Photoshoots and DIYs

Working for a wedding and event planner AND floral designer makes every day an adventure.

This week: RSVP Photo shoot.

RSVP magazine wanted to do some wedding inspiration and Evan was asked to be a part of it.  After changing his mind over and over, he finally settled on a Gatsby theme, and man was it beautiful!


It wasn’t the typical neutral color pallet.  “Marsala” was the color of choice with gold and so many chandeliers! Literally had my heart thumping, partially from all the gold chivari chairs I hauled into the venue.  We set up the mock ceremony and reception at the Warehouse at Alley Station (pretty much the best new venue in Downtown Montgomery), Brendle rentals provided literally everything, Special Event Lighting, Paper Blues designed the precious invitations and menus, and cake made by Simply Sugared 🙂



The sweetest couple came and acted as models for the shoot and brought one of their even SWEETER babies! I am pretty sure that the best part of my job is all the people that I get to meet.  Every personality is different and every second of it is a phenomenal blessing.

This group of people were a blast to be around Wednesday.  Sweetest couple award to JW and KC Godwin, and thank you for having easy names to remember. Melissa (simply sugared) was one gem to meet, so kind, generous, and an absolute God send of help that day!  Colorbox photographers (AKA perfect golden haired beauty) came and shot the whole set up and created a whole new realm of joy with her sweet personality.


Let me tell y’all, my whole life I thought that this would be one of the easiest jobs.  You get to play with flowers, glitter, fancy photographers and be famous.


I am pretty sure that day was full of sweat, hard work, and hangry workers (hangry=angry and hungry.)

There was no time for a lunch break or even a break at all.  It’s been freezing cold for weeks now, but the day of that shoot, it was warm and rainy. The show must go on. Regardless of rain, shine, or snow, that photo shoot had to happen, and EGC rocked it.

It was lovely, classic with elegance, and it amazes me still that he can turn nothing into beauty.

The next day was a later start at the office, with less chores, so a little DIY happened.


YEP, Evan just decided to make a random flower arrangement, for literally no reason, and it was perfect. I watched in amazement.  It literally took him 10 minutes to make.  Working for Evan, flower names have been a struggle for me to learn and memorize, or even pronounce correctly, so here it goes:

Greenery: Bay Leaf (which I thought was only for cooking, but apparently not.), Seeded Eucalyptus, leather leaf, and jasmine.

Flowers: Ivory Roses, Anemones, Ranunculus, and Protea.




EGC even gave me some camera tips and I hashtagged him in that moment #kimboxevan.

He always says Kim Box made him everything he is today, and honestly, I believe him! So props to you Kim Box Photography, y’all know what’s up.  When Evan is being followed by the paparazzi one day (he already pretends that he is and where sunglasses inside), he will always give y’all the credit!

I never imagined myself doing what I do, but I am thankful for the knowledge I have gained, the people I have met, and the way God orchestrated it all.

Wednesdays at Nine

Wednesdays at 9 pm is a time that Cody and I look forward to weekly.  We always ask each other if Wednesday at 9 is happening, and it always does.

A few months ago, I connected with a girl that I have known for years.  She and I went to Faulkner together, we ran with completely different crowds, and did not consider each other more than sweet acquaintances, BUT, a few months ago we met for coffee and connected in a way that we never have before.  So I invited her and her boyfriend to our apartment for dinner one night, and the rest was history.

Every Wednesday night at 9, Ben and Nalin (AKA Ben and Nals) come over for coffee after church, they always stay later than they planned, and we always love that.


Nals is so tiny, so evidently Laotian, regardless of her southern accent, and the sweetest human.  She is creative and smart, and remarkably one of the most consistent people I have ever known.


Ben looks, acts, and appears to be the classic white boy, although he will make very clear to you that he is African American, because he really is half Egyptian. Oh, and he also believes that he is really gangster, which is hysterical.


These two are quirky, kind, and the sweetest of friends.  Its like a Wednesday night support group when they come over.  It is our time to sit and talk about our dreams and fears, our week, our day, even the last hour. We even pray together.

Coffee is always a MUST HAVE.

There is usually a point in the evening where the men go do manly things and me and Nals sit and visit on the couch.  The boys spent a good bit of last night finishing up some recent coffee orders in our, what I like to call, Peek-a-Boo kitchen.


Occasionally Ben will peek his head through and yell random things at us, and nine times out of ten in attempt to sound cool/gangster.


When the men finished roasting, we all got to enjoy a freshly roasted, ground, and brewed cup of Bell Blend coffee, it was so delightful. We sat around our little circle table and laughed and laughed.

These two love what’s happening in the world of the Bell Family and they sure do encourage us in our adventures.

You know what we love the most about them? Their heart for Montgomery, Alabama, their  desire for community in our home town and their insane love for Jesus.


I mean come on Montgomerians, don’t you desire a place where you can sit and visit? Have a comfy place to enjoy each others company, especially with Bell Blend in your hand? 🙂

We do too. That’s the way the Bell’s and Ben and Nals connect.  We are a little support group of dreamers, dreaming away the evening and desiring a new excitement for our city to rise up, and trust me, it’s already happening.


It’s always interesting the way the Lord navigates timing for us. Nalin and I were barely friends just a few months ago and Cody hardly knew Ben.

The Lord knew that. He knew before time began that we would be where we are and that we would need souls like Ben and Nals to walk in consistency with us.

I loved waking up this morning and discovering the remains of a Wednesday at 9.  These two little cups sitting on the table was a reminder of the Lord and the way He has transitioned life for all of us, and He has done so with such intense grace.


God orchestrates all things good,

Even Wednesdays at 9.

*Be sure to order more coffee, and stay tuned for what’s happening next week 🙂 *

Never Forget

It is pretty much possible that all last week I lived in memory.

I reminisced on the days of old and had that little twinge of sad in my belly.

I don’t miss college, but this week, I missed the happy memories of it.

I spent my entire week helping my old social club perfect their Jamboree show. For those of you who don’t know what Jamboree is, let me help you.

DIY costumes, makeup, dance moves, cheers, acting, pop music, no sleep ever, girls AND boys wear make up, complete club bonding

Major competition, all for a trophy.

This year my sweet club did Aladdin, and y’all it was the CUTEST.





I got to see old friends who have gone on their way, but made it back for jamboree. We were able to catch up and LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH at the days when it was us doing all of this non-sense. Jamboree is the a place where friendships are created and bonds are formed. All those crazy alums that showed up this week were my sweet friends all because of that one season in our lives.





Oh and did I mention that they won???!!!! 🙂


BUT, let me tell you, the moment that captured me most was my coffee date with my three best friends.  The three girls who shared campus bedrooms and bathrooms, kitchens and ate yucky caf food with me.  They went to chapel with me, and squeezed through the doors of college curfew.  We would run across campus and pretend we were flying, and we loved when people stared with judgement in their eyes. We did jamboree together and even competed with one another.  They experienced my deepest pains and rejoiced with my wildest joys.  These girls, they were my people.  Today, life has changed us, naturally, but our memories hold us tight.



(btw, this is my favorite shot of Kay.  I accidentally snapped a picture, and there is her beautiful awkward smile lighting up the shot.)

also, the bride to be…

I didn’t have a big friend group in college like everyone else, but I had these girls. They were and still are my rock.

Our sweetest Abbey is getting married in October and so in the forty-five minutes we had to catch up before Jamboree 2015 began, we talked all things weddings, and laughed as Abbey chowed down on Taco Bell… nothing has changed.


We sat in a cold Coffee Hut that rests across the street from the Campus that brought us all together.  A few times I glanced across to see that tip of the business building and it made me thankful for that place.  I never thought I would have thankfulness within me for Faulkner, but I do. I thank Faulkner for these girls and the memories we have together.


Our lives have put us all over the map and pulled us in so many directions. But the memories we made are what never let us go. I love that life goes on.  There are days when it hurts to accept that phrase, but if life didn’t move on, we wouldn’t have the memories to remember.

I can’t wait for what else happens in this life. I want to keep remembering with all my people until we all sit at the feet of Jesus, and remember what He did for all of us.

I can see Him looking at all of us, with a smile on His face and saying, “I always remembered you.”

Never forget.