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Our First Speaking Event, The Knot Pro Mixer and All Sorts of Fun in San Diego

Jun 22, 2016

Last night was sort of  a big freakin’ deal, guys.

A few weeks ago, our friend Meghan with Two Bright Lights called us to chat about some really exciting things coming up for our favorite publication platform, our experience using their system and she invited us to come be panelists at an upcoming event in San Diego with TBL and The Knot Pro Network. Ummmmm - what?! Heck yeah!! We were totally honored to be asked out of the hundreds of photographers available to go and speak to our peers!

Forgive these cell phone photo selfies, these were taken after we put our official camera away!! 🙂 Yes, I desperately need a new cell phone with a better camera! 🙂

Randy and Ashley Durham

Randy and Ashley Durham with Hillary Boyd

^^ This is us with Hillary Boyd, our downright AMAZING rep from the Knot, who we just absolutely love + who always takes care of us! ^^

Randy and Ashley Durham with Meghan Brown, Editor of Two Bright Lights

^^ This is us with Meghan Brown, our new bestie who is one of the editors for Two Bright Lights! ^^

Together with our new friend Derek Chad, we got to talk about our experiences using Two Bright Lights to get our weddings and sessions published and the profound effect it’s had on our business. We told the story about how when we first moved to California and we got to do this amazing engagement session for Lou + Chris, and how we submitted their session for publication with every same-sex friendly blog we could find … and how every single one picked them up! What’s even more amazing is that about six months after their session, we were contacted by a TV producer looking to cast a new and upcoming TV show … and long story short, Lou + Chris had their wedding journey documented on TV and we were able to make our national debut!!

And it was all thanks to Two Bright Lights!

It was Randy’s first time ever speaking as part of our business, and I was so, so proud of him. He did so great, fielding questions from our peers and encouraging people to get started on getting published. YES!!

After the Two Bright Lights boot camp, the party transitioned into a mixer for The Knot Pro Network - which had some of San Diego’s BEST vendors in attendance. We got to meet some fantastic wedding planners, florists, makeup artists, bakeries and of course, fellow photographers. Everything was so beautifully designed, and the food from Coasterra was out of this world amazing (especially the little mushroom appetizers, no idea what they were but we chased the waiters down who had them - SO delicious!). And the treats from Susie Cake’s were outstanding, too! In fact, we’ll be making a trip to their shop for blueberry cakes when we’re back in San Diego in a couple of weeks for some weddings!!! WOO HOO!

Before the party started, we snuck in a few shots of the details and stuff before putting our camera away to mix and mingle with our new friends!

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The Knot’s RAD Creative Team Included:

planner + designer | White Lace Events + Design

stationary | Whimsique Invitations

illustration | Lucky To Be In Love

floral | Jennifer Cole Florals

venue + catering | Coasterra

snow cones | So Icy Snocones

desserts | Susie Cakes

rentals | Concepts Events Design, Rustic Events, Platinum Event Rentals

music | Encore Event Entertainment

favors | My Candy Jar, Green Bridal Boutique

artwork | Laura Anderson

beauty | Bridal Artist Agency, EC Stylebar On The Go

cinematographers | Enjet Media

event photographer | David Manning Photographer



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  1. michelle

    June 22nd, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    Oh how fun!!!! Looks like you enjoyed yourselves!

  2. Stella Throop

    June 22nd, 2016 at 3:37 pm

    Wow! Congratulations on a big milestone in your business! 🙂 Looks like it was a lovely party!!

  3. Raelene Schulmeister

    June 23rd, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I can’t even contain my joy for the both of you! What an amazing opportunity! The faith you have in each other is inspiring and I love watching you succeed together! <3

  4. Mahlia

    June 23rd, 2016 at 9:15 am

    What an incredible guest speaking opportunity!!! So excited for y’all!

  5. Jill Marie

    June 23rd, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Randy and Ashley, this is TOTALLY AMAZING!!! I am so so SO thrilled for you both- what an amazing opportunity!

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