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MORGAN & DUKE at the Historic Post Office.

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Your wedding florist plays a key role in your wedding planning process. Traditionally, flowers are the most expensive and customized décor you have invested in for your wedding and flowers can enhance your wedding and bring it to a whole new level!!! Wedding Floral Designers have the unique task of seeing your inspirational images, getting to know you and your wedding vision, and then using their creativity, knowledge of floral design and personal style to create the wedding flowers of your DREAMS!! That all being said… there are a few things that your floral designer would want you to know about your wedding:

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I’m so excited to introduce you today to another CIE Bride getting married this weekend!! Jess and her fiancé Ryan both attended college with my husband, and they quickly became great friends of ours! Jason and Ryan played on the school baseball team together, and Jess and I quickly bonded over being “baseball girlfriends” together during the season! I was SO honored when Jess asked me to be a part of her wedding day by designing the flowers; her vision for her wedding is just gorgeous!!! I can’t wait to be surrounded by lots of gorgeous flowers this week- and the nice thing about doing flowers for your friend is that we get to enjoy the wedding after the flowers are done!! Whoohoo!! 🙂 I asked Jess a few questions about her wedding and floral design planning process and to tell us all about her and Ryan, their wedding, and their newly married plans!! 🙂 Enjoy!!!

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Pinterest. This website has become an absolutely massive source of inspiration and creativity for women and men all over the globe, and a the most popular topic searched on Pinterest is weddings!! Now don’t get me wrong- I LOVE Pinterest. I’m on it way too much, and I love looking at all things weddings, and house decor, summer drink recipes, fashion, DIY projects… The list goes on.  As much as I use Pinterest, there is a slight issue with it for brides browsing for wedding inspiration. Pinterest can (unknowingly) “set the bar” way too high for brides!! 

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For today’s blog post I want to share another business time-saving secret! In my opinion, one of the biggest challenges facing a small business owner is lack of time, am I right?! When I first began CIE I don’t think I even fully realized how much time goes into keeping up a small business, and when I sat down to complete a task, I found myself getting side tracked and scrolling Instagram instead!! Before this year even began, I knew that I wanted to have a planner that supported my lifestyle and my needs. I had heard of the Simplified Planner before, but I wasn’t sure if I was ready to purchase a $50 planner.  When they had their annual Black Friday sale though, I couldn’t resist, and bought one. And it has been a LIFESAVER. Just as a disclaimer, I wasn’t paid to promote or blog about the Simplified Planner; I just love it so much I had to share!!

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I am SO excited to be writing this post today about Sarah and Eric! Sarah is the sister of one of my wedding vendor besties, Ruth, of Raise the Ruth Events, so I knew when she approached me about being in charge of her wedding flowers I was going to be in for an amazing wedding!! Sarah and Eric have the most beautiful love story, and I teared up reading this- I bet some of you will too! 😉 Sarah has the most stunning color palette and theme for her wedding, and I can’t WAIT for you to see all the pictures captured by Chelsea Anderson Photography! Chelsea did such a phenomenal job with their engagement photos, so I had to include a few in this post too! 🙂 So… Meet Sarah and her almost-husband, Eric!! 

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I’m excited to share with you a system that I have been using for my business that has changed my life!! When I first started my business, I was also working a full-time job (like many others), and I remember my “work”” hours were SO verrrrrry limited. Tasks like emailing, creating custom proposals, contracts, invoicing and keeping up with payments are crucial to your small business being able to operate… but those tasks take TIME! Even back then, I knew that the way I was operating wasn’t the simplest way, and that I needed to make a change!! Before I introduce you to my secret weapon, I do just want to say that this company did not pay me to promote their product or write this post; I simply want to write it so that you know all about this system and how it can help YOU!

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