It’s everything you think it’d be. Romance is around every corner in Venice. It might be stereotypical or whatever, but I’m here for it. When you find the hidden alleys and stray off the beaten path, this city is magical. ✨
Tomorrow I’ll share a pic from actual Italy, but being here reminds me of our A Day with Dash workshop last year where we had a Tuscany-themed styled shoot to end our time together. That shoot is actually what inspired this trip! The only 👉🏽person👈🏽 that can directly impact the direction of your life is you. If you’re willing to work for something, there’s little you can’t accomplish. ✨No one will do it for you✨, and at the end of the day, nothing can stop you. Put your head down and freaking work for it. No excuses. Build a life of I did instead of I wish I had. So many little touches of Tuscany in this shoot. From textures, to the venue (@montaluce_weddings), to the details (those olive oil guest favors are everything), Italy was on our mind. It was a perfect end to our time chatting about styling, self care, and business. #dashweddings #adaywithdash Venue. @montaluce_weddings Florals: @stylishstemsatl HMU: @jjrozestudio Styling + planning: @taydoehrman Paper goods: @lairseypaperco Dress: @christosbridal via @fabulousfrocksofatlanta Cake: @cake_envy_ga
Mood because Brandon and I spent the afternoon in NYC, and are off to Italy to celebrate 6️⃣ years of marital bliss. 👫 Milan, Venice, Rome, and Florence are on the itinerary for this trip, and I’m excited for all the things!!! 🍝🍕🍷🥖🇮🇹Adventures with him are my favorite (swipe for a very posed Alaska pic). Ever been?? We’ve gotten so many good recommendations, but if you have any must sees, must do’s, or must eats, holla atcha girl! 👇🏼 I feel like this is going to be a fave.
Your value isn’t defined by these little squares and what people think of them. Social media gives us opportunity to compare literally ANYTHING. I found myself bummed because the AÇAÍ BOWL I made didn’t look as good as the one I saw on a profile. I’m sorry, what?! Is this what my confidence has come down to, perfect smoothie bowls?! (Can you relate? Just me?) 🤦🏻♀️ Comparison, envy, jealousy, self-loathing, and vanity have become epidemics in our culture. No matter what you try to do or be or look like isn’t good enough, and frankly it never will be, if this is where you’re finding your worth and value. 🛑 Next time you find yourself lingering a little too long, remember: Facetune is a powerfully deceptive tool. Their kids probably had explosive diarrhea in those perfectly pressed outfits. That couple more than likely argued on the way to the shoot. She’s very possibly not getting validation from the person she wants it from most, and her heart is hurting. The other rooms in their house look like a tornado came through. And THEY DIDN’T EVEN ENJOY THEIR SMOOTHIE BOWL BECAUSE IT WAS ALL MELTED AND GROSS by the time they got that perfect pic. You know how I know all these things? Because 👉🏽that’s👉🏽 real 👉🏽life. Sweet friend, your heart is precious. Don’t let your mind wander. You are uniquely gifted. Do the best you can. That’s enough. ✨
I’m super weird about sharing this kind of stuff. I’ve gone back and forth about posting it because I’d much rather celebrate other people than myself, but when one of my friends saw this feature, she said something that stuck with me: “Plenty of crappy life stuff gets tossed our way, so enjoy the crap outta the extraordinary moments!” So HERE I AM ENJOYING IT, because this is a cool moment. 🙈 I’ve been featured in things for my work, but to have a friend that believes in me just as a person, makes my heart want to explode in a whole different way (looking at you @cassandrayoung), and it might make my eyes sweat a little. You never know the impact you can have on someone. Be kind. Celebrate each other. Speak words filled with life and goodness. Believe in each other. The world needs it; we need it. (Also, you know I made sure donuts got the credit they deserve.) Thanks @jezebelmagazine for the feature and the new friends. @lexlauletta and @allisonjames.co are making waves and deserve all the celebrating!! 🌊💥⚡️🖤
These sweet moments between Crystal and her mom give me all the feels. I can’t wait to share Bruce and Crystal’s intimate morning wedding with you. Bruce and Crystal are two of the most genuinely sweet people I have ever met. Really. Anytime I have an email in my inbox from Crystal, I know it’s going to be a good day. But for now, I’ll leave you with these beauties. #dashweddings Photographer: Amanda Venue: @primrose_cottage_weddings Florals: @a_divine_event Dress: @carriesbridalcollection
Here’s a big ‘ol bowl of happy confetti right in your face to start your Tuesday. I asked Dani what she hopes people remember about her from high school; the legacy she wanted to leave. Her answer was really beautiful to me. She said, “I really hope my classmates remember me as joyful and kind...making them laugh or smiling at them in hallway. I want to be known as a 👉🏼welcoming👈🏼 person.” 😭 It’s easy to get caught up in all the negativity happening around us. The last several months we’ve had “this is why you should hate them” messages on tv, in our mailboxes, and through the radio, which has only amplified how often our culture tears each other down rather than builds each other up. Isolation is dangerous. Your words have power; they carry life and death. We have no idea the impact one smile, one “come sit with us”, one “let’s get coffee”, one “you’re beautiful” can have on a heart. 🖤 What do you want to be known for? Oo makes ya think, huh? #dashseniors
One of my favorite times of the year is weeks away (49 more sleeps people)!!! 🎄 The question that no one seems to agree on is when it's appropriate to start listening to Christmas music. Do you start in August? NO SHAME--you SANG Baby It's Cold Outside with that sweat dripping off your face. 😂 The day after Thanksgiving is soon enough for me. 🎶 Part of creating an experience for clients means the party doesn't stop at the end of the wedding day. Since this time of year is when we express our gratitude for the people in our lives, it's only appropriate our clients get some love! I came across the cutest way to do that with these little bundles of joy from @greetabl. Photographers, I'm obsessed with these--you can add branding, customize with a treat, and ship straight to your sweet peeps. (Parents, this is also a fun way to say good luck with finals as your kids are pulling all-nighters in a couple weeks!). And in the spirit of giving, use code DASHPHOTOGRAPHY for 20% off of $50. ✨ (see a fun behind the scenes of this photo on our story) #greetabl #greetablBFF #dashweddings