Back in May of 2020 I wrote a blog post all about why I love when couples decide to write their own wedding vows. (Keep in mind my husband and I did NOT write our own vows, so if you decide that this tradition is not for you that is 100% ay-okay!) Then I got to thinking about the couples who read that blog and said, “Alright cool, we are onboard – let’s do it!” But then who also probably thought, “Wait, where do we even start when writing vows?” That’s why I wanted to come ba
I want to tell you about one of my favorite weddings from this season, Katelyn and Tyler. I met with Katelyn three times prior to her wedding date. And all three meetings were just with Katelyn. I did not meet Tyler until rehearsal day. This is not terribly uncommon as typically the groom has only a couple requests throughout the process but doesn’t take a hugely active role in the planning. That is exactly where Tyler was at… I was able to get a pretty good sense of his pers
Pinterest, oh Pinterest. You are such a blessing and a curse. We seem to hate you and need you all at the same time. Going down your rabbit hole can be such a dangerous game to play. If I had a nickel for every time I heard a bride say “so I found this photo on Pinterest…”, I would no longer need to work. However, I talk a big game, but in reality, Pinterest is one of my very favorite designing tools. See what I called it there? I called it a tool. This blog post is all about
Coming at you with a second part of Two Myths and a Truth: Wedding Edition. I am bringing this blog back around because there are so many things that come up during client meetings where I am thinking “who told you that?” or “yep, that is absolutely true”, so I feel like it is important to put out accurate information and squash the misleading posts! With that said, let’s get right into it… If you book a wedding venue (versus being at a private residence), you don’t need a pl
Zephyr Lodge was one of those venues where, before 2021, I had not had the pleasure of coordinating a wedding, then I booked one wedding there and suddenly 3 more followed… Jessica and Aaron’s wedding was one of those. When they first booked with me, we had conversations revolving around a “plan b” because it was still June in the Inland Northwest, so we all know anything can happen. Well at the time, that “anything” did not include 106-degree weather, but that’s what we got!
Recently, I had a bride ask me about heirlooms. She wanted to incorporate something that could become an heirloom that she could pass down to her future daughter or daughter-in-law, but she did not have anything that she felt was “special enough” – like a necklace, handkerchief or ring. This question got me thinking about heirlooms and traditions in general and where all of that starts because it has to start somewhere. These things do not just become traditions or heirlooms
Do you get stressed out just thinking about putting together your wedding invitations? You may ask what information do I need to include? I have a blended family, how do I include everyone? I don’t want kids at my wedding, how do I convey that nicely? If I have a wedding website, do I really need RSVP cards? My goal is to answer all these questions and more with this blog post, so stick with me here! Starting at the beginning, you need to decide what kind of invites you are l
Raise your hand if you love bold colors. Now, raise your hand if you want to incorporate those bold colors into your wedding design plan, but you may not know how without looking like you are hosting a circus. I love when couples are not afraid to, strategically, add a pop of color or colors to their design plan because the world is made up of more colors than white, blush and ivory. Don’t get me wrong, those classic color palettes are beautiful and if that is your style, I a
The internet has completely revolutionized the way we live every day, in many ways we depend on technology for almost everything. In terms of how we plan weddings, the internet has helped evolve the industry into what we think of today. No longer do brides only have written publications, friends recommendations and radio/television ads to turn to for wedding information and inspiration. We no longer solely rely on snail-mail to collect RSVPs and we don’t have to stuff invitat
Let’s get this party started and talk about the bar! What better way to do that than with something that brings the party to wherever you are… that’s right, I am talking about a mobile bar. I first met Candy at a networking event when the name Sip’n Easy was just starting to break into the wedding scene. When she told me about her business and the kind of experience she planned to bring to the events in our area, I was sold and apparently so was everyone else because she is a
A simple ‘thank you’ can go a long way. Think about how you feel when someone thanks you for a gift, your time, hard work, etc. It shows appreciation and conveys gratitude, but more than that it is a sign of respect and an acknowledgement to that person (or persons) that they matter. These are just some of the reasons why I love when couples say a thank you toast during their wedding reception. It doesn’t have to be much, one sentence or ten sentences, written out or imprompt
At the beginning of June I had the great pleasure to help organize the grand opening for The Grand Barn at Grand Pend Oreille Wedding Venue in Newport, Washington and I want to share all the fantastic photos that came out of it. We had a wonderful team of vendors who helped bring the beautiful barn to life and each of them deserve a highlight of their own! It only makes sense to start with the venue that brought this wonderful team together… Grand Pend Oreille Wedding Venue.
FINALLY! The much needed and anticipated honeymoon trip is here! All you want to do is get out of town and celebrate your new marriage with the love of your life, but let’s put on the breaks for a second and make sure we have checked all the traveling boxes. I know, I know, what a pain. Can’t I just jump on that plane and forget all my worries for the time being? As easy and as nice as that sounds, there are certain things to consider depending on where you decide to vacation
When it came to our wedding, there was not much that my husband felt very strongly about. For the most part, he stuck to the “happy wife, happy life” philosophy which I appreciated because, I am sure like a lot of you, I had this day planned since I was a teenager. However, when we got engaged, one of the very first things he said to me was, “No, we are not writing our own vows. Period.” I’ll be honest, when he said it my first reaction (the one you can’t control) was to be s