Mermaid Styled Shoot - February 2016

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Mermaid Styled Shoot - February 2016

Back in December, I did an encouragement session with Ashley of Virginia Ashley Photography, who has been one of my greatest supporters on this small business endeavor! We sat down and talked about all wedding things, small business things, and ways for me to grow my business. Ashley mentioned that she was working on putting together a styled shoot for her new branding and website launch and that she needed some help! We started planning and getting our inspiration together and finally landed on a date - February 15. 

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A Certified Wedding Planner

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A Certified Wedding Planner

The last 2 days have been a total whirlwind... I've barely had a chance to catch my breath! I've been networking, learning, and thinking constantly about this business and my goals for it. Saturday evening I left for DC to attend a 2 day crash course all about weddings - The Bridal Society's Certification Course. What is this?

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Ande & Jon - September 5

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Ande & Jon - September 5

When I started on this wedding planning adventure, Ande was one of my first supporters. We met back in college but our paths didn't really connect until our first jobs after college. We quickly bonded and ended up working together for a few years! She and Jon got engaged a week after Kevin and I did, and we had so much fun discussing the planning process and getting everything in order for our own weddings! Venues, photographers, stationary, dresses... we spent many days at work discussing these things and playing on pinterest (sorry, former bosses!)

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Grief is like the sea

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Grief is like the sea

Grief is like the sea. It ebbs and flows, lapping at your feet and sometimes washing over them. Sometimes it unexpectedly overwhelms you, other times it remains calm. Storms come, changing how it behaves. Consistently unpredictable. You never know from one day to the next, from one moment to the next, what it will do or how it will feel. And then, when you think you can walk away from it, it overwhelms you and starts all over again. 

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Jocelyn & Matt - March 14

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Jocelyn & Matt - March 14

If you’ve followed me for any length on facebook, instagram, or on my blog, you’ve certainly seen pictures from Jocelyn and Matt’s wedding last year! I realized that I never did a blog post highlighting their wedding specifically,  and wanted to take some time to introduce you to two of my favorite people!

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

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Why Do Weddings Cost So Much?

As a recent bride and a relatively “new” to the industry wedding professional,  I’m often still surprised that the average cost of an American wedding is $30,000. I’m equally surprised at how easy it is to surpass that mark when planning a relatively simple and modest wedding. It’s got me paying close attention to why things cost as much as they do, and what you’re actually paying for when you hire someone for your wedding.

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When the World Goes Dark (Where I've Been)

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When the World Goes Dark (Where I've Been)

Back in November, I started instagramming hints about an upcoming Chickadee announcement. Then I started posting regularly on Facebook, started encouraging my readers and audience to sign up for my newsletter, and then even launched my blog. All during that time, my goal was to launch my brand new website at the conclusion of my 20-week launch countdown! I figured that if I set a realistic goal with that much time to prepare, there was no way I could miss it. This was a strategic, smart, plan that would be hard to fail at.

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Why I'm Doing Everything You Don't Do in My First Year of Business

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Why I'm Doing Everything You Don't Do in My First Year of Business

I've never been one to rush things. When my friends were dating and serious with their significant others, I never felt the pressure to hurry up and settle down. When my friends had their jobs and careers and knew what they wanted to do I was only frustrated because I wanted to be doing something that I enjoyed, not because I felt like I was falling behind. So I suppose that it makes sense that my mentality with Chickadee is to grow slowly and purposefully. 

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My 5 Favorites from Our Wedding Reception

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My 5 Favorites from Our Wedding Reception

I'm getting close to wrapping up this series, and hope that you've been enjoying it! It's been fun to relive some of these moments and to share why they're so special to me. In keeping with my theme, today I'm going to share my 5 favorites from our wedding reception!

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Focusing on What Really Matters

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Focusing on What Really Matters

I wrote this over a year ago, shortly after I had decided to start my own event planning business and we had decided that 2015 was the year we were going to run a half-marathon. I never planned to publish this post, but reading back over it, it's such a great reminder of how to perservere and to keep moving forward when God tells you to do something. Today, I hope this inspires you!

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What to Expect on Your Wedding Day

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What to Expect on Your Wedding Day

It's a day you've been dreaming of for years, and possibly your whole life. You've looked through every magazine, every wedding-related pinterest board, and considered every detail of your perfect day. You've also likely considered what could go wrong, and have a bit of anxiety about the big day! All of which are perfectly normal. 

Every wedding is different, but there are some things you can expect to happen no matter what. 

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5 Tips to Writing the Perfect Toast

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5 Tips to Writing the Perfect Toast

Giving a toast at a wedding is typically the responsibility of the best man and MOH, though often family members and family friends will gives toasts as well. If you've been asked to be a best man or MOH and are planning to give a toast, here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare!

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A Twist on the Popular Unity Ceremony

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A Twist on the Popular Unity Ceremony

It's all over pinterest and probably in every wedding you've been to recently! A candle lighting, sand pouring, or knot tying ceremony as a symbolic part of the normal wedding ceremony. These are such great ways to personalize your wedding and show the uniting of two families, and I'm all for them!

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My Favorite Non-Photographed Moments From Our Wedding

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My Favorite Non-Photographed Moments From Our Wedding

In keeping with my new series about my own wedding, today I want to share with you my favorite non-photographed moments! They're special because they're the things that you don't predict or plan for, but still happen that make your day special. Our photographer, Ashley, did an AMAZING job capturing so many moments, but for some obvious reasons you'll see why these didn't get captured!

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3 Keys to Handling Tense Situations on the Wedding Day

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3 Keys to Handling Tense Situations on the Wedding Day

My best friend recently told me "Weddings bring out weird in people." And it's so true. Take every family reunion, every holiday meal, every tension-filled family debate and multiply it. That's how much passion people have when it comes to weddings! Sometimes this can be a GREAT thing. Channeling that passion in the right way - into joy, excitement, and happiness can turn an event into a once in a lifetime experience that everyone will cherish. And many, many weddings ARE like that.

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Alcohol at Your Wedding

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Alcohol at Your Wedding

This isn't normally something couples spend a whole lot of time discussing when planning the wedding. Usually it's decided quickly or handed off to someone else. But, I encourage you to spend some time considering what drinks you want to provide for your guests at your wedding! Not only for cost purposes, but for the style of wedding and the party you actually want to provide.

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How to Prevent Guests from Bringing More than Who's Invited

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How to Prevent Guests from Bringing More than Who's Invited

Inevitably, one of the most stressful things about your wedding is the guest list. Then, once you get past the stress and drama of developing the guest list and clearing it with both families, you send out the invitations. Even the invitations are properly addressed, clearly only to your aunt and uncle, and not their 4 children (your cousins). Or to your college roommate but not her boyfriend. Yet, when you open the RSVP card, they have said that "6" will "happily attend!" 

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Another Year Older (My Top 10 Highlights)

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Another Year Older (My Top 10 Highlights)

When I was a little girl, I would play make-believe with my best friend. We made up stories about living in the outdoors, being orphans and having to take care of ourselves, being animals, being princess, being - well, really anything we wanted to be at that moment. I remember when we picked what age we were going to "be" that I almost always picked 26. Why? I don't know. But it seemed like a good responsible age. Leave it to my independent self to know that when I was 8 years old, being able to take care of myself would be a huge source of pride.

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10 Things Brides Shouldn't Do for Their Bridal Shower

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10 Things Brides Shouldn't Do for Their Bridal Shower

So in my last post you learned that I'm not one for sweetening the situation or sugarcoating things. You will get tough love from me... because I believe it's better for me to tell you like it is than to have you find out the hard way later! I'm prefacing with that as my disclaimer that this post may not be a favorite among brides, and that's okay. I'm writing this post because it's an issue that needs to be addressed. 

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