I struggled for so many years trying to quiet down the voice inside my head (and my heart) that told me that I was meant to be an Event Coordinator. I had discovered my dream job all the way back in middle school, but I never saw it as a dream within reach. Being “good” at school was a blessing, but also a curse in disguise – I had so much potential, and nearly everyone I knew had high expectations for my future. I always had this idea in my...

Luxurious. Tidy. Pampered. Stunning. Just a few words that came to mind as I walked through the doors of the most charming little bridal shop in Neenah, WI. Katie, the owner of Erika’s Bridal Couture, greeted me with a smile and some seriously inspiring girl boss energy! Chatting with other wedding professionals is one of my favorite hobbies – I learn so many behind-the-scenes secrets and get to share my excitement for weddings with those who understand! Katie and I discussed a little bit of everything, but my favorite topic was “what...

When asked if he would allow me to recognize him for being so kind, he responded “…I don’t think I deserve it.” After much convincing that he truly is one of the kindest people in the Fox Valley, Reza agreed to meet me for a cup of tea. By question two of my Kindest in the Valley “interview”, he had already nominated someone else for this recognition and reward – just more proof that this man is one of the sweetest souls out there! Reza grew up in Iran with parents who...

We’re going to pause for a bit on this Tuesday morning to talk all things bridal: bridesmaid gifts, honeymoon style, wedding day accessories, and more (so much more!). In the heart of downtown Appleton, with a storefront on College Avenue, sits the sweetest little women’s boutique. Lillians has been around for many years, but didn’t become what it is now until January of 2016, when the current owner reopened the store with a fresh new vision. This newly-expanded shop (newly-expanded, as in this literally JUST happened!) features the cutest women’s clothing, unique...

PART TWO - A continuation of yesterday's blog post. You’ve always dreamt of this moment – saying “yes” to the one you love. Your ring finger is sparkling and you’re giddy with excitement, but what’s next? Let’s walk through some of the things you’ll want to do now that you’re engaged!   6. Choose a few dates If you have your heart set on one specific date, you’re going to have fewer venue options (unless of course you’re planning two+ years out!). It’s best to narrow down a wedding date to two or three...

You’ve always dreamt of this moment – saying “yes” to the one you love. Your ring finger is sparkling and you’re giddy with excitement, but what’s next? Let’s walk through some of the things you’ll want to do now that you’re engaged!   1. Visit your closest family & friends Don’t let that shiny new ring blind your judgement, make sure you announce your engagement and show off that ring to your loved ones before posting on social media. This might be a no-brainer, but your immediate family and closest friends shouldn’t have...

As my fiancé and I approach our 5-year dating anniversary and the one-month mark until our wedding day, I thought I’d share a few things I’ve learned since we started this lifelong journey together. Five years have flown by, but have simultaneously felt like a lifetime (maybe because we’ve been crushing on each other since the third grade!?). As I reflect on the past few years, I can confidently say that I’ve learned a lot about relationships and what true love feels like. Here is just a sneak peek at a few...

We’re all familiar with Wedding Planners and the full planning services that they provide, but what happens when a couple enjoys the planning process and wants to do it themselves? What happens when that same couple wants to hand off the stress to someone else on their big day, in hopes of being fully present and not having to worry about the day-of details? A Day-of Wedding Coordinator happens. The services offered by a day-of coordinator varies from one company to the next; however, here’s what you can typically expect when hiring an...