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XOXO! Valentine Cards and Prints are now available!

XOXO! Valentine Cards and Prints are now available!

Xoxo!  That is a signature that so many of my friends use when they're writing, either on social media or in emails (and yes, I am definitely thinking of my photographer friend @xoashleyvictoria with this as well!)  I think that inspiration truly comes from everywhere, and for me, I saw this font and knew it was exactly the style I wanted to use for this years Valentine collection.  I love that Ashley was able to photograph this so beautifully as well!  Loving Big is big for me ... I think that showing people that you love them is so necessary, whether it's telling them, or sending them a card, or even supporting them on new business ventures, so I knew that this "love big" print definitely had to be included this year.

The Hey Mama Collection {Encouraging Cards for Moms}

The Hey Mama Collection {Encouraging Cards for Moms}

Hooray!  If you have been following me on Instagram, you saw a lot of sneak previews of my first ever collection that became available on Tuesday, October 13th, including encouraging cards for moms, prints for your home or office, and items to help with planning for your business and personal life.  There are four smaller collections built into this one, and each one has their own unique story.  I wanted to share a few of my favorite pieces with you here ... and I hope there is something in this collection that you love. Each collection has 12-20 different pieces in it, and each one was created using the same basis for design so that you can mix and match as you'd like, and create a cohesive look in your home. 

Peach, Mint, and Navy Floral Wedding Invitation Suite {Jessi and Joseph's Wedding}

Peach, Mint, and Navy Floral Wedding Invitation Suite {Jessi and Joseph's Wedding}

Oh my goodness.  I am SO excited to finally be able to share these peach, navy, and mint wedding invitations with you today!  I feel like this design was 100% spot-on for Jessi and Joseph's wedding this past Saturday at 511 Palafox from the moment we first started working on it.  For their wedding, I provided both planning services and also designed all of their wedding day paper.  You will have to wait until the images from Cook Images are ready to show details of their wedding day and all of the pieces that were created, but this is a small sneak peek of the main designs that we created together: their wedding invitations, programs, and one of my favorite gold foil details, their reserved signs.

Jessi and Joseph's Love Story

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0259

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0259

These two.  Seriously, Jessi is one of the sweetest, kindest, most excited and organized brides that I've worked with to plan a wedding day.  I have only met Joseph once, so have primarily been planning with Jessi and her mom to create one gorgeous wedding day that you will not want to miss.   These two have such a cute history together and I know they're so excited to be husband and wife.  Instead of me continuing on, read below to learn more about this cute couple and their wedding day that will be here before we know it.  Thanks also to Jeremy with Cook Images for sharing their engagement pictures, I can't wait to work with you again on their wedding day. How did you two meet?  Joseph and I met in high school. Joseph was a senior and I was a junior. We had several mutual friends, but hadn't ever met each other. One night we both attended a school play, I was sitting at a table in front of Joseph, and in the middle of the play he started throwing paper balls at me... We chatted after the play and began talking more and more after that, and the rest is history!

Jessi, when did you know that HE was the one for you?  It's hard to pinpoint the exact time. It was more of a gradual progression of things. It started to become second nature that he was always there, and when I couldn't imagine my future without him being in it, I just knew that he was the one.

Joseph, when did you know she was the one? I agree with her, it was just that comfortable feeling where everything flowed together so well. We never fight, and I reached the point where there was no other person I could see myself with. When i thought about the future, she was in it, and I just knew. When i told her i loved her for the first time, I kind of already knew that she was who I would spend the rest of my life with.

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0260

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0260

How did he pop the question?  Joseph's birthday is October 8, so the weekend of October 10 I came home from college and Joseph said we were going to go out to the beach to have a birthday dinner with some of his friends at a nice restaurant. I didn't think anything of it honestly. We drove out to the beach and were meeting his friends at their condo at Portofino. We got to their condo and they said they were almost ready, for us to just wait out on the balcony. We walked outside and the sun was setting, and I was trying to take a picture of how pretty it was over the water. Joseph had walked to the ledge of the balcony and told me to come over there and to look down (we were at least 15 stories up). I looked down, and there was a huge sign that said "Marry me?" I turned around and Joseph was on one knee, pulled out the most beautiful ring I'd ever seen, and asked me to marry him! It was perfect and I was so surprised! He put so much thought into planning it and that made it even more special!

Share a few favorite things about your wedding day! We are getting married at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Pensacola, FL. I grew up in that church, so it's a very special place for me and where I have always imagined getting married. Our reception will be at 5eleven Palafox in downtown Pensacola. We chose that venue because we loved the rustic look of it and the history the building had. We are getting married in the beginning of August. To be totally honest, we picked that time of the year because we wanted to get married before football season started. Joseph and I both went to The University of Alabama, so getting married on a Saturday that conflicts with any SEC football game just wasn't an option! ;)

Describe your wedding in three words: Sweet, rustic, fun! Our colors are mint, gold, and shades of pink. We are incorporating lots of soft floral designs. We will have some vintage aspects, as well as some rustic themes.

Out of everything, what is the most important to the two of you on your wedding day (other than becoming husband and wife!)?  I just want Joseph and I, as well as our guests, to have a really relaxed and fun time!

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0258

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0258

What have you loved most about planning your wedding?  I loved that I have gotten to really express myself through my wedding decor and knowing that at the end of this Joseph and I will be married!

What has been the most difficult part? Deciding on colors to use was definitely the hardest part of the process for me.

Have you always dreamed about your wedding day?  Or, was the day you got engaged when you first started thinking about it?  Yes, I have always dreamed of it! I didn't have everything planned out, but I knew the style of wedding and reception I wanted.

Where are you headed for your honeymoon?We are heading to an all-inclusive resort in Jamaica! Neither of us have ever been out of the country, so we are really excited about that aspect. We wanted to go somewhere relaxing and tropical where we wouldn't have to worry about anything at all that week.

What makes you most excited about being Joseph’s wife?  I'm really excited to spend everyday with him. I'm looking forward to all the little things like having a lazy day around the house as well as the big things like starting a family with him. We have been dating for close to five years now, so it will be great to take this step in our relationship.

Joseph, what makes you excited about being Jessi’s husband?  Just starting the next step of our lives together. We've known for so long that we were going to be together that it's just a relief to be able to live together and be married.

When it comes to marriage and your life together, what are the two of you looking forward to the most? I think just getting to experience all of life's adventures together.

Picture your lives five years from now.  Where do you see yourselves, what do you see happening in your lives together? We hope to still be in Pensacola, living in a home we love and have made "ours", and making plans for a family together.

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0262

jessi and joseph - cook images engagement session - pensacola wedding planner_0262

Do you have any advice for newly engaged brides, or those in the middle of planning? My advice is to get everything done as far in advance as possible. That way vendors have openings, and you don't have to settle for something you'll be unhappy with. It's been great to be able to enjoy the last few months of our engagement without having to stress over those things. Another thing I highly recommend is hiring Kristin as your wedding planner! As soon as I met her, I could tell she just "got" me and what we wanted our wedding to encompass, which was such a huge relief and something I had been struggling with! I have no doubt she will make our wedding day as stress-free and as perfect as possible!

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Jessi and Joseph, oh my goodness, I know that your guests are going to love everything that you have put together for them on your wedding day, and I am so glad to be a part of it!  Enjoy the next few weeks together before you officially become each other's Mr. and Mrs.!

{Mary and Ricky} Pensacola Museum of Commerce Wedding Sneak Peek!

{Mary and Ricky} Pensacola Museum of Commerce Wedding Sneak Peek!

I am so glad the gorgesousness that was Mary and Ricky's wedding is beginning to grace this blog!   You first read about them a few months ago in their love story post.  These two were the sweetest towards each other throughout the entire time planning their wedding, and their wedding day was absolutely beautiful.  It was filled with so many elegant and rich colors, and Mary's one of a kind wedding dress, designed and sewn completely by Ruthy was absolutely stunning.   Mary and I worked together for a bit more than a year to bring her wedding idea to life, and it turned out absolutely stunning.

Ashley and Ben's Love Story

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

I am swooning with excitement for these lovelies upcoming wedding day ... they will be married in just a few short weeks, and we have had an amazing time planning together!  Ashley and Ben are from Louisiana, so other than two in-person meetings, we have planned their day pretty much via phone calls and emails.  It has gone amazingly well!  Ashley and I both said pretty quickly after just a couple of weeks of working together, "we have this communication thing down pat".  I am so excited for their wedding day, it'll be such a pretty one filled with family heirlooms and gorgeous details I can't wait to share with you.  So for now, here's a little sneak preview of these two lovebirds and their story.  Only a bit longer before these two get to say "I Do!"How did you two meet?  We met through mutual friends in high school. I was a sophomore, and Ben was a senior.

Ashley, when did you know that HE was the one for you?  When I saw the love he has for my family, especially my siblings. He truly understands how important my family is to me, and he loves them just as much as I do! It makes my heart smile just thinking about it!

Ben, when did you know she was the one? She went on a school trip to Washington DC, and I knew that's when I knew. I couldn't wait for her to get home!

How did he pop the question?  We had been looking at rings for a while. I gave him three choices to pick from at a local jeweler. What I didn't know is that he took two of my choices and had a ring customized just for me (and it's perfect!). He asked me to marry him at our house, him and I.... Just how I wanted it to be!

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

Share a few favorite things about your wedding day! We are getting married in June on the beach at Margaritaville in Pensacola Beach, Florida. We always knew we wanted a destination wedding, but we knew it would be difficult for Ashley's elderly grandparents to travel out of the country. Ashley has very fond childhood memories of summer vacations in Pensacola Beach so we knew this would be the perfect place for us to share our special day with our closest family and friends.

Describe your wedding in three words: Classy, Elegant, Romantic.   The wedding and reception will be very elegant and romantic with a vintage touch.

Out of everything, what is the most important to the two of you on your wedding day (other than becoming husband and wife!)?  We want to be able to enjoy our guests who have traveled great distances to share such a special time in our lives with us!

What have you loved most about planning your wedding?  I have loved having a wedding planner. Kristin has made the entire wedding planning process such an enjoyable, stress free experience!

What has been the most difficult part? The most challenging part (which hasn't even really been challenging) has been being 4 hours away from our wedding destination.

Have you always dreamed about your wedding day?  Or, was the day you got engaged when you first started thinking about it?  As far as my wedding day, I always knew I wanted a destination wedding, on a beach somewhere, at sunset.  As far as themes, decor, colors, etc ... I didn't really think about it until we started planning.

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

ashley and ben - engagement session with southern grace photography

Where are you headed for your honeymoon?We are going to celebrate in the Caribbean. We are torn between the Dominican Republic and the VIrgin Islands. We just want to go somewhere that is beautiful, where we can relax and not have a schedule.

What makes you most excited about being Ben's wife?  I'm excited to experience life and everything it brings us with someone who loves me for me, always puts me first, and wants nothing more than to provide a great life for me. I can't imagine life with anyone else!

Ben, what makes you excited about being Ashley's husband?  To share our life together, raise healthy children, and grow old together by eachother's side.

When it comes to marriage and your life together, what are the two of you looking forward to the most? Family vacations with our children,  the every day chaos that comes with marriage and raising a family...everything from laundry and cooking to school functions and sports practices!

Picture your lives five years from now.  Where do you see yourselves, what do you see happening in your lives together? We hope to be building our forever house, working in the professions that we love, raising happy and healthy children, and enjoying life and all it has to offer!

ashley and ben - megan of southern grace photography engagement session

ashley and ben - megan of southern grace photography engagement session

Do you have any advice for newly engaged brides, or those in the middle of planning? Hire Kristin! She has made this process so enjoyable. I couldn't do it without her! She is definitely making my "vision" come to life!

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Ashley and Ben, I can't wait for your wedding day to be here!  Enjoy these last few weeks as fiancées together!

Welcome to the World, Aiden.

Welcome to the World, Aiden.

Hi all!  I can not believe that it has been almost two months since I have blogged anything.  I have truly, truly missed it, and am so glad to be typing away on my keyboard to you as we speak.  I do think I have a pretty good reason for my absence ... I became a mama to the most handsome little fella in the world on February 20th of this year. 

 

Laura and David's Love Story

Laura and David's Love Story

Laura and David's wedding is right around the corner, and I am so excited to see these two tie the knot!  We've been working together planning their wedding for a little over a year, and we have had a blast doing so!  Every meeting we have had, Laura and David have both been there together every single time, and these two have such strong love and respect for each other in addition to having such an amazing sense of humor with each other that every meeting was always filled with laughter sprinkled in, as they are just plain fun to be around!  Their wedding day is filled with fun personal touches and small details that will share their personalities with their guests and I can't wait for it to be here.