Bridesmaids Gifts That Do More :: Part 1

Last month I had the coolest opportunity. I got to partner with TOMS and my local Optometrist, Dr Gore O.D. in Pasadena, CA. I offered my services in helping them plan a huge Anniversary event where they showcase their most popular optical brands with crazy sales, food, face painting, music, Photo Booth, etc. So fun, right? Well, we decided to take that one step further and highlight one of their newest brands, TOMS Eyewear. TOMS is not new. In fact, I’m sure most of you at one time or another stood in a line for 2 hours for an annual factory sale for TOMS shoes (you know who you are!) TOMS has this awesome one-for-one model where every pair of shoes purchased, another is donated to a child in need. And now, they have a similar model for eyesight. YES. I said eyesight. Every time TOMS eyewear is purchased, they give sight through a 15 min surgery for a child who cannot see. NOT only that, but they give free eye exams as well as glasses to those in need. Something so simple, yet so life changing to a young child. Now, I have terrible vision. I’ve been wearing glasses since 6th grade. I seriously don’t know how I could function without gaining my eyesight. I couldn’t own my business… I for sure couldn’t blog!

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Real Wedding: Kate & Josh

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Kate and Josh came to me pretty calm cool and collected about their wedding. They had a general plan, but needed some help with the loose ends and day of management. What intrigued me about this wedding was the uniqueness of their approach to the day. They didn’t find a “typical wedding” venue that suited their personalities. They are so laid back and just love spending quality time with friends and family (which makes sense, because their friends and fam are pretty much the coolest). So they put their thinking caps on and thought -why don’t we just rent out an epic house for the whole weekend and just get married there. Umm, can we sway genus?! So, they found the perfect estate in Pacific Palisades off Sunset on airbnb.com. Rented the house for the whole weekend so all their loved ones can be with them the whole time. They lived together, ate dinner together, hung out on the gorgeous patio and talked for hours, oh, and celebrated their wedding all together. It was so perfect for these two and I was beyond thrilled to be apart of it with them. It was truly a whole family effort. And that dress?! Custom made for the bride. I die.

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Floral Phone Cases + Society 6

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Huge news friends! HUGE news! Many of you remember my pressed flower phone cases I gave a tutorial on HERE and sold for many months via my Etsy shop. And some of you purchased custom cases from me (thank you!). The trouble was, I was getting SO many orders (sometimes 20+ a day!) and the cases took about a week to make + the packaging took time. Then driving to the post office… it was just a long process. I loved it. But after awhile I felt more than a factory worker than a “designer.” And let’s not forget I actually have a full time job being a wedding planner! Then, came the issues…

-overtime the flowers were fading or changing colors due to the chemical reaction with the resin – but some didn’t – so it was totally unpredictable

-some cases broke during shipping – which was SO frustrating

– on custom orders, some people thought they wanted one thing.. and then they realized it after they received the case

– people wanted me to make android versions – which I tried and failed

– the list goes on and on.

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Costa Rica Recap

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Well, I’m officially back from the most amazing vacation ever to Costa Rica and back in full work mode! And while I miss the tropical paradise that I called home for a couple weeks, I’m happy to be  home and back to work. I really do love what I do and I think that’s the ultimate dream, right? Now, I’ve gotten quite a few request from friends and readers asking if I had any tips and recommendations, so I thought I’d put everything on here to share with you lovelies. I’m no travel expert, but I did learn a few things this time around and I’m happy to share!

First of all, YES we went during the “rainy season” and NO it wasn’t pouring rain all day everyday and miserable =) Unlike California rain. The rain we experienced (early Sept) was not everyday and didn’t start until about 5-6pm when it did. And it was a warm rain. More thunder and lightening than pouring rain. I thought it was totally awesome to be perfectly honest! One thing I learned though – apparently the water is crystal clear during the high season (Jan, Feb, March), and the water was a bit murkier for us. But we still snorkeled and it seemed fine to me!

We stayed in a small town called Uvita, located in the Southwest region of Puntarenas, Costa Rica. Super close to several beaches and waterfalls. 1 hour from epic surfing, zip lines, and mangrove tours. Several high end restaurants and several local places that are super yummy! (more on those later!) We rented the most amazing home from Airbnb. We stayed for 11 days. Which was perfect for adventuring and beaching (snorkel/surf) 1 day, and then relaxing and beaching (swimming & reading & napping) in between. It was a great fit for us.

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Real Wedding: Bryan & Penny

I just love Bryan & Penny’s story. A friend recently told me how lucky I must be that I get to hear all these amazing love stories and that I should share them with the world. I guess when you work in the industry you forget that these are love stories… not just clients, or “my October Event.” They are individual love stories that have transformed two people’s lives. And simultaneously, the other lives that they themselves touch. It hit me then, how truly lucky I am to be apart of it – even if in a small way – making their wedding day look good and run smoothly.

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