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Introducing, Bevy!

I’ve been a long time purchaser and loyal fan of Papyrus cards. It’s not just the gorgeous art work, timeless design and sweet messages that have me hooked for life, but I’ve always been drawn to the Papyrus brand because of the little paper insert that comes with every card. Perhaps you other Papyrus card buyers just toss this piece of paper out but for me, this little piece of paper is often the most treasured part of my purchase. I actually save this piece of paper every time I open a new card, and hang it up in my office until the next one comes along. If you’re not familiar with the insert text, let me type out for you what it says:

“Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Hummingbirds open our eyes to the wonder of the world and inspire us to open our hearts to loved ones and friends. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and to savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.”  

Some of you know that a few years ago I lost my Nan. She was hands down the most selfless, giving, caring and loveable woman I had the pleasure of calling my Grandmother. Losing her was like losing a little piece of life. It was a devastating loss and constantly I still struggle with the grief and finality that comes with experiencing the death of a loved one. While I feel sad she’s no longer here, I also feel extremely blessed and inspired even, to be able to have an impact on people’s lives in doing what I do, just the way my Grandmother was able to do so so simply and lovingly in mine and most likely everyone else’s.

My Nan had a sweet love of hummingbirds. And for as long as I could remember the two went hand in hand. Hummingbirds and Nan, Nan and humingbirds. From the ones that would buzz around her and my Grandfather’s gorgeous garden, to the sweet welcome sign decor that surprisingly greeted her when she checked into the hospice before she passed, she had a soft spot in her huge heart for these tiny magical creatures and they seemed to follow her every move. Now I too seem to find them everywhere, from the hummingbird artwork on mailboxes in the middle of nowhere to the hummingbirds that fly by the window of a venue when I’m setting up an event, stopping ever so quickly to hover for just the perfect amount of time.

Bevy is a hand drawn creation from this amazing artist here, and she going to be a big part of the new Hey Gorgeous brand. And the Papyrus slogan is simply a reminder of sorts to step back and peel back the layers because that’s when you get to the heart of what matters. It’s so simple and sweet like Hey Gorgeous. You’ll see Bevy around here a lot too, gracefully floating from one event, blog post and gallery to the next. She may even make an appearance in my new logo. But for now I want to introduce all of you, my sweet readers and supporters to Bevy, my beloved hummie. Make her feel at home, would ya? xoxo





Autumn Inspiration {Teaser by Tonya Peterson Photography}

Sometimes we’re thrown into tough situations to see how we can truly handle even the most inconvenient of circumstances. Such was the case on Saturday when Andrew and I finally got up to Traverse City, at the French Valley Vineyards for our Autumn-inspired shoot. With temperatures below 45 degrees and winds that prevented us from keeping any of the barn doors and windows open (or even from staying warm) I felt utterly helpless and defeated before I had even started unloading the car. How would Tonya get those images her and I both wanted with no light? How would everything stay put? How would our models feel in the cold? How would us vendors feel in the cold? Silly me, I didn’t even wear a sweater! But like all things in life you make do with what you have and sometimes the end result is more beautiful then you could have ever imagined.

The bouquet above, complete with gold hypericum, kale and pretty pink garden roses, was made by J from J’s Fresh Flowers. A giant hug to the sweet Tonya who came in from Utah to work with me on this shoot, too. I can’t wait to share more. Did everyone have a lovely weekend? Happy Monday, beauties xoxo

Rhi + Andy {Anniversary Teaser by Elizabeth Kaye}

Happy Monday, loves! It’s way past 3:00 am as I type this to you and I have to admit I am pretty beat. My feet are blistered from Sunday’s (tonights?) wedding and I am oh so exhausted from quite the long day but I had such an eventful weekend that I just had to share this sneak peak from Saturday. Apb and I did a little anniversary shoot with the absolutely phenomenal Beth Kaye and well, I am totally floored by the few teasers photos she has sent over to me. She captured the two of us exactly how I envisioned and our anniversary couldn’t have been more perfect. Andrew and I are both so incredibly thankful to have had this opportunity with her; promise I’ll share more later though. For now, I think my dreams are calling me. Be back on Tuesday :)

Rustic Elegance Inspiration Shoot {Sneak Peak}

Last week, I had the pleasure of coordinating and styling an inspiration shoot up in Traverse City,  Michigan. The fabulous Tonya, flew in from New Mexico to shoot the entire thing and her and I spent three days getting to and from Crooked Creek Ranch; I think we were in my Jetta for close to 500 miles in total. Let’s just say we’re pretty good buddies now! The photos turned out beautiful, and the above doesn’t even do justice to our sweet models, the incredibly jaw-dropping florals, the sweet favours and pretty paper products, the stunning venue, the gorgeous cake, the dress, oh my gosh that dress. And I could go on and on and on. Once we find out where all of the photos will be shown you can bet I’ll have a full recap for you all but for now hopefully the above shot will hold you over. Team Crooked Creek Ranch? I heart you all. Thanks for the wonderful day! xo
Confetti Dreams

I’ve always had dreams of blowing pretty hued confetti into the air. So yesterday I finally did. And it was glorious. I can now promise you that nothing compares to the magic of watching itty bitty pieces of fun float so slowly into the blue sky. More to come from the lovely Jenna McKenzie who captured my girl cave and yours truly yesterday afternoon. I am one happy girl xo