Ashley & Andrew’s Dreamy Tulum Wedding

Ashley and Andrew live in New York. I live in California and they wanted the destination wedding of their dreams in Tulum, Mexico. It doesn’t sound like an ideal match, but let me tell you. I became instant friends with these two in the many months leading up to their big day. We talked, facetimed, and texted constantly and their wedding was truly one for the memory books. I’m hoping me and the hubs can make it out to NYC one of these days and cash in that sushi date with Ashley & Andrew!

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Summer Sounds

This year has been the year of following my passions. I used to be SUCH a workaholic. Putting everything else on the back burner in the name of building a business. I’m not sure what changed. My new responsibilities helping out my family… or the fact that this is my 10th year in business (WHAT?!) that has made me realize what is truly most important in life. Yes, my work is important. But more importantly is my family. Relationships I build. Friendships. That is life.

So this year – I’m still a wedding planner. I’m still planning and designing gorgeous weddings. But I’m taking days off. I’m going to the beach. I’m taking bubbles baths more. AND I co-created a mini summer concert series with friends!

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Camping in Style This Summer

I love summer. And I am no pro camper… but I’ve really come to love camping. Especially with people that I adore. Last week we went camping in Morro Bay with Joe+Kathrina and it was the BEST. I brought crafts. They took pics. We went surfing and I drank rosè out of a canteen. There is no cocktail recipe, no DIY tutorial, no fancy wedding dresses. Just friends, camping, enjoying life. This is more for me, to document life and remember my favorite moments. If you hate it, sorry not sorry. If you love it, I hope it inspires you to take a couple days off. Disconnect. And spend time with people you love.

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Making Your Wedding Day Personal

Let me start by saying… “personal” doesn’t ALWAYS equal creative. I think a lot of people think that if they aren’t creative, they can’t have personal touches. Simply not true! Alternatively, making things personal doesn’t necessarily translate to DIY projects. 100% no.

Step 1: Decide how much time and energy you want to put into creating personal touches into your big day. This is key. Set the boundary and stick to it. That way, months from now, when you’re knee deep in wedding planning and scrolling through Instagram… you won’t be swayed to take up every project you see portrayed. I go into more detail on this on my podcast with Meg Christine Photography called Wedding Therapy Podcast. Check that out as a resource as well!

Step 2: Pick Your Projects. Below, I’m going to share my favorite ways to make your wedding day personalized. Super tangible. Links and all. You’re welcome.

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DIY Summer Staycation

It’s officially summertime and if you’re like literally anyone else on the planet, you’re watching everyone’s epic summer getaways via social media. That one friend who spent a week in Italy… the other who hosted a rager all weekend in Palm Springs. We get it. You’re all super cool and fabulous and rich.

I especially understand. For me, this is my busiest season of the year. I can’t just take off to the Italian Riviera in the middle of July… let alone afford it! So my dear friend Cara helped me come up with an idea for you all… how to throw an EPIC and insta worthy – staycation this summer. Save your pennies on hotels and airfare, and spend some quality time locally with the ones you love… throw in a few of my DIYs and ideas and you’re set!

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