Hey Gorgeous, The Blog


Nov 21

Published {Southern Weddings Magazine V5}

So I’m going to preface this blog post with the fact that I’m not from the South. I’m actually from Canada and currently live in Michigan, so really I’m very far from having any southern roots (darn). But you see, I have a secret crush on the South. I seriously pinched myself when I was asked to share why I love all things southern because the truth is there’s a lot of things that this girl living up in the Mid West kind of loves. If you’ve managed to score a copy of this drop dead magazine (seriously, I cannot express how incredibly stunning, well put together and aesthetically pleasing Southern Weddings is!) chances are you came across a section that includes little quotes on what some wedding pros love most about the South. I’m honoured to be included in this fun feature. There I am in the bottom right hand corner with Camille Styles! Well, pick my peas, right?

Also, if you head over to page 60 you’ll see a bouquet I created is featured. Holy bananas. Kelly Sweet did you see?

I’m thankful for opportunities like this. What are you thankful for? Happy Thanksgiving weekend, friends xoxo

Nov 20

Pep-Talk Tuesday {What You Do Is Important}

A couple months ago I was sitting on the couch being a really big baby. After much prodding like usual, I explained to my inquiring husband that I felt my job was a frivolous one. Despite working the hardest I’ve ever worked in my life, while having to learn so much about running my own business, and working on weekends when it feels like everyone is resting, at the end of the day I was feeling guilty and sorry for myself because my job felt unimportant. Honestly guys, here I was sulking to myself because there’s people cooped up in labs fighting cancer and people trenching through floods to get food to hurricane victims, and I’m over here cutting thorns off of roses so the peonies in the latest centerpiece mock up won’t feel so lonely. Oy.

My husband being the incredibly wise and handsome piece of man he is told me, “But babe, you ARE important! You are helping people stay sane and as stressfree as possible on one of the biggest days of their lives. That counts for something, that has to count for a lot, right?” And wham it hit me straight in the face like a healthy dose of gold glitter. I am important to my clients. I’m important to my client’s parents. And I do important work for the people who see the value in what I do. You know what I really love about weddings and being a part of them? It’s a tiny window of opportunity for all involved to feel something so greatly beyond comprehension. I get to seize that small time frame and fancy it up beyond people’s expectations.

This was something that held me back internally when I first started my business. Instead of running forward, eyes focused on the goal at hand, I was running at half-pace, trying to focus on what everyone else was doing, namely my classmates who were finding careers in the field we had all spent the past six years studying and learning about. They were going on to be story-tellers, purveyors of the latest, they were going to SAVE THE WORLD with breaking news and be the first to let everyone know about this, that and the other that was unfolding in our realm, and all at once I felt like this wedding planning stuff was too fluffy. But you know what I realized finally? That some people are made to sit at the anchor desk telling the news, some people are meant to fight cancer and that yes, some people are meant to help aid victims of natural disasters and so much more.

But what I do is important, too. Even if it does means pondering over the perfect shade of ribbon for far too long.

Plus I get to share the excitement with my clients when they get back their gorgeous wedding photos, from photographers who also have very important jobs. That lovely bride and groom would have to be the sweet Claire and Doug who were hitched in Chicago this past September. Hands down Claire and Doug are the kindest people you’ll ever meet and their big day absolutely ran the smoothest of any event I’ve ever done. Working with Geoff and Lisa from The Goodness was such an honor. Can’t wait to share more with you all from their stunning Newberry Library celebration. You’re going to adore it all! xoxo

Nov 19

HGE Needs YOU!

Oh hello! Guess what? Today I need YOUR help, blogettes.

See I have this new brand launching in less than a month (like you didn’t know this already ha!) and with that new brand will come a new blogging schedule and structure. I have in my head what I think sounds pretty darn good but what’s good to me isn’t always good to you and you guys are the ones who make this blog what it is. So what I need today is your help! I want to know what you love seeing here, what entices you to leave comments and encourage discussion, what you love about stopping by HGE, and what you would want to hear about should I decide to bless you with my voice and start putting together some videos. I’m coming up on my four year blogging anniversary and to say this blog is a big part of my brand and identity is an understatement. I want to continue to grow and evolve and I hope you can give me a bit of feedback to help do just that.

All you need to do is leave a comment here with what you like, don’t like, want to see more of, want to hear more of, and even better I’d love to know about YOU! Are you a bride to be who loves wedding related advice and help? Or are you happily married and just as obsessed over finding the perfect shade of gray for your living room walls? Or maybe you’re my Mom and you read by default. Whoever you are let me know! I owe so much of my success to my blog and the people who continually read, comment and share the love I pour into it. I hope someone comments and tells me how much they love balloons like me.

Happy Monday, friends! Is anyone else fasting in preparation for Thursday’s celebration? :) Photo via Kelly Braman.

Nov 16

Something Sparkly: Vatne Designs New Website

I totally love when someone takes a huge leap and starts out on an incredible business venture. Even better is watching that person grow and flourish throughout their journey. I’ll be switching up my blogging schedule a bit once the new brand hits, and Fridays will be dedicated to sharing news and updates from myself and sponsors. I cannot wait to end my weeks on a note that is encouraging and uplifting to other hard working creatives! So today you should probably hustle on over to the brand new Vatne Designs! Neallie is an incredible jewelry and accessories designer, such a sweet soul and someone I’ve been honored to watch as she consistently goes after the things she loves in business and life. With a brand spankin’ new website to show off her already successful business, a new beauty and skin care studio appropriately dubbed Oh So Pretty, and an incredibly popular line of accessories for brides and beyond, I’m just bursting at the seams with pure happiness for her.

One of the greatest things about Neallie’s new studio space is not only can clients meet Neallie for spa services or skin care advice and guidance, but they can meet with her to design custom pieces for their big day or as gifts for others. And to celebrate all of the goodness happening with Vatne Designs and Oh So Pretty there’s a 20% discount extended to you on any online purchase or order. Just enter HEYGORG at checkout until November 30th and you can stock up on holiday gifts or even something sparkly for yourself. And before I forget lemme tell you that there will be something totally gorgeous from Neallie’s line in the Hey Gorgeous Swag Bag being gifted to one lucky reader next month. Yeah one of these pretty bags is going to be just filled with all the things I absolutely love. Stay tuned for more details on that giveaway during launch week!

Oh So Pretty is located in Bellingham, WA. Are there any readers of Hey Gorg living around there? :)

Happy Friday, blogettes! I’m off to a full day of appointments and floral mock ups xoxo Photos by Sheila Carson

Nov 15

Sarah + Bryan {HGE Wedding by Tec Petaja}

Classic. With a pop of the unexpected. Heavy on the romance, please. Sarah and Bryan’s wedding was one of those events where I stood back prior to the bride and groom room reveal and I just felt completely content. It was perfect and I knew the minute they’d lay their eyes on it, they’d think so too. See when Sarah emailed me a year before her big day she told me how badly she was needing some guidance in planning her and Bryan’s big day. She certainly had visions but needed some help bringing them together. She wrote that there was no one else she could picture herself trusting when it came to planning and designing her big day, and at once I knew we’d get along just fine. I knew that together Sarah, Bryan, myself and one incredible team of amazingly talented vendors would make magic on one beautiful September day. I’m so thrilled to finally show you these incredible images from the talented Tec Petaja. Between him, and the other vendors listed at the bottom of this post, I think we made one special couple totally happy on the biggest day of their lives. Sarah and Bryan, I adore you two. Thank you for welcoming me into your lives with open arms and for being such wonderful, caring and genuine clients.

Ok Rhi, enough chitter chatter. Now let’s get on to some gorgeous pretties, shall we?

Brief pause for a sec. I love dads and their daughters. One of the sweetest things to witness on a wedding day.

The ceremony was at St. John’s Catholic Church. The outside of the church is a tad more modern looking but the inside is so beautiful with the most amazing natural light. Because Sarah and Bryan wanted a more traditional wedding day celebration they skipped the first look and decided to wait until the met one another at the altar. Total swoon. Then following their ceremony they exited back into the church to release their guests pew by pew, so each guest could be personally greeted and thanked.

The most gorgeous bride and groom portraits. Seriously though.

While the bridal party did photos, guests were welcomed to The Peninsula Room patio, where appetizers and drinks were awaiting them. The Band Juicy sang a capella for entertainment, the mini lounge provided seating for guests wanting to rest their feet and the beautiful manicured environment gave the entire party an intimate and classic vibe. Navy striped straws added a festive touch to the signature sip, which was a pomegranate mojito. From what I hear they were pretty ridiculously delicious.

I gotta feed my clients! The newly married Mr and Mrs sneaking away for food and some laughs.

And some more details! I have to give a big shout out to everyone who worked so tirelessly to bring this wedding to fruition. Jenn from Modern Day Floral was such a dream to work with, making those floral arrangements everything Sarah had been dreaming of (and pinning!) for months. They were the perfect pop of color in the venue and really brought the entire look together. The girls (and guys) at I Candy created those family style wood tables from scratch (I know I’m still blown away) because the bride really wanted them but we couldn’t find them anywhere to rent. Custom stained wood family style seating for 140 guests? Yes, please. And all of those other tiny details that made everything look so special came from talented vendors mentioned below. I still have the text saved from Sarah that she sent me the morning after her wedding. If a bride calls her wedding an absolute fairytale, I think it can go down as a success. Here are some more pretties for you to soak up, guys.

After a tasty dinner it was time for the newlyweds sweet first dance. I love these black and white film images shot by Tec. He’s such a star and it was so lovely to meet his gorgeous wife, Chelsea the talent behind Oh My Deer. After the first dance we snuck out to the water with the bridal party to attempt to send off some paper wish lanterns into the night sky. All I’ll say here is it’s best not to send off wish lanterns when it’s windy outside. Oh, and the Traverse City firefighters are really quite nice :)

Sarah and Bryan it was such a joy being a part of your special day and watching you be surrounded by so many loving friends and family. May your marriage be forever as lovely as the day that your first started your journey as husband and wife. And to all of my readers, tell me what is your favorite detail from this charming affair? Mine has got to be the bride’s gown! Check out the vendor list below for all of the people that helped make this wedding possible! Enjoy your Thursday bloggies xoxo

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Photography: Tec Petaja / Design, planning and coordination: Hey Gorgeous Events / Florals: Modern Day Floral / Venue and catering: The Peninsula Room / Videography: Wedit / Linens: La Tavola / Custom tables and decor rentals: Events by I Candy / Draping, lounge furniture and lighting: Special Events Rental / Ceremony: St. John’s Catholic Church / Desserts and cake: The Everything Gal / Chalkboard signs: Lily and Val / Entertainment: The Band Juicy / Wedding invitations: Smock / Bridesmaid’s gowns: various labels / Programs, tear packs and seating chart: by the bride / Marquis letter D: gift from the MOB / Tassel garland: Tuck and Bonte / Throws: IKEA