Archive for January, 2010

It’s almost Valentine’s Day…

January 26th, 2010

I don’t have much in terms of weddings to post because I’m printing table numbers and priming myself for a huge weekend of Fischer family wedding madness. Instead, I’ll give you a quick reminder that Cupid’s holiday is right around the corner!

I am a big believer in taking every opportunity to celebrate life and love whenever you can, so even though it’s a horribly commercial holiday, I do love Valentine’s Day.  Not because I ever expect flowers or crazy gifts, but because it’s fun to shower love on other people.  What can you do that’s cheap for a Valentine’s gift?  The best idea I ever got was from my newly engaged, fabulous friend, Dana, and her heart full of the 100 reasons you love your beloved.  Can you do it?  Can you sit down and write 100 things you love about your favorite person?  Do it and give it to them.  It’s fun to do and fun to give.  Oh, another thing to try?  The wonderfully cheesy must-make-reservations at White Castle.  So silly, but so fun.  And if you’re enjoying the single life, get your friends together, make a bunch of unhealthy food, and have a love (or anti-love) romantic comedy-fest!  Let ‘em know you love ‘em.  You can’t say it enough.


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it’s a LOVE thang, it’s got to be

January 22nd, 2010

Yes, I just quoted LMFAO.  Because I love, LOVE running to “La La La” and my favorite parts of the song are the beginning when his voice kicks up a notch and says “It’s a LOVE thang, it’s got to be’ and he does it again when he says ‘Oooh, girl WATCH out now…”  Ok… to the point…

My brain is pretty full.  And I have stuff to share… So here we go… (another wordy post ahead!)

Thanks to twitter, I ran across Lara Casey Reps and started following her.  Very shortly after I started following her she wrote this blog entry and it blew my mind to have someone put something out there that was exactly what I needed to be doing for myself.  I chatted with my friend, Gina, and before we knew it, Lara announced she was going to be doing workshop intensives.  After more twitter banter and a little blog comment begging, myself and 10 other rather fantastic Minnesota artists got Lara Casey, Jeff Holt, and Sandi Sansom to come to Minneapolis to learn about how to make things happen.  I have to admit, much like Eliesa, the hype did get to be a bit much and I was really apprehensive about what it could do for me – the girl that thinks she has herself all figured out.  Afterall, it’s been a big year for me personally and I’ve been doing a lot of soul searching and after some recent decisions, have made some great moves to streamline my life and business (Is that really possible?!).  Regardless, I put my money down but I was getting more wary about what the experience was going to be like.   Would it be a business critique, a coaching session?  Could I handle either of those right now?  Gina, who was lucky enough to receive a scholarship to attend the very first “Making Things Happen” intensive in Florida nearly a month before, coached me a bit on what to expect but really, I was just worried about what I was going to wear… I didn’t want to look like a slouch nor that I was trying too hard.  Turns out shirt dresses with tights are a good go-to outfit.  I digress…

I went, I saw, I conquered.  A 6 hour intensive with 9 photographers, one stationer, and myself with Lara and Jeff in the driver’s seats… Or so we thought.  The exercises were the exact same as they were on the blog, but to put everything out there in front of these professionals was not only putting myself in a vulnerable spot, it was also letting them all know I meant business about business.  We shared our dreams, confessed what we were letting get in our way, and really just explored the personal side of our lives as professionals.

I kept hearing things about it being an emotional roller coaster or life-changing and I cannot say that it was those things for ME because I came ready to lay it out there so I was prepared to bawl like a baby if it came to it (and, it usually does for me) and life-changing is just a bold statement.  For me, it was the extra guided push in the direction I felt like I may have been blindly headed, clarification of some of my own muddy thoughts, and it must be said that it was nothing short of the validation that I have been needing from other event professionals.  The group session really opened my eyes to the fact that even though the art may be different, the passion that lies beneath the drive and the wicked smart and incredible minds that put that art out there, are all coming from similar personal journeys to get us here.  (Remember, I’m a girl that’s all about the journey?)  And while the group session was awesome and revealing, the one-on-one with Lara and Jeff left my head reeling.  Normally when I get pumped about something I am giddy and talking even faster than what I usually do, I’m rambling all over the place, but my one on one left me subdued and speechless (literally and honestly, maybe the 3rd time in my life that has happened).  It’s taken a couple days to be able to even write this post because my brain has been so full of everything I took in that day.  This wasn’t a roller coaster because I’ve had much larger dips and twists in my life in a single day, it wasn’t life-changing in that it set me off on an entirely new path or direction, it was… an education on self-awareness and accountability.  I no longer feel like I’m floating through this on my own in a sometimes cut-throat, competitive industry.  I truly feel like I have people I can look to for questions and that will support my passions just as I am willing to lend them any support they need.

Lara and Jeff, by the way, have some of the most caring and encouraging souls I’ve come across.  They have done this numerous times before coming to Minneapolis, and I can only imagine how much this has taken out of them as well as filled them with new lessons about themselves and how this world works. They would  listen to what we all had to say and, watching their faces, I felt like they were sincerely engaged in each person’s story and invested in us from the moment they walked in the door.  I don’t think “Making Things Happen” is for everyone.  I think it’s for people that strive to be better, that won’t settle for ‘ok’ or mediocrity.  I think it’s for people that are looking for more, looking for an outside point of view, and looking for new ways to gain and utilize that perspective.  You can’t walk into an experience like that thinking you know it all, you don’t need to get better, and you certainly can’t be selfish.  I feel like, for the most part, everyone in that room came ready to participate and the honesty that was shared is something that has me “fired up.”  I want to see those women (+ Jeff) succeed so bad.  Because – while we’re already doing crazy things in our lives by trying to live out creative passions that are either something we’ve sought and dreamed of since we were little, or if it was an epiphany later in life that led us to where we are now-  the struggles in business, the life hurdles, and after those the triumphs are all things I want to help see these people through if there is any way I can.  I’m sure this makes it sound like a very girly intensive, but the exercises know no limits to who could benefit from them.  If they come back or if it lands in a city near you, and you’re ready to grow, GO.

What “fires me up?”  PEOPLE.  LOVE. PASSION.  GIVING.  And I can’t wait to continue to use those things to fuel this life, not just this career.  It’s a LOVE thang, it’s GOT to be!

Thank you, Lara and Jeff, for doing this for all of us.  If I can ever figure out how to send my video, I will!

(figure out which one is me in Eliesa’s picture collage?  sorry that i’m not sorry for swearing.  i do it all the time.  and the whole day really was just that.)

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Two Weeks Left of Fab Birthday Specials!

January 16th, 2010

Why do you need a coordinator?  Who else is going to hold your husband up so he doesn’t fall on the ice in his tuxedo shoes while the photographer is trying to get THE perfect shot?

While this was a treacherous move for a girl that’s had three ankle ligament repair surgeries, it was well worth it to get such an unflattering but memorable shot of me with Russ.   I don’t typically come with for the post-ceremony newlywed photos, but this was a special situation and was a great laugh break with Amber, Russ,  Jessica of JM Photography and Laura Ivanova.  More on Amber and Russ’ wedding soon!

Two weeks left to book your package with event design and be entered into the drawing for one lucky couple to win coordination services.  Email me today!

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The Knot’s “Best of Weddings” 2010 Pick!

January 10th, 2010

In late November I was involved in a mad game of phone tag with The Knot’s corporate offices in New York that ended with me completely speechless and giddy like a school girl (and almost breaking my phone…again).  They were calling to verify my company information as event design has been chosen as a Knot Magazine Best of Weddings pick!  My awesome clients had taken the time to fill out The Knot’s survey and earn us the honor of “Best of Weddings” 2010!!!  What is it all about?  Check out this article about The Knot’s “Best of Weddings 2009″ to get a better idea of how it works.

I wrote this entry about what a crazy year it has been and I’m certain there isn’t anything that could have shocked me more or made it seem more worth the chaos.  I am so grateful to my clients for their support and for their willingness to take the time to give a nod to myself  (and their other great vendors).  There really are absolutely no words to describe what such an honor means to me at this point.  Not a single word.  So all I can say, again, is THANK YOU.

Watch for the “Best Of Weddings” section in the next Minnesota Knot Magazine, which is to be out on stands at the end of the month, as well as watch for the new site The Knot is launching showcasing many other “Best of” vendors including many fantastic Minnesota wedding vendors.  Congratulations to my friends that also received the honor!

While you’re scoping out the next issue, watch for an article about Meagan and Jeremy, my November 7, 2008 couple.  They’ve got a piece written on their beautiful wedding and fantastic budgeting skills (also the reason I’m stalling on posting about their wedding!).

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2010 Fab Birthday Special!

January 6th, 2010

I’m so excited to say it’s event design’s 2nd birthday!  As promised, I’ve brought back the birthday special and the drawing for one lucky 2010 couple to win FREE coordination services! It’s my very small way of saying THANK YOU to my wonderful clients for allowing me to work with them.

Read on…


For specific details, contact me right away.  I will draw the lucky couple on February 1st.

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