Thursday, August 22, 2013

An Ode to Wedding Creativity Part 1

Head table centerpieces/bouquets at Katherine and Josh's wedding.
Yes, yes, I know I dropped off the radar here on my BRAND NEW blog for two weeks, but I promise it's all been for a good reason! As many of my friends, coworkers and family members know all too well, this summer has been one long whirlwind of back to back wedding plans for both my cousin (second sister really) and my actual little sister. Of course, loving them both as much as I do and being thrilled to be a part of both wedding parties, how could I not hop on the planning train? I just had to do my best to make sure my job made the ride a bit easier for both girls.

Katherine and her new husband, Josh, just celebrated the big day this past weekend and after seeing the beautiful event come together, I cannot help but marvel at how much sweat and tireless effort it took from multiple creative minds coming together to pull this thing off.

My first real test in this strange realm of creative overdrive was the combined bridal shower I organized for both Katherine and Emily back in July. Yes, I wanted to make it memorable of course, but I am starting to blame Pinterest for this event-planning era we live in now where everyone can plot and pin their perfect event-to-be with glamorous DIY photos of the perfect party perfections. It sets an expectation, and while it's an amazing workbook to sample from, it does raise the bar for a certain standard of perfection. Regardless, I had a vision for this shower, and yes I feel victim to the Pinterest pull; I wanted it to be beautiful for the both of them, I wanted to pull off a seamless harmony of color and cohesive design for the whole affair, but I did not want the stress to trump the underlying creativity. It was a lovely event overall, and I'm so happy they enjoyed it!

Speaking of creativity in the bucketfuls, I have to give a hat's off to Josh's grandmother Carol for her adorable and super creative bride and groom cakes for Katherine and Josh at their rehearsal dinner. Katherine loves pink, so no surprise there! Josh is in the US Army, and because Carol could not find a mini army hat, she made one out of clay and baked it!  I couldn't get over it. Both cakes were so fitting and really brought an extra special element to their pre-wedding party.

So today, I leave you with this; I have been so inspired by the all of the creative juices flowing for these weddings, I can only hope to bring that passion to wherever my work takes me next.  Stay tuned for Part 2 of this post after "Wedding #2" in October...

Congrats to the happy couple!

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