Posts Tagged ‘bride’

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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Haley and I will be sharing with you about our wonderful visit at Hyatt Lost Pines very soon. We rushed back to Houston to be with our bride Cortney for her bridal portrait session with the oh so talented Adam Nyholt. Of course we can’t share pictures of Cortney in her dress as she wants her groom’s first glimpse of her to be as she comes down the aisle on her father’s arm.

What I can show you are a few detail pictures and Adam at work.


Just imagine our beautiful bride on that lovely sofa







And that folks is the end of this wonderful bridal portrait session. Cortney is such a beautiful bride and Adam is quite simply a pro! Thank you Haley for getting these behind the scene shots. A big thank you to the Hotel Granduca for being so gracious with us all.

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