Thursday, August 25, 2011

Jordan & Shelby's Wedding

This was event was a culmination of many so many of our supplies and favorite ideas over the years. It left me feeling grateful for all I have learned and left me with satisfaction in my heart for my short wedding career.
They had a bird and vintage theme. Her colors were navy and yellow with touches of coral. Because we went vintage, we accented in ivory as much as possible.  

Check out this great car! We brought props so all guests could have photos taken.
Later they were posted to Facebook for all to enjoy.

Congratulations Jordan and Shelby!

Monday, August 22, 2011

End of an Era (for me)

After 8 years in the event planning business, I have decided to take a sabbatical (could be full on retirement, who knows) For now, there will be no more meeting with brides, collecting inspiration for a theme, flower arranging, decorating, hostessing events, eating wedding cake at least once a month, or late nights of clean-up.

Instead I have chosen to focus on other endeavors:

1. My real, full-time job. Although not as glamorous as the wedding business, the secondary job added a lot stress and distraction from my career which also happens to be the primary income source for our family.

2. My family. It wasn’t until I was finished with my last event and didn’t have any obligations in the evenings that following week that I realized how much I really LOVE being home and spending time with my husband my puppy.

3. Finally, I REALLY want to have a baby. Although we have been working on this for years, I think I often used the weddings and just generally keeping busy, to distract me from the fact that it hasn’t happened for us yet. I am fed up now, and have realized I need to put as much energy, time, effort, studying, etc. into this endeavor as I can possibly muster, as it isn't going to come easy for us. I didn’t want to face the emptiness that I feel when I slow down, but have decided that I have to face these emotions head on in order to achieve our goal.

I must admit this has given me a bit of an identity crisis, but I am working through it and hope to find other means of creativity, identity and comfort in a slower pace and different direction. So, although my wedding posts were few and far between, my work will no longer be found here. However, I do still hope to find inspiration in the great world around us and hope you will not stray too far from me. Please still be my friend and read my blog. (In case you haven’t noticed. This decision has also provided more time for blogging too!) I do have one more wedding to post and feel fortunate that I was able to go out with a bang. I hope you enjoy Jordan & Shelby’s wedding soon to come.

P.S. My Mom and Aunt are continuing on in the business so if you or someone you know are looking for an event planner or florist, I would be happy to give you their info. Don’t hesitate to ask!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Brigham City, UT LDS Temple

While driving our broken down car on the backroads from Tremonton to Salt Lake, as we couldn't get it to go over 40 mph, we drove past the new LDS Brigham City Temple. It is by far my favorite design for a new temple I have seen in a long time. It was like an updated classic. Reminiscent of Manti, Logan, and especially Salt Lake, it had a very traditional feel. However it was modernized with cleaner lines, without the ornate decoration that was popular in the late 1800's. Plus, its startlingly white exterior was so crisp and clean. I was totally struck by its beauty. Great job designers...whoever you may be. Now I am even more anxious to see the interior. I hope it lives up to the glory that is exhibited on the exterior and is kept modern, yet traditional, 'cuz if you notice by the name of my blog, I like that sort of thing!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Kate Moss' Wedding

Have you seen all the glorious details from Kate Moss's wedding. I think she did a fabulous job mixing the vintage garden weddings that are popular right now with the formal touches of classic weddings (expected to gain in popularity after William and Kates royal wedding).

The charming English countryside church looks like a page out of the historial fiction novels I love so much!

The flowers for her daughter Lila Grace. Aren't they so delicate & whimsical, yet so feminine?

Headed to the reception with her little angel posse

Simple with very elegant touches.

I am really amazed how she took touches of all different eras (the dresses: 20's, the cars: 70's, the church probably dating back to the 1700's) and made them all work together. I believe color has a lot to do with it. Keeping with the soft Ivory pallettes made things feel cohesive. Everything looked easily elegant without being too stuffy. I am totally impressed!  

images via vogue

The Beloved Pewter Tray

When writing about my trip to Mexico, I mentioned that I picked up a fabulous pewter tray. I had a request to post a picture, so I am sorry for the delay, but here it is:

I can hardly wait to get back to Mexico in order to add to my collection, and maybe get a stamp on my passport this time!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Moab 2011, continued

We headed out early the next morning to get a jump on the hiking.

Mason loves to take pictures and has become quite proficient. (Of course I have given him plenty of practice over the years with the weddings and all.) He once said, "you can't claim to be any kind of photographer in Utah unless you have a picture of Delicate Arch." He was looking forward to going and getting his own picture. When we were only 30 miles from Moab however, I turned to him and said, "I didn't see you pack the camera, did you grab it?" He was devastated as he realized he didn't even bring it. Thank goodness we live in a day and age where we all have cameras in our phones and I am really grateful my husband got me a nice new one for my birthday this year.
So without futher ado, the classic Delicate Arch hike and photos, cell phone style:

We had a wonderful trip in Moab and are so grateful to have the opportunity to explore our great state!

Thanks for letting us join you, Sharps!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Moab 2011

Our first Moab trip! Neither Mason nor I had ever been to Moab before so we jumped at the chance to tag along with Megan and Paul and were thrilled when Courtney decided to join us too! We stayed in these darling little "cottages." 

They were TINY but very reasonably priced and I was thrilled that we didn't have to camp!

Dinner at Pasta Jays

The girls LOVE Mike Rowe, so of course we had to get a picture with him! One of the stores had his cut out as they were featured on "Dirty Jobs" for their Red Rock t-shirts made from real Moab . (You can see them in the background)

Saturday was all about the river rafting. We had such a ball! The water was super high, which I thought might keep the rapids more calm, but in fact it was just the opposite.

Man (or woman) overboard!

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I finally finished my first knitting project! It was only 14 months in the making, but I had fun and learned a lot.

2 things that bring me joy:
1. Learning a new skill
2. completing a project

What projects do you like to do? I am always looking for something new to try!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

10 Year Reunion

In June we held our Cyprus High School Class of 2001 10 year reunion. I was so thankful to our head cheerleader, Aubrey, for stepping up to the plate to plan it. Our Senior Class Officers weren't interested in doing one so Aubrey took it upon herself to make it happen. She put together a great & diverse committee, which Mason and I were honored to be a part of. We loved getting involved.

I was actually super nervous as the day approached to see all these people again. Luckily it turned out to be way more comfortable and fun than I ever thought possible. I loved that we kept the event relatively simple, and hopefully affordable as a result.

Mason was our "Master of Ceremonies" and did a wonderful job, if I do say so myself.

6:00 Mix and Mingle
7:00 Dinner
7:45 Activities
           "Gettin' the Dirt" Game
1. Who has the most Kids: Becky Evans (4)
2. Who had the most recent baby: Katie Sadler ( a couple weeks)
3. Who has been married the longest: Melissa Trujillo (10 years)
4. Who is the most recent married: Natalie Prows & Shawn Griffel, to each other
5. Highest Degree Earned: Austin Hepworth (Juris Doctor, or Attorney)
6. Who has lived out of state the longest: Mike Retford
7. Who traveled the farthest to attend the event: Mike Retford
8. Who has turned the skill they were best known for in High School into a career: Heather McCrone
9. Who has been in the military the longest: Brent Locke
10. Who lives closest to Cyprus High School: Katrina Nebekker & Kenneth Thompson
11. Who has the most gray hair or lack of hair: Mason Heywood

Name that tune: Hits of 2001 - Raylynn played snippets of the top songs from 2001 while the guests wrote down the title of the song and the artist. We got one point for each piece of info we got correctly
Senior Slide Show - Aubrey transferred the old senior slideshow that was played at our Assembly back in 2001, from VHS to DVD and added updated pictures of those who attended the event. We look forward to making it a tradition to coninually add to it for future events.

A sample of attendees:

It was a lot of fun and now I can't help but look forward to the next time we can all get together again. Only 10 more years!
Go Pirates!

P.S. If you are interested, you can see more pictures on Facebook