Bridal Show Vendor View

Fall is on the horizon, which brings many great vibes (and events, naturally) in our industry. One of these is the Fall Bridal Show and Benefit, hosted by the Brazos Valley Bridal Association http://www.babv.org/. The Bridal Show for us is more than just meeting potential clients and expanding our current business. Yes, we are excited about reaching out to all the brides that are coming and talking about each amazing wedding, but we’ll blog about that another day.

Everyone knows one of our true passions is design. During each Bridal Show we are able to go back to our roots and work on that design front, not for ourselves, but for the vendors that pour their hearts and souls into their businesses who we want to see shine! This is their time to “speed date” these potential brides and catch their attention in those first few moments that these brides set eyes on their booth.

There are a few key elements that we always try to bring up in our meetings that some may or may not have thought about:

  • Who are you. Okay, yes, most know this answer, but you would be surprised at how many vendors don’t have appropriate signage, or don’t know how to display the signage at the show. Make sure you have your signage displayed in a way that is easily seen in your booth and is consistent with your branding.
  • What do you do. This goes into the service category. What do you provide, and how can you best portray that to the shopping customer? Going further into that, what inside of your category do you do best. This is where we try to talk a little more with our clients and dig deeper. It’s hard to talk about yourself sometimes, so as a third party, we can give the “you are best at this” or “you are known for this” advice, and really try to focus on that.
  • What is your brand. Stay within your brand as much as possible so that it keeps you identifiable. This is your color, your feel, your logo, your font, your mission statement. Don’t try to change things up too much where people forget who you are, keep yourself strong.
  • Bring your big guns. There is always someone on your team who is the easy talker, the identifier, the seller. Make sure they are available for bridal show and prep together in what the game plan is for the show. It’s okay to plan your outfits, but don’t overthink it too much. You want to look coordinated, not like twins.
  • Have a WOW. Make sure as you plan your booth you have in mind what your WOW factor is to draw guests in. Is it your display, is it your colors, is it additional lights, is it a new product or design you’re showcasing, is a new addition to your venue, is it a signature drink or the delicious food you serve?

We are passionate about design in the aspects of our clients and vendors so much, that each year we want make sure our vendors are showcasing themselves in an improved way than even the year before. We love adding that little element of surprise, that makes our vendors feel proud of their booths and makes the excitement rise for them and the brides. In order to make sure that everyone gets “booth experience” that they deserve, since we opened, we have always offered $10 ANY linen, NO design fees, 1/2 price or LESS on decor/bulk items, and INCREDIBLY low delivery and full set up in booths for all vendors. This allows vendors to talk through their booths, give us their ideas, go through a sketch of what they want, hand things over to us, and show up on the Bridal Show day to a booth that is ready to go. Not to mention, walk away at the end of the show for us to take down and take away the items!

For a “vendor brag”, here are some of our amazing friends and what they’ve done over the years, and what to look for this year.

7D Ranch http://www.7dranchtexas.com/  Check out this ranch venue that offers so much more than just event space!

7F Lodge http://www.7flodge.com/ 7F Lodge is one who took booth design to the next level last year with a to scale replica of their wedding chapel! We can’t wait to see it in action again.

Admiral Catering http://www.admiralcatering.com/ Admiral Catering offers a variety of menu and bar options, and can even host private parties inside their private banquet room at Amico Nave.

D’Vine Cuisine http://www.dvinecuisine.com/#cateringandeventspace Billy and Kantessa Castillo, a husband and wife team, have brought a new meaning to a culinary experience. With Billy working as the Chef and Kantessa maintaining the details, they have every situation covered from their 300 person plated dinner to their intimate supper clubs in their Downtown Bryan location.

Fancy Flushes https://www.fancyflushes.com/ When planning an event outdoors, or at a venue with limited restroom facilities, Fancy Flushes is where you need to turn! These air conditioned, outfitted restroom trailers will have all of our guests comfortable.

Hilton College Station http://www.guestreservations.com/hilton-college-station-conference-center/booking The Hilton College Station has so much to offer, and is currently undergoing renovations that are amazing. The lobby has been completed and is like walking into a resort! They have guest room accommodations, ballroom and banquet spaces for up to 500, and full catering bar for on and offsite services.

Inn at Quarry Ridge http://innatquarryridge.com/ An event gem who has big things in the works. This is the perfect location to house your bridal party, relax over the weekend and walk straight out into your ceremony and reception, all on the same grounds. You are close enough for all of the conveniences located within Bryan, College Station, but get to enjoy the tranquility of the country.

Luke’s Bartending http://bcsbartenders.com/ Luke’s Bartending can handle all of the alcohol needs for your event no matter what the size. Delivering alcohol and mixers, cups or glasses, ice and garnishes, making sure you have the correct servings, and sending your bartending staff for the evening. They specialize in all alcohol needs!

Royalty Pecan Farms https://royaltypecans.com/ Royalty Pecan Farms is a true working Pecan Farm that can also be host to your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony and/or reception. With a view of the orchard and aromas of flavored pecans, your guests are in for added treats!

San Angel Photography & Videography http://www.sanangelphoto.com/ Working with Maryann and Miguel is like working with life long friends. Not only is their work fresh and vibrant, but their personalities make you feel like you’ve known them forever. If you’ve ever taken photos with someone who makes you naturally laugh, you know how important that is!

Sandee’s Sweets http://www.sandeessweets.com/ Cream Cheese Frosting. Do I need to say more? Okay, of course you need to try for yourself, but Sandee finishes her cakes with cream cheese frosting, which makes them not only gorgeous and perfectly decorated, but heavenly to eat.

Susan’s Ballroom Dance http://www.susansballroomdance.com/ If you’ve ever dreamed of having the prefect first dance, Susan is your woman to see. I often think she and her students are walking on air because they have perfected the art of dance in such a manner!

Wonderfully Wed https://www.wonderfullywed.com/ Erin Joyner has been a coordinator in the area for 13 years, and knows what works logistically, style-wise, and in what venues. Her sweet demeanor is comforting from the very first meeting!

Postoak Florist http://www.postoakflorist.com/?srccode=PS_OSM&_vsrefdom=p.4546 Fresh flowers, vibrant colors, and the look that fits your style are all points that cover Postoak Florist. During your consultation Debbie will make sure that she gets a feel for your style, location, time, colors, and full wedding needs before jumping into costs.

If you’re a bride, get your tickets. If you’re a vendor still deciding what to do for your booth, come see us. We are still meeting with several this week and we can’t wait to see everything come together! See everyone Sunday, September 17th at the Brazos County Expo from 12pm-4pm.

xoxo

 

Ashley & Co.

Stephanie Martinez || Wedding Planner

Today is the day that our Stephanie walks the stage and becomes an official graduate of Texas A&M University. Whoop! We couldn’t be more proud of her. We are proud of what she has accomplished, proud to have shared the last two years of this journey with her, and proud to say that she is now a full time part of our team.

Stephanie started her tenure with Ashley & Co. in May of 2015 as an intern. It was only a few short weeks into her time working with us that we saw great potential in this small fire-ball. She came from a background in retail, which gave her the confidence to quickly pick up design meetings with clients, be comfortable working the long hours that are required on event days, and understand the importance of “professional but functional attire”. It wasn’t long before she was moved into an office assistant position, which gave her more flexibility to learn our computer systems, see more event time and truly learn our operating processes front and back.

When we as a team were faced with filling a coordination position in the summer of 2016, we looked outside of the office with a few interviews and then realized our answer was truly staring us in the face. Stephanie Martinez had been grooming and preparing for the position, and was the perfect fit. We are a very close team, we spend more time together than your average team, and are often faced with high stress situations for periods of time that truly just bring us closer together. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Or at least gives you some good laughs! We’ve covered that pretty clearly. Stephanie is our cheerleader. She is the ray of sunshine every single day in the office that makes everyone laugh, brings new perspective to each situation, and shines bright on our lives.

To welcome Stephanie, we would like to share ten things about her that make her unique, make us love her, and that you may not know about her.

  • She has an obsession with elephants! At one point she wanted to redecorate her entire room using elephants as her main focus.
  • She could eat Raising Cane’s Chicken every single day. In fact, we are pretty sure there was one week this summer that she had it four times (that we know of!).
  • Her alcoholic beverage of choice is a Long Island Ice Tea.
  • Her non-alcoholic beverage of choice is Sweet Tea.
  • She got a new car in July, and her favorite thing about it is that is has working A/C! She really loves more than that about it, but she drove her last car for almost a year with a broken air conditioner, so she really appreciates the cool air in her face!
  • She keeps more snacks on hand than a toddler. Her desk drawers seriously look like the shelves of HEB.
  • She has a strong love for the sport of soccer. If there is a soccer game on a TV in a restaurant, she will make sure that you find a table where she has good visual contact with the game.
  • She once walked into the office and announced proudly that “there was a Salem, Massachusetts.” She thought that the Salem Witch Trials had taken place in Salem, Oregon.
  • She cracked her IPhone screen terribly and was able to function with it like that for close to a year, keeping all pieces in tact.
  • She always puts others before herself. She is absolutely the most compassionate, selfless person on our team.

Stephanie, enjoy this day and soak up every moment. Take in your family and friends. Look around you and remember those with you. Be proud of yourself and all of your hard work.

xoxo

 

 

Work Portfolios || style check

As coordinators we often get the request from clients to view a portfolio of previous work so that they can see our style. This has sparked the same conversation with several clients recently, as well as brought up the matter of dividing our work into different folders under the coordinator who was on the job. Having our work divided by coordinator does allow our diversity to show; by venue, by client, by style, by color, by every little detail that creates the overall feel. However, when we are planning and designing with a client the design process and end product that is created is not about us a coordinator or a team, not about our style, not about what we like; it is about the client.

It is our job, to create the vision that someone brings to us. It is a process of starting with a conversation of style and colors. Then proceeds to a sharing of the wedding Pinterest board, which leads to picking through the Pinterest board, only to create a final design board to encompass the key elements to be used to make the event come to life. There is such a feeling of joy when you walk into a room with a client to and they are overwhelmed with the product. When it exceeds all expectations. When they are in awe of the details. When they realize, this was exactly what they had in their head, and whether they really knew how to verbalize it or not, it became a reality.

Each one of us on our team has a very distinct personal style, which I have always felt is important not only to design events, but to be a coordinator as well. I often referred to coordinators being similar to personal stylists. You wouldn’t let someone dress and style you who couldn’t dress and style themselves, right? When a client begins a search for a coordinator and or designer for an event of any type, they should be searching for someone who listens, who can put together the details that they are given, who can pull out interesting facts and spotlight them during the event, who has a calming aura, who can prove that they understand and can execute the given style, and works directly for the client to make their event day enjoyable throughout.

Here are our coordinators, their personal style, and a “mini portfolio”, if you will, to help demonstrate how passionate they are about creating a vision for the clients that they love.

 

Kelly Nail.  “I’m a bit of a hodgepodge (don’t ask me how to spell that word) when it comes to my personal design style. I love western accents (fringe, leather, cowhide, antique bronze accents) paired with just a touch of modern flare. I love taking something that’s a bit more rugged and tossing in a few really structured/tailored pieces that really stand out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 Stephanie Martinez. “My personal design style is definitely boho! I love Aztec and tribal prints along with fun colors such as turquoise, lime green, orange and yellow. You will most likely find me wearing a dress, cardigan and wedges of some sort!”

 

 

 

 

Ashley Sanders. “Old world Spanish meets Mexico beaches would probably be the best combination of my personal space design style. I’m drawn to large statement pieces, mirrors, silver, rock, crystal, dark woods and anything that has interest. I am not a symmetrical person, but I am a person who creates patterns.” 

 

 

 

 

Lauren & Ricky || july 30, 2016

Lauren and Ricky…possibly full of the most wonderful energy ever. These two knew what they wanted from the very beginning and went for it, every step of the way. They planned as a team and on the wedding day you could tell that what was most important to them was that they got to marry their best friend and share their energy with a room full of their best friends!

They had a set wedding date, and being aware of the Texas heat they both knew it was important to protect themselves and their guests from that by providing indoor options for both ceremony and reception. After viewing venues and weighing out the options, the decided what worked best for them was ceremony and reception both in the same room at Pebble Creek Country Club with a fully experienced flip crew to transform the room while their guests enjoyed cocktails in the Empire Room.

Lauren had a very soft, romantic style and wanted to add a touch of draping behind them in the ceremony that would transfer to the cake tables after the ceremony. Their colors were ivory, pinks and a touch of burgundy to pay tribute to their Aggie roots, naturally. The majority of their night was spent on the dance floor with the rest of their guests celebrating, laughing and partying. It was everything they had planned for.

Looking back through your pictures makes us so happy! You both are pure happiness and in exactly one month, it will be ONE YEAR for you! Love and hugs to you always.

 

 

 

 

 

 

xoxo

{coordination + rentals} Kelly Nail || Ashley & Co. http://ashleyandcompany.com/
{venue} Pebble Creek Country Club http://www.pebblecreek.cc/
{photographer} Crystal Littrell Photography http://www.crystallittrell.com/
{catering + bar} Pebble Creek Country Club http://www.pebblecreek.cc/
{baker} Cakes by Blondie https://www.facebook.com/Cakes-by-Blondie-118078168342433/
{florist} Postoak Florist http://www.postoakflorist.com
{ceremony + reception music} Travis Rollins || Downtown Event Services http://www.downtowneventservicesllc.com/
{beauty} Holly Hodges || North Salon http://northhairdesign.com/

 

 

 

this day’s for you, Dad

This weekend is about celebrating the dads in our lives. I feel like we say this a lot, but we have some really solid fathers role models in our lives who raised all of us to be hard working, respectful, mindful, loving, faithful and grateful people. And then as a bonus, we get to watch so many other fathers play a part in their little girl’s wedding day. Some are the check writers, some are the emotional supporters, some are the comedic relief, and some are even emotional themselves as they hand their daughter off to her husband to be.

Some dads don’t have much to say, the strong silent type, while others are natural entertainers, but Dad is always a symbol of home and family. I think no matter what age you are, Dad will always represent protection, safety, and comfort. Here are a few things that we think Dad has gotten down pretty much to a T.

Builder. What can Dad not build? I’m not sure about a Dad in your life, but those in our lives have the building thing DOWN! Wood, metal, Legos, Lincoln Logs, whatever the material may be, they have that vision and will see that project through!

Joker. Dad definitely teases the most, pulls the most pranks, and eventually will try to embarrass the most. Just to mention a few that we always laugh about…a snake in the hunting cabin, “Momma went to Mexico”, Halloween wrapping, and the dad picking his 8th grader up in his Speedo (find this video if you haven’t seen it!).

Role Model. Dad sets the expectation bar of manners, grooming, respect, and work ethic. From a young age we all start looking up to him and watching those interactions so that we can recreate that.

Squasher of Bugs. Dad’s feet are big, so they squash all the bad bugs and keep you safe!

Speed Racer. What dad doesn’t like to go fast? I think it’s pretty normal that Dad typically doesn’t air on the side of caution as much as mom tries to. This makes it pretty fun to drive (anything) with Dad where you can make turns, have the wind in your hair, and feel like you’re flying!

Griller…of Everything. If it can be grilled, Dad can grill it! And even if it’s not an item that is typically grilled, I bet at some point he will try to put a spin on the menu and put it on the grill. Because what dad doesn’t love to be outside grilling? And what family doesn’t love to be the guinea pigs for all of the taste testing!?

Animal CatcherSnakes, lizzards, frogs, armadillos, baby ANYTHINGS…somehow Dad is fast enough and agile enough to get those critters and share them with the rest of the family. Some of them get turned into pets, some of them get turned back into the “wild” to come and visit whenever they want.

Stabilizer. Physically and mentally, Dad needs to be the one to catch things when they fall with cat like reflexes. Don’t let the baby fall, don’t fall off the bike, watch your step going into the restaurant, catch that plate before it slides off the table. If you’re feeling like you need to be talked off a ledge, Dad can usually be the voice of reason and rationalize with you to make things make sense again and bring you back to normal.

Hugger. With Dad’s strong arms, he can give the best hugs. No matter what size you are, he will always be able to wrap you up and give you a big giant bear hug!

Coach. Not only can Dad teach you important life skills, responsibilities and sports, but he is the best partner to be on the sidelines as the coach for the whole way through! He can coach your softball, baseball, soccer, football teams, he can coach you as you learn how to take care of and show your animals, and he can coach you on how to handle the ups and downs of winning and losing in each situation. The good sports and the bad sports on the team and the grace that you should have in life.

Protector of His Tribe. No matter the situation, no matter the circumstance, Dad will always be your protector and make you safe. When I asked Sophie what her dad did best, she said “Keeps me safe.” It never changes.

Believer in You. Just like Mom, Dad is your biggest supporter and biggest fan. He believes in you, he will push you to be better, and will help you grow and learn new things. You can always depend on him, you can always run to him. He will teach you good life lessons, he will let you get in trouble, and he will bail you out, but only a few times, you better learn from your mistakes.

We love you, Dads, enjoy your day, this and every day. Happy Father’s Day.

 

 

 

xoxo

Be in the Moment

A sweet friend of mine recently got engaged and after the “dust” settled a bit from the excitement we started talking one day. She was feeling a little overwhelmed in her position and needed to just chat, vent, and hear a little wedding reality. She is a bride to be, an unbelievably talented and sought after photographer (therefore in the “industry” herself), a business owner, an entrepreneur on many levels, and is used to the juggling act of life. In fact, the last two years have given her more of a juggling act than I knew one person could handle! However, she has done it with more grace and dignity than I’m sure I could have ever shown. But the overall wedding planning had become unnecessarily overwhelming.

The truth is, she has waited many years for these moments…the engagement, the ring, being the fiance, soaking in every second…and her stress came by being bombarded by the questions of what next. Why do we do that as a society? When is the date? Where will you get married? What are your colors? Oh, you’ve only been engaged three days, you better get on it! I feel like sometimes we miss the time to enjoy now because we are looking to what will come next. What happened to being in the moment? I don’t think it is an intentional act, at least not always, I think a lot of people really just want to know what the next steps are in the natural progression, but it seems to come with all aspects of life.

When you are graduating high school…What college will you attend? What will you study? Where will that lead you in the career field? Where do you want to eventually live?
When you are in college and preparing for graduation…What jobs have you applied for? What job are you taking? Where will you live? Is that close to family, or far? Are you dating someone? Is it serious? (I have never been one to understand why the last two are as important at that time in your life, but they seem to go hand in hand.)
When you are seriously dating someone…Have you talked about marriage? When will you get engaged? When will you get married? Where will you live?
When you get engaged…When is the wedding? Where is the wedding? Where will you live?
When you get married…Will you change jobs? When will you have kids? Are you trying to have kids?
When you have kids…Where will they stay? Will you have them in private or public school? Will you have more? When will you have more?

We hear it all the time, life happens fast. But do we really listen and soak it in enough to understand what that means? I want to use this an example to myself, to not only be present in each day, but to really understand the moment of excitement and love that others have to share, and not rush them on to the next. I want to continue to plan for my future, and set goals, but not forget where I am today and how to enjoy today. To all of those engaged couples, enjoy that moment of being a fiance and take a minute to wright down your entire engagement story so that you can one day share that with your loved ones. The wedding will happen, the planning will happen. Find those around you who can help you create the exact day that is you. For those soon to be married, enjoy your wedding day. It will go fast. Eat what you can, and take a box to go. Have a good photographer so that you don’t have to obsess over pictures on your phone all day. Be beautiful, feel beautiful, and dance the night away.

To my sweet friend, enjoy your engagement party with your fiance. And then enjoy your time with him before you are married. You know better than anyone to savor your time, and you are surrounded by a support group who will make sure that you are taken care of! Because you would do the same.

Be in the moment.

xoxo

 

Tiffani & Josh || march 25, 2017

We first met the Father of the Bride, Charles, when the wedding planning was in the first stages for Tiffani and Josh. Charles came into the shop and truly stopped at the first desk he came to, just needing to bounce some wedding ideas off of someone and talk through some logistics. This happened to be Stephanie’s desk, who ended up being the perfect wedding coordinator and planning partner along the way. Charles is a planner, and with Tiffani and Josh in Dallas during the planning portion, there was a lot that he and Dianna (mother of the bride) took into their own hands. And did a fantastic job. They made sure each step of the way that Tiffani and Josh were involved in the planning, but not bothered with too much, they made sure that the important details were picked up on and noted, and made sure to keep everyone on the right track so that when it came to the wedding weekend Tiffani and Josh could come into town and enjoy every minute of it.

The ceremony was a very important part of their wedding day, for many reasons. Dianna and Polly (mother of the groom) introduced the two, knowing that they would have much more in common than they realized. The families have a common bond of involvement at Christ United Methodist Church, and were even married by the father of the groom, Tommy Myrick, who is a pastor at the church.

Growing up in the Brazos Valley, they were both surrounded by Texas A&M traditions, but Tiffani followed her heart to Fort Worth to become a TCU Horned Frog and said she never imagined having A&M traditions as a part of her wedding. She did, however marry an Aggie and give a bit to make her groom happy by adding little touches to their wedding day like surprising him with his Texas A&M groom’s cake, having her wedding garter be a blend of TCU and A&M with colors and charms, and of course allowing for the Aggie War Hymn to be played (and even participating!) during the reception.

As the couple ended their night, they said their farewells to guests and were taken to the Hyatt Regency, Lost Pines where Tiffani was able to make her final grand entrance of the night into the hotel in her wedding dress.

Tiffani and Josh, your marriage is truly one build of a foundation of love a faith with a support system that will not fail you. You and your families are precious and we wish you a life of laughter and happiness and can’t wait to see you grow as a family!

xoxo

{coordination + rentals} Stephanie Martinez || Ashley & Co. http://ashleyandcompany.com/
{church} Christ United Methodist Church http://www.christ-umc.org/
{reception venue} Broken Arrowhttp://brokenarrowranch.us/
{photography} Michael Kellett || Michael Kellett Photography http://kellettphotography.com/
{videography} Chad Cockrum || Brazos Multimedia http://cinema-candy.com/
{catering} Billy & Kantessa Castillo || D’Vine Cuisine http://www.dvinecuisine.com/
{baker} Cake Junkie http://www.cake-junkie.com/
{florist} Postoak Florist http://www.postoakflorist.com/
{dj} Justin Lopez || Downtown Event Services http://www.downtowneventservicesllc.com/
{beauty} Kim Maracchini || MediSpa http://www.officialmedispa.com/
{transportation} Terrie Rogers || Aggieland Limo http://aggielandlimousines.com/

 

 

to Mom, with love

With Mother’s Day upon us, we dedicate this blog to the Moms in our lives. We are blessed to not only have our own amazing mothers, but to be in a business that we get to build relationships with “moms” who have a hand in the planning process of their daughter or son’s wedding and have so much to share. We’ve come across some pretty special moms in this business.

So just how special is Mom? Well, here are a few things that we all KNOW Mom has managed to master and we all hope to one day do as well as she does. (As I’m in the four and a half year mom mark, I’m realizing that these remain the same, they just change function a bit around the age and subject of those surrounding the household.)

Don’t you agree that Mom is The Best…

Snuggler. Whether snuggling is called for because someone is hurt (emotionally or physically), scared, tired, sick, or just because it makes you feel good, Mom does it best. Mom will scratch your back while she snuggles you, talk or read to you, and make sure you are the most comfortable. Jeff told me one time after Sophie was born that she liked to snuggle on me because I was softer and squishier than he was. Those probably weren’t the best words at the time to describe that, but I think it might be somewhat true.

Food Creator. What’s for dinner?  Whether Mom planned dinner that morning (or night before for the moms that are WAY on top of it!), or it’s a fly by the seat of your pants kind of night when you get home, there will be something that will suffice as breakfast, lunch and dinner to feed the household. Some days it gets a little more creative, which is often a fun way of trying new things, but it does get done.

Multi-Tasker. Talk about mastering the act of juggling. Mom has it down. Multi-tasking is something Mom can do in every form to maximize the time spent with each activity. I don’t think it matters as a working mom or stay at home mom, I feel like every mom has a lot going on and plate full of “opportunities” that only she can figure out how to handle perfectly for her family.

Bug Controller. If it’s a bad bug, Mom to the rescue to kill it! If it’s a nice bug, Mom to the rescue to help catch/trap it and set it free!

Super Cleaner. Someone has just called and said they’re coming over for a quick visit, and automatically Mom goes into super cleaning mode! Objects start flying into closets and holes that sometimes you didn’t even know existed, pillows get put back on couches, the floor gets the best half sweep and spot mop ever, counter tops get wiped, and viol-a Mom feels good because she just accomplished a two hour clean in ten minutes and can share her space again.

Taxi Driver. This goes back, and hand in hand with the multi-tasking, but until there is another driver’s license awarded in the family, Mom drives to school, to sports practice, to all try-outs, to friends houses, back somewhere when something was forgotten, to dance class, to swim…you know the drill. By the time Mom is done driving and passes on the keys she could have driven around the world!

Dance Party Partner. When you sometimes just need to dance, in the car, in the kitchen, or in the rain, chances are Mom will act like a crazy fool and dance away with you, which makes every day better!

Homework Solver. What are the chances all of the homework over the years would have gotten done if Mom hadn’t been there asking, what homework do you have, when is it due, how much is left, do you need help? She not only made sure you had the assignments in, but also would sit and make sure you had help when you needed it.

Shopper. I’m sure this is much more fun and memorable for the girls than the boys, but shopping with Mom is always the best! She knows what will fit, what will look best, what will look ridiculous that you still have to try on, and how to find the greatest shoes.

Finder of all things Lost. Those shoes that never make it back to the closet, that hair clip that is constantly misplaced, the last phase of the project you worked on last night and now can’t find…Mom will somehow be able to put her hands on that item. Maybe it’s a new set of eyes, maybe it’s the depths that go under the bed, or maybe it’s just the patience that Mom holds, but thank goodness someone is able to keep the things together in order to get everyone out the door (because it’s always when you’re trying to leave that it becomes a tragic loss of an item).

Laugher. From the very first smile, to the very first belly laugh, to the laughs that happen on regular conversations as you grow up, Mom is the one who understands your true happiness and earns for you to find that. Wants to laugh with you, wants to make you laugh, wants you to surround yourself with those who fill your space with laughter and happiness.

Listener. And Talker. It starts as soon as the babbling begins. Mom is the one cooing babbling back. During the word development stages, Mom somehow can decipher what that lingo is and translate for all others. When there is a problem and you need someone to talk to, Mom will listen. She will always be honest with you and give you the advice she thinks you need. No matter the age, no matter the location, Mom will always be there for you.

Believer of You. Among all things, Mom will always be your biggest supporter. Your biggest fan. Your biggest believer. During all of life’s obstacles, every moment that you’re reaching for that next level, each new level that you try to conquer, Mom will be rooting you on, knowing you can do it, believing in your strength and power every single step of the way.

We wanted to share some of our favorite Mom moments from past encounters. We love you Moms, and appreciate all that you do.

xoxo

Southwest Vibes || A Styled Shoot

What a better day than Cinco de Mayo to roll out our Southwest inspired styled shoot! Bright colors, cactus accents and natural elements create the perfect escape for anyone.

It was important to utilize the space that the venue had. Have you seen the bridal suite at Moore Ranch?! Any make up artist and hairstylist would love to work there! Cynda swept right in and started her magic with Summer. These two had really good chemistry and you could tell it was important to Cynda that Summer not only looked, but felt like the bride that day. It showed.

 

From Stephanie… This entire shoot started from a photo that I saw of turquoise painted antlers. I wanted to create a concept that incorporated antlers, cactus, turquoise, and greens, all mixed with yellow, oranges, and reds to have the dessert feel as the base. The overall look was only a portion of what I loved about this idea. The food was probably one of my most favorite items to work on. As a foodie myself, this menu could really have endless possibilities! What Lauren and the Hilton catering team came up with showed well in our shoot, and are items that all guests would love being served at events!

The team:

Design & Rentals || Stephanie Martinez || Ashley & Company http://ashleyandcompany.com/
Venue || Moore Ranch on the Brazos http://www.mooreranchonthebrazos.com/
Photography || Butch Ireland http://www.butchireland.com/
Floral & Decor || Jaelynn Solomon || Urban Rubbish http://www.urbanrubbish.com/
Food & Bar || Lauren Fox || College Station Hilton http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-college-station-and-conference-center-CLLCHHF/index.html
Desserts || Sandee Moss || Sandee’s Sweets http://www.sandeessweets.com/
Make Up || Cynda Blankenship || Urban Rouge https://www.facebook.com/urbanrougemakeup/
Hair || Christopher Michael https://www.facebook.com/christophermichaelsalonbcs/
Dress || VIP Bridal http://www.vipbridalbcs.com/
Model || Summer Brackin

Until the next.

xoxo

 

Ashley & Derrick || december 3, 2016

We met Ashley & Derrick through the planning process and after multiple meetings of getting the ball rolling and setting the groundwork with Ashley’s sweet mom, Josie. With Ashley not being in town, but being a “local girl”, it worked well to have Josie and Kelly work together to do what they could and make the most of Ashley’s time when she was in town for face to face meetings, tastings, mock sets, trial runs…the really fun wedding things! After all, there had already been one wedding in the family so Josie was pretty much a pro!

Ashley had a vision of a Cool Winter wedding, with white branches adorned with crystals, heavy winter greens, and color pallet that consisted of charcoal, navy and maroon. That style inside her venue, The Brownstone Reserve, was the perfect combination to execute her dream day. On that December day, Mother Nature had plans outside of the outdoor ceremony that was originally on the books. Rain on your wedding day is good luck, and with a solid back up plan in place, all went off without a glitch moving ceremony indoors in front of the gorgeous staircase and then clearing the dance floor for the party to come after! Ashley and Derrick wanted to make sure they shared a little piece of the things they loved with their guests. The groom’s cake was a giant cookie with multiple layers and filling in between each, surrounded by chocolate chip cookies for everyone to enjoy. The guests got to be entertained with a slow-mo booth during the reception, and the music was a mix of country, pop and Tejano to make sure everyone had their turn on the dance floor!

One of the sweetest moments that we were able to witness that day was the time between Ashley and her dad, David, just before he walked her down the aisle. Full of emotion, full of butterflies, David wrapped his loving arms around his daughter to calm her and let her know that he was by her side.

Ashley and Derrick, we wish you many years of love and laughter with your support group surrounding you and building you up!

 

xoxo

{coordination + rentals} Kelly Nail  || Ashley & Co. http://www.ashleyandcompany.com
{venue} Brownstone Reserve https://www.brownstonereserve.com/
{photographer} Maleigh Canon || Canon Creek Photography http://www.canoncreekphotography.com/
{catering + bar} Lauren Fox || The Hilton http://www3.hilton.com/en/hotels/texas/hilton-college-station-and-conference-center-CLLCHHF/index.html
{baker} Sandee Moss || Sandee’s Sweets http://www.sandeessweets.com/
{florist} Debbie Brooks || Postoak Florist http://www.postoakflorist.com/
{dj} Justin Lopez || Downtown Event Services http://www.downtowneventservicesllc.com/
{beauty} Priscilla Flores || Funky Cheveux Salon http://www.funkycheveux.com/
{transportation} Aggieland Limos http://aggielandlimousines.com/