The Land of Bridal Magazines…

Working in the wedding industry, when speaking with brides-to-be, I find myself frequently saying, “I know, it can all be very overwhelming, but…”

But apparently I didn’t truly understand the complex nature of that sentence.  Or how truly overwhelming it actually is.

We got engaged on Christmas morning and it was wonderfully low key.  We’ve been dating 8 years, and at some point along the way ‘high key’ went out the window.  So I posted the obligatory #ringselfie, because if we don’t put it on the internet, it’s like the silent tree in the woods.  And immediately after, people started asking when the date was and where it was going to happen. And immediately after that, I started to panic.

I honestly believed that since all I do, about 50-70 hours a week, is work on weddings, that this would be simple.  But I find myself thinking when I’m overwhelmed (buzz word), I’ll think about this later.

I’m really good at that mentality, I’m still ‘back-burnering’ things from college.

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So I did what any bride-to-be in over their head does, I went and bought a magazine.  I guess this is exactly why I pay for business advertising, so that’s money well spent.  I only bought one bridal magazine because my magazine budget would only cover that, Travel & Leisure, and four interior design magazines.

I guess I got sidetracked.  That’s ok, I’ll just think about it later.

my day as an event planner…

Several months ago, a bride contacted me to do her wedding flowers.  We really hit it off, so she asked me to help her with the wedding planning.

I’ve never planned an event before, I usually go decorate with florals then head off for cocktails somewhere when work is done (good business strategy).  But she was persistent and I like new challenges.  So I became an event planner for a day.

I even wore all black, which I rarely do because it makes me look like a sad high schooler.

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For the florals, we did a color palette of blushes and whites.   Roses, peonies, hydrangeas and baby’s breath.

The reception took place upstairs at Antoine’s and looked incredible (I’m biased).  I set out place cards, centerpieces and little gifts from the bride and groom.  They’re both from Russia (now Floridans) and she had someone from back home (Russia, not Florida) hand paint little nesting dolls as thank yous.  I thought it was incredibly thoughtful and unique.

Everyone loved them, especially me.  She gave me one as a thank you for my event planning help.  Well, that and she paid me.

But I’m obsessed with my new little doll.

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It sits on our mail able so I can see it everyday.

flowers & ankle weights…

With three weddings and an event this weekend, I’ve had a long week of prepping flowers.

Beginning of week:

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here’s a glimpse of what my lovely studio looked like earlier in the week after one of my flower deliveries.

But to be honest, throughout the week it looks more like a flower explosion.

And on a side note, I had also decided to invest in some ankle weights (top right- which I meant to kick out of the way before taking this pic but they’re too heavy and I would’ve broken my foot).  I’m on my feet all day and had the bright idea that I could tone by backside and make flowers at the same time.  Logical.

Nope.  They’re 10 pounds and I can’t even lift 10 pounds with my hands, let alone my feet.  I basically just ended up standing in the same spot for four hours.

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{hydrangeas, blush roses, apricot ranunculus, wax flower and eucalyptus}

But thankfully, I’ve been released from my ankle weight prison and am headed out today to an elopement in the Quarter then a drop off of these little colorful cuties to a reception at Brennan’s.