Maura and John's wedding was the quintessential Maine experience. Their guests were able to indulge in all things I love about Maine: a beautiful coastline, an island experience, and a delicious plated lobster meal, all in good company. It was a dreamy September day with lovely weather to add to it!Read More
Gratitude. I often try to find genuine ways to express it. Here's one of my recent, personal experiences that I want to share!
Last spring, I wrapped up my career as a teacher so I could spend more time focusing on my design passion as an entrepreneur in the wedding industry. As I took this leap of faith, I was managing a business, being a full-time classroom teacher, and learning the ropes of new part-time work in the interior design industry.
While this was all happening, Dustin took on everything at home. I would come home after 10 hours of work, sit in front of him to quickly eat, and then head upstairs to my office. He was making healthy dinners every night, managing all the laundry, dealing with the mail that piles up way too easy, caring for our dog, cleaning and SO much more. He even made me a cake one night to thank me for all my hard work... a whole cake (which he has never attempted before)!Read More
This was too fun! I got: Titanic! I think I need to rewatch because it's been years!
Hi Friends! I'm going to jump right in about your wedding website and go through the who, what, when, where, and why pieces so you have what you need to get yours in action or make revisions. So here we go...
I love wedding websites: when they’re easy to access, they hold ALL the information your guests needRead More
These two are truly a fun couple. Their romance is shown is such cute, silly ways and it was a pleasure to witness on their wedding day.
Taylor is so easy going, but she knew she needed someone to help on the wedding day. I was so happy to help them and their very sweet families on their wedding day.Read More
After reading a note from Joanna Gaines in Magnolia Journal, I was inspired to think about gratitude in a special way. She discussed the everyday things in life that are a blessing, like typical daily chores.
With that note in my mind and the storm this week, I’ve been inspired to explore this idea she had and think further about gratitude. With no power, I have a sink full of dirty dishes, clothes that need to be washed, confused and anxious pets, people I got to spend time with that wasn’t scheduled, and a community that helps.
Here’s the big ways I’m thinking of gratitude this season:Read More
It’s true, having your photos taken with your partner is a date and I’ll even argue that it’s one of the best kinds of dates!
Dustin and I recently had our photos taken for the third time in 12 months. Here’s why: we love taking photos together. It’s fun. We may not have said that the first time-- we were nervous. Nothing a quick shot of Fireball couldn’t cure! But we also just got over it quickly because we were comfortable with our photographer.Read More
I’ve never had so many guests invite me to the dance floor before! Adrienne and John’s guests were thrilled to be celebrating with them and their DJ, a friend, definitely knew how to keep everyone moving, including the little girl who couldn’t stop twirling in her dress!
Their day was unique from the beginning.Read More
Today, I want to tell you a little bit more about our new shop! There are 3 super helpful items to help you with your planning:
- The Comprehensive Planning Checklist
- “Don’t Forget” List
- A Guide to Writing Your Personalized Ceremony
Here’s the down low!Read More
Leah and Mark had a crew that came from all of the country and no one seemed local, not even their photographer who traveled from Seattle! They were the greatest people and Mark’s parents gave me the best feeling when I witnessed them say, “We’ve raised the most perfect man we’ve ever met.” Those are the best kind of words to hear from your family. With that, you know they’re proud of you. That's absolutely the kind of people Mark and Leah are!Read More
Do you love seeing the world as much as I do?!
Traveling the world is a dream of mine and there is no better way to see it than by doing what I’m passionate about and that’s working with incredible people like you and planning weddings! I’d be honored to plan your wedding, even if your dream location isn’t in New England.Read More
This week has not been the most glorious. In fact, last night, I couldn’t escape the tears.
I read blogs and instagram posts from other entrepreneurs often. I listen to people tell me that entrepreneurship isn’t easy.
I’m with them, I know it isn’t easy. Every day, I’m the one that has to be motivated to work from home, avoid distractions. Every day, I have to try to build my business and connect with ideal clients who need my services. Every day, I have to make important decisions that ultimately affect my family.
Here’s the part I haven’t read so much about and it’s hitting me HARD this week: a paycheck.Read More
Thunder rolled in, the skies opened up and it poured on Brynn and GP’s wedding day. But not the way you think. It may have had us all worried, but it lasted a short 20 minutes and instead of waiting out the storm, the sky cleared right as the ceremony was supposed to begin. The day turned beautiful and guests were able to fully enjoy the ocean view from GP’s childhood home before heading to Live Well Farm to enjoy the rest of the evening, equipped with great food options and a contra dance music.Read More
I didn’t want fall to arrive. Fall means winter’s around the corner. I like what winter brings, BUT I’d rather be out and about in a skirt or shorts any day, rather than bundled to the max!
So here it is September and I’ve embraced it. It’s a strange September for me because normally, I’d be welcoming a new crew of fourth graders and this year I’m not. I’m delving entirely into my business and my clients.Read More
There’s so much to say about Laisee and Luke. Even a month later, not only do I catch myself chatting about their wedding, but more importantly, them. I feel completely honored that these two chose me to help them plan their wedding. Our evening Google Hangout sessions won’t be forgotten. I can still hear Laisee’s laugh and visualize Luke’s to-do notes, carefully organized on index cards held together with a large paper clip.
Their wedding was such a special day.Read More
One quote that I find myself hanging onto that I hear at ceremonies that’s a piece of The Art of Marriage is “It is not only marrying the right partner; it is being the right partner.” Part of marriage means sometimes putting your own needs second. Before thinking of yourself, as a girlfriend, fiance, husband, we need to think about what you can do for our partner.
These are a few ideas when you’re thinking about a way you can surprise your partner or just put a little extra smile on their face.Read More
For a lot of couples, planning a wedding has it’s overwhelming moments, even when you have a planner behind you through the entire process. One thing that can make it feel more challenging is when family members don’t agree with your plans. They want you to have a plated dinner, but you want it served family style. They want to contribute to your budget so you’ll choose a different venue. They want you to elope, so you’ll spend less money.
These things happen, A LOT. You’re not alone, I promise. Wedding planning can bring plenty of emotions to the table, causing tension in a family, and even between friends.
When you find yourself struggling with how to address this with your family, here’s a few tips (along with a letter to help you even more):Read More
I love finding inspiration all around me. Sometimes when I think about color palettes, I get ideas from what's in the sky or even a house I drive by.
If you’re having a coastal wedding and thinking about decor, I encourage you to simply look around. Inspiration can certainly come from ideas already tried on Pinterest and your favorite wedding blogs, but it doesn’t have to… it can come from something brand new, inspired by what’s around you.
Here are some ideas for a coastal wedding I collected on Pinterest. Remember that it's easy to get carried away on Pinterest too-- after a lot of pinning, really choose your few favorites.
So a little secret: I can sometimes be a bit of an introvert. This means, getting to know wedding vendors at large events can sometimes be hard for me. Regardless of the struggle, it’s always worth it!! Getting to know different professionals in the wedding industry has been so much fun. Each individual bring talents to a wedding day that I’m so grateful to witness.
Today, I’d love for you to get to know Coco of Coco Design Company.
Coco has been in the floral industry for almost 20 years. She took a chance on herself and began Coco Design Company 6 years ago and has loved every moment of it! Here are a few questions I asked her:Read More
Thinking about changing your last name? Here are the steps to make it official!
1. Grab your marriage license.
You’ll need it!
2. Social Security Card.
Start with your social security card.Read More