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My incredibly talented florist friend, Inessa Nichols, hosted a dinner a couple weeks ago (before this crazy coronavirus outbreak!) to celebrate International Women’s Day with some boss women in the wedding industry. I am so lucky to work in an industry that is buzzing with inspiring women that I can look up to on the daily.

Not every industry has carved a path for women to succeed and I think the biggest reason the wedding industry feels so great for women is because we’ve learned to support each other instead of compete with each other!

I recently had a lightbulb moment & realized that no one had formally critiqued my work since I was an art student in college. So I looked around me and asked about 15 women in this industry that I respect so so much and said “will you tell me the hard stuff? No compliments, just show me my blind spots and where you think I need improvement”. Here’s the crazy part: they all said “Absolutely.” They said “I will help you” they said “Let’s make you stronger”. I owe these women a massive THANK YOU! This dinner celebrates moments like that!

Let’s keep lifting each other up & helping each other get better side-by-side 💛 Enjoy the photos of this stunning dinner party!

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Talented Vendor Team

Venue: Cooper Arms Building – provided by Nancy and Gian Moral

Photographer: Jess Onesto with Cheers Babe Photo

Floral design & styling: Inessa Nichols Design, Leelina Martin

Sponsor: Wide Eyes Open Palms

 

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International Women's Day Dinner with Inessa Nichols Design and Cheers Babe Photo

International Women’s Day with Inessa Nichols Design

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One day, I was scrolling through my instagram feed and a photo popped up: my friend Jodee looking too cute posing next to a pink vintage car and the photo was location tagged in Cuba! And I was like whoa, dats cool sis. I talked to Jodee and was like, “What brought you to Cuba? Tell me more!” She told me she was there photographing this amazing trip with this travel company called El Camino — they curate these awesome trips that are ultra immersive and totally non-touristy!

So I started online stalking El Camino Travel & basically discovered that they’re the coolest, trendiest, but still totally authentic travel company I’d ever seen. Next thing you know, I reached out & I was on the next trip to Colombia!! (there were a few more steps in there, don’t worry, I just don’t wanna bore you!)

We spent the first half of the trip in Cartagena near the coast, which was a colorful dream of a city and the second half of the trip took us to the bustling city of Medellin full of art & Colombian spirit. It was amazing to watch the travelers (many of them traveling solo) bond with each other over the trip and make some amazing memories. Here are some of the highlights!!

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Colombia with El Camino Travel

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Probably the #1 question I get from my couples!

“What do I do with my hands?”

In these videos we’ll give you some handy 😜 tips for where to put your hands in photos. The first video is for all my ladies & the second video is for the gents! You’ll never feel awkward in photos again – hooray!

What to Do With Your Hands in Photos – Women

What to Do With Your Hands in Photos – Men

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What to do with your hands in photos

What To Do With Your Hands In Photos

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Drumroll, please!!

It’s official! Chris is joining the Cheers Babe Team!! Woooooooo!!!!

Jess & Chris working together

photo by Renee Isabel

It’s safe to say that I’m really excited that this day is finally here & we get to share this exciting news with you all. You may be asking, “Who is Chris?”. Chris is my handsome, creative and incredibly talented husband! He’s always been a behind the scenes business partner in a hands off kind of way. He is responsible for the major Cheers Babe visual rebrand we did almost two years ago and I constantly pester him with questions about marketing and how to handle some of the more difficult situations that come across when you run a business. He is an amazing supporter of mine and now I can’t wait to see how this business can grow with him on board in an official capacity! So, here’s Chris to introduce himself to you guys, explain why we chose to move in this direction with our business and what exactly his role is on this team.

Whoa, this is real, I can’t believe I’m writing this.

Hi, I’m Chris. I’m married to Jess and I’m the newest addition to Cheers Babe. While I’ve been with Jess on the Cheers Babe train since the beginning, for the past three years I’ve been working as an art director in advertising where I got to create digital banners, billboards, and commercials for some cool brands. During my time in the ad industry I started to learn what it takes to build a brand. But the more I worked, the more I started to wish for two things; I wanted to work on something that was mine and I wanted to hang out with Jess more. Eventually it became obvious that I should quit my comfy ad job to work with my wife and serve clients who are crazy in love.

Starting today I’ll be working as the visual director of Cheers Babe. I won’t be shooting weddings, but I’ll be responsible for making sure all things Cheers Babe look fun and beautiful. And together with Jess, we’ll both be finding ways to serve anyone who wants the best wedding photos ever. Seriously, even if you don’t choose Cheers Babe to shoot your wedding, we always want to offer something that’ll make your wedding photos your favorite photos.

The first exciting project that I’ll be working on is refreshing cheersbabephoto.com to look happier, shinier, and better than ever. This was such a fun project when I worked on it two years ago and now I can’t wait to give it some more love. Well time to get to work! I’ll see you babes around, later!

Thanks Chris! SO excited to make this official.

I can’t wait to share with you all that we’ll be working on together. We know that this path is “unconventional” for a typical “husband & wife team” in this industry and we’re okay with that, so we hope you’ll support us on our journey!

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Jess & Chris working together

The Cheers Babe Team is Expanding!

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Imma be real with you. This won’t be the perfectly red white and blue pinterest worthy pretty cocktail. BUT! It will taste good – I promise you that!

This is my favorite go-to cocktail to make at home. It’s ridiculously easy and there’s of course, pellegrino! Here’s my simple at-home take on a classic Paloma.

Ingredients

  • one shot gin or tequila
  • juice of half a lime
  • sparkling grapefruit pellegrino
  • ice

Preparation

  • Combine alcohol and lime juice in a glass
  • Fill glass with ice, then fill up the rest of the glass with the grapefruit pellegrino
  • Garnish with a grapefruit or lime wedge

 

CHEERS! 

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Memorial Day Weekend Cocktail Recipe

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Ohhhhh, you guys. San Fransisco is such a lovely city. A couple weekends ago I spent just about 24 hours there with my good friend and former housemate, and it was really wonderful. Here are some tips and tidbits of beauty for your next trip there!

1. If you’re driving up from LA, like we did, plan to leave Mid-Morning around 9AM. You’ll miss the morning traffic up the 5 and you’ll beat the evening traffic heading into the city. I loved driving by these yellow windmill-filled hills that afternoon!

2. Stay in the Mission District! We were lucky to crash at Rachel’s brothers place in this neighborhood. It was walking distance to tons of restaurants, coffee & sightseeing, but far enough out of the hustle that it was pretty serene and we got to always walk across a small bridge into the city.

3. Get drinks at Novela. Each of their specialty cocktails is named after a famous literary character. We stopped in after dinner for a drink here and they were having a massive block party!

4. Grab an Iced Coffee or Pour-Over at Réveille Coffee – beautifully designed spot and open late! At night they even have a small corner bar and they project old movies on the wall.

5. Go for a walk and enjoy the gorgeous mix of historic and contemporary architecture!

6. Walk to a French-Style Cafe for breakfast on the patio at Caffe Centro. I ordered a fresh Açaî Bowl & a Latté and since we sat outside, they delivered it through the window! It was adorable! This café was probably my favorite spot on the trip.

Hopefully next time I get more than 24 hours!!!
XoXo, Jess

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NEIGHBORHOOD HANGS // 24 HOURS IN THE GOLDEN GATE CITY

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