Why do I do it?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about why I want to start this business and what I get from it. What is it that drives me? Why am I willing to sacrifice time with my family on the weekends for weddings?

I’m doing it because I believe marriage is important. Bringing two people together and having them make a commitment to each other before God, family and friends is one of the most important things you will do in life. You are vowing to love and honor each other for life; to be faithful, respectful and obedient and to fight for the marriage no matter what hardships you face.

As a couple prepares for marriage, that is what they need to have in mind. They don’t need to be worrying about flower arrangements and table clothes. That is where I come in. Relationships fall apart when you lose sight of what is important. A wedding is a big celebration, marking the beginning of two lives becoming one. I want my brides and grooms to have fun and enjoy their planning process, but to keep sight of what’s important: At the end of the day, you’re husband and wife.

On that note, happy (almost) 20 year anniversary to my parents! I love you both so much.

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Pinterest Comes to Life Open House

I had such a great time at the Pinterest Comes to Life open house at Hunter Valley Farm yesterday! Walking around to each table, you could definitely pick up on some themes for this year:

Textured table runners
Table runners are a great way to add some color and jazz up a table without having to go overboard on other design elements. We loved that sequined table runners and tablecloths are becoming big. Done just the right way, they can add a little character to an elegant affair.

This gold sequined table added a dose of sassiness to this elegant table.

This gold sequined table added a dose of sassiness to this elegant table.

Beautiful textured table runner that adds a little dimension.

Beautiful textured table runner that adds a little dimension.

Marsala
The Pantone color of the year could definitely be seen! One of our favorite tables had a patterned marsala tablecloth and a beautiful centerpiece that was big but not over the top. Small candles hung from the branches in the tall, cylinder vase. It was stunning.

The Pantone color of the year provided a lovely foundation for this beautiful centerpiece complete with small candles hanging from the branches sprouting from the middle of the vase.

The Pantone color of the year provided a lovely foundation for this beautiful centerpiece complete with small candles hanging from the branches sprouting from the middle of the vase.

Flower boxes
This was by far my favorite new design element! Rustic, wooden flower boxes were filled with beautiful, simple arrangements and a array of vases and floating candles. It’s not only perfect for a wedding, but I kind of want one on my dining room table now! Those flower boxes can be painted any color or can be left alone for a slightly more rustic look. My favorite was the antique gray box with a mixture of green, white, purple and coral flowers. I can’t wait to create this look!

One of my favorite centerpieces. A flower box in antique gray filled with flowers and floating candles was all that was needed on this simple table.

One of my favorite centerpieces. A flower box in antique gray filled with flowers and floating candles was all that was needed on this simple table.

A painted wooden box was also used on this elaborate table. The glass pieces was a great break away from the traditional tablecloth.

A painted wooden box was also used on this elaborate table. The glass pieces was a great break away from the traditional tablecloth.

Anything other than traditional flower vases.
Seriously, anything goes.

I loved the rustic feel of this table achieved with using a brightly colored table runner and exposing the wooden table. Again, wooden boxes were the vases for the floral centerpieces.

I loved the rustic feel of this table achieved with using a brightly colored table runner and exposing the wooden table. Again, wooden boxes were the vases for the floral centerpieces.

This was one of the most stunning tables. It had such a earthy feel with the green accents and wood chargers.

This was one of the most stunning tables. It had such a earthy feel with the green accents and wood chargers.

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Another one of my favorites, perfect for an outdoor or barn reception.

Another one of my favorites, perfect for an outdoor or barn reception.

If you're thinking about multiple, smaller cakes instead of one multi-tiered one, this was such a cute idea.

If you’re thinking about multiple, smaller cakes instead of one multi-tiered one, this was such a cute idea.

Stunning cake and display.

Stunning cake and display.

I was also able to try some wonderful food from a variety of different caterers. All Occasion had a delicious slider and potato salad that would be great for an outdoor, summer wedding if you are going for a more relaxed reception. I also tried (and loved) the mini ham biscuits topped with carrot cake jam from Karen’s Katering. It was the perfect balance of sweet and salty. Karen’s also impressed me with their blt pinwheels, cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, and cheesecake pops. I’m looking forward to speaking with them and all the other great vendors I met last night so I can offer my brides the very best.

Thank you for hosting such a wonderful event Hunter Valley! Pin away, brides!

Pantone Color of the Year: Marsala

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Marsala has been named this year’s Pantone Color of the Year, and I’m sure there are quite a few brides who are wondering how they can incorporate this beautiful, rich color into their wedding day. Let’s start with color combinations.

Color combinations

When you first see this color alone, you might think it will only work for a fall wedding, but with just the right combination, you can incorporate it into a spring/summer combo. Paired with a light pink (like Gossimer Pink that’s shown), baby blue, or cream, it would be perfect for a spring wedding. Ooh, and think about how gorgeous it would be with tan and shimmery gold accents for a late summer wedding!

Here are some great ideas for uses. Also keep in mind, they are a great color for bridesmaid dresses.

Marsala tablecloth with beautiful, simple centerpieces.

Marsala tablecloth with beautiful, simple centerpieces.

Antique rose and marsala pairing. Would be perfect for a late summer wedding.

Antique rose and marsala pairing. Would be perfect for a late summer wedding.

Black magic roses.

Black magic roses.

Excited to use this color in 2015!

2015 Goals

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I can’t believe 2015 is here! This is going to be a big year for Z Studio Weddings as this is the year we transition to full-time coordinating! I’ve never been big on making resolutions, so I will call these our goals for 2015.

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Book at least 5 brides for full coordinating services and many more for other services.

Continue to grow Honey Creek Farms and expand services offered to brides there.

Attend one to two bridal shows or networking events.

I’m very excited about the people I’ve been talking to and the plans we have in place. I can’t wait to start spreading the word about Z Studio and all we have to offer. Be looking for some special deals in the upcoming months! Happy New Year!