Hey Gorgeous, The Blog


Aug 11

Featured {Snippet and Ink}


Happy Monday, friends! I’m so thrilled to see Ellen and Pat’s Grand Rapids Downtown Market wedding over on the absolutely stunning and one and only Snippet and Ink blog today. In less than 12 weeks we planned this gorgeous and simplified event that is one of my favorites to date. Brad and Sam were on hand to capture it all and you won’t want to miss it! Check back here tomorrow for a full post on the soiree along with details behind the big day and the design decisions the beautiful bride and I made together. Between those magnolia garlands and the bride’s garden inspired bouquet, to her amazing ($300!) gown and airy greenhouse portraits, this was one for the books! Xo

Aug 4

Katie + Bryan {HGE Wedding with Jen and Jonah}

Katie and Bryan. Two souls meant to brave any storm. Together in harmony. Forever.

There are always stand out moments at each wedding that really stick out to me whether I’m in my groove working hard on logistics, setting up decor or directing my staff to the next task on the endless list of to do’s. They are the moments I remember months, even years, after all the guests have gone home and the thank you’s have been sent out. At Katie and Bryan’s wedding rehearsal, I remember one moment in particular where everyone was grouped together, from their 18 person bridal party to their families and friends who had travelled from far and wide to celebrate with them. The venue was filled with voices, laughter and chatter as the rehearsal unfolded, the bridesmaids in their winter jackets trying hard to warm up from the frigid winter weather, the groomsmen catching up like old friends often do.

Yet at the center of it all was Katie and Bryan holding hands and practicing the vows they would recite to one another the next day. Their officiant prompted them both to repeat after him, so softly that I had to step a couple feet closer to hear and make sure all was well. As the two exchanged their vows back and forth between one another, Katie wiped away a single tear as it fell from her eyes. She laughed a little as Bryan smiled sweetly at her. Together they stood there oblivious to the commotion around them, so very in love and ready to take that next big step in life. I immediately took a step back as to not intrude on that intimate and somewhat private moment of love and admiration.

Together in harmony. Even amongst the chaos there is always the center of the storm, so truly calm.

The wedding unfolded the next day on New Year’s Eve of 2013 set in downtown Cincinnati at the Contemporary Arts Center. It was a chilly winter and the sun set about an hour before the ceremony began but the day was so full of love and laughter I don’t think anyone noticed. Hundreds of peonies, thousands of yards of ribbon, the prettiest colors and texture, those shoes; Katie was a joy to plan and design with and well, I think even if you don’t personally know her, it’s fairly evident by her sweet nature illustrated through these gorgeous photographs by Jen and Jonah.

I introduce to you, one memorable way to ring in the new year, the wedding of Katie and Bryan. Enjoy.


That dress! So lovely and soft and so very Monique. It was if the gown was made for Katie.


I absolutely loved how Jen and Jonah captured these portraits of Katie getting ready. They feel so nostalgic and classic. Katie is a true beauty and radiated the entire day of her wedding. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, too but I would love to start working with more film photographers and clientele who appreciate the timelessness of film. Jen and Jonah you two are such visionaries. Let’s do it again soon :)


Katie’s bouquet was made up of romantic, soft, garden-inspired blooms like garden roses, quicksand roses, ivory and blush peony, sweetheart roses, fragrant stock, anemone and a touch of dusty miller to lend to the mint hue we incorporated throughout the wedding design. The colors in the bouquets worked perfectly in tandem with the colors of the girl’s gowns. I also threw in a bit of silver brunia to the bridesmaid’s bouquets to add a touch of gray.


Smitten On Paper knocked it out of the park with these gold foil, confetti design invitation suites.


Tables set for nearly 300 guests. My team at this wedding was absolutely killer.


And I have to end it here because you can catch more of this event over on Style Me Pretty where we were honored with a front page feature last week (be sure to watch the couple’s gorgeous wedding trailer from Studio 213 Films and check out the amazing ceiling installation we created for over the dance floor). And of course, a huge thank you to the amazing group of vendors who pulled this one off and created such an incredible day for two amazing people. Katie and Bryan, I love you guys. Thank you for the adventure. Xoxo  Tassels and noise horns: Stephanie Shives Studio

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Photography: Jen and Jonah / Videography: Studio 213 Films / Planning, design, florals and coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events / Cake: Maribelle Cakery / Bride’s shoes: Kate Spade / Catering: Funky’s Catering / Bride’s gown: Monique Lhuillier / Venue: Contemporary Arts Center / Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals / Stationery: Smitten On Paper / Tassels and noise horns: Stephanie Shives Studio

Jul 31

Featured {Style Me Pretty}


Hi friends! Phew. Typing this post to you from Chapel Hill, North Carolina in the lovely lit living room of Lara’s, while the Southern Weddings gals work upstairs and I must say it feels good after yesterday’s big shoot, to dig into some work, emails and other tasks today. But first I have to tell you to hop on over to Style Me Pretty where you can finally see our 2013 New Year’s Eve bash in all its glory. Katie and Bryan were the sweetest couple with a love and admiration for one another that was truly inspiring; planning with these two for over a year was truly a pleasure. You can catch their engagement session here and their full wedding feature here. I’ll be sharing all of the gorgeous details and amazing story behind their event here on the blog next week so sit tight. Have a beautiful day! Xoxo

Jul 18

Oh, Hello!

Hi friends! I hope you’ve been having a beautiful and eventful summer so far. I type this little blog post from the comfort of a king sized bed in the middle of Seattle, almost a dozen hotel ice buckets surrounding me, filled with fresh flowers. This summer has been an absolute whirlwind of busyness but it’s been a good busyness. A filled to the brim type of hustle that has enlightened me in more ways than I could ever imagine. The rest of my summer is filled with three more incredible events, some big editorial projects, a few speaking engagements, much needed time away with Andrew, and of course lots of fun little surprises tucked in a long the way. But first, I wanted to check in and say hello and let you know there are a few posts coming soon to the blog including a special giveaway in the next few weeks (and the full post from Ellen and Pat’s Grand Rapids downtown market wedding coming soon). Remember to make a little time for yourself this summer to just relax and be present in all that’s going on around you.


I just adore this photo of Ellen and Pat from their May 2nd wedding captured perfectly by Bradley James Photography. Guys, I loved this wedding and the simplicity behind planning, designing and executing it all in less than 12 weeks. I think you’ll love it as much as I do when I share the entire event. Happy Friday, friends xoxo

May 27

Pep Talk Tuesday {Today’s Potential for Happiness}

Do you ever dream so big your head – or heart – could burst? Or better yet, do you ever feel heavy with overwhelm?


I’ve been on the verge of bursting lately. And today I woke up feeling a bit tired, not physically, but mentally because the hopes and the dreams inside this head of mine feel too big some days. It’s not a bad thing per say but it’s a little bit overwhelming when you have a hard time turning the brain off and being ok with just being in the now. I read something the other day about our purpose in life and how our purpose is really to just be in the moment, living the now, doing what’s in front of us. In theory this is simple and doable if you break the now (whatever that is for you) down into tangible steps. Think about that for a second; it’s simple!) But here we are (and I generalize when I say ‘we’) rushing around, panicked, stressed, sad even, trying to get to the next best thing, trying to out do ourselves, and trying not to feel like a disaster when the next best thing or the next level really, falls short of our grasp and worse our expectations. Raise your hand if this cycle feels real. I’m over here with both hands high up in the air mind you.

I took this past weekend off. Three days off. No work. No emails. No phone calls. No ‘let me sneak upstairs for an hour of work!’ or ‘let’s swing by Hobby Lobby for a few work related items.’ This hasn’t happened since probably last year. That was a hard pillow to swallow when I was able to realize how badly I needed a break. That the gift of time for myself isn’t something I’m able to give to myself. Those three days were full of the things my heart needed. Plain and simple rest and relaxation doing this things I love most with the people I love most. I’m fairly certain that in 10 or 20 or even 50 years, I’ll love back on these things, these days of rest filled with joy, and feel like it was worth my time to indulge instead of scurrying to achieve anything beyond myself and my capabilities. So today:

Be easy on yourself. You’re doing the best you can. That’s all you can do.

Take five minutes. Really. Go take 5 minutes. And do something for you.

Write down two things that you’ve done well recently. Write them here.

And remember tomorrow will come; but today is full of potential for happiness.

Go seize the day, friends! Xoxo

P.S. Trouvaille tickets are on sale at the early bird rate for four more days! Eeeek!