Our Hearts Are With Orlando

As an Orlando native, and a citizen of this world, really, my heart is heavy with the tragedy of the shooting at Pulse Nightclub. There will be much talk, much gossip, many headlines, news about the shooter, disagreement over gun control and political policy. But in the wake of a tragic event, we need to remember to look for the good. It’s so hard to see in the short term, and it may take quite awhile to become clear. But helpers come out of the chaos, a bigger picture eventually starts to form, and we will see this city rise together in love and unity. In the past day we’ve already seen lines around the block at blood donation centers, strangers delivering food to volunteers and hospital staff who have worked around the clock. Courageous stories of regular people who saved lives on the night of the shooting. Millions of dollars in donations pouring in to be distributed to funds for victims’ families. There are so many people who care. So many who are willing and ready to help strangers in need. I am thankful to live in a place such as this. If you are looking for more ways to help, the city of Orlando has an online interest form to sign up for notifications on where you can be of service.

Jesus commanded us to love each other. John 13:34-35 says this: “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

The Bible repeatedly reminds us of this, and regardless of your faith, I’ll bet most of us can agree this is good advice. Whether gay, straight, black, white, Christian, Muslim, Jewish or anything else…let’s find a way to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Especially in this time of anger, hurt, and fear, but always. Love always wins. 

Real Wedding: Natalie + Adrian in Maui, Hawaii

From the hand-made, two-piece gown (made from her own mother’s wedding dress!) to the picture perfect Hawaiian landscape, consolidating the full gallery of this intimate destination wedding to one blog post was near impossible! Witnessing the love between this bride and groom is such a beautiful setting was such a blessing!

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Photography // Historia Photography

Bohemian Wedding Design with Porch Therapy

Let me preface by saying these are clearly NOT professional images, but I couldn’t wait to share them anyway! Last weekend we teamed up with our friends at Porch Therapy, our neighbors at the East End Market, on designing two bridal show displays to show some unique wedding style to new brides and grooms. The first was a Bohemian-chic display, complete with an eclectic mix of wood, gold, marble, greenery, and bright floral on the table, and Moroccan poufs and layered rugs on the floor. If my husband would just agree with me, this is how my entire house would look! This was a really fun booth to co-design, and we are so thankful to Porch Therapy for providing such gorgeous decor to bring the vision to life!2016-05-15 11.38.56-2

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Tickled Pink’s Kristi and Michelle ready to greet lots of new couples at our booth!

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Below is a glimpse of the additional table we presented, complete with farm tables, wooden chargers, garland and mismatched plates. This was a popular table and got a ton of compliments.

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Real Wedding: Kasey + Drew at The Alfond Inn

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Planning & Design // Tickled Pink Brides

Venue // The Alfond Inn

Photography //Amalie Orrange Photography

Videography // Seltzer  Films

Floral // Arrangements Floral Studio 

Cake // The Sugar Suite 

DJ & Uplighting // Our DJ Rocks

Rentals // A Chair Affair 

Ceremony Music // Classern Quartet

Hair & Makeup // LeJeune Artistry

Dress // Solutions Bridal (Anne Barge)

GIF Photo Booth // Firefly Photobooths

Tickled Pink Turned 7!

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Happy birthday to my firstborn, this business of Tickled Pink! I started this wedding and event planning business while pregnant with my first daughter, Saylor, which still surprises me a little. (Pregnancy hormones made me do it?) At about seven months pregnant I decided “I can do this!” and carried on establishing a totally service-driven company that quickly grew into more weddings than I could even handle alone. I’ll never forget the first bride who hired me once I was officially set up as my own company. Even though I had planned weddings prior to that, I still jumped for joy at the excitement of Tickled Pink’s first client!  The business grew quickly, as did our family, and around the time that our son Jack was born, I was juggling two babies and a thriving business that actually made money! The most weddings I have ever had in planning mode at once was 21 (!!) which was both amazing and insanely stressful. Since then I have learned to find a balance that better suites me at this time in my life, which is really constantly changing when you have small children. We added our third child, Lucy, to the family, slowly added amazing team members that can handle much of the actual event planning, and this year I promoted Kristi to lead wedding producer, as she takes the reigns on planning and executing the majority of our events.

 I have been so fortunate to work with the loveliest couples and amazing vendors and venues. It really is a blessing to be invited to work so intimately on the plans to bring a couple’s vision to life. Thanks to everyone who has helped us grow and evolve over the years. There have been so many people — other wedding professionals, family members, planners I only know through their work across the country — that have contributed to our growth and success. The wedding community in Central Florida is a dream to be a part of and I treasure the relationships I have, while always looking forward to the new friends still to be made! xo