best read about marriage …

A thought occurred to me today, I’ve been with my husband exactly half my life. That is both amazing and unbelievable. It went by so fast!

You think planning a wedding is challenging? Wait till you get to the marriage part of your story. It’s always work, but it’s so worth it.

So when I find come across this awesome blog post, I had to share with you. I recommend looking through Dr. Flanagan’s site, he has a lot of great information on marriages and counseling.

The 9 Most Overlooked Threats to a Marriage

Enjoy the great read.

feature photo credit: pfe iphone

plan on!

our pfe babies …

One of the coolest things about being a wedding planner is staying in touch with your clients and watching them grow into families (thank you Facebook).

So we thought it would be awesome to show off our pretty and handsome pfe babies to everyone. These are some of our couples from the past ten years. Of course not everyone is on here; a few couples are off the grid and as of this blog post, I know of one baby boy that is still cooking but should make his debut soon.

click here for the pfe baby page!

So if we are missing your little pumpkin, then please email me saundra (at) and we will get him or her up here immediately.

It’s a really sweet page, I hope you’ll take the time to look.

feature photo credit: pfe iPhone

rock on, little ones!


did you marry your best friend?

The genius Atom Smasher (well he added that title) posted on Facebook an interesting comment today that inspired this post (I’ve paraphrased to protect the innocent).

I can’t stand it when girls say, “I married my best friend’. Your best friend is the person you call to complain about to your husband.

He really does have a point. The things I talk to my besties about is often very different than what I discuss with my husband. Usually because he actually MAY be the topic of the conversation.


I will say that I’m very upfront with my husband. I do not play that coy, girlie, guess-what-is-wrong-with-me, game. You know the one, ladies …

Him: What’s wrong?

Me: (silence) Nothing. (shrug)

Him: Ok.

Me: (sulking silence, why doesn’t he KNOW what is wrong?)

I’m not a mind reader and don’t expect him to be one either. So rest assured, when he is making me mad or not doing what I feel he should be doing, he hears about it. Clearly. Ok, sometimes loudly. By the time I get to calling one of my besties, it’s to complain about how he’s not changing his behavior. Or complain about kids. Girls are always talking about kids.

My take on this? When others refer to their spouses as their “best friend” — it’s really referring that this is THE person you show your most vulnerable side, the real side of you, good or bad, 24/7. Your bestie doesn’t see that, there is always a little bit of a cloak, otherwise they probably wouldn’t be friends with you.

What do YOU think?

plan on!

ps I may lose a best friend with this photo. Kelly McWilliams is so special to me. And when we Facetime, we make fun of the way we look.


snapshots of real love, the finale

I’ve been posting this week (first time ever, be nice). I LOVE, love… and my family, friends and clients are so important to me. So this month I decided to take a snapshot a day, about what real love is about. Part 1 and Part 2 (in case you missed it).

But before you look at this final photo and note, take a moment. How are you celebrating love on a daily basis with your spouse, significant other or children? Life can be challenging and it’s short.

So what are you doing to celebrate every day and tell the people that mean the most to you, that you care about them? Please! I’d love to hear it below in the comments.

Okay ….. the finale!

Day 14: Sweet Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! My late night/last minute crafting surprised Hubbs’ as he opened his gift this morning. I think his breakfast may have gotten cold while he took time to read each card. There are hundreds of reasons I love him, and am so glad he’s my Forever Valentine. ♥ you Paul Gorman!











Love, love!


snapshots of real love, until valentine’s day (part 2)

So here is part two of the series of how I have been capturing real love with my family. Every day. Until Valentine’s Day. If you’re late, here are days 1-7.

Day 8:

Love baked into yummy goodness. Whipped these up the other night to share with family and friends I love!


Day 9:

Today, Love looked like my sweet 6 year old. He’s such a joyful child. His eyes light up when he smiles. He’s one of the great loves of my life. (Happy Birthday Buddy!)


Day 10:

Date night! It’s so good for us to keep ‘dating’ each other. Whether it’s an inexpensive idea from my V-day date cup craft or a night out, time together is important!


Day 11:

Words of Affirmation are one of my hubbs high scoring Love Languages….so I keep dry erase markers handy and text often! Show your Love how much you respect and appreciate all they do for you and your family…in OR outside the home (or both!)


Day 12:

As parents of young children, it can be difficult to find/make time for alone ‘mommy-daddy’ time. Many years ago we instituted the use of a lava lamp as our “bat-signal”. I’ll leave your imagination to what it means….but just remember that sometimes you have to be intentional—or it just doesn’t happen. 🙂
























Day 13:

1Corinthians 13:4-13
On Sunday our Pastor challenged us to replace the word “Love” with our name in these verses. Ouch….I’m not always all these things. Love is always in my heart, but sometimes it’s overshadowed and my actions are not patient or kind, they are frustrated and sharp. Look to the Word of God for the ultimate and final definition of LOVE.












Tomorrow … the finale!!!