Misti Morningstar Photography
Pete Wins 2013 International Hermes Creative Award : May 10, 2013
Pete Wins 2013 International Hermes Creative Award : May 10, 2013
HERMES CREATIVE AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR 2013
The winning entry, “Strawberry Meow Flower…
The Corvair Show : Northern Virginia May 4, 2013
These beautiful and classic cars take you back in time. A Corvair is ever so retro-stylish and the…
Corvair Car Show : Northern Virginia
Check out the Corvairs from the Northern Virginia Corvair Show : May 4, 2013 in Leesburg Virginia.
And the winner of the 2012 Canvas Giveaway is…..
The winner of 2012′s Canvas Giveaway Contest is…. Jennifer and Randy.
They will receive a FREE 16×20…
Vote for Newlywed Canvas Giveaway Contest 2012
shared via WordPress.com
Misti Morningstar Wins Gold and Honorable Mention at International Hermes Awards for Photography
HERMES CREATIVE AWARDS ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR 2012
DALLAS, TX– Hermes Creative Awards today announced winners for the 2012 international awards competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media. Hermes Creative Awards recognizes outstanding work in the industry while promoting the philanthropic nature of marketing and communication professionals.
There were over 4,700 entries from throughout the United States, Canada and several other countries in the Hermes Creative Awards 2012 competition. Entries came from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.
Hermes Creative Awards is administered and judged by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals. The international organization consists of several thousand marketing, communication, advertising, public relations, media production and free-lance professionals. AMCP oversees awards and recognition programs, provides judges and rewards outstanding achievement and service to the profession.
AMCP judges are industry professionals who look for companies and individuals whose talent exceeds a high standard of excellence and whose work serves as a benchmark for the industry.
Misti Morningstar won two awards for her photography. The first entry was titled, “Here’s Looking at You Kid”, which won Gold. The second entry titled, “Wedding Bliss in Sherwood Forest”, won Honorable Mention.
Here’s Looking at You Kid
Wedding Bliss in Sherwood Forest
Winners were selected from 179 categories grouped under advertising, publications, marketing/branding, integrated marketing, public relations/communications, electronic media and pro bono. About 15% of the entries won the Platinum Award- the organization’s top honor. Nineteen percent won the Gold Award. A list of Platinum and Gold Winners can be found on the Hermes Creative Awards website at www.hermesawards.com.
Yalixa and Tim : Comus Inn Wedding
Yalixa and Tim had the most gorgeous day for their wedding at The Comus Inn
. These two lovebirds are both charismatic with sunny dispositions. You can’t help but love them both - they’re such a genuine pair full of energy. The ceremony was held outside in the lawn under a vine and floral arbor with beautiful lush views of the Sugarloaf mountains.
Much of the decor was created by the bride and groom. The wooden centerpieces and the cake stand were all created by Tim. The river rocks in the orchid vases were incorporated because they represented a memory from Yalixa’s childhood in Puerto Rico. It always adds a nice touch when couples add their own creativity to the atmosphere for their wedding. I’m always impressed by the final outcome.
Yalixa and Tim work for the Federal Government and they met online like most busy singles do these days. Yalixa said, it was divine intervention. She had participated in online dating in the past and was very hesitant to do it again. But after asking her best friend for her opinion, the friend shared she had had a dream about online dating which she could not understand because she is happily married. They talked about it and decided it was the right time in Yalixa’s life to give love a chance. So during a sleep over with her girlfriend they worked on her online profile… Within weeks she met Tim. After many long conversations and long emails, they had their first date at a local Italian Restaurant. Yalixa said she felt such peace in her heart on her way to see him. He was waiting for her with a big smile and a dozen roses.
As the saying goes, when you know, you know… Five months into the relationship, Tim asked Yalixa out to the same Italian Restaurant and asked her to wear the same dress she wore on their first date (as Tim would describe, a cute short black dress which showed off her legs). On her way to see Tim that night, Yalixa had a car accident right on his street. A woman pulling out of her parking space, did not see her coming and caused thousands of dollars in damages to her new vehicle. After dealing with being upset about the incident, insurance agents and police officers for a number of hours, the magic finally started to roll… and that night Tim proposed!!!!
The one date they most remember is Yalixa’s birthday weekend. Nobody had ever done anything like it for her. Tim flew her to Boston, then drove her to Maine where they visited many of the lighthouses… She said he treated her like a queen the whole weekend.
Wedding Theme: Lovebirds in a rustic garden, inspired by their love for nature and the country setting of our venue overlooking the Sugarloaf Mountains.
Colors: Blues and White.
Unique things about the wedding: Since they both have children, they wanted to incorporate the children into their ceremony and reception. So they had a sand ceremony representing the blending of our families. They also had treats and special cupcakes for the children. They even invited their children’s best friends to the wedding. They wanted their girls to have an unforgettable time. The day was not just about Tim and Yalixa.
Favorite Details: All the wood burning design done on the wooden centerpieces (tree slices) were created by the Tim, the groom. The simple elegance of orchids inside simple vases with river rocks. Orchids were Yalixa’s deceased mother’s favorite flower and the river rocks brought childhood memories from back home in Puerto Rico.
One of their most favorite details: the cake stand (a large tree slice).
In their words…”On our awaited Wedding Day, April 14, 2012, we choose a tree slice cake stand to represent this moment in time where we reflect on where we came from, where we are and where we are going. The rings gently spiral out from the center and journal every moment in our history together ~ the knots where our relationship became stronger ~ the tiny cracks where we learned how to be apart and mend what was weak ~ the imperfections which give our relationship character and life. This rustic tree slice is a beautiful sentiment representing our love and our life together. This rustic tree slice is the story of two lovebirds.”
Three Words To Describe the Wedding: Real, Joy, Passion
Honeymoon Destination: A romantic hideway in PA. Ooo la, la, la….
Florist: Ory Florals
Cake: Karen Carrillo, Cake I Do!
Dress: A MonCheri Bridal Gown, Potomac Bridals
Hair: Giviga Hair Salon
First Dance Song: Halo by Beyonce
Makeup: Aixa Torres (Bride’s Sister)
Here are a few of my favorites from the day. You can see their entire wedding on my website MistiMorningstar.com
, under “real weddings”. Let us know your favorites by commenting below.
The flower and ring girls arriving in the limo.
The beautiful bride and her bridesmaids arriving in the limo.
Needless to say, the crowd couldn’t wait !!!!
Watch out Paula Abdul !!
A little bubbly for the bride before the ceremony.
The groom anticipating.
The lovely bride before the ceremony.
The girls just before their grand entrance.
The bride escorted down the aisle by her sister and her best friend.
The groom witnessing his bride-to-be for the first time.
Isn’t it beautiful !
Love this little peak of the bride admiring her man !
And the groom looks equally happy !!
It’s official, woo hoo !!!!
The happy Mr. and Mrs.
Looks like the bridesmaids caught some good shots.
I know words cannot describe their feelings of just being married. They’re so in love!
The wedding party against the backdrop of the Sugarloaf mountains.
This flirty little pose was one of my dear favorites.
Oh my, this is so romantic.
Another cool shot by the Comus Barn.
Oooooo, I love expression on Tim’s face !
A traditional pose by the pink poseys.
The lovebirds exchange a kiss on the back patio of the Comus Inn.
This is charming and shows off Tim’s true gentleman side.
Inside… a private moment before dinner.
The first dance as husband and wife.
The rings atop one of the custom tree plaques.
“Faith” ring inscription.
Fun time for the groom as he removes the garter.
The lucky garter recipient. I think he will be saving it for a few years.
The cake cutting.
Ok, this is great! Yalixa had Tim’s name painted on her toenail !!! LOVE IT!!!!!!!
The girls in their shiny silver heels.
I caught one of the darling little girls feasting on a chocolate covered strawberry.
The kids having fun in the lawn.
One of the guests hamming it up in his wife’s shades!
This is such a happy photo of the kids blowing bubbles.
And more bubbles !!!
While the bride changed into her honeymoon dress, I took the opportunity to snap this lovely shot of her gown.
I think they’re ready for their honeymoon…what do you think?
Is she thinking about her future wedding day…. someday.
Tim and Yalixa getting ready to set-off on their romantic honeymoon.
But wait…… look whose coming to dinner? Why does the chicken cross the road? To see a beautiful bride!!!!!
Gotta feed the chickens first. Ok, Tim, now she can leave.
Congratulations Yalixa and Tim! Hugs xox
Sunset in Hawaii - Imgur
Cheap Wedding Photography : Are Your Wedding Day Memories Worth Risking?
I can certainly understand trying to stay within a budget, but when you hear story after story about disasters that people have gone through with their Wedding Photography, it might be worth re-thinking your budget.
Here are just a few examples of what some of my clients and their friends have shared with me.
A recently married bridesmaid told me at her friend’s wedding that she wished she would have know about us because her photographer showed up late and left early without even telling anyone.
Another bride told me her friend hired a friend to take her wedding photos, and 8 months later, still has not received her photos. Which was why she was hiring us so she didn’t have to go through what her friend did.
Two couples I booked this year had unfavorable results with another photographer when shooting their engagement photos. So I re-shot their engagement photos and will also be shooting their weddings.
A recent senior called and ask me to photograph her because the photographer she previously had an appointment with forgot about her appointment and never showed up.
The old adage still holds true - You get what you pay for. Your wedding is one of the most important days of your life so why chance it? Wedding photography is an investment, which is why we continue to hold the highest standards for our services, and products that we provide to our clients.
Is high-end wedding photography worth it?
Ok, so you might squirm at paying a little more. But after you watch this clip I think you’ll agree that having done so, it’s totally worth it. Put your mind at ease, invest in and enjoy your wedding day, knowing that you will not have to worry about going through something like this:
If you had a wedding photography disaster, tell us about it here.