Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
This week we highlight the multi-talented Lindsay and Wes from Beatnik Studios! Beatnik Studios is an amazing space that’s both an ideal spot for artists to showcase their work and an uber-cool, urban-chic event venue. There’s always beautiful eye candy to stare at over at Beatnik, but our favorite piece of art comes with four legs. You have to meet Beatnik’s mascot, Stella, the most gorgeous Great Dane we’ve ever seen. All of us here at Real Weddings Magazine are in love with this pup! Take it away Lindsay and Wes!
Tell us a little about your company? Beatnik started as a photography studio and has now grown into so much more. Most people don’t know that when we originally started we set out to create a photography co-op. While we are still home to five local photography members we also host public and private events and have a 2,000 square foot gallery.
When did you establish your business? May 2008.
What sets you apart from your competition? Probably what sets us apart most from our competition is the inherent architecture and unique style that Beatnik provides. Most people that come to Beatnik say they feel like they stepped into a remodeled warehouse in New York. Our exposed brick, sleek glass walls, stained concrete floors and modern kitchen usually make anyone’s knees weak.
Where do you find inspiration? We find most of our inspiration in photographing, looking through favorite magazines and late nights spent searching for the new and cool blogs.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? To provide a space that nurtures local art, music and good times. And, of course, a studio where our photo buddies can always plug in.
Do you have any hidden talents? Wes is a very good Skateboarder, and Lindsay played basketball at Sacramento State. We also make a mean Bloody Mary.
What’s your favorite local restaurant? Tres Hermanas for Mexican, The Sandwich Spot for the best Saucy Sandy, and The Grange or Roxy’s for superb drinks and stellar cuisine.
What’s your favorite local charity? Concerts for Charity is awesome! Clay is a good friend of ours and is so dedicated to the arts and music scene in Sacramento.
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? Going to local live music shows — can’t wait for music in the park to start up again.
Do you have secret vice or indulgence? What is it? Cookies and mayonnaise… but not together.
What are you most grateful for in life? I am most thankful for my health and having such awesome family and friends.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what elements would be most important to you? Photography is super important to me but I know that all the details are what help make the photography rock so this is a toughy… I am really set on a destination wedding so besides having an amazing photographer, I would love to get married with the sound of the ocean in the background.
What advice would you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? When you have a “moment” on your wedding day soak it up. Most of my brides and grooms say the day just flies by and is gone before you know it. And get a good photographer who can capture those moments so you can relive them for a life time.
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? We are a new venue and super excited to help you make your day what you want it to be. We don’t impose on you lots of regulations or minimum purchases of wine or food. We give you a beautiful canvas to get your creative juices flowing, but we like to let you bring individuality and your own unique flavor to your wedding.
Photos courtesy of Beatnik Studios.
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