Happy Anniversary Steve and Kim!

Photo credit: Octavia Hunter

Steve and Kim were married on October 11, 2009 at Elliston Vineyards in Sunol, CA.  I honestly feel that Kim was a wedding planner in a former life and I knew from the moment I met her that we were a perfect fit!  Every detail of her wedding was so well thought out, from the Vermont chocolate favors (Steve is from Vermont), to the sweet lavender heart wreath hanging on the tree leading up to the ceremony, to the “fortune” bouquet of lottery tickets and good luck charms which strategically broke apart as it was tossed so that each girl got something.  (I must give partial credit for that idea to her DJ, Kevin from Fantasy Sound!)

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Weekend Crafting Inspiration: Yarn Wrapped Bottles

I’ve missed a few weeks of my Weekend Crafting Inspiration (sorry about that), but I’m hopefully making it up to you with this super easy, super fun craft idea!  I found this tutorial for yarn wrapped bottles on Wedding Chicks.  I decided it was a must-do because 1) the bottles are too cute, 2) I can always use a few more bud vases and 3) I go through a yarn-buying phase, where I think I have time to pick up knitting again, at least once a year.  So…I have yarn coming out of my ears!

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Weekend Crafting Inspiration: Fabric Flower Pins

Ever have a project that starts off so easy and ends with a frustrated crafter about to go out of her mind?  That was the last couple days for me!  Earlier this week, I started playing with some fabric scraps I had lying around and was inspired to make fabric flowers.  I found this tutorial from Lil Blue Boo for a fabric flower headband and stayed up far too late making just the flowers!  (So much fun!)

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Weekend Crafting Inspiration: Rope Monograms or Words

The weekend is here (hooray!) so it’s time for some more weekend crafting inspiration.  I found this project almost a year ago on Green Wedding Shoes (see original post here).  As with last week’s project on paper baskets, this one is also versatile and can apply to weddings and events, or just to every day life.  You’ll notice that I modified the original tutorial somewhat by making a monogram instead of rope words.  I did this mostly because I love monograms, especially for weddings.  I feel like they’re a symbol of the family that you’re building and they fit perfectly in your home after the wedding is over.

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A Much-Needed Update

Well here I am, finally checking in with my blog…a few whole MONTHS since the debut of my new website and my last post.  I sort of feel like I’m in trouble at school and I need to explain myself, so here goes.

Earlier this year, shortly after I began the process of designing my website with the great guys at 2BlokesDesign, I discovered that I was pregnant with my second child.  It wasn’t a total surprise, as my husband and I really want another child and this was most definitely planned.  Yet this pregnancy has almost completely turned my life upside down.  Come to find out, I was pretty darn functional when I was pregnant the first time.   I worked the entire pregnancy and actually did SEVEN weddings at Elliston during my eighth month.  (And they were great weddings, big belly and all!)  This pregnancy, however, has been the complete opposite of functional.  I’ve been sick, exhausted and otherwise a big hot mess from the very beginning.  I just passed the six-month mark and all the while, my biggest full-time job is still as a stay-at-home mom to a rather active two-and-a-half-year-old.

So, to make a long story even longer, we finished the website in May and since then I’ve been forced to slow down a bit.  Many of the things I was working on to establish my new business have been moved to the back burner so I can take care of myself, my family and this new addition we’re bringing into the world.  And at the end of the day, I have to stay grateful for that.  That’s why I included the quote above.  Some days, the only thing I accomplish is taking my daughter to the park to play.  And while that task seems so little, it really isn’t.  She’s growing so much every day and before I know it, we won’t have whole days together because she’ll be in pre-school, then elementary school, junior high, high school and then off to college.  The little things have really become the big things, I guess.

Having said all this, I have been working still and I wanted to give a quick update.

~     Last month, I attended an intense 3-day business workshop in Southern California called Fight Club (I know, maybe not wise for a pregnant woman to participate in something labeled Fight Club!).  But it was so completely worth it!  The workshop was put on Jeff Jochum and his company TeamX.Biz, as well as Showit, the platform and service I use for my website. Jeff’s program is really geared toward photographers, but he and the others in the group were gracious enough to let me sit in.  I really cannot even come up with words to describe how great and beneficial this was for me!  I learned so much from him about why I want to do weddings and I’ve already made a few small changes to my website, with many more ideas on the horizon.  If you’re a wedding professional, especially a photographer, I HIGHLY suggest looking into Jeff’s workshops and coaching services.  Oh, and did I mention the entire 3 days were taped, broadcast live online and watched by hundreds of people?  Definitely a lesson on stepping outside of your comfort zone to better yourself and your business!

~     I recently turned 39 and decided to spend the last year of my thirties doing a 365 Days of Gratitude project, posting a picture every day of something I’m grateful for on both Instagram and my personal profile on Facebook.  Feel free to follow my journey at @kmeinhardt.

~     Nesting has already set in, so I’m DIY-ing like a crazy woman!  I’ve got many projects that I’ve either completed or I’m in the process of completing so I decided to feature one on the blog every Friday, beginning this week.  Figured we could all use a little weekend crafting inspiration!  And I’m still obsessed with Pinterest…follow me here if you are too!

Everything happens at the right time.  I’m grateful for all the blessings in my life and while my business has taken somewhat of a back seat, inside I’m raring to go.  Any last minute weddings for this year are unfortunately out of the question, as I’m a stickler about making sure that I can be completely available and present for the couples I work with and that just isn’t possible right now.  That has been a tough pill to swallow, but necessary to accept.  2013 will be a different story, both personally and professionally, and I can’t wait!

How Pinterest Inspires Me

I don’t know what the folks over in the Pinterest promotions department are doing, but whatever it is…it’s working!  It seems that the site has exploded just in the last month and having mentioned that I’m a Pinterest addict on FaceBook multiple times, I have received many questions from family and friends over the past few weeks.  What is it?  Why should I join?  How do I join?  I requested an invite, but I haven’t heard back.  Etc, etc.

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Wedding Card & Keepsake Boxes

Before I get into today’s post, I want to share a few exciting things that I’ve been working on.  First, I finally got off my bootie and finished a FaceBook page for KMW!  You can now become a fan of Kristy Meinhardt Weddings (and I hope that you will!) by clicking HERE!

In other exciting news, I started 2012 off with a bang professionally by meeting one of my mentors and inspirations, Preston Bailey, at a book signing during the Wedding Faire Santa Clara.  Unfortunately, I could not attend any of the workshops for professionals that weekend so I did not hear Preston speak, but he did sign my copy of his latest book Flowers and I got this lovely picture to mark the occasion!  This is me, in total awe…

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Happy 2012!

Around this time of year four years ago, a friend of mine published a list of 100 goals she wanted to accomplish and then she blogged as each one was checked off her list.  I thought the idea was good, so I set up a blog (separate from this blog, obviously) and began writing a list of my own.  I actually only got to 25 goals, but I felt that was a good start. Some were big dreams like getting married and starting a family, while others were smaller like baking cookies for David once a month. (He really loves cookies!) But then, after getting it all down in writing, I did nothing.  I just got carried away with the day-to-day of life to even look at the list ever again.

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K&L – Elliston Vineyards, Sunol, CA

K&L’s wedding has the distinction of being my very last wedding as a venue coordinator at Elliston.  It’s hopefully not my last wedding there ever, since it’s such a beautiful venue with great staff and a great feel to it.  (I’m not biased at all!)  I was with this couple from the moment they first toured the venue and I did their planning and two menu tastings (they’re both self-confessed foodies), so there wasn’t any way I wouldn’t see this wedding through to the end!

It amazes me how I discover something special and unique with each wedding that I work on.  This wedding was no different.  K recently graduated from a master’s program in music.  She loves the movie The Princess Bride and used that to set the theme of her wedding.  L is an engineer at Facebook.  They are both very witty, smart, fun and completely perfect for each other.  The wedding details most important to them were the food, wine and of course the music.

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