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Safari Wedding Inspiration from Utterly Engaged + Propel

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Lucia Dinh of Utterly Engaged + So Happi Together teamed up with Caroline Tran to design an inspiration setting for her workshop, Propel. She imagined a wedding story between a city girl in love with safaris and a groom with Southern sensibilities. The shoot turned out too delicious for words, and you can see it in full in their Issue No. 24 Fizz and Frills.

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Left image by Caroline Tran, right image by Isa Pin

About the workshop:
From Caroline Tran: Propel was born from my two passions: teaching and photography. I was a high school Physics teacher before becoming a full time photographer. Though there are many reasons why I chose photography, there are also many things I miss about teaching. I especially miss the mentoring aspects of teaching – I love sharing knowledge and I love helping people reach their full potential. I am so grateful for having the opportunity to teach again.

Propel covers how to establish your aesthetic and approach, marketing and everything in between. The best part, it’s like summer camp :)


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Above images by Caroline Tran

Propel focuses on helping you build a sustainable business, and establishing your style when you shoot. We cover topics anywhere from marketing & branding to workflow. And of course, we always have a couple of beautifully styled shoots for lots of hands-on practice. I walk you through how I approach a shoot, and then give you time to practice. Propel is an experience. Think of it like summer camp or a retreat. There’s no way to fully describe it; you just have to experience it.



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Above images by Isa Pin


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Above image by Justin Parker

About the inspiration behind the shoot:
Lucia of Utterly Engaged Magazine: We created a fictional wedding story to help inspire the editorial shoot and design elements for Propel. Inspired by the zebras at Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, CA they mixed organic blooms and safari inspired graphic patterns to create a modern down-to-earth glamour wedding that’s rich in textures and layers of love. The fictional story: “She’s a city girl, that has a big heart and love for Africa. He’s a southern gentlemen who loves big adventures. Consumed with love they eloped and married among their closest friends and family in an intimate celebration for twelve.”


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Above image by Kimberly Chau


View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Event Location: Malibu, CA / Editorial Creative Director: Lucia Dinh Pador of Utterly Engaged Magazine for Propel / Workshop Mentor: Caroline Tran / Photographers: Justin Parker/Justin Snapp, Isa Pin, Kimberly Chau, Kym Vitar, Amelia Plumb, Annie Vovan, Michelle Turek, Ashley Batz, Chelsea Chamness, Caroline Yoon, and Aimee Jobe / Event Venue: Saddlerock Ranch / Head Designer and Stylist: So Happi Together / Floral Creative Director: Inviting Occasion Inc / Floral Assistant: Art With Nature / Wardrobe Styling: Lovely Jubilee / Wedding Dress: Lindee Daniel “Rebekah” via Lovely Bridal / Jewelry and Accessories: Vintage Homegrown and 31 Bits / Bridal Lingerie: Naked Princess / Caterer: Chef Anahita / Cake: A Wish and a Whisk / Desserts: Cake Monkey / Lighting: Chiavari Chair Rentals / Rentals: Found Rentals / Textiles Props: Scalamandré / Linens: Wildflower Linen / Stationery: DL/sh Designs

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Spreading Lovely

Welcome to Spreading Lovely!  We’re a full service event planning & design company based in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving all of The Golden State and beyond and tailor all services to fit your specific event needs.  Plus, with every booking, we donate 10% to the charity of your choice because we believe in not only making a difference in our clients’ lives, but also in countless other lives we may never otherwise have the opportunity to reach.

Of course we love a great party, but more importantly we believe in love, we believe in a marriage after the wedding, and we love being a part of life’s major milestones and helping you navigate the (sometimes) mountains of details.  With our wealth of knowledge, creativity and experience we’ll illuminate and inspire your ideas to create a one-of-a-kind event that authentically reflects YOUnot us, or what anyone tells you it should be.

We know how to leverage small design details of texture, color and lighting to elevate an event and create the ambiance you desire. We love collaborating to create unique event concepts, after all – it’s your story that makes the best inspiration.  If lots of glitter and bright colors best reflects your fun loving nature, awesome, we’re in!  If an elopement on a mountain top is more your thing, fantastic, we’re in!  Our number one job is to be on your team and provide a voice of reason, guidance and experience to streamline the planning and execute your event more exceptional than you imagined.

We believe you should be fully present and live in the moment on your wedding day, not sweating the small stuff!  That’s why we’re here to make the road to your wedding more fun, more relaxed and more enjoyable by taking care of the planning, design and organization details so you can still make it to Sunday brunch and do more of what makes you happy while celebrating the path to this amazing commitment to each other!

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