Penny's Passion: 2018

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dayna and Aaron Got Married!

The last few weeks have been a total whirlwind with vacation, work and a wedding, but things are finally settling down a bit and I'm ready to start sharing all my adventures with you.  Today I want to show you some of the highlights from Dayna and Aaron's wedding.

First, I just have to say that helping with weddings is something that truly fills my cup.  What I mean by that is I always view my life as a cup.  Sometimes my cup is very, very full and sometimes the cup has a huge hole in it and becomes completely drained.  Well, helping with a wedding usually fills my cup to the brim with joy and happiness.  The wedding I helped with last weekend did just that!

Dayna and Aaron (the bride and groom) first met with me about 8 months ago.  Aaron is the son of my sorority pledge mom and she introduced us.  They had already chose a venue and caterer, but everything else was still up for discussion.  I asked Dayna to pin some things she liked so I could start getting an idea of what her dream wedding would look like.  Through this process, I learned that her favorite color was green and she wanted things to be very natural looking.  I also knew they wanted their wedding to be fun for the guests and have a few elements that were not necessarily traditional.

The location of the wedding and reception was Silver Oaks Chateau.  Talk about a fabulous venue -- OH.MY.GOODNESS!  This place is gorgeous and I was so excited to get to do a wedding there.  Dayna and Aaron also took my advice and used two of my all time favorite vendors - Carol Genteman Floral Designs for the flowers and Turner Creative Photography as their photographer.  The dream team was assembled and we got to work.  The end result was breathtaking!  If you are looking for a florist or photographer, I can't recommend these two highly enough.

Rounding out the crew were my friends, TW and Linda, and my husband, Eric.  Big shout out to Linda and TW - they were helping me out of the goodness of their hearts.  Eric was too, but he has to live with me so he kind of didn't really have a choice.  The three of them helped keep me sane and focused.

Now let me share some pictures from the day ~

Dayna made a gorgeous bride!  And believe me, she is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the out.  She was magnificent to work with from start to finish.

The wedding was held outside in front of a grand stone fireplace.  Eight months ago when we first started talking about the venue, we were thinking the wedding would be on a nice, cool day and we might even have a fire in the fireplace during the ceremony.  In reality, the temperature was in the 90s and the last thing we needed was additional heat from a fire!  Regardless, the fireplace served as a beautiful backdrop.  And the day was sunny with no rain so it was definitely a win in my book!

Guests were directed to seat themselves.  At each chair, a program, bottle of water and tube of bubbles waited.

When the reception began, guests were directed to their table by the escort cards they picked up upon entering.  I've used this concept at several of the weddings I've coordinated and it always works well.

The tables were adorned with a lantern perched on top of a wood slice surrounded by eucalyptus.  My dad cut all the wood slices for me and they were perfect!  We had made the table numbers to match the escort cards, place cards and menus.


The newlyweds sat at a sweetheart table and were able to be seen by all the guests.  I love when the bride and groom are visible!

A menu was placed on the charger so guests knew what to expect at the three food stations placed around the room.  Ces & Judy's catered and their food was amazing!

In place of a traditional wedding cake, the couple chose to serve their guests bundtinis in four difference flavors from Nothing Bundt Cakes.  Everyone raved about the dessert choice!  Dayna and Aaron had small cakes to cut and serve each other.  Dayna loves Harry Potter and Aaron is a huge Chiefs fan (can you tell).

The night was capped off with lots and lots of dancing.  I think it's safe to say that everyone had the time of their lives and Dayna and Aaron had the wedding they dreamed of!

I'm sure today won't be the last time I share things about this wedding -- there were far too many fascinating elements to put them all in one post.  If you missed the post on their hotel welcome bags, you can catch it HERE.

Congratulations to Dayna and Aaron.  Thank you for letting me be a part of your amazing wedding!  I'll leave you with a couple sneak peek pictures from Erica, the photographer ~

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - September 19, 2018

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Five on Friday - September 14, 2018

Let's hear it for Friday!  I'm taking a vacation day today to get ready for a wedding I'm helping with this weekend.  My friends, Linda and TW, are rolling in this morning and we'll be working our magic through the weekend.  If you missed my post yesterday (HERE), you'll have to check out the wedding welcome bags already at the hotel waiting for the guest to arrive.  Before we begin, I want to share my five for this Friday with you ~

1.  Letter Board Words
I love my letter board and I'm going to love it even more with these colorful words in script from Home.  Several packages with various words are available to make your message stand out.  I've linked some of them below and there are even more to choice from on Amazon.  Which one is your favorite?  The fall collection is top on my list!
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2.  Can Gun 1
Eric majorly came to my rescue this week. I was in the garage working on some wedding projects (you can see one of them HERE), and my finger tip was literally stuck to the nozzle on the spray glue can I was using. If you've not had this happen to you, just know that it's quite painful when you have to rip your finger off to free it! He took pity on me and attached this little gadget. Saved my fingerprints!! Guys, I will never use another spray can without one of these attached. It will be a forever must have in our household. It made the can super easy to grip and spray.  Need some? Click HERE to purchase.

3.  Unbroken - Path to Redemption
True story movies always get me. The previews of this one, Unbroken - Path to Redemption, look great. Definitely going on my movies I want to see list. Here's the synopsis from Fandango: "When the war ended, his battle began. Based on Laura Hillenbrand's bestselling book, UNBROKEN: PATH TO REDEMPTION begins where Unbroken ends, sharing the next amazing chapter of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini's powerful true story of forgiveness, redemption, and amazing grace."

4.  Maggift 8 Piece Solar LED Garden Lights
It's with sadness that I've realized the light of day is getting shorter.  As much as I love fall, I do hate the fact that the sun sets earlier and darkness is longer.  These lights could really brighten a darkened pathway.  I just love the pattern they reflect!  They are solar powered so no electricity needs to be ran to install them.  Just push them in the ground, turn them on and you are ready to light up your life.  Need some?  Click HERE to purchase.

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Now I'm going to get busy cutting and gluing and making magic happen over here.  You'll be seeing the results in a future post!  Hope your weekend is full of fun too!

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thinking Out Loud Thursday - September 13, 2018

Well hello Thursday!  And welcome to Thinking Out Loud.  This week has truly been a blur for me.  From the moment the wheels of the plane hit the ground from our vacation in Italy, I've been entrenched in work and wedding preparations.  Not that I'm complaining because I sincerely love both things, but come next Monday I might just melt into a puddle and need a few days to recover!

A fun little side hobby of mine is helping brides and grooms make their wedding dreams come true.  I've been working with the most lovely couple - Dayna and Aaron - for several months and their big day is this Sunday!  Things are coming together so beautifully and today I'm thinking out loud about the welcome bag their hotel guests will be receiving.

Who doesn't love a little surprise when you check in a hotel?  It sends a heartfelt message to the guests that the bride and groom appreciate them coming to share in the celebration of their wedding.

Let me share what Dayna and Aaron's guests will be receiving ~

Welcome Letter
If you're anything like me, half the time I forgot the invitation at home and then have to cross my fingers that I've remembered the wedding time correctly.  With the welcome letter, all the important details are outlined and you won't be walking in the wedding when it's half over because you didn't exactly remember the correct start time.

Door Hangar
Don't want to be disturbed the morning after the wedding?  Just hang the personalized door hangar on the door to let everyone know how much fun you had the night before!

Personalized Water Bottles
A couple extra water bottles are always great to have around.  If you don't drink them in the hotel, they can be used when you hit the road for your journey back home.

Oops - For Life's Little Emergencies
Contents include a Shout Wipe, bandages, individual Wet Wipe packet, alcohol wipes, Tylenol and a pack of tissues.  I'd throw those tissues straight in my purse because weddings always make me cry!

Just in case the munchies strike, peek in the bag for some snacks!  In the case of Dayna and Aaron, their guests will be getting pretzels, cookies, popcorn, gum and laffy taffy.

Special shout out to Heather at The Papered Wedding.  I was running short on time and purchased a few of her printable items on Etsy to complete the look for these bags.  She was very responsive in answering questions and I received the files super fast.  If you're looking for a quick design to print, check out her Etsy shop.

Now I need to get busy thinking about the rest of the wedding details.  Sunday will be here before I know it.  Thank goodness a couple of my friends are coming into town tomorrow to help wrap up all the last minute things and assist in the set up for the wedding!

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop - September 12, 2018

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