Friday, May 31, 2013

A Guide to Interning at white+white

Five hundred and sixty-eight… the estimated number of candles I have lit and blown out in my experience so far as an intern at white+white. Being part of the white+white team has given me a great insight into planning weddings and events. From lighting candles and compiling RSVPs, to meeting Matt Moran and watching the groom’s face as his bride walks down the aisle – I have adored every moment.

 My friends are often in awe of the photographs I send and would love to be a fly-on-the-wall during a beautiful wedding. However, there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. So here is a guide to being an intern at white+white. 

On a typical day, walk into the studio, pat Zarla, and be prepared with your pen, paper, phone, and Mac Book. You need to check the post office and be familiar with the layout of Office Works.  Sometimes, you will even need to venture to Hermes for an errand… it’s a hard life.

You need to be a good communicator. There are a lot of phone calls, emails, and meetings behind an event. Your Mac Book will be your best friend – iCal, Google maps, Google reviews, Google in general, Mail, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Preview, and Pinterest will all be operating simultaneously. Having a love of chai will aid you throughout your day.

You need to be creative. Beautiful events don’t create themselves. Pinterest is always a good source of inspiration, combined with Tumblr, Facebook, interior design books, and piles of bridal magazines. You now have a legitimate reason to purchase bridal magazines whilst single. The studio is full of creative professionals, so you will easily get some feedback or help if you need it.

 You need to be calm and organised. This particularly applies to event days.  Study the run sheet and bring one with you. A clipboard and pen is always handy too, and you will secretly enjoy holding the all-powerful clipboard. Make sure you are well presented and ensure your bride is calm too.

The best part is when you finally get to see all the emails, phone calls, time, and meetings transform into a fantastic affair. Even better is when you get to taste Aria canapĂ©s. The atmosphere often surrounding an event is celebration, you will walk away feeling happy, proud, and even a little sad that it’s over.

So now you know. Being an intern at white+white involves communication, creativity, organisation, and can even involve a 5am trip to Tesselaar’s. At the end of the day however, it is all worth it. I wouldn't have it any other way! 

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