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April 13, 2020

Well, folks, an astounding 5 people have promised to read my blog if I bring it back so I must give the people what they want! I can't believe it has been almost two years since I touched this little online journal of mine. There was a transitional period between shutting down Southern Sky as an operational business and finding my footing in Corporate America - all while striving to keep my personal passions alive. When I reflect on this past year and all the wonderful places I went for work and personal, organizations I joined, inspiring things I saw or created because of all of the above - I regret pausing this documentation of my journey and so, here we are.

Everyone's lives look different today than they did a month ago. I in no way want to trivialize that with a blog about pretty plates and tablecloths, but someone messaged me...

August 7, 2018

One of the first people I met in Indianapolis was Heidi Heth. I already followed her sweet biz Haven Paperie and was so happy to run into her at a pop-up event that we were both involved with. It was my first time ever doing anything publicly with flowers- which is now fitting that it would be the first time I met her. We were fast friends and decided to join forces and do a two day pop-up at City Market in downtown Indianapolis for Valentines Day two years ago. It was a huge success! Not long after, Heidi assembled a group of 8 women. We were all starting or had recently started a small business. All navigating that season and most of us without a business partner. We all needed a safe space to be open and bounce ideas. Just like that, we had a community. We met once a month in Sarah's backyard inside her beautiful roasting room  and headquarter...

July 16, 2018

I took a little break from the blog, but I am back to share the details of our big day! I have had several different publications reach out with interest in sharing our wedding and what they do is send me specific questions. So, I thought  the easiest thing to do would be to share my answers to all of those questions with you! We got married in Nashville, TN on February 24, 2018 at one of Nashville's oldest restaurants - The Loveless Cafe. Loveless built a barn about 5 years ago and that is where we were married. Stop by here to read about the history of Loveless and why we fell hard for it! I never wanted a barn wedding and the word rustic makes me cringe - I actually wanted it in an all white room with exposed beams, but life has a funny way of changing directions and here we are! I felt like this barn was more industrial on the inside and...

April 27, 2018

Hey friends! If you follow me on Instagram then you saw my excitement (aka 500 stories) about the event I got to sponsor this week. Edge Mentoring partnered with HGTV and the ladies of  Good Bones, Indy's own design show, to bring local Indianapolis women together for an evening of fellowship and fun. In their words, Edge Mentoring is "A national mentoring organization for emerging and established leaders that combines personal, professional and spiritual development into one experience.". They are a faith based organization that takes young professionals in their 20's and 30's and matches them with mentors in their community. How awesome is that? Edge hosts all kinds of intimate events and this one in particular was ladies only.  If you are not familiar with Good Bones, it's a show on HGTV where mother/daughter duo Karen E. Laine and Mina S...

April 16, 2018

We got our rehearsal/rehearsal dinner photos back over the weekend and it has been SO much fun to look through them (500 times) and remember every second with the ones we love. The wedding images are to be delivered today and I am on the edge of my seat, but wanted to go ahead and share all the special pieces of our wedding eve with you! If you know me/follow me then you know how much I love and appreciate photography. My cousin Rebecca of The Indie Image just so happens to be a talented wedding, lifestyle, and commercial photographer based in Raleigh , NC - score! So, what happens when two cousins that both work in the wedding industry get married the same year? They trade the most meaningful gift of all - their talents! Stop by my past blog post here to see Rebecca's super special mountain wedding that I got to flower and keep following al...

April 9, 2018

Mitzi reached out to me at a time when I was weaning off of the wedding circuit. It is not where my passion lies in the sense that I want to do all different types of projects and the wedding biz demands your time and attention for very long periods of time that can easily fill up your entire year.  Don't get me wrong. I live for the smaller, creative, intimate ones and if you are having one of those then by all means I am your girl, but I am no longer taking on larger scale weddings - at least not in 2018. I do want to say thank you to all of the brides that have reached out to me - it truly means so much, but I feel confident in the other talented floral designers I have referred you to! 

Now, back to Mizi. I could tell from her very first e-mail that she was a free spirit that felt deeply. Mitzi and her fiance Dan were planning to elo...

April 5, 2018

With Easter behind us, that means Mother's Day will be here before we know it! What better gift could you give her than a thoughtful celebration all about her?? Last year I shared a styled shoot that I did with friends Sarah and Nakia of Fork + Function, as well as, Stacy Able. You can find my write up on that shoot here or here on 100 Layer Cakelet! This year I want to do some scaled back ideas that feel attainable to everyone. 

We celebrated my Mom's 70th birthday this year and let me just say that I hope I got her genes because she does not look it! I mention her often and that so much of my passion for creativity and intentional details come from her. She was the type of Mom that hung ribbons from the kitchen table light fixture for our birthday breakfast. To this day she has a "Welcome Home!" sign waiting for me ( and now Mike, too!) every si...

March 20, 2018

With spring (hopefully) just a few days away, but grey still clouding the Midwest, it feels like a great time to share one of my favorite greenery inspired weddings from last August. First of all, my bride Sarah was a total dream. She wanted me to "bring the outdoors in". She knew what she wanted, but also let me get creative. She was so thoughtful throughout the entire process and even helped clean up at the end of the night! I got to work on this wedding with one of my fav friends and vendors, Stacy Able of Stacy Able Photography. This was my biggest wedding yet and it can get stressful when you are in a time crunch because the venue only allows x amount of time or its 100 degrees which means death of flowers - there are many factors that can create stress when you are a wedding vendor, but having a photographer like Stacy on you...

March 14, 2018

I am so excited to share all the details of our wedding. Committing our lives to each other in front of our families, friends, and God was the most amazing feeling. People keep asking if I "feel different" and the answer is yes. You can feel a tangible bond that is just different. It feels like....forever. We made it our mission to make every single detail of our engagement, planning, rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, and entire wedding weekend personal and intentional. I wanted everything to represent something or someone that was special to us and part of our love story.

The first thing I want to share is the meaning behind our save the dates. I knew I wanted something custom. Minted, Wedding Paper Divas, Etsy, etc all have lovely choices, but I am not a template kind of bride. Again, I wanted something with specific meaning. Let me back up...

March 6, 2018

I am excited to share this post with y'all because it is something a bit new and fresh as far as services go. Flowers, writing, throw pillows - they are all details that come together to create something and to make you feel something.  Growing up, my Mom was constantly rearranging our house. She loved to go antiquing and that became something we did together quite often.  All of this to say that I am completely head over heels, love-struck for interior design and I owe it all to her. I always have been. I would much rather spend money on a new rug than any pair of shoes. I don't really love calling it interior design because I am not technically trained in it and I never want to diminish the hard work of those that are, but in this era of Joanna Gaines and the DIY movement, anything is possible if you have the passion. 


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