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Bridal Portraits: A Southern Tradition

If you were raised north of the Mason-Dixon line, chances are high that scheduling a bridal portrait session is not on your radar. That being said, bridal portraits are not only a southern tradition, but can prove to be beneficial to the wedding planning process, for both brides and vendors alike. One of the greatest benefits of booking a bridal portrait session, is that it gives your hair and makeup artists an opportunity to do a trial run before the big day. While you can spend hours scouring photos on Pinterest, sometimes styles that look perfect on your vision board don’t compliment your features or sometimes even your dress, in the best way. Additionally, it’s an opportunity for you t

All Aboard the Hogwarts Express

A few months ago I received an inquiry to help with a ten year old’s Harry Potter themed birthday party. I would be lying if I told you I wasn’t a little but jealous of all that her mom already had planned. Homemade chocolate frogs, floating candles for The Great Hall, pin the scar on Harry’s forehead— she had thought of it all! Although there are hundreds of ideas on Pinterest and various Harry Potter fan websites, I wanted to share some of my favorites all in one place to save some searching time for you in the future. Honeydukes Candy Bar. While candy bars are always a good idea in my opinion, the books have so many fun candy ideas that it’s a definite must for your next Harry Potter get

The style shoot let down

When I first started delving into the world of wedding design, styled shoots were my new best friend. It was an opportunity to curate the weddings I wanted to be working on, rather than just waiting for my dream client to pick up the phone and book with us. Styled shoots are a wonderful opportunity to network with other vendors, try new and adventurous trends, and add beautiful images to your portfolio. What I also experienced, however, was what I like to call “the styled shoot let down.” Now, before I go any further, let me just say that some of my favorite vendors have come together to create some AMAZING styled wedding shoots, which have later led to booking more weddings and getting pu

When the phone doesn’t ring.

It always catches me off guard when a fellow wedding industry friend makes a comment about how busy we are, or how things seem somehow easier for us, because we seemingly grew overnight. Well let me let y’all in on a secret friends— it doesn’t always feel that way from this side of things. Yes, it is true that our calendar filled rather quickly our first full year in business, and again the second year. But what many people don’t realize, is that I was planning weddings and working in events for a decade before I ever branded myself as a wedding planner. Summers spent working at country clubs and winters spent filling specialty bakery orders had been a part of my life for so long, that it

The importance of friendors.

Y’all, I’m gonna be real with you— owning a wedding business can be pretty lonely. If you’re one of the few who is fortunate enough to work in your business full-time, that means that you are also eliminating that day-to-day interaction with co-workers, making the work days pretty quiet, unless you are meeting with potential clients. What’s more, your work week is exactly the reverse of the traditional work week, so you will be heading into work the all of your friends are celebrating the weekend. For the first year that I was full-time in my business, most of my days were filled with binge watching Netflix, sending emails, and of course, comparing myself to my competition on social media. W

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