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Dec 18

The New and Improved Hey Gorgeous Events!

I’ve started and restarted this post for months now. It’s so hard to express all I’m feeling in this moment. Could you imagine trying to write a speech to win an Oscar or an Emmy? I mean that’s a little more serious than this I’m sure but either way, I’m just sitting here completely speechless today after all that’s happened throughout this process. The support and encouragement and love from family, friends, followers, strangers, clients both past and present, has been remarkable. I feel like I’ve changed for the better. Hey Gorgeous has changed for the better. And I get to share it all here with you! So let’s start with this:

I have a logo. Oh lawdy it’s a lovely thing to have isn’t it? I owe serious props to the incredible Molly Jacques for drawing up both the hand lettering and Bevy after so many of my picky requests for revisions. I’ve been putting that logo everywhere from cell phone cases to client bags and buttons. It’s so wonderful and gorgeous. And the color palette and selected fonts infused into my brand board were put together (in combination with my gorgeous new collateral which you can read about over here!) by Emily Ley through Making Brands Happen. It’s so truly me. It’s just gorgeous and wonderful and lovely.

How about a little before and after shall we? Here’s my old BluDoman website. Let me mention that this site served its purpose for two years and really was quite functional, user-friendly and affordable when I first started out. But it lacked the little bit of spunk I was looking for and din’t properly portray who I am. And my clients need to know who I am because we spend an impressive amount of time together. So I told Lara and Emily, and of course Cathy Olson of Love Inspired to throw Kate Spade and Jose Villa in a blender and make me a Hey Gorg milkshake. Ha! No really though. That’s what I was craving.

And I got this.

Guys, I shrieked. This is just incredible. I have a place that’s all ME now. My heart, my passions, my quirky side, my genuine side, ALL sides. Isn’t she pretty?

I owe so much to so many people.

To Lara and Emily and Cathy and Molly. You have all been so honest and patient with me. You’ve been encouraging and supportive and have said the right things at the right time. I’ve been inspired and am hopeful and excited for what’s ahead of me and Hey Gorgeous. I read a quote through the Making Things Happen Tumblr last year, you know the one that says, ‘A year from now you will have wished you had started today?’ I never want to regret going after what fire me up in life. Life’s too short to play small. You’ve epitomized this little piece of logic for me. Thank you giving me so many valuable tools to succeed. For being friends. I love you guys.

To everyone who came to the relaunch party last night, I’m such a lucky girl. Your cards and words of encouragement are so special. I loved watching everyone mingle and laugh amongst one another. I loved still having people in my house at 11:45 pm when I was sure everyone would leave at 8:30 pm. I love how many bottles of wine you brought as gifts. No, really. Thank you.

To the friends I have made in the industry and through blogging, who have taken photos of me, my work, my home, my husband and I, to the friends who live in different time zones than me but still take my calls at 6:00 am because I need an opinion on something trivial. To Kelly, Beth, Paul and Vanessa, Leah, Naomi, Shalyn, Michaela, Nicole, Tonya, Kristen, Elise, Alex, Victoria, Cyn oh and the list goes on. I can’t even begin to describe how much you all mean to me. It can get lonely when all of your friends seemingly live so far away. But you’ve all managed to make me feel like you’re close by. I’m thankful for you and all you do for me.

To everyone who reads this blog, who sends me tweets no matter how irrelevant the ones I tweet are, who comments on my facebook posts and photos, who tuned in via Ustream last night and left notes, who have sent letters, emails, texts, presents, and the list goes on. I am so humbled. I’m not sure what I did to deserve this but I feel so lucky. Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to let me know you care.

To my sweet Mom, my Mother in Law, Pat, my husband and family. I love you guys so stinkin’ much. Through this I’ve really understood the value of focusing on what truly matters. You guys matter. You don’t care what kind of desserts I served last night, you definitely thought the old website was good enough and you probably are still confused on what this rebrand really entailed. But that’s exactly what I needed from you. I just needed pure love and support of the unknown. Andrew you’ve been such a rock. You’ve been so loving to me regardless of my behaviour. Mom, I miss you so much and wish you could have been here last night. Your sweet emails have kept me going. They’ve kept me feeling proud. Pat, you’re like the energizer bunny. Thank you for driving me around yesterday with oversized mylar balloons stuffed in your SUV, and then cleaning up everything last night while I sat back and put my feet up. I don’t deserve such love from you all.

Have you ever had a happy cry? I totally just had one. Welcome to the new Hey Gorgeous.

Photo by the amazing Kelly Braman. Oh and go watch this little video of yours truly :) xoxo

60 thoughts on “The New and Improved Hey Gorgeous Events!”

  1. Victoria Derrick says:

    Oh Rhi! I just can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed following along your journey, and the excitement will keep growing for the days to come (the successes and down falls). It’s perfect in every essence of the word. It’s So Rhi! Love you lady, and now I’ll go have a Starbucks in honor of YOU! LOVE YOU SWEET FRIEND!

  2. Shalyn says:

    SO SO SO SO PROUD OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so lucky and blessed to know you Rhi Rhi Pretty Pants! ;) Everything is just, perfect. Adore you, adore this new site, and adore our friendship. You’re one in a million! <3 LOVE YOU SO SO SO MUCH!

  3. Congratulations Rhi!! It looks absolutely fabulous. I am so happy for you!!

  4. Lisa says:

    Rhiannon, I am FLOORED. Every detail on the new site and blog is beautiful, thoughtful, sweet, and fun–just like you! I am so, so happy for you, and even though the new site is complete, the new HGE journey is just beginning!!! All my lovin! xoxo

  5. It looks absolutely stunning as I knew it would! So bright, feminine and lovely just like everything you do! Congrats friend- I know it has been a long journey and it has absolutely paid off. And THIS is only the beginning. All my best to you!

  6. Nicole says:

    Yep, I’m crying big, happy tears for you, sweet Rhi. The website is perfect, the pictures are perfect, the video is perfect… It is all so perfectly YOU. You’ve done an amazing job through this relaunch and your determination and your attitude has inspired me. I pray big, big things for you, Rhi, and I know your business is headed somewhere beautiful. Wish I could be there to give you a huge hug! Xoxoxoxo

  7. Laura Barnes says:

    This new site is perfection! I love the attention to every single small tiny detail.. it pays off and works so well together! Looking through this site has put a huge smile on my face – you do what you do so well! And I love the sweet video.. AMAZING JOB!!

  8. Rhi — Congratulations, sweet girl! It’s been so much fun to watch you and the Hey Gorgeous brand blossom; I can’t wait to see what you accomplish next. The site is amazing and perfectly ‘you’! xoxo

  9. Kellie says:

    Love it, Rhi! LOVE LOVE LOVE the video :)

  10. Caitlin says:

    RHI! Oh my sweet goodness, this is beyond gorgeous. It is so YOU! I am so proud of and happy for you, I just can’t stand it. :) You’re adorable and I love what you do so much… so, so happy for you friend! Xo

  11. Naomi says:

    I know how hard you worked and I know how many hours went into this site…it’s absolutely you, Rhi! It’s beautiful and so fun. I’m proud of you beyond words! Love you LM!!

  12. Rhi,

    So happy for you and everything just looks amazing! Congrats on completing a successful journey and best luck and wishes on your new one! *HUGS*

  13. nicole says:

    oh rhi, it’s just too gorgeous for words. seriously, so happy for you – it makes my heart swell just following how much you’ve grown in life, work and love :) xo girl!

  14. Kelli says:

    That video is Fabulous! Congrats – what a great endeavor you have accomplished! Here’s to years and years of gorgeous weddings!

  15. Sarah says:

    Absolutely GORGEOUS Rhi!! So happy for you and Hey Gorg!

  16. Laura says:

    Everything is seriously GORGEOUS (and fun – perfect mix)!

  17. Cathy Olson says:

    Love you to PIECES Rhi! It’s your big day and I couldn’t be more honored to be a part of it. This is all you, all your hard work behind the scenes, to show of your shiny new beginning. You are SO inspiring to me and this really is one of my favorite websites OF ALL TIME. That Kate and Jose milkshake is sure delicious! :) xoxoxoxo!

  18. Congrats Gorgeous!
    So proud of you and everything that you set out to do! You are such an inspiration!

  19. oh, your baby is just gorgeous :) congrats to you on all of your hard work. the best is yet to come…enjoy! xx

  20. Just gorgeous Rhi. Miss you and I’m so proud of you! XO

  21. Congratulations, Rhi! Everything is just gorgeous. Best wishes!!

  22. birdie to be says:

    Congrats sweet lady! Its absolutely gorgeous!

  23. Carly Totten says:

    Hi Rhi! I just started following your blog a couple of weeks ago. And then there was the night I read every one of your rebranding posts. I love your new site, and I fully intend on being a loyal reader for the long run. Congrats on today, last night, and all I am sure you will accomplish with your new brand. Enjoy!

  24. Lauren says:

    It’s gorgeous!!! Congratulations!

  25. Kelly says:

    Ohhh Rhi it looks amazing!!!! I’ve been anticipating the countdown to your new site and HGE launch and I’m loving every detail!! I would LOVE to have you as my future wedding planner!

  26. Ashley says:

    Congratulations!! The new site is absolutely beautiful!! You are going to do amazing things!!!

  27. Lara says:

    I love you. So very much. You did it, Rhi!!!!

  28. Erin says:

    It’s beautiful! Congratulations!

  29. louboo says:

    Hey sweet…wow I am just trying to take all of this in. Such a range of branding here Rhi – it’s just awesome really. Look how far you’ve come!! I think back to emails we shared about planning businesses and making the best of life (remember the 5 step plan?!) and now see…you’ve arrived! You were born for this – as you say – ‘you live for the pretty’ and that was evident since the moment I stumbled across your blog.

    I love the logo – I love the way you feature in everything. The whole experience is fabulous and frankly: it makes me want to get wed all over again! But I have said that before haven’t I? What a triumph – no wonder you are thrilled. Well done you. Lou x

  30. Kris says:

    Oh man, it’s beautiful!!! Love everything about this! It was so much fun to tune in last night via u-stream and catch just a small glimpse into the party! Congratulations on everything, job well done!

  31. Elise says:

    Rhi I just cried ! Your intro video is the perfect essence of you! You are everything beautiful, passionate, creative, and driven that a girl could ask for in a wedding planner! I love you to the moon and back and am so proud of you! Cannot wait to see all of the Gorgeous that you create in 2013

  32. Margaret says:

    Love! It’s gorgeeouuusss. So proud of you, Rhi :)

  33. Erica Jordan says:

    Hi!! I have never met you before or read your blog but I know you through SHALYN!!! AKA my sista from another mista. AKA an awesome blossom! She has had so so many amazing things about “her friend Rhi” and how great you are and such a sweet person!! Now I can finally follow along and read your blog! :)

    I stalked around your site just now and let me say I am BLOWN AWAY. Your work is INCREDIBLE!!!! I love your about me page…specifically about how weddings dont have to be stressful an such..SO TRUE!! I love this and am so excited to read more!!!


  34. Caitlin says:

    Congratulations Rhi! The site is perfection, you should be so proud!

  35. Holy smokes! ConGRATulations!!!! I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to see what’s next! Love Emily and Lara from Making Things Happen–they’re so inspiring and so are you!

  36. I mean this is going to sound strange (but might not surprise you) but I just had a little tiny happy cry too!! You’ve made what matters happen & will keep making what matters happen & will remind people that it’s important for them to do the same–especially on the biggest day of their life! It’s so amazing to see all the labor & glitter & hard work & heart & soul completely come to fruition in this BEAUTIFUL new site–everything is divine!! Hip hip hooray!! Congratulations!

  37. jas says:

    Oh my goodness! Thousands of miles a bunch of emails… we may never have met in person, but I may or may not have just ‘happy welled up’ reading this on the tram into work and if I was right there beside you I would have given you this biggest hug ever! Truly, you are just amazing and this rebrand journey (or the whole dang she-bang actually) that you’ve shared with us all has been so lovely to watch from afar and I love that you’ve never lost your voice amongst all that fun, hard work, love and sparkle. Oh and I’ve just spent my first 20minutes at work scouring through your new site and I’m in love with it. Kate Spade + Jose Villa + A little sparkle I think ;)

    Congratulations gorgeous Rhi.

    With love and hugs from Oz. Jas xx

  38. Miya says:

    Many congrats to you Rhi! You are such an inspiration to me and this new site is truly gorgeous. Can’t wait to continue to follow your work.

  39. It looks ah-mazinggg! Congrats! : )

  40. Lena says:

    G O R G E O U S, just like the amazing girl behind the brand. I know making the leap wasn’t easy, but my goodness if it wasn’t worth every soul searching moment and precious penny. So happy this day is finally here–and I can’t wait to see what you and HGE will be up to in 2013! xoxoxoxoxo

  41. oh. my. GOSH! The new site is so incredible!! I am SO happy for you!! You are so talented and deserve nothing short of the moon & stars. Congrats pretty lady and here’s to more gorgeousness from HGE for a long, long time!! xoxo

  42. Lori says:

    Woohoo ~ I have not had a chance to look around yet but I can tell I am going to love it Rhi. I love all that you have done ~ and what you have become ~ I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve now for the new year ~ makes me want to get married again ~ well kinda! Hugs and love to you. xo

  43. Jackie says:

    ah it looks so good!!!! I’m so happy for you. Congratulations, woman. You’re incredible.

  44. Monique says:

    Rhi! It looks gorgeous. Love the redesign. You can tell that many many people put a lot of hard work into this redesign!

    Congrats again!

  45. Marie says:

    I’m so proud of you Rhi! Everything is gorgeous and so you. I know I’ve told you often on this past year, you are I inspiring to me and I’m sure is many others. You had that quality about you that makes me wish you lived right around the corner so we could hang out and chat and be friends. It’s strange how you could have that effect biting it just that everything you’re doing is so special and you’ve managed to really hit home for me on so many different levels. Keep up the amazing work; I will always be one of your truest and biggest fans. xxxxxxx

  46. ashley says:

    CONGRATS, RHI!! the new site and blog are GORGEOUS! i lovelovelove your palette and mix of black + white stripes. and the birds! i mean, really. just perfect.

    gave you a shout out today on the blog today! xoxo

  47. Melissa says:

    Everything looks amazing!! And great video too! Congrats Rhi!! :)

  48. Linnea says:

    Rhi!!!!! Your website looks FANTASTIC. A Jose/Kate milkshake it certainly is – so completely YOU! Congratulations & a big yippeeee! I can’t wait to see what is ahead for you & HGE in 2013.

  49. kate says:

    i am blown away! what a gorgeous brand you have! congrats lady, you deserve this!

  50. Nora Rose says:

    Eeeee! I love it! Congrats!!!

  51. Christine says:

    Everything is just BEAUTIFUL. Huge congratulations to your, Rhi, on so many gorgeous successes. I have LOVED following you along this journey – you are an inspiration!

  52. Vika Moka says:

    PERFECT ! Congratulations ! I don’t know you but the new look and feel of Hey Gorgeous really makes me want to meet you ! I can’t wait to see all the lovely and amazing things you will come up with next, because I’m sure this whole rebranding holds a lot of very good things in store for us ! :) :)

  53. Erica Janson says:

    The website and new look are just stunning! I’ve been following your blog for over two years now. As an aspiring wedding planner and a freshly engaged lady, I’m regularly loving your ideas, design, and all-around amazing attitude. You are down to earth and relatable and amazing at your job. As a fellow southern Ontarian, it’s an inspiration to read your blog and watch you grow! Congratulations!

  54. Laicie says:

    Oh my goodness look at your BEAUTIFUL blog!!! I’m still catching up from the wedding but I can’t believe I missed this. Absolutely perfect. More than perfect! Congratulations!!

  55. GORGEOUS!!! You guys did an amazing job!

  56. Shannon says:

    Congratulations to you! Your new brand is so beautiful! So happy for you and can’t wait to follow along in 2013. (:

  57. Liesl says:

    The NEW Hey Gorgeous Events and you are as stunning as every…LOVE it!!! <3 Congratulations on all the success, I just know that 2013 will be just as magical! :)

  58. You are sooooooo precious!!! Crossed your path thru the crazy worldwide web… Via Lara Casey , MBH… Was instantly attracted to your style, your journey, your authenticity and your heart! My journey is similar though starting wayyyyyyyy later in life! God’s timing is perfect! Just wanted to say YOU have been an inspiration to me as I am braving to go full tilt into the wedding world ( after several weddings and 2 bridal shows) and now 3 more already booked for 2013! I also had a negative experience (amazing how “that” can have so much “power” huh???) Anyway, just thought you should know that you are inspiring a latecomer, middle aged, empty nester ( but with the heart & drive of a 20 something! Lol)
    Can’t wait to see what 2013 brings you sweet girl!!!! Xoxo

  59. Allie says:

    You certainly don’t need me to tell you this, but wow….you’ve have made it! This is what success and passion feels like. Embrace it! You totally deserve this! Watching your video…wow….passion radiates from your words, your smile and your amazing work. Congrats Rhi! I truly don’t believe anyone deserves it more!

  60. Charlotte says:

    Congrats! Been a longtime reader (since before you were married) and I’ve so enjoyed watching and reading about your journey in your business. SO happy and proud for you! Great re-brand, beautiful webpage & you absolutely love what you do as can be seen in the video. Congrats again! xoxo

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