Five Services My Business Can’t Run Without

Anything that can make our lives easier and our businesses run smoother is a no-brainer. I have five services my business can’t run without that are tried, true, and used every single day – even when I’m not working – and if you took one of these away from me, I’m pretty sure I would cry ugly, ugly sobs.

(Make sure you read through them all because there’s a little something in it for you, too!)

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Sonoma Winery Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Burgundy was the go-to color last season. So much so that my stationery group would send out frequent SOS calls for any burgundy envelopes floating around. I was asked to design for a Sonoma Winery Wedding Styled Shoot and saw a great opportunity to not only use burgundy in the paper goods, but bring in some texture as well with the velvet paper

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This Is Where It Gets Awkward

This is where it gets awkward.
I’m not a big “sharer” of my life and what’s going on in it. I’ve never really felt the urge to update my Facebook status every few hours (though I do still love a good check-in or cheeky conversation with my daughter) and I’m not the best as remembering to post to my IG stories during the day. And lessbehonest, I’m still in the dating phase with Snapchat, but I have some ideas that could have us spending even more time together.

This is why I’m really really bad at showing my face on social media. I make it weird and it feels a bit like a hot mess.

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My Top 10 Cincinnati Wedding Venues

If there’s one thing that remains true about Cincinnati, it’s an abundance of fantastic wedding venues. And with an abundance comes great variety of style, size, and aesthetic. Here is a quick list of some of my favorite venues that majorly inspire my creative juices. With each venue, I’ve also posted an invitation design that would compliment the vibe perfectly.

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Top 10 Destination Wedding Venues

There are so many different reasons you would want to plan a destination wedding – from a place with sentimental value, to loving to travel and wanting a different scene, to just wanting to get outta dodge. With so many beautiful venues all around the world, I compiled a list of some of my favorites – most of which I’ve had the pleasure of sharing a client.

I’ve also paired up one of my invitations that would be the perfect match for each wedding venue.

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Modern Industrial Wedding Styled Shoot

If you’ve read my post on Styled Shoots you know that I really love to use these opportunities to try new things and stretch my creative brain. This Modern Industrial Wedding styled shoot we did here in Cincinnati has to not only be one of my favorites, but it’s one of my most popular and most requested invitation designs I’ve done yet. The shoot has been featured on Style Me Pretty and Glamour.com and I’ve found myself designing for more and more venues in this industrial, yet modern style. I love it.

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Invitation Breakdown

Invitations seem to be the first thing that make the whole wedding process “real” for most brides. You’re taking all the details you’ve been organizing for the past however many months and putting them down on paper to send out into the world. Family and friends will come witness not only the next chapter of your life together, but all the hard work you’ve put into pulling this event together and making it perfect. So, of course, you want your invitations to be perfect, as well. The basic invitation suite can be broken down into a few simple pieces… some are must-have’s, some are nice-to-have’s and some are added bonuses. You might put some pieces in different categories and that’s perfectly fine. These are just the most popular pieces I have found with my clients.

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Ten Reasons You Need a Wedding Coordinator or Wedding Planner

First, let me explain a small, but somewhat important detail. A wedding planner can be a wedding coordinator, but a wedding coordinator will not always be a wedding planner. A wedding planner is often hired early in the process, first or second to the venue in most cases. She takes a very hands-on approach to the planning and designing of the event. A wedding coordinator is sometimes referred to as a “day-of coordinator” and isn’t as hands-on in the creative process and their time to shine is about 6 weeks out from the wedding up until the week after your wedding, in some cases. Sometimes, a wedding coordinator can take on a few roles the wedding planner would take on, but those are usually add-on items, so be sure you have the discussion with her as to your needs/wants and expectations.

Hopefully that gives you a good idea between the two titles, so let’s jump into it.

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Styled Shoot 101

As you comb through images while planning your wedding, you may run across blogs that list features as a “Styled Shoot” or an “Inspiration Shoot” and think, uhhh, wassat?

A Styled Shoot or an Inspiration Shoot is when I group of wedding vendors, and maybe a few non-wedding vendors, come together to get their creative juices flowing. Sometimes the vendors have worked together before and sometimes they haven’t, so to get familiar with their creative process, they’ll come together and create a wedding.

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