Cupcakes, Crowns and Cocktails Workshop Recap!

Cupcakes, Crowns and Cocktails Workshop Recap!

Flower crowns are one of my favorite things ever! Pair that with fun ladies, Tianna at Yours Truly Portraiture and lots of sweet snacks and drinks, and you have yourself an amazing flower crown design party! We had a blast a few weeks ago at Cupcakes, Crowns, and Cocktails, a flower crown workshop held at the Studio at Chelsea Commons in Chesapeake! We had such an awesome time creating flower crowns together, while enjoying laughs and hilarious stories, and all the pretty details were captured beautifully by Tianna! Thanks so much to each of the girls who joined in- I enjoyed being able to share my love of flowers with each of you, and you all did a phenomenal job with your flower crowns! :)

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CIE Bride Chat: Meet Aaliyah!

CIE Bride Chat: Meet Aaliyah!

Aaliyah and Shane were the winners of our Beautiful Beginnings Wedding Giftaway that we were a part of last fall, and they are the absolute sweetest!! They are getting married at the brand new Historic Post Office in Hampton, Virginia, and their wedding is going to be SO beautiful; I have been looking forward to their special day since they were announced the winners of the Wedding Giftaway!! To apply, Aaliyah created a video about their relationship, and of course Shane had be a part of it too, even though being in the military, he was deployed at the time, and their video totally brought me to tears! I knew after watching that they were a really special couple! I mean, they first met in middle school! How cute is that?! I attached their sweet application video at the bottom of this blog so you can watch too! :)

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My Favorite Springtime Blooms for Weddings!

My Favorite Springtime Blooms for Weddings!

This warm weather we have been enjoying lately has me dreaming of beautiful spring weddings, and I am getting SO excited for another full year with lots of pretty blooms!! For any brides wondering what flowers are in-season during your springtime wedding, this post is for you! I am sharing some of my favorite springtime blooms for weddings, and I am wishing that my computer had scratch-and-sniff capabilities, because springtime blooms always seem to be the most fragrant! Ahhh... spring is almost here! Enjoy!!!

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How to Create the Perfect Wedding Invitation!

How to Create the Perfect Wedding Invitation!

When I got married about a year and a half ago, finding the right wedding invitations seemed really hard! There are SO many different options, and I remember feeling stressed that I couldn't preview my invitations, like you can with linens and even creating a flower mock-up! With the recent surge of social media and the continual rise of technology usage, for most brides, ordering invitations for your wedding is the one of the few (if not only) times you have ordered luxury paper products. However, I think sending invitations in the mail is a beautiful tradition, and it truly excites your guests and makes them feel like honored attendees at your special day! Often the save-the-date or the invitation is your guest's first glimpse into your wedding theme, color scheme and more, and that's why it's so important to create beautiful paperie that really sets the tone!

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King Family Vineyards Wedding- Julia & Justin!

King Family Vineyards Wedding- Julia & Justin!

Julia and Justin had the most magical of wedding days, back on a gorgeous fall day at King Family Vineyards! The weather was absolutely perfect, and guests enjoyed a beautiful view while watching J&J say their vows :) Julia dreamed of a romantic, woodland wedding theme and organic details like using moss, vintage books and cloches for the centerpieces and lush greenery contrasted with rose gold. I used garden roses, snowberries, ranunculus, stock, and lots of greenery like eucalyptus to give the flowers a fresh-picked garden-inspired look! The end result was absolutely stunning, and she was such a happy and radiant bride! I was so honored to design her flowers for her, and so lucky to call her my friend! :) Thank you so much Rebecca Keeling Studios for sharing these images with me! The rest of the vendor team is listed below- enjoy! :)

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Small Business Success: There's an App for That!

Small Business Success: There's an App for That!

Confession: I manage SO many aspects of my business right from my iPhone! Obviously technology has totally revolutionized the way small businesses get stuff done, and I am a total believer in going "paperless"! Using apps on my phone helps me stay connected (and productive) while I'm on the go. I thought today I would share some of the apps that keep me working and help me check tasks off my to-do list without ever opening my computer! And as a disclaimer, this post is not sponsored by any of these companies- I just truly enjoy using each of these apps! Enjoy!

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