Cassie Valente’s Photography Mentorship, San Francisco

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I am thrilled to take you all behind the scenes of my friend Cassie’s photography mentorship, which she hosted last month in San Francisco. Cassie is not only an amazing photographer, she’s incredibly generous with and articulate about everything she’s ever learned, which makes her the perfect person to lead a mentorship group. I’m constantly inspired by Cassie and was so happy to be able to help out a tiny bit on this day.

Gorgeous tablescape designed by Prim Event Studio with paper goods from Bowerbird Atelier and flowers from Tumbleweed Floral Truck. Check the bottom of the post for the full vendor credits.

Here Courtney helps steam dresses while Marisa gets Amanda ready with hair & makeup.

Cassie is the flat lay master.

Here’s Morgan with the table setup.

And Kaylia designing our modern ceremony arch.

Courtney blends in to the dried flowers.

Cassie started the day with all of her mentees in the classroom, sharing each of their photography aspirations and their work.

Then they headed to the studio area to photograph all the beautiful setups.

More gorgeous little details!


So so beautiful!

And a few more shots of the participants! We did also have three models, but I was too busy helping out with other things and didn’t photograph any of them.

And finally, a roundup of the whole mentorship. Congratulations Cassie on such a successful day!



Host: Cassie Valente Photography
Design & Planning: Prim Event Studio
Hair & Makeup: Marisa Perel
Floral Design: Tumbleweed Floral Truck
Rentals: Theoni Collection
Tables: Standard Party Rentals
Linens: La Tavola
Stationery & Signage: Bowerbird Atelier
Dress Boutique: Brides on Hartz
Dress Designer: Desiree Hartsock (dress worn by Qianwen)
Suit: The Black Tux
Jewelry: Gem Breakfast
Couple: Amanda & Nate
Solo Female Model: Qianwen


Anna Wu is a wedding and portrait photographer based in San Francisco, California. She combines a “fine art” aesthetic, with a photojournalistic approach to beautifully and intuitively capture the moments of a wedding day. Follow her daily adventures on instagram and view more of her work at