2016 Year in Review

It's the last morning of 2016. I'm at home in my office wearing a white fluffy robe, drinking my hot coffee (with a healthy splash of Bailey's in it) contemplating my life. I've been challenging myself over the last few weeks to review my year, set new personal and professional goals, and to make resolutions for 2017.

Many of you already know that 2015 was a year of incredible achievements and incredible pain for me. I left my career for self-employment; doubled my bookings; built my first team; had my first tv appearance; and got my first feature in print. In the same year, my best friend tragically passed away, I was in a bad relationship, and I hadn't planned well enough to be financially stable during the winter (I was almost forced to leave my apartment). In a tremendous year of "firsts," I experienced grief and vulnerability for the first time in my life too. Through it all, I learned that being human and emotional is a healthy way to process grief and anger. I also learned that I need to plan more effectively for potential dry spells - my first hard lesson in entrepreneurship. 

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This Week

I'm wrapping up a week-long break today. Jordan and I have been staying with his family in his hometown of Pembroke since Monday following the news that his grandmother and great uncle both passed away last Sunday.

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Mauve Wedding at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club in Aylmer, Quebec

Jasmine and Peter's wedding was one of the most wonderful design opportunities we have had to date. We're very lucky that almost all of the couples that find us understand our aesthetic and we mesh very well together. I don't think I've had a bride whose taste is so completely similar to mine that we sync on all of our ideas and visions as much as Jasmine. Jasmine was that bride for me. Being a very conceptual, artistic and creative woman herself, we were able to talk about ideas and make them come to life pretty quickly. We both love botanicals, organic garden-inspired arrangements, calligraphy, and finding ways to infuse meaning into detail. Let me know what you think of the finished product!

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Behind the Scenes at Jasmine & Peter's Wedding

Just a couple shots of Ashley and me setting up Jasmine & Peter's 50' head table with a giant garland by Wedecor running down the centre. Such a show stopper! Would you do a giant head table with all your friends? I highly recommend it!

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