The Hunt for a Mantle

I’ve decided it’s time…. way past time. The office needs a makeover.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s “cute” and functional but I don’t get excited when I walk into work everyday. It’s become “blah” to me.

Of course I never like anything I do for my own personal use so I enlisted the help of Brian. He doesn’t have that fancy design degree for nothing. 😉 Not sure he’s ready to take on the challenge (I kind of picky) but….. a new floor, paint, and a few new furniture pieces and we’ll be ready to rock and roll by our Holiday Open House on December 4th (more details coming soon). The first suggestion he offered up was an anchor piece. We mutually agreed upon a mantle. Of course that means a field trip.

We met Brian over at Rescued Relics. For all you locals, it’s downtown off of Madison Ave. They have funky hours so be sure and call before you head over.  2014-11-04_0008 Rescued Relics is part of Old Alabama Town. They go in and pull apart pieces of old abandoned homes and historical homes. There were ton’s of fun little surprises around every corner.  2014-11-04_0006 Meet Roger. He’s one of the many fellas that volunteers his time to run RR on a day to day basics. He’s full of stories.  2014-11-05_0001 Doors, doors, and more doors. Too bad we weren’t in the market for one, there were some stunners there.  2014-11-04_0001 There’s even giant garden scissors of all sorts. 2014-11-04_0007 and antique pie safes with floral print “drapery”.  2014-11-04_0005 Oh and we can’t forget the hundreds of random keys…. 2014-11-05_0006 We came, We conquered. SO EXCITED we left with exactly what we were looking for. Roger even gave us a steal of a deal on that pretty mantle (I think Laura had something to do with that. ;)).  2014-11-04_0009 Next, paint colors. Brian and I were chatting about 10:00pm last night on the phone trying to narrow down our selections. The painter is coming on Friday. I can’t wait to show you guys the finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

Intern Diaries

2014-03-25_0001 When Evan contacted me about his interest in hiring me as an intern, I had no idea what kind of adventures lay ahead of me. Granted, I did plan my own wedding. Almost completely on my own (not to dismiss the huge help my bridal party and family was, THANK YOU GUYS). But, my budget was small– I kept it simple. There was no elaborate lighting and fancy food or huge bouquets, it was very traditional and most importantly budget friendly. I had an idea of the work that goes into a wedding but, I will be honest and say what I experienced during my wedding was nothing in comparison to this past weekend with Evan.

The first realization I had was, there’s no crying in wedding planning… (unless you’re the bride). It takes no prisoners. You’ve got to get it done! No ands, ifs, or buts about it. The bride has entrusted the most important day of her life to you. It’s all in your hands. I thought my job as a server was demanding. Always being on my toes, looking out for someone who needed a refill and dodging small children. In wedding planning, it’s all in the details.

Our 3 day weekend started on Thursday with Flower Prep. Dear Mother of Pearl, flower prep. The two words make me cringe. Buckets and buckets and buckets and buckets of beautiful flowers show up at the doorstep waiting to be clipped, stripped, unbundled, and organized. In my opinion, this was the most taxing task of the weekend. We prepped from 9 AM to 6 PM. Your hands are stained green and you have holes in your fingers from thorns. But, in the end it is somewhat satisfying seeing all of the buckets full and fluffy with the flowers you just spent hours on. And that night I dreamt of dancing roses.

2014-03-26_0001 2014-03-26_0003 2014-03-26_0002 The day before the wedding was bit more fast paced. It began with going out to the venue and meeting the rental company. After you get tables and chairs set up and move them around seven times (hehe love you Evan!), you head back to the venue. More flower prep ensues. Centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, wreaths, focal arrangements and depending on what the bride wants, the list can go on and on. The night ends with making a final check list to make sure we have everything made ready to load the morning of the wedding.  2014-03-26_0006 2014-03-26_0007 (Oh and the only food you might get all day is when you have to stop at a sketchy gas station for some chicken fingers served in a place you would never dream of eating at). 2014-03-26_0004 Wedding day is the really the most exciting day. You see everything come together from what seems like an eternity of planning and organizing. On our end, it’s just another day at the office– loading cars, “Can you go pick this up”, “Don’t forget this”, hotel runs to drop bridal party flowers and then we finally head to the venue. There, we start to put together all the details together and it begins to take shape. Table linens and runners go onto tables, arrangements get final touches, every tea light, candle, and vase has to go out; chair cushions get tied onto the chairs (tedious task, I tell you). When all of this very, very hard work is finished, you get to relax for a few hours. And the caterer even gives you food! After a long day, cheesy potato bake, bacon wrapped chicken skewers, and a big glass of cold sweet tea was pure bliss (the caterer even made us a to-go baggy of the bacon wrapped chicken! And, no, I am not at liberty to discuss how many we ate on the ride home). The real work begins when the bride and groom say their farewell– clean up!! To be quite frank, at that point, you just want to be at home and asleep in your own bed so you just shove everything into the car. 2014-03-26_0008 I say all of this to say, not only is it our job to plan your day, it is also our job to fix your day. Evan says, “Wedding planners are really problem solvers”. Everything isn’t always sunshine and rainbows. Things happen. Vendors are unreliable, people are late, vases shatter in the back of cars, anything can go wrong. It is our job to scoop up the pieces and make the day as perfect as we promised the bride it would be. At any other internship, I would be licking envelopes and being sent to get coffee. With Evan, he gives me responsibility. I’m learning things, and I feel prepared for whatever crazy task he throws at me. I feel so blessed to have been given the opportunity to work with someone so talented. Needless to say, invest in him. He is the best money you could spend on a wedding. He really is remarkable. #doyouwanttotakeaselfie?  2014-03-26_0005