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Merry Christmas 2011 Brides!

  • A Day at the Spa

several classes with Justin and Mary and two years at WPPI… I’ve come away learning one really important thing. You need to WOW your clients. Be more than they ever expected and completely blow their expectation of you out of the water… and that yields FREE word-of-mouth marketing!! In my opinion, word-of-mouth is the best kind of marketing there is! It’s effective and I want that for my business. I also learned over the course of the past three years that I want to run a business that is RELATIONAL and PERSONAL. I want the brides that invest in

 

my business to be not only be my clients but my FRIENDS as well!  This has worked extremely well for me since I started implementing my personality into my business 3 years ago. I’m at a place now where I’m attracting brides that are very similar to ME. We just get along and love spending time together!! So as I was thinking about Christmas gifts and ways to spoil my 2011 brides, I selfishly decided that I wanted to see them all again! I mean, I love them and I really don’t have a reason to see them again once their wedding is past, so a 2011 Katelyn James Brides get-together needed to happen! Besides, these girls have followed the blog for forever and have seen each other’s weddings and already feel like they know each other! How much fun would it be to get them all together in one place?!  So after talking with a close friend (and 2011 bride:) about this idea, the light bulb came on! What about a SPA DAY?!!! Let’s invite ALL of my 2011 brides to the Red Door Spa in Shortpump and let them have a choice of either a facial, a massage or a mani/pedi combo!! We’ll eat Cinnamon Crunch bagels from Panera, catch up and it will be glorious!!!!! So over a month ago, I sent out the invitations and 15 of my 2011 brides got together this past Saturday! It was SO much fun for me to see all of these amazing women who have meant so much to me and my business this past year!! I walked in the women’s lounge and the girls were getting ready for their massages and I told them “Guys!! This is just surreal!!!” I had a whole year’s worth of client’s hanging out together in one place and loving it! It was amazing! I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to work with such amazing women this 2011 season!!!! I’m thankful for every single one of them and to all the brides that are out of town or had other plans, you have a little something coming in the mail and you were MISSED!!!

 

So MERRY CHRISTMAS to my wonderful brides!!!! Love you all!!

xoxo,

Katelyn (& Michael:)

 

ps. So sorry not everyone was in the group photo! Some ladies came early and some were having pedicure/skinny jean issues in the back when we shot this:):) haha

I embarrass Michael with my need to take self portraits in mirrors in public!

And Here’s a SUPER quick clip of the day!

30 Comments Photography
  1. Mary Marantz reply

    Gah!!! KATELYN!!! This is genius…..GENIUS!!! You have no idea how proud it makes me to see you take these ideas and RUN with them. Raise the bar. And take them to the next level. Rock it OUT, girl! And just know that I am so, so proud of you! xoxoxoxox

  2. lori reply

    I second Mary! AMAZING Lovemark!

  3. Lesley reply

    Cinnamon Crunch bagels from Panera are the BEST bagels ever, and Katelyn – your hair is looking fabulous!

  4. Brittany reply

    Such an amazing day! It was soo good to meet everyone. I had a blast! Just wish I would have known about getting oil in your hair ha!!

  5. Nancy Mitchell reply

    Katelyn! This is such a wonderful idea! You are such an inspiration and one day I so want to meet you! Continue to ROCK out this business with all your goodness! I can’t wait to see what 2012 brings for you! xoxo~nance

  6. Ashley reply

    what an awesome husband Michael is for coming along! This is a great idea. How about doing this in 2014 :)

  7. shauna Y. reply

    You may possibly be the cutest wedding photographer out there! You are amazing, and such a wonderful example. I too would want to meet you…it would be a dream come true! Congrats to the 2011 Brides!

  8. Elizabeth and Ryan | Elizabeth Ryan Photography reply

    You are AMAZING!!! What an incredible idea!! You rock my world! ;)

  9. stephanie gizinski reply

    You TOTALLY WOW’ed me!! When I found out about this, I just kept thinking IS SHE FOR REAL!?! I absolutely looooooved spending time with you and the other brides!! THANK YOU AGAIN!!! Love you! xoxo

  10. Kathryn Denelle Stevens reply

    I LOVE it, Katelyn! What an amazing way to care for your brides and to share more of YOU with them!

  11. Jennifer Hejna reply

    wow Katelyn what a wonderful idea ! I will totally keep this in mind trying to “WOW” my clients :-) Fantastic !

  12. Jenna reply

    LOVE this idea!! I may just have to steal it next year!!! :-)

  13. Abby Grace reply

    a) Katelyn, you are flipping adorable. Your outfit is so cute! 2) what an AWESOME idea! I’m sure your brides felt so so loved. You do such a good job or adoring and pampering your clients!

  14. Lauryn reply

    Little tip** Don’t wear skinny jeans when getting a pedicure! Gah!! :-) Haha, thanks SOOOO much for this Katelyn!! Love you!

  15. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I continually feel spoiled and blessed to have been a 2011 Katelyn James bride!!! This was the BEST gift – I had a blast! :)

  16. Rebekah Hoyt reply

    Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I continually feel spoiled and blessed to have been a 2011 Katelyn James bride!!! This was the BEST gift – I had a blast! :)

  17. beverly lilly reply

    literally no other man could do what michael does for you. you have the most supportive husband! mikey, it was such a sweet surprise to see you!

  18. Lauren Wakefield reply

    I LOVE this idea! I mean how awesome?!?! You rock.

  19. lisa cour reply

    Awesome! What a fabulous idea! And can I say, you are just beautiful! Love, love, love your hair!

  20. Katie reply

    hahahahah okay A) that pedicure/skinny jean issue… I HAVE IT ALL. THE. TIME. you’d think I would learn you know? but nope. I never plan that well and I always decide I need a pedi when I am already out and about and have on skinny jeans. the worst. B) I already decided you needed to be my photog… but if you’re throwing in SPA days… well I need to get the whole “engagement” thing done ASAP :)

  21. Katie reply

    hahahahah okay A) that pedicure/skinny jean issue… I HAVE IT ALL. THE. TIME. you’d think I would learn you know? but nope. I never plan that well and I always decide I need a pedi when I am already out and about and have on skinny jeans. the worst. B) I already decided you needed to be my photog… but if you’re throwing in SPA days… well I need to get the whole “engagement” thing done ASAP :)

  22. Becca reply

    Ouuu!!! Such a good idea!! Love this!

  23. Rachel Cutherell reply

    Katelyn, I’m SO glad you thought of this idea! We all felt spoiled and I’m sure I’m not the only bride that LOVED meeting other brides! I kept thinking “wow, they’re all just so much fun… just like Katelyn!” You really do attract a certain type of client, and it’s the good kind. :) You rock.

  24. Katie Beale reply

    SO IMPRESSED with your video AND audio skills!!! Love it!

  25. Mallory reply

    Katelyn, this is such a great idea. My Justin and I have been racking our brains this week, after watching Justin and Mary’s live chat, of what we can do with our past and future clients…this is a cute idea!!! Congrats and Happy Holidays!

  26. Mallory reply

    Katelyn, this is such a great idea. My Justin and I have been racking our brains this week, after watching Justin and Mary’s live chat, of what we can do with our past and future clients…this is a cute idea!!! Congrats and Happy Holidays!

  27. Mallory reply

    Katelyn, this is such a great idea. My Justin and I have been racking our brains this week, after watching Justin and Mary’s live chat, of what we can do with our past and future clients…this is a cute idea!!! Congrats and Happy Holidays!

  28. Jackie reply

    Katelyn, you (& Michael) are the sweetest! I promise that over the years ALL of your brides think of you as a friend and would not go back and change a thing about their wedding photography. This was such a great idea!

  29. eryn reply

    Girl, you are AMAZING…and Justin and Mary should be proud! You’re always inspiring me to bring myself into my business as I grow…I LOVE this idea!!

  30. Taylor Jackson reply

    You have seriously the best ideas!!! I would loveeee to see my 2011 brides again! They really made my year into how awesome it was and that is just such a great idea for business (and a little pleasure!)

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