Historical Home Photo shoot

 If you've read any part of our blog or any of our instagram posts then you know that we are all about creativity in any form! And this photo shoot was PURE magic. If you yourself are creative than you've had those moments where something happens in front of your eyes that just steals your breath, makes you stop and take the moment in. Capture it in your mind so you can replay it over and over. This shoot was that for us. The candles, the furniture, the greenery, the hair and makeup, Danielle carefully staging each photo. It was truly breath taking. This home has such an edge to it, an unspoken history. And as the sun set and the wind blew cold through the window sills it was almost eerie how beautifully this shoot came together!


Thank you so much to the vendors who helped pull this shoot off!

Photography: Danielle Flake Photography

Florals & Planing: Left Lane Productions

Rentals: The Prettiest Pieces

Dress and Veil: Lasting Impressions

Cake: Cake and All Things Yummy

Film Processing Lab: Photovisions Prints

Hair and Makeup: Face Forward Hair and Makeup Design

 

An Open Apology To Our Brides

It's 2017.  We're officially a month in.  And as Brooke and I have looked back over the year both in work and in our lives, we realize it has been an incredible year. But we also own our mistakes that may have been made, in both work and our personal lives. I want this letter to you our brides to be authentic and real and vulnerable. I have typed and deleted and typed and deleted this post, because well its not easy to admit our short comings. This is an open apology - from me, the owner, Lindsey.

To the brides who make my dream a reality-

I am so sorry- see in the last couple months we have had three reviews come back, expressing that their interactions with me weren't up to par, that it took me too long to get back to them and that communication wasn't what they expected. For this I will never be able to say I am sorry enough. 

See we are growing sooo fast as a company. We're four years in and doing sooooo good! In 2016, we booked 61 brides! Twenty more that we had ever done in a year! And while I am super proud of that number I also have some confessions to make. I never knew we would hit 60. I also equally didn't manage that number like I should have. We probably should have only done around 50, but I hate telling brides no, and quite honestly I love working so I kept taking brides. 

61 brides. 61 bridal accounts. 61 day of schedules to make. A little less than 61 trial runs to schedule. Add on engagement sessions, boudoir sessions. 61+ consults. Countless emails and details to remember. And I admit I got a little lost in it all! And I say now I AM SORRY. Truly, deeply sorry. I wasn't prepared to grow this fast. I have been told over and over from business owners to control your growth and I thought I was until those reviews came in. Then I was sitting at my desk in tears, realizing that while I thought we were doing so well, we let down the most important people - our brides. And people have told me don't take it personally, its business. But as I have said hundreds of times on this blog. THIS is personal for us. 

And while I can't go back and change your experience with us I can own my mistakes say I'm sorry and make moves to prevent it from happening with another bride!

So here are the changes we will be making at Face Forward to insure everyone feels like the communication is being improved and is under control.

New office hours- One of my goals this year is to improve my work/life balance. Too many times I stay late working on emails or projects. Too many times I miss family events, vacations and times with friends for work. But I also love what I do and value it so BALANCE is key. What most brides don't understand is while I am in the office during the week, I am also out in the field doing trials and consults, taking classes to learn more, and networking with other vendors to make what we offer even better for brides.

Mondays- The office will be closed, no emails, calls or appointments. This gives me time to relax and recoup from weddings, weddings take a lot out of you and I need time to get back to normal.

Tuesday-Friday- I  will be in the office available for calls, emails and scheduling from 8-12.

*Tuesday evenings will be available for after work consults.

**Thursday and Friday afternoons will be available for trial runs and bridal portraits.

*** If we do not have trials, portraits or consults I will be in the office until 5 on Tues, Wed, & Thurs. and until 2 on Fridays to get ready for weddings.

Saturday & Sunday- Our weekends are reserved for weddings only, and because we work onsite we are not available for calls, emails,or appointments. Brides who are within two weeks of their wedding have my cell phone number and can get a hold of me even on the weekends.

Don't worry we will remind you of these schedules with away messages on our email so that you know when to expect a response!

I also want to be very honest with y'all that I do NOT keep my work email on my phone. I used to but I realized I was on my email 24/7 and that is not healthy. I literally would wake up at 2 AM answer some emails and go back to bed. So I took them off my phone. That way I have to sit down at my desk and be completely focused on you and our conversations! While sometimes that means it takes me a little longer to get back to you it also means better responses and full attention for you, which you deserve!

We are also changing up the way we do our client files- nothing you need to worry about but it will help us to keep up with your day of details a little better!

The biggest thing we are doing this year is lowering the number of weddings we are going to take. This past year I went full time with company, and I was so scared of being broke or not making it that I took every bride that came our way and that is not who we are. We want to work with brides who share our style and whose heart we have a connection with, we want brides who turn into family. We are choosing to believe that if we do our part in trying to balance work and life, that God will also equally bless the business. We want Him to be at the center of the decisions we make regarding the company in 2017. Brooke and I both feel complete peace about the decision to not only focus and make goals for work but to make goals in our personal life and help each other reach them. This is about so much more than a company and dollar signs, its about hearts. Yours, Mine and every bride we work with. 

And from my heart to yours. I am sorry. And I will do better.

XOXO

Lindsey

So You Went to a Wedding Show...

So you went to a wedding show..........now what.

Well if I'm a good guesser it is probably one of 3 situations;

1. You went to the show looking for one or two specific vendors to finish wedding planning in which case you found them and are feeling super successful and accomplished! Good for you, pat yourself on the back and go kick back on the couch with a glass of wine! You earned it girlfriend!

2. You are one of those brides that went to the show because you are super excited about being engaged but you don't even have a venue or date yet so really you were having mindless conversations but not really getting any where.....NOW here me when I say there is nothing wrong with that! Next Step- getcha a venue girlfriend and then go to another show! They are wayy more fun when there is real possibility!

OR 3. You have a venue, date and maybe a few other vendors but more than anything you need to make decisions and figure out how to make your dreams a reality....which probably means your slightly freaking out because you talked to EVERYONE, got over loaded on information and are now having a slight panic attack.......THIS BLOG IS FOR YOU FRIEND!!! Grab a brown paper bag and a seat- I've got your back boo!

First thing first. BREATHE. You are gonna be just fine!

Most people will tell you to start with the big things! And I agree but I also agree with starting with the things that are most important to you! IF the cake is extremely important then start there! Because if it is important to you and your fifi (what I like to call a fiance) then you want to make sure you get the vendor you LOVE!

So find a seat on the floor and spread out all those brochures and information sheets and probably grab that brown paper back and take another deep breath. Pick out the important categories to you! Then test yourself see who you remember! Typically the vendors you remember are the ones you had great connections with. START THERE. Get in touch with them, set up consults or whatever their next step is. When you complete that category go to the next! 

TOP PIECE OF ADVICE!

If you meet with a vendor you love and trust ask them who they recommend for the other categories you still need to book- chances are you will love them too! Vendors tend to kinda run in packs, they have other people who work like them and who mesh well. Vendors who mesh well make for a seamless wedding day! 

Take it one category at a time. Breathe deep. Check one item off the list at a time. When you mark one off revisit your brochures and pick the next. Its a progression. It will all come together! I promise. And if you get to a category where you don't have any information or you don't have a good connection with a vendor than find another show to go to. OR hop over to theknot.com or WeddingWire.com where you can search vendors in every category (kind of like an online wedding show!)

Bottom line. Deep breath sweet babe, we are here to help you plan your wedding. One step at a time.

We truly hope this helped our over whelmed nearly weds! Are you a past bride with advice for a soon to be bride on not getting overwhelmed? Please comment your advice below!

XOXO

Lindsey

A Winter Wonderland Wedding

Ever since the snow started to fall I have been reminiscing about sweet Amanda's wedding last January! I can't believe it has almost been a year! She wanted a winter fairy tale wedding and by goly that is what she got! The week leading up to the wedding I watched the news in worry that we wouldn't be able to get to the wedding. The storm was supposed to come in hard on Thursday night/ Friday morning and her wedding was on Sunday. She was saying "I do" in Henderson, NC and truly I wasn't sure we were gonna make it. But every time I called Amanda to update her and reassure her that we were going to do everything we could to make it there she was just as cool as a cucumber! We ended up digging out my car on Saturday and driving in the night before!

See her and her fiance, and her mom and dad knew what was important. The vows. The commitment. Sure, she wanted all of their friends and family there and she wanted things to go off without a hitch but at the end of the day if she got to marry Will nothing else mattered! Now that's a love story. But she got it. Snow, Family, Friends, and the love of her life, Will.

winter bride and groom

She got it all. She got her dream! It was incredible to watch her vendors come in one by one, making the day happen. Only one of her vendors was from Henderson, the rest of us came in from Raleigh, Greensboro, and even Wilmington! But we got there! OH And her dad! THAT MAN IS A SAINT! If Amanda needed it, he made it happen. If her mother needed something, he made it happen. When we said we would have to come in a night early, "No problem it's taken care of" And all with a smile on his face. Chick Fil A on a Sunday? NO PROBLEM! That's right when your daughter wants Chick Fil A on her wedding day you make it happen. PS. It doesn't hurt that they own one ;) 

Snow day wedding

When Brooke and I left we couldn't stop talking about what a genuine couple they were, how in love they were and what an INCREDIBLE family we got to be a part of for the day! We truly felt at home with this entire bridal party! And we love reminiscing through their wedding day!

Happy Almost Anniversary you two! We truly hope it has been the best year of your lives!

XOXO

My Winter Bucket List

With the first snow on the horizon I thought this was the perfect little post! I've always wished we got snow at Christmas so I could do the whole hot cocoa by the fire while I watch Christmas movies thing but the problem with that is we never have snow by Christmas and my mother is super against fire place fires. Ha! But I definitely have a bucket list ready just in case the snowpocalypse happens this weekend.

1. HOT CHOCOLATE! It's like the first thing I do when I wake up and see snow, and this Christmas a sweet friend introduced me to crock pot hot chocolate and man oh man its good. So snow or no snow that will be a thing this weekend.

2. Go for a wintery walk! That's right just a walk, we'll get to the whole building a snow man thing later but this ones just a walk. I LOVE snow so to walk and just see white for as far as you can see is pure bliss for my soul.

3. Sit by the fire. YES while my mother doesn't do fire (where we always spend snow days) my next door neighbor will usually start a bin fire in his driveway. 

4. Build a snowman, or just throw snowballs at your sisters. It never fails that my oldest sister will want to have a sleepover when the snow comes rolling in. We always attempt a snowman but she ends up just throwing snow at me while I build. haha!

5. Read in my pjs! Mmmm a perfect snowy afternoon, your clothes are in the dryer from going out in the snow so its the perfect time to grab your jammies and a big blanket and curl up with a good book! 

6. Beat my mother at cards! In our family we play cards, and a lot of them! I'll never forget when I was in high school we had a huge snow storm that took the power out for days and me and my mom and my sister played cards for hours, it was too cold to really do anything so we just played and kept a running score! Cards always equal great memories for our family!

7. Watch the kids sled behind the house! Our house backs up to a huge neighborhood hill where all the kids come out to sled. Its so fun, growing up mom would have to drag us off the hill to come in and eat and get warm. I don't sled anymore because of my back (OLD WOMAN STATUS) but I love to sit and watch the four little girls next door as the run up the hill and sled back down.

So there you have it, my bucket list for the snowpocalypse! I would love to know what your favorite things are to do on a snow day!!

Hello January!

December is ending and January is coming in hot!!

I truly can't believe that 2016 is almost over, like where the heck did the time go? We've had so many good things happen! We have been a part of 61 weddings this year! (Our goal was 50!!) We have been a part of 58 portrait/trial sessions, 9 style shoots with incredible vendors, and 28 other shoots- including engagements, boudoir, family and maternity sessions! We are truly blessed on the business side! We have had incredible brides welcome us into their family, and we've gained some as friends along the way! Brooke and I truly can't believe how good 2016 was to us!

Speaking of gaining friends, we also gained family! Brooke is ENGAGED! We've already started calling Ike Mr. Face Forward!! HA! I also gained a sweet nephew, Finn Ryan Ross! And one of Brooke's new niece's gained a new kidney! I'm telling you, God IS good!! He's good yall! He's just good! He has answered so many prayers this year and not always in the ways we thought! We have two new artists that are joining the team in 2017 and I can not wait to introduce you to them in the first blog of the year, so be on the look out for that! 

We are in the process of tracking down all of our brides photos from throughout the year so that we can begin sharing all our 2016 memories while we make new ones in 2017! We truly truly hope that 2016 was wonderful for you and yours, but if not just wait a couple more days and it'll be 2017!!!

Happy New Years (almost) Y'all!

December's TOP Beauty Picks!

It is almost the end of the month and I wanted to take sometime and review a few of my new favorite beauty products! I am hoping that this will become a new norm! So here are a few products I LOVE and one I could live without!

LIPSTICK! So lipstick is new for me- I've never really been much of a lipstick girl maybe a tinted chapstick or gloss if I'm feeling really fancy. But, lately I've really been branching out on my sticks and shades. My ABSOLUTE fav right now is Urban Decay, BRAT! I found it on thesmallthingsblog and decided to try it out. It's the perfect little pink lipstick!!

Exfoliation! I have the weirdest skin on the planet- seriously..it's dumb. One second I'm super oily, the next I'm dry but what keeps me normal is making sure I exfoliate once a week! I received a new one in my Ipsy bag last month by Peter Lamas and the best part it smells like PUMPKIN #basicwhitegirl It's a great balance of rough to exfoliate and smooth to hydrate definitely check it out! 

Tools! The hot tools CURLBAR! I cannot say enough good things about the curl bar, I am working on a full length video review about this new tool I just haven't quite gotten it finished! It's amazingly designed to save your shoulders and arms while you curl your hair!

DRY SHAMPOO! oh dry shampoo! There are two things in this lifethat I can't talk about enough- 1. Champagne and 2. DRY SHAMPOO hahaha- but seriously! Recently, Brooke and I were at a wedding and a bridesmaid was asking how often we use dry shampoo, and why we use dry shampoo and it cracked me up because we both confessed to using dry shampoo on CLEAN hair! But it just gives such great texture to your root area when you have fine/soft hair. When your hair is dirty it absorbs all that oil and gives lift to your roots! Its all in all a miracle.

I just tried a new dry shampoo by Kenra, yall I LOVE Kenras products they're amazing! But, I wasn't impressed with their dry shampoo in the least. I actually threw away a half used bottle because well whats the point in keeping it if I hate it! However, I just got news today that they have released a new dry shampoo (guess they hated it too) you can bet your butt I will be getting my hands on the new one to try! So what brand do I like?  EIME DRY ME it's great! Gives you texture and body at the root, while absorbing oil and it gives me a little color help with my roots (definitely for blondes)

beauty reviews

So there it is! My top products for this month! 

My Skincare Routine!

Most people don't know that I went to school for esthetics before I went for hair! Esthetics is the study of skincare! AND I LOVED IT!!!! In high school I could never get my skin under control, constant breakouts, constantly feeling like crap about how I looked, and my skin had this weird look and color to it - it was so dull and splotchy. I HATED IT! I had tried every product the dermatologist threw at me and all it did was leave my skin burned up and so sensitive it hurt if the wind blew! Then I found an esthetician! She changed my whole world, that and getting my celiac diagnosis.

Down the road we figured out that I suffer from hormonal and digestive acne. Hear me when I say that MOST women struggle with hormonal acne at one point or another in their life. Maybe when their teenagers, maybe during pregnancy, post-pregnancy, or like me every month because our stupid hormones are constantly up and down. Digestive acne is just that- acne that comes from what you're eating or whats going on in your digestive track. (ps digestive acne isn't a medical term it just makes sense to me lol) Let's talk about how you can know whats going on with your acne/breakouts.

This is not my picture, found on pinterest!

This is not my picture, found on pinterest!

So lets recap this a bit:

Upper Forehead: Digestive System, and Bladder- in my experience this area is more about junk food than digestive disorders. Too much sugar, or fried foods, too much junk and this area will start to breakout. More veggies, fruits and lots of water will typically clear this right out.

Between the Eyebrows: This is typically an area for the liver, too much alcohol and boom all the little bumpies. Time to detox with lots of water! This is also an area that's affected from stress (bc people like to rub their brows when stressed)

Lower Cheeks/Gums: I used to suffer with this because of Tartar in toothpaste! I get ulcers really bad (sign of celiac) and tartar in toothpaste can cause issues here as well as unhealthy dental practices! Brush them teeth ladies ;)

Sides of Chin/Jawline: Hormonal Imbalance! BOOM now were getting somewhere! Is it your time of the month? Do you have an imbalance? Is something going on you don't know about? This is how I got diagnosed with PCOS, a hormonal issue that leaves your body unable to make eggs. I could not get this area clear and my dermatologist suggested lets check your hormone levels! It could just be once a month around your time! To clear this all you can do is get the imbalance under control.

Center of Chin: Intestinal issues/Stomach! DING DING DING WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER!!! This was the heart of my celiac issues, my intestinal track was so messed up I couldn't get a handle on this one! Not until I was diagnosed and started controlling it, but it still flares like crazy!

Last but not least, 

Neck and Chest: Illness and infection, every time I get a sinus infection boom chest break out, but this one got me diagnosed as well.

NOW with all breakouts please know its not just these things, this chart is for on going suffering of acne. Your brows could breakout because you rub your brow area when your up working late and stressed. Your jawline may break out because you rest your jawline on your hand while sitting at your desk. There are all kinds of reasons! So lets talk about SKINCARE! My favorite thing and a very underappreciated thing!

Tomorrow I will post on FOUR different skin types and the best products for your skin type! 

But today lets talk about my new regimen for hormonal acne and digestive acne! Check out this video of me doing my thing!

 

 

Anything but the guest list!!!

So as a newly engaged lady, everyone's favorite question is, "How's the wedding planning coming along?" And I'm proud to say I've got this whole planning a wedding thing down! -or so I like to think! I'm a planner by nature so I got right to it once he popped the question. I knew immediately which venue I wanted, I knew who would be doing my hair and makeup (obviously a priority for a hair stylist), I've been in love with a certain videographer for over a year now - so it was just a matter of booking them. I began to look at dresses for my bridal party and suits for the guys, I knew the caterer and what kind of flowers I wanted, even what Starbucks drink I want on my wedding day!

But if I'm honest, it's all just to avoid the guest list.  

Now I know all of you who aren't planning a wedding are probably thinking the guest list should be first on my list of things to get done. You're probably right. 

But I think I speak for anyone planning a wedding, we would do anything to get out of doing the guest list.  

My fiancé and I have come up with quite the list of things we'd rather do.... First, movies! Movies seem to be our go to distraction. We sit down after a long day of working all ready to conquer this list of our loved ones and we end up halfway through a movie... Oops. At that point, do you really expect us to stop the movie for a guest list? Obviously not.

Our next favorite is snapchat filters! I'm not sure what we did before these because I don't think I've laughed myself into tears more over anything else. Face swapping probably shouldn't be something we're able to do. It's hideous. But since we can, we will! Especially before the guest list.

We've even torn a wall down at our future house instead of finishing this list. We've taken out carpet, painted walls, cleaned up the yard. All things that don't really need to be done before a guest list, but I will tell you, ripping a wall out is a whole lot more fun!

Eventually we started adding names here and there and pretty much had it done.......and then came.....getting their addresses. I'm telling you it's the worst! Thankfully we used www.weddingwire.com to help us out! Wedding Wire is a wedding planning site for brides and grooms, you can search vendors, get reviews, and keep all your planning details in one place. And they have a great section to help you plan the guest list and keep addresses and contact information. It has saved our lives, I can't imagine keeping up with this list by pen and paper...NO THANK YOU!

Our goal was to get the guest list finished in time to get our save the dates out, and as a reward we got to do engagement pictures and buy a fancy stamp with our names on it! 

Stay tuned to Bride-to-Bride and find out how we're doing with wedding plans and picking out vendors!

 

More Blessed than Lucky,

Brooke

 

A Sweet Baby Boy Is On The Way!

My sweet sister, Hillary, and brother in law, Anthony, are pregnant! And if you follow us on social media then you already know this! But with their due date just around the corner its only fitting that we throw them a BABY SHOWER!!!!! My other sister, Sarah, my mother and myself put our heads together and began to plan! Of course, one of us wanted one theme, the other wanted another, so we just went with baby boy everything! Because at the end of the day its not about a theme its all about the fact that we are getting a sweet little squishy baby to call our own!

Ever since the second we found out we were getting a boy we've been buying all the things- onsies, bibs, toys, blankets, bottles, nursery decor...LITERALLY ALL THE THINGS! The nursery theme is dinosaurs so naturally anytime we found anything with a dino on it we bought it (we found A LOT more dinos than we expected)! At the same time we knew we somehow wanted to tie in books to the shower since Hill and Anthony are both English teachers! We had Pam Baldwin with Paperclutch design the PERFECT shower invites, she made us a sweet little card to put with the invites asking guests to bring a book instead of a card! It was a wonderful addition to our shower!

My mom is the queen of diaper wreaths and our sweet bib was made by SarahPaisley's

My mom is the queen of diaper wreaths and our sweet bib was made by SarahPaisley's

We set our menu and Sarah and I got to thinking about books that went along with each dish. Chicken Salad Croissants with the book Henny Penny, Pasta Salad with the book Streganona, Vegetable cups with The Tale of Peter Rabbit, fruit skewers with The Hungry Caterpillar, Meatballs with Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, hot ham sammies with Green Eggs and Ham and of course our cupcakes with If You Give A Cat a Cupcake! 

Maternity photos by Blush Carolina and Cake & Cupcakes are by Sweet Meg's Bakery

Maternity photos by Blush Carolina and Cake & Cupcakes are by Sweet Meg's Bakery

So we sent the invites, planed and planed and planed, cleaned, decorated, wrapped gifts and waited for the guests and our momma-to-be to arrive!

Auntie Sarah, Hillary (momma-to-be), GiGi (my mom), and Lou Lou (me)!!

Auntie Sarah, Hillary (momma-to-be), GiGi (my mom), and Lou Lou (me)!!

Hillary was absolutely stunning in a fitted black maxi dress paired with a white flowered sash she made herself (a girl after my own heart)! We ate and talked and took pictures, decorated diapers and of course opened presents and ate cupcakes! 

Saturday was truly one of those days you just know you'll always remember! I will always remember the day we showered my sister and our sweet boy, Finn Ryan! I will cherish watching Hillary smiling from ear to ear as she opened each gift and read each card. She was absolutely radiant. I know people say that about pregnant women all the time but today I got it! She truly had a glow about her! She was overwhelmed by the love that people showed her and her new little family. I was overwhelmed by how many people she has in her life that love her and just want to be here for her during this time! 

It was a day full of love and happiness! It was a day full of family. It was a day full of promise. Promise of a bright future for our little boy, promise of the love and support that we will have for Finn, Hill and Anthony! And I couldn't more thrilled of how it all turned out!

Aunt WaWa (Hillary's best friend Laura) and Melody (Laura's mom)

Aunt WaWa (Hillary's best friend Laura) and Melody (Laura's mom)

Grandpa Grif got baby Finn his first UNC hat!

Grandpa Grif got baby Finn his first UNC hat!

XOXO

Linds

Bride to Bride!

So if you follow us on instagram, facebook, or have seen us at all in the past three months then you know sweet, sweet Brooke is ENGAGED!!!! Let me tell you when I got the text from Brooke that Isaac had proposed I jumped up and down and squealed for about ten minutes straight and then I took a deep breath and sighed because well its just perfect. Brooke has met her one and now, the two shall become one! 

All Photos by Samantha Brooke

All Photos by Samantha Brooke

The best part, you ask? We are going to share her entire experience right here on the blog!! BRIDE TO BRIDE style! We'll cover things like their love story, and engagements (today's topic!!!) and we'll tell you guys all the goods about picking bridesmaids, and their dresses, picking a venue, photographer, videographer, caterer and so on! 100% full disclosure! But before I get ahead of myself let me tell you a little more about these two little love birds! I had Brooke send me her version and Isaac's version of how they met and fell in love and let me tell you- I've read it three times and cried about a billion times! 

Brooke and Isaac met at church. She had been going with her best friend Madison, she noticed that every time she went with her Isaac would make it a point to shake her hand and speak to her! He distinctly remembers sitting directly in front of her, one Sunday and finding it impossible to pay attention with such pretty eyes staring at the back of his head. So eventually, he asked her to get coffee, after realizing they both had a love for pumpkin spice! She walked into Starbucks to find a huge dimpled smile in a hat- being super relaxed per usual, and she walked in all dolled up per usual. They sat drank coffee and talked about anything and everything. Isaac was impressed that there was no awkward lull things just flowed. 

Photo by Samantha Brooke

Photo by Samantha Brooke

When they first started seeing each other Isaac was working out of town a lot so they had Skype dates, and Sundays together, but it didn't take long for Isaac to realize that Brooke was the one he'd been waiting and praying for. On April 7th, 2014 Brooke and Isaac had their last meal as single people they would ever have. Making breakfast for dinner and burning every piece of bacon they had, they spent the evening laughing and having fun together before officially starting to date. 

Photos by Samantha Brooke

Photos by Samantha Brooke

Next year on April 7th 2017, they will say I do and start their journey as husband and wife! I have watched these two grow so much just in the last year that I have known them. I've watched them pray for each other and for themselves to become better partners and nurtures for each other! I have watched them seek God above all else, and help each other grow in maturity and faith. And there is no where I would rather be on April 7th, 2017 than by their sides watching them say their vows! 

Photos by Samantha Brooke

Photos by Samantha Brooke

Here's what Isaac has to say about it! "Our relationship so far has been an amazing ride and is only a glimpse of what our future holds. We are not lucky to have each other.. we are very, very blessed!"

Photos by Samantha Brooke

Photos by Samantha Brooke

Does it get any better than finding the one whom your soul loves? I think not! Next up Brooke is going to share how her and Isaac rocked out the guest list! Check it out with us next week!

XOXO

-Linds

P.S. all these amazing photos are by Brookes sister in law check her out over at https://www.lifeandmessyhair.com/?m=1 

 

Moving Day!!

Today is the day...it's moving day!! I put exclamation points on the end of that because I am excited for what comes next but I cant even pretend that a part of my heart will never be the same.

Today I will pack up the all of my brushes and combs and my color, take pictures off the wall and lastly my license. I always knew this day would come, the day I would leave the salon. I originally went to beauty school to do updos and styling specifically for my bridal business but along the way I fell in love with cut and color. It was one more way I could transform hair, it was one more way I could help women feel gorgeous. My plan was to start looking at going full time with Face Forward after 5 years. It has been 3. But its here and its time. And I am going full time.

A little over a year ago, I walked into Dolce Vita Salon, I talked to the owner Mary and a few of the staff and decided it would be my new salon home! Little did I know they would become so much more than just coworkers, they are family! Every single person has taken me in and loved me, guided me and pushed me to where I am today. Salon life isn't always easy, its not always easy to find a solid salon where you can build your customer base as well as finding a staff whose not all gossip and stab you in the back but one that will help you build and help you grow in your career. Dolce Vita has done that for me! They changed the mold of the salon industry for me. This staff is incredible, they are also the reason why I embraced the "communityoversompetition" mindset so easily. There is no such thing as competition between the people I work with at the salon, they are all about building each other up and helping each other out!

I will miss my family at Dolce Vita but once someone is family there's no such thing as goodbye. I'm not going anywhere I will still come see my salon family, I will still be involved in their lives, after all we have 3 new babies coming into our salon!

I am so excited to be able to put my whole heart and all of my energy into Face Forward and our brides, I will miss my last chapter, I will miss my clients and my salon family, I will miss the hustle of the salon. But it is time for me to put everything I have into my sweet little dream. A sweet little dream which is not so little anymore! I have been making a list of things I want to do with Face Forward for a long time but never had the time to do because I am in the salon all day and with brides on the weekend and there was just never the time in the day. That is about to change.

I hope whether you are one of my salon family, my home family, one of my past clients or brides, or maybe just a facebook friend. I hope you will follow me through this journey! There is a lot coming up for Face Forward and for me as well and for Brooke Beane my wonderful second set of hands and I cant wait to see what will come of this next step for our community as well!!

I love you all and I am so thankful for your support!

XOXO-

Linds

#communityovercompetition

It's Thursday again! And that means a #communityovercompetition post! Today is an emotional one and I will be honest the emotion took me by surprise! This week our Tuesday Together Triad chapter was featured on Fox 8! Unfortunately I could not make it to the session and was not included in the video - however my sweet lady friends were and its powerful!

The community around us got to see a little snippet of the amazing community that has been built for us creatives. We all treasure it and keep it close to our heart but we also want to share it! We want other creative business owners to know that there is a group out there who will welcome you and rise above the competitive mind set and come along side of you and help you. These women and men have soo much heart for each other, and for their brands and it pours out of them!

We get to laugh together and cry together, rejoice in each others happiest moments and remind each other of how powerful we are in our weakest moments! I am so glad that Fox 8 featured these amazing business owners! Check out the video below and see just what we're all about!

To my ladies who were there! You represented us well! Like always, you showed us your hearts, you talked about your passions so well and I for one am soooooo thankful I know each of you! The triad is a better place because of you AND your business!

P.S. I may have cried watching this video, I'm not sure if its because its been an emotional week or if its because I just absolutely LOVE this group!..either way it totally happened!

My cup runneth over!

 

WATCH ME!!

 https://vimeo.com/164425597

XOXO,

Linds

 

 

 

 

2 Days, 9 New Friends, and 1 Month Later...

A month ago yesterday I hopped in the car and drove to Banner Elk, NC it was not the first time I've made that drive but it was the first time I had ever signed up to spend two and a half days with 9 complete strangers. It was our Tuesday Together groups first Retreat.

Tuesdays Together, is a local chapter of our bigger group The Rising Tide. You guys have heard me talk about both in past blog posts! The catch- I had never actually been to a Tuesdays Together meeting, they usually meet on Tuesday nights and unfortunately I'm usually at work until 7 or 8 on Tuesdays. But they put on our FB page that they were having a retreat and anyone was welcome to come. I didn't think twice I signed up, I paid my money and the day of the trip I packed a cooler full of food, a car full of everything but the kitchen sink, I typed the address into my GPS and up the mountain I went!

It wasn't until I hit Wilkesboro that I thought "WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!" What were you thinking spending two days in the mountains with total strangers, What if they hate you, What if they kill you and pitch your body of the side of a mountain? -- Okay so maybe the last question was a little dramatic, but completely plausible.

All I knew was I had to go. I had to see if this retreat thing could make me more business friends, I had to see if I could grow from putting myself out there, and to be honest I loved the idea of hanging out with other business owners. I normally don't "feel" like a business owner, I watch all these small business owners around me stand with pride and confidence, they walk in the room, head held high, and you know "They do something great!" I hoped a little bit of that would rub off on me!

I wont go through the details of the trip other than to say I received some of the best education and insight from people who are genuine and open. We shared fears, mistakes, dreams, and life. We slept, and ate and learned together, and the bond that we share after two days in the mountains still blows my mind. So lets jump to a month later.

This past Tuesday night, one of the ladies from the retreat got in my car and we drove to Burlington, we walked into Sara-Ann Photographys's Studio and we met more business owners. Our entire meeting was on "Collaboration" how could our dreams involve the community and business owners around us. I sat in the back of that room and I looked around. There were a handful of girls in the room from the retreat-- and I knew their dreams! We had already shared them with each other! What they didn't know is that I have been dreaming bigger than ever since our trip! Some days I feel like my heart could bust at the seams I have so much I want to do! Again, we shared, we laughed, we dreamed and we shared life.

Now I don't know about you but for me sharing life with people is what I live for, the raw moments, the real moments, that's what you share with people and it connects you, it keeps you close. Without our retreat I would never have realized I could have that in my business world. In the business world your taught to stay professional, never cross a line, and keep it business not personal.....

Well my business is personal.

And now so are my business relationships; personal, rooted on laughter and life and being real. I can not wait to see where this new train of thought will take me or the business owners around me! 2 days, 9 new friends, and 1 month later and I am a better woman than I was before.

Tuesday Together group picture

 

XOXO,

Linds

#meetdeardarcy

Hey y'all -

Its Thursday and I promised y'all a #communityovercompetition post! Today you get to meet Janelle with Dear Darcy Photography! As she'll tell you we just recently met at creative business retreat and I completely fell in love with her heart and her business! (Heads up she's a Jane Austen fan if you haven't guessed yet- so what girl doesn't love that!) I wont give any more away, I'm going to let her tell you all about who she is, what she does and give you a sneak peek into her life! Meet Janelle!

Hey all!

I’m Janelle, the owner and lead photographer of Dear Darcy Photography! I met Lindsey (the owner of Face Forward) at a creative entrepreneur retreat and absolutely loved hearing about her passion for skin care, make up, and hair! It also made my heart happy to hear her talk about the relationship between her and her brides and grooms. So many hair and makeup artists go in, get the job done, and leave, but you can tell Lindsey genuinely cares for her clients before, during, and after their wedding date! I promise she didn’t tell me to mention her in this post, but I just had to!!

Anyway, as I said, I’m Janelle – wedding photographer, wife, avid reader, and mommy to three little furbabies. I grew up in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia.  When I was in college, I had the opportunity to study a semester abroad in the Middle East and knew I wanted a nice camera to document those 3.5 months.  I bought an entry level Canon DSLR and the rest is history!  Even though I didn’t know half as much about my camera that I do now, I immediately knew that photography would forever have a place in my heart.

Throughout the rest of college, I would often have my camera in hand.  I did a couple of my friends’ senior photos and even an engagement session all while I was still trying to figure things out. I am forever grateful to my friends who trusted in my from the beginning to capture such monumental times in their lives. 

After I graduated, I married my husband, Jeremy, in the fall.  He already lived in Florida, so I moved 11 hours away from home to join him in the Sunshine State. While our time in Florida was short, I shot many families and kids, but I also shot my first solo wedding. From that time on, I was sold. I had always wanted to try wedding photography but was so intimidated by other wedding photographers talking about how stressful it was and seeing people doing it just for the money. I shied away from weddings for those reasons.  I didn’t want to take on a job or project just for the money or if it wasn’t going to be enjoyable for me.  I wanted to photograph weddings to capture the joy of the day and to give the bride and groom documented memories that they could pass down for generations.

Dear Darcy Photography

Dear Darcy Photography

When Jeremy and I moved to North Carolina to be closer to family, he was so supportive of me rebranding to Dear Darcy Photography and only advertising for weddings, engagements, and sweetheart sessions.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love families and kiddos, but it brings me so much joy to find two people who fell in love.  Everyone is so unique and I love getting to know my clients’ stories and what makes their relationship unique. The relationship between a bride and groom and their wedding vendors is so intimate and I am honored each time I meet with a couple to talk about their wedding day.

So many people ask me why I chose Dear Darcy, and I love it when I’m asked.  I get to explain my reasoning behind it and they can get a peek into why I am passionate about wedding photography.  Pride & Prejudice was the first book I really fell in love with and read over and over.  The love that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy had is what I idealized. Even though their relationship wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies, their love triumphed in the end to what I like to imagine was a blissful marriage.  I chose the “Dear” part because writing letters was so vital in Jeremy and my relationship when we were long distance.  I wrote him a letter a day for the semester I studied abroad.  The letters he gave me to take on the trip always reminded me that no matter what I learned about myself on the trip or how I changed, he would be back home waiting for me when I returned. The name encompasses so much of who I am and who I want to be.

But I also want my clients to view me as a “normal” person, just like them! It’s so easy to portray having a perfect life on social media, especially on business pages. But I am a person too! I promise I don’t lounge around all day reading Jane Austen! Our house is normally a little cluttered, I’m a major introvert, I could eat ice cream for every meal, and I watch a lot of Netflix while editing photos. 

My husband and I are both a little nerdy and love playing strategy board games.   And as I mentioned before, we have three furbabies!  We adopted Amber, a gorgeous calico, when we lived in Florida. After moving to North Carolina, we wanted to adopt a playmate for her, so we fostered twin kittens and their mama as a trial run. After a crazy turn of events, their mom jumped out the window and ran away, but that’s a story for another day. Jeremy and I couldn’t decide between the two kittens, so we kept them both! We wanted to incorporate our love for movies and books into the naming of them, so we chose Chewie (Chewbacca) for the male, and Prim (Primrose Everdeen) for the little girl.  We love all three of them like they were our children!

So at the end of the day, yes, I want my clients to love their wedding photos, but I also want to be remembered for being me -- a little quirky, but with a heart full of love.

XOXO,
Janelle

** Well that's her the one and only the lovely Janelle! I hope you loved getting to know her as much as I did! In case you didn't notice she's an "XOXO"er too! My momma would be proud!!

Check out this photo of her and her hubs!  Photo by Liefde Photography

#communityovercompetition

Have you ever seen the hashtag #communityovercompetition ? If you haven't, you will! It's an idea that's sweeping small and large companies all over the country, but especially in the creative business field! It's this whole idea about being a community of businesses helping each other grow and flourish together, rather than treating each other like competition! It's about reaching out and getting to know the other business owners in your community and coming along side of them while we run this crazy race we call being an entrepreneur! 

Today I'm going to share an example of #communityovercompetition at its finest! And release a new blog post that you will see every Thursday from now on!  

A couple of Sunday's ago I got out of bed and drove home from Wilkesboro to meet with Brooke (one of my hairstylist), two photographers, a venue, model and florist. We were creating a style shoot. If you've never heard of a styled shoot let me explain- we find a model, a dress, photography, hair and makeup, flowers, a venue, decor, the whole shabang and basically put on a fake wedding shoot. The amazing thing about style shoots is that we, the business owners involved, get to design it all. I know you're asking yourself "sooo what's special about that...." Here's what people don't understand about the wedding industry, we rarely get to be REALLY creative! 90% of the time we are doing what you, the bride, wants us to do! Which is what we are supposed to do! But style shoots let our talents really fly! So check this out: Megan Travis Photography, Crystal Vandiver Photography, Relish Design Company, Face Forward and Villa de l'Amour all got together and came up with magic! 

 

 

Every Thursday I will be sharing a blog post labeled #communityovercompetition. I'll be sharing the stories and journeys of people in the wedding industry! You'll have a chance to see behind the scenes into your vendors lives and get a glimpse of why they chose weddings and what keeps them coming back to brides time and time again!!  

Look for us next Thursday to see who we will be featuring! 

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography


XOXO

-Linds

10 Questions You MUST Ask Your Makeup Artist!

Okay so you found a makeup artist you LOVE, her work is flawless, totally your style, and the price is doable. You set up a consult- now what do you ask her? How do you make sure she's legit and isn't going to give you some crazy eye infection or run away with your money?

I give you...10 Questions You MUST Ask Your Makeup Artist!

1. Do you work on location? This is an important place to start. If you need/want someone to come to you this question will be the first step in weeding out who your makeup artist will be. If you don't mind going to the salon then this may be a question to skip....(Personal opinion ALWAYS go with onsite! It takes so much stress off you and your bridal party).

2. Do you have experience with my skin tone, and skin type? This is very important! If you have extremely oily skin, extreme dry skin, if your skin tone darker, or lighter, your needs will change. A well rounded makeup artist will be able to work with any skin tone/type. But you need to know if they're not. If they've not worked with oily skin before they wont have mattifying products in their kit, on the other spectrum if you are a dryer skin tone you need hydrating products. If you are darker or lighter, there are different balances that need to be made in your foundation. Bottom line-you don't need to know any of those details but they need to! ASK this question, if they are experienced this question will not offend them!

3. Will you do a trial run with me before my wedding day? The answer to this question should always be YES- does not mean they will do it free of charge but they should always encourage you to try out there services, this is for your peace of mind as the bride and their peace of mind that come wedding day they will have your trust and vision nailed down.

4. Do you want to see pictures of makeup looks I already like? If they don't ask you this question themselves then you have a red flag. My concern as a makeup artist should always be your vision, of course I can always create a look from my own creativity but 9 times out 10 its not going to be what you saw in your head! ALSO- make sure to tell them about your wedding colors, time of wedding (evening or early afternoon), inspiration, as well as your venue (outdoor or indoor or both). All of these things can factor into the direction we will take your look.

5. Should I bring my veil and accessories with me to my trial run? YES YES YES! Absolutely you should bring these things with you to your trial run appointment! Your veil, earrings, and other jewelry all play a role in how your makeup will come together! We actually very much encourage you to do your trial run the same day as your last dress fitting, or the day of your bridal portraits, so that you can see the whole image come together! Its a very different look to see your face made up in a flannel button up shirt than it is in your wedding dress!

6. What kind of prep do I need to do before my trial, before my wedding? GREAT question, and one I answer for my brides MULTIPLE times through the journey of wedding planning. We tell them at their consultation, remind them the week of their trial, two weeks out from the wedding and 48 hours out so they can remind bridesmaids. You need to know what the makeup artist needs from you as well as what you need from her! We ask that brides, mothers and bridal party members come with clean faces free of makeup residue- and that includes any sleepers in the corners of your eyes (some how those always get missed). This is crucial if your still wearing makeup from the night before, its going to effect her work. Some artists require you put on moisturizer, others prefer you don't, you want to ask so you get it right! Every artist is different so make sure if your meeting with multiples that you ask each of them as it may change.

7. If I change my mind can I do another trial? ABSOLUTELY! The goal of any artist should be to please you. That does not mean it wont come with another charge, but they should be willing to change anything you want changed. A lot of our brides ask what if I want to change something, and we always respond with "Then we change it, its makeup, and it can be changed." We also allot for extra time on trial day incase we need to change something. Face Forward brides typically do their trial runs on bridal portrait day so we stick around for awhile longer than normal to make sure they don't see anything they want touched up or changed! You will want to make sure the artist you hire will be willing to be flexible and change what you would like to have changed.

8. Are there any extra charges I need to know about? Woooo. This is a good one! Let me tell you- stylists and makeup artists believe in the power of upselling! And just a little knowledge, we DO NOT do it because we want to make more money, (although that does end up being a result) we do it because we want you to have options (or at least Face Forward does). But you need to know if a makeup artist is going to nickel and dime you to come out to your location. I try very hard as the owner of Face Forward to make our prices as cut and dry as possible, but there are options that you should know about! Ask first, and decide later, that way your at least knowledgeable when you make your decision of whether you will use the artist or not.

9. How do you ensure that your makeup is clean? I can tell you that in 6 years of being a makeup artist I've only been asked this question 5 times! FIVE! I can't lie, it makes me want to cringe just thinking about artists not keeping their makeup clean. Are they working out of a professional makeup kit or their personal makeup (YES there are some that do this) Is this an artist that does weddings all the time or for friends and families (those are typically your unclean users) Ask them how they clean their brushes! I never get offended when asked this! I want to shout YOU GO GLEN COCO, when someone asks! Good for you for wanting to make sure I'm a clean person! You do not want to wake up with pink eye on day one of your honeymoon!! ASK THEM THIS QUESTION! IT'S IMPORTANT!!!

10. How can I book with you? Sounds dumb I know, but its a question you must ask! Especially, if the answers they gave you for #'s 1-9 impressed you! You need to know whether they require a signed contract, deposit, full payment etc. to be booked! If you loved their style, work and answered your 9 questions informatively and professionally then its time to seal the deal and book your date.

 

I could spend all day writing questions I think you need to ask your makeup artist, but what it really comes down to is that your makeup artist should be prompting and answering these questions for you. If you are meeting with an artist who truly cares about your wedding day and your vision for your makeup, then they will get to all of these questions without you asking! We try very hard at Face Forward to answer any and all questions like an open book, we have nothing to hide from you as our bride. If your questions aren't getting answered its time to find someone else.

I truly hope this list helps you start conversations with the artists you are thinking about hiring for your wedding day! We would love for you to comment some other questions you may have about hiring a makeup artist below!

XOXO

-Linds

(cover photo by Danielle Flake Photography)

 

Hair and Makeup....What's the big deal?

Oh Lordy, I get this question ALLLLLLLLL the time! SERIOUSLY like at least once a day and definitely from pretty much every groom/man I've ever met. "You want to spend how much on that company to come do you hair and makeup?" "Can't you do your own hair and makeup?" "Lindsey, how will you ever make a career out of wedding day hair and makeup?"

Don't worry, this is not a venting blog post! I PROMISE! Stick with me here.

Here's the big deal!

Sixfoot Photography

Sixfoot Photography

Now did I create this image, heck no, that's all amber and her FABULOUS AMAZING talent! And of course our sweet bride Alyssa and her hubby Josh and the love they have for each other. But see that amazing chignon, perfectly placed under that veil, that red lip grinning from ear to ear. That my friends is confidence! Confidence is everything to a woman! (You guys should know that by now!) We as women want to feel gorgeous as we walk down that isle toward the man we've waited for since we were a little girl!

Megan Travis Photography

Megan Travis Photography

We want to radiate beauty, and grace. And by George we really just want to knock your dern socks off! We want to be so gorgeous that you are just 100% blown away! That's how it is. That's how it will always be! I've met hundreds of brides, all different personalities, all different styles, and not one of them has ever said "It's okay if I don't feel beautiful on my wedding day."

Megan Gioeli Photography

Megan Gioeli Photography

So that's the big deal, there it is, I threw it on the table. It's a day of spending time with your closest girlfriends, your sisters, your sister to be, your mom and your soon to be mother-in-law. Listening to music, drinking mimosas and waiting for someone else to make you beautiful.

Aura Marzouk Photography

Aura Marzouk Photography

So grooms still want to know, "Why can't you just do it yourself?" This is no scientific fact, it hasn't been surveyed or proven. But every time I have a big event to go to it never fails that something goes wrong, my hair just wont lay right or do what I want it to do. My winged eye just isn't quite as winged on the right as it is on the left. It's always something. It just is. And I'm a hair stylist and a makeup artist, so can you imagine what can go wrong when you try to do it yourself on wedding day?

You worry about the flowers arriving, the DJs set up, whether or not your groom has shown up to the venue yet. You have about a million things going through your mind on your wedding day and the last thing you need to think about is why wont this stupid bang do what I want it to do, or how the heck do you even do a smoky eye?

Take your stress level down a notch and hire a professional hair stylist and makeup artist. It's a big deal!

XOXO

Linds

(cover photo by Danielle Flake Photography)

6 Things I want you to know about a Wedding Show!

Every bride I've ever met at a wedding show says they're overwhelmed by the time they're done! WELL HAVE NO FEAR WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

6 Things you should know about a Wedding Show before you go! (and maybe a few other tips)

1. Have a Game Plan! - I feel like this is a true statement for all things involving two people committing their lives to each other! However, its especially true at a wedding show! Know who you need! Do you already have a venue, caterer, and DJ- great! Those are booths, and people you don't have to waste time with! (although you should still taste test those caterers! ;) Know which vendors your missing so you know who best to spend time with!

2.TAKE YOUR TIME!! Please Please Please !! Listen to me on this one! Take your time with the ones you think you really connect with! If a vendor is pushing you out of their booth then you need to cross them off your list! As a vendor myself I can tell you the reason I do shows is so that I can talk and connect with brides one on one! If the vendor your talking to seems like they don't want to talk to you, X them off your list! Your vendor should value getting to know you and your needs even at a busy bridal show!

3. Take part in ALL the festivities! Are they serving champagne? YES ILL HAVE ONE! Are cater waiters serving hors d'oeuvre? YESS ILL TAKE ANOTHER! Is there a photo booth? PUT ON THAT VIKING HAT AND ROCK IT! Seriously though! Some of these shindigs really want to pamper you as a bride and why shouldn't they? YOU ARE FABULOUS! haha but really! Take part in it, if you're lucky you'll only get to do this once, so live it up! Make a few memories while you're there finding out exactly how much money your gonna have to fork out! ;)

4.Enjoy the person you came with! Did you bring your groom? or Maybe your mom? Did the whole family come? Or maybe your MOH? Whoever it is don't forget they're there to help you and have fun with you! Is your groom into cars? Great, make sure you stop by the limos/specialty car booth and let him peruse, even if you know you'll never be able to afford it! Is your mom worried the DJ wont play dance-able music, let her go by the DJs booth that's playing the music for the show! Is your MOH afraid her hair and makeup isn't going to look good? Make sure she's involved in the conversation when you talk to the lovely ladies at the FACE FORWARD booth (hee hee just had to put it out there) Enjoy the person you brought! You brought them for a reason!

5.Never make a decision because of the show special! I see brides pick their photographer based off her 50% discount sign, or her DJ because hell give you 3 free hours if you sign up today! Please understand I am not hating on show discounts! I used to do them, but take them at face value! We all want brides to sign with us! However the worst thing you can do is pick a vendor because they're the cheapest! Go home, look up the people you loved online, if you still love them meet with them, most of the vendors I know are willing to honor that discount after the fact if they know that's where you met them. And if they choose not to honor the discount after the fact then know that you still loved them enough to meet with them and that they're worth the extra money!

6. HAVE FUN WEDDING PLANNING!! I always wish my brides happy wedding planning and most of them laugh at me like yeah right you must be crazy! But, I've had a few brides that have truly had fun wedding planning! Take it all in, breathe, don't get over whelmed! Just have fun! Like I said before hopefully you only do this once! Always know that you can go home and revisit things at your own pace!

Hopefully, these six tips will help make wedding shows a little less overwhelming for you as a bride! The thing about you brides is most the time its your first time ever planning an event as big as this and you don't know where to start or end. The right vendors will help you figure it out! They will make recommendations for you, they will guide you and help you navigate this thing we call the wedding world! Vendors should make your life easier NOT harder! They should be there for you as a bride! If their not its adios!

HAPPY WEDDING PLANNING!!!

XOXO

Linds! 

New Year! New Start!

January comes and bloggers go nuts with resolutions and let's start over posts. I promised myself I wouldn't write one, I promised I would not write the words "this year I will..." 

However that changed. 

Last night I turned on my TV to watch biggest loser - see I've always been a fan since the first season. Partially because it helps me realize I'm not alone in feeling self conscious about my weight or my body. But more so because of the hope that this show inspires. Season after season contestants fight to see their self-value and self-worth. They fight for the life they want, giving themselves a second chance! 

Who hasn't needed a second chance at some point?  

On the show Bob starts talking to the contestants about why they are there, what they need to fight past etc. and Toy (an aunt and niece team) starts to open up about the death of her son. Through tear soaked eyes a story unravels about the untimely and accidental drowning that took her sweet boys life. The guilt she feels is written all over her face- I'm not a parent but as a woman who one day wants to be a mom, I can only imagine the pain and guilt and shame that follows her daily. However Bob nailed it when he said "Horrible things happen to really good people" and they do every day, BUT that does not mean you do not deserve forgiveness.  

Every single one of us deserves forgiveness. What we don't realize is we hold that power!  

What will it take for you to let it go this year- whatever it is - and forgive yourself? 

I pray all your new resolutions and goals happen, I am so glad for those of you that are excited for the new year and chomping at the bit for new opportunities! But for those of you who aren't looking forward to the new year because it's just another day, week, month for you to carry around what's holding you back - I pray that you find a way every day to be proud of yourself, to radiate love and grace for yourself and those around you. I hope that you will start to see the light at the end of your darkness even if it's just one small beam of light at first. Fight for yourself. Fight for your life. Fight for this month, this week, this day. Start here. Believe now! 

 

XOXO

If I can ever help you find the greatness that is in you please reach out to me! 

With all my love!  

-Linds