To say I’ve been MIA around here is an understatement.  There are moments in this past week where I’ve literally felt like a chicken running around with my head cut off…totally gory visual, but you get the point.

Things have been crazy, but crazy in the best way possible!  Thanksgiving brought sweet time with old friends and time spent with family.  I was then able to serve my last Soirée Event Designs client of 2013 in planning a reception to celebrate their new marriage.  If you follow on Instagram, you would have seen the unique reception entertainment…my mind is still blown.

Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 4.53.24 PMFollowing that was the move of Bella Bridesmaid to it’s newest location in the Shops at Park Place in Leawood.

IMG_9621 Then we’ve got an awesome grand RE-opening party, tons of Christmas shopping, decorating the house, a quick-turn-around calligraphy job and client meetings to round out the list of what has been filling my time.Screen Shot 2013-12-09 at 4.55.27 PM

Still in the works this month are some fun DIYs to amp up the holiday spirit in your home as well as a great giveaway just in time to celebrate Christmas…so stay tuned friends and bare with me as we make it through this hectic time of year! And try not to stress out too much, okay?  Jesus was born and that’s reason to celebrate.




This Week I:

Cheered on the Chiefs (despite the loss) with friends and family!

-Started to get in the holiday spirit by lighting new candles and day dreaming fun holiday DIYs to ring in the season!

-Helped sweet friend Cassandra as an extra set of hands on a very heart warming styled shoot at Van Noy Mansion.

-Took back my morning routine…reminded myself that often you have to say NO to say YES to the things that matter.

-Hammered out some details and timelines for a client’s upcoming wedding reception.

-Hung out with some great KC Blogger ladies at Foo’s where we learned great photography tips and tricks from Jenny Wheat.

This weekend we look forward to celebrating my brother-in-law’s birthday! We will also have the opportunity to do a little shopping for our family’s adopted family for the holiday.  What plans are on tap for your weekend?  Will you start to prep for that holiday meal? If so, share your tips and tricks with me below!


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!


@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!