Oh, hey there! It's just me, standing in front of the Eiffel Tower, casually looking off into the distance 😏 isn't this what everyone looks like on a daily basis?! HA!⠀ ⠀ While most days you'll find me tucked behind my computer, answering emails in an old sweatshirt with the sweetest pup at my feet, occasionally you'll find me galavanting around the globe 🌍 it's what I like to call balance 😉⠀ ⠀ When I look back on my life, I want to know that I reached as many corners of this world as I could. I want to know that I tried to experience as many new and different things as I could. And I sure as heck want to know that I saw some truly amazing sights along the way 🌟 ⠀ ⠀ I know traveling isn't for everyone, but it sure does set a fire in my soul. Anyone else? If not, what's the "thing" that lights you up?⠀ ⠀ photo // @celine_chhuon_photography
more from my office holiday luncheon at @thecarolinainn. every year, i look forward to the beautiful displays highlighting the “12 days of christmas.” my favorite display is :: TWOOOO TURTLE DOVES :: because the doves in the display are real! 🕊
yesterday was my office’s holiday luncheon and we had a BLAST at @thecarolinainn. i love the inn this time of year because of the stunning holiday decor and delicious smells throughout. our brunch-themed menu consisted of: breakfast breads, pastries, and muffins, seasonal fruit, chive & cheddar scrambled eggs, homestyle cheese grits, applewood smoked bacon, turkey sausage, tomato basil soup, mixed greens salad with assorted dressings, roasted vegetable & orzo salad, buttermilk fried chicken, regional vegetable medley, whipped potatoes with sausage gravy, warm rolls & butter, dessert tables of seasonal cakes and pastries (like raspberry truffles, eggnog tartlets, gingerbread cake, & chocolate layered cake) + freshly brewed coffee, tea, and assorted juices. it felt just like christmas morning!
When I'm meeting with a couple to discuss design, there's always one question that gets me a few funny looks. Not because of the question itself, but because it seems a little out of place when it comes to design... which is probably why it's my favorite question to ask 🤷🏻♀️⠀ ⠀ So I looked at them and asked, "When you're 80 and you look back on your life, what do you want to remember? What kind of legacy do you want to build along the way?"⠀ ⠀ They looked back at me, clearly a little thrown off guard, and then at each other.. and then I saw a soft smile spread on both of their faces. She slowly started to answer for the two of them as she said, "well, I think we would both like to look back and know that we always made each other, and our friends and family, our top priority. And that we had a ton of fun and didn't take life too seriously. I hope that we've made an impact on others, and that we made every moment count."⠀ ⠀ Now that? That is something I can design an event around. When you know the w h y, it makes the details come together effortlessly.⠀ ⠀ photo // @austynelizabeth ⠀ location // @biddle_ranch_vineyard ⠀ rentals // @avenuetwelverentals ⠀ florals // @bellabloomevents
“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.” // Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic⠀ ⠀ You were destined for greatness, but that doesn't mean it will come easily. Dig in and do the work, and I promise you'll hit gold. There is magic in each of us, you just have to mine through the junk to get to it. But, chip away at those layers bit by bit and that's where you'll find the good stuff, my friend.⠀ ⠀ What are you doing today to get a little closer to your goals? To your dreams? To your magical unicorn self? 🦄 😉 You'll find me spending some time sketching and designing, but just for fun, for growth, and for me - not for a specific project or goal. I'll probably top it all off with a pair of fuzzy socks and a cup of hot tea 🙌🏼⠀ ⠀ 📷 // @austynelizabeth
gas*tron*o*my: the practice or art of choosing, cooking, and eating good food.⠀ ⠀ When a couple mentions that they want to create a truly custom menu, I immediately know that we are going to be a match made in wedding-planning-heaven 😉⠀ ⠀ I'm all about the experience when planning an event. You may not remember the exact linens you used, or the specific florals in your centerpieces, but you'll sure as heck remember exactly how you felt when you saw it all come together. The same is even more true when it comes to food - create an experience for your guests and they will never ever forget it.⠀ ⠀ I'm working on some really fun and exciting menus for some 2018 weddings (not just food, drinks, too!). One of my personal favs? When a couple has lived in a combination of PA, KY, TX, and NC and you decide to serve a little somethin' somethin' from each state.. stay tuned for the deliciousness that is to come 😏⠀ ⠀ photo // @austynelizabeth ⠀ florals // @bellabloomevents ⠀ dress // @somethingbridalslo ⠀ drinks // @saudemobilebarslo
Even though I'm on the other side of the country, my heart has been heavy the last few days with California on my mind. This year has seen more than its fair share of rough seasons. With the holidays approaching, let's continue to spread love & joy, lend a helping hand to those in need, and strive to have a little more patience and understanding.⠀ ⠀ Let's also never forget that everything can change in an instant, and, for many people this year, that's exactly what has happened. Here's to the good memories, that will hopefully carry us through the not so good times ❤️⠀ ⠀ photo // @austynelizabeth ⠀ location // @biddle_ranch_vineyard