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Nov 26

Butter and Citrus {HGE Shoot with Sara Hasstedt}


This past summer I had the pleasure of serendipitously connecting with the gracious and crazy talented Sara Hasstedt in Denver, Colorado. We decided to seize the day (or the week, if you will) and make a little magic happen together. Logistically things were sort of crazy that week because shipping florals halfway across the country can get a bit nutty. But aesthetically things were very lovely. I’m so thrilled to finally share all of the film goodness here with you today from a really special team of vendors. You can also catch more of this editorial production as it was featured over on Style Me Pretty Colorado yesterday. Enjoy the gorgeous, my friends.

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Leading up to the shoot, Sara and I discussed at length how important it was for us to create a project that circled back to key words and emotions. Rather than have a theme we wanted to use words to describe out vision. Sara and I both have such soft and feminine yet flirty and fun styles so the concept of Butter and Citrus was born. For us it was a mix of romance and whimsy. The sun that day and the colors of the beautiful venue really complimented our vision and the color palette we decided on. Throw in some delicious florals, stunning stationery and purposeful rentals? You get what you see here my friends!

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Jenny Sanders from Graceline Art did all of our stunning stationery. Those watercolor florals are the sweetest.

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And of course, none of this would have been possible without the help of some incredible vendors, listed below. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday, everyone! See you back here on Monday! Xoxo

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Photography: Sara Hasstedt Photography / Florals, design and styling: Hey Gorgeous Events / Stationery and calligraphy: Graceline Art / Dress and veil: Little White Dress / Hairpiece: Lacielle Roselle / Linens: La Tavola / Desserts and cake stands: Yours Truly Cupcake / Tablescape rentals: Event Rents / Vintage rentals: Chairished Events / Venue: Highlands Ranch Mansion / Hair: Hilary Hackney Matthies / Make up: Liana Figgins / Models: Bree Marshall and Trevor Monks

Nov 25

Featured {Style Me Pretty}


This past summer I visited Colorado to be a part of my best friend’s wedding. Since the sweet and wildly talented Sara Hasstedt and I had been chatting about getting together to make some editorial magic happen (and she lives in Colorado!), we figured this would be the perfect opportunity to make things happen. Together we decided on a Butter and Citrus theme and it turned out so wonderful. I’m thrilled to finally share the photos are over on Style Me Pretty Colorado in a beautiful feature. I’ll be sharing more tomorrow along with some of my favorite scans that Sara so beautifully captured and a list of the professionals who made it possible.

Happy Tuesday, blogettes! Xoxo

Nov 24

Southern Weddings Magazine Behind the Scenes


I’ve been dying to share these photos since the summer, guys! Heading down to North Carolina to be a part of the cover shoot for Southern Weddings volume 7 was such a highlight of my year. And then when I found out Nancy Ray (who is both an industry and real life friend) would be shooting all of the details behind the scenes I was thrilled. There is so much work, effort and love that goes into making editorials successful and I always feel it’s such a shame more behind the scenes aren’t documented. That’s where so much of the good stuff happens! So Nancy and Callie came in that day and together with Tec Petaja captured some really special memories. Hair styling, make up applying, table setting, paper styling, bug spraying, flower fluffing, back drop hustling, ladder holding, and the list goes on. The behind the scenes is a whole other monster my friends! Truly.


Sweet Nancy in her beautiful apron from our friend McKay at Oatmeal Lace (where mine is also from!)


Styling the stationery and paper products is one part of a shoot that can take a good deal of time. I loved watching Lara and Emily do their thing so effortlessly that day before joining in at the end with some gorgeous silk ribbons to complete the vignette. When it was time to capture it all, Em had to lend a spot to Tec while he stood on a ledge to get the perfect aerial/overhead shot on film. I’m telling you it really does take a village!


Kate from The Small Things blog is such a doll. I loved meeting her in the flesh finally!


Fearrington Village was the backdrop for the morning portion of our shoot and was the perfect space to compliment all of the peachy and pink tones used throughout. There are so many sweet nooks and crannies on the property for photos and I think we probably used them all. There was also one single peach tree (ironic, yes!) with tons of fruit on the branches still which the owners let me forage branches from. There are branches tucked into the centerpieces (you’ll see in some photos later next week!) along with some ivy I used in the bridesmaid’s bouquets. It was such a beautiful day with so many passionate people working together.


A peach themed shoot requires peachy hued flats! And naturally I spent most of the day bare foot.


It was such a pleasure working with Tec again!I love that he’s from Michigan too. And hi, Callie!


You may have noticed Lisa from Southern Weddings, as one of the gorgeous bridesmaids. You can see her below on the right of the photo with the white backdrop. And holding the backdrop taut is Dave, Lisa’s fiance! Dave was a groomsmen in the shoot hence him being on set that day and be able to lend an extra hand here and there. And those love birds will be celebrating their marriage next spring AT Fearrington Village! Amazing right? Photos like this make me smile because I realize how big of a group effort it is to make really special things happen. I have so many memories and photos of my own hubby helping to hang, adhere, fluff, primp, fasten, pick up, load and carry things like the Southern Weddings significant others so often do :)


Hi Lara and Winny! Thank you for chauffeuring me around Raleigh for three days :) I miss you gals!


Once we wrapped up at Fearrington, half of the team called it a day and the rest of us started our hour trek to a peach farm for the remainder of our shoot. But I will share the rest of those photos next week when I share Tec’s images (which you may have already seen if you have your own copy of Southern Weddings Magazine!) There’s so much more to come and I can’t wait to share the full spread with you all along with the full line up of vendors who made it all happen. In the meantime, enjoy your Monday and the start of your week, friends!


Nov 14

Trouvaille 3.0 Details Released!

Happy Friday, friends! Guess what? The details for next summer’s Trouvaille Workshop are now live over on Eventbrite for you to check out! I’m so thrilled about everything I’m hoping and planning for this workshop to be.  The past two workshops were such labors of love and definite successes, but this third round already feels a bit different. I feel very equipped to give something really special and intentional to some absolutely amazing women. A few things I wanted to share about set and intended plans in the works are below!


 A more in depth itinerary The past two Trouvaille Workshops have started on a Sunday with education ending on Tuesday before dinner. This has felt too short for me to feel like I am fully providing the best experience for my attendees. It also makes the day sessions feel really jam packed and I want the experience to feel purposeful but appropriately paced. I also have a love of half days at workshops since they allow for purposeful travel schedules and free time before or after scheduled activities. With that being said, Trouvaille 3.0 will now be a four-day extensive with Welcome Sessions starting on Sunday August 9th, 2015 and our final educational session ending at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, August 12th, 2015. I hope this will encourage attendees to stay in the city longer to build on the relationships and connections they cultivate while at Trouvaille!


A more unique location. Grand Rapids has been a great home for Trouvaille thus far (and is still home for me), but options that fit in with the workshop’s brand are slim. And keeping things fresh and unique is very important to me. Since this workshop was created to be an asset to the Midwest industry, I needed to expand outside of Grand Rapids but still stay within Midwest boundaries. With that, Chicago was a natural transition and serves as a really industry rich place to host the event next summer. Plus O’Hare airport is about a 20 minute Uber ride to the host accommodations! Our attendees and speakers will be resting their heads at the one of a kind Guesthouse Hotel in Andersonville during their stay. The hotel is a wonderful cross between a fully furnished vacation home and a boutique hotel with one, two and three bedroom suites. Andrew and I personally stayed the night a couple weeks ago to make sure we approved and my goodness our expectations were exceeded and then some. Even better, tickets now include accommodation costs so attendees won’t need to budget separately for this expense or deal with checkouts and splitting costs with roommates.

The location of the educational sessions and multiple dining experiences will be announced soon on the Trouvaille website and in detailed documents and itineraries sent to the registered attendees. The spaces I’ve selected are ones where I can utilize outdoor venues which is a big reason I selected August as the workshop date; summer in the city is a beautiful thing and will add a really special dynamic to the experience.


A very exciting, diverse and TALENTED roster of speakers. When I say there are speakers coming in from all four corners of the country there’s some serious truth there! A couple of alumnae from past workshops will be returning with of course, fresh new content, but there’s also five new exciting speakers and presenters on board that I’m truly humbled to have as part of the Trouvaille family. And including Andrew and I, there will be four husband and wife teams in attendance. I can’t wait to be able to have these pairs share more on how big of a family effort it can be to run a multifaceted wedding planning business; and what’s better than hearing it straight from the source? More will be released on December 1st when tickets go on sale.


Look out for the updated website and more coming the first week of December! If you have questions, supplier and sponsorship pitches, or anything else I can help you with please email hello@heygorg.com and I will be happy to help you! A huge thank you to the wonderful Brad and Sam Vanderson of Bradley James Photography for all of the beautiful photos (as always!) These two will be coming back again to Trouvaille next summer to capture all of the goodness and I couldn’t be more grateful for their help, talent and friendship.

Have an amazing weekend, friends! Xoxo

Nov 10

Stop the Scroll

If you’re reading this I suggest you block off the next ten minutes to soak it all in!

Last summer, inspired by my good friend Nancy Ray’s Contentment Challenge, I decide to give up something I believe we all spend way too much time with. Social media. After feeling a bit weighed down by the vortex of social media, I set out to avoid all social media channels for an undetermined amount of time. No facebook. No twitter. No instagram. At all. On my phone, laptop, during the day or at night. A couple days turned into a week. One week turn into 10 days and eventually those ten days turned into almost 3 weeks. Those three weeks?

Some of the best of this entire year.

In three weeks without my phone stuck in my hand, I was able to do things that I really never got around to doing when I was connected to my phone and my social media accounts at all hours of the day. Waking up in the morning and going to bed at night became times of (mostly) pure bliss and relaxation. My work day was made up of just that; a lot of work. Purposeful and focused work without a sprinkling of mindless scrolls and wasting my time staring at the same status updates minute after minute. I fell in love with my husband all over again. We went on dates. I saved money. I lost weight because I had time to cook healthy meals and use my gym membership. I felt a more simple pace and structure to my life. I feel peaceful and content. Whole.

Last week I felt called to take another scroll-free week away from my phone because it’s TOO easy to grab my phone in moments of stillness. Too tempting to check my facebook at a red light. Too natural to grab my phone during a date with a friend just to ‘check one thing’. Too comfortable to just scroll, scroll, scroll and fill my mind with things that don’t really need to be there. I needed a break and it wasn’t enough to just put my phone in the next room over. It wasn’t going to do the trick to take a day off. I needed something more. So I set a time parameter of a week, asked some incredible Making Things Happen alumni from the most recent conference to join me and with that, a team of 9 women and I held each other accountable throughout the process. Again I was reminded of how truly special the gift of time is. How time is our one resource that’s not renewable. I never want to take my time for granted. I think my accountability group would wholeheartedly agree.

Andrew and I recently decided to tackle Nancy’s Contentment Challenge together (we’ve been doing so for the past week and a half and so far, feel great!). I did the challenge last summer for eight weeks solo and loved what it taught me about my possessions and how I spend my money. I highly recommend trying the challenge yourself. And if you feel AT all panicked about the thought of going without your phone and social media for more than a few days, I also recommend you try a social media break so you too, can Stop the Scroll. If you want to create an accountability group, I urge you to do so with friends online, friends in your community, colleagues or even your family or spouse. There is power in numbers and having a support system you can turn to in moments of weakness is so encouraging and uplifting. Find a tribe! Support one another!

Oh and just like Nancy outlines in her post, this isn’t about rigid rules and regulations. It’s about living your life with purpose and finding joy in things that have nothing to do with friend request, likes, followers and filters. Be honest with yourself. Be kind to yourself if you find your thumbs reaching for your instagram icon minutes into starting the challenge! Share your efforts with those closest to you so you can feel lifted up and supported. Try not to get frustrated or even annoyed when you see your friends, family and colleagues mindlessly scrolling through their own accounts and feeds (this was honestly the harest part for me). Commit yourself and you’ll see the results! Actually, you will feel them more than anything.

#stopthescrollchallenge (yes, it’s ironic to have a social media break hashtag but just roll with me here :)

Also, later this week? More on the beautiful and very peachy Southern Weddings Magazine cover shoot I was lucky to be a part of! From the stunning images shot by Tec Petaja to the gorgeous behind the scene images shot by Nancy Ray, it was a couple of summer days I will never ever forget. I love this shot from when I was setting up the lovely peach branch garland for our ceremony (in bare feet of course) while Emily Thomas was such a peach, pun intended, and held my ladder steady. Teamwork makes the dream work, right?


Happy Monday, friends!


Team Scroll-Free Posts:

You can read Amanda’s post here.
You can read Laura’s post here.