Best of 2016 + A Big Thank You

Another year is coming to an end and it has by far been my favorite year of shoots. I’ve seen families grow and lives come together but mostly I witnessed pure, simple, unadulterated, joy.
After years of trying to figure out what my “style” was, I feel like I am finally at the place where I can truly make my clients happy while stretching myself creatively. I can’t tell you how good that feels!! I have fallen in love with this medium all over again this year. I’m excited to see where this new season will take me personally in my creative journey and with She Loves Happy as a business.
Thank you to all my amazing clients, who many feel like family, and thank you to everyone who supports me and my work. You sure know how to make a girl feel loved!

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Rashelle + David | Alvadore, OR

When I met Rashelle and David at their engagement session, I knew their wedding day was going to be fun with a capital F. I wasn’t wrong. That David sure knows how to make a crowd laugh.
Their ceremony was intimate and cozy. You could feel the joy that every single person had for this couple. They truly have an amazing circle of people supporting and loving them in this new phase of their life.  rashelledavidblog-11rashelledavidblog-15rashelledavidblograshelledavidblog-18rashelledavidblog-19rashelledavidblog-12rashelledavidblog-14rashelledavidblog-20rashelledavidblog-23rashelledavidblog-29rashelledavidblog-2rashelledavidblog-3rashelledavidblog-4rdblog12rashelledavidblog-8rashelledavidblog-25rashelledavidblog-27rashelledavidblog-28rashelledavidblog-34rashelledavidblog-36rashelledavidblog-37rashelledavidblog-38rashelledavidblog-39rashelledavidblog-41rashelledavidblog-42rashelledavidblog-43rashelledavidblog-44rashelledavidblog-46rashelledavidblog-48rashelledavidblog-49rashelledavidblog-50rashelledavidblog-54rdblog9rashelledavidblog-55rashelledavidblog-57rdblog8rashelledavidblog-61rashelledavidblog-64rdblog6rashelledavidblog-69rdblog5rashelledavidblog-83rashelledavidblog-84rashelledavidblog-79rashelledavidblog-78rashelledavidblog-80rashelledavidblog-10rdblog10rdblog4rdblog2rashelledavidblog-90rashelledavidblog-91rashelledavidblog-94rashelledavidblog-96rashelledavidblog-97rashelledavidblog-98rashelledavidblog-100rashelledavidblog-101rashelledavidblog-102rashelledavidblog-103rashelledavidblog-106rashelledavidblog-107rashelledavidblog-108rashelledavidblog-109rdblog3rdblog1rashelledavidblog-112rashelledavidblog-113rashelledavidblog-117rashelledavidblog-120rashelledavidblog-121rashelledavidblog-122rashelledavidblog-124rashelledavidblog-126


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10 Tips for Wedding Organization

10 Tips for wedding organizationIf you were to ask me what my favorite part of the whole wedding process was, you would probably expect an answer like finding my dress or picking out our cake flavor, but no. It was my binder. My beautiful, beautiful binder. When I got this thing I was so proud of it. I kept it in my car so I could show it to anyone who made eye contact with me. I will treasure it forever.

I thought I would share my wedding organization tips with you here on the blog because they made those 4 months of planning SO much easier and a LOT more fun!

I found this great shop on Etsy that sold a printable wedding planner and it was awesome! Best $18.00 I spent on the whole wedding. It came with 50 printable pages! Some I didn’t even use but I appreciated its thoroughness.


Tip #1: Keep a couple pages at the very front of your binder for random notes.

There would be times an idea for the dessert table would pop into my head but I didn’t want to put it into the main dessert page because I needed to run it by my mom and James first. It also became the home where random ideas and thoughts that didn’t fit in any category would reside.

Tip #2: Keep a few different types of calendars. 

Included in the wedding planner kit is a handful of different kinds of calendars. For example, in the photo above, it has the whole year on one page which was nice to see the four months we had to plan all at once in order to see when we should have the bigger events like the bridal shower, bachelorette party, and lingerie shower. I used another that was just 1 week on a page which came in handy for planning out the week before the wedding because there were so many little things to finish and errands to run. The point is, have different types of calendars that break down into smaller windows of time.

Tip #3: Have an oraganized To-Do list.

When I say “organized” I don’t mean just mean writing random things on a piece of paper and then scratching them off whenever they get done. The photo below shows my To-Do list and you can kind of get an idea of how it is organized. One section was for writing down the task, one for the X once it was complete, and another for notes. The notes section was nice because I was able to write the answers from the questions that I had on my To-Do list. For example, one thing I needed to figure out was whether we should hire a DJ or just put somebody in charge of an iPod. We decided to go with just an iPod (which we don’t regret at all!) so I wrote that in the notes section so I remembered. And I can’t even begin to describe to you how satisfying it was to see that column fill up with X’s. It really encouraged me that things were moving and stuff was getting done!


Tip #4: Write and organize it in a way that other people will be able understand it.

The reason I made sure  I was so thorough in my planning and writing things out was because I knew that on the day-of, I would not get to be at the venue to make sure everything was coming together as I envisioned. I knew I had to hand my binder over to my mom and event coordinator, Natalie (I might have had a mini heart attack at that moment).

Tip #5: Keep a very detailed budget.

This is mostly important if you are not the one paying for the wedding. For our situation, I would pay for things with my own money and then every few weeks my dad would reimburse me. This meant I had to keep track of every purchase I made that was wedding related. The photo below shows where I kept track of all that. I had another page that was for writing down the things I returned and how much they were so I could subtract that from my dad’s total and then another page for when my dad did pay me back and how much he did so that I could make sure everything zeroed out.


Tip #6: Keep detailed contact info for all vendors.

This was just so it was easy for me to find them in case I needed to get ahold of them instead of having to look up their business online every time. It also was a good resource for the event planner as well so she had quick access.

Tip #7: Make visual diagrams.

I just used Microsoft Word and made diagrams of what the ceremony and reception site would look like (i.e. where chairs and tables would be, desserts, sweetheart table, etc.) This came in handy so many times especially when explaining things to people who hadn’t actually visited the venue yet.

Tip #8: Have lots of printed schedules the day of the wedding.

As it got closer to the big day, I was able to make an extremely detailed schedule of everything that was happening from when the set-up team arrived to the barn, to when the sound guys were showing up, to communion, to the sparkler send-off. Then I made about 10 copies of it so everyone involved would know exactly what was going on. The last thing I wanted was for the people who were kind enough to help to be frustrated because there was a lack of communication and they didn’t know what was going on. I also made a smaller, more detailed schedule of just the ceremony for our officiant so he would know exactly what to say and when to say it.

IMG_0408Tip #9: Plan ahead to have most everything done at least a week before the wedding. 

Early on I knew that I wanted to get as much done as I could the week before the wedding so that I could enjoy the week-of with family and friends who traveled here for it. Mentally, I said I had 2 weeks to get stuff done when it was actually 3 weeks before the wedding day.

Tip #10: If you want a short engagement, start planning before the ring is on your finger!

People thought I was crazy and weird for planning the wedding and booking the venue before James had ever proposed. But I knew that we weren’t going to be engaged for very long and that September was still wedding season so if I waited too long, all the good venues and rentals would be taken. It also got the ball rolling for when I was actually engaged and people would ask how they could help because I would already have things ready to get done. Overall, best decision. If you are hesitant to start planning because other people say you have to actually be engaged first, ignore it. Do what feels right to you!


Hope these tips helped! If you have any wedding organization tips that you figured out during your wedding, let me hear them!

Other posts about our wedding: | Our Wedding Details | Wedding Stationary |

Let’s Talk About Wedding Stationary

Wedding Stationary. Tim Monson Photo and Design. She Loves Happy Blog

Photo courtesy of Tim Monson Photo and Design

Out of all the pieces there were to planning our wedding, picking out our stationary (i.e. invitations, RSVP’s, programs, and thank you cards) was one of my favorite parts. At first it’s overwhelming because the possibilities are endless, but on the other hand, that’s what makes it so fun!

In my opinion, having high quality stationary, especially invitations, is incredibly important. The invite (or save the date if you do those) is the first thing people see in regards to your wedding and it sets the expectation in their heads of what it’s going to be like. If you send out cheap, tacky, not well-thought-out invites, one might now have the same expectation of your wedding day. Of course if they are a good friend or a loved one, they will look forward to the wedding no matter what. But if you are anything like me, you want people to anticipate and admire your wedding because you poured your heart and soul into making it beautiful.

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There are so many great websites where you can look for stylish and quality stationary. My personal favorite is Wedding Paper Divas. This is where I looked for inspiration for our invites. We had our good friend Tim from Tim Monson Photo and Design actually design ours. I highly recommend hiring someone to design your stationary because then no one will have the same invite/rsvp/program as you and it makes it that much more special. Other great sites for unique and on-trend stationary are Minted and Magnet Street. These sites also have great options for other occasions such as bridal and baby shower invites, birth announcements, and holiday cards.

At our reception we had mad libs at all the tables for the guests to do. For this, I didn’t do anything fancy. I found a free mad lib template on pinterest, took it to Kinkos, and had 150 printed out. It was a very simple way to add a personal touch to our wedding and now we have all those mad libs to read through for years.

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I hope this was helpful to anyone who is planning a wedding or looking for different stationary shops. If it was, leave a comment below and let me know! Or if you have different places/people you go to for your stationary needs, tell me what they are!

Wedding Photos by: Anne Nunn Photographers

Our Wedding: The Details

Wedding Details 6. She Loves Happy Lifestyle BlogPlanning our wedding was probably the most fun I’ve had in my whole life. Everyone kept telling me that it was going to be super stressful and crazy. Yes,  it was a very busy summer but I loved always having something to do. It felt so rewarding to gradually begin putting together the little things that were going to make our wedding day special. Looking back through our pictures, the detail and decoration ones are some of my favorites. On the actual wedding day you don’t really think to walk around and take in all your hard work because you are busy greeting all your loved ones, so having amazing pictures to look back on is something I will cherish forever.

Our entire wedding cost around $4,800. When I say “entire” I mean everything from venue, dessert, music, dress, stationary, decorations, etc. Everything . It was kind of a fun game to see how little I could spend while not sacrificing originality and taste. Today I’m sharing my homemade details with you because I want to prove that having cute, homemade, not cheap-looking details is possible on a small budget.

Weddind Details. She Loves Happy Lifestyle BlogCenterpieces: $60-70 for 250 bottles and 300 flowers

Our centerpieces were bottles wrapped in yarn and fabric flowers. The yarn bottles were SO easy and inexpensive to make. All of the bottles were free because I just had to ask around and people delivered left and right. At the end I had a bunch of bottles left over that I didn’t even need to wrap! The only expense was yarn and it didn’t take much to wrap a bottle. About 2 months before the wedding I had a “bottle wrapping party” and had around 9 girls come over and we got most of them done! That party worked out great because it gave those who wanted to help a chance to do so and it got a huge chunk of the decorations done. 

The fabric flowers required only a few yards of fabric and wire. My mom was in charge of the flower making and she busted those puppies out with little effort! She’s pretty good if I do say so myself.
Wedding Details 5. She Loves Happy Lifestyle BlogEmbroidery Hoops: $40 for 16 Hoops, $20 for Fabric 

The embroidery hoops were one of my favorite details because they were so simple but made a huge statement and they look like polka dots. I love polka dots.
The only effort they required was buying the supplies, fitting the fabric in the hoop, cutting the excess fabric, and arranging accordingly. Done.View More: Chandelier: $0-$20 for Fabric and Hula Hoop

We made this fabric chandelier to hang over the dance floor. I put $0 as an option for the cost because you could use any extra fabric and hula hoop you have around. We spray painted the hula hoop white to help it blend in more and then tied different length strips of fabric.I loved this detail because it helped bring more attention to the dance floor where the party was happenin’!

Wedding Details 7. She Loves Happy Lifestyle BlogMy wedding day was the best day of my life and part of that was because of the effort and time that me, my mom, and everyone who helped out put into it. Every detail was carefully thought out and had meaning behind it. I would encourage every bride to really take time and create details that reflect you.

Putting thought into it doesn’t equal forking out a bunch of money. I hope this gives you encouragement, whether you are getting married or planning a party, that adding meaningful details that set you apart from the crowd can be easily achieved without breaking the bank!