Crisp and clean.
I recently came across a definition for the word inspire—it was simply "to inhale." So here's to taking a moment to do just that. Enjoy!
Photo credits (clockwise from top left): wall image found via The Poetry of Material Things; terra cotta image found via This Ivy House; image of dress found via All the beauty things...; village scene by Jose Villa
Another of the 2015 Pantone colors that has been getting a lot of attention in our industry is Marsala. I've seen it translated in many ways, but I love it most when paired with shades of blue. Although described by Pantone as "a robust and earthy wine red", the color mix seems a bit more on the earthy side which allows it to go nicely with the paler shades shown here—definitely a nice mix for spring, summer or even early fall.
Photo credits (clockwise from top left): place setting image found via Wedding Chicks; bouquet by Amy Osaba, found via Utterly Engaged; cake image by Anna Peters; bouquet by Ponderosa and Thyme, photography by Alexandra Grace Photography; invitation suite by Written Word Calligraphy, photography by Mint Photography; arrangement from Ariella Chezar workshop found via Snippet and Ink, image by Corbin Gurkin.
Mackenzie's soft color palette ranging from ivory to pale pinks and peaches with just a pop of brighter shades was beautiful in the Spring Hill Country setting. The large house party dressed in a range of champagnes and golds with bouquets of herbs and fresh lavender reminiscent of the lavender fields nearby while her sister and maid of honor stood out in black.
After a ceremony in front of the Lavender Haus, complete with their two corgis, MacKenzie and Brian enjoyed the evening with their guests surrounding them on the lawn and under a beautiful Sperry tent nearby.
I'm just back from the Blueprint Retreat hosted by Shanna Skidmore at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC. The idea behind this retreat is a time to get away from your business in order to make strategic plans for your business. Shanna specializes in working with women business owners in the creative industries. In true Shanna fashion, she brings her own creativity to light as she incorporates special touches and special people in making a truly one-of-a-kind experience. The first night we were welcomed with a dinner experience beautifully designed by Abany Bauer and the next morning with an equally as stunning "classroom" incorporating vintage pieces curated by Blue Eyed Yonder.
After spending time reflecting on our own personal stories and clarifying our message, we wrote goals—both personal and professional—to guide us through the coming year. A quote that resonated with me was this—"In all the chatter and noise, we fall out of love with our own voice." (Michael Hyatt) If I'm honest, spending time on Pinterest and Instagram can lead to comparisons that are not always helpful. I hope to spend the next year taking time to find and develop my own "voice". Meanwhile, Instagram has become a great avenue for developing relationships with others in our industry—many of whom were a part of Blueprint. Many thanks to Shanna and her fabulous team—Abany Bauer, Amy Osaba, Heather Payne, Jess Garner, Krista Janos, Lindsey McClennahan and Tessia Treynet—for sharing your gifts and to these ladies for sharing their dreams.
And then there was plenty of takeaway of a different sort.