Wishing I was home right now in a loving mess of embracing arms belonging to this fine group of magical humans…
The most fun wedding de-stress’er in town! Recently transplanted to Montgomery, Alabama to save the sanity of the engaged.
I curse, I’m tattooed, and I don’t like football. Proud supporter of BLM, LGBTQ+, decriminalization of Cannabis, human decency, feral cat rescue, and science.
Wishing I was home right now in a loving mess of embracing arms belonging to this fine group of magical humans…
Joined the East Alabama Orchid Society tonight. What’s not to love about a bunch of fellow orchid nerds showing off their blooming plants and trading tips and tools??
First time voting in Alabama! It’s a dramatically different experience than voting in California, but we’ll worth the extra effort to dig up the unbiased info to make the most informed decisions. Here’s hoping positive, forward thinking change is coming!!!
Y’all. I am O B S E S S E D! Linda In Stained Glass is finally finished!!! Thank you to of for being such a patient and talented instructor. Can’t wait for January’s session!
You can’t pick your sister, but you can pick your nose. Circa 1980
Dear Asheville (& Swannanoa),
It was a pleasure to meet you, and I have no shame in admitting that , and I definitely have a crush on you. Thanks for the seemingly endless incredible views, food and booze; we didn’t know how much we needed all of that until we were fully immersed in it. And waking up each day to a completely different panoramic color palette than the day before was the icing on the cake!
Vacations are rough. 🤣
Why did write “I ❤️U Husfriend” on *my* birthday cake? Great question, I’m glad you asked. It’s because I love my husfriend, he is my person. And he’s willing to drive us 2 1/2 hrs to Atlanta to pick up a cake I ordered for myself, along with gf donuts, pound cake, curry turnovers, and spanakopita because I have no self control at Hell Yeah. 😆🎉👍He also followed me around the (only partially distracted by sportsball stuff), and then treated me to a gluttonous steak dinner after realizing both my first and second choice restaurants were closed. To top it all off, he got me a bday gift that I already have two of, because a chronically chilly girl can never have too many Comfy pullovers. 😆 Thanks for doing life—and another birthday—with me, !
Hands down one of the most fun parts of last week was having there. The kindest, sweetest, tallest and most hysterical tik tok’er out there!
My bosses are cuter than your bosses.
We have no fun at work. And we definitely have no fun at work parties. Especially candy themed pajama parties. No fun at all.
Tales from our marriage… When we’re collectively stressed or frustrated, we go for drives. Those drives have never *not* turned out to be a great idea. Exhibit A: spotting this owl.
I’m having a very resentful “why the eff did we move here” day and my therapist is on vacation.
In case you were wondering if personal assisting was glamorous… 📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦📦 📦
The Lake House is nearly ready for K&L’s arrival! It’s been an delight to watch a thousand interior design emails turn into a bazillion boxes and then come to life before my eyes with captaining the ship. (And she brought from too!!!)
Every morning when I walk out of my bedroom, I’m punched in the face by the fragrance of these orchids I’m growing. Super glad to have that blissful moment before the reality of being a woman in America in 2022 punches you in the gut for the rest of the day. (Bc. Glorious May from Palmer Orchids; blooming for just under four weeks now)
This. It’s my life. And now my job, too. 😆🙌🎉
I can’t manage to remember how to lift my head or use my legs to get out of bed thanks to these two throwing the best gay wedding small town Alabama has ever seen. (Thanks for the rainbow, Sarah! 💕) Absolutely unforgettable weekend, and the best celebration and couple I could have asked for to close out the wedding planning chapter of my life. Also, for any of y’all not-yet-married folks, Quaker style wedding ceremonies are where it’s at.
What can I say, it was a really good party. More photos and stories to come. But now…we sleep.
It’s go time on my first SLB wedding since March 7, 2020! And my last SLB wedding (or so I keep telling myself). 🥲😢These handsome fellas have put together the most thoughtful and heartfelt celebration of their love and it’s been an honor to help plan & coordinate for them. The Alabama weather doesn’t want to cooperate this weekend but that’s nothing we’re letting stand in the way of the best wedding Eclectic has ever seen!!! And in true fashion—no pun intended—I’m more stressed about what to wear than how much rain we might get.
Happiest anniversary to us, . There’s no one else I’d rather spend this crazy life with.And to all the folks who helped make our pandemic wedding the most magical day of our existence, we thank you every single day!!!!
Missing our San Diego wedding fam something fierce today. Those who were there in person, those who were not.
Hey San Diego family and friends... We’re all in support of authenticity and vulnerability, and uplifting one another, right? Please take a moment to watch this video from my dear friend and spectacular photographer . I witnessed the incredible sacrifices she made putting her thriving career into slowmo and risking her sanity to care for her father as his dementia progressed. She did it all with grace and her amazing sense of humor on the surface, but there was so much struggle *beneath* the surface that we rarely saw from her as she put all of herself on hold to be a caregiver. She’s tough as nails, this one. Now that her father has moved back to Ohio, she’s ready to reclaim her happy, her peace, her strength, and her passion for photographing other humans. I encourage you to check out her work, to follow her on social media, to view her photo galleries, and if you are in a position to do so, book her to shoot some incredible photos for you, your family, your tribe, your posse. You’ll laugh harder than you expected, and the realness that she captures will be something you will treasure for the rest of your days. (I also encourage you to dig into her IG feed and find the video where she learned and performed the entire Napoleon Dynamite dance in her garage during quarantine. It’s pure gold!) Love you, Jill, and I’m so happy to see you putting your best self out into the world again!!!
Husfriend immortalized my favorite piece of street trash in one of his recent commissioned paintings and OJ couldn’t be more disinterested. So very cat of him.
It’s official, y’all! The 1616 House has opened its doors, kicking off her debut with a spectacularly beautiful wedding. As the in-house coordinator for this event, there are sooooo many vendors to thank for knocking it out of the park for Suzanna and Brian, and you can check out photos and videos over on ’s posts and stories. Be sure to give us a follow on that account to keep up on all the magic we’re going to make in this town!! (You’re welcome to stay tuned here if you’re into sporadic, unapologetic, occasionally sassy and/or profanity laced posts which you are unlikely to find on the MUCH classier 1616 account.)
Peggy McKinney Cakes
And our badass security guards from the Montgomery Police Dept
We took our first Alabama adventure today out to The Joe’s Black Angus Farm in Newbern for a day of nature and birdwatching. 200 acres of peaceful beauty, an abundance of great company, and lots of laughs with the Joe Family made for a truly memorable day. The and will definitely be seeing us again!
Sending a big THANK YOU out into the universe to all of us who helped one another survive last year. ♥️🐝♥️
It’s been one year and one day since the first Sassy Little Bee wedding was postponed due to the pandemic. That year lasted a whole decade and looking back at it is kind of like when you find yourself laughing out loud at a funeral...it feels wrong to be happy, but you know you can’t only be sad.
Too many months were spent watching every one of my couples struggle with the unknowns ahead as Michael and I did the same right along with them, both on an engaged-during-a-pandemic level and on a what-about-my-small-business-I’ve-put-my-entire-life-into level. We tried our best to chart a course towards stability and achieving our long term goals while I stayed committed to seeing my couples through this...regardless of where I would be living and regardless of what their decisions would be or how many times they might have to change them.
In this year, I’ve learned a lot too... a lot about about politics and idiots and why I love science and what matters most. I’ve learned a lot about myself, about my partner, about being a bride and a wife. About the benefits of boundaries, and about how much us wedding folks are willing to sacrifice for the love of other people’s love and weddings. And how no matter how much of yourself you give, it can all disappear at the hands of circumstances beyond our control. Plus lessons of loss, grieving for non-living things, and the very real fear of losing someone you love to COVID.
But thanks to and throughout all of that learning, we made the best decision for us and our future. We have no regrets (but this whole “giant scary wasps getting into our house multiple times a day” thing is NOT something we were warned about living in AL. Can’t wait til the mosquitoes show up.) 😳🤦🏻♀️😡 In all seriousness tho, I am happy and hopeful and grateful to be here. And I’m beyond thrilled about our new life in Montgomery and all the magic it's already brought our way.
I see and feel all of that, a montage of the good/bad/ugly of all 2020 in every photo from last year. I wonder if I always will.
I feel like the old “Live Laugh Love” toxic positivity movement has finally started to shift to “this is our new *real* honest reality” but at least we can all agree that we’re completely burnt out together, right? Strength in numbers and all?? 🤷🏻♀️🤦🏻♀️🙋🏻♀️
and I cooked our first Montgomery family dinner for ’s hardest working folks, and this past weekend. To say they work hard is also a gross understatement. I’ll never stop being in awe of all the love and dedication they are putting into 1616. They deserve home cooked meals daily but perhaps I need some more culinary training before I try to feed them again... one day we will all have a good laugh at my epic sous vide steak fail from that night, but at least the cheesecake was amazing!😉
“One gigantic never ending scrape job.” It’s the official motto! 😉 I’m going to have a very special relationship with this fireplace once we’re finished. ♥️💛♥️
Happiest birthday, ! You are truly one of a kind and I can’t imagine how absolutely lame (not to mention stressful AF) these last few years would have been without you. 😉I’m lucky to know you and love you a ton, and I will always come to you first when I need your expert private investigator skills. 😉♥️🐝♥️
“There is nothing in this world that you could ever show me that could ever matter more.” -Ani DiFranco
It’s been a good long while since I’ve had a ton of wedding/event related work so I am *very* ready to clock in at . 1616 is undergoing a new phase of renovation and restoration starting this month and you can follow along with the progress on the venue account. So much love and attention to detail is being put into this property and I am thrilled to be working alongside Cristina on this dream of hers!
My dad is known for talking on the phone a ton...he seriously loves to talk on the phone...all day...to anyone who will pick up when he calls. He stopped answering his phone a few days after being hospitalized with COVID (which happened while we were packing our trailer in CA), and he stopped checking texts, too, but I keep sending them anyway. Please remind your family and loved ones that this pandemic is FAR from over. Don’t tip toe around the issue either. Tell everyone you love how much you love them as often and as loudly as you can. And if you’ve got a prayer to spare, send one my dad’s way.
I got a super handsome husband for Christmas. 😻❄️☃️🎅🏽❄️😻 Hope you all are having a small but meaningful celebration this holiday. Sending love from our hive to yours!!! 📸: .standard
The last time I intentionally drove around to look at Christmas lights was in 2010, and that was the night I found the house and I currently live in. Last night we took a break from packing moving boxes to go see Christmas lights and while waiting in a ridiculous amount of traffic we shared our last two wedding favors, California and Alabama sugar cookies, and it wasn’t until I decided to start writing this post that I got all choked up about it. What an adventure my 16 years in California have been, and my ten years in Escondido have been the most memorable and meaningful, mostly because of the last 7 with MCH. It’s going to be so hard to leave in just a few more weeks and I’m getting way too emotional so I’m gonna go pack and label 85 more boxes and make some lists and find more baked goods to consume... A million thanks going out to Lisa from for hand crafting our wedding favor cookies as well as for her enthusiasm, creativity, and artistry!
Head on over to .standard’s to follow her and check out her stories for some wedding photo teasers! (I can’t quite narrow my favorites down to less than absolutely alllllllll of the images Erica captured, but she’s picked some good ones as an appetizer.) Tiramisu cake by ; cat toppers were a gift from ; floral adornments by
We always knew we wanted a small wedding, we just never thought it would have to be so micro-sized. So many important people were not there with us when we got married, including my parents and both of our siblings. Their absence made for a super emotional set of moments throughout the day and well after the wedding. Luckily, on the day we got married, we were surrounded by a small yet powerful group of individuals who stepped up to represent for everyone who was watching from home.
💖💖💖Thanks to my magician of a father-in-law who single-handedly produced the livestream for us, and the photos, messages and videos we received from everyone who attended virtually, we felt more loved than ever!!!! For a wedding during the year of the dumpster fire it sure was magical!
SWIPE FOR BEFORE AND AFTER PICS! Let’s talk a little bit about trusting your vendors. Specifically wedding florists. These before and after photos clearly illustrate what I’ve said about wedding florists for well over a decade...
Give your florist very specific instructions, preferences, and color palettes, and they will meet your expectations. Or, give your florist a few inspiration points and full creative freedom, and they will EXCEED *all* of your expectations and blow your damn mind.
Real life example number one: our chosen wedding venue *is* lovely, but December in San Diego is not nearly as colorful as the spring...unless you have a dream team of florists on your side.
Our specific floral team, led by , was comprised of deeply treasured friends I’ve had the honor of working along side for many years. Each of them gave and I the gift of their labor of love, and brought their own unique touch to every bit of every design. It’s accurate to say they spoiled the heck out of us.
But the advice still stands wether you have a personal relationship with your vendors or not: hire proven professionals, let them do their thing, trust them fully, and you’ll cry your face off and let a ton of expletives fly when you see it all come to life.
Thank you , , , .noriko, (and too)!!! You gave us the most incredibly unforgettable wedding during a year of such heartbreak and upheaval, and we feel beyond blessed to have each of you in our lives. ♥️🐝♥️
We still can’t find the words to express how unbelievably magical yesterday was...but we’ll get there eventually. 😉
San Diego, CA
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