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Simplified meal planning has changed my cooking life; How you ask? I LOVE food but hate the whole process of what cooking entails: sorting through cookbooks to find recipes, writing the list, and going to the grocery store where you always forget your pen to cross off items and where you meander back and forth between aisles like a lost child because your list was organized by recipe, not store layout. I know, I know, I’m a strange one. [Read more…]
Here’s a little mom confession- As a #bossmom, I struggle with family time during the holidays. Florida has two weddings season, March-May and September-November. So, sometimes Easter, Halloween and Thanksgiving can be an afterthought. In our household it goes “shoot- get those (fill in blank holiday) decorations down it’s only 3 days away” or, the more likely scenario, “let’s remember to do it next year”. [Read more…]
This Pensacola Wedding Planner has a new office. It’s amazing what a little paint can do! I’m the proud own Fleur de Lis Event Consulting, a wedding and event company located in Pensacola, FL. I recently moved and with it an exciting opportunity to have a “real” office in my house; A place where I could actually meet clients and have plenty of room to work on projects. Before the relocation, I would meet clients at a coffee shop. It was always a little awkward because sometimes you have no idea what a bride looks like- so you sit their patiently waiting for someone to approach you. At first I felt a little overwhelmed with designing the space. The walls were magenta with a high ceiling and there was lots of space to fill. And because I never had a proper office, I was now finding myself overwhelmed with all the possibilities and options. Questions like what will I need and what color to paint the walls, kept playing over and over in my head. So I went to Lowe’s and pulled a million and one grayish paint swatches. When it comes to paint, I never make a rash decision. I did that once and ended up repainting a whole living room. After many paint samples, I finally found “the one”: Lyndhurst Gallery Beige. I’m not going to lie, I love a good bargain, so thrift shopping for furniture was a must. I knew I needed a table for my meetings, a storage container for all my office supplies plus the millions of projects I’m working on and a few chairs. I found the table and dresser at St. Vincent de Paul’s. We haggled over the price a bit but in the end walked away with both items for $100. The chairs I found at another nearby thrift store. For $30 I got three chairs. The purple chairs were actually red but with a little fabric paint I was able to change the color to fit my purple, gold and white office. I reupholstered the other chair with a fun floral print. The desk and bookshelf I already had but painted them to match the other furniture pieces. I added a few other touches, organized my bookshelf and put a few things on the fireplace mantel to personalize the space a bit more. I just love my final product! This article was featured in High In-Style Magazine.
And just like that, the year is over! It started out a little slow but by the end of 2015 it ended with a pop, fizz and a clink. So many accomplishments, a few disappointments but a forever growing mind set. It was a big year for FDL for so many different reasons. In 2014 I became a contributing partner for DIY Weddings Magazine and Occasions. We have partnered up with Wedding Star to offer some truly wonderful products at a discount for our brides. This year we collaborated with Bonnie from North Hill Chair Covers and Linens to create the 1st annual Pensacola Bridal Tour. Such exciting times!
Good Bye 2014
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Well, I have to admit; looking back I see that I didn’t hit all my 2014 goals. I’m pretty proud of the goals I did make though. I did read more wedding blogs and comment and I’m proud to say that I was published on 6 different exclusive blogs. In 2014 we were featured on these blogs:
Glamour & Grace
Fab You Bliss
Fab You Bliss
A Modern Touch
Pretty My Party
High In Style Magazine
Get published on Style Me Pretty, 100 Layer Cake or Ruffled
Get published in Print
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Write an ebook
Look Out 2015
Times a changing. FDL will be going virtual this year. We have big plans for adding virtual wedding planning to our repertoire.
Home Celebrations in a Box. Dinner parties should be fun and exciting. But not everyone feels this way. FDL will be offering a new service call Home Celebrations in a Box. Clients will be able to rent dinner party décor and that will be delivered to your front door. The boxes are themed, can accommodate up to a 10 person dinner and come with all the necessary décor to have an easy and hassle free dinner party.
Photo Booth. I’m super excited to start using our Photo Booth this year because this was a dream in the making since last year. I will be giving all my clients a complementary photo booth for cocktail hour. Pictures will be upload in a digital album so guests can share and tag themselves (so no print outs). I have two different backdrops to choose from.
This past April we welcomed our 1st child into the world, Baby R. My husband is an avid flyer and aviator. As soon as we found out we were having a boy, we decided that we were going to have a vintage airplane theme in his room. However, it didn’t really stop there. As an event planner, when I set my mind to a concept, I have a tendency to go all out. And Hilary Clark Photography captured it all- from our maternity pictures, to the nursery, to our baby’s first pictures. Baby R was recently featured on A Military Story .
For our maternity pictures we opted to go to NAS Pensacola where they have a fabulous aviation museum. Here we took various pictures, using the old airplanes as backdrops.
We had a blast putting together Baby R’s nursery. We mixed a lot of old with new and even repurposed a buffet table into a changing table that has been in our home and relationship since the beginning. The changing table is a very sentimental piece. When Josh and I first started dating we walked into Goodwill looking for a project we could complete together. It took us three weeks but we refinished the piece. When we decided to use it in the nursery as a changing table, we had it repainted and had a platform made since we’re both pretty tall people. At the moment I’m loving the color gray, and finding a gray crib that I liked took weeks, but I’m so enamored with the one we found. The rocking chair was also another great find. Josh found this vintage plane material online from Fabric.com and we ordered just enough to make curtains.
Once Rockwell was born we took newborn pictures carrying the theme over as you can see. We had a blanket made from some of the leftover material which is what the baby is laying on. A friend got us the cute airplane sleeper- a perfect outfit for an aviator enthusiast.
Today I want to share a story with you about turning endings into new beginnings. It’s a little personal but I feel it’s important to share with my fellow military wives and anyone else who has recently found themselves lost in a whirlwind of change. A few months back I relocated from Jacksonville, FL to the Pensacola area and it has been, let’s say, interesting. Change is inevitable when you’re married to a man in the military. This is sometimes difficult to accept when you have to uproot your life and successful wedding/event planning business to the unknown, especially when your business is built on referrals. The things we do for love! It was bound to happen though, I knew it was only a matter of time, so when the day came I reluctantly packed for Pensacola- dragging my heels all the way. However, this is not the first time my life has been impacted by the military. In fact, a few years ago my mom gave me a hard time after complaining about moving three times in one year, “well, you had to have known what you were getting yourself into when you married a man in the service.” If I remember correctly, this comment caused an endless waterfall of tears- because she was right. Mom’s are always right. But as right as she was, it can be a hard pill to swallow for an independent woman such as myself. And unfortunately for my husband, he did not marry Suzy Homemaker. Someday I hope to aspire to Suzy’s standards but for now it’s just not who I am- which, at times, can create some challenging situations. I enjoy working, especially for myself. I have found tremendous satisfaction in building my business and taking pride in my success. I own something that is entirely my own and that completes me. So was I excited to move to Pensacola? I’ll be honest, not so much. However, after a hesitant start I contacted a few vendors and started networking. I soon found myself a little excited at the idea of beginning anew. I had the chance to revitalize my business and begin fresh with a lot more experience this time around. Inspiration was all around me and from every new person I met. My commitments are very important to me and even as I continually grow into the area, I’m still traveling to Jacksonville to be there for my current clients and their wedding day. When I make a commitment, nothing stops me! If there’s a will, there’s a way. So, to the other independent military wives out there- do not fight the inevitable change. Instead, take change as an opportunity to advance yourself, find yourself and rejuvenate yourself.
The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life. -Steve Jobs