• I just spent a good 20mins writing an introductions turned confession post before moving it onto my computer and spending another 2hrs turning it into a blog post.

The confession? I have been hiding.

But the thing is 800 words later I’m not sure what I said is useful to anyone else. It might have just been a really long throat clearing for what does need to be shared (soon). At risk of prolonging the hiding I have saved the draft and will revisit it after this weekend. 
In the meantime I’m going to feed my soul (yay #ifgathering2019), soak up some wisdom, and get a little perspective.

So instead of a picture me and as many self focused words here are some pretties for your Friday. Hopefully they give you a reason to exhale for a moment. And, tell me, how do you reset?
  • Your wedding should be as meaningful as it is beautiful.

Whatever adjective you use in place of beautiful—funky, intimate, warm, elegant, simple, fun—you want your marriage celebration to capture the profound aspects of your relationship and commitment, your anticipation and hopes for the future.

All the decisions and details aren’t simply cultural expectations. Now archaic or still significant these traditions exist because choosing marriage is a big deal. While the wedding elements—traditions or design—you select aren’t near as important as your actual vows; they matter because your marriage matters.

So here the secret:  the more meaningful and intentional your choices the more beautiful-funky-intimate-warm-elegant-simple-fun your wedding will be.

For example: This table is for a venue open house. When I first started planning I went through the usual check lists of what is:  trending, new, and on brand. All while eliminating ideas that might not resonate with couples or would be too similar to what my colleagues have recently designed. (For couples this stage is often the Pinterest rabbit hole.) Blame it on my current season but it was exhausting. Joyless. So, I chose to forgot about the “smart business” checklist. My designs are always as different as my clients are diverse anyways.

Rather than trying to be everything to everyone I decided to pretend I was the client. Keeping some loose variables in mind I went antiquing/junking (a personal hobby) to find inspiration.

Some less-than-perfect sliver candlesticks and (reproduction) ticking napkins gave me the vision of a belyingly simple and spontaneous party—maybe a fresco—of garden flowers, gathered family treasures, and everyday tableware.

To those elements I added my blue Japanese plates to tie in the stripes on the napkins and left the linen tablecloth a little rumbled.

Now I have a design that invites you into a story, reflects my taste, was a joy to curate, and is beautiful without being overly concerned with trends.

Design for design’s sake has its place but for me; meaning enhances beauty. (Sources in comments.)
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  • Who is going to the #lubbockbridalshowcase Sunday? Wait, it is Sunday already ... so make that who is going this afternoon?! This year I had the privilege of assisting a couple colleagues with flowers for their booths. You’ll be able to spot Bouquet 1 in @thewillowseventcenter booth and Bouquet 2 with @greenhouse_creative. While you’re checking out all the great wedding professionals make sure to stop by these two booths and say “hi”, learn about their services, and see these pretties in person.

Happy planning!

P.S. And, if you’re worried about overwhelm; go in with a plan. Know which categories of pros you need to research and give yourself permission to ignore the rest. And, make yourself little notes like “friendly photographer” or “artful images” so that when you are processing after the event you remember who you liked and why and can follow up with them.
  • Happy marriage day to @kelsey.nicole.lipo (aka my first ninja bride 😘) and @jsbrorman. This sweet couple and wedding was a great way to start 2019. Congratulations!

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  • Samantha and Tyler wanted their #decemberwedding to be seasonal but not Christmasy. For their guests to feel like they had been invited into a cozy home, an intimate celebration. So @samanthaw76 and I paired rich colors, vintage rugs, and warm candlelight to convey just the welcoming environment they had dreamed of; a near perfect #christmaswedding. That was perfectly captured by @greenhouse_creative
  • Happy #firstanniversary to these two sweet souls! (Albeit belated congratulations due to a busy family weekend.) When @samanthaw76 (a florist herself) and I first spoke she told me she couldn’t imagine limiting herself to just one or two colors for her flowers. Thus her gorgeous rich and seasonal #bridalbouquet was magic, without being too Christmas.

Photo by the wonderful Kim of @greenhouse_creative .
  • Congratulations and happy marriage day to @tannerlynne and @sethkiker!

Aren't the colors in Tanner's #bouquet drool worthy? 😍

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