• Happiest #5thanniversary to these lovebirds! @kelseyesqueda and @omarviejo had a most elegant #southernoregonwedding with perfect weather and perfect peonies. And, as sweet as their big day was it's also a pleasure to celebrate their marriage journey.

Photo by @spacewolfgrace

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  • Yesterday our houseguests of the previous 10 days departed. Now a day beside a lake (or any body of water) with a good book, nap, and swim sounds like the most amazing way to decompress.

But, since this is a total fantasy, a picnic basket of flowers next to my imaginary hammock also sounds just lovely.
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#introvertproblems - wanting to love people and create a welcoming home, but also needing quiet and alone time to #recharge.
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What is your relaxation fantasy?

Photo by @mikayladawnphotography
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  • Happy Friday! Don't you love this sweet and so intently focused flower girl? ❤

It's been a while since I've said hi and this #bts peek from @greenhouse_creative is a fun way to start. 
1.  Because, behind-the-scenes is where you'll usually find me both at work; setting up your flowers, coaxing flower girls down the aisle, setting your dress train for your big enterance, or making sure the DJ/photographer/caterer are all ready for the cake cutting. And, also in my personal life, I'm more frequently found helping in the kitchen than working the room. Part of it is an introvert thing. Part of it liking to feel like I'm contributing.

2.  Maybe it's because I have two wild boys of my own (yep, #boymom), kids in weddings--good, bad, or hilarious--don't phase me. 
3.  The non wedding thing I'm currently most looking forward to this summer is a family camping trip followed by my parents taking the boys for almost a week. 
What are you looking forward to this summer?

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  • This spring was a whirlwind but also included some fun creative-for-creativity's-sake projects. Like this structured and modern bouquet for a project @kaileeannphoto was shooting. It's always a gift to design outside my normal parameters and I am so honored Kailee asked me to participate.

#calledtocreate #moderndesign #texasflorist #lubbockflorist #southwestvibes
  • I am immensely priveledged to work with talented (this photo from @mikayladawnphotography 😍) AND generous wedding professionals.
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Last night at #iftable (see comments for explanation) I had to answer, "What adjectives would someone use to describe your life, after observing you for a week?" Ugh. I grudgingly admitted my adjective might be "busy." I often believe people only like me after seeing my contributions, my work or service in a situation. I start out quiet, don't have the cool vibe. Nothing charismatic. So, I try to prove my worth by working hard, proving I'm capable, useful. (At my brother's wedding, his FIL called me the workhorse of my family.) But, I don't simply want to be the "busy one" I want to be available. I want to love my people well. So doing and being are often at war in my priorities.

This past week was hard, overly full with all my frantic attempts to prove my capabilities.

But you know what else? Some of my wedding tribe reached out with encouragement (and coffee). I was reminded that no matter how short I feel time is, investing in others is always worthwhile. Not to prove what I can do for them, but to serve and support. When you "lose" resources you really do gain intangibles of much greater value.

I am challenged not to cling so tightly to my banner of busy and capable and to allow myself to be a little more vulnerable in my giving, and receiving.
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  • This beautiful lady was married yesterday and now I can overshare sweet @alexatroutman #bridalportraits from @mikayladawnphotography.

Really, exercising self control is going to be difficult!

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  • Happy marriage day to @alexatroutman and Trevor! It's going to be an amazing wedding. 
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