• June 2014 Archive •

100 WeddingWire Reviews + June Goals

It’s June.  I’m not sure how that happened.  We are almost halfway through another year which is frightening. This month has flown by because I’m literally living weekend to weekend, wedding to wedding.  I had a really rocky start this year.  One that shook me to my core and instilled copious amounts of doubt into things I had been so certain about.  I began to seriously question what I was doing and if I was even any good at it.  I felt as though I had been set up to fail.

And then I had my first wedding.  And another one followed.  And before I knew it, it was mid-June and I had successfully completed 15 weddings with 15 happy brides who reminded me I was doing exactly what was meant for me.  We all need a little shake up every now and then.  A reminder to not take what we’ve been blessed with for granted.  To appreciate who we are, who we’re with and what we’re doing.  To place emphasis on the positive and re-focus for the future.

I had a humbling moment this week.  I reached 100 reviews on WeddingWire.  That’s a lot of weddings.  A lot of feedback.  A lot of positive reinforcement from the past five years.  I feel incredibly fortunate to have had the pleasure to meet so many different families and to have been a part of such a pivotal life moment for so many couples.  And since I’m already tooting my own horn, I might as well go ahead and mention that Orangerie Events was a finalist for the Best of the Triangle award in the Event/Wedding Planner category.  Apparently the award is fan-voted and my chances at scoring the title would have probably increased slightly had I known I was even nominated.  I guess you should be thankful I didn’t know and didn’t flood your social media with my desperate pleas for you to vote.  Nonetheless, I do feel honored that someone out there took the initiative to put my name in the hat.  I somehow managed to still squeeze out among the top despite me having zero clue it was happening.

I’ve once again procrastinated and have failed to post my monthly goals at the beginning of the month.  I’m really hoping I can get my act together in July. Regardless, here’s a recap and current standing of my May goals and some predictions for the rest of June.

May Goals

The Bizniz
1.  Catch up on emails. – This will be an ongoing and daily battle. But in comparison to where I was last year at this time, it’s a vast improvement.

2.  Fix my slush machine.
The slush machine is presently undergoing surgery and is expected to make a full recovery within the next two weeks.

3.  Finish strong.I’ve had some of my most memorable and favorite weddings over the last few weeks.  I can’t wait to share them with you.  Especially the one where guests thought they were attending an engagement party.  (Side note – We started planning this surprise wedding long before all the celebrities caught on and decided to make it a up and coming trend.)

1.  Go camping. – Done. Read about it here.

2.  Go fishing. – Finito.

3.  Go have an eye exam. – I rewarded myself with Ray-Ban sunglasses before completing the eye exam. Oops. Planning on accomplishing this small task by the end of this month.

June Goals

The Bizniz
1.  Clean up the van. – I have a really cool work van that looks like total sketch balls right now.  It has a makeshift tag. It’s filthy and unmarked.  And this past weekend, someone hit the driver’s side mirror and knocked it off.  It’s time to get the thing cleaned up, properly labeled and in tip top shape. I would also like to note that as I was setting up a wedding with the florist on Saturday, I began telling him about the mirror falling off only to find out he was the culprit.  Oh the irony.

2.  Schedule a schedule. – It’s weird how this business goes in waves. How there are really busy seasons and then slower weeks.  How some weeks you feel incredibly inspired and other weeks you feel as though you’re completely spent.  I’m inspired right now. I’m fascinated by what I could become. And I know the next step to making those dreams juggling around in my head a reality is to implement a schedule and stick to it.

3.  Order all needed promotional material. – I need some business card sleeves. I need to switch out some pictures online and I need to update my twitter page since they’ve changed the format.  I feel confident I can take care of all of this by the end of the month.

4.  Start contributing to Carolina Style Magazine. - I have the opportunity to become a contributing writer to Carolina Style and I am so excited.  Stay tuned for my first official article next month!

1.  Visit an amusement park I’ve never been to. – I’ll be checking this off the 30 before 30 next week in celebration of my brother’s 26th birthday!

2.  Indulge in an unusual spa service. – Since the past two months have been so hectic and somewhat stressful, I intend on pampering myself while embracing a new Chinese form of healing. I’m looking forward to a very unusual spa service and blogging about my experience.  And just in case that experience isn’t relaxing, which I don’t expect it to be, I have a facial booked to make up for it.

3. Go have an eye exam. – Since I failed to do so last month, we’ll go ahead and get this one taken care of next week.

4.  Order a fabulous dress. – I have a fantastic birthday party coming up next month and I’m running out of time to purchase an unforgettable Great Gatsby dress.  

There you have it.  A little late but better late than never.  I know, I know.  Never late is better.  Thanks Drake.  Speaking of artists, if you aren’t alternating between the new Maroon 5 song “Maps” and the new Lana Del Rey album “Ultraviolence,” you’re silly.  Here’s to a June full of river floatin’, back porch sittin’ and firefly watchin’.

xoxo, Priscilla
30 Things to Do Before 30 [ #7 + #13 ]

I have officially scratched through two items on my list of “30 Things to Do Before 30.”  And I must admit, I chose two really awesome activities to tackle first.  A few weekends ago, my mom and her boyfriend planned the perfect camping trip in a little town in Virginia.  The night before we left, I wandered the camping aisle at Target for at least an hour trying to figure out what we needed because this was a whole new territory for me.  Instead of thinking about temperatures dropping drastically and waking up frozen, I was concerned with how to repel snakes and how to divert bears.

I’ve learned recently, and this trip only confirmed it, that my family and I either communicate too much or not enough.  We never communicate just the right amount.  What do I mean by too much?  I had 16 exchanged calls between my brother and me on Friday.  Too much that when my brother didn’t answer my dad’s multiple calls and texts on Saturday morning, my father assumed the worst, packed to drive three hours to Hickory and called the police to file a missing person report.

What do I mean by not enough?  The only information I had for where we were meeting the family the day of the camping trip was an address.  40 minutes away from the destination, I lost all cell service with no way to call my mom to ask pertinent questions like what the property looked like or what time they were going to arrive.  After waiting for more than an hour at the mailbox of 61 Red Fox Lane, which happened to be the wrong address, I decided we needed to drive to a gas station to find a phone and hope I could call someone who knew where we were should be.  As we drove about two miles the direction we came, the good Lord stepped in and intervened.  Without a second to spare, my car met Darius’ 6-wheeler at the top of a random gravel road.  I don’t know what we would have done if we both wouldn’t have been at the exact same spot at the exact same time.  Probably should have had better lines of communication before we got to that point.  Lesson learned.

I can’t lie. Going camping was one of the most rejuvenating things I’ve done in a while and I totally never expected that.  I felt like my senses were awaken. I was tucked away among a fortress of trees with only nature and the people with me to occupy my time. It was refreshing to be without my cell phone or internet access. To not gage the worthiness of what I was doing based on the number of likes on Instagram. To check myself for ticks instead of mindlessly checking Facebook. To be present and engaged at every meal instead of distracted by a text or electronic screen.

To be honest, it was spiritual. There was something quietly humble about casting a rod, catching a fish, prepping it, cooking it over a fire and then eating it. I felt a sense of reverence that this living thing had just been sacrificed to nourish my body and satisfy my hunger. I know I sound like a fruit loop or wanna-be tree hugger, but sometimes we completely take for granted the beauty painted around us. The smell of honeysuckle. The allure of a wild animal. The sensation of running barefoot through the grass. The sound of a crackling fire. The purpose of that very fish we caught and ate.

I think more than anything I was reminded of how very small I am.  I sat in complete darkness, staring upward at a midnight sky full of thousands of stars staring back at me. In this world, my existence is so tiny and yet still meaningful and purposeful.  How could the same being that created the canopy of constellations above me still have an interest invested in my purpose and who I am?  That’s love.  I fell asleep that night not to the noise projecting from the app on my iPhone but the real live version of rippling creek water next to me.  I fell asleep happy.  I also fell asleep shivering. That was my own fault.

I do advise that should you decide to go camping and perhaps wade through a creek, do so in water shoes.  Wearing normal tennis shoes will cause your laundry room to reek for days, even post-wash.  I’m hoping the next 28 items I cross off of my list are as meaningful and memorable as the first two.

  1. See Billy Joel in concert.
  2. Visit a theme park I’ve never been to.
  3. Take a hot air balloon ride.
  4. Go to a hookah lounge.
  5. Step out of my comfort zone for an experience.
  6. Take piano lessons.
  7. Go camping.
  8. Pay off my credit card.
  9. Take pole dancing classes.
  10. Volunteer.
  11. Start a journal.
  12. Indulge in an unusual spa service.
  13. Go fishing.
  14. Own a Louis.
  15. Go have an eye exam.
  16. Attend a professional baseball game.
  17. Send my grandmother flowers unexpectedly.
  18. Join a church.
  19. Get in crazy good shape.
  20. Try acupuncture.
  21. Write a letter to myself to open in ten years.
  22. Plan a fun trip with my close friends.
  23. Pay a stranger’s restaurant bill.
  24. Go skinny dipping.
  25. Swim with dolphins.
  26. Transfer old home movies from VHS to DVD.
  27. Host a dinner party.
  28. Stomp on grapes to make wine.
  29. Create a family recipe book.
  30. Dance in the rain.

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xoxo, Priscilla