VENUE TYPE: Estate / House / Mansion / Villa

West Elm Has A Holiday House AND You Can Rent It
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27110
VENUE:
The West Elm House
LOCATION:
Palm Springs
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Vacation House
Mid Century Modern
Palm Springs
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown

 

Newsflash! Everybody’s favorite mid-century inspired furniture shop has opened up a holiday rental house in Palm Springs. That’s right, West Elm has decked out this 1950s “Alexander” pool house with all their own fittings and set up a 3-bedroom spot with the best of style. Whether you’re looking for a house worthy of a Slim Aarons inspired photo shoot, or a place to get together with a few of your best holiday-loving babes, the West Elm House is so on-trend right now.

Photos by Landon Vonderschmidt

 

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Real Women Report: Femme Photogs, We’ve Got A Workshop You’ll Want To Sign Up For
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27112
VENUE:
Hey Sista Workshop
LOCATION:
Portland
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Hey Sista Workshop
DIY
Portland Gathering
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



Today, our Real Women Report features a girl gang that’s producing all-female workshops for photographers in the wedding industry. Sound up your alley? Yep, we thought this would be a #RealWomenReport you’d find interesting. These small group gatherings of ten women are equal parts community building, retreat, learning and enjoyment. The workshops take place over four days and are filled with shooting, editing and inspiration, with a focus on women supporting one another through a growing network of small businesses.

With ladies joining in on the action from all corners of the world, the Hey, Sista community is diverse and welcoming. Here’s the story behind these events, straight from the founders of this sisterhood.

Photography by Lauren Apel + Allison Harp


Hey Sista Workshop Portland Oregon

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See the Gorgeous Event That Brought 75 Wedding Professionals to RT Lodge
Jake Kilroy
REPORT
No. 27094
VENUE:
RT Lodge
LOCATION:
Maryville, Tennessee
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Industry Gathering
Woodsy Comfort
Southern Lodge
REPORTER: Jake Kilroy



Beautifully hidden away in a forest on an historic college campus, RT Lodge makes you feel like you’re staying at an upper class friend’s vacation home. There are acoustic guitars to play around the fire, where you’ll also find a s’mores station. There’s badminton, corn hole, croquet, and volleyball to be played. It’s basically your own personal estate while you’re there.

So it’s no wonder that dozens of wedding professionals descended upon this secluded sanctuary in Maryville, Tennessee. It was quite the picturesque event to behold. We simply had to know more, so we chatted with Katherine Stinnett, RT Lodge’s Group Sales and Marketing Manager.

Photography by Natalie Watson 

 

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Better Together: Two Wedding Industry Insiders Share The Inside Scoop On Their Relationship On Location And Off
The Venue Report
REPORT
No. 27107
VENUE:
All Over The World
LOCATION:
All Over The World
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Better Together Series
Married Wedding Industry Insiders Tell All
All Over The World
REPORTER: The Venue Report

 

The month of love is drawing to a close so to end our #BetterTogether series for February, we are featuring one last couple that is very near and dear to us here at The Venue Report. Meet Jose Villa and Joel Serrato: boss couple, photographer extraordinaires, and very (very!) dear friends. This couple’s journey has led them to travel the globe together while photographing some of the most fabulously elite events of modern time. Their work has been featured in every major magazine you can think of and they can now add ‘book publishers’ to their already impressive resumes having written books on their photography skills. They are admired near and far by event photographers for their signature film photography making their simple but stunning style the gold standard.

How did we meet this dynamic duo? Let's just say this love affair started almost a decade ago when our founder Cortnie started working with Jose on several styling projects that eventually led to him photographing her and Donny’s wedding. (insert link to wedding). Since then, Cortnie and Donny have gotten to know this couple by traveling together to Bora Bora (insert link), Hawaii and Palm Springs. You really get to know a couple when you travel with them and let's just say, we would happily travel with them a million more times for the pleasure of their company and steadfast friendship (which we all know says a lot). All in all, Jose and Joel certainly prove that they are #BetterTogether.

Photography by J WILKINSON CO

 

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Ladies of Northern California, We’ve Got A Real (Re)Treat for You
Alyssa Brown
REPORT
No. 27084
VENUE:
Straus Home Ranch
LOCATION:
Tomales Bay
TYPE
STYLE
SETTINGS
Women's Retreat
United Restoration
California Coast
REPORTER: Alyssa Brown



Ladies, ladies, ladies! We’ve got a real (re)treat for you! This collection of thoughtful, inspired, creative women have rallied together to establish a series of restorative weekends in Northern California. Set in Tomales Bay during the first weekend of March, their next multi-day retreat is all about gathering women to establish new friendships and inspire one another creatively, personally and professionally.

The retreat in March is set to take place at a sprawling 19th century homestead, complete with organic farmland, towering eucalyptus trees, and an adorable cozy farmhouse. Hello, relaxation! The weekend will include workshops about storytelling, creativity, sparking inspiration, and practicing personal and professional mindfulness. Guests can also expect delicious farm-to-table meals between sessions and hanging with a community of cool ladies to boot. We recently sat down with the founders of Fog & Sage, Flynn and Stef, to chat about the inspiration behind these events. Naturally, we’re already feeling inspired to unplug, reconnect and recharge.

Words by Flynn Coleman of Fog & Sage | Photography: Stef Etow + Stephen Wakulchik


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