The Weddings Issue

I had the task of developing a visual theme for the Business section's Weddings issue. After a lot of brainstorming, I came up with the fun idea to create origami with bills, to emphasize the finance aspect in these wedding stories. (Yes. I used my own cash.) I also hired a local DC florist to arrange a special wedding bouquet with flowers made of bills. You can find the stories at

Credits: Art direction, design, and prop styling by Clare Ramirez. Photos by Katherine Frey. Photo editing by Annaliese Nurnberg. Flower arrangement by Holley Simmons at SheLovesMe DC. Modeling by Courtney Kan.


Bouquet made with money flowers, arranged by Holley Simmons



Special Print Issue

The stories ran together as a special edition in the Sunday Business section. Here are a few pages.


Behind the Scenes

I spent a few weeks creating the money origami and preparing props before scheduling time in the studio to stage and photograph the images. I also asked a co-worker who got married a few years back to bring her wedding dress into the studio and model for us. (This was also a strategic choice because her dress was off-white, rather than pure white.) Here's a look at how much fun I had with the team.



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