oh so celebrate

Last week I was privileged to collaborate with a great team of vendors on an exciting styled inspiration shoot.  Rose of Paper Crane Photo and Mikayla and Breanna of BeChicBride brainstormed the unique concept of traditional Indian bride meets Modern decor and asked me to come on board to help style/coordinate the shoot. Today I’ve got some phone iPhone snaps of the behind the scenes work to share with you.

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For the sake of total honesty, Indian Weddings were not an area of expertise for me. However, this opportunity was exciting and pushed me to think out of the box. With the help of our gorgeous Indian model, Nusrat, we learned a lot about how modern day Indian brides find that balance of honoring tradition while also expressing personality through decor and personal style.

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Nusrat was just beautiful and Mikayla and Brenna of BeChic Bride did an incredible job enhancing that natural beauty through hair and makeup.

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Emily Walters of Emmy Ray took only a few guidelines/suggestions and created the most beautiful arrangements and floral pieces for the shoot.  She is so talented.

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We incorporated some fun calligraphy details to create the “good as gold” theme.

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Don’t miss the photographs from Rose and Joel of Paper Crane Photo which you can view here.  They captured everything beautifully and were a joy to work with!

-M.R.S.

For me, one of the best parts about holiday gift giving is the anticipation leading up to Christmas day after finding that unexpected/perfect gift for a friend or family member. I’m getting so giddy about some of my selections for the people on my list this year that I’ve caught myself day-dreaming about their faces on Christmas morning.

Sometimes finding that perfect gift can be a little tough, so I’ve thrown together a list to get your gears turning for those special folks on your list!

shopping_listLulu & Georgia Pillows (here and here) // ESPN 30 for 30 DVD Set // Anthropologie Apron // Artifact Uprising Instagram Book // Kate Spade Wristlet // Bauble Bar Bracelet Stack // GoPro

If you’re still on the hunt for the PERFECT gifts this holiday season, have I got some fun in store for you!  Today I’m partnering with Coupons.com Holiday Sweepstakes, their and some great local KC bloggers to give you a shot at $200 to Amazon (just use this Rafflecopter link) as well as some incredible Coupons.com gift basket giveaways…like this Coupons.com holiday gift guide for mom or dad.  Sounds like a cure for any last minute shopping woes to me!

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-M.R.S.

As many of y’all know, I work in the oh-so-fabulous wedding industry.  Now, when I refer to it as “fabulous” (which it totally is) I also need you to know that I definitely don’t mean this career path is glamorous 24/7.  I have worked weddings where I’ve sweat through every piece of clothing I have on, I have been up to my elbows in cake, I have blown out votive candles and used so much force that hot wax splashes up covering my face and sealing my eyes shut… And if I’m being completely honest, that wax thing happens like every other wedding.  You’d think I would learn. I’ll take a picture next time and share it for you all to enjoy.

For this five instagram faves post I decided to introduce to you some of my favorite wedding professionals/publications that I follow.  Unlike me, they do a great job of sharing the fabulous side to the industry!  Enjoy!

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@toast_events // @angelaproffitt //@mindyweiss // @smpweddings // @josevilla

Want more wedding inspiration through IG?  Don’t forget to follow me over at @madireidsanders or, the wedding planning company, @SoireeEventDesigns! Do you have your own Instagram Faves you think I should follow?  Share below!

-M.R.S.