Aaliyah and Shane's Historic Post Office Wedding!

Aaliyah and Shane's Historic Post Office Wedding!

Aaliyah and Shane were married a few weekends ago at the beautiful Historic Post Office, in downtown Hampton, Virginia. They were the winners of the Beautiful Beginnings Wedding Giftaway that we hosted last year, along with an amazing team of vendors, who all joined forces to give away a free wedding! Aaliyah and Shane's love story captured all of our hearts, (get to know them in this blog post) and I loved being able to design their flowers for their wedding day!

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Email tip: Utilizing Gmail + the "Zeroed-Inbox" Strategy!

Email tip: Utilizing Gmail + the "Zeroed-Inbox" Strategy!

Happy Friday!!! I wanted to drop in today to share a quick "productivity" tip with you. First- I have a confession to make. I have FIVE EMAIL ADDRESSES that I maintain. Yikes. Even typing that is scary-sounding. 1 is my "promos email", so the one I go to when I'm searching for the latest J. Crew coupon. 2 is my school email, that I use as a teacher to communicate with other teachers and parents. 3 is my biz email. 4 is my "professional but non-business" email. So I use this one for things like communicating with my family and friends. 5 is my old college email- which I know I'm crazy to hold onto, but every now and then I get an email on there!!

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Brides: 7 Things That Your Wedding Florist Wants You to Know

Brides: 7 Things That Your Wedding Florist Wants You to Know

Your wedding florist plays a key role in your wedding planning process. Traditionally, flowers are the most expensive and customized décor you have invested in for your wedding and flowers can enhance your wedding and bring it to a whole new level!!! Wedding Floral Designers have the unique task of seeing your inspirational images, getting to know you and your wedding vision, and then using their creativity, knowledge of floral design and personal style to create the wedding flowers of your DREAMS!! That all being said… there are a few things that your floral designer would want you to know about your wedding:

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CIE Bride Chat: Meet Jess

CIE Bride Chat: Meet Jess

I'm so excited to introduce you today to another CIE Bride getting married this weekend!! Jess and her fiancé Ryan both attended college with my husband, and they quickly became great friends of ours! Jason and Ryan played on the school baseball team together, and Jess and I quickly bonded over being "baseball girlfriends" together during the season! I was SO honored when Jess asked me to be a part of her wedding day by designing the flowers; her vision for her wedding is just gorgeous!!! I can't wait to be surrounded by lots of gorgeous flowers this week- and the nice thing about doing flowers for your friend is that we get to enjoy the wedding after the flowers are done!! Whoohoo!! :) I asked Jess a few questions about her wedding and floral design planning process and to tell us all about her and Ryan, their wedding, and their newly married plans!! :) Enjoy!!!

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How to Use Pinterest as a Wedding Planning Tool!

How to Use Pinterest as a Wedding Planning Tool!

Pinterest. This website has become an absolutely massive source of inspiration and creativity for women and men all over the globe, and a the most popular topic searched on Pinterest is weddings!! Now don't get me wrong- I LOVE Pinterest. I'm on it way too much, and I love looking at all things weddings, and house decor, summer drink recipes, fashion, DIY projects... The list goes on.  As much as I use Pinterest, there is a slight issue with it for brides browsing for wedding inspiration. Pinterest can (unknowingly) "set the bar" way too high for brides!! 

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Why Taking a Break From the "Hustle" is Good for Your Business!

Why Taking a Break From the "Hustle" is Good for Your Business!

Hi everyone- I hope you're having a great week thus far! I have been on a little mini-trip with my husband this week, touring some gorgeous sights in Charleston, SC, and we have been having a lovely time :) I have been thinking throughout our trip, that I haven't felt this relaxed in a long time! Lately, all I've felt is that I'm "always hustling." This is not necessarily a negative attitude to have; hard work is a virtue! But, when hard work starts to invade your life, that's when hustle turns negative. I have had to put limits on my time, (and I am NO expert), but I have quickly realized that hustle can lead to a quick burnout. Burnout can be deadly for your business, causing you to lose inspiration, motivation and to be blunt, lose clients and profits! 

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