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Based in Indianapolis, I am a wife, mom to 2 sweet girls, and an avid home decorator.  A true believer in grace, relationships and beautiful weddings, my mission is to create a life I love to live every single day. From bridal tips to business to weddings - this blog is designed to educate brides and encourage other busy mamas (and businesswomen) to make a living from their dream without giving up what matters most.

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RiverOaks Charleston Bride and Groom sitting on ledge with flowers

Southern Charm meets European Elegance

A refined European experience is exactly what you get with a RiverOaks Charleston wedding. Imagine having the beauty of Europe without leaving the states. This property is truly incredible – perfectly situated on the River, showcasing the beautiful low country backdrop. Everywhere you turn it is dripping with charm—from the live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss, breathtaking sunsets cascading over the low country marsh, to the subtle hints of European architecture of the family’s home.

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Outdoor wedding reception centerpiece with blush and peach flowers

Outdoor Garden Party Reception

For this Ritz Charles Garden Pavilion Wedding inspiration, we wanted to put a fresh spin on the classic black-and-white wedding for the bride who still wants an organic, ethereal style. Specifically, we wanted to show brides a way to use black  and still have a soft, beautiful, and ethereal look, rather than formal and stuffy.

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An Inspired Shoot at Kingwood Center Gardens

This gorgeous European Garden inspiration session is all my secret garden wedding daydreams come true.  The amazing team of international vendors we collaborated with made this shoot one for the books!! From the impeccably elegant tabletops dressed by Wildflower Linen and adorned with soft peach and ivory roses, ranunculus and peonies, arguably the most romantic florals in existence, the details of this editorial were some of my all time favorites!!  (more…)

A Ballet-Inspired Cover Shoot

One of my favorite aspects of being a wedding planner is that I have the opportunity to collaborate with other industry creatives to conceptualize a design from start to finish.  Whether it is for a wedding, inspirational shoot, or editorial, nothing makes me happier in business than having the creative liberty to design beautiful spaces.  This cover shoot was designed to create a whimsical, painterly feeling – lightness anchored with a touch of dark.  (more…)

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