We all know the typical Monday through Friday grind at work. That 9-5 set schedule that helps guide our weekly routines. However, when you’re an entrepreneur and work from home, working any day of the week – if not everyday of the week – can become quite the challenge. Staying on track can be more than half the battle.

Having a work-life balance is extremely important and something I have found myself struggling with at times. When you work weekends, whether it be at home, on set filming or in the wedding industry, you need to find what works best for you in order to avoid that classic “burn out.”

Lately, I have ventured out and chosen to work on my tasks at two of my favorite local cafés, Stonehaus or Le Pain Quotidien. Not only does the vibe there allow me to focus on my work, they both also happen to serve excellent coffee and food. And what’s work without a good cup of coffee, right? Mixing up locations gives me fresh motivation and then allows me to shut off when I do return home at the end of the day.

My other go-to trick (and I got this idea from an article that I read in Forbes a while back) came from the concept of “The Four Day Work Week.” Basically, what it said was to not work on Mondays and to use that day to schedule out the rest of your work week. This is great for some but for me I simply cannot fit all of my work into a four day period. However this article did give me a different perspective on how to efficiently set up my week.

Here are a few of my little tricks for success and productivity…

  1. I ALWAYS hand write a To Do list. Every night without fail. This is especially important on Sundays for me as I will set out a weekly plan.
  2. Setting up your week. As stated above, I always make a weekly plan. Every week can change on a dime so no set schedule really works for me. Every weekend (usually Sunday) I set out what I am going to do for each day of the week.
  3. Making a weekly schedule. Here is just a gist of what a week for me looks like and the schedule I will make: Monday– Business meetings, conference calls, meeting with my assistant Ina to set up a weekly plan with her, figuring out what edits I have to do and prioritizing my work load. Tuesday– Editing Day. All I do is edit photos. Wednesday, Blog post day. I usually categorize a few topics for what Wednesday will be. I also use this day to do other creative things and catch up on anything I may be behind on. Thursday– editing day two. As well as, album design and website design. Friday– Photo shoots for promoting my company, Blog posts (again we structure the topics) and getting prepped for any shoots I may have that weekend. Saturdays and Sundays if I am not shooting, I can have time to have a day or two off depending on how much work I get done which would not be possible without this weekly structure.
  4. Make your environment a beautiful place. I know that if I have to work from home and catch up on anything when I am not shooting on the weekends, I will hit up one of my favorite local spots and work there. It boosts my productivity, lessens distractions and makes my weekend workday more enjoyable. This is true for during the workweek as well. If I do need to work from home, like when I edit, I make sure my desk and surrounding space is neatly organized and not cluttered. This gives me a fresh start and a clean mind.

Long story short, if you have positive work vibes and build a foundation to keep focused, you will have a positive weekend and fresh week ahead. Properly planning and organizing sets the tone for the days ahead. I am always looking for new ideas and suggestions so feel free to comment and let me know what works for you!

Enjoy the beautiful fall weekend and always remember that Life Is Beautiful!😊

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“Love consists of this: Two solitudes that meet, protect and greet each other.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

Ashley and her friends were getting ready in the beautiful bridal suite at Holland Ranch when I arrived to begin photographing her and Dan’s special day. The record breaking, sweltering heat only paled in comparison to the joy and excitement of the couple.

One of my favorite things about my job is seeing the love between two souls in their purest form; the bond that is their love and witnessing the sheer elation that a couple experiences on their wedding day. Ashley and Dan’s love for one another is unequivocally beautiful and pure.

They chose Holland Ranch as their venue because they wanted something in the central coast that would not only be a place where their guests could have fun late into the night, but a place that had a chic rustic feel to it and was unlike your typical ranch. Both agreed on navy and metallic colors to glam up the venue and to give it a luxurious vibe.

I hope you find Ashley and Dan’s wedding as impressively glorious as I felt documenting it.

 

The details of the day had such beautiful characteristics; from the rings to the dress, they were simply stunning.

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Some brilliant metallic Loeffler Randall shoes anyone?

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Ashley’s jewelry was a mix between her grandmothers vintage jewels and designer, NADRI Inc.

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What wedding would be complete without a gorgeous Ines Di Santo gown? I was simply in awe of this dress!

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A wedding that glitters is a wedding that stands out above the rest. Bridesmaids dresses by Adrianna Papell

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From Ashley’s bouquet to the reception, the flowers by April Flowers SLO were simply incredible.

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Instead of a cake, as neither Ashley or Dan are big desert fans, they opted for pies instead. The pies by Avilla Valley Barn were a hit and by the end of the night there was not a single bite left. Yum!

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The ceremony took place at sunset and the scenery was beautiful. With Holland Ranch’s gorgeous rustic arch overlooking the lush property and with the tall California mountains in the background, letting in just the right amount of light, we were able to capture a truly remarkable ceremony.

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What a beautiful couple inside and out!

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Ashley and Dan’s bridal party were a fantastic group of people and made my job so incredibly easy! What a fabulous group of friends indeed.

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The rustic inspired reception at the Holland Ranch barn was decorated perfectly to fit their unique style. Dan had wanted BBQ and they found the perfect catering team, Two Cooks Catering, who took their BBQ inspired food and gave it a fancied-upscale look and taste. The soulful music by Love Cartwright and his band had the guests (including myself) grooving all evening. They had a photo booth by The Awesome Booth who had everyone jumping in for fun pics with props which everyone enjoyed. The night was filled with dancing, full tummies and so much love!

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Congratulations Ashley and Dan! I know you have a lifetime of happiness together and I feel so honored to have documented your incredible day!

Vendor Credits:

Photography: The Argus Image

Venue: Holland Ranch

2nd Shooter: Jessica Swaner

Flowers: April Flowers SLO

Caterer: Two Cooks Catering

Pies: Avilla Valley Barn

Coordinator: Jamie Strand of Holland Ranch

Photo Booth: The Awesome Booth

Band: Love Cartwright

Dress: Ines Di Santo

Shoes: Loeffler Randall

Jewelry: NADRI Inc.

Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos & DKNY

 

Thank you to everyone who made this wedding possible.

xo Britt Arnett of The Argus Image

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 Coordinators & Planners

Deanna Nash Events

Contact: Deanna Nash

Web: Deanna Nash Events

Tele: (310) 993-1018

E-Mail: deanna@deannanashevents.com

XOXO Weddings

Contact: Tanya Boyd

Web: XOXO WED

Tele: (213) 422-7002

E-Mail: tanya@xoxowed.com

K Rae Events

Contact: Kimberly Palone

Web: K Rae Events

Tele: (805) 404-5501

E-Mail: kim@kraeevents.com

Wild Heart Events

Contact: Jamie

Web: Wild Heart Events

Tele: (805) 252-7566

E-Mail: hello@wildheartevents.com

 Cake Designers

Frost-it Cupcakery

Contact: Lesley

Web: Frost it Cupcakery

Tele: (805)592-3588

E-Mail: orders@frostitcupcakery.com

Video

Ellay Films

Contact: Jaymee

Web: Ellay Films

E-Mail: hello@ellayfilms.com

 Website Design

GoLiveHQ

Web: Go Live HQ

E-Mail: hello@golivehq.co

Planning Platform

HoneyBook

Web: HoneyBook

 Florists

April’s Flowers

Marin County

Contact: April

E-Mail: aprilflowersmarin@gmail.com

The Flower Lab

Santa Monica

Contact: Una

Web: The Flower Lab

Tele: (310) 592-3588

E-Mail: info@theflowerlab.com

Flowers by Lady Buggs

Los Angeles

Contact: Davida

Web: Flowers by Lady Buggs

Tele: (818) 808-9476

E-Mail: davida@flowersbyladybuggs.com

April’s Flowers Slo

San Luis Obispo

Contact: Kelsey

Web: April Flowers SLO

E-Mail:kelsey@aprilflowersslo.com

 Makeup & Hair

Joey Perotti

Contact: Joey

Tele: (908) 812-1581

Beauty by Diana Lomelin

Contact: Diana

Web: Diana Lomelin

Tele: (818) 384-5599

E-Mail: contact@dianalomelin.com

Grace Lin Professional Makeup

Web: Grace Lin Professional Makeup Team

Tele:(626) 246-5612

E-Mail: gracelinmakeupstudio@gmail.com

 Caterers

Two Cooks Catering

Contact: Heather

Web: Two Cooks Catering

Tele: (805) 776-3717

E-Mail: heather@twocookscateringonline.com

Pierre’s Catering company

Contact: Pierre

Web: Pierre Catering

Tele: (818) 707-1327

ECO Caterers

Contact: Eric

Web: ECO Caterers

Tele: (310) 202-0326

 Music/MC/DJ

Justin Claveria

Contact: Justin

Web: Justin Claveria

E-Mail: SBperformer@aol.com

Michael Cartwright

Contact: Micahel

E-Mail: lovecartwright@gmail.com

 Venues

The Four Seasons Resort- The Biltmore

Santa Barbara

Contact: Margaret Pisacich

Web: The Four Seasons Biltmore

E-Mail: Margaret.Pisacich@fourseasons.com

The Four Seasons Resort – Westlake Village

Westlake Village

Contact: Maggie Takacs

Web: The Four Seasons Westlake Village

E-Mail: maggie.takacs@fourSeasons.com

Ojai Valley Inn and Spa

Ojai Valley

Contact: Sunni Van Wagner

Web: Ojai Resort

E-Mail: svanwagner@ojairesort.com

Bacara Resort & Spa

Santa Barbara

Contact: Tiffany Emch

Web: Bacara Resort & Spa

E-Mail: TEmch@BacaraResort.com

Canary Hotel

Santa Barbara

Contact: Alison manna

Web: Canary Santa Barbara

E-Mail: Alison.Manna@canarysantabarbara.com

Lake Sherwood Country Club

Web: Lake Sherwood Country Club

Contact: Heather Sims

Westlake Village Inn

Westlake Village

Contact: Sara Gonzalez

Web: Westlake Village Inn

E-Mail: sara_gonzalez@wvinn.com

Calamigos Ranch

Malibu

Contact: Samantha Douglas

Web: Calamigos Ranch

E-Mail: samanthad@calamigos.com

Malibu Beach Inn

Malibu

Contact: Jill Allison Jennings

Web: Malibu Beach Inn

E-Mail: jill@malibubeachinn.com

Langham Huntington Hotel

Pasadena

Web: Langham Hotels

The Hotel Figueroa

Downtown Los Angeles

Contact: Tricia Wall

Web: Hotel Figueroa

E-Mail: tricia.wall@figueroahotel.com

Yamashiro Hollywood

Hollywood

Contact: John Bergano

Web: Yamashiro Hollywood

E-Mail: JohnB@YamashiroHollywood.com

Maple Lawn events

San Rafael

Contact: Lena Kokalis

Web: Maple Lawn Events

E-Mail: maplelawnevents@gmail.com

Meadowood

Napa Valley

Contact: Lauren Bates

Web: Meadowood

E-Mail: lbates@meadowood.com

Shutters On the Beach

Santa Monica

Contact: Bruce Hochberger

Web: Shutters On The Beach

E-Mail: bhochberger@shuttersonthebeach.com

 Bridal Designers & Couture

Lumière Couture Bridal

Contact: Queenie Ho

Web: Lumière Couture Bridal

E-Mail: love@lumierecuration.com

Amy Michelson

Contact: Amy Michelson

Web: Amy Michelson

E-Mail: amymichelson@yahoo.com

Thank you to our incredible Magic Makers!

 

“ The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart..” – Helen Keller

Queenie Ho and James Giovanni Pan of Lumiére – A Curation of Love and I decided to collaborate on a stylized shoot that would illustrate the power of love. We endeavored to tell the story of two lovers and their friend, that have been separated by distance, reuniting for the first time in this glamorous vintage-wedding inspired photo shoot.

We had an amazing team of vendors and found the perfect location at the Hotel Figueroa in Downtown Los Angeles to portray this story.

Love is Not Defined by Distance: A collaboration between Lumiére-A Curation of Love and The Argus Image

 

Shoes by BCBG…because who needs the yellow brick road when you have gold shoes.

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Ms. Phoebe’s Chloe + Isabel Boutique  was kind enough to provide us with this absolutely stunning jewelry collection.

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These beautiful floral designs were created by Una of The Flower Lab

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Our story would not have been complete without our incredible models! Anna Kile, Daniel Galchenko & Kelsie Cofield

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With a timeless feel and it’s striking décor, the Hotel Figueroa was the perfect setting for our vintage-inspired shoot. Each room tells a different story and gives off captivating emotion that is beautifully photogenic.

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I have had the pleasure of working with the amazing Lesley Bodwell of Frost it Cakery before. Her delicious cakes and deserts are absolutely to die for! She created this gorgeous cake for our stylized shoot with the caption: “I want all of you forever, everyday you and me. Everyday.”

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Una of The Flower Lab and I have previously worked on a couple of weddings. Her designs are nothing less than spectacular.

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A story of love and friendship would not be complete without a little celebration. Cherished Rentals provided us with this lovely china and decor.

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Lumiére- A Curation of Love has such a creative and unique feel to their designs. This new convertible gown can be worn three different ways as you will see below… how  impressive is that?! Not only are Queenie and her husband James two of the nicest people you will ever meet but they’re an incredibly talented duo.

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Love has no boundaries. Love does not know time. Love is undefinable.

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Love is not defined by distance.

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Vendors

Photography: The Argus Image
Location: Hotel Figueroa

On a perfect August 1st, Lauren and Doug’s day finally arrived. Recently, Lauren and Doug moved to Colorado so they were planning most of their wedding from out of state. Which we all know it’s difficult enough to plan a wedding when you live close to your venue. Alongside the help of their family, friends, Margaret Pisacich of  The Four Seasons Biltmore and their amazing Coordinator, Jamie of Wild Heart Events, Lauren and Doug pulled off an incredibly stunning Santa Barbara wedding.

Lauren and her friends filled the gorgeous bridal sweet with the sounds of music and laughter. When it came time to getting into her dress, her mother and sister helped her get ready and with tears of joy in her eyes, the reality started to sink in that Lauren was about to marry the love of her life. The most precious part? Doug hand carved a wooden picture frame with the sweetest love note enclosed for her. It was a heart warming and lovely gift. I even teared up a bit!

All of the guests made it to their beautiful circular ceremony site, Doug stood in the center and as Lauren approached him, you could see the sheer look of bliss that was on his face. Lauren and Doug vowed their love, thanked each other for never having to doubt that love and promised to be by each others sides for the rest of their lives.

The overwhelming amount of happiness that I saw between them, the kindness that they both posses and the pure love that they share, was incredibly beautiful to document.

Lauren and Doug, you have a lifetime of happiness ahead of you and I wish you all of the best as you begin this new chapter of your lives. Your love is truly something taken right out of a storybook and I am so happy for you both.

With love and appreciation, Britt

 

The beautiful bridal suite at The Four Seasons Biltmore

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Getting ready in the gorgeous bridal sweet at The Four Seasons Biltmore

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A hand crafted picture frame made with love from Doug to Lauren with an enclosed letter for her to read… so incredibly sweet!

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Beautiful Floral designs by Louloudi

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Just a few of their beautiful details.

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The caterers at The Four Seasons Biltmore made this delicious and beautiful cake.

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Lauren’s sister helped her put on her bracelet and Lauren helped her mother with her necklace. Moments like these are truly precious.

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Getting ready, surrounded by the love of her family.

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With these incredible women by Lauren’s side.

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Doug and his mother putting on the finishing touches, a family heirloom (pin) that he wanted to wear on his wedding day.

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Doug, with his incredible friends and family.

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As the sun began to descend, giving off a beautiful warm glow, Lauren and Doug’s ceremony began. They said their vows and made promises of love and devotion to one another and it was nothing less than incredible.

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They sealed it with a kiss.

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Now this is official.

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The love from their friends and family radiated throughout their entire day.

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The The Four Seasons Biltmore with its beautiful lush gardens, its beach entrance, alongside its gorgeous Spanish architecture, felt like a dream.

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The night was filled with amazing music by Justin Claveria and his band who got everyone moving on the dance floor.

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I cannot express my gratitude enough to all of the vendors who made this day possible, the beautiful Four Seasons Biltmore Resort and of course to Lauren, Doug and their amazing friends and family. You really made us feel welcome and I cannot thank you enough for letting me document your special day.

 

Vendors

Location:  The Four Seasons Biltmore Margaret Pisacich

Wedding Coordinator: Jamie of Wild Heart Events

Florist: Louloudi

Cake/Caterer: The Four Seasons Biltmore

Band/MC: Justin Claveria

Hair/Makeup: TEAM Hair and Makeup – Felicia

Officiant: Rich Tobin

Rentals: Fusion Even Rentals

Photographer: Britt Arnett of The Argus Image

  • March 20, 2016 - 8:18 am

    Hochzeitsfotograf Wien - Love your pictures and your style of wedding photography!
    ValPhotography – Hochzeitsfotograf Wien

  • May 18, 2016 - 7:55 pm

    Britt Arnett - Thank you very much!