Dream Big. Pray Harder.

Most of you don’t know but this past year has been a whirlwind of a year for our family. We’ve endured somethings that I never thought we’d have too. But no matter what came our way it wasn’t too big for God. He knew what we needed and when we needed it the most.

“Dream Big. Pray Harder” is my life motto. Since I read the Circle Maker by Mark Batterson, my prayer life has never been the same. “Bold prayers honor God, and God honors bold prayers. God isn’t offended by your biggest dreams or boldest prayers. He is offended by anything less. If your prayers aren’t impossible to you, they are insulting to God. Why? because they don’t require divine intervention.” is one of my favorite quotes from the book. God WANTS us to Dream Big but most importantly he wants us to Pray even Harder.

My Mom is one of the strongest people I know. She’s been through the ringer this year, but she never once stopped Dreaming Big or Praying Hard. When we were younger, Mom quit school and put her career on hold to be a full time mother. She was going to school to be a nurse. I still think that’s hilarious. My Mom, a nurse? HAHAHA  Never in a million years, But it all make sense now… the Lord was preparing her. Preparing her to be help others. Geenks (AKA as Mom) always dreamed of being a teacher. Her heart for helping little ones learn is like nothing I’ve ever seen. She’s traveled the World pouring into the lives of children everywhere.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/chooperchristmas In May of 2016 I am thrilled to announce that she will be graduating with her degree in Elementary eduction from Auburn University Montgomery. As a part of her work study she will be traveling to Costa Rica this summer to help develop an elementary science curriculum related to rain forest ecology. Fancy Huh? Most of you are well aware that traveling isn’t cheap and times can sometimes be tough. I wish I could fund her entire trip, but I can’t. I wanted to surprise her so I came up will a brilliant idea… I know, I’m the worlds BEST son. 2015-12-08_0004 My brilliant idea… the “Dream Big. Pray Harder.” t-shirt.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas All the profits from the sales of these t-shirts will go towards Mom’s trip to Costa Rica. The shirts are $25.00 and include complimentary shipping. Pre-Orders begin TODAY. We will be accepting pre-orders until December 17th. If you are interested in giving one as a gift for Christmas they will be ready and shipped just in time. We are currently working on our e-commerce site and hope to have that ready in the next upcoming week or so. Until then if you are interested in ordering a shirt you can email: evan@evanandcompany.com.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcchristmas  I couldn’t have pulled this surprise project off without the help of the talented team of folks that are behind it. A HUGE thank you to Nick Drollette, Tiffany Taylor and Cameron Norris. We’ve quietly been working on the this for several weeks and I am thrilled it’s finally finished and ready for the world to see.

You’re going to be one heck of a teacher. Those kiddos will be lucky to have you. I LOVE YOU MOM.

#collinsturnsone

Hello World! How’s it been going? I know, I know. I’m a horrible blogger. It’s been a while but things have been going full force around here. Between weddings and events there is no time breath. In honor of my absence I thought you guys deserved to see something  oozed loads and loads of cuteness. Are you ready?!

3 Weeks ago I had the pleasure of planning a 1st Birthday for the most adorable little one year old, Collins Elizabeth. (You Might remember her from this post or this one.) When her Dad text me about planning the party, there was only one response “Of course”. So we sat out for a night of planning all things #collinsturnsone. I will always remember that night, not because KC cooked a delicious meal, or we dreamt up over the top ideas, or Zoe ran to the door screaming “Mr. Evan, Mr. Evan” when I arrived but because the power was out. YUP! We planned a birthday party in the dark with our iPhone Flashlights and mason jar candles. I’m telling you folks I live a glamorous life. 😉 I think the hardest part of the power being out was no wifi, which meant no Pinterest. But as any true professional we pushed through it and created a day that will forever be special. Collins may not remember it now but she’ll smile from ear to ear one day when she looks back on all of the pictures.

Below are a few of those images from the Collins big day. THANK YOU, THANK YOU to Maria of Lola Photography and Portrait Studio  for coming out to document this special occasion for #thegodwingang.

HUGE Shout Out to my extremely talented graphic designer Amanda Claybrook Young for designing these invites. They were perfect! Isn’t latter lettering perfect? My friend Lindsey Ryll lettered the envelope. 2014-03-23_0009 a party guest told me, “it looks like it’s straight off of Pinterest”. That’s a compliment, right? 2014-03-23_0004 Mini milk bottles with stripe straws= Perfection. The doughnut tree is always a fun way to add height to your table. Give it some visual interest so everything is sitting flat on a tray.  2014-03-23_0001 These cookies were just over the top! So perfect and yummy! Thanks to my sweet Instagram follower Lorraine for sending these over.  2014-03-23_0008 2014-03-23_0003 Let’s have a moment of silence for Acres of Hope table. This custom farmhouse table is everything. Perfect for lots of party guest!  2014-03-23_0007 2014-03-23_0012 Another fun piece lettered by my friend Lindsey Ryll. Fun little detail that can also be repurposed and used as art in Collins bedroom. Oh and YES AMERICA, those are carnations. They can be beautiful! I PROMISE!  2014-03-23_0010 2014-03-23_0011 “Now Mr. Evan, do you really think I am going to keep that on my head?”  Cute little party hat just Collin’s size that we created with some scrapbook paper from Hobby Lobby.  2014-03-23_0006 2014-03-23_0005 Now that’s one freakin’ adorable family, right?  2014-03-23_0002 No party is complete without a few iPhone pics, right?!? Here are a few from my #collinsturnsone collection.  2014-03-23_0013 It’s been almost 3 years since I met JW and his family and I am beyond grateful that God has allowed our paths to cross. Thank you for opening your home and inviting me in as family. It’s truly an honor to be a part of such special memories in your family’s life. Oh and I’ll take ya up on that lunch raincheck anyway! 😉

 

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! 😉

#TheGodwinGang

Most of you guys know I used to be a “photographer”. I worked with Kim Box Photography for almost 4 years, traveled to multiple countries shooting documentary photos and shot tons of families so it’s kind of in my blood. It’s honestly been MONTHS since I have picked up my camera. I very rarely shoot, but there’s a few people that can get it out of me and when JW called, I couldn’t say No.

I have NO words to describe how precious this family is.  I met JW and KC several years back. Long story short, we have TONS of mutual friends in common so it was only a matter of time before we actually “met”. After that FB friend request it was Literally a couple of weeks later and we ran into each other at the Home Improvement store.

#Thegodwingang is made up of JW, KC and their 3 beautiful and healthy girls, Olivia Claire, Zoe Grace, and Collins Elizabeth. It is a pure joy to follow their family’s Journey.  You can certainly see the love this family has for each other. When I need a little pick-me-up I head over to Instagram and click #thegodwingang hashtag. It will ALWAYS put a smile on my face. I couldn’t help myself. I pulled a few of my favorites. You guys HAVE TO SEE!

How adorable is that shower cap?!?! One of my ALL TIME Favorites, that nail polish…I laugh EVERY TIME. I could only imagine the reaction they had when they walked into the bathroom. 2013-11-26_0007 Bedtime Stories, Chick Fil A cows, oversized hats and Daddy the hair stylist. It just warms my heart.  2013-11-26_0008

I know, I know I could go on all day with the cuteness, but we’ve gotta get  back to the reason we’re here—Family Pictures.  Like I said above, there are only a few folks that can get me to dust off my camera and I did literally just that when JW called for Christmas Pictures. Below are a few of my favorites from this past weekend.  I can’t wait to get my Christmas Card in the mail. 2013-11-26_0006

I think Daddy is going to have to keep his guard up. This cuteness is going to break a lot of hearts! 2013-11-26_0005

Zoe Grace just brightens up any room she walks into. That smile is infectious.  2013-11-26_0004

Collins Elizabeth is just growing to fast! How adorable are those cheeks?!?! 2013-11-26_0003

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Thank again Godwin’s for letting me be a part of your Holiday Season. I know that your Christmas Card is going to bring a lot of smiles to a lot of faces. Oh and By The Way, these guys just moved into a sweet new house out in the middle of no where! I am heading over next week to work a little Holiday Mantle Action. Stay tuned for a post coming very soon! It’s gonna be RAD. Can’t wait to share with everyone.