Monday, September 29, 2008


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 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...


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 :) )


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.....


I'm grouchy today.
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'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)


Monday, September 15, 2008


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.


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