Garage Bar + Magbooth

 

Photo courtesy of Garage Bar

When I first visited our flagship office in Louisville I was immediately intrigued by a building across the way. It looked like an old gas station/mechanics shop that had been transformed into the ultimate hip bar. Turns out that is exactly the case.

The overall atmosphere and aesthetic was right up my alley. It had a solid looking menu, tasty drinks, and ping-pong tables out front. I was sold.  The whole Magbooth team ended up grabbing food and drinks at Garage Bar later that evening. My overall assessment — this place is rad. The brick oven pizzas are delicious (I’m a big fan of thin crust) and their cocktails are solid. My personal favorites were the District 8 (Bourbon, house tonic, orange and lemon juice, Angostura bitters) and the Ginger Shandy (Ginger syrup, citrus soda and PBR).

As I visited Kentucky more and more I found myself at Garage more and more. It was awesome to see how our team out there had formed such a strong relationship with the restaurant and bar. After learning that we had worked a number of events with Garage, I figured it would be awesome to sit down with General Manager, Megan Breier, and ask about her relationship with Magbooth over the years.

After our chat, the whole team returned to Garage later that night for some food and drinks. I went ahead and got some footage of this going down as well. I’m seriously looking forward to hanging out there on my next visit. My recommendation: make sure you do the same!

Guest Post: Alexandra Sierra, American Brain Tumor Association

The American Brain Tumor Association’s (ABTA) national signature fundraising events are our BT5K Breakthrough for Brain Tumors 5K Run & Walks.  Our Chicago event is our largest, with over 4000 people in attendance annually.  We wanted to do something special this year to help people celebrate the day and have some fun.  What better than a photo booth?

We had a lot of caveats — it was an early morning, outdoor setting, we needed wheelchair accessibility and of course…we had a limited non-profit budget.  Thankfully, of all the vendors, Magbooth was able to fulfill all our needs.  And in the end, their team went above and beyond.

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Before daylight (and before I even arrived!), Joe from Magbooth was already there setting up.  Joe was polite, professional, nice, funny and really took initiative.  He helped us figure out how to manage the lines, large groups, and most importantly, the costume inventory.  As participants gathered around the booth, Joe happily assisted all of them with costume changes and pose ideas.  He was, in a word, FANTASTIC.  Everybody had a great time at the booth — people walked away in fits of giggles, looking and smiling at their event keepsake.  In a world where brain tumors impact lives, our event participants know what each day means and how important it is to remember the good times.

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Eventually the crowd thinned, the other tents began breaking down, and the last remaining people were waiting for a chance to get their pictures taken in the photo booth. Joe just smiled- he wasn’t turning anyone away! As I left, I made a mental note to send our Magbooth rep a note of praise for their superb employee and customer service. This was before I learned that as Joe was leaving, he encountered an ABTA staff member and her son in the garage with a car that wouldn’t start. Super Joe to the rescue! He left to get help and waited until a service truck arrived and everybody was safely on their way home. Talk about an outstanding employee and person!

Magbooth’s Etsy Craft Party

If you’re like us, you have piles and stacks of Magbooth photos. You can’t frame ALL of them (although you want to) and you’d never dream of throwing them away.  How will you ever turn those piles of amazing photos into a crafting marvel?  We’re glad you asked.

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Tomorrow is Etsy Craft Party Day, a one-day celebration of meeting and making. The 2014 Etsy Craft Party theme is Recapture: Bring New Meaning to Your Photographs, so obviously Team Magbooth had to jump on board!  Join the global celebration here. We’ll get you started with a few of our favorite Magbooth craft projects, but be sure to tag us in your own Magbooth photo craftiness: #MagCraft.  Ready, set, #CRAFTPARTY!

GATHER YOUR FAVORITE CRAFT-MAKING SUPPLIES

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MAGBOOTH CRAFT PROJECT #1: CUSTOM PHOTO BUTTONS

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MAGBOOTH CRAFT PROJECT #2: PHOTO POSTCARDS/SAVE-THE-DATES

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 (These save-the-dates are custom made by Team Magbooth. Available upon request.)

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MAGBOOTH CRAFT PROJECT #3: WALLPAPERS, BOTH DIGITAL AND ACTUAL

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MAGBOOTH CRAFT PROJECT #4: CUSTOM PHOTO LABELS

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MAGBOOTH CRAFT PROJECT #5: SHARE YOURS! TAG US #MAGCRAFT AND ETSY #CRAFTPARTY

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Magbooth Favorite: Love/Make

A large majority of Magbooth rentals are for weddings, which makes attending bridal shows an important part of our outreach strategy.  Between our San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Denver markets – let’s just say, I have attended quite a few shows.  Now, the majority of the shows we attend are awesome, but sometimes we find a show that stands out for one reason or another.  Love/Make, hosted by Bold Italic, was one of those stand-out shows.

The first thing I noticed was that Love/Make coordinated with Magbooth’s style and aesthetic perfectly.  I found that this made for a successful show.  The brides and grooms just seemed more inclined to let their hair down, grab a wooden moustache and snap a few photos in the booth.  I ended up spending the day connecting with the guests on a personal level and I rarely felt like I was “pitching” or “selling” at all.  The booth just spoke for itself.

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We had a great location at the show as well.  Between the DIY Flower Crown station by Home Sweet Flowers and the Wedding Help 5¢ booth by APW, I think it’s safe to say we all provided some serious fun at the show.

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Some of my favorite highlights were the strong brew provided by Ritual Coffee, the solid tunes by All Ears DJ, and the killer frozen treats from Pop Up Gelato.  All the vendors were great and we all just meshed – each adding a layer of awesome to show.

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Planning a wedding can obviously be equal parts stress and excitement, so I hear.  Attending bridal shows can be an overwhelming experience as well, but it doesn’t have to be.  The people at Bold Italic understand this.  They clearly spent the time to create a fun, creative, and inspiring environment for all attendees and their effort did not go unnoticed.

So Love/Make crew – I think it’s safe to say you killed it.  Thanks for putting on a show that was not only fun for the soon-to-be-newlyweds but also for the vendors.  It was beyond productive and worth every minute.  Looking forward to the next one!

All the photos of the show were taken by JBM Weddings

Magbooth’s Wedding Planning Tip: Create a Shot List

I said it once, I will say it twice — create a shot list!

The nice thing about Magbooth is that there is no corralling of family and friends to sit still for a photo. The booth works its magic all by itself. For your wedding photographer, however, things are not so simple. For him/her it is a daunting task to capture every single minute detail and person at your wedding. Thus, some of the best advice I can give to brides and grooms-to-be is create a shot list!

People said this probably a million times before my wedding but I ignored it and figured that my photographer knew what he was doing. I thought it would be a little over the top for me to hand him a list of all of the things he was probably planning to shoot anyway.

After our wedding we received nearly a thousand photos, all of which we adore. However, I realized that despite the large amount of photos, a lot of my close friends, family and some of the DIY projects I spent hours creating weren’t captured among them – to no fault of my photographer. I realized that he had so much going on in the day with no reference of what and who were super important to me. Come to find out after the wedding, he would have preferred a shot list and I actually made his job harder by not creating one.

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Thus, to save you some headache, below is a starting point or a reference of how you should create your shot list.  Thank me after your wedding!

Pre-Ceremony:

  • Bride’s gown
  • Wedding and engagement rings
  • Bouquets and accessories
  • Shoes
  • Putting on the dress

The Ceremony:

  • Still-life shots of the programs
  • Groom’s expression while waiting for the bride
  • Bridal party entrance
  • Bride and FOB walking down the aisle
  • FOB giving away the bride
  • Bride and groom at the alter
  • Guests watching the ceremony
  • Reciting vows
  • Fob watching the ceremony
  • The Kiss
  • Returning down the aisle

Portraits:

  • Bride and groom with entire bridal party
  • Bride with each individual bridesmaid
  • Groom with each individual groomsman
  • Bride and groom alone
  • Bride and groom with each set of parents and siblings
  • Bride and groom with each set of grandparents

Reception:

  • Still life of centerpieces, seating cards, cake
  • Still life of place settings
  • Bridal party entrance
  • DIY bar and seating signage
  • Speeches
  • First dance
  • Parent dances
  • Guests dancing
  • Cutting the cake

Happy planning!

- Alexandra

Farewell John

JohnThe Magbooth Family lost a member this week. John Dulmage had been an event worker in Louisville since 2012. Long before he joined our team, he was a friend to many of us with a pleasant smile and kind demeanor. I was lucky enough to spend a full day with him this last weekend before his untimely death. He was always a joy to be around and on behalf of the entire Magbooth family and everyone who knew him, he will be greatly missed.

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Evan’s Art Strip Favorite: Magbooth Friends

My favorite artwork strip for the month of April is actually a bit early but for good reason.  Sometimes I pick favorite strips because of the creative freedom I had, a well-designed invite or save-the-date to work with, or the general radness of the couple.  This month I got lucky and found all three.

One of Magbooth’s previous interns is getting married this weekend and we are thrilled for her!  Sarah was part of Team Magbooth HQ in Louisville while still attending school, getting engaged, and somehow still finding the time to be one of the kindest people I’ve ever had the chance to work with.

Sarah gave me free reign over her art strip, but lucky for me, the hard part was already done!  Sarah designed her own invitations and they are the cutest things I’ve seen in quite a while. It not only fits the feel of their wedding, but I also think it fits her and, soon-to-be husband, Jacob to a T.

Due to a scheduling conflict, I’ll be unable to make Sarah and Jacob’s wedding, but I will definitely be there in spirit. To illustrate that, I placed a photo of myself on the strip today so maybe I can trick everyone into thinking I was physically there.  I sincerely wish Sarah and Jacob the absolute best in married life!  Thank you for being so awesome during your time here at Magbooth and I can’t wait to see your photos!

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#NodTourBus from The Land of Nod

Team Magbooth loves a good bus tour, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to work with The Land of Nod.  We’re having so much fun on the road, that we wanted to share the experience with you! Thank you to our new friends at The Land of Nod for writing this blog post and spreading the fun! 

The Land of Nod is a children’s furnishings and toy company offering design for kids and people that used to be kids. One of our favorite things about our job is engaging with our customers and store communities. We have six store locations currently, but we knew we wanted to get out there to reach more customers and help build brand awareness. (Basically make FUN!) We felt that a bus would be the perfect tool to make this happen!

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We spotted Magbooth at another event in Chicago, and thought how perfect would it be to have a photo booth on the bus tour. Plus, it would help encourage people to share their experiences with the bus. Magbooth was the perfect solution to make an easy-to-use, custom booth for us that included our branding, and also helped us encourage social interactions of the tour. Plus they are pretty awesome to work with, too!

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Our next stop is Wednesday, April 23, at Area 151 in Los Altos, CA. We will be partnering with Smitten Ice Cream to provide free ice cream, and The Makery will be crafting animal masks. Plus, of course, we will have giveaways and a MAGBOOTH photo booth!  We hope to see you there.

- The Land of Nod