent to:

Not driving 7070 miles in an average automobile

12562 lbs. net greenhouse gases prevented

96,152,000 BTUs of energy not consumed

6830 lbs. of solid waste not generated

135.74 trees preserved for the future

57,661 gallons of wastewater flow saved

391.97 lbs. of waterborne waste not generated

*Source: Mohawk Environmental Calculator available at www.Mohawkpaper.com. Conversions are provided by the EDF (Environmental Defense Fund) and/or the U.S. EPA.

Yeah- they pretty much rock.

Kudos to them for being leaders in the industry and keeping it cute while saving the earth!

With Love!

Jeremie

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