Well, thanks to y’all, I have a plethora of new Southern adventures I want to try. Such great answers on my last post! Congrats to [randomly chosen] winner of the gorgeous custom leather luggage tags from Of the Fountain, Caroline K, who said: I think this is my favorite SW post ever. To me, those ordinarily wonderful moments are what add up to a lifetime of happiness. Perhaps because our graduate student budgets forced it, but most of our relationship was built wandering through small bookstores, sandwich shops, and towns in this Old North State. My favorite of these “wanderings” is when we meandered up the Outer Banks last summer– staying only in B&Bs, stopping at any interesting shop (or sand dune), and eating all the local ice cream we wanted! Love it! Email us your info and we’ll get your custom luggage tags made for you. Enjoy your adventures ahead!
Well, friends, I’m headed to a different South tomorrow… SoCal! I’m so excited to be speaking on branding with a couple of my dearest friends at the Engage!11 luxury wedding conference in San Diego next week. The best of the best in the wedding world gather twice a year for this incredible summit. This will be my sixth time attending Engage! and my third time as a speaker. If you are coming next week, please come give me a hug and say hi! A favorite pic below of Emily and I walking the “pink” carpet last year with Engage! friends (shot by DVB Photographers). All you “Say Yes to the Dress” fans will recognize my sweet friend to my left who is brilliant at making brides feel like a million bucks on their big day:
A very simple thought for you this week: how do you want to feel on your wedding day? Most brides focus more on how they want the day to look than how they want to feel. They focus just on the surface details and end up spinning their planning wheels. When you focus on how the day will feel, decisions get so much easier! Use all five senses. How do you want the smells, sights, sounds, textures and tastes to tell your authentic love story and make you and your guests feel? When all of those things are blended together beautifully, a true celebration comes to life! If your goal is to feel 100% relaxed, calm and focused on loving your fiance and family on the day of, all of your decisions should be rooted in that goal. Perhaps that complicated first dance routine you’ve been stressing over can go… and those cute little favors that are going to take you 20 hours to construct the day before the wedding. Focus on how you want to feel, what really matters and simplify, simplify, simplify!
Every day of my engagement, I’d want to feel 100% focused on my marriage and growing with my fiance. Loving this shot from Adam Hudson Photography.
This image from V3, shot by Paul Johnson, mirrors exactly how I’d want to feel on the big day: carefree and exceedingly joyful!
And when the party starts going, I’d want to feel like there’s no place in the world I’d rather be – surrounded by the people I love – having the time of my life! Photo by Poser.
GIVEAWAY: This week’s giveaway is sure to make you feel calm and relaxed on the big day. I am a huge fan of these delicious candles from Illume.
The scent of Southern gardenia, star jasmine or sweet rhubarb wafting through the house as you get ready? Yes, please! Three lucky winners will get Illume candles for their big day prep (or to just set the mood for a romantic dinner with your sweetie!).
To enter, simply tell us what you want you wedding day to feel like!