Category Archives: Weddings

My sister’s wedding!!

I mentioned in my instafriday post a couple weeks back that my sister got married. I shared a few instagram photos I took of their day, but I’m excited to share these beautiful photos that Janet Wheeland, one of my childhood friends and their amazing photographer, took.

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Isn’t she beautiful??

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I made flags for my son & my nephew to hold. They were  such cute little flagbearers :)

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Some of my nieces and the boys walking down the aisle:

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I spy my handsome hubby with his guitar :)

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I love that their wedding party was all of their kids and then nieces and nephews.

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A family cheer at the end of their first dance. I loved this moment!

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I made them a thank you banner too. Aren’t they so cute?

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(side note: that style of banner will be in my shop soon!)

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Mr. Hudson wasn’t excited about walking down the aisle (I ended up having to walk him down), but he was super excited about dancing up a storm at the reception. Here he is taking a little breather:

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You can see more of Janet’s photos here.

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I am so happy for Shan & Ronn! Love you!

The biggest instafriday post ever.

Get ready. This blog slacker is about to make up for two weeks of missed instafridays. That’s right- three instafriday posts full of pictures in one. Everything since we got back from Italy. I know, I know. I still haven’t posted any pictures from the trip. That will have one day soon. In this crazy season, blogging has been on the back burner.

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Linking up with Jeannett at Life Rearranged- sharing the big and small moments of my week, captured on my phone. You can follow me on instagram- I’m courttoney.

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The day after we got home from Italy, we jumped right back into our routine of saturday morning farmers market and a train ride at our local park.

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I met & passed my goal of reading 12 books this year while in Italy. These two below were #12 & #13. I loved them both!

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I’m learning to let go more and to let my boys be messy. To make memories even though it means making the kitchen a disaster. Cookie making with these two meant lots and lots of flour. Everywhere. So worth it.

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Date #16 out of 50 was a really special at home date. We made brownies together from scratch (so delicious!), read the bible together in our backyard under the patio lights and we listen to old Foo Fighters on vinyl, which made us reminisce about our early dating days.

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I got to meet one of my oldest & dearest friend’s little man: henry. He’s such a sweet little guy! So happy for you Chelles!

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Last month, my oncologist’s physican assistant sent me this message: (Lennie is my amazing oncologist)

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What an incredible reminder- right before mother’s day- of what a precious gift they are to me. Praise the Lord!

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Mother’s Day was wonderful- mellow and filled with quality time with my hubby and the boys who made me a mama. I didn’t take any pictures all day, except for this sweet moment during bath time. My miracles:

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The hubs and I started a competition to encourage ourselves to get in shape. Whoever reaches their goal first during the month gets a free day to do whatever they want and $100. I *hate* running. I’d rather do most anything else. But these shoes are hitting the pavement. Because I am going to win :)

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One of the hardest things for me about exercise is finding the time to fit it in. We don’t belong to a gym, so whatever I do, I have to either do early in the morning before my husband leaves for work (courtney=not an early riser) or I have to do with my kids. One solution has been to run Isaiah to school in the morning. This works out really well, as long as we get ourselves out of the house in time. After we drop him off, Hudson and I run back home. Isn’t he the cutest running buddy ever?

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Date #17 out of 50 was a movie date to see The Great Gatsby. We only get to one or two movies a year, so this was an exciting deal! We loved it! Of course, I had to wear my gold sparkly shoes :)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year: peony time at Trader Joes. Best deal ever on my favorite flowers. These beauties were my co-pilot on my drive out to Palm Springs for my sister’s bachelorette party. More on the later…but not too much more :)

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One of my husband’s best friends is getting married next month. His fiance is moving out here after the wedding, so we threw them a little “welcome to CA” co-ed shower. I made table runners by taking pages out of my dad’s old thomas guides (he still loves those things!) and taping them down with washi tape.

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My friend Elizabeth made adorable CA cookies (with a heart right over San Diego of course!) and Holly made the couple this cute framed map of their relationship.

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Our church is moving buildings in the middle of the summer. We got to tour the progress being done on the new building- so exciting! This is what will be the sanctuary and below that is my husband and our head pastor in front of the beginning of the stage- where they will log many an hour.

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Another tooth bites the dust!

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My niece Taylor wins for best text message ever.

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May was a big month: my sister got married! The past 3 weeks have been full of celebrations and wedding prep. First up was her bridal shower:

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Then, the next weekend we headed out to the desert for her bachelorette party. Such a fun, relaxing weekend with the girls.

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Some of my beautiful sisters and nieces:

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Then the wedding!! We started with a trip to one of my favorite places in the world: the flower mart!

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Then to Orange County to make the flowers arrangements, have the rehearsal and decorate the church:

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Then the big day came! Our beautiful bride:

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Check out that bouquet!

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My boys were in the wedding and they were so cute! Hudson didn’t make it down the aisle because he couldn’t see my mom (who he was supposed to walk to) and got confused, so I had to walk him down. Isaiah & my nephew Silas were “flag bearers” as Isaiah termed it.

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flags available in my shop. Ties by my sis-in-law, The Pleated Poppy

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One of my favorite moments of the wedding was when the first dance became a family dance. Another favorite was at the ceremony when their kids joined them for prayer after they took communion. I couldn’t look at that moment too much because I got choked up- which wouldn’t have been a big problem, except that I was singing :)

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We had so much fun at the reception- my boys were dancing machines! Moving so fast, you can’t even see his arms:

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After the wedding, we stayed up in Orange County to spend some time with my family. Lindsey & I took on the adventure of helping my mom clean out & organize her kitchen cabinets and some of her closets. We found many *many* treasures, one of the best being this painting. My dad made it of my mom soon after they were married. And-yes- her hair really looked like that.

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We went straight from Orange County to a BBQ with our homegroup. I am so thankful for these families- I love doing life with them. We ate, had s’mores and watched old cartoons in the backyard.

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On memorial day, I hiked a local mountain with some friends. It was fun to look around in all directions to see the communities we live in.

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We spent the rest of our day relaxing, unpacking and swimming. Definitely need some family time at home after the craziness of the week before.

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A little early morning painting:

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During Isaiah’s baseball game, Hudson stole some of his gear and tried to get in on the action:

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Phew! We made it!

Flag and banners for a beach wedding in Mexico

I love it when customers send me pictures of their weddings! This wedding was a nautical beach destination wedding in Mexico and I just love it- especially the fun attire for the men!

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We made a flag with a cute red and white nautical knot print as well as simple thank you & mr & mrs banners.

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all photos by Natalie Ginele Miller Photography

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As a reminder, we are not taking custom orders (flags, banners, etc) until the beginning of May. I may be able to take a couple more rush orders if they are placed this week. If you are interested, please contact me through the etsy shop.

 

Classic neutral wedding banners at the St Regis

I first met Tessa while helping plan her sister Kelsey’s wedding. I just love their family! When it came time for Tessa & Taylor to get married, I had sold my business and was no longer planning weddings. They kept with the Joyful Weddings & Events family though and had the wonderful Bre work on their wedding.

 

It is so special to me when I can still be a part of weddings, even though I am no longer a planner. After talking to Tessa about her design scheme, I made a “beloved” banner for their dessert table and matching mr & mrs signs for their chair backs. What a gorgeous couple!! All of the beautiful photos are by Matthew Morgan.

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You can see more of their wedding on Matt’s blog. Interested in custom banners for your wedding? Contact me through my etsy shop!

Bre & Kyle’s Placerville wedding

When I retired from wedding planning, it was such a blessing to be able to hand the company over to Bre, who had been working for me for a couple of years. During that time, she had become a dear friend and I couldn’t imagine anyone else taking over the business I had built.

 

Fast forward a year and  a half and I was back in my wedding planner shoes for a very special wedding: Bre’s! It was one of my favorite weddings I have ever had the opportunity to be a part of. Not only was it amazing because Bre is a great planner and made every single detail absolutely gorgeous, but it was so full of love. Love between Kyle & Bre, love for and from their families and you could truly see the love of God shining through on their day. It was an absolute joy to be a part of.

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Yesterday, their wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty! The photos by Lane Dittoe are absolutely stunning- I’ve included a handful of my favorites here, but be sure to hop over to the feature to see everything. You can spot a few of my banners in there :)

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Bre’s family made pretty much everything- the altar piece, the boutonnières, the napkins, the table runners, the pallet fence and even the dining tables! Bre’s mom & aunt started a vintage rental rental company the year before her wedding so they had tons of fun pieces!

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Definitely one of my most favorite bouquets I’ve ever seen by the extremely talented Hannah of Modern Bouquet.

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We had this grooms cake from Sweet & Saucy Shop in our car for the entire 10 hour drive. I have never been more nervous about how my husband was driving :)

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Wedding Photography: Lane Dittoe Photography

Wedding Venue: Leaning Tree Lodge in Placerville, California (Bre’s family home)

 Wedding Design + Planning: Bride, Owner of Joyful Weddings and Events

Floral Design: Modern Bouquet

Wedding Cake + Giant’s Groom’s Cake: Sweet and Saucy Shop

Desserts: Sugar Lilies Bakery + Chelsey Chamberlain

DJ: Kik Entertainment

Banners: Joyful Joyful Designs

Rentals: Forever Vintage Rentals

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Love you Bre & Kyle!

 

 

My last photo shoot with Joyful Weddings: A gorgeous white wedding

A couple of weeks ago, Style Me Pretty featured a gorgeous white photo shoot that I had the privilege to be a part of. It was my last photo shoot as a part of Joyful Weddings & Events and it was wonderful to work with Bre along side of a stellar vendor team.

 

The inspiration was modern white lace mixed with floral paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. Kristy of Momental Designs was the genius behind this and her hand-drawn designs on everything from the invite, to the table runner, to stripes of paper woven throughout the floral designs were absolutely beautiful. You can see the full post here and the gallery here.

 

Here is the inspiration board Kristy put together that started our designing and planning:

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Of course, I had to make a banner to throw in there :)

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I loved working with everyone on this vendor team:

PhotographyJill Thomas Photography

Photo Shoot Venue – The Grand del Mar

Event Styling, Design + Stationery – Momental Designs

Event Planning + Design –Joyful Weddings and Events

Production – Be Inspired PR

Floral Design –  Kathy Wright and Co.

Paper Bouquet – Momental Designs

Wedding Cake –  Sweet and Saucy Shop

Vintage Rentals – Ribbons and Rust

 Linens – La Tavola Linens

Wedding Dress – Alisa Benay viaThe Bustle

Hairpiece – Desla Couture

Hair + Makeup – 10.11.Makeup

InstaFriday!

It’s been a fun week!

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Linking up with LifeRearranged to share snaps of my week, captured on my phone.

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This past saturday was my last official wedding as a wedding planner. For those of you that don’t know, I used to own Joyful Weddings & Events but sold it to one of my planners (and friends) Bre when Hudson came along. You can read more about that here.

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The wedding was wonderful! The bride was actually an old friend, so I got to see a bunch of people I hadn’t seen in a decade and a half. Everything was beautiful and seamless, so it was a great way to go out. It was definitely bittersweet- I do miss it, but it has been such a good move for our family that I don’t regret leaving it one bit.

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My  niece grabbed this picture of me in my last minutes of wedding planner-ness.

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I’ve had such a great team working with me over the years. Thank you to all of my wonderful assistants who have worked so hard! This lovely lady, especially, has been by my side through the whole adventure. Darcie- thanks for being my right hand woman!

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The wedding was full of adorable crafty details. The bride’s mom sewed up a storm, including these super cute runners. I can’t wait to share the full wedding once the professional photos are ready!

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When I got home from my wedding in the middle of the night, my husband had this waiting for me:

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The note says, “thanks for being so good at wedding planning. And thanks for giving it up for our family. i love you”. I LOVE THAT MAN! I had held it together for most of the day, but when I saw that the tears started flowing. He has been so amazingly supportive throughout my career and this process of letting it go and I am so incredibly thankful for him.

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We got to go on a date night to celebrate- which was amazing and SO needed! We are big Mario Batali restaurant fans- have been to almost all of them in Las Vegas and New York- and so we were really excited to check out Pizzeria Mozza, his Newport Beach restaurant. It did not disappoint! So tasty!

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We read through The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe with Isaiah over the past couple of weeks. He loved it, but I think I loved it more :)

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I love my boys! This was at our picnic at the park- working away on that summer list!

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My sister got tickets to So You Think You Can Dance, so we girls got all dressed up, drove up to LA and got in line to get in. We were so excited!

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Then they cut off the line 6 people ahead of us :(

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So sad! We made the best of it and had a girls night at the grove- some great sister time. And we will get to go to a show later in the year for sure, so it will all work out :)

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I love that my parents saved a ton of my childhood toys. It brings me so much joy seeing my boys playing with the same toys I played with for years. I need to remember this when I am cleaning out my boys closets and purging their toys.

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Have a great weekend everyone! I am looking forward to a mellow weekend spending time with my 3 cute guys.

 

 

 

A metallic wedding

When I send off our custom flags, I often never get to see the weddings they end up in. Every once in a while, the bride will send me photos. Then sometimes, I stumble upon the weddings on a blog and get so thrilled to see my products in action!

 

Earlier this year, I received a unique request for a flag- all metallics, which I had never done before. I loved how it turned out- silver glitter paper with gold accents. Still in our simple, clean style, so it was not gaudy or over the top.

 

I loved this wedding! Totally different & lovely! It was featured on Wedding Chicks. You can see more of the wedding here.

All photos by Wildflowers Photography. Full vendor list available on the Wedding Chicks post.

InstaFriday

It’s the first day of summer for Isaiah, so it is an exciting Friday over here :)  I am linking up with the lovely Jeannett of LifeRearranged to chronicle my week through moments big and small, all caught on instagram on my phone (I’m CourtToney if you want to follow me).

 

On Tuesday, I showed a bit of the wedding we attended in Placerville last weekend. Bre, the gorgeous bride, is the wonderful wedding planner that bought my wedding planning company last year. It was such an honor to be able to coordinate her wedding for her so that she could be a bride :) Here are a few pics from her wedding date. Once the professional photos are in, I’ll be sure to share all of the details!

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It was one of the most incredible weddings I have ever been a part of. Not only was every detail gorgeous and well thought out, but it was just dreamy. At her parents house on a lake, full of close family and friends with love you could feel. It was God-glorifying and full of joy. I am so so happy for Kyle & Bre!

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After the wedding festivities, the hubs & I headed out to South Lake Tahoe for a night to have a little vacay before heading back to the boys. It was SO needed and SO fun!

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We hiked to Eagle Falls- it was a perfectly clear day and was gorgeous.

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Our feet hanging out at the top of the waterfall.

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Our time away was awesome, but we were excited to get home to our kiddos. Hudson got himself soaked right before dinner playing with his water table. I love his “ya- what are you going to do about it when I give you these eyes” look.

Hooray for summertime!

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We got our first ice cream cones of the summer. Hudson has officially discovered ice cream and is SO into it :)

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We paid off one of our cars this week. That was exciting.

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Isaiah finished preschool yesterday. I love this look at how he has grown this year. First day of school & the last day of school:

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We are making our summer bucket list this weekend and cannot wait to get started! Happy weekend everyone!

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Banners for a Nautical Carlsbad Wedding

I don’t get to see photos of my handcrafted items purchased by brides very often. Every once in a while, a past customer will send me photos of their purchases in use on their wedding day and I love it!

 

I also love it when I happen upon my designs used in a wedding when I see them featured on a blog. That happened today, when I saw that Mark & Laura’s nautical Carlsbad wedding was featured on Style Me Pretty! Laura had me make three custom banners, all reflecting their clean, modern beach wedding design. She wanted simple navy squares with white writing.

Here is their thank you banner:

 

 

A “sweet love” banner for the cake table:

 

 

I also made the longest banner I’ve ever created to date. It said, “if you want to know how great my love is, count the waves”. Isn’t that a perfect quote for a beach wedding? I love it! I could not find any photos of the banner in action, but you can see the same quote on their cocktail napkins.

 

My friend Lori from Paper & Thread created their beautiful invitations and day of paper goods. She is amazing!

 

 

It was also fun to see my thank you banner shown again on the thank you notes that Lori created:

 

You can see their entire wedding over at Style Me Pretty, with photos by Greg Thompson Photography. Here a couple more of my favorites, including some of the cutest bridesmaid dresses I’ve ever seen!