The Ace/My Little Flower Shop/Coachella Valley

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Photo Credit:

Piece of Cake Elopements, LLC

Megan and Mike Vaughn’s Wedding at Smoke Tree Ranch

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Hazel and Evan’s big day!

Hazel + Evan from Redmond Digital Media on Vimeo.

Bridal Show

Bridal Show
Sunday Jan. 18 11:30 – 3:00
JW Marriott – Palm Desert
FREE ADMISSION
760-320-1777

SMILE! And keep your Hollywood kids- I’ll take these girls any day.

You’re never fully dressed without a smile,  and without making your best effort at everything you do.  So maybe you’re not perfect and polished. Maybe you don’t feel like you have your act together. Who cares? You’ll get there. SMILE!

 

Listmania!

Lists are an important part of planning any big project, but the wedding industry has fetishized lists: the checklist is the most used tool in a planners vocabulary to keep things organized and under control.  So here it is – my top five list of tips about lists:

1)   Stay Flexible. Sticking too strictly to a list can derail any good plan.  Allow for some flexibility- don’t make plans/time/life less efficient because of your list.

2)   Stay Realistic.  Nothing feels worse than not accomplishing goals – so when you put too much on one list, you’re shooting yourself in the foot.  If your list is do-able, you’ll get it done and feel great.

3)   Stay Calm.  Sometimes writing down everything you need to do can be overwhelming!  If lists freak you out, try limiting yours to three or five items at a time.  If you’re still panicky, maybe they aren’t the best organizational tool for you.

4)   Stay focused.  Use the list to keep you on task.  Dawdling in front of the candles at the craft store? Check the list.  Where are you supposed to be? Re-orient yourself around the task at hand and get on with your productive day.

5)   Stay happy.  All tough stuff on the list will wear you down.  Make sure you tack on a task or stop that makes you happy! A milkshake, or visit to a favorite local park, make sure to put yourself on the list.  You’re important too!

So there you have it, a list about lists. Ready to make your own? Get going!

 

Be well, and love well.

 

Dinah

Real Weddings! Bright & romantic

These lovely photos by Christina Frary at Matthew David Studios capture some moments at this bright, romantic Palm Springs wedding. We love the loose, wild yet feminine bouquet. Enjoy!

When you don’t want a political party.

Tough political fights are expected this election season. How do you keep them out of the dining room come Thanksgiving? Here are some tips to keep your holiday a non-political party.

  • History repeats itself: Who’s given campaign speeches during appetizers before? Speak frankly about their behavior making family members uncomfortable.  When asked politely, most people’s bad behavior can be cut off at the pass.

    Change the subject - talk abut the floral centerpiece!

    Change the subject – talk abut the floral centerpiece!

  • Set ground rules: We think that everyone knows not to discuss politics and religion at big gatherings. Not so. Take a cue from boxing refs and make an announcement: “I want a good clean dinner! Any partisanship gets you bumped to the kids table!”
  • Shut it down: If someone does spout off, don’t just roll your eyes and go with the flow. Be firm but polite, and change the subject. This is your house.

With these tips, your holiday table can be a politics free zone! Time with family can be stressful, but remember, we also need to be grateful for these folks who drive us crazy- because we also happen to love them very much. Enjoy your family!

Be well and love well.

-Dinah

The wedding problem that’s easy to fix.

On wedding day, you want to be aware of every moment. Like the song says you don’t wanna miss a thing. There’s one distraction that’s super easy to avoid but ensnares many brides. Can you guess what it is?

Hunger.  Yes! Hunger.  Avoiding a heavy meal so you don’t bloat? Yes.  Not having anything to eat?  No. So, have a snack!  We’ve listed some ideas- mix and match! All of the below are easy to keep around while you are getting ready.

–       baby carrotsFlorist-21

–       almonds

–       string cheese

–       apple slices

Go down the aisle happy and fully in the moment, not with your brain looking for the nearest sandwich! Eat up!

 

Be well and love well.

Sad days, but happy memories.

Sending love and happy memories to our dear Gregory, Alan, Molly, Daisy, Lilly & the cats. IMG_3483 IMG_1525Butchie will be missed.