Saturday Catch-Up w/ CoCo

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Hi, hello there! Happy Saturday Friends.

Welcome to a new series I’d like to call “Saturday Catch-Up w/ CoCo“, with your host, me, CoCo. As I sit here planning out the year ahead, I am filled with so many thoughts of things I’d like to accomplish. Let’s talk about my word for 2018. My word of the year is INTENTION, (to aim or plan), for a reason. I want this to be the year I implement all the things I’ve been learning and working on. I want this to be there year that I am not afraid to go for it. No holding back. As an introvert, it’s my natural reaction to say ‘yes’ in the moment and then kick myself in the butt later for doing so, and start planning a way to get out of what I just said yes to. But this year, I want to work on not being afraid to say no, but if I say ‘yes’, I want to really focus on being all in.

Do you ever find yourself having so many ideas, so many things you want to do? You feel so motivated and driven, it’s exciting! Then, when you sit down at your computer or with a notebook to attempt creating a plan to put those ideas into action, your brain goes blank. You can’t focus or seem to get them out of your brain, and onto paper. It’s how I have felt for a year. But this year, all the amazing things in my head, are coming out!

I want to have a purpose and goal for this blog. The content I’m planning and scheduling with be meaningful and helpful to you, as a bride, as a fellow creative or wedding pro, or as someone who just loves weddings! But I need your help for that to happen! I need you to tell me WHAT motivates you, inspires you, what you want to read about. Do you love content on Instagram with a great caption post? Do you want more video content? Do you love behind the scenes of my day, or seeing me in action at a real wedding? TELL ME! I’d really love to know. This is the year of EBC and making it everything you want, and need it to be.

So, that’s what we are up to today! Until next Saturday….

XO coco

2017 Recap of all the fun we had!

2017 was a great year in so many ways!!

It was a busy year for weddings, not only in business, but in my personal life as well! Lots of friends celebrated their love and I was able to be a part of it.

In addition to the beautiful weddings, we also completed our first styled wedding shoot, which was planned by EBC, hosted at the beautiful Elmrock Inn in Stone Ridge, NY. So many wonderful pros helped make this day a success! Shoutouts to the awesome photography of my girl Megan, florals by Cherry Brandy Designs, hair and makeup by the talented team of Annaliese & Co, and of course my model and good friend Dara!

It’s been a fabulous year getting to grow my network and being able to get to know all the amazing people that I have met this year. I wanted to share some highlights as we enter into the last week of 2017, and reflect on just how blessed I feel.

I have nothing but positive feelings for 2018, and all it has in store! I am entering the new year with confidence and the belief that it will be my best year yet!

Galas, Events, and more Galas, OH MY!

In the beginning of the year, I was gifted two tickets to attend a gala hosted by the inspiring company Wish Upon a Wedding. This experience was life-changing, as I had never attended a big city event prior to this, and it was a lovely evening! I made friends, danced, and enjoyed the beautiful space inside the Park Hyatt NYC.

I also attended a fun networking event celebrating Alpine Creative Group’s 30th year Anniversary of mastering the art of fine printing, hosted at the Glass Houses NYC. This venue and the views were breathtaking! I made more industry friends, and truly loved the experience! Here are some shots by the talented Terri Diamond.

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Weddings Galore

This year was definitely a year of weddings. I was a guest to many, and a planner for lots! I enjoyed every minute of it. I want to shout out to all my lovely friends who celebrated their love, and to all the couples I was blessed enough to work with in 2017, THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN!

I’ll leave you with some snaps of a few of the weddings. I wish you all a very happy, healthy NEW YEAR!

Images below, courtesy of Pioneer Media

Images below, courtesy of Lovelee Photography

 

 

How to Honor Loved Ones Who Passed Away At Your Wedding

Happy Wednesday dears! I hope you had a wonderful holiday, and a beautiful time with family. This time of year is tough, being the second one without my mom. But it was her favorite, so I try to embrace all those feelings!!

I was having a conversation the other day about when I finally get married, how sad it will be that my mom won’t be able to experience it. She waited so long for that perfect day to come, and now that she is with the Lord, it breaks my heart to know that she won’t be present, (physicially). 

Then I thought about all the ways that I will absolutely honor her on my wedding day. So I felt like this topic would be a good one to touch on. I know I’m not alone in losing someone close to me, who I want to include in my special day. If you are in this same boat, first, big hugs to you and my apologies. If you are trying to think of ways to incorporate that loved one into your day, then keep reading.

I have seen a few of these ideas at weddings I’ve attended, and others I would love to consider incorporating into my own wedding, someday.

Let me know your thoughts or if you have other ideas to include your loved one in your special day!

Tree of Life and Memories
Reserved Seats for Special Loved Ones
Carry them with you on your bouquet
Table full of memories
Light Jars with an added touch

HOLIDAY ANNOUNCEMENT & EXCITING NEWS!

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*blogged with the soft tunes of Christmas music, sipping on a large mug of hot cocoa, with extra marshmallows, and topped with whipped cream, because is there really any other way to drink hot cocoa?*

LADIES (and gents, if there’s any reading)! I’m writing a book! Yes, it’s happening. I don’t think I have a full chapter yet, but the important part is that I started.

I figured if I put it out there for the web to see, it’ll help hold me accountable, and keep me on track to complete this.

You may wonder why I decided to do this and what exactly I would have to say that the world would want to hear, right? Well, honestly, writing has always been something I enjoyed. The creativity, the writing process, being able to write whatever I want and being in charge of the direction each line goes. I used to take notebook pages, and fold them over in book style, or staple a bunch together and just write short stories. I wish I had them to this day. Some probably were as corny and boring as they come, but maybe there was a possible best seller in there. Doubt it. But hey, ya never know! This is why English was my favorite. I was an A+ student, and I was probably the only student in class who actually enjoyed writing essays. I’m just good at it. I would wait the last minute to write a big essay for class, and it would still be an A, or maybe a B grade paper. Skills, y’all.

Needless to say, I like to write. So, I’m going to give this book goal a try. I have a story that is my own, one that I want to share with the world, in hopes of helping even just a few people.

I might make this a full series on the blog, to track my progress, hold me accountable, and talk about the book writing process and experience in general. I hope its something you all will enjoy, and like to read about. If not, you can tell me to keep it to myself. And if you’ve written a book of your own, I’d love to hear about your process. I was definitely inspired by a lovely friend of mine, and you can read about her progress right here. She’s pretty amazing!

I havent quite set a goal for this to be completed and it may come in time, so I’ll keep you posted on that as well. I’d love to hear what projects you are currently working on? What are you taking with you into the new year? What have you started recently? If there’s something you’ve been wanting to start, and haven’t done it yet, I encourage you to do so friend. Just start. I’m a perfectionist for sure, and have trouble putting things out there to the world, before I feel like they are “ready”. I’m now learning to just execute. Do. Make it happen. Progress, whether slow or fast, is still progress.

Here’s to getting things started in the last month of 2017. And making them happen in 2018!

As I sign off, I’ve finished scheduling posts and things for the end of the year, and into the new year, and feeling pretty productive and happy with how things are going. I also have a really exciting new adventure starting in the new year, and I cannot wait to share it with you all! But, I wish you all a wonderful HOLIDAY! May your wishes come true, and I will chat with you all in the new year!

xo Coco

Do you have to wear white for your wedding? The answer is simply no.

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You may be the type of bride who loves the tradition of weddings. And that’s perfectly fine!! Nothing quite compares to a bridal beauty in white.

But what if that dress you fall in love with, that makes your heart flutter, and gives you all the goosebumps in the world, isn’t white?

In the latest edition of @TheKnot magazine, (which my lovely gal pal Kylee sent me before they hit the stands) was the story of a girl and the gorgeous dress she wore for her wedding in Italy, and it wasn’t white! But boy, was she just as much a bridal beauty in it, as ever. Go grab a copy of July 31st, to read her story!

The point: do what is best for you, and don’t feel the need to follow tradition if your heart is telling you something different. I love the bold brides, who dare to make their wedding dreams a reality. Did you change tradition for you wedding? I’d love to hear about it!

Signing off, it’s Friday, and I’m looking forward to the weekend. Talk soon.

XO C

 

SUNDAY FUNDAY + EXCITING NEWS!

Happy Sunday all!!

Goodness, it has been a busy weekend: graduation party, visit to the Water Street Market, in New Paltz, NY, and lots of errands and prepping for the week ahead. I love Sundays, even when they are busy. It’s usually a fun busy. There’s nothing like waking up late, going for coffee and brunch at a cute café, and prepping yourself for success for the coming week. It’s like a reset, and refresh to start new.

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You are probably wanting to hear what the EXCITING news is, am I right?!

Well, here goes…..

I have been putting together some details for a few exciting projects, (in the very beginning stages) and I can’t help but share the details about one in particular that I am extra excited about. I am working on launching my very own monthly subscription box!! YES!!! You will have a couple different subscription options, and it’s not going to break the bank, I promise. What’s this all about? I’m glad you asked. The pretty pink box (would you expect me to choose any other color?) will be bursting with items from amazing brands, like health and wellness, beauty, and hand-lettered creations. The goal is to motivate and inspire all women to live their best lives and be the best version of themselves. I love inspiring others, and there’s just something so beautiful and powerful about women inspiring other women. I, myself, struggled with losing my motivation after my mom passed away, and even at times before that. Having some health situations going on, causing me to feel not like myself, I stopped working out, started eating bad again, and have been increasingly starting to hate the way I look. But over the past week, I have fought to gain my mojo back, and I finally got it! You don’t need to spend hundreds on products to be healthy, it just takes little changes, and lots of inspiration. That is my goal for this box.

I am excited to launch this for you all, and if you want to be the first to know when it launches, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter! I am setting up a beta tester team with some of my lovely gal pals, and if you’d like to get on this list, you better email me ASAP! Info@eventsbycocony.com

Here’s to a new week, and I hope you all have a great one!

 

XO C

Comparison is Evil

Com-pare/estimate, measure, or note the similarity or dissimilarity between.

What is comparison, and why is it evil? By the definition above, it is the process of noting the similarities or lack of between different things. How does this have anything to do with your business?

Have you ever been scrolling through your social media feed, looking at all the amazing things your fellow creatives are doing, and start to get that little pit in your stomach thinking, “Why didn’t I think of that? Why can’t my business be like this?” Cue the negative, self-hate comments and thoughts. You may say that you don’t think those negative thoughts and that this doesn’t affect you at all, then more power to ya! That’s great! But even if you don’t notice it, this slowly digs into our confidence, even if you are not noticing it right away.

Why do we do this to ourselves? With social media, and technology being what it is, everyone is out there and in front of our faces with all the amazing things they are doing, so it’s hard not to see. It’s only going to get worse. The world wants visuals, they want to see what you do, before they even think about reaching out to you to inquire about your services or products, and that’s why there are so many beautiful things on our social feeds. They are giving the people what they want!

I’m so terrible with this, I will be honest. That’s why I wanted to write about this because it has been weighing on my heart. I put myself down and bring self doubt into play very often. I see the things others are doing and I start to think, why am I not there yet. What have I done that I am proud of? Crickets.
But I want to remind you, like I have to remind myself, YOU are just as amazing! You will reach your goals, you will create something amazing, as long as you don’t quit working towards it.

Just because others are doing amazing things, doesn’t mean we cant. You cannot measure your beginning with someone else’s middle or ending. The person who may have created that amazing thing, may have struggled for years before it happened. It doesn’t make your business any less awesome! Often times this drains us of our motivation because we are constantly seeing what others are doing, so we lose our own voice, our own creativity. We take away our own ideas and awesome things that we can be doing, or creating.

I’ve struggled for years with so many insecurities. Being miserable with my life, feeling like I’ll never be good enough. Always chasing my purpose, feeling like I’ll never find it. Trying new things and failing and then thinking why did I bother?

STOP. Right now, I want you to stop, and I want myself to stop. I want you to stop spending so much time comparing yourselves, and start doing! Start creating! The more time you spend on your own growth, and creating, the happier you will feel. You have it in you, no go do it!

 

XO Coco

Real Wedding Nicole & Troy

 

 

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Photos by @Pioneer Media

Im super excited to share this wedding with you all! This past weekend I celebrated with a wedding I have been planning for the last year or so. Nicole and Troy, the sweetest, most laid back, fun-loving couple I have worked with. I met Nicole about a year ago. She had stumbled across my business on Wedding Wire and contacted me to discuss EBC possibly helping to plan her wedding.

After meeting her, I instantly knew she’d be an awesome bride to work with. Her and her (then) fiancé were so sweet. They wanted a rustic wedding with accents of grey and yellow, including real moss, fresh wildflowers that they picked themselves, and twinkle lights. And that is exactly what they got. It couldn’t have been more perfect

From the real tree trunk cooler that their friend made, to the engraved wood cake stand, it was everything she dreamed of.

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The wedding was held at the beautiful, rustic venue, Senate Garage, located in the historic district of Kingston NY, and met all the expectations that a venue would need to meet to fit this theme perfectly. From the old, exposed brick, to the rustic, twinkle chandeliers, it did not disappoint, and left Nicole, Troy, and all their guests dancing by into the night under the twilight. Working with April, one of the venue managers, was wonderful! She was tremendously helpful, and assisted with making sure the wedding day ran smoothly.

I’m so sad the planning had to end, but I feel so blessed and happy to have worked with them to make their wedding a beautiful dream. As I write this, we are heading off to Lake George, NY for the weekend! I am excited to get away for a bit and relax by the lake. I’ll leave you with some more beauties by the amazing Lynette from Pioneer Media!

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Fruitful Friendships Summer Meetup!!!

Photo by @LaraCasey Click to purchase workbook!
 

Loving others is something that usually comes natural to me, but I also have a way to go towards having more meaningful, Fruitful Friendships. Tending is something we should not only do to our fruit in our gardens, but also to our friendships. 

That’s why I’m excited to announce I will be starting a Fruitful Friendships Summer Meetup, thanks to Lara Casey and her workbook that goes along with this! 

If you are craving real friendships, this is for you!

If you want to experience a more meaningful, fruitful summer with your friends, this is for you!

If you want a fun place to go and enjoy making fun memories, this is for YOU! 

So this series will be starting May 31st. You’ll want to make sure to grab your workbook from Lara beforehand. If you are not near my area, I would challenge you to follow along with Lara, as she goes trough the workbook with her live series! If you are near me, please email, comment, message me any way you can do I can add you to my list!!

I’m excited to grow with you all, whether you’re new friends, old friends, I know this will be a fun way to make our friendship more FRUITFUL & FUN!!! 

Happy Friday and may you all have a blessed weekend!

XO C

#EBCbiztalks: The Business Tool You Need

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Why, trello there. Ok that was super corny, but hey!

So, I love exploring new apps for my business, especially ones that are created to assist in making being a business owner easier. Now, keep in mind, nothing beats a cute notebook, fancy pens, and writing things down. I love writing things down.

But since I was recently introduced to Trello, thanks to the lovely Rosemary Watson, who chatted about it in one of her Instagram stories, I’ve been HOOKED!

This list building tool has taken organization to the next level. Being able to build boards, with lists inside of lists, having the ability to add comments, and anything else you need to remember is definitely a win win. I’ve been obsessed! I already have about 10 separate boards for different projects, weddings, and my content planner.

Even better, you can customize the backgrounds to fit the theme of the board you are creating. I’m going to do a full walk through video on using this, so stay tuned for that!

But to get you started, here are 5 ideas of boards you can create using Trello:

1. Events/Party Plans, it’s a great way to keep track of invite lists, rsvps, and all planning tasks!

2. Your Business Manual, keep track of all your business information, tax details, budget, and any other important details.

3. Branding, keeps your business branding organized, colors, add swatches, items you’d like to purchase, and other brand inspiration.

4. Weekly/Monthly Planning, I’ve been keeping track of daily and weekly tasks, such as emails, to do’s, and more.

5. Editorial Calendar/Content Planning, this one I’ve used to create my full content calendar, social media planning, and blog post planning, including my workflow for publishing a blog post.

I can definitely see myself being more organized since I’ve been using this, and creating better workflows for my business with the help of Trello has been super easy! What tips and tricks do you guys have for your workflows and staying organized? I’d love to hear!

xo C