“At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent.” -Barbara Bush _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I saw this quote following Barbara Bush’s passing earlier this week, and I just couldn’t get it out of my head. _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This right here totally sums up my transition from Wealth Management to entrepreneurship. You see, I was on the fast track to the generally accepted version of success...impressive title,⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ killer paycheck, and all the benefits. _ But that version of success doesn’t come cheap. The price is a never ending work week, a ton of external pressure to produce, and the stress of banging your head against the proverbial corporate wall. _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ All my life, that had been my plan. My definition of success. But, when I met Corey, that definition started to change. I began to realize that someday, I’d retire with a nice big bank account, but after living like two ships passing in the night for 30 years, there wouldn’t be much of a marriage left.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ And, what’s the point of all of the accolades, big sales, and 401k if the price you pay for it is your life?_⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So, I chose to re-define my version of success. While I may not work less, having the flexibility to go on a long bike ride on a Tuesday is success to me. Being able to cook Corey breakfast at 2:00 pm is success to me. And getting to help couples that I adore start a new chapter together with a killer celebration is success to me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ In the end, making time for the ones you love is always worth it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ photography: @rachelredphotography
Corey’s dad is in town this week, and that means we’re running around Charleston, eating ALL the South Carolina oysters! _ What’s your favorite place to grab a dozen oysters? I’m a huge fan of @amenstreet, because they have killer happy hour specials! _ photography: @rachelredphotography venue: @schoonerpridecharleston oysters: @crucatering rentals: @oohevents turkish towel: @charlestonweekender _ _ _ #charlestonbride #charlestonweddings #charlestonwedding #nauticalwedding #charlestonfood #charlestonfoodie #explorecharleston #destinationwedding #destinationweddings #southernwedding #southernweddings #charlestonweddingplanner #weddinginspo #weddingfood
“While there were many awesome moments working with Lindsay during planning our wedding, I think my favorite moment was when she showed up in my getting ready room with an emergency box, just in case I needed something I did not have. _ She looked so sweet and it was so comforting to see her. She was so invested in me, my fiancé, our family, our arrangements, our feelings and emotions, and was so excited and full of compassion for our whole big day! _ It just filled my heart to finally get to see it all evolve and be able to share it with her.” - Ashley _ There is nothing that fills my heart more than hearing an #LBishopBride gush about her wedding day! Ashley & Elio had a tough planning process (their wedding had to be rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew 😓), but in the end, their wedding at Middleton Place was an absolute blast, and one their New York families will surely never forget! _ I mean, doesn’t she just look so excited to marry her best friend?!? _ photography: @clayaustin venue: @middletonplaceweddings _ #charlestonwedding #charlestonweddings #charlestonbride #destinationweddings #destinationwedding #plantationwedding #historicweddingvenue
Just a little snap of me carrying a bouquet with the most perfect golden sunlight. I'm pretty sure that @rachelredphotography carries that sunlight around in her camera bag, because girl can find the perfect ray even in spots that you and I would never think of as pretty _ photograph: @rachelredphotography
This view from the top of Chateau de Chambord was absolutely stunning. _ The view in the other direction was just as spectacular; a maze of the most ornate chimneys. There are over 200, but if you didn’t know it, you’d never guess...they’re so beautiful it’s almost hard to determine which are chimneys and which are spires. _ My love of history goes hand in hand with my love for architecture, and it almost seemed like fate that this trip to France took place right in the middle of my Interior Design course at the @buildingartscollege...we had learned so much about historic design elements and the way that life was lived in homes that I was able to notice so many things at these Chateau that I never would have taken a second look at!
It’s National Handmade Day, and I’m giving a shout out to my girl @emmakatzkabridal! _ I’ve been helping Emma with production during a super-busy season for her, and seeing the amount of time and energy that goes in to each an every one of her pieces is astonishing! _ Sometimes, it takes getting our own hands dirty to realize how much effort others put into their craft, and I definitely have a new appreciation for each of Emma’s pieces now that I’ve experienced their assembly first hand! _ I’m always looking to discover talented creatives in Charleston, tell me, who’s your favorite local maker? _ photograph: @rachelredphotography
Happy Easter! Even though we aren’t able to spend it with family, I’ll be thinking of them as I slow cook my Jack Daniels ham all afternoon...well actually I’ll be flowering all afternoon, so I’m letting the oven do it’s thing while I count my blessings that I get to spend my Easter with all the tulips 🌷 _ Hope you all have an incredible day, eat too much chocolate, and then go back for a little more 😘 _ photography: @rachelredphotography
“There is no remedy for love, but to love more.” – Thoreau . . . photographer: @clayaustin gown: @emilykotarskibridal hair: @swishonpitt makeup: @dannonkcollardmua suit: @trunkclub wedding ring: @victorbarbonejewelry models: @cameron.sepulveda Cole Wadsden . . . #charlestonwedding #charlestonbride #charlestonweddings #destinationwedding #charlestonweddingplanner
It’s the first day of Spring, so I’m pretty much obligated to share a flower photo with you! _ My favorite flower is always changing, but right now I’m obsessed with tulips. Did you know that tulips are phototropic, meaning that, even after they’re cut, they bend and stretch to get closer to the light? I love that you can’t tell them where to go, their inherently wild nature always shines through. _ What spring flower are you obsessed with? _ photographer: @rachelredphotography venue: @kshgevents bridal accessories: @emmakatzkabridal . . . . . #charlestonflowers #charlestonflorist #charlestonwedding #charlestonweddings
As we walked towards Mont Saint Michel on that foggy November morning, our anticipation grew with every step. Because, with every step, a new detail was revealed. At first, we could only make out the distant silhouette. As we drew closer, buildings became more clear. Shapes began to reveal details, and the excitement grew and grew. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can still remember so vividly the moment that a ray of sun squeezed through the fog and placed itself upon the most spectacular golden angel atop the highest spire, as though it had pierced the clouds and illuminated her just for us. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This spot had shaped the entire plan of our trip. As soon as we learned of it, we knew that we couldn’t leave France without seeing this 13th century monastery, set in the middle of a tidal harbor outside of a small Normandy town. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ What I wasn’t prepared for was how Mont Saint Michel would leave an imprint on my soul that I’m sure will be with me forever. Though I’m not one to be at a loss for words, describing the feeling of sitting quietly in the chapel during mass, the monks chanting the same way that they had 800 years ago, seems an impossible task. Having heard it, I have no question as to why so many had braved the treacherous tides to make the pilgrimage there, or why the monastery itself was named La Merveille, The Wonder. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ _⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can only hope that my own journey leads me back to it someday. Until then, I’ll look back at this photograph and dream of that tiny golden shimmer, waiting for the perfect moment to reveal itself.