My Engagement Story :: Loren

Back in April of 2007, Steven and I met through a mutual friend through social networking. There were a few of us that were supposed to meet up and hang out over spring break—when it ended up being just us two. So we hung out and totally hit it off. Right off the bat I loved his humor and way of lightening up the mood. We started dating not too long after that and have been together ever since.
Over this summer in August, my family planned its annual vacation right before school started back up. I knew this year was going to be the year that Steven joined…that was until his Dad and Stepmom were interested in going on vacation since they hadn’t been in a few years. My parents sent his parents the information of where we were staying and it was a beautiful condo in Panama City Beach, FL. Steven’s family decided to stay in the same place!
Steven actually had bought the ring at the beginning of July and just was a little nervous to ask me along with my dad and brother. J So two weeks before our vacation I, working at Macy’s at the time, had to work the late shift. This was the perfect opportunity for Steven to take my Dad out to dinner and ask. We both are a little traditional when it comes to asking for permission—he even called my brother, who I’m very close with, to get his permission.
Apparently Steven really did not have a date selected to propose but when both of our families decided to go on vacation together, the light bulb came on. The first night we were there, Steven called to see if I wanted to go on a beach walk and me being lazy said “maybe tomorrow night…” Steven would not have it, so I gave in. So on our walk, Steven started talking about the walk saying, “You know, this is our first beach walk together, but it won’t be our last…” I really thought he was joking about that little pick up line, he is a jokester. I turned to give him a silly look and he was getting on one knee. I HONESTLY was not expecting a proposal AT ALL! Whenever we would talk about it, he would always tell me next summer (’12) and finally I got the hint. I was so surprised that I started to walk away from him because I thought he was joking. Now I know he would never take a joke that far which then made me a super happy girl! So on August 13th, we were engaged.

Since we were on vacation I waited until the next morning and I called my grandparents to tell them the good news. I let them tell the rest of the family because I didn’t want anyone to find out over any social media sites.
When we came home, we decided to pick a date and start looking at venues. We decided on July 5, 2013 at Devou Park.
So stay tuned for more of the action. I will keep you all posted with my wedding plans we Steven and I make our decisions. Feel free to email me at Loren@eventelixir.com



Loco Love : Freeze Frame | Bloombeads

I’m a super sentimental kind of girl.  Always have been.  Over the years my need to hold on to sentiment has developed into what I like to call “OrganizedPackRataphobia” (OPR) disease.  So basically…I keep a lot of stuff because I think it all has meaning.  My husband would debate that. 

I got married in October of 2005, and 9 months later, my mom, the very best friend I’ve ever known passed away.  It was undeniably the most awful time of my life.  Based on my “OPR”, as you might imagine I've held on to a lot of things that belonged to her. Some of which I should and some of which I shouldn’t have but one of my favorites is this.

Image courtesy of Bloombeads
Some time in the spring of 2009, I was introduced to Freeze Frame’s custom line called Bloombeads.  Bloombeads is a division of Freeze Frame that takes your special blooms, like your wedding bouquet, and turn it into wearable and memorable art.  How cool is that??  They have some super fancy process, which I’m sure they’d do a better job of describing, whereby your blooms can become a bracelet, necklace, or pendant to name a few.

When I met Carli from Freeze Frame I shared with her that I still had my mother’s entire corsage from my wedding day, a few blooms from my bouquet, and one from my husband’s boutonnière, stored in my freezer.  Yes, it was 4 years later…don’t judge me.  Carli told me that it wasn’t too late to use them and make them into jewelry.  Say what??  I was all over it!  So we made arrangements for the delivery driver to pick up my frozen blooms, and a few months later the I had the bracelet pictured above and this one

Image courtesy of Bloombeads
as the result.  These bracelets mean a lot to me.  When I wear them, I’m reminded of the wonderful time I had on my wedding day.  They are comprised of what might seem to be just flowers but they are so much more. They belonged to special people in my life and on a very special day.  That day we laughed, we cried, we danced, we hugged and my mother gained a son.  The son she always wanted.  We became a new family.  So the three of us intertwined in that bracelet, is one of the most sentimental things I own.  It reminds me that no matter what love conquers all. 
Not only does Freeze Frame offer great products, but their customer service is awesome!  They stay in touch with you along the way and are always willing to answer any questions and offer advice.  They work hard to let you know that you and your piece matter to them. 

Check out this before and after! 
Image courtesy of Freeze Frame

Image courtesy of Freeze Frame

Image courtesy of Bloombeads
Feeling inspired, aren't you?

Read on after the jump to hear more from Carli Dixon, Freeze Frame Owner, and to see pictures of their fabulous work!


Happy Valentine's Day!

I love holiday's. Not only are they a good reason to celebrate, and celebrations are a ton of fun, but they are also reminders to focus on what matters most.  I purchased the book Love Life a while ago and contains many quotes inside that remind you to do just that.  On the back cover it reads "I have found that if you love life, it will love you right back", a quote by Arthur Runinstein. Awesome, huh? So today as we celebrate the day designated for love, I hope that you have plenty of love in your heart, soul, and life.  Celebrate those you love in a special way today and let them know how important they are to you.

Until next time, enjoy some of these little Valentines Day yummies from across the web.

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Growth is Good! Meet Loren.

One of my favorite sayings is “That which does not grow is dead”.  Not sure if I heard this somewhere (feel free to let me know), or if I made it up at some point (sometimes, I do that), but nonetheless I believe in its symbolism and applicability to life.  It reminds me that change is good.  Change helps you grow.

Back in October of last year, I received an email from a college student, soon to be college grad, saying she’d been reading the paper and saw an article about my new studio, and wanted to know if I were hiring.  This email came following the launch of a new brand and the aforementioned new studio.  My first thought was “hmmm…college students still read the paper,  eh?” =) With that thought I was impressed, but I was not hiring.  I was however intrigued to know more about her personally, her interest in wedding planning and was more than willing to sit and talk with her about the industry but not employment necessarily. Years ago when I began my career there were Planners willing to sit with me and share their knowledge and for that, I’ll forever be grateful.  I also believe in “paying it forward” and taking the time help others grow.  So we scheduled a meeting and as a result I thought she was pretty cool.  We had good conversation, shared experiences, and a discussion about dreams.  I’m a dreamer, and I LOVE talking about dreams in life! Then I had an idea…sort of like a light bulb kind of idea!  

The result of that idea, and lots of discussion later brings us to today where I’d like to introduce you to Loren Koehler, Associate Planner, Event Elixir!  Loren brings a fresh set of eyes and experience to Event Elixir, and I’m excited to have her on board!  I hope you have the chance to meet her soon, but in the meantime you can find her on our Facebook page from time to time, and here on the blog.  What will she be blogging about you ask???  Well, golly gee she’s a Bride to Be!  Awesome, huh?  So stay tuned as she gives us a glimpse into her own wedding planning.

I asked Loren to share some things about herself, keep reading after the jump to find out more!

Loren Koehler


I run.

Roughly a year ago, I started running.  A good friend and avid runner encouraged me join her in the Flying Pig Half Marathon (13.1 miles). I’m not exactly sure why I agreed considering I hadn’t ever run a long distance, but I did.  My friend sent me a 12 week training plan that I followed pretty precisely for the most part, and on May 6, 2011 I ran my first half marathon!

It was about mile 8 or 9ish during the race that a lot of why I started and continued running made sense to me.  As my girlfriend Charline and I turned the corner on Madison Rd. near one of my favorite coffee shops, I heard “Mommy!!!”, and there were my then 3 year old son and husband cheering us on.  It took all I had not to burst into tears as I ran toward them and got in some much needed hugs and kisses before continuing on.

So among the many hats I wear in my day to day life, Runner is now one of them.  I run several days a week and also co-lead the local chapter of Black Girls RUN!, a national running group focused on reducing the growing obesity epidemic among African-American women.

Running helps me stay grounded.  It makes me feel powerful, alive, and free. It keeps me centered and focused. It reminds me to be thankful for all things. It makes me a better person.

So what in the world does this have to do with weddings?  Not much honestly. But as life ebbs and flows and you embark on new phases in life I encourage you to find what matters most and spend your time focusing on those things…what ever they are.  You’ll be all the better for it, both personally and in your relationships with others.

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