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Happy Momma’s Day

9 May

Isn’t it true that no matter how old you are, you sometimes just want your mom?

Cater-495-X2I find myself needing and wanting my mom. When something AWESOME happens, I have to call her first because I know she’ll celebrate with me. When something TERRIBLE happens, I need her to tell me it will be okay. I want to crawl into her bed and have her rub my head. If I have a big, important dinner…. I need my mom to tell me I look nice and that she likes my makeup. Of course, I wish it was always like that. But sadly, it’s not.

My mom is the only one who is ever brutally honest.  Sure, she may try to be polite, but we all know what she means when she says, “that top you have on is quite interesting.” ….ok, Mom, I’ll go change.

The teenage years were fun (NOT!). I’m sure they were a blast for her as well. To be sharing a house with a hormonal boy-crazy, shoe-obsessed, teenage girl. There were years where she wasn’t my friend, but she was always my Mom. I didn’t know if I would surviv0446 c&b 10.13 lge those years. I don’t know how I did. I guess my mom has much more patience than I thought.

Even still … when we were fighting and screaming, I knew without a shadow of a doubt, that she loved me more than anyone on this planet… she told me so every single day of my life. Over and over she reminded us just how important being a Mom was to her, and for that I am so grateful. I grew up knowing that not only was I wanted …. I was prayed for, loved and cherished. As I got older, my Mom became my friend …. my best friend.

My Mom is the reason I am doing Merrymaking Events. Every since I can remember, my mom introduced me as her “Creative child”… before I knew it, that was my identity and I felt comfortable being creative. I was always doing crafts, coloring contests, and using glitter and my Mom was with me every step of the way to encourage, believe and inspire me. She is much more creative than me, but she always let me have my spotlight. For example, I know that she could have done a better 3rd grade project for me….. but since she encouraged me to do it… I was able to go on to bigger and more fun ideas! She never thought my ideas were silly, or stupid and she always helped me figure out how to make it work. I know, if not for her,I wouldn’t have had the courage… to step out on my own and put myself, my talents, and my creativity out there for all too see.

0476 c&b 10.13 lgActually, one of my favorite parts of a wedding is when the Mom sees their child all ready to get married and gets tears in her eyes (it’s a mom thing). To see her watch her child, all grown up, and starting a life of their own, She is so proud. She is so sad to let go. I can almost see the film reel playing in her head.. riding the bike for the first time or throwing a baseball. Their first scrapped knee or their first steps. The first day of school, first dates,  first love and first kiss.   It gets me…. every. single. time. I’m a mush.

What I want to tell her is that there are so many moments when they will need you. Their first “real” fight as husband and wife. When they become a parent and suddenly need you to teach them how to be just like you were to them. There are so many joys of being a Mom, and this weekend I am blessed for my Mom and feel lucky to be called Mom by the most amazing kids…. I am truly blessed.

“Everything I am, or hope to be, is because of my Mom.” Thank you Mom!

My Mom and I on my Wedding Day....

My Mom and I on my Wedding Day….

 

 

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THE WAIT IS OVER! Ultimate Cocktail Hour: The Photo Shoot!

14 Jul

_MG_9989Have I told you lately that I LOVE my job? It is the thing that fills me with joy and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something great in my life. I help couples start their life together with a happy memory! It’s a bonus when I get to share my passion with the readers of a beautiful magazine.

One of the aspects of the wedding day that I enjoy planning for is the cocktail hour. It’s that awkward hour between the ceremony and the reception where your guests are left to wait. It’s also an opportunity to do something fun and different!

_MG_0151SMI was honored to be able to share my planning tips for an AWESOME cocktail hour with the readers of the newly released issue of TriadWedding’s Magazine. And just for the fun if of it, I planned a photo shoot to go along with the article to show some of the tips.
Read the Article from an earlier post on our BLOG HERE!

I must say that the photos turned out GORGEOUS, thanks to all of the brilliant vendors that helped contribute to this shoot. It was the most fun 8 hours I have ever had and I know it’s because it wasn’t work – it’s what my passion is.

Thank you to all of the fun vendors for their time, talents and attitude… it was such a blast! Seriously- if you want some of the best of the best, you have to check out these vendors, they are STELLAR!

 

Planning and décor: Merrymaking Events
** Thank you Ashley for pitching in and having fun! It wouldn’t have been as enjoyable without you!

The Stunning Venue (and we didn’t even use the inside!): Adaumont Farm, Trinity, North Carolina
** Thank you Billy for all your hard work, wrangling the horses and making sure everything looked beautiful!

The delicious food (It was even more delish than it looks!): Sweet Basils Catering

**Thank you Renee for your calm creativeness, your amazingly brilliant ideas and for letting us snack on your yummy roasted grapes and cheese (& sharing your recipes).

Flowers and Décor: Flowers by Candlelight
** Thank you Lisa for your positive attitude, your genius set design and blooms and for always being there to help, no matter what the task!

Captured on Film by: Human Graphics Photography
** Wow, Stephen! Not only did you continue shooting long after it was pitch black, but your photos are amazing and I feel so lucky to have been able to see your passion in these photos.
SEE ALL THE PHOTOS ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

A special thank you to the amazing women at The Mill at Gibsonville for letting us use their furniture and décor. You must check out their shop!  To the fun ladies at Zeto Wine in Greensboro for letting us “borrow” the Champagne and sparking wine for the Champagne bar! If you’re going out downtown, stop by this fun shop for a glass of wine first!