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Jennah & Sam - August 7

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Jennah & Sam - August 7

These two are such sweethearts. We met long before their wedding, and I immediately knew that they were a perfect Chickadee couple! Jennah's organized but laid back demeanor and Sam's caring and relaxed personality are an ideal match, and planning their wedding with them was such a joy. Their love for the family, friends, and God shone through on their wedding day, which was a gorgeous celebration of their marriage and commitment to each other! These are just a few of my favorites from their perfect day!

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5 Topics to Discuss with Your Wedding Planner

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5 Topics to Discuss with Your Wedding Planner

I really want you to have the best wedding ever. I want you to trust everyone you've hired so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day. I want you to know that everyone has your back and truly wants the best for you. Because of this, I actually get excited when I have a potential client tell me that they're talking to another planner or two. It doesn't scare me - it excites me. Because that means that I'm meeting with my ideal client. 

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Melissa & Bobby - July 31

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Melissa & Bobby - July 31

Melissa and I met one afternoon in March, after many emails back and forth to plan a time to get together. She was looking for someone she could trust to plan her wedding day, that would be able to execute her vision to her standards. As we talked, we connected over her story about her romance with her husband, and how her little boy changed everything for her! I knew immediately that I wanted to work with her and make sure her day was everything she had dreamed. I was so excited when we officially started planning everything! Enjoy some of my favorites from their beautiful, personalized wedding day!

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Inside the Industry: What a Wedding Planner Does on the Day of Your Wedding

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Inside the Industry: What a Wedding Planner Does on the Day of Your Wedding

It is my firm belief that every wedding should have a wedding planner (or coordinator, at the very least). This isn't just because I am a wedding planner and want you to spend more money on your day (I actually don't, I believe you should be stress free both emotionally AND financially), but because I truly believe that you should be relaxing and enjoying your day - not stressing about the details (or stressing out your bridal party or family)! And, a wedding planner typically pays for themselves by helping to negotiate better rates with other vendors, offering more cost-effective solutions, and saving you tons of time!

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10 Alternatives to Cake

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10 Alternatives to Cake

I've always found it funny how the conversation about the wedding cake evokes such a complacent remark. Most of my clients couldn't care less about the cake for their wedding day, but the moms are insistent that they have a beautiful, giant cake for everyone! 

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Heart to Heart Series: 5 Ways to Draw the Line Between Professional and Personal

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Heart to Heart Series: 5 Ways to Draw the Line Between Professional and Personal

As a small business owner, and one person team for everything - social media, networking, marketing, administration, finance, and all correspondence with clients, it can be hard to stay on the professional side of the line at all times. It can be a slippery slope and it can be hard to navigate the gray area! Here are my 5 steps to setting boundaries which will save you time and stress!

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Sam & Ward - July 9

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Sam & Ward - July 9

Sam and Ward met in the summer of 2010, as they were at orientation for their freshman year at college. While they connected those few days, it wasn't until their freshmen year actually started that they began to spend more time together. Their rooms were right down the hall from each other, and by the time the spring semester had started, they were officially together! And they've been together ever since! I was so proud to be a part of their wedding day, as these two were my residents when they were freshman - I got to see the beginning of their relationship and then the beginning of their marriage! It was an incredible feeling standing back on campus at CNU and reliving the beginning with them. 

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Stress Saving Tip: 3 Reasons to Rent Linens

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Stress Saving Tip: 3 Reasons to Rent Linens

When you're planning your dream day, you look for ways to have everything but not have to pay the cost for it. This is definitely something that all brides struggle with - no matter what their budget is! One of the things many people consider is buying their linens instead of renting them through a rental or catering company. While the price tag is more appealing (it's usually $5-10 less to buy than to rent) it doesn't exactly explain the work you'll have to do to get those linens looking the way you want at your ceremony.

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Savannah & Adam - May 7

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Savannah & Adam - May 7

I met Savannah exactly one month before her wedding day. We met in a Starbucks in a grocery store, and we talked. About everything she dreamed for her wedding, and how she just wanted everyone to be happy and relaxed on her wedding day. Her heart is so big, and the ways she wanted to honor her family in the little details of the wedding day were so perfect! Finalizing the logistics and making sure it all came together to match Savannah's dream was such an honor, enjoy some of my favorite moments from their day!

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3 Reasons to Skip the Faux Exit

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3 Reasons to Skip the Faux Exit

So you're planning your wedding day - the day you've dreamed of forever, and you're finding that it costs more than what you planned. Sound familiar? Well, one of the ways to "get the most bang for your buck" is to do a faux exit. What does this do? It limits the amount of time that you have to pay your photographer but still allows you to have the grand sparkler send-off you've always envisioned and not end the party earlier than you want. But here are 3 reasons why I don't recommend this:

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Inside the Industry Series: Tipping

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Inside the Industry Series: Tipping

One of the least popular topics to talk about with weddings are who to tip and how much. It's usually something I'm asked the week of the wedding or by a parent on the day of the wedding when they realize it's something they need to think about! It's really not a big secret, but here's what I tell my clients for tipping! 

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Sherry & Tom - April 9

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Sherry & Tom - April 9

I first met Sherry and Tom a couple days before New Year's at our local Panera. They were 3 months away from their wedding and knew they needed someone to help with the final details. We talked about their vision, their plans, and what they were looking for, and I connected instantly to the way they just wanted their guests to have a good time and to not have to worry about anything the day of their wedding! I love when my couples want that, and think it helps make them focus on the big picture and not be too worried about the little details of the day. So I was thrilled when they decided to move forward with me!

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Heart to Heart Series: Every Wedding is Job Interview

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Heart to Heart Series: Every Wedding is Job Interview

As an entrepreneur requiring new clients, new projects, and new agreements on a consistent basis, being on top of my game is critical. Every meeting, every email, every phone call is a job interview. And the wedding itself is what will either gain you a great new fan base or result in "bad press."

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Flower Talk: Who Gets What

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Flower Talk: Who Gets What

I see it happen time and time again... the officiant has a flower, or doesn't. There's an extra flower for a hired vendor, but someone in the ceremony doesn't have one. Today I'm talking to the brides and those picking out the flowers for their wedding - make sure you don't leave anyone out!

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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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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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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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