If you know me, you know that I love any reason to celebrate. And I mean any reason. My heart is all the more full when a sweet client asks me to plan a celebration with such a special meaning: in this case, a celebration of gratitude.
The only thing better than getting to be a bridesmaid in your friend’s wedding is when she welcomes you into the wedding design process and the two of you get to bring all of her dreams and visions to life. My dear friends Gabi and Tim got married in November, and it was one of the most colorful, vibrant days I’ve ever been a part of!
Any Harry Potter lovers out there? This one’s for you! When my sweet client Julie approached me to ask for help with planning and designing a baby shower for her friend Jackie, I couldn’t resist. When she told me Jackie was a huge Harry Potter fan, as a lifelong fan, I was elated.
Kim and Joe are the kind of people that make you feel like an old friend as soon as you meet them. Throughout their entire planning process, they kept me on their toes with their witty humor and we wanted to reflect their fun personalities into their wedding day! When we first met, they were envisioning a summer camp wedding, dubbed Camp Capquist (a combination of their two last names). Guests stayed for the entire weekend, playing camp games, enjoying activities like obstacles courses and beach yoga, and cozying up by the fire.
When I was asked to plan a Harry Potter inspired baby shower, one of the very first ideas that popped into my mind was to incorporate aged terra cotta centerpieces, a la Herbology class. I scoured the internet for the perfectly aged pots, but they each came up out of budget for one, let alone the 10-15 I needed for the baby shower! Naturally I couldn’t let the idea go, so I came up with this DIY to make my own.
A couple of dear friends recently turned me on to the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin , specifically a recent episode outlining her “18 in 2018” and “19 in 2019” goal lists. Gretchen and her sister / co-host Elizabeth read through their own 2018 lists and reflected on their accomplishments, no matter how big or small.
I keep stumbling upon these darling little ceramic houses at Target and Crate and Barrel, but did not want to blow my budget there, so putting my brief stint as an architecture major to good use, I designed these sweet little paper houses! They’re so easy to make, and I’m sharing the template so you can make your own. They’re the perfect addition to your holiday decor, and are easily elevated with small tea lights inside to make them glow. So cozy and warm!
I’ve got to be honest, I’ve always loved every second of wrapping presents. Selecting the paper, the attention to detail, the accessorizing with ribbons and bows, and of course, the gift-giving itself. But the older I’ve gotten, the more I hear from friends and family that they hate wrapping! I can’t relate! I find the whole process to be calming, even meditative, and want to spread a little gift-wrapping love. That’s why I decided to pull together my top tips for wrapping gifts to make it easier, and hopefully a little more enjoyable for you! Happy gifting, friends!
I’ve spent years perfecting my homemade chocolate chip cookie recipe, and this one has been a crowd favorite time and time again. To me, there’s nothing that says the holidays more than freshly baked cookies and the joy of baking (and eating!) them together, so I’m happy to be sharing this recipe with you.
While I’m a firm believer that holiday dinners should feel at least a little bit fancy, my family has always taken the more comfortable, casual approach. My dad would usually make his way to the dinner table in sweatpants, and my mom could usually be found singing a silly song with a turkey hat on her head. I wouldn’t have it any other way. Now that I’m hosting Thanksgiving dinner in my own home, I’m excited to maintain my family’s silly traditions, but also have to add my own touch as an event designer!
My dear friend Gabi is getting married, and I recently got to serve double duty as bridesmaid and event designer as we planned her taco-inspired bridal fiesta! Gabi loves tacos (if you don’t believe me, make sure you’re following along on her Instagram and her blog), so it seemed like the perfect treat to inspire her special day.
Angie and Matt were married at the Boston Public Library, a dream venue full of history and charm. One of their favorite elements of the space? The library’s garden courtyard where they exchanged vows. Throughout planning, Angie was most excited to incorporate some of that garden feel into the reception as well, and we did just that! Lush blooms from Sweet Annie Floral adorned every surface and complemented the natural stone tones of the Guastavino Room in the loveliest of ways.
This week, I sat down to chat with Emily of Emily Tebbetts Photography about the Planner - Photographer relationship. We discussed everything from how to work together on styled shoots, weddings, and what Planners look for when adding Photogs to their preferred vendor lists! Head on over to Emily's site for the full interview, and if you're a Photographer, I hope you'll reach out soon!
Abby + Garrett's Charleston inspired, detail-infused wedding appealed to every sense - guests were met with a vision of southern charm with french blue, peach, and patterned details, the scent of citrus-infused floral arrangements filled the air, and the locally sourced dinner from Cannon Green was mouthwatering to say the least. Fresh crab cakes and fried green tomatoes, anyone?
Whether it’s lack of time, a tight budget, or facing the kitchen after a long day at work, creating delicious home-cooked meals can often feel like a chore. And night after night, in households across America, we struggle to answer the same question: What should we do for dinner? The solution - 100 simple, wholesome meals that can be made with 5 ingredients or less in 30 minutes or less!
Give this girl a tent wedding on the water, and I'm happy as a clam. Add in a couple who so clearly adores each other and makes each other laughs, and I am head over heels! Christina and Sebastian were married at Christina's parents' home in Gloucester, MA which an outdoor reception at the Castle Manor Inn, and from start to finish the entire day was perfection.
As kids, my sisters and I grew up hearing the most wonderful stories about the cross-country road trip my parents took on their honeymoon in the '80s. Every few years, we'd pile onto their bed and watch slideshows projected on the bedroom wall of the photos they took as they adventured through the country in the back of my dad's old work van.
Sometimes you meet a couple and instantly notice how well they complement one another - and in this case, Ashley + Justin are 100% that couple. When I first met them to discuss coordinating their April wedding, I was instantly struck by how confident, cool, and collected Ashley was, and the way that Justin looked at her with so much love. I also noticed how comfortable Justin made Ashley feel, and how much he made her laugh.
If this Charleston wedding had a theme, it would surely be “love at first sight”. Not only did Chelsea and Paul fall head over heels for each other when they first met, they also chose their venue, Cannon Green, after simply seeing it via a Skype call with Paul‘s sister while she was there for an event. This Florida-based couple hopped on a flight to Charleston and instantly fell in love with the entire city. And I am so glad they did!
One of my personal New Year's Resolutions for 2017 has been to make more time for the ones I love. Whether it's my husband, family, friends, or just myself (can't forget self-care!), I want to make sure I'm prioritizing relationships and being more present during our time together.
Many women spend their whole lives dreaming about their wedding dress: what it will look like, whether they'll cry when they realize it's "the one", and what it will feel like to walk down the aisle in that dress towards the love of their life.
One of the top questions I've been getting from friends and clients alike is how to choose a wedding venue. It's without a doubt one of the most exciting, yet most overwhelming parts of wedding planning! After all, your venue will set the stage for your entire wedding, and it's so important that it's a reflection of you. I totally get it - there are hundreds (thousands, even!) of venues available out there, so to help break it down for you, I'm sharing my top tips for choosing your perfect venue.
When Anthony found out that his job was sending him to Chicago last weekend, the decision as to whether or not I was going to join him was an easy one. We loved our first trip to Chicago a few years ago, and it was our anniversary weekend, after all!
You hear it all the time: marriage is hard work. Personally, any time I heard this in my first 26ish years of life, I wasn't quite sure what people meant by that. I always wondered, but never asked - probably because I felt like it was supposed to be obvious. Don't get me wrong, I completely understood that any relationship comes with its own unique set of challenges and compromises, but after living with Anthony for 2+ years before we got married, I couldn't understand how marriage might change the dynamic we had already begun to establish.
My sweet friend Gabi and I have been having so much (maybe even too much) fun finding Any Excuse to Party each month (have you seen last month's Popsicle Party?!), and for this month's party we knew we wanted to feature one of our all-time favorite things: brunch. Maybe this makes us a little bit basic, but what's not basic is the fun spin we put on this particular party theme. Introducing: Mini Brunch!
You're engaged! And as excited as you are, you're probably a little overwhelmed with exactly what you should do next. Read on for tips I picked up from very own engagement, and from coaching a few friends through it, too!
A few months ago, my husband Anthony started a new job as an event coordinator for a company that plans conferences, which means that he'll be traveling for work on a monthly basis. AKA the perfect opportunity for us to squeeze in some travel together! His first solo conference was this past weekend in Chapel Hill, NC, and I met him when he was done working for some good ol' southern fun!
We all dream of a wedding full of happy tears, delighted guests, magically romantic moments with your newly betrothed, and no shortage of Pinterest-worthy details. And sure, planning a wedding and getting married is one of the most exciting and magical times of your life in so many ways, but I'm going to level with you: it also comes with its challenges, learning experiences, and there's-no-way-I-ever-could-have-predicted-this-what-the-heck-do-I-do-now?! moments.
The second you meet Kelly + Greg, the first thing you'll notice is how they make each other laugh. The second thing you'll notice is how incredibly sweet they both are! And the third thing you'll pick up on is how much their friends and family absolutely adore them.
If I'm being honest, my solution to almost all of life's problems is to throw a party, and this summer heat is no exception. That made this month's theme for an #anyexcusetoparty collab with Gabi of By Gabriella an easy pick: Popsicles!