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Tooting my horn!

Every once in a while I like to toot my own horn…don’t we all?  I want to share a client testimonial from a wedding I provided day-of coordination for last summer.  The couple was Kendra and Jason (the same Kendra and Jason whose image graces both my web page and blog).  Kendra and Jason are ultra organized, mega creative and super fun!  I loved working with them on their wedding day and seeing their vision come to life.  Kendra was kind enough to write this beautiful testimonial for me and I really want to share it.


I was certain I didn’t need a wedding planner…we had every little detail of our wedding planned already! My fianc…oops! Husband! He’s my husband now! (yay!) my HUSBAND and I are both very creative do it yourself-ers and we both had a VERY clear picture of how we wanted to share our wedding day with our dearest friends and family.
When Lynda explained that she was not a wedding planner, but more-shall we say-an event management assistant of sorts, I began to understand how helpful it could be to have someone who has truly LISTENED to our plans for our event. Who can then manage the “DAY OF” details while we enjoy the day we worked so hard and planned so carefully to create. What Lynda brought to the table was experience and helpfulness. These tools allowed her to act intuitively to ensure that all the small details were seen to and things went smoothly. Effortlessly. Really!
About 2 weeks before the big day, Lynda met me at our home where we were planning to have our wedding and reception. She listened as I told her how we envisioned our wedding day. She asked great leading questions that helped me to better express with greater clarity, our wishes and choices in regard to all manner of little details that I might have over looked otherwise.
She remained in contact with me consistently and considerately over the two weeks leading up to our wedding offering her help with various matters and even used her own resources and contacts to get us a great deal on linens that she then delivered!!!
The day of our wedding, from the moment Lynda arrived (amidst my first AND ONLY pre-show melt down…the term bridezilla comes to mind) she didn’t miss a beat! Equipped with refreshing wet wipes she had brought in anticipation of the heat and a cheerful bouquet of red gerber daisies (that complimented my wedding theme and decor perfectly!) she jumped right in! In moments, my tears were dry…oh yes, there were tears, folks….and my plan started coming together. I watched from the air-conditioned comfort of my dining room window as she arranged my table decor just as I had shown her, she directed AND assisted our bar and wait staff with preparations….basically,​ all at once a million little questions about a million little details were being fielded by someone else and I was free to become COMPLETELY absorbed in my wedding day! Enjoying every moment with out interruption. No questions about ice or extension cords or any of the other small chaotic details that tend arise during events!
In addition to tending to all the details…she even made sure I stayed hydrated in the scorching heat, bringing me a bottle of water from time to time. She made sure that everything at our event went the way we intended!
I know I mentioned details a dozen times as I shared my experience of trusting an event coordinator with my wedding day. But that’s really what I believe it’s all about-details.
Details are what make the difference between a good event and a GREAT event but dealing with those details during an event is the difference between hosting an event and truly being a part of one!
Lynda made it possible for us to truly enjoy every precious moment of our special day…our way!”



It’s Holiday party time!

Getting in the holiday spirit?  I know for me when I start seeing the twinkling lights and hearing Dominick the Donkey I begin to feel all warm and fuzzy…..and CRAZY!  Just like everyone else my life is NUTS at holiday time!  Here are some quick tips to help calm your nerves-

1) Don’t panic. Yes, yes I realize it’s easier said than done.  But seriously….does panicking help?  If so, then by all means freak out!  If not; why waste the energy?

2) Make one main master list of priorities.  Things like decorating, who you need to buy gifts for, which parties you need to attend, holiday cards and pictures, etc should go on your list.  Once you get everything listed prioritize it!!!  As you complete tasks, cross them off!!!  Nothing is quite as satisfying for me as a well executed and completed task list.

3) SET A BUDGET!  I can NOT stress this enough.  Include all your needs/wants/gifts, etc, in that budget and stick to it!  It will give you a guideline to aid you in your shopping and help provide some boundaries.  If you need to exceed your budget first decide; is it really necessary and worth it?  If so, then go for it BUT do so cautiously and if you can cut something from the budget to help cushion the blow then get the scissors and snip away!

4) ENJOY yourself.  Amidst all the anxiety, panic, chaos and buyer’s remorse there is a LOT of fun to be had….so HAVE SOME!!!! 

Happy Planning!!
~Lynda and my assistant Johnny (the elf)


Fall is here!

I. LOVE. FALL.  It is that simple.  I love the colors, the smells, the textures, the sounds – I love it all!  I find that while summer is fabulous, flirty and fun; fall feels fresh and new and crisp. As I look around my house I am constantly finding ways to freshen up my fall look.  This season while I will still use my deep reds, amber, oxblood and oranges I will also throw in splashes of shimmer and gold and greens.  I think one of my new favorite things to use in centerpieces this fall season is fresh produce.  Using fresh produce like tomatoes, eggplants, pears, etc is not only fun and unique but those centerpieces convey the feeling of freshness and life and vitality and the beauty of nature.

I found this gorgeous image on Martha Stewart today and instantly fell in love with the color and the simplicity of the glass vase.  I would love to take this look one step further and get a deep large glass vessel, add artificial pears in varying colors with an added sparkle of gold shimmer in the bottom of the vase as the filler and add these gorgeous flowers to it.  It could make an absolutely gorgeous centerpiece for any fall table scape!

Below is another creative way to incorporate the colors of fall; by using tomatoes as centerpieces.  Use a variety of tomatoes, with different colors and sizes and nestle them in basic white bowls or clear glass bowls or wicker baskets or in produce baskets (you may be able to get them at a great price from your local farmers market). These tasty centerpieces are vibrant, fresh and delicious!

Here’s another great use of fresh produce to create a beautiful table scape….and because it uses artichokes I’m instantly in love with it!

Here is the last image I fell in love with today.  These gorgeous Gerbera daisies make gorgeous poms!

This fall be creative and eclectic whenever you can.  While everyone else is using leaves, gourds, pumpkins and apples in their centerpieces….be different and find unique ways to incorporate the gorgeous colors of fall to create unforgettable table decor.
Happy planning!