CTE Loves Amy Karp Photography

We write this blog with giddiness because we get to talk about one of our most favorite event professionals of all time, Amy Karp Photography!  Not only is she a great friend of ours and an wonderful person, she is also an insanely talented photographer.  She is extremely passionate about what she does, but always keeps it fun and exciting for her clients’ which puts them at ease during their sessions with her.

When interviewing Amy for the blog, we wanted to know how it all started for her.  Here’s what she said: After a stroll down memory lane of some of Amy’s armature photography work from college; her husband, Jon, encouraged her to peruse her dreams of capturing beautiful images and lasting memories. And thus Amy Karp Photography was born.

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While her career started in office management, HR, and accounting she has always had a sweet spot for artistic outlets such as drawing, painting, DIY projects, and designing. Amy still enjoys her DIY projects, gardening and most importantly spending time with her husband, Jon, and their son, Sam. She even has a new found love for Cross-Fit.

For a while Amy was maintaining a full-time job and shooting in her free time. Any spare time left she was gaining experience by working with local photographer’s whose work she admired and respected. Amy was focused on soaking up all the knowledge she could to be an amazing photographer.

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Her amazing style is portrayed through her pictures! It is modern yet traditional with an editorial flair keeping her images timeless and memorable.

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In 2006, after shooting her first wedding she was officially hooked on photography! “I loved the type of storytelling and loved that weddings have so many types of photography fused into one…you must be well-rounded in your craft and be quick to shift gears when needed” says, Amy.

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In 2009 Amy decided to take a leap of faith and jump into her craft full time as a professional photographer. And let us tell you that leap of faith paid off! By the end of her first year Amy was nationally published in Southern Weddings Magazine.  Since then she has been published in so many more magazines and blogs such as Weddings, Texas Wedding Guide, World’s Best Wedding Photographers by Junebug Weddings, and more.

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Amy’s favorite thing about photography is being able to create beautiful images in strange places and playing with different lighting. She’s also a daredevil and loves to shoot underwater photography! While she would love to spend more time perfecting her underwater craft; it’s not for the faint of heart and requires an adventurous client.

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We asked Amy to tell us about her proudest moment in her photography career so far. We couldn’t help but to be proud for her as she told us, “I was named photographer of the year two years in a row by AACWP (American Association of Certified Wedding Planners). That was a great honor to be recognized for my work and customer relations!”

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When asked what advice she would give a bride to help choose her wedding photographer; Amy gave us a few pointers, “Try to picture yourself and your style in the photographer’s portfolio. Try to get a feel if your personalities mesh well together. And when meeting with your potential photographer, make sure they make you feel at ease. And also look for a photographer that has experience with natural and artificial light.”

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We cannot get enough of Amy Karp, her work is both breathtaking and fun! When you meet Amy in person to talk about your wedding or next big event, you’ll be sure to fall in love with her bubbly personality. And make sure you tell her we sent you!!

All images used are courtesy of Amy Karp Photography and a great mini-showcase of her talent! 

Happy Mother’s Day

I think George Washington said it best, “All that I am I owe to my mother.”

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Being a mom is one of the toughest, yet most rewarding jobs ever! Everyday there is a mother working hard, making sacrifices, and paving the way for her child(ren). And may they forever be grateful.

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Are hearts are filled with so much joy and love as we are taking orders for floral arrangements and writing out the sweet card messages from sons, daughters, and family; we wanted to take this time to express our gratitude.

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On behalf of everyone here at Creative Touch Events and Freesia, we would love to wish all the amazing mothers everywhere a Happy Mother’s Day!! Don’t forget to show your mom how appreciated she is this Sunday by sending a one of kind Freesia arrangement.

Classic Wedding at The Hickory Street Annex

Rahul & Paige first laid eyes on each other at a bowling fundraiser. The fundraiser was one that Rahul himself had planned for the members of the Red Shoe Society, a group of young professionals who support the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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The two continued dating for two years before they were engaged. Rahul took time into planning a fairytale engagement for the bride-to-be! The couple enjoyed a trip to the Wine & Cheese Festival at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens and in a beautiful secluded garden Rahul proposed. Besides the proposal Rahul had a few other surprises in store for Paige.

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Afterward they whisked away to dinner. Rahul had taken the precious time to make reservations at the restaurant where the two enjoyed their first date. Paige was in shock, to say the least, when they arrived. Waiting to help celebrate the couple’s new engagement were Rahul’s parents, Paige’s parents, her sister and even her best friend.

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After picking simple yet beautiful stationary by Minted that matched the metallic, ivory and blue color pallet of the wedding the two were on their way to say “I Do”. Just a few days after the couple’s three year anniversary, Paige was walking down the aisle at the amazing Hickory Street Annex.

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Paige wore a gorgeous wedding gown by Maggie Sottero which she had purchased at Lulu’s Bridal. Her maids complimented her in adorable knee lengthWindy City Dressin navy blue by Mod Cloth . Hair and makeup made them complete done by the talented Erin Blair Makeup & Hair Design.

 

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The wedding party’s look was complimented with luscious bouquets and bouts created by our floral design company, Freesia, who designed all of the floral pieces for their wedding.  Paige loves flowers with small petals which we think is adorable and kept the small petal look throughout her design.

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Besides being announced as Mr. and Mrs. Vora by for the first time; Paige’s favorite moment was “seeing all of our friends and family from across the world, gathered in one room, cheering with excitement for us.”

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After the wedding ceremony guest were invited to dine on delicious cuisine by Vestals Catering & India Palace that reflected both of the happy couples’ cultures. Everyone also enjoyed awesome music being spun by DJ Jason Esquire.

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Luckily with all the excitement the awesome Don & Emily of The Mamones Photography were there to catch every moment of joy, love, happiness, excitement and fun!

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Since the couple decided on a fun candy bar as favors for their guests’ they agreed on a simple but decadent cake by Panini Bakery.

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To end the night the couple were whisked away by Sharon Limo. This marked the moment when they were finally settled and ready to officially begin this new chapter in their life.

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When asked what is the best advice they can give other brides, Paige and Rahul both agree that “Be comfortable with saying “NO” when you don’t want to include something in your ceremony or reception”

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It was a joy to work with this beautiful couple and help bring their two cultures together. Since being married, the two have been able to spend their free time planning travel for the next couple of years.

Brilliance and Blush Wedding Showcase

Even though we’re still feelin’ the heat in Dallas-Fort Worth, fall is fast approaching; which means it’s time for you to start planning your wedding again.

What a better way to kick off your new start than by attending the fun yet relaxed Brilliance & Blush Wedding Showcase on Saturday, September 14th from 12:00p-4:00p at Fuller’s Jewelry Store in Addison, TX.

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Mix & mingle with top event professionals and chat with them one-on-one to talk more about your specific wedding details.  Be inspired by gorgeous design elements, get beautified with hair and makeup tips, get photography tips and tricks, start designing your stationary line, taste delicious bites and pick out your wedding bands or wedding party gifts.  Win fabulous prizes just for attending!

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Our brilliance will simply make you blush.  So RSVP today to https://brillianceandblush.eventbrite.com!  You owe it to yourself to make your your planning experience an enjoyable and seamless experience.

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Photos by ::  Amy Karp Photography

:: Spectacular vendors that’ll make your wedding experience the BEST ever ::

Magic Moments Parties & Events     Ducky Bob’s     Amy Karp Photography     TC Makeup        

 ES Events     The Bees Knees Custom Design     Panini Bakery     The Windsor

Fuller’s Jewelry     The Creative Touch, Events by Lauren

Fuller’s Jewelry & The Creative Touch, Events by Lauren Have Teamed Up

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Who would have thought that jewelry & wedding planning could go hand-in-hand?  Well, they really do make the perfect pair!

We are thrilled to announce our partnership with local jewelry specialist, Fuller’s Jewelry.  A few months ago, we got together to discuss the ways in which we’d each like to make an impact in the Dallas-Fort Worth wedding market.  It just so happens that we both have the same goal in mind….to create a complete wedding experience for our clients.  From the moment your fiancé makes that very large sparkly purchase to when you both say, ‘I Do!’, Fuller’s Jewelry and The Creative Touch, Events by Lauren want to be there to make your experience the very best it can be.

Already have your gorgeous rock?  No worries at all…you still need a wedding band for both you and your guy.  What about meaningful gifts for your parents and wedding party?  Fuller’s has more than just jewelry.  They have beautiful watches and other customizable gifts.  They can work with almost any budget.

Between all of the great products Fuller’s offers and all of the great services we offer, you are in great hands to start your most amazing journey to become husband and wife.

To inaugurate this new and exciting relationship, we have decided to throw a party!  We’ve brought in some of the top event professionals in our industry to show off their stuff.  Whether you are newly engaged or just about to walk down the aisle, we’d love to see you at the All That Glimmers Bridal Showcase Saturday, April 20th from 12-4p at Fuller’s Jewelry Store!

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:: Here are the spectacular vendors you don’t wanna miss ::

Culinary Art Catering     Magic Moments Parties & Events     Linen Hero     Amy Karp Photography     TC Makeup        

 ES Events     The Bees Knees Custom Design     Panini Bakery

Fuller’s Jewelry     The Creative Touch, Events by Lauren

:: RSVP to lauren@mycreativetouchevents.net to attend ::