A 3 inch tall party hat . . . a must for a golden birthday

 “Surprise! We’re going to brunch at Woodberry Kitchen!”

Ok so it wasn’t a surprise any longer but I was still happy since I have yet to check out one of the best Baltimore brunch spots. Yes, it is as good as everyone says! To get my birthday festivities started, my sister had gotten me a 3 inch tall party hat with ’27′ on it… I think she got a kick out of it more than myself.

  

After brunch, I was instructed to get into a car for ‘part 2′ of the day. We arrived at my parent’s home to for an intimate birthday party complete with mimosas & cake. Don’t be fooled by the number of forks & spoons– there were only 7 of us.

My family had given me a basket of 27 ‘golden’ items which was pretty creative. I’m not sure if the basket was the best or the stories of them putting it together. Apparently, my father assembled the basket because my mom wasn’t doing it right. “You need to sprinkle the candy on the top, not just put it in the bottom” Thank you Paul for learning from me & my ways.

   

What was in the basket? Everything. Gold Stapler, Gold Giant Paper Clips (I love office supplies), Gold Hard Cider, Gold Tequila Mix, Goldfish- the crackers, Gold Polka Dot Notebook, Box of Ferrero Rocher Chocolates, Gold Champagne, Gold Sequins Coasters, Gold Bond Lotion, Gold Candle, Gold Bracelet, Gold Gummies, Gold Chocolate Coins…. The list goes on…


Tuesday, January 27th… my actual birthday was spent relaxing. It was a snow day for me so why not kick back? I did some cleaning and work but I mostly read my new book, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? My roommate, the notorious bookworm got me that book and a collection of photos by Bodine, a famous Baltimore Photographer.

Since I was unaware of the surprise brunch & party, I went ahead and made plans with a few of the girls to celebrate at a local wine bar, 13.5%. This place was also on my list of places to try this year so I can mark those both off! Dinner was myself, my sister, my roommate, my friend Jaime and three of the Kochesfahani ladies (Ridiculous should be their middle name). I have forgotten how great it is to catch up with friends when work is set aside.

It was the perfect golden birthday for me.

 

*Golden Birthday means you turn the same age as the date, ie. 27 on the 27th.

Jamie & Treven’s Black, White, & Gold Glitter Wedding

I cannot believe it has been over 6 weeks since my sister’s wedding! The past year was a whirlwind to say the least! It was definitely an adventure and I cannot tell you how many times I have been ‘glitter bombed’ either!

Many have asked how it was going and how it was compared to my other clients. It’s difficult to describe but it was the easiest & most challenging wedding I’ll probably ever have because I was emotionally invested. I joke that the biggest difference is that I actually have to see these people after the wedding. But in all seriousness, I’m happy that I was able to make the entire planning process stress-free for my mother and sister and in the end, knowing that I was able to give her and Treven their perfect wedding.

With a fabulous team of vendors & staff, I was able to enjoy the day as the Maid of Honor & Sister of the Bride (That’s not to say I had a few moments here & there- let’s be serious). All in all it was a great day that went by entirely too fast!

 

Ceremony & Reception Venue  |  Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore
Photographer  |  Artemas Photography
Hair Stylist  |  Stephanie Fearson & Brenda Paulshock
Make-Up Artist  |  Amanda Jung-Vasold
Photo Booth  |  Booth Love 
Cake  |  Baltimore Cakery
Floral  |  My Flower Box
Rentals  |  Rentals to Remember
Lounge Furniture  |  AFR Furniture Rental
Lighting & Drapery  |  EventPro Live
Stationary  |  Allison Barnhill Designs

Where did the Fall season go?

I knew I had a chaotic fall but thinking it and living through it was just not the same…

Here’s a quick glimpse of what I’ve been up to!

Sponsored A Night to Remember …proceeds to Kennedy Kreiger Institute

Hosted my sister’s Bachelorette Party in downtown Baltimore

Shopping in NYC…. 3 weeks before my sister’s wedding and I still did not have a dress…whoops

Baby Shower in Long Island, NY

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Whimsical Woodsland Wedding and the first time at a wedding I had to build a bon fire

[Click here to Elizabeth Fogarty Photography for the photos]

My Sister’s Wedding…formal post to follow with the professional photos!

  

Welcome Home Mr. & Mrs. Meyers!

Mascarade Networking Event

Halloween Rehearsal Dinner

Chic Wedding in Raleigh, NC

Surprise Birthday Party/Viewing Party

As the winter sets in, events are slowing down a bit but the admin work, and networking are picking back up.

While I try to regroup and begin planning 2015, I can’t wait to make the time to enjoy the holidays!

Dear Baltimore, you are truly underrated.

Easily 6 months ago, my roommate & I had plans for brunch but had to cancel them last minute. Well last week we finally had a brunch date and turned the entire day into Roommate day. Neither of us could remember when we spent an entire day together- maybe the last snow day?

The day started off with mimosas & brunch at a Baltimore favorite- Miss. Shirley’s. This place has one of those menus where you literally cannot go wrong with any selection. After brunch, the two of us headed to The Baltimore Museum of Art. Did you know admission is FREE? Julia proposed this the day prior & I couldn’t have been more excited! [Secret: not many people know I love art & almost went to school for it]

  

It’s almost sad that I have forgotten this hidden gem that is literally in my backyard. We started in the Cone Wing that is filled with classics like Picasso, Matisse, Monet. We learned about the Cone sisters of Baltimore that the wing was named after. The amount of ‘classics’ and pieces that these two sisters had was just unbelievable, I mean hundreds & hundreds of pieces.

    

And then we ventured into to the Contemporary Wing. The two of us came to the same conclusion- we do not understand and are not the biggest fans of contemporary art. We couldn’t wrap our heads around rotted fruit rinds with threading like a baseball. Our visit ended in the gardens of the museum with the streets of Baltimore just beyond their gates, the contrast is simply amazing.

  

We had plans in the afternoon to head to our local vineyard, Boordy’s for their ‘Good Life Thursday’. This is a recurring farmer’s market with live music, food, wine, etc. Together we bought a bottle of wine, some snacks & sat down to relax & enjoy the unusually cool August evening.

No one can ever complain about being bored in the Baltimore area because the variety & amount of different things to do is almost endless. That day made me realize I need to make a larger effort to enjoy what my city has to offer.

Molly & Drew… A waterfront wedding

Over a year ago, I met with a college friend & his fiance to help them begin their wedding planning. Drew & I worked together in Student Government- he was the President & I, the event chair of a large fundraiser on campus. It was great to work together again after all these years, especially for such an important moment.

After our first meeting, it was quite obvious what these two wanted- classy but laid back & on the water. There aren’t too many venues directly on the water, so it was clear that Molly’s childhood home was the most ideal location for their big day.

The wedding day arrived, even with clouds in the sky, the weather held out and Drew & Molly were able to enjoy their dream wedding on the water.

 

 

Photographer  |  Kyle Bergner Photography 

Hair & Make-Up  |  Kristen Foster Hair Artistry

Caterer  |  Bowl of Cherries Catering

Rentals  |  Rentals to Remember

Tent  |  Rental Works

Decor  |  2 Hands Studio

Personal Flowers  |  Studio H Floral and Event Design

DJ  |  DJ Stylus from DJ D-Mac & Associates

Transportation  |  Atlantic Coast Charters

Restroom Trailer  |  Blue Ribbon Restroom Trailers

A mini retreat to Raleigh

For months now, I had planned a trip in March to visit close college friends in Raleigh, NC. My schedule and work load have been pretty daunting lately, so to say I was really looking forward to getting away would be an understatement.

The drive down went by quickly and I made it  just in time to have lunch and catch up with my friend, Katelyn. Later Friday night, we were able to meet up with our friends Buddy and Zack. It was just like being back at ECU again, except today we live in the real world with jobs and actual responsibilities… minor details.

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Katelyn made plans for the two of us to partake in a brewery tour around Raleigh on Saturday. The sun was shining while we sampled local beers at various breweries. . . life couldn’t get much better. During my entire stay, she took the reins and was the perfect hostess planning various activities and even cooked for me. I cannot recall the last time I was the ‘guest’ and not the hostess. It was great to have someone take control and be told to “sit back and relax”.

Before my trip, I made a promise to myself that I would not work at all, this meant not even sending or responding to e-mails. Over the past four days, I can honestly say I did not send one work-related email–it was certainly a challenge. The rest of the year is pretty crazy for me but who knows, maybe I’ll try to plan a few more work-free retreats.