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I few years ago I had the priviledge of having Haley Brown as an assistant.  She was a dream assistant and I was so proud to watch her spread her wings and move forward in this  industry,

Now I this beautiful girl wants to be my assistant.  She has big shoes to fill after Haley.  I hope to let her help me out on some events in the future.  She loves making lists and checking items off the list.  I am hoping to let her “assist ” in the near future.

Just so you know this would be nepotism at its best.  This is Merritt Parker and she is my granddaughter

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I’M SO EXCITED

Beginnings ( and the Parkers) are making a move!!!

Over the next few months, we will begin transitioning our living and working to the Texas Hill Country!!!

I’ve been fortunate enough to plan a few weddings in the part of the state of Texas that has always had my heart, I will now have even more opportunities to do so as I will begin living and working part time just outside of Blanco Texas.

A little over a year ago along with one of my favorites brides and family member Mollie Parker Duay  I spent two days seeing as many of the amazing unique venues as possible between Columbus and Boerne Tx.  e66e6584b79121074957deac3aee62e9-7d63a21031fe2b8aa61bdfa5cadda55f

I’ve always felt that Texas brides are unique, amazing young women with a style all their own and I can’t wait to be able to plan more of my weddings in settings that steal my heart and take my breath away.

I will never leave Houston completely as I am a native.  My grandchildren and my hairdresser are here. So even when the time comes that we are living full time in our little house on a hilltop  I will  be in Houston often.

I am looking forward to meeting more of the wedding professionals who serve brides in the Hill Country and touring the venues that are there.

Wednesdays mean Bible Study for me. Today is our last day before we take a break for the summer.

i’ll leave you with this as I dash out the door

 

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Grey & Grace

I decided it was time to talk about a change of heart I’ve had this year and I decided to put it on my “Pam” page on my website, but I wanted to make sure I shared it with people reading my blog.  Wedding planners in my home town are in general quite a bit younger than I am and for quite some time I felt that put me at a disadvantage.  I don’t feel that way anymore and I know that I have so much to offer my clients, my colleges and friends.  I remember when I thought 40 was old and now I know that 60 is just ” getting good”.

Hi!

I’m Pam and I’m a 61 year old wedding planner

Whew!! I feel like I’m at a ” Getting Old Anonymous” meeting.

I’m not young, cute and perky like so many of the bright adorable young women I call colleagues and friends.

I have been married longer than most of these women and my brides have even been alive ( 43 years in June) For so long I looked at this as a minus.

At the beginning of this year as I began to work on my Power Sheets from Lara Casey, I spent a lot of time in prayer asking for guidance and discernment. Was it time to hang up my time-lines and retire??

I’ve read and followed so many of my fellow planners who are trying to juggle careers, babies, marriage. They seem to do it all pretty well and they have my admiration and when I can I try to cheer them on. At some point though I was led to believe this is the perfect time for me to keep working. My babies are 40 & 24 years old and despite some fumbling on my part they have become wonderful strong men. I have come to understand that I have a wealth of knowledge after almost 20 years in the business. I still love what I do & I can pick and choose the weddings and brides I want to work with.

I have Grey( covered up of course) and Grace and I’m really learning to love and appreciate it.

So for right now I’m a seasoned wedding planner who can make sure my brides are cared for and loved on in this very special time in their lives. I can make sure there is time to play with my grandbabies and to slip away for fun with my husband.

My goal is to continue to learn and grow in my wedding planning skills as I continue to learn and grow as a daughter of the King.

 

Pam

International Day of the Girl Child—My Life, My Right, End Child Marriage

About the Day
The United Nations General Assembly on 19 December 2011 voted to designate 11 October as the ‘International Day of the Girl Child’ (see UN General Assembly resolution A/RES/66/170 on International Day of the Girl Child). The day promotes girls’ human rights, highlights gender inequalities that remain between girls and boys and addresses the various forms of discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the globe.
For the inaugural day, UN agencies have come together to focus on child marriage, which is a fundamental human rights violation and impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were married before they reached age 18. One third of them entered into marriage before they turned 15.
Preventing child marriage will protect girls’ rights and help reduce their risks of violence, early pregnancy, HIV infection, and maternal death and disability.
– See more at: http://www.unwomen.org/en/news/in-focus/international-day-of-the-girl-child-my-life-my-right-end-child-marriage#sthash.CtAuZ99v.dpuf

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It’s been way too long!

Looking at the date of my last blog post I am surprised and a little embarrassed. I told myself I was going to be much more faithful to this poor little blog. It seems I took the spring and summer off.

Well I’m back and I have made some changes to the focus of my blog. The title of this blog is ” Begin With Grace. Plan your wedding and live your life with amazing grace”. I want to focus as much on life as I do on weddings.

I’ve been planning weddings for almost 20 years. Oh my glory how the industry has changed! I still love it and I’m not sure I ever wanted to give it up. All too often I get calls from brides who really don’t understand the value of an experienced planner and are looking for a bargain planner. That’s just not me!! The industry standard says that planning a wedding takes 250 hours. Even though I love what I do, I am not willing to dedicate 250 hours of my time, my heart, and family time to earn little more than minimum wage.

I spent a lot of time in prayer in the last few months about what I was supposed to be doing with my time and talent. I had to wrestle with the tight grip I had on wedding planner being who I am. I had to let go and turn it over to the Lord. I had to admit that He knew how much I loved that part of my life, but He wanted me to love Him and to be obedient to His plan for me more. ( oh man that word obedient is hard for me).

I kept coming up with plans, but they were my plans. Throughout this time a woman who previously had been part of the wedding industry in Houston, Tysh Mefford kept popping up on my news feed on Facebook. She had closed her invitation business and began as a Stella & Dot Stylist. Interesting, but not for me. When I was a very young Mom I “sold” Avon and I was terrible at it. So I kept trying to listen for God’s plan for me.

A few weeks ago I was reading a post by the adorable Emily Ley and she mentioned a cross she received from Stella & Dot. There it was again! So I emailed Tysh and a few minutes after I hit send I got a call from the mother of a former bride, telling me daughter number 2 is engaged.

There it was …. I could do both. I will do both

So here it is
I am a daughter of the King
I am a wife, mother and grandmother
I am a friend
I am a wedding planner
I am a Stella & Dot stylist

Now that I have all this off my chest I hope you come back for more.

” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”. Phil. 4:13

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I found this picture recently and although I couldn’t find a photographer’s name so I could give credit I just had to share it. I’m planning on buying a bike next week. Not a racing or mountain bike but one more like this one. I think the “feel” of this picture is one of those things that “Fires Me Up”

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