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Style Shoots: Preparing for Publication

At the end of 2016, I decided that one of my goals for the upcoming year was to get involved with styled wedding shoots. For those of you who aren’t in the wedding industry, style shoots are an opportunity for fellow wedding professionals to come together and work on a project that they have creative control over. Although a much more arduous undertaking than I originally anticipated, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of working on such shoots. If you are considering collaborating on a shoot of your own, take a look at these tips and tricks that I’ve taken away from the past few months. Develop a vendor list. When taking the lead on a style shoot, the most important factor is going

The Working Woman

I started my first job as a mother’s helper at 12 years old. I opened my first business when I was 19, and I worked an average of 3 jobs at a time until I was 26. So when my mother in law asked me just moments after Lee proposed if “I was so excited to never work again,” I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry. You see, while I had worked out of necessity for over a decade, I have always been the type of person who genuinely enjoyed working. While the idea of no longer having the pressure to just ‘make ends meet’ was certainly appealing to me, the idea of not working at all definitely was NOT. My mom owns her own business, as did my grandmothers on both sides AND my great grandmother, so I

Hurricane of Love

One of the questions I hear most is “Why should I hire a wedding planner?” Typically when I get that question, my response is “Do you want the long or the short version?” Regardless of your budget or if you’re getting married at The Biltmore or in your parent’s backyard, there are definitely benefits to hiring a planner. Aside from the fact that planner’s can save you time and money, they’re notoriously good for thinking on their feet. While I’ve been told that I could write a book about all of the wedding day mishaps that we’ve overcome over the years, the wedding of Hurricane Matthew is definitely one that will stand out in my memory for years to come. Many of our brides find us online

Booking More Brides

I’ve had a few people ask me recently what insight I have to offer when it comes to attracting wedding clients. The fact that people have even started asking me for insight is something that is still hard for me to wrap my head around, because this time last year I was desperately trying to fill my calendar with any jobs, much less offering advice for how to follow in my footsteps. Nevertheless, if there’s a way that people can follow in my footsteps for the things that went right, and learn from my mistakes for the things that went wrong-- that has to count for something right? If there’s one thing that I have lived by in this past year, it is the idea that “hustle and heart will set you a

Dressing the Part: Prepping for those pre-wedding parties

You see, being a wedding planner who then has to plan her own wedding proved to be both a gift and a curse. A gift because I was able to learn from each of the beautiful brides that I had worked with before our wedding, learning and growing from both their positive and negative experiences. But a curse because unlike friends who may feel pressures to compare their weddings to 1 or 2 close friends, I had over 70 other weddings to compare ours to, without even considering the ones I had seen on social media and Pinterest! With that in mind, selecting my pre wedding outfits became almost burdensome, rather than exciting. While I loved so many of the looks that the brides before me had worn,

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