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What I learned in 2019 and what 2020 holds…

How much I loved 2019…

2019 was one of the highlights of my career. I adored every wedding we had, and we had some that challenged every part of my being and my team; and lots that gave us so much joy! Let’s focus on the highlights of planning, designing, and coordinating every wedding we had this year. Its a big accomplishment to me, because I truly love designing a wedding. I adore taking my clients wants, styles, and personality; and turning into a visually stunning gift on their wedding day. Part of my design aesthetic is incorporating materials beyond tablecloths, flowers, and food. I love creating and building wood aspects, tile table tops, and more. If you have viewed me on Instagram you know I love a Lowe’s trip! 2019 let me run free with my designs. My custom designs went from small to super sized last year, and I can’t tell you how much wood I used. For a few weddings I got very lucky with a father of the bride and a groom willing to construct my crazy ideas! My team thought a few times I had lost my mind, but when it was all set-up it was worth it. Thank you to all my 2019 client who let me do what I do best, and trust me with their wedding designs.

Photography by Suzy Collins
Flowers by Sassafras
Chairs and Rentals by Luma Designs

One significant lesson I learned in 2019 was how valuable a wedding team is; not just a now and again helper, but a team. I now have hired 3 girls (Sarah, Erin, and Teddy) who work with me regularly on wedding days, and wedding day prep. I can’t imagine doing a wedding without them. They make the behind the scenes work so much easier and allows me to focus more on moments with my clients. They have taught me the proper and effective way to prep for a wedding day (don’t do it by yourself); and have forced me to get even more organized in the office. I love that my fellow vendors have come to love the girls and consider them part of every wedding.

Our 3 basic rules:
1. We don’t do ugly weddings
2. Sugar coating belongs on cakes
3. if we can’t buy it we build it

What 2020 holds…

My 2020 year gives me hope for more amazing adventures for Live Laugh Love Weddings. Of course Me and the team will be creating amazing weddings, and working with wonderful clients. You will see our work at some of our favorite venues: Kincaid House, Dara’s Garden, RT Lodge, as well as some private homes. I hope to continue working with Marblegate Farms, Mill & Mine; Cherokee Country Club, Holston Hills Country Club, Church Street United Methodist Church and more as well. I know we will cherish all the vendor relationships we have with caterers, photographers, florists, rentals, and everyone who puts their heart and sweat into our clients’ events. We also hope to offer more to more clients and vendors.

Photography by Traci Ancelet

Now there is Lefty Designs. I have found a love for custom creations, including signs, table top items, and some woodwork. Lefty Designs grew from the artist side of me wanting to create ideas that aren’t mass produced, that can go on to live in my clients’ lives and homes after their wedding. I have produced tabletop planter box centerpieces, wood herringbone accents, various seating charts, Tufted fabric centerpieces (see below), tile chargers for custom designed place settings, and more! I found many clients love the custom designed and built items, and many more asking for signs. Thanks to my very good friends at The Happy Envelope and Katherine Michalik, I also discovered a love for lettering. I have even provided signs to many wedding vendors including: The Spindle Tree, Southern Belle Beauty, Marblegate Farms, and many on display at Samuel Franklin Florist. I offer custom signs for weddings, businesses, everyday home decor, and of course Christmas! I am excited to keep building this side of my business, and making weddings even more amazing! Please note Lefty Designs, like me, go big or go home. So these designs are designed to make an impact. Our lettering is not for wedding invitations. If you are interested feel free to contact me thru our current website and reference Lefty Designs.

Photography by Danielle Evans
Rentals by All Occasion Party Rentals
Location: Marblegate Farms

Happy 2020 to all, and we can’t wait to see what this year holds for us! For inquiries please visit us here, and schedule a coffee date!

*We are welcoming to all cultures, religions, and genders,

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