Pizza, Instagram, Comparison and what I’ve learned

This past weekend I packed my bags and went to hang out with my long time friend Brandon and his family—  They live Niceville, Fl.  The change of scenery was just what I needed.  Who knew there was such a place.  Ok, Ok! I know what you’re thinking because I thought it too… “Are the people of Niceville really nice?” I mean, they not mean. LOL

During my 4-day adventure, we spent a lot of time eating— Pizza, Hibachi, seafood, and even Chick Fil A. I’m stuffed thinking about it. By the way, If you’re in the area, you have to try the buffalo chicken pizza from Domonics. SO YUMMY! We even threw in some Alabama football too (he’s a HUGE fan). Y’all know I could care less, but I watched with a smile. You’re welcome, Brandon. But I think what I loved most about my time there was our conversations. It’s always fun to catch up and reminisce on old times, but it’s also fun to meet new people.

Greyson, Brandon and Amy

While in Niceville, almost as soon as I arrived, I met this sweet gal that attends their church. The following day we met again and it was as if we had been friends for years. Ok, not years, but months. Haha. She introduced me to her group of friends, but it was the way she introduced me that made me stop and think. “This is Evan. He has 5,000 followers on Instagram and a Youtube Channel.”  At first I laughed, thought it was comical and cute, but the more I thought about it, I couldn’t help but think, “is this what our world has come too?” Living in what people call the “Millennial Generation (myself included), we too often define our lives by the number of followers we have or the amount of likes we get.

Social Media has created this idea that “it’s okay to pretend to be okay.” We post only the pretty stuff.  The stuff that makes us look good. The stuff that makes people think we’re living a perfect life, but the reality of it is, we aren’t. We’re humans. We struggle. We hurt and most days we don’t have it all together.

As most of you know, over the last few years, I have been through some pretty rough patches in life. I never in a million years thought I would see the day my parents called it quits on their marriage. It hurt and it hurt deep. I’m known as the funny guy, the guy who makes people laugh, the life of the party if you will. It was during the darkest hours of my life, I lied to people. I pretended to happy, but deep inside I was hurting. I needed someone to talk to, but instead, I turned to the internet where I pretended to be ok.

During that time period of my life, one of the most important things I learned was that “Comparison is the Enemy of Self-Worth”. I realized that I was too worried about what others thought of me. I used social media (“Likes” and “Followers”) to validate who I was. I was more focused on my image being tarnished.  I learned the hard way that comparing myself to others and their accomplishments made me feel inferior. I let the disease comparison burry itself in me.  It destroyed who I was— my self-worth and my confidence.

Comparison will eat you alive if you let it, yet so many of us do. We compare our success, talents, job titles, relationships, looks and even our cars and house.  Genesis 1:27 says, “God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”  No one can take this away from us. We were created in the image of God and that alone is something to be proud of. Be who God created you to be.

 

Alabama vs. LSU

As most of you know I went to my VERY FIRST College football game a few weeks back. (Click Here to see previous post) I guess I couldn’t get enough and decided it wasn’t too soon to go again. We didn’t go to just any game, we went to the rivalry game of the year.. AL/LSU. It was CRAZY. Pouring rain and all.

If you’ve every been to an Alabama game at Bryant Denny Stadium you know it’s part tradition to go to the walk of champions. So we started my second adventure in T-Town there. 2015-11-13_0004 Of course you can’t go to a game without tailgating. It might be my new favorite thing. Y’all know I LOVE a good party. Free Food and Drinks. SIGN ME UP. I called one of my Favorite past clients, Mother of the Bride and told her I was in town and wanted to stop by. She treated us right. Thanks Mrs. Donna for having us.  2015-11-13_0005 Obligatory panoramic stadium photo. 2015-11-13_0008 Roll Tide America. I’ve learned all the chants and cheers and I’m a pro at shaking that Shaker.   2015-11-13_0007 Ok. If you personally know this usher, please send him my thanks. His dance skills were impeccable during half time. I think I will forever have that image imbedded in my brain. Andrew kept nudging me throughout the game… “Look the Usher”. His choreographer routine to UpTown Funk was my favorite. #Hilarious  2015-11-13_0009 Number 1, folks. Andrew was like a kid in a candy store after the win. He was hyped up the rest of the evening (his vocal skills on the ride home were on point). Alabama killed LSU. 30-16. Thanks AGB for putting up with my shenanigans. I would’t have wanted to experience the game with anyone else. You da best! #biffles 2015-11-13_0010 You knew it was coming….You asked for it!! Here it is folks. Part 2 of #EGCdoescollegefootball Share, Share, Share. 

Toni Is Sweet 16

Most people think Evan and Company is strictly a “wedding” related business. That’s not at all the case. We do everything from weddings, corporate events and NOW, even Sweet Sixteens. I remember laying in bed one evening watching Criminal Minds (as I do most late nights) and I heard the email alert on my phone go off. Of course, like any good business man, no matter the time,  I opened it within seconds. The email was from Julie Sanders, owner of Glow in Troy. She mentioned that she needed our help desperately planning a Sweet 16 party for her daughter. I emailed her immediately and told her I would call her and chat all the details out. After numerous conversations back and forth on dates, guest list and 324 menu revisions everything started coming together….

Did I mentioned we planned this HUGE shindig in 3 weeks. NO LIE.

Party week finally arrived and our Thursday and Friday started with vendor load at the Emporium and 500 pink roses. Oh and 700 yards of pink ribbon.  2014-10-12_0005 It wouldn’t have been a proper initiation if I hadn’t of dragged our newest (at the time) Evan and Company team along for the crazy ride. I am not sure Brian had a 4am wrap time in his mind. But he’s dang good at retrieving giant balloons from tall ceilings.  2014-10-12_0001 No party is complete without a KILLER invitation suite and Courtnie from Poppy Pedals delivered just that. Pink and gold glitter, every sixteen year girls dream. 2014-10-05_0001 And can we talk about that gold calligraphy on those pink envelopes? OBSESSED!  2014-10-05_0015 While planning #toniissweet16 I called Kim, owner of Kreative Moments with my CRAZY balloon ideas and she brought them to life. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE flowers and we used LOTS of them but I didn’t want Toni’s party to resemble a wedding reception. I wanted it to have the glamorous feel of a reception but an overall fun vibe of a Birthday party and the balloons did just that. Most people think balloons are just on a string that you pick up from a party supply store. NOT. Look at those wraps around the columns… 2014-10-05_0004 2014-10-05_0007 I’m still kind of dying over these centerpieces. They combine two of my FAVORITE THINGS, Balloons and Flowers. What do you think? 2014-10-12_0002 We even carried the balloon theme outside. The entrance was draped with pink fabric and accented with pink and gold balloon columns from Kreative Moments. 2014-10-05_0005 Didn’t your Sweet 16 party have a pink carpet too?  2014-10-05_0016 2014-10-05_0002 Honestly, this was my FAVORITE part of Toni’s party… I think Brian and I ate a combined total of 7 popsicles during a 3 hour period. If you haven’t heard of 80 Pops in Birmingham you need to know about them. The lemonade pop is TO.DIE.FOR. 2014-10-05_0012 2014-10-05_0003 2014-10-05_0017 The folks at Jennie Weller Catering always have topnotch presentation and with the addition of a custom menu chalkboard from Poppy Pedals, it’s every event planners dream. Oh the buffalo pizza was delicious by the way. 2014-10-05_0010 Can’t have a party without a cake, right? a few flowers never hurt anyone. 2014-10-05_0013 We ended the night with a 600 piece balloon drop. I was chatting with Julie earlier in the week and we decide to add this like 3 days before the party. Kim was on top of it and made it happen. SO, SO Fun!  2014-10-05_0006 The hours and hours of hard work paid off when Toni came up to me at the end of the night and said, “Thank You so much for my party. We had a blast” 2014-10-12_0003  Though I dreamed up an over the top celebration, I couldn’t have done it without an INCREDIBLE team of Vendors.

Balloons: Kreative Moments | Rentals: Brendle Rentals | Venue: The Emporium | Lighting:  Special Event Lighting | Invitation/ Paper Products: PoppyPedals | Popsicles: 80 Pops | Photography: Saxon McClamma Catering: Jennie Weller Catering | Cake: Ligers Bakery | PhotoBooth: Birmingham Photobooths | Entertainment: DJ Porta Party!!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE working with these vendors and couldn’t imagine it any other way. In ways we’ve become family working with each other weekend after weekend, but the real goes out to my team Sharon, Laura and Brian. I feel like I drive it into the ground weekend after weekend, but I couldn’t do what I do without them. They make me look good. It’s really all them. My name is just on the t-shirt. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Love You Guys! Thanks again Julie and Toni for allowing me to be a part of such a exciting moment in your life.

Labor Day + #makeittwochurch = exhausted EGC

The last few years my Labor day weekend has looked a little like this: 2014-09-03_0002

This year, it had a slightly different look…  2014-09-03_0004 Yup! You guessed it, a wedding! If you follow me on Social Media, you are probably aware that this past weekend was a BIG one, 400 of my closets friends big to be exact. It was such a honor and a privilege to plan Kelsey and Kyle’s special day. We worked our tails off and couldn’t be happier with the end results. Here is a little run down of our weekend caught through the eyes of the iPhone. Enjoy America!

#Makeittwochurch was the VERY FIRST reception to take place in Montgomery’s newest wedding venue, “The Warehouse at Alley Station”. My, my, my is it a beauty. 35ft Ceilings, beautiful exposed brick and original wall panelings… it doesn’t get much better than that. Our day started with a few hiccups, but it wasn’t anything a few phone calls and Dreamland BBQ couldn’t fix.  2014-09-03_0003 As much as I wanted a nap after my BBQ and Diet Coke it was go time now. The girls are finishing up the flowers at the office and Brian and I headed to the warehouse with LOTS AND LOTS of flowers in tow. 2014-09-03_0011  It was time get started tying 4,587,487 chair sashes. Ok, it wasn’t really that many but it sure felt like it. He tried so hard, really he did. Sharon still reigns as the “Bow Hoe”  title holder, though! 2014-09-03_0005

I seriously couldn’t do what I do without a kick butt team. They are THE BEST, and I am so thankful that I get work and laugh along side some crazy talented folks. They make me look good, really good! LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Oh, we missed you this weekend Sharon!  2014-09-03_0006 and every successful team takes group selfies, right?  2014-09-03_0007 Thousands of flowers later, long hours and an incredible team of vendors we pulled it off. I think we did a pretty bang up job considering the timelines and deadlines we were working with. Those farmhouse table garlands, might be my favorite, what do you think? 2014-09-03_0008 It’s pretty safe to say I had one happy bride on my hands. Let’s do it again, ok Kels?  2014-09-03_0010 Cake, Popsicles and a vintage car…. YES, YES, YES!!!! Don’t tell Mr. Eddie, but I had 4 popsicles. 😉 2014-09-03_0009 And of course we can’t forget my most favorite part of the night, THE PHOTO BOOTH!!!! I am a photo booth hoe, don’t tell my mother I said that!  2014-09-03_0001 All in all, it was an incredible night/weekend and I am so humbled and honored to have been a part of such a special day for Kyle and Kelsey as they start their new journey together! Thanks again to the Welch’s, Team Evan and Company LOVES YOU!