Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Wedding Website

After months of researching all the possible sites to get our website out of I chose one. I put all of our information on it, showed it to my family, and changed the template daily. But, I hated it... nothing about it was "us" we just don't fit into templates I guess. :)

So, I went to godaddy.com and purchased our domain name. They then give you a free hosting account (you have to keep their godaddy ad at the top of your site...but it is a small sacrifice to me.) I then got on my trusty Mac and went to town on a creation of our own. And, you know what, I love it. No... I beyond love it.

If you have a free weekend and have some time to create something all your own (with the help of something wonderful like iweb) then I definitely suggest it.

Here's to not fitting a template!

James Loves Lauren

STILLamazedbytheeMOTION

The team at StillMotion is by far one of the most intriguing cinematography talents in the industry. I could (and have) spend hours on their website and blog.

You just don't find things like this around my part of Texas. And unfortunately Mr. V and I don't have the budget to get this bunch of talent down to us but man, oh man!

My favorite thus far are the ones that they did for Mrs. Milkshake from Weddingbee.

This one is her SDE (same day edit)


Cheryl + Andrew's SDE - Vancouver from StillMotion on Vimeo.

And this one is the TTD (trash the dress)


Shootin' at the Slough - Cheryl + Andrew's TTD // Vancouver from StillMotion on Vimeo.

WOW...

Ok, so now go spend time on their blog and website and be even more amazed!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

A word from the wise.

Mr. V and I both grew up in spiritual homes. Both of our fathers have held ministerial positions and Mr. V himself is following in that pattern as he studies to go into youth ministry. I love that we both have such strong Christian families and I am amazed at the blessings that are new in our relationship because of it, every day.

I am a firm believer that people are placed in your path to encourage you and press you to grow as you take steps through life. Mr. V and I have had the glorious pleasure of having so many people in our lives that have done just that for us. Both individually and as a couple. When we first started talking about our wedding, we were on the same page when it came to incorporating those special people into our special day. Besides the fact that we will have 4 ministers taking part in our ceremony, we will also have 4 different married couples that have served as wonderful sounding boards and mentors that will be sharing special words of wisdom, scripture, or a marriage related challenge during a portion of our ceremony.

It has always bothered me that the ceremony seems to get lost in the shuffle of the reception when, in fact, it is the reason everyone has gathered that day. We are bound and determined that ours will not be dwarfed in comparison and that those we hold so close will be an active part of our ceremony - not just another name on the guest list or a plate of food to pay for. We are who we are and where we are because of their encouragement and (sometimes tough) love.

My excitement about this just won't subside and I think it is perhaps because drafting the letter that we are sending out to these couples (tomorrow) was almost completely written by Mr. V. I love it when he leads and inspires me to follow. I by no means suggest that I am submissive, (those of you who know me definitely know that isn't a characteristic of my personality) I simply adore the fact that I am marrying a man who outstandingly expresses love in some of the most unexpected ways.

Without further adieu, here is the text of the letter:

Dear ____________,

Lauren and I would like to thank you for the strong positive influence you have been in our lives; whether it be as an individual or in a sense of our relationship together. We are so excited to move in the next way we feel God leading us, by joining ourselves together in marriage.


Because of our time spent with you and the strong Christian values we know you withhold we would like you to play a special part in our ceremony. Our goal is to have multiple couples that have been a wonderful example to us to share a small token of advice. It can be a scripture, a quote, a message from the heart or a piece of advice that has helped you through the many trials life holds. There will be a designated time in the ceremony for you to share your encouraging words.

Your friendship and mentorship has meant so much to us both and we hope you are able to be a part of our marriage ceremony. It is taking place in Waco, TX on July 11th at 7:11 p.m.. We will be giving you a call within the next few weeks to chat with you more about your special place in our ceremony.

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope your family has a wonderful holiday season!

Love,
Mr. & future Mrs. V

Are you incorporating any participation from friends or family into your ceremony?

Monday, November 10, 2008

want to sneak a peek??

The weather was perfect, the guests were joyful and the wedding was just magnificent... here is a sneak peek :) More pictures to come.

L

Friday, October 31, 2008

It's NOT what you think it is....


I'm not giving anything away about this -- you simply have to go check it out yourself....

It's NOT a wedding

Roadtrip to Atlanta anyone??

Tricks are better than Treats!!


I'm not entirely sure I can stop laughing long enough to write this post!


BBBBAAAAAA HAHAHAHAH HAHAHAHAHA HAHAHAHA

Oh dear, hmmmm

OK,

In the spirit of Halloween goodness and because my mind rarely goes anywhere that doesn't involve a wedding in some way - here is a funny little trick from a groom on his wedding day.

tee hee

Happy Halloween, Friends! :)


P.S. I got this from a post by Miss Deviled Egg on Weddingbee -- go check out the other funny little diddies she posted today :)

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Spotlight Wedding: Lindsey & Matt

First things first, take a look at this adorable couple!!


They were married June 20th of this past summer at the gorgeous St. Paul's Episcopal Church here in Waco, TX. This Church has a wonderful history - they still meet in the original building that was constructed in 1879!! The historic chapel created a wonderful backdrop for the ceremony -- not much decorating was necessary - the stained glass and original ornamentation was perfect for this couple. Classic beauty!The grounds also provided a wonderful place for some swanky pictures taken by none other than Sarah Hess with Fleeting Moments Studio!
I know... you are dying over the doors!!

So after the sentimental ceremony we headed over to the Earle- Harrison House and Nell Pape Gardens for a GREAT reception underneath the tent. But not without catching some incredible pictures of the sun setting behind the landmark plantation home.

Anyway... back to the party... It truly was just that, a party! An outdoor reception in the middle of June can be a challenge in the Texas heat but a cool front rolled in a day before the wedding and the guests were ready to take advantage of the cool breeze and romantic atmosphere.
Lindsey wanted to keep a very serene color palette and so we kept to ivories, golds and white. I think it all came together so well.

And at the end of the night they were sent off with tons of friends and lots of sparkle! :)



Special thanks to Lindsey & Matt for letting me feature them on my blog!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

I didn't forget...

I have just been busy (bad excuse for not blogging, I realize) but I have some really great ideas and lots of pictures to share this week so get ready!!

Mr. V and I headed up to the panhandle to our hometown for a bit of relaxation friday before last and were able to stay until this past Tuesday... it. was. WONDERFUL. Cool weather, old friends, purple passions (the single most amazing non-alcoholic beverage you could ever consume), hometown football games, and familiarity. Literally, I just took a deep breath and dropped my blood pressure by mentally taking myself back there -- home.

I love that Mr. V and I have "home" in common. And one of my favorite quotes of his from this trip (besides the time that he used pinnacle correctly in a sentence and was super proud of himself only to reveal that he knew that word because it was his favorite brand of golf ball) was when he looked me in the eye and said, "I love taking you home." short. simple. and enough to make my heart jump in my chest. Even though my parents have long since moved away from our humble little town in the Texas panhandle, it will forever remain "home." I think it has to do with the memories I made there--- or maybe the self that I found -- or maybe the man that I fell in love with a bit more each day. We have quite a love story, maybe I will share it on the next rainy day. Regardless, that is where I have been - home - . And even though we have been back since Tuesday and I have put in countless hours of work since then I guess I just haven't completely made it back here yet.

I am going to leave you with a picture of us from the hometown heroes football game that we made it in time for!! There is nothing like rooting for the home team! Especially when they win!

*here's to hoping you have that special place you call home*

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

twitter?!?


I signed up for twitter today... not quite sure how to work it yet but thought i would give it a try... if you are a twitterer and want me to follow you or want to follow me let me know! I would love to!! my screen name is lkevents so look for my twitter updates!

maybe next year...


OK, there is this INCREDIBLE wedding business symposium that i would really love to attend. It is called engage!08 and it was so wonderful the first go round, in June, that is sold old and they are offering a second conference for next week.

They boast having key speakers such as Sylvia Weinstock, Bee Kim from Weddingbee(squeak!), and Rebecca Grinnals and many, many more fantastic assets to the event industry. I like the idea of this symposium because it is brand new, they place emphasis on the real-life things that we all deal with (struggling economy) and it combines some of the most brilliant and inspiring minds.

If you are in the event industry or thinking about becoming a part of it, go check it out...maybe we could go together next year. Unfortunately it just wasn't in the (debit) cards this year.... here's to hoping for next year.

Oh!! Yes, Please.

Let's just paint a picture: You have ventured to the local carnival for a night of re-capturing your inner child. The rides have been great, you have eaten more hot dogs and funnel cakes than you can count and the night still isn't over. You walk by one booth with a guy in red and white stripes handing out some of the most delicious smelling goodies EVER... what is it? Popcorn. No carnival, movie, or wedding?!? is the same without it.

Did you get the picture?? Well here, let me help you...
image from: mrs. flamingo. Apothecary Jars from: English Creek Gardens, Ikea

We have all heard about the amazing-ness that is a candy buffet or dessert bars but I am loving this twist.... popcorn!! how fun!!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Join Me, Won't you?!?

Alright ladies, its truth circle time so everyone grab your carpet square and gather 'round...I've got a little something to share.

aahhh hem... (that was me clearing my throat)

My pants don't fit. We are talking an almost- muffin- top- because- I- refuse- to- buy- a- bigger- size ordeal here. I realize that it is from the cokes I nurse on a daily basis along with the stress of planning 12 weddings on top of mine, not to mention starting a new branch of my company and the fact that I hate going to the grocery store (hence Whataburger becomes gourmet)... but my dear bride/friend Tonya has ever so kindly agreed to kick her body into glamorizing mode with me because she, too would like to look faboo in her wedding gown (she is getting married next June, just a few weeks before me).

Tonya has revealed to me Michael Thurmond's book, "12 day Body Shaping Miracle" (pictured above) and I must say, I am halfway into the book and I am hooked and a firm believer. I almost had pro-thurmond buttons made today but I decided that might be taking it a little too far so, I just figured I would share it with you.

The first part of the book guides you in taking a quiz to determine your body type - from there you are given a specialized workout and diet plan that suits your body type's needs to guide you every step of the way. If you follow this, it is fool proof. I mean, have you not seen the man on Extreme Makeover (not home edition)?!? He works some miracles so I am hoping that mine comes from somewhere between the covers of this book. I start it all tomorrow so I will keep you posted on the results and my journey along the way.... I must warn you though, the last time I tried to kill my addiction to my beloved Coca Cola I came about 2 steps away from promising my first born for just a drop so this will definitely be a challenge for me.

So, Tonya and I already have workout dates planned for next week (written in the calendar AND in the ical so there is no escaping it) and I have a grocery list that I plan on tackling in the morning so, wish me luck! If you want to join us in our journey, let me know -- I would love to email banter with you and encourage you in your booty kicking!

Stay tuned for my updates. And everyone say thanks to Tonya for her ever so generous offer to let me borrow her miracle book and being my workout buddy!

What is your pre-wedding workout regime???

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dinner??


If you are in to eating dinner (which you are) and if you're into helping great causes (which you should be) then I have some dinner plans for you!!

Today is The Big Day at Chili's! Head over to your local chili's and help out! All of their profits go to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. Go here to read about the Chili's commitment to help and head over to create a pepper for more ways to be a part.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

New Conception Board Alert!!

One of my favorite things about what I get to do is the idea and theme conception part.... I don't get to do this with every one of my special couples but those that either choose a package with it included or add it to whatever other package they might have chosen let me spend a couple hours picking their brain and sort through their clippigns to get wonderful ideas so that I can create a conception board that really embraces their ideas and takes them to a completely different place.

It challenges my creativity every single time and allows me to play outside of the box. It really is amazing how much it helps the couple have the vision for their wedding, the other vendors see the big picture and me to have a honed in picture for our direction. It is, by far, the best tool to help me create the best team of professionals to produce that event... Plus, it gives me a great excuse to flip through magazines!!

Ok..I'll stop now and let you take a look at direction we are taking for Tonya and Ross.

The entire board... Tonya wanted a black and white wedding with pink accents (of all shades), with a certain old hollywood feel... hence the feathers and Audrey Hepburn. We decided that, if she could, Audrey would definitely be in attendance - and she would be jealous of our taste! :)

a few of the details -- killer black vases with a signature flower pink pink anemones.We are also using pink peonies!! And..I came across this adorable high heel and had to add it to the board. Tonya is planning on having her bridesmaids in dresses that are a combo of black and white... I just thought a pink shoe could give it a bit of pop! And notice the fun cake on the top right corner!! Tonya's FMIL is so gracious to be baking the cake for her. Yay for crafty MILs!

Ok.... thanks for bearing with me as I share a bit of my passion with you. I will upload a few more of my boards in a different post.

Where did you draw your inspiration from?

*I don't mind you using these pictures, just make sure and credit them to me.... these take time and are very special to each individual couple. Thanks!*

Friday, September 26, 2008

The story makes it magical...


I am all about the stories.... love stories, funny stories, stories of cultures, stories of history, family stories.... I love them all!! So, when I stumbled upon this on the Design*Sponge blog (another one of my favorites) I just couldn't resist sharing it with you.



These ring bearer pillows have a wonderful story behind them and I don't think I could do the story any justice if I didn't just let you read what Grace Bonney over at design*sponge had to say about their talented creator, llubav choy duerr:

"Originally from the small fishing village of chimbote, peru, llubav left peru for a two year sojourn in mexico and then settled in herndon, virginia. After a few years she took the leap and moved to new york where she studied at the fashion institute of technology. Heavily influenced by the vibrant cultures of latin america, llubav brings her love of textiles, surface and interior design to each product she makes, whether its her stitched-felt stationary, handmade fashion accessories, and ornate home adornments. and now llubav is bringing her passion for textiles to the wedding market with her incredible ring pillows. After designing a ring pillow for her friend lucy allen, llubav received a few more orders- and then a few more. and now she’s starting her own company to focus on ring pillows, as well as her existing collection of fashion and home accessories." - Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge

So, if you are looking for a little something different for your wedding with a lot of character then contact Llubav right here.. I am sure you will have something wonderfully unique on your wedding day.

I also urge you to head over to this page of design*sponge and check out their post on the same subject for a bit more information.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Abigail Criner Giveaway


Ok, those of you that know me know that I am a HUGE Abigail Criner fan... both personally and professionally. She has wonderfully refreshing ideas when it comes to photography and a personality that makes you feel so at ease... I always recommend her to my brides and intend to use her for our wedding photography as well. So... all that to say.... I have good, no, GREAT news. She is hosting a giveaway...

Vintage Style!
The winner will receive a free vintage style photo session ($250 value), for 1-2 persons (sorry, no families), 10 really cool 4×6 prints, and a small brag book to show your coworkers! All this is worth over $300!

just head on over to her blog to read about what all her "vintage session" entails and enter for a chance to win! This is only for you Wacoans but make sure to enter soon... she will be drawing September 30th at 2:00 p.m.

Laser Cut... Swoon.


I found this on the knot as well today... I am really struggling when it comes to choosing table linens..... I am guessing it comes from the fact that I have designed the most perfect one in my head and, to my knowledge, it doesn't exist. Not to mention that my job entails picking out gobs of gorgeous linens for clients on a daily basis.

The look I am going for is light and airy, since we will be outside but it also has to have lots of personality. I saw the laser cut curtain above and thought, BINGO! I decided to find said curtain and make it my own. So, my handy friend, google and I got down to business....

Results: found it on Amazon for a whopping $123.00 a pop!! Yowza! So I decided to find out why this bad boy wasn't cheap. Come to find out, it is a Toord Boontje design straight from Milan. So, I will put the desire for it away and hope for something a lot cheaper....

well, maybe after I share a few more pictures for you to drool over....now that you have a bit of a feel for what I am going for when it comes to our tables, any suggestions for some linens??

P.S. I just clicked over to Style Me Pretty's blog and the curtain is featured in white - Part IV of the Real Wedding post from today...

Pinwheel-palooza!


Look what I stumbled across on The Knot today!! They are escort cards, how delightfully playful! (lucky they are in my colors too...) Mr. V and I are wanting something fun to help our guests find their seats and I think these just might fit the bill. Does anyone else have a different spin (hehe) on escort cards?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Squeak!!! Letterpress...




Ok, brides these days, including myself, swoon over letterpress invitations!! If you know me at all you know that when I get excited I make this little squeak sound... I've done it since I was little and let me just tell you, when I happened upon the wonderful Victoria with Roses blog, I squeaked! A letterpress giveaway??? Say it isn't so... and by Dingbat Press?? Man, what a lucky day. You have to write an entry on your blog and link your site to theirs to win so, here is my best effort to score some of that GORGEOUS letter press.... le sigh. ( I mean, how perfect is the design above for us?!?... I think it is a sign haha :) )

THE GIVEAWAY!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sing to me!



Ah, music... how I love thee.

Mr. V and I have decided to go a bit more modern on the music end of our ceremony. We decided early on that Canon in D was not an option (no offense). I have heard that song played a lot and while it is beautiful and, as a wedding coordinator, one of the first songs I suggest to help those bridesmaids pace their steps... it is just "not us."

So, here are some songs that I am wanting to throw into the mix.... I have no clue exactly where we are putting them so I am definitely open to input but, I just wanted to share.... if you want to steal a few for yourself, go for it... just don't tell me... i have this complex about being unique :).

Ok, our first song is off of Jason Mraz's new CD. It is his duet with Colbie Caillat titled "Lucky".
Love it... I mean, hello, the lyrics say "Lucky I'm in love with my best friend"

Number 2 has been a favorite song of mine for a couple of years now... many of you heard it on an Old Navy commercial last fall but it is by Ingrid Michaelson and is titled "The Way I Am." I love the true to life love it describes and the quirky (i.e. "I'll buy you rogaine, when you start losing all your hair.") lyrics would be perfect to help me not boo hoo the whole way down the aisle.

pick 3 is one I heard off of one of my favorite T.V. shows, One Tree Hill(team peyton&lucas!), and is titled "We are Man and Wife." (how perfect, no?) The artist is Michelle Featherstone. For all of you other OTH fans, this is the song Haley walked down the aisle to at her and Nathan's 2nd wedding :).

The 4th is the song Mr. V sang at the wedding in summer of 2007 that marked the beginning of this chapter of our relationship. It is by Andy Davis, titled "Bigger than Us." Man, it gets me EVERY time.... I wish Mr. V could sing it but, he will kill me for saying this, he is a big softy and I just don't think he could make it through it.

And number 5 is By Dave Barnes.... Although there are tons of songs of his that could be used at a wedding, I love the one titled " I Have and I Always Will". The only downfal is that Mr. V and I hate the first line... it just doesn't suit our relationship.... we really aren't scared. But, man, the rest of this song is just mesmerizing and absolutely pure... yea, pure, I guess that is the best word.

So, check them out and let me know what you think.....

Grrrrrr.....


I'm grouchy today.
Why?
I'm not real sure.... maybe because i feel fat, maybe because i'm procrastinating and I hate myself for it, maybe because my office has gray colored walls, maybe because people think my job is a walk in the park & anyone can do it, maybe because it's 85 freakin degrees outside in the middle of September, and maybe because Mr. V forgot to call me this morning to wake me up so I slept until 10:30...

yea, maybe.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

If you salivate over pretty dessert tables raise your hand...



- Ms. V's hand thrusts high into the air like an over zealous third grader that TOTALLY knows the answer to Ms. Santen's math problem-

>just me?? yea, ok... by the end of this post you will have your timid little hand raised just you wait! (picture above is from weddingbee.com's spotlight on Amy Atlas)

Alright, a lot of my girls (and by girls I mean clients, brides, whatever.... I call them girls because it makes me feel like we are friends and trust me, these girls want me to be their friends :) ) are having some sort of dessert/ candy/ cupcake bar at their wedding. And guess what... so am I :) Mr. V and I will be serving dessert and only dessert at our reception (more to come on that later). So, of course, I want a cute way to display such sweets so that my guests salivate as much as I do!


That being said, combined with the knowledge I have aquired and my AVID wedding blog reading I present to you...... drum roll please..... eye candy (pun intended)

ok, our first set of yummies comes from the blog Style Me Pretty. Yesterday she featured dessert bars designed by a delectable company named "Oh how Charming" (wishing I would have thought of that for my company name instead of... well... my name). Here are a few of my faves!

edit: I am new to this whole blogging thing so... here is what we are going to do... click HERE
and go to Style Me Pretty's website... scroll down a bit or search for dessert bars and take a looksy. The first set is by Lisa Vorce from Oh How Charming and the second set is by Amy Atlas who gives some wonderful dessert bar advice. Amy was also featured on my most favorite blog, Weddingbee, go check it out HERE. I'm challenged when it comes to posting pictures...
I figured out how to put a few pictures on the blog so check these out. (it only took me 45 minutes....)


* how cute are the little bulletin boards with pre-packaged candy?!? see the details on Amy's website or on wedding bee







* I feel so festive and summery when I look at this table... don't you know the kids would go CRAZY over this one (and by kids I don't just mean aunt sue's obnoxious 2 year old that she somehow popped out YEARS after menopause hit.. i'm talking your wedding party and the like)







XOXO

Monday, September 15, 2008

Advice

I give lots of advice... to clients, to friends, to associated professionals & to myself. For some reason the advice I give to everyone else tends to be a lot better than the advice I give to myself. Ever wish that you followed your own advice?? If I did, I would be the most well-rounded, organized, understanding, easy going and selfless woman in the world. And let me tell ya folks, I am far from that. I am a moody, fly off the handle, throw a fit, stress -out and pout kind of girl but I also care more than words can express, love to laugh, constantly think about others needs and dream big. Balancing me is quite a feat.... but, I can't help but think God knew what he was doing when he made me. It has been beyond amazing how all of what I consider as my "character flaws" have played into some really great life experiences that I have used to help others.

As you know, Mr.V is going to be a youth minister.... often times I wonder what God was doing when he challenged me to be a youth minister's wife. I most certainly don't have it all figured out or even half-way figured out. When youth come to me with problems or questions, I am constantly relying on my past experiences and what little knowledge I have of faith to dish out, yet again, advice. I want to be that wonderful addition to Mr. V's ministry, that cool minister's wife that sets a great example. I don't want to be perfect by any means but I do want to be a good example.

Maybe it's ok to know you are flawed. The minute you think you aren't is the minute you stop working towards a better you. I always want to want a better me... day by day... I want to show growth, be challenged and complete tasks.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Oh, blogging

Dear cyberworld,
I never thought I would be a blogger... actually made fun of those who had slight obsessions with online journals.. for some its reading deep, thoughtful journalism, for others (by others i mean newlywed Baylor graduates) it is writing about what you made for dinner for you and your newly married husband -- for me -- it's to rant. About nothing really, just funny things that happen whatever I happen to find online, the ridiculous amount of wedding and design websites that I look at every day and the quirky things that I run into as a wedding planner turned bride. Trust me, my loverboy and family will thank me -- by posting here, maybe I won't call them to tell them the unfunny things that I crack up about. So here I am....a blogger. feel free to judge. :)

L

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