Attention: Now entering your 30’s!

img_20161211_215701This past Saturday not only did we have a HUGE and crazy beautiful wedding at my new FAVE venue (SO amazing- Moretz Mills – you’ll want to check it out! And THANK YOU to my Mom for all her help!) but, I also turned 30. The big ol’ 3-0. I think it’s definitely worth a moment to pause.

30 years. In 30 years of life I feel like I’ve covered so much, yet I know that it’s just a small blip in my lifetime too. I’ve been a daughter, a sister, a niece, a granddaughter. I was a teen mom, married at 17, got our first apartment and learned how to be a mom/wife/employee/housekeeper/cook/college student all in one. Man, thinking back on those times brings so much laughter and fun memories. I didn’t have a clue as to what I was doing- but man did we work it out and learn along the way. Oh that apartment… movie posters on all the walls and cheap Big Lots candle holders everywhere. 😂 Fun times- haha!

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We knew we needed to leave our ‘one horse town’ and push forward to bigger and better– so off to North Carolina from Southern Cali we went.We got our first real house, lost it (and all our stuff) in a flood, rebuilt all over again. We got the jobs and started climbing the corporate ladder. I became a momma again, I left that business world and became a business owner while leaving everything behind and starting over in Key West, FL/Savannah, GA. Became a momma for the 3rd time… and really went head strong into this business growing by leaps and bounds.

Not only did this December mark 30 years for me, but it’s also 5 years for Lily Bee’s. When we first started this I made a list on my phone- my goals to accomplish with Lily Bee’s in 5 years time. It’s amazing to see from where we started from, and in 5 years not only did we hit all those goals- but we blew them out of the water! I’m almost nervous to even make some big goals to hit over the next 5! 🙏

img_20161210_095942I’m so excited to be 30, good riddance 20’s! I’m looking forward to my amazing husband and the marriage that we have built against all odds. I’m looking forward to my children getting older (as much as I miss my teeny babies) and all the adventures we have with these amazing humans. I’m looking forward to learning and getting a handle on my awareness and balance of work vs life. I’m looking forward to buying a little lot of land tucked away and creating our home. (We’ve lived in 16 different homes in a dozen years… having our OWN home that we can fix up our own way is HUGE for us!) I’m looking forward to continuing my education of natural health and moving toward a more self sufficient style of living. I’m looking forward to what the next 30 years is going to bring!

Thanks to all my wonderful friends, family, fellow vendors, past/present & future brides for all the birthday wishes! It really means a lot! 😘😘😘

June 21, 2015 – Alicia + Andrew – Part II

You saw Part I of the Walking Dead inspired wedding in the gorgeous Asheville mountains HERE, now here’s part two with all the ceremony & reception fun!

The ceremony was held overlooking the Sawyer Family Farmstead- the back drop was absolutely breathtaking! Alicia and Andrew are BIG animal lovers, so their precious pups and even their sweet ferret were included!

Keeping with the apocalyptic theme, the walk down to the reception site was thru the farm’s Christmas tree patch- signs explaining the zombie outbreak & cutout zombies followed the trail. The reception was all about a post-apocalyptic setting with a mixture of wildflowers, containers (even ammo boxes) and an AMAZING zombie cake made by the bride’s sister & Matron of Honor. The bride and groom were introduced with the theme song of The Walking Dead playing- it was a blast!

Alicia & Andrew- thanks so much for having us! We had an AMAZING time!

 

vendor shout out:

venue: Sawyer Family Farmstead

coordinating/florals: Lily Bee’s

photography: Taken By Sarah

June 21, 2015 – Alicia + Andrew – Part I

It all started when our good friends at Taken By Sarah, Ben & Sarah, said “We have a couple you HAVE to talk to- they need a coordinator & florist… and they LOVE zombies & The Walking Dead.” Done. That is Lily Bee’s in a nutshell. 😂

Meeting with Alicia & Andrew- I loved their idea! Being huge TWD fans, they wanted an apocalypse themed wedding. The wedding, set at the AMAZING Sawyer Family Farmstead, was to be pre-apocalyptic with the reception more post-apocalyptic.

The flowers we designed were most all local to the Western North Carolina mountains with many foraged elements from our 8 acre property. Enjoy Part 1 of this beautiful & zombie filled wedding- more to come in Part 2 tomorrow!

For all you Walking Dead fans, see how many details you can spot from the show! 😉 For those less-zombified that still like an eclectic vintage/rustic look– take notes!

 

vendor shout out:

venue: Sawyer Family Farmstead

coordinating + florals: Lily Bee’s

photography: Taken By Sarah

veil + cake: Bride’s sister! (seriously amazing!)

June 13, 2015 – Blythe + Chris

Johnson Carriage House in Mooresville is one of our favorite venues, and Blythe + Chris definitely kept it going with their GORGEOUS wedding! Pulling some bold & fun colors and patterns into their look was perfect for this summer wedding. Blue Amber Photography captured it all– visit her Facebook & Blog to see MUCH more! ♥

 

vendor shout out:

Photographer: Blue Amber Photography
Location: Johnson Carriage House and Meadows
Floral: LILY BEE’S
DJ: Todd Cleveland
Caterer: Lake Shore Caterers
Cake: The Icing & The Cake
Wedding Dress: Allure Wedding Dresses and Bride Accessories

June 7, 2015 – Rebecca + John

Rebecca had contacted me for floral help on her movie inspired wedding theme. Being movie buffs and talking more in quoted lines than standard English- we couldn’t wait to see the details she had been putting together!

But then she contacted me for a bridal portrait bouquet for her shoot with her ever talented sister, Jessica Kait, at THE resort from Dirty Dancing! YES! I turned on my DD soundtrack and happily got to designing!

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Come wedding day it was all about the red, blue + yellow! Taken By Sarah‘s husband + wife team, Ben & Sarah, always capture THE best stuff! The colors thru their film photography is just stunning! (As seen in Rebecca & John’s engagement shoot HERE) Enjoy!

 

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May 24, 2015 – Sam + Steve – Part II

See Part I HERE! ♥

vendor shout out:

Photographer | Katelyn James Photography

Dress Store | J Majors

Florist | Lily’ Bee’s Events

Venue | Foundation for the Carolinas

Coordinator | Heidi Garcia

DJ | Split Second Sound

Videography | Victoria Shirley Productions

Cake | Nothing Bundt Cake!

Catering | Queen City Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses | J Majors

Groomsmen Attire | Jos. A. Banks

Invitations | Minted

Rentals | Party Reflections Rentals

Bridesmaids Robes | Silk and More

Groom’s gift (Custom Leather Passport Holder) | Red Leather Leaf

Bride’s Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes

Groomsmen’ Ties | Handmade by Emy

Custom Wooden Quotes | The Wooden Hare

Custom State Cutouts | Southern Wood Grain

May 24, 2015 – Sam + Steve – Part I

An amazing couple. A wonderful & fun group of loved ones. Gorgeous details. A favorite venue. And thankfully a wonderful photographer to capture it all! Let me introduce you to Mr & Mrs Smith! ♥

I had so much fun through the planning and coordinating of this wedding, and the florals were so perfect for a spring wedding. Sam and Steve had probably the sweetest ceremony filled with laughter! Each table for the reception included a collection of details contributed by family & friends at the bridal shower and a few fresh blooms to finish the look. Truly, so much love went into every moment of this gorgeous day! ♥

Here’s the first half- pop by tomorrow for Part 2!

See this beautiful wedding featured on BRIDES.COM! Click {here}!

vendor shout out:

Photographer | Katelyn James Photography

Dress Store | J Majors

Florist | Lily’ Bee’s Events

Venue | Foundation for the Carolinas

Coordinator | Heidi Garcia

DJ | Split Second Sound

Videography | Victoria Shirley Productions

Cake | Nothing Bundt Cake!

Catering | Queen City Catering

Bridesmaid Dresses | J Majors

Groomsmen Attire | Jos. A. Banks

Invitations | Minted

Rentals | Party Reflections Rentals

Bridesmaids Robes | Silk and More

Groom’s gift (Custom Leather Passport Holder) | Red Leather Leaf

Bride’s Shoes | Bella Belle Shoes

Groomsmen’ Ties | Handmade by Emy

Custom Wooden Quotes | The Wooden Hare

Custom State Cutouts | Southern Wood Grain