Love Gives Way – Giving and Dreaming BIG! {Restore NYC}

As I think about the new season ahead, I am SO excited for all it holds!  But I can’t jump into Spring yet without saying a HUGE HUGE


A year ago, I started a partnership with Love Gives Way and Restore NYC, to give back 10% of select wedding photography packages to fight human trafficking.  It was on my heart to make my wedding photography business not about me, to be able to GIVE and to impact people.  I know that a huge way I do that is my relationship with my clients – through being a part of your lives and encouraging your journey and helping you as much as I can along the way.  But I knew there was even more on my heart.  I knew that your love stories would impact other people, and together we could use your wedding to give back.

I connected with Restore NYC and started working with the women in their safe houses, occasionally doing photo shoots for the women rescued out of trafficking, and being there face to face.  It has been such a joy seeing the potential these women have, the way their faces light up after we spend time together photographing, and the small victories along the way.

And this winter, I joined the Black Sheep Bride community, being a part of a group of of wedding vendors from all around the country who give back with their businesses.  This is my heart.  To always be about giving, and working toward a better world together.

I had several clients join me last year to give to Restore NYC through their wedding.  And I even had a sweet bride and groom who made a donation to Restore on my behalf.  That was such an honor, and I was truly touched.  Last year was so amazing!  Here’s how much we gave:

2013 Shay Cochrane


I know this year holds even more potential to give, together!!  I already have DOUBLE the number of Love Gives Way couples as last year!  So let’s dream big, shall we – let’s put a big fat dream of giving $5,000.00!  We CAN do this together!

If you are already my client and would like to use your wedding to give back, please email me!  And if you are one of my Love Gives Way couples, please come out and join me on April 16 at Restore’s Stand for Freedom Gala in NYC!

This year, friends…this year.  The best is yet to come!

Love can restore.  And it will.


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