2013: One Last Glimpse

Oh my stars y’all!!!  2013 has finally come to a close. I don’t know where to begin!!  It has been one Heck of a year! If you would’ve asked me what 2013 had in store last year on New Years Eve I would have told you, “I have no idea.”  Literally! I was scared to death!

In December of 2012 I made the decision to pursue my dreams–  I knew that whatever I wanted to happen or dreamed of happening wasn’t going to happen without bathing my dreams and goals in prayer. So, after lots of prayer and multiple conversations with my parents, I quit my full time job at Kim Box Photography,  took a leap of faith and jumped in to Evan & Co. full time. Looking back on that decision I wouldn’t  have changed a thing. I’m so blessed that the Lord has allowed me to do something I’m passionate about and love so much! I can’t put into words how thankful I am for all the experiences, clients and opportunities that were put in front of me in 2013. It really has been the best year of my life.

The quote from Walt Disney is ALL ME. Just ask my family and friends. It’s the perfect representation of 2013.

 

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Ok, you’ve been warned… this post is full of iPhone Pictures (the best camera is always the one you carry with you) and lots of pretty pictures from professionals. Don’t mind the mix!

I started 2013 out right– a ski trip with some of my closest friends. We loaded up the van and headed to West Virginia. I’m not a cold weather fun, but everything is better when you’re with friends, right?  2014-01-02_0003

As if one ski trip wasn’t enough, I hopped on a plane and headed to Colorado for 2 weeks after I arrived back from WV. I LOVE it there. Good food and lots of laughs. 2014-01-02_0004

Late January Aubrie, Kim and I  held the 2nd Annual Souther Bridal Faire. It was Bigger and Better than the previous year. We had over 500 folks come through the doors and over 200 Brides. Never did we think it would be what it is today. Aubrie and I took the stage to welcome the guest and open the show. I LOVE this shot, “I forget to take my gum out”. 2014-01-02_0007

I set up my first EVER bridal show booth. I think it turned out pretty good. Aren’t those calligraphy place cards FANTASTIC?? Poppy Pedals help take my booth to the next level. Of course everything was Yellow! It’s my FAVORITE color! Photos By: Nikki P

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This might have been my BIGGEST moment of 2013– I picked up the keys to my 2,220 square ft office. I felt like a grownup. 2014-01-02_0009

Thankfully I was in my new office just in time to prep for Paul and Stephanie’s wedding. Her bouquet is (I think) my most FAVORITE I’ve created yet. I just LOVE all the bright colors– they pop so well. Photos By: Josh Moates | Kim Box Photography  2014-01-02_0012 2014-01-02_0016

Next up is weekend I’ll NEVER forget. We had 3 weddings. Yes, I said 3!! I thought Sharon (my assistant) was going to kill me We’ve never worked harder. To this day I don’t know why I agreed to it, but I did and We rocked it out!

First on that weekend’s agenda, Ashley and Meghan’s beautiful Friday nuptials. Isn’t she stunning. Her and her family were beyond precious. Such sweet, sweet people and I couldn’t have been more excited to be a part of their day! Photo By: Josh Moates | Kim Box Photography

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My cousin Tyler said I do to his beautiful Bride Penni that weekend too. I LOVED her color combo.So beautiful– lovely shades of purple and pinks. Photo By: Brooke Glassford | Colorbox Photography  2014-01-02_0013 2014-01-02_0015

Lastly we rounded out our busy weekend with a stunning wedding in Selma, Alabama for Peyton and Andy. I just LOVE her. Her wedding was inspired by an antique Wedgwood Box. I’ll be sharing her photos on the blog very soon! Their 1 year anniversary is approaching. Photo by Josh Moates | Kim Box Photography

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One of my most FAVORITE things as a planner and event designer is getting to show the Bride and Groom their reception space before all of the guest arrive. I just love this photo. It’s framed sitting on my book case at the office.

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I styled 2 shoots for the Wedding Edition of RSVP Magazine. 1st up, a feature on honeymoon attire. The call time for this shoot was killer but the private Jet, Prada Sunglasses and Louboutin shoes totally made up for it!

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Also in that same issue of RSVP Magazine my friend Rae and I pulled together this FABULOUS Nautical inspired shoot for a special feature. Isn’t that  J.Crew gown perfection? Gets me every time! Photos By: Aubrie Lemon  2014-01-04_0001

I attended a charity event with the Bill and Giuliana Rancic. I gave her some hair care tips. 😉 I look back at these photos and think, what was I wearing?

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Kimberly and Davis said I-Do in April and her bouquet might be close 2nd for “Favorite bouquet” I’ve created. Isn’t it beautiful? I LOVE that color combo, shades of red, burnt oranges and ivory. Photos By: Faith Burkett | Kim Box Photography  2014-01-04_0002

We had kind of a lull during the month of May but picked right back up in June with Katie and Joe’s beautiful wedding at The Oaks Plantation. I die every time I Look at these images. They are stunning. That butter-y sunlight couldn’t be more gorgeous! Photo By: Josh Moates | Kim Box Photography 2014-01-04_0004 1150812_10200276007054022_138115990_n

June was the a busy month. We knocked out a few weddings and hopped on a plane to Austria. MOST.BEAUTIFUL.PLACE.EVER. I wrote a full post about our trip here. Check it out!  2013-07-26_0009 2013-07-28_0010 2013-08-03_0002

August started with a trip to Orlando for National Fine Arts Festival. While there I had the opportunity to meet one of my Favorite Authors, Mark Batterson. If you haven’t read any of his books do yourself a favor and go pick a few up. I posted a recent review on The Circle Maker here and also his newest book, All In here. While in Orlando, I was honored to receive a national award of merit for photograph I shot while in Guatemala. We even took a field trip to Universal Studios and Island of Adventures. I think I rode the Hulk like 10 times. LOVE that ride.  2014-01-05_0002

My sweet friend over at Hannah Akers Photography enlisted my help to throw a Bridal Shower for her friend Kayleigh. The details were PERFECT. I am obsessed with that floral cake topper and those strawberry baskets we used for the table arrangements. Photo By: Hannah Akers Photography 2013-09-02_0001 2013-09-02_0002

August was a busy, busy month for us. We rounded out the month with 2 weddings. First up, Marcus and Jasmine. I don’t think I could have met anyone sweeter. I wish I had a recording of the phone call between her mother and I after the wedding– So Sweet. It was a pure joy to be a part of their wedding. I can’t wait to update our site with some of their gorgeous photos. Photos By: K. Bryant Images  

2014-01-04_0005 2014-01-04_0009 No only did we get to be a part of Kayleigh’s Bridal Shower, We were a part of the wedding too. She was as sweet as they come. Despite the rain and No Chicken Fingers, her day was PERFECT! Photos By: Hannah Akers Photography 

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September was full speed ahead with 4 HUGE Weddings. My good friend Nick said I-Do to his beautiful bride Elizabeth on a Hot (Like 100 degrees hot) September Saturday afternoon. I just recently posted about their wedding here. Photos By: Josh Moates | Kim Box Photography

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Hevan and Jarrod were up next. It poured and poured rain on the weekend of their Big Day, but I couldn’t have asked for a more understanding and go with the flow bride. She still texts me randomly and tells me how perfect everything was and that she misses her flowers. Photos By: Kim Box | Kim Box Photography

View More: http://kimboxphotography.pass.us/miller Lastly, Alexandra and Ron’s beautiful wedding at Anderson Gail Farms. I LOVED this focal arrangement the most. Why? Because we had something else in mind, but our container broke on the way up, so we had to improvise. It came out 10x better than what I imaged. Photo By: Blue Moon Studios  2014-01-05_0003

October, a month I had been waiting for. We’ve been planning #thechapelmarket for so long and it was finally here. You can read my full post about The Chapel Market here.

2013-10-23_0014 2013-10-23_0007 2013-10-23_0003 My graphic designer Amanda finally walked down the aisle. You can see a FULL post from her and Tj’s Big Day here. Photo By: Nick Drollette View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/claybrook Michael and Elyse’s wedding was picture perfect. Jonathan Kohn captured it beautifully. I don’t want to give away to much, there’s a post coming on Thursday! Get Ready! It’s a stunner! 😉 View More: http://enlove.pass.us/elyse--michael View More: http://enlove.pass.us/elyse--michael April and Corey’s November wedding was totally them 100%. I can’t wait to show off all of the reception photos. The Bride is an avid reader and we incorporated TONS of old vintage books into her table centerpieces. It turned out just lovely and I would be silly if I didn’t mention that bouquet. So happy with the way it turned out too. Aren’t those roses beautiful? Photos By: Shae Owens Photography  2014-01-04_0013 2014-01-04_0012

My family and I took a quick trip to Gatlinburg, TN  for Thanksgiving. So much fun just to get away from the hustle and bustle of work. Despite the faint cell phone service and tiny bed, I made it! Aren’t those iPhone pictures the best? 😉  2014-01-05_0001 I think the BIGGEST honor of 2013 was when I received a phone call about decorating the Governor’s Mansion. I still can’t believe it happened. I posted the entire run down here. Not only was I asked to decorate the Mansion, I also decorated the State Capital. So FUN!! Such a HUGE honor! 2013-11-26_0019 2013-11-26_0012 It’s been 2 years since I met this sweet family and 2013 was the year we kicked our friendship into high gear! So FUN!!  They asked me to snap their picture for their Christmas Cards and of course I couldn’t say no. I wrote an entire post dedicated to #thegodwingang here. 2013-11-26_0002 They were also kind enough to let me into their home and decorate it for the holidays. So happy they LOVED it. If you missed the complete run down on our holiday mantle post, be sure to check it out here Photo By: Nick Drollette   View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/cooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/cooper So excited to be a part of Chris and Michelle’s big day! She wanted everything pretty neutral and romantic. I LOVE how her bouquet turned out. It fit with everything so well. Photo by: Nick Drollette 

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Finally we ended the year with Patrick and Kim. Their Saturday evening December wedding was just lovely. No amount of rain could stop us! I am dying over her Christmas-y bouquet. Oh and let’s talk about her dress… that woven pattern is perfection. She rocked it! Photos by: Brian Moats 

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2014-01-05_0005 We had to get one last Christmas Craft in before the holiday break, so Layla invited me over for an afternoon of crafting. We had a blast! It’s always a treat when I’m with her. She wrote about it over on her blog. Check it out! If you haven’t heard of her, She’s FABULOUS! Subscribe to her blog, NOW!  2014-01-06_0003 I finally got around to mailing my Christmas Cards. After I dropped them off at the post office I went officially went on “vacation”. My family and I had a wonderful Christmas. It’s been a tradition for years… We go to the Movies on Christmas afternoon. This year we saw Saving Mr. Banks. It was STELLAR. Emma Thompson was a pure genius. Oh and the best part about Christmas… I even got a few things off of my Wishlist— My Mom did good! Oh and Lindsey too. Her and Baby J gifted me the book I wanted.

2014-01-06_0001 We ended 2013 with one last celebration…I couldn’t imagine spending New Years Eve with anyone else. We’ve been doing it for years, why stop now? My sister even came down to surprise Hannah. It wouldn’t have been the same without her.

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Thank You! Thank You! Thank You! You guys have made this year what it has been. My heart is so happy and full and wouldn’t wanted 2013 to be any other way. We’re ready to tackle 2014. It’s going to be a wild ride! HOLD ON! 😉

It’s a Giveaway…

If you follow me on any form of Social Media, you’re probably beyond tired of hearing about the Alabama Governor’s Mansion but I can’t help myself.  It’s been such an honor and I ‘m  just so thrilled that I was able to be a part of something spectacular. The Holiday Candlelight tours kicked off last night at the Mansion and I heard there were over quite a few folks that come through. I stopped in about an hour previous to chat with Mrs. Bentley and there were already people lining up outside the gate. It was so fun to see everyone dressed up in their holiday sweaters and boots. I plan on going to do my “official” tour on the 16th of December. What better thing to do than spend a Monday evening with Friends and Family touring the Governor’s Mansion?!?

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(iPhone Photos Left: Heather Hannah, Director of Mansion Operations Right: First Lady Diane Bentley)

In honor of the Christmas Season and having decorated the Mansion, I wanted to do a little giveaway! YUP! I know how you folks LOVE, LOVE, LOVE free stuff. The First Lady was kind enough to sign her Candle, “First Lady”. It’s an natural luxury soy candle and it smells WONDERFUL! (I have one sitting on my desk burning now.). There is also a set of 10 hand drawn notecards, a Cookie Cutter in the shape of the State of Alabama, (PERFECT for all of those Holiday Parties with out of town guests) and 4 tickets to the Monday night Candlelight Tour of your choice.

Entering is simple, just comment this post and we’ll draw a lucky winner on Friday afternoon! Happy Commenting!

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I decorated the Governors Mansion for Christmas.

Y’all! I decorated the Governor’s Mansion for Christmas! I still freak out inside when I think about it.  Talk about a HUGE opportunity.

Back in July Heather Hannah,  (Doesn’t her name sound like a Hollywood A-List Celeb?!) the Director of Operations at the Governor’s Mansion emailed me and asked If I would be interested in decorating the Dinning Room. My response, “Heck Yes! I would LOVE too. I’ll call you in a bit!”   This would be my second trip to the beautiful mansion.

My first visit was a couple of years ago when  Aubrie Lemon and I produced a Great Gatsby themed shoot there. After researching tons of “set” options we weren’t happy with any of them, so I had this CRAZY Idea about shooting at the mansion.  Those columns scream GG, right?  NEVER in a millions years did I think they would agree to it.  I will never forget this shoot!  So much fun!  Remember these?  It was FANTASTIC!  Screen-shot-2012-04-12-at-6.56.26-PM

When it came to deciding on a Christmas theme for the Mansion Dinning Room, I knew I didn’t want to go over the top. 1.) That’s not my style 2.)  I wanted to accent the beauty and history that already existed.  “A Traditional Christmas”  is what we finally settled on– lots of gold, red and touches of textures using burlap and pinecones.

Decorating the Governor’s Mansion is no small task. We used over 300 Ornaments, 1600 Lights, 80 feet of Garland and 50 yards of Ribbon. 2013-11-26_0009

We mixed burlap with red satin ribbon to bring in another texture and an element of trend. I personally LOVE burlap and always have, but with it being one of the biggest wedding trends it can tend to be over done!  One should be careful not to over use  it.

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Decorating Tip: Presents not only add life to the bottom of your tree, but they help hide all of those ugly power cords. Plus, it’s super fun picking out coordinating paper and ribbons!

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There is nothing like decorating for Christmas in shorts, right?  Welcome to Alabama.  I had on a wool peacoat the day before.  BTW, I hate ladders. They make me nervous.  That smile was just for the camera!  2013-11-26_0011

 

The gorgeous Chandelier is from an old hotel in New Orleans. I wanted to rip it out of the ceiling and take it with me. Can’t you see that hanging at a wedding reception?

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There are so many pieces in the dinning that have tons of historical significance. The Coffee Server was purchased for the inaugural Open House in 1951 when the house first became the Governor’s Mansion. The China with the State Coat of Arms was picked out by the previous First Lady, Pasty Riley, during the Riley Administration. The  paintings on the left are of 2 French Explorers who brought the camellias and azaleas over to Alabama.   2013-11-26_0017

The Silver Punch Bowl and Serving Tray on the buffet are from the USS Alabama. They weren’t allowed to have them on board during World War II, so they shipped several pieces to the Governor and various other locations.  2013-11-26_0018

The garland on the Dinning Table might be one of my favorite elements. I’m a sucker for a table “runner”.  Isn’t that table linen FANTASTIC too?  The chairs around the table were hand stitched by the Mountain Brooke Needle Point Society during the 1970’s.  They felt the mansion needed more history, therefore each cushion has a different historical explorer or place stitched on it.  The Governor’s cushion has the State Coat of Arms on it.  He sits at the head of the table in front of the fire place.

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Of course, I couldn’t have pulled it all off without the help of the sweet folks in the photo below.  They were such a blessing, and stuck with me until the very end.  Colby is homeschooled,  so we considered it a “field trip”.  How many kids get to say the hung out at the Governor’s Mansion for the day?!?  I think the coolest thing to him was that the pool in the back yard was in the shape of the State of Alabama.  This day was more than I could have ever imagined,  and I am beyond grateful and humbled for the opportunity. 2013-11-26_0013

I have had many of you guys ask about touring the mansion and YES, YOU CAN!  The Holiday Open House tours will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 2; Monday, December 9; and Monday, December 16.  Tickets for the tours are complimentary and available at the Governor’s Mansion gift shop prior to the tours each day.  The gift shop is located at 30 Finley Avenue, across the street from the side entrance of the mansion. There will be different choirs, refreshments, and special holiday activities each night.

I look forward to seeing you there!  I am not sure yet which Monday I will be getting my “official” tour, but if  you’re touring the mansion be sure to post a picture on IG  or Twitter. Use the hashtag #evanandcompany.  Let’s get Evan & Co trending! 😉

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