Comin’ in HOT!

What the french toast ya’ll?!?! Literally was thinking to myself for several weeks, how I felt its been a while since my last blog post. When looking at my last published date, it showed for back in April. Not to mention it happened to be a post about the struggles of infertility. My bad on leaving you with an awful cliffhanger for months!

Let me be real, I went through an awful depression. The crying and eating my feelings away definitely took a toll. I held myself back from work and was not acting myself at all. Originally, I wanted to go through IVF right away but then I started to see so many other doors open. After much consideration and prayers, Shawn and I decided there was no rush. We knew we needed to glue our life back together. With that…

Baby I am BACK AT IT AGAIN!!!

Clearly there is so much I need to catch you up on. If you don’t already follow OFD on Instagram and Facebook. Click on the links and freakin’ go like and follow my ass! Not to toot my own horn but yo girl has some fantastic images from a great group of photographers.

PODCAST

As you know back in March I did my first ever podcast airing. It was so much fun to interact with others and really just to talk about how OFD was continuing growth. I have always been intrigued with podcasts mainly listening to crime, thrillers, business coaching and motivational influencers. Knowing I needed to get involved with podcasts, I decided to have one for One Fat Dove.

Starting I knew I wanted to have my business confidant, best friend and my Matron of Honor to be a co-host on the podcast. If y’all didn’t guess its Momma Heather. (Shame on you if you didn’t know!) Ya’ll its super small and our first few episodes we were “testing the waters.” Originally we wanted to keep it super professional and make it where we talk about all things lifestyle. We thought it would be cool for listeners to engage with us while running a start-up company as we continue to grow. So ya’ll could follow our journey as we learn some tough lessons and to share successes.

Listening back on episodes, I felt like we weren’t being raw and real. Let me tell ya it was way too hard to NOT say SH*T! So after some deliberation we have concluded that our podcast WILL TOTALLY involve cussing, bitching, debating and tons of love in between. Currently, we have a small audience on Apple Podcasts. Click on this LINK PLEASE. Listen, Subscribe and Rate… along with our other 20 something listeners. I have even made it easy for you to listen on the OFD website. (Love you mean it!)

EVENTS

So since beginning of April, we have had twelve events, two styled shoots, adding a new service of linen rentals and one much needed vacation. I promise I will not go into all details of each wedding now… I will save it for later! We have engaged with so many new vendors and have really made life-long friendships with clients. In all, I am so blessed to say, “Our journey is just beginning.” We are continuing to grow including hiring more planners to the team. In case you didn’t feel my excitement, having more planners means doing more events! Rad right?!

In addition to having more team members, we also have some new exciting plans. We have new collaborations, doing a travel photoshoot and expanding the business. If it has been one thing I have learned quickly in the events industry, DO NOT TELL ANY OR ALL OF YOUR BUSINESS IDEAS!! While there is some ah-mazing individuals in the industry there is also some freakin’ savages. I wish I could tell you what is to come but I am keeping my fat mouth shut. Be patient and know its good…. like really good.

PUBLISHING

A Gatsby Affair

The party of love shoot was inspired by the 1920s and the beautiful classic Great Gatsby. I wanted to take a modern spin from a 100 years later (going into 2020) having a story of romance and fun. In the old sport fashion, the celebration was in the elegant country side mansion as the wedding party was able to ride in style. Vows would be exchanged under a drapery of flowers with the ceremony surrounded by candles. As the reception proceeded, the table top décor showcases different patterns and textures while they drank champagne under the “stars.” The richness of gemstone colors is reflected of diamond white, amethyst, emerald, topaz and sapphire.

Vendors included the following:

Wedding Planner: One Fat Dove

Photography: JL Glamour

Videography: Creatve Wedding Films

Venue: The Milestone Denton

Florist: Bright Eyed Blooms

Wedding Cake: Ruthi Hutson Cakes

Invitations: Sincerely, Addison

Rentals: 5 Star Rental

Bridal Gown Boutique: WED Bridal Boutique

Tuxedo Rental: Mister Tuxedo

Hair Artist: Simply Sarah Jane

Makeup Artist: Rouge and Rose Beauty

Transportation: Romantic Remembrances

Jewelry Accessories: Park Lane Jewerly

Band: Intensity Entertainment 

Calligraphy: Write This Way

I truly enjoyed working with a large platform of super talented vendors. Each vendor took an incredible leap and trust into the vision. Of course Justin with Creatve Wedding Films does a wonderful job of showcasing the glam and fun from the shoot. During the photoshoot, I was inspired for a new podcast episode. Trust me, its one you will NOT want to miss as I get questions on this subject ALL THE TIME!

There are so many stories we have from the previous months! I absolutely want to make more time to do blog posts. (I swear!) I find there is a lot of stories I don’t say on social media or the podcast that would reflect good content for the blog. In all honesty, I could definitely do better with my time in making this a priority.

Everything that is said and done for OFD is all ran through me! Katie freakin’ Waara… ME. This journey has been a way of going through a juggling act. In one hand I have professional admirations of growing the business, managing current clients while engaging new and controlling business investments. In the other hand I have my professional life where I have a hard time managing laundry, forgetting to wash my hair and LIVING on caffeine/wine. At times there seems to be no balance but F**K it, its called LIFE!

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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Pregnancy is Not A Joke.

A girlfriend of mine posted on her stories a few weeks ago, “Life is not always perfect and sometimes that’s okay. Without struggle there is no growth and sometimes there are things you have to learn the hard way.” Ya’ll know I am such a super positive person. Ya’ll know I can give you pros and cons about anything. Often times, I can take the worst situations and make it be the happiest of times. This is what I value in myself! I value to enjoy what life comes to me.

A promise I made when starting my website was I will always be honest with you as my audience (no matter how small or large the platform I may have). As of recently, my words of reflecting the positive things in life has been majorly put to the test. Right now I will warn you my post today is going to be very raw. It is going to be super personal and reflect my emotions. Everyday and at every event I put myself in such a vulnerable position. This post is going to be me opening my heart to you. I think its extremely important for people to recognize and for other couples who may be experiencing the same things to feel they are not alone. My post today is talking about infertility.

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Growing up, I had a wonderful childhood. My parents were always attentive with activities my siblings and I were in. They have always been supportive. Values of respect, discipline and encouragement were taught at a young age. The dreams I had were always taken seriously. They made wishes to reality and told me to keep reaching for more. The qualities my parents reflected towards my siblings was why I always wanted to be a Mommy.

 

Being a planner, I have ALWAYS planned for everything. I knew directly out of high school I wanted to go to college and get my degree. Being in a serious relationship with Shawn, I knew I didn’t want to get engaged until after I graduated (he waited a week later). Being engaged I knew I wanted to get married and have a house before we talked about having kids. Once we moved into our home, the goal was to wait a year before we started trying. I knew the women in my family didn’t have issues with getting pregnant and often joked about them getting pregnant from breathing. As Shawn and I were taking this journey we knew the plan I had would change. My plan started to become “OUR” plan. Once we moved into our house and had been married almost 4 months, we knew we wanted to start trying for a family.

 

In April of 2018, we took the leap of faith to pursue having a family. People reference it as the “fun part” of getting pregnant. People get excited leading up to when they get to pee on the stick in hopes of seeing two pink lines. I will be honest, it WAS fun for us the first few months. Leading up to seven, eight and nine months later the fun turned into disappointment. I thought maybe I was calculating my ovulation time wrong considering I was using an app. I switched from an app to taking ovulation test everyday within a month to see my most fertile times. When I knew my correct fertile days, I would keep myself positive thinking its only a matter of time. There have been plenty of times Shawn and I would be talking thinking I could be pregnant. At the closest opportunity I would take a pregnancy test. Often times would take two to three each month hoping the results would be different. Nothing changed, I was not pregnant. I will say brain power has a contributing factor when going through something difficult. Our minds have a way to help with balancing emotions versus facts. When going through dates and knowing my peek times something was not adding up. I needed to know what was stopping us from being able to have a baby.

March of 2019, we finally went to the doctor. We went through several tests and the results concluded we have very low chances of being able to conceive naturally. I could tell you who has what wrong BUT there is no point. The fact of the matter is no one is to blame. We can’t help our situation with the blockers we have for infertility and a lot of it has to do with our genes. The doctor has given us plenty of options such as IUI (Intra-Uterine Insemination) but due to our case, he finds IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) will be the better option. It’s an aggressive and very expensive option that will not be covered under insurance. With our options given, there is not a 100% guarantee it will work. It will take months of physical and financial preparation before we get try to have a mature egg. Chances of us having to go through multiple cycles is very likely.

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Here is my emotions and the truth. Days before the appointment I was extremely anxious. In my heart, I knew I needed to prepare for what might be said. The moment the doctor told us the chances of us conceiving naturally would be low, I was choking back tears. Leaving the doctor’s office, our emotions were all over the place. Shawn had to go back to work to finish client deals while containing his emotions. Family members were waiting patiently for the test results as they knew about the appointment. Even as an adult, I needed my mom to comfort me. We drank wine and talked about what the odds were. We talked about what was to come and knowing this journey wasn’t going to be easy. She would explain to me how we could change certain habits to be able to go through a natural pregnancy. Knowing she was able to do it naturally, created a bitterness for me. Often in our conversation I would reference telling her that there is more to getting pregnant than just having sex. She would be crying as I would tell her she would never understand the feelings of what my husband and I are going through.

As I was driving home, I was crying. When I got home, I was crying. Thinking about mine and Shawn’s dream creating a large family, made me cry. Thinking of me being a mommy, made me cry. My eyes were so red, so puffy from the tears. Going into the next day, ended up being the same. If I thought too much of what was said or going into the thoughts of kids, I would start crying. When scrolling through social media, it felt all of these people were happy of the things their kids were doing or making the announcement of being pregnant for the first or fourth time. Out of all of these people, they have not experienced the tears, rage and jealousy I am facing. They get to have a choice to have as many children as they want and when to call it quits. In our situation, its really based off the miracles God can provide for us. Its going to be a long, hard battle Shawn and I will be facing together. We are continuing to heavily pray for our outcome to change. We want our miracle to be on God’s timing and for us to be set with our perfect match. As of now, we believe there is a lesson needed to be learned. We still don’t know what it is or what it could be but we know we will learn something from what we feel in heartache.

 

Shawn and I are the 1 in 8 couples who have problems with infertility. Even though the doctor is optimistic for us to get pregnant it is still a physical and mental battle. What is bananas is the fact we are NOT the only couple. Plenty of couples are going through this right freakin’ now and often find it embarrassing or too hard to talk about. Some couples have gone through the struggle of getting pregnant and ended up with miscarriage or still born. IT HAPPENS EVERYDAY AND ALL THE TIME! There are so many couples who have similar situations as we do. They all range in ages from as young as 20’s going up to 50’s and older. All are still just as painful, just as hurtful and just as heartbreaking.

I really want family and friends to understand. There are so many things Shawn and I are suffering silently. We are working a lot of the struggles through prayer. A little bit everyday we feel more at peace and everyday we are getting stronger to overcome our emotions. Infertility will always be something we will live with and right now it is very fresh. There are moments we feel hopeless and often feel very sad.

My goal for this post is not to get sympathy. I promise you we don’t need it. My hope is for this to make people aware of the words and actions it has towards others. The fact I used to prank my parents into thinking I was pregnant makes me cringe. It hurts because now I am struggling to fight to have those two precious lines. It hurts how pregnancy can be used maliciously. It hurts how people can be careless and undeserving of having such a precious gift. It is not funny or comical. It completely hurts.

You think pregnancy is a joke?! Honey, let me pray for you. I pray that you and your future spouse never have to experience the emotions my husband and I are going through. I pray for you to never take advantage of the precious life God gave you. I pray for you to be a great parent and pray for your children to be healthy. These are all things I am praying for you.

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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Vintage Cowgirl Status

Giddy up ya’ll as the end of 1st quarter is almost to a close! A promise I made for 2019 goals was to keep track of myself to see what I am accomplishing vs. the improvements still needing to be made. I will say it is a continuing effort everyday to work on myself. There is so many times I focus on others or events. I feel it is a trait I get from my Momma. Thanks Heather! 

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So here is my up to date recap of my PROS and CONS.

PROS: I have become very deligient with making sure I am cooking more. Originially I would find recipes on Pinterest and thought they looked so easy. I would go to the store and buy all these weird ingredients and NEVER used them again. Part of it was I didn’t know how else to use various ingredients. I kept hearing about a company called Hello Fresh. They send ingredients with recipes to your front door that is perfectly proportioned for your meals. It’s not precooked for you and you get to learn more about cooking while YOU are making these delicious meals. Needless to say Shawn and I have been HOOKED!!!! We recommend it to everyone and consider it a date night when we work on cooking a meal together. Click on the link to receive $40 OFF your 1st order! Very super fun!

At the beginning of the year, I thought it was super important for me to create a schedule. I say this very generously as it is still a work in progress but I feel like it is getting there. I don’t like waking up super early so when Shawn wakes up at 6:45am, I am up! For a morning routine I like to take care of the dogs with feedings, make coffee, turn on the news, pack Shawn’s lunch, make the bed, do dishes or laundry and check emails. This seems to be more of my daily pattern. Depending on my workload, I will take an afternoon break to go workout or will even take a nap! Again still a work in progress.

A professional and personal goal I had for myself was to be more organized. Being organized has a huge factor for work because I do my business from home. I will be honest there has been a few times when I couldn’t walk in my office without stepping on papers. In my garage, I would make a path for all the materials to be eventually stored away. When looking at the chaos and mess it started to reflect myself. I needed to start with organizing my life before I started doing MORE new things. Each day keeps getting better!

As I am still continuing to bust my bootie, I have encountered on some pretty amazing relationships. Clients and vendors have been stellar to work with! In return this has kept me motivated to building more of an engagement with my audience. I am loving all the new support and can’t wait for future events together. #firstwivesclub #girlgang

 

CONS: Ya’ll I am definitely more of a positive person than negative BUT lets be real. I would do anything else than besides going to workout. I really do try and make it a goal for myself. Everyday I keep it a goal! When I get the will power, I ALWAYS feel better after I get done with the workout. BUT THEN, there are times I am so tired I want to prop my feet up and cuddle the puppies. Other times go drink champagne. If you were in my shoes which would you choose puppies & champagne or workout?!

A battle I seem to be facing is being more present. Yes I will watch the news, interact more in person versus my phone but at times I feel uncertainty. Like I am so curious to know how people live their life. WTF. My question is always why? Why do I value what others are living versus counting my own blessings? I have a wonderful husband, a super supportive family and a business continuing to grow. It is everything I have hoped for and still feel like I need to be checking other people’s feed. There is definitely plenty of room for improvement.

THE LIMIT DOES NOT EXISIT! 

March has been a way to play catch up. It hasn’t been nearly as crazy as the month prior but still steady! Again, when reflecting on myself I knew there was a lot of things I needed to organize. I have felt inspired and started doing projects around my home. Has it stopped me from doing OFD Events, OF COURSE NOT!

 

 

We kicked off March with a new styled shoot named Vintage Cowgirl! It was the first time I interacted with other animals besides my dogs at a photoshoot. The only way to describe the experience I had was magical. Below is the inspiration board.

 

BEB Collab with OFD

Victoria Noble who happens to be a dear, sweet vendor/friend/client had the opportunity to collaborate together! We wanted to create a concept to show our love of yellow while making it look elegant. We knew we didn’t want to make it your typical farm, horse inspo but we wanted to capture the essence of what nature brings. Using natural light really helps with illustrating a story between a couple or bride with the love of horses. The horses ya’ll were so amazing as personalities really did shine through. I can honestly say I never thought of having to worry about the flowers being eaten!

 

 

 

The details of the table arrangement was completely goal worthy! I started working with some new vendors who embodied the same concepts as I do. The way vintage meets crystal makes it become unique whimsical pieces. Please feel free to check out One Fat Dove’s Instagram page for more pictures!

 

A very special thank you to the vendors who participated in the styled shoot. Please make sure to go follow on Instagram!

Videographer: @jrowfilms ⠀⠀
Florist: @brighteyedblooms ⠀⠀
Coordinator: @onefatdove ⠀⠀
Photographers: @shelbynicolephoto & @kendyllbphotography⠀⠀
Table & Chair Rentals: @5starrental ⠀
Tabletop Rentals: @wabisabi_vintage
Stationery: @crackedglitter ⠀⠀
HMUA: @phoenixbeautyteam ⠀⠀
Venue: @benbrookstables⠀

 

EVENTS

For the month of March, OFD had the wedding of Mrs. & Mrs. Hyde. The happy couple wanted to go with neutral colors of greens, white, gold and cooper. Little details were shown with the plates showcasing the HYDE last name. SOOO CUTE!!! Wedding guests were able to party the night away with great music, drinks and many laughs. Cheers to the newlyweds! Venue is at The Springs at Rockwall Manor.

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PUBLISHING

Ya’ll I am so excited to say not only have we been published but we have been published TWICE! NUMERO FREAKIN’ DOS!!!

FIRST, publisher is with Dallas Voyage. From what I gather they are in every major city announcing new and upcoming businesses. They got a referral from another girl boss who I LOVE named Sarah Donaldson. Getting the email I was entirely skeptical because I didn’t know who was messaging and if it was real. During the interview I felt very comfortable and started seeing more posts. I actually started hoping for it to get published. Needless to say the article is out and I am so pumped with how it turned out! Here is the link to check out OFD’s article.

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SECOND, the styled shoot showcased last month called 24K Love has officially been PUBLISHED! What was so bananas is I found out about the publishings on the SAME FLIPPIN’ DAY!!! When God has a plan, it really shines through. Check out the link for the Ultimate Wedding Inspiration for white and airy.

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PODCAST

If you don’t listen to podcasts, YOU TOTALLY NEED TO! I am so hooked on business, motivational and crime podcasts. Heck, I hardly listen to music anymore! For being such a busy person my mind is usually all over the place. If I can think about what other people are saying to me then I wonder less into my own thoughts. One of my favorite podcasts I listen to happen to be two awesome chicks in the local Dallas area. Sara and Maddie are the ultimate girl babes behind the podcast called The Pretty Filter. Their mantra is to bring the prettiest, most authentic self. I have been a HUGE fan for a long time and often get excited for a new episode every week. They contacted me a few weeks ago to do a recording and had the best time!!! You can check out my episode here! If you want to listen to more episodes go to Instagram @theprettyfilterpodcast or subscribe to Apple Podcasts.

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If you can’t tell already March has been a super rad blessing. There are times I feel God is with me in every step. In only 10 months, he has given me so much wisdom, so much encouragement and above all so much love. April is quickly approaching and I can’t wait to show y’all what OFD has been working on. GO LOVE SOMEBODY TODAY!!!

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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Confessions from my Ex, V-DAY!

Oh February, the month of love with chocolates, flowers and kisses. Total confusion from the girl who loves romantic comedies, I used to HATE Valentine’s Day. Literally the thought of professing your love for someone one day was nauseating. Most of my Valentine’s Day would be Sex in the City style were I would watch horror and thriller movies all day. Don’t get me wrong, I used to have the boyfriends (WAY back in the day) who would do the cheesy surprises and of course I would do something for them. I just didn’t understand why everyone made it such a big deal. Not to mention my birthday is three days after V-Day! Personally, I used to say just go all out on my birthday and at times feel like I was setting myself up for disappointment. In all, I just didn’t care for the month of February. UNTIL…. I started to learn the values of myself.

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Knowing your self-worth is a HUGE lesson women should learn. We are in this constant state of lowering standards because we become so judgmental of what over women have. It is this constant battle field women play in their minds time and time again. We become competitors with each other as we analyze each others bodies, hair, nails, purses, homes, cars and personal things. We reflect each other from what is on the surface versus what is within. (Cliché, I KNOW!)

Has anyone ever felt good about judging others? Please respond or take sometime to reflect this question.

My answer… NO.

I have never felt good about being so judgmental. IN FACT, there have been a few times when I would compare my life to someone else. It would make me stop appreciating my blessings because I was jealous of what other people were doing or having. It made me feel too insecure. THEN, I got a good slap in the face (figuratively). I had this thought. What if women stopped seeing other as competitors? What if we stopped being so judgey of what others have/look like and gave a few moments to appreciate them? WHAT IF?! So in hindsight, I put my “madness” to the test. Let me tell you, it was a 100% way more positive. Taking a moment to compliment someone, helping a fellow sister out with their business, buying a Starbucks coffee for the person behind you or just telling someone you were praying for them had a HUGE impact. When I stopped feeling like everyone was a constant threat, I felt like I was learning who I was… again. I started to value my creativity, being a wife, my home, family and being just plain happy. Of course, I will always admire people like Rachel Hollis and Reese Witherspoon BUT it is not a constant void I am needing to fulfill. I can value all the sweet, little things in my life without having to compare others.

So fast forward to February of 2019, OFD was super freakin’ busy as we started to work with some new collaborations. Not to mention, it was also the end of engagement season AND we ended the month with a wedding! All I can say is power of prayer, does some amazing things my friends! When planning for February, I wanted to showcase work with a color scheme of reds and pinks. We not only had one styled shoot BUT we had TWO.

FIRST UP… A BLUSH TEAPARTY!

Photography Credits One Love Photography

Photographer Credit: @onelovetexas⠀⠀⠀
Hair/ Makeup: @blushbarbeauty
Videographer: @jrowfilms ⠀⠀
Florist: @brighteyedblooms ⠀⠀⠀
Bakery: @ruthihutsoncakes ⠀⠀⠀
Bridal Gowns: @gownsofgrace ⠀⠀⠀
Rentals: @5starrental ⠀⠀⠀
Tablescape Rentals: @royaleventrentalsdfwVenue: @sunnypaigefrisco
Models: @makeupbyspeshal @schylarrene⠀⠀⠀

For this shoot, we wanted to capture the beauty pink tends to reflect. Not just pink but BLUSH. With the amazing hair and makeup team from Blush Bar Beauty, OFD collaborated to come up with the concept to reflect personalities of each businesses. There is elegance and a timeless look being reflected in the photos Christina MacMeeken tends to compose. I wanted to show a reflection of women who are having a good time while being elegantly dressed. A tea party being decorated with glitter, bubbly and cake. Just a few of my favorite things…

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SIDE NOTE: How about the new website ya’ll?!? I am not a technology nerd, in fact I am the least tech savvy person on the face of this earth. BUT… I am pretty proud of the new facelift for OFD. Even though I felt like I got my a** kicked, the hard work has paid off.

2nd Style Shoot, 24k Love

Are you starting to see a trend of love here? When Jennifer Wax and I collaborated we wanted to use the various tones of dark reds and pinks. The vision was to have more of a romantic setting. We also wanted it to be more light and airy with an emphasis of modern. With the models, we wanted a couple who would wear their hearts on their sleeves.

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FUN FACT: Do you recognize a certain person in the photos? Justin (the male model) is our videographer! For the shoot, I had such a hard time finding a couple who could take the photos during the weekday. Luckily, Justin and his wife Jamie have more of a flexible schedule so I had the privilege of having him be in front of the camera. I am so happy to say that the love shown in the photos is how their marriage is, absolutely beautiful!

Photography Credits J.L. Glamour

A special thank you to the vendors who collaborated in the shoot. Please check out their Instagram with handles below:

Photographers: @jlglamour_photography & @monilynnimages ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Bakery: @ruthihutsoncakes ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Florist: @brighteyedblooms ⠀⠀⠀⠀
HMUA: @phoenixbeautyteam ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Rentals: @5starrental ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Tablescape Rentals: @royaleventrentalsdfw
Stationary: @wordsmadesemple ⠀⠀⠀
Tuxedo: @mistertuxedodallas ⠀⠀⠀⠀
Wedding Gown: @terrycostabridal ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Venue: @lumenroombryanstreet⠀⠀⠀⠀
Models: @jamieromeyn @jrowfilms⠀⠀⠀

The Howerton Wedding

Boy oh boy! I could not contain my excitement for Byron and Desirae’s Wedding. When they hired me back in June, I didn’t realize how much of a personal relationship would be built. I mean you can’t help but love people who love the same wine as you right?! Desirae and I became close compadres as we narrowed down the timeline and the aesthetic of the big day. Candles was crucial as it needed to be EVERYWHERE! Flowers needed to be beautiful with the use of anemone, peonies and roses. Simplicity can be used in an elegant fashion. From the pictures, I believe the bride’s vision was captured.

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A very loving shout out to the vendors. Everyone really worked together to make this event amazing for the happy couple. Below is the Instagram handles to check them out!

Photography Credits: @hannahwayphoto
Venue: @stonecrestvenue
Florist: @hollyvilesdesign

HMUA: @teasetopleasehairandmakeup

DJ: @soundmastersdj

Bakery: @ruthcakeartist

Catering:@hutchins_bbq

Bartenders & Service Staff: @hdliquidcater

Videographer: @juliancastorena

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Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day! For the first time, I was able to love myself and my work. I have so much love for my husband Shawn who spoils me rotten #gucci and makes quality time for us. I have felt so loved with all the amazing support. BUT YA’LL… More love is soon to come! We have spring event season coming right around the corner AND more collaborations to come. I can’t wait to share the information with you soon!

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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Photography Credits to J.L. Glamour

OFD’s Goals for 2019

Good golly Miss Molly, it has been a crazy busy year already! At the start of the year, One Fat Dove (OFD) created a new concept for how we do social media postings. For every month there will be a color scheme or theme. I find this is important for events because it is literally how everything comes together. At a wedding, a Bride wants to use her favorite colors to reflect who she is when she says “I do!” A mother, wants to have a theme for her child’s birthday as they blow the candles to start a new chapter. Having a color scheme or a theme helps collect and organize ideas. So to give you an example of the new content, December was all about Christmas with the red and green. January, I wanted to take the concept of sparkle with colors of silver, white and dusty blue.

In December when I came up with the new concept; I was very skeptical. I didn’t know how it would turn out and I was scared to try a new challenge. What I have been learning is challenges will always face you. It is learning how to prioritize in the pressures of it all. So with the grace of social media, I turned to bloggers who I really look up to. Local bloggers like Fringe With Benefits Blog and Raising Sweet G’s. Then famous bloggers (at least in my eyes) such as Color Me Courtney, Olivia Rink and Champagne & Chanel. (Ya’ll they are the absolute sweetest, check them out, like and follow. Seriously, won’t be disappointed!)

What was crazy to me is they all had very similar concepts; all have their own style, they were collecting content way in advance, collaborating with other bloggers/vendors and interacting with their audience. For the longest time, I was trying to use their style to reflect in mine. Let me tell you it was a constant battle with myself. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t getting the content I was craving! The solution was simple, IT WASN’T MY STYLE. Once I broke down how I wanted to reflect my persona of creativity, everything has been SOOO much easier. With everyone having the same goal as me, I have had the privilege to work on professional relationships with vendors such as Kendyll Cowart with Kendyll B Photography, Justin Romeyn with Creatve Wedding Films, Victoria Noble with Bright Eyed BloomsLuis y Victoria  and many many more.

Creating this new strategy for myself, I have started creating an audience who is interacting with me. People are asking questions and are curious to learn more. Let me tell you, I am no where near my expectations. I would love to have an immediate large audience where I only have to think about OFD but with anything it is all about having patience and overcoming the adversity. It is learning how to create your path and how to avoid others. As a person who is highly motivated (not to toot my own horn), I wanted to set some new goals….

Goals for ONE FAT DOVE

  1. Create a new routine. Ya’ll I feel my life is constantly on the go. I am always thumbnail_dsc_0170creating new ways to promote OFD but I also work multiple jobs. Even though OFD is my heart and soul, it is not my full time income. Do I want it to be? ABSO- FREAKIN’-LUTELY! Do I love my other job? Of course I do! The restaurant I work for is called Standard Service. As a server, I love interacting with local residents, I love the people I work with, LOVE the food and I love the company structure. Money is great and I get to have flexible hours to work OFD. However, being hungry for more, I feel there are times I put so much on my plate. There are times I would put in 40-60 hours a week working both and I start to feel overworked. There are so many weeks that I don’t give myself a day of rest. I feel having a routine is important for myself, for Shawn and even for my four legged friends… It will create a structure for work hours and to lead to my second goal.
  2. Having a healthy lifestyle. More at least “healthier” lifestyle. There are times I feel I am SOOO busy I don’t have time for the gym or to cook healthy meals. So a lot of the times, I have skipped the gym and gone to fast/convenient options of takeout so I can get back to working. Let me tell you, sh*t gets old! Shawn and I have been eating out at least 3-4 times a week. It puts a hole in our pockets and we have started getting burnt out of the restaurants. What I want to do goes back to goal one, create a routine which includes gym time. It doesn’t have to be HOURS spent at the gym, I want to at LEAST start with going four times a week. I would also like to meal prep. With “my day of rest,” I would like to meal prep meals throughout the week for Shawn and myself. We have a grill we rarely use and it would give something for Shawn and I to do together. Plus Momma really needs to some weight!
  3. Interact more with my audience. As I said before, I started creating more of a “strategy” for myself in how I am posting on social media. I have started to thumbnail_dsc_0190prioritize and figure what I want to promote in future content. I also want to make it a priority to message followers and get to know them on a professional/personal
    level. To build more of an interaction, I wanted to reward followers at the beginning of the New Year. Which started my trend of a giveaway because HELLUUUUURRRRR who doesn’t like free stuff! Needless to say, it was an amazing experience and I will do more in the future. SO PLEASE STAY TUNED! 
  4. Be more organized. This I feel will always be an ongoing goal. I feel there are times I am super organized such as with my clients. I know what is going where and what belongs to each event. However, being organized also means for me to work ahead. I believe it would make me feel less stressed knowing items have already been done.
  5. To be present. As ya’ll, know we live in a world where life revolves around our phones. To be honest, OFD revolves around me being near my phone or computer at all times. In the mornings, I work on my computer to answer emails, answer leads on social media, work on interactions, etc. When I get off my computer, I turn to my phone so I can “work on the go.” There are so many times when Shawn and I are watching a movie that I pick up my phone AGAIN…. to work more. Ya’ll I love you but when your husband has to force you to get off the phone, it becomes a problem. I feel there are times when I miss conversations and interactions because I am on my phone working. Even there are times where I feel the need to get my phone out to capture a video or picture. Instead of embracing in the moment, I feel the need to capture it as a keepsake. Well ya’ll memories are the most precious souvenirs. There is no time machine to turn back the clock. I want to live my life within the moment.

 

When I write and tell people about my goals, I feel I have to prove myself right. It keeps me looking forward to the future. It has continued growing my passion for events and I am constantly building knowledge. For the record, I have no idea what my future holds; however, I feel there are things I can control. By striving for future successes, being positive and walking by faith, I know there will be something bright (and hopefully SPARKLY).

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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Check out the January video created by Justin Romeyn here!

Photography Credits: Kendyll B Photography

Reminiscing 2018

Holy buckets ya’ll, 2018 is almost over!

Let me recounter what happened… At the start of the year, I was miserable and just unsure of what I wanted to do with my life. My husband and I were blessed to move into our beautiful home but something felt empty. A road crossed from me leaving one job then I left another to where I was jobless for three months. THREE WHOLE FLIPPIN’ MONTHS! I went from interview to interview and sometimes no interviews. It was definitely a tough time and put a lot of stress on my husband. There were so many conversations we would have were I would say, “Let me start my own business. Let me do something were I can try to create something on my own.” Shawn would and will always support me but we didn’t have a lot of money to start. My thoughts were I wanted to have my own clothing boutique, I wanted to start with online and eventually move into a location near my home. My brain was always so focused on having my own clothing boutique that I never stopped to hear what God wanted me to do.

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When nothing seemed to work for what I wanted (I can’t make this up, I seriously did this!) I dropped to my knees and prayed. I was crying, feeling so lost with my hands in the air I said, “I am done! I have tried it my way and it doesn’t seem to work. Please tell me what I should do. Please guide me in the path you want me to Lord.” I can’t make this up; a calm voice stopped me and told me to start doing events. Honestly ya’ll it was shocking and I questioned it! I pondered the idea for weeks talking to my girlfriends (You know who you are!), to my mother, to Shawn, pretty much to everyone. It didn’t seem like a bad idea but it was a scary thought. When I stopped with the resilience, again I can’t make this up, I was told to start with the blog. Same voice and everything! I always wanted to but always found an excuse not to do one. So once I created the website and did my first blog post it was CRAZY! I started to see I had so much support from friends, family, loved ones and even few people I didn’t know. Then the voice came said one thing, “Events.” That was it! Something so simple and I have followed the voice ever since. Shortly after was when I did the Mother’s Day Brunch, a Graduation Party and then a Gender Reveal. From hard work with postings on the blog and through social media, I have grown way faster than I could have imagined. My goal was to have only three clients by the end of 2018. With One Fat Dove being “live” for seven months, I am so happy to say I have twenty-one clients I am so honored to work with.

In honor of 2018, here is my most memorable moments…

I have been so blessed to create memories and life long friendships with clients. I have been blessed to witness moments that will be forever cherished as the happiest of times. I have been blessed to work with other vendors and collaborating together as a team to grow businesses together. I have been blessed to grow with Shawn as we strive to grow our family and to making our house into a home. I have been blessed to be loved by so many. I can’t thank everyone and God enough for all the many blessings each of you continue to give me. Each person has impacted my life and you are such a blessing to me.

One Fat Dove came to life and it made me learn to live my life without hesitation or fear. I have learned to finally stand up for myself and fight for what I believe in. The sweet, calm voice has guided me through this entire journey. Some people may call me crazy, some might call it fate and to be honest I am not sure what it is. What I do know is the calm voice has brought my closer to God but also to happiness. My journey for One Fat Dove has only begun.

Here is my prayer, “Lord thank you for this journey. Thank you for all the many blessings that you have continued to give me today. Thank you for the lessons and thank you for the successes. Thank you for showing me life has so much to offer. I promise to continue to work hard and to glorify your light. Please continue to help guide me in your path. In your name I pray. AMEN.”

Cheers to 2019 and many more years to come!

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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P.S. To kick off the New Year there will be a giveaway! Make sure to follow me on Instagram @onefatdove starting January 1st to learn more. Please follow rules to win.

One Fat Dove’s 1st Holiday Season

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?… No for real are you listening because its THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE WHOLE FREAKIN YEAR! I have been celebrating Christmas since beginning of November and so excited I don’t have to be the cliché of being THAT GIRL…. You know what I am talking about… “OH my God, you have your Christmas decorations up before Thanksgiving?! Like HELLO Thanksgiving is a holiday worth celebrating.” Yes, I totally agree; it’s a holiday I cherish the most. My mom would wake up early to turn on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade as the feast was cooking. Katie Mae (Mimi) would check on the yeast rolls to make sure they were rising and pop them in the oven.  It will always be a cherished holiday for my family and I.

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HOWEVER, in 2017, I was at a different time in my life. I was getting married while building a house, traveling and going through a really tough time with my job. I was so happy to start a life with Shawn but I was so unhappy with my professional life. It was super stressful and I lost sight of the holiday spirit. In fact there was no tree, no decorations, no presents nor being jolly around my family. I was flat exhausted and torn what I should be doing with my life. I cried more so than I would like to admit.

Fast forward to 2018, I decided to take a leap of faith and follow a different path. I started to pray more and turn to God for my answers. For the first time in my life, I am happy with who I am. I am grateful for the things I have worked for and I am hopeful for what is to come. My spirit for joy has returned. This year there is no such thing as

BAH HUMBUG!

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Growing up, the holidays were always such a magical time. All of my family would gather together to my grandparents house where it was a Winter Wonderland. From the outside to inside, EVERYTHING was decorated with lights, ornaments, trees, stockings and nutcrackers. The Christmas dinners were spectacular as everyone had at least one of their favorite items. (Mine were petit fours with holly decorated icing.) The Christmas trees have always been Pinterest worthy! No lie, my grandad has created magnificent trees where snow balls fly from the top of the tree as it dances down to the presents. Seriously, he needs his own Christmas store with a side service to decorate homes. He is just that good! The amount of time they have spent to make the holidays so special will forever be remembered. Because of them, they are the reason why I love this season! They taught me to have a passion.

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Wrapping up the end of 2018, I wanted to do something different. I am a huge fan of following other bloggers and connecting through Instagram/Facebook. One of the things I have always admired is the self confidence they reflect. It gave me an idea; a wickedly awesome idea to do a styled holiday video. After one meeting, a week later and a bottle of champagne poured, I am able to present One Fat Dove’s first video collaboration.  Definitely click the link below to see it!

One Fat Dove’s Holiday Video

Please check out Justin owner of Creatve Wedding Films. Ya’ll he is just flippin’ amazing!

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Need help with gift ideas?

Check out the below pictures from Four Season Fabulous, as your holiday gift guide!

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Starting One Fat Dove, I really wanted to commemorate Katie Mae. For a while I had tossed around the idea of having the name be Miss Katie Mae’s Events. As time went on, I found out Katie Mae would volunteer at the nursing home. She would bring fresh flowers from the church and would spend time with the residence. In honor of her, I started providing a service to my clients for FREE. All flowers that are NOT wanting to be kept would be repurposed and used at the local nursing home. The residence and employees are able to keep most of the arrangements for TWO WEEKS!

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As we are all aware, this time of the year is about “spreading Christmas cheer for all to hear.” Not only is One Fat Dove providing the service of repurposing flowers BUT I am also making it a priority to volunteer. This holiday season, I had the privilege to help with the decorations and had a few of Santa’s helpers!

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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Oh the sweet, little things…

YA’LL!!!!! Have you been without your cell phone for a solid week?!? I am not talking about when you were younger and the pa-rentals would take your phone away because you flunked your biology test. I am talking about as an adult working for your source of income and the phone is the lifeline to make the money. Let me say it is freaking NUTS! A full, flipping week of no phone and having to do all communication on my computer. I have a strong sense of knowing now more than ever technology is so amazing but the Devil at the same time.

Let me give you the low down…. I am the biggest klutz in the whole freaking universe. (Seriously, talking to a girl who broke her ankle from walking… no joke!) Needless to say, I dropped my phone one too many times and the screen cracked. It wasn’t even bad, you could barely tell there was a crack. However, my sweet, darling 6-month old puppy, decided to start liking chew toys way to expensive for my taste. She got a hold of my life support and bit down on the screen perfect enough to see two little bitty bit marks. Of course, I have a passcode lock on my screen with 6 digits and only 5 of the numbers working to unlock my phone. With not enough luck on my side, the face lock was not working either. A quick trip to the AT&T store, 3 whole flipping days later and an insurance phone, still there was NOTHING I could do. My phone’s backup was not going to transfer everything over because my iCloud’s last backup was MAY of 2017! NOT COOL!!!! So finally after begging to God 4 days later, tears and an all day trip to the Apple store I was able to have my precious, expensive equipment back in my hands.

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Magnolia AKA the culprit!

However, I learned some very important lessons:

  1. It is SUPER important to protect your phone. In this last predicament I bought a really cute, silicon blush pink case found at Target. It looked like it would protect my phone and something durable to be able to carry around anywhere I went. However, I quickly found my phone case would fall apart with only a few weeks of having it. At the time it wasn’t important for me to get a new one. However, I will NOT wait ever again. I am even looking at the option of getting a glass protector for my screen! Its wicked cheap and easy to replace.
  2. Be knowledgable of your phone. This sounds odd because EVERYONE knows how to work an iPhone. However, when you get the updates of “BACKUP YOUR PHONE STUPID, IT’S BEEN A YEAR!” please do what it says. There is so many things that change and happen. Communication is crucial in any work environment and it is up to YOU to keep it organized. Needless to say, I have a backup, new iCloud and phone is linked to my computer to receive ALL messages.
  3. Honestly ya’ll, I was on my phone WAY TOO MUCH.  It was the first thing I would wake up to in the mornings and the last thing I would look at night. There were so many times Shawn would tell me to put my phone down. I made excuses to him saying “I need to get creative content, looking at ideas for client, needing to take picture for website, etc.” Having to look at your phone there is always a time and place. It’s not during work, school or date nights. Its on your free time! Learn to do something more productive like reading a book (because you can’t read enough!), go to the gym, actually have a conversation during dates, snuggle by the fire, whatever just don’t have the “blue lights” in your face all the time.
  4. Being away from my phone gave me more of my own creative thoughts. When constantly looking at Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest, you tend to start replicating in some form of what other people were doing. It gave me time to come up with a plan to expand ideas for social marketing. Let me just say, its going to be AH-MAZING!

Having a healthy balance of work and personal life is so hard! You stress because you NEED to have a phone but also learn its not the MOST important thing. Having positive attitude will turn any crappy situation into something to grow from. It’s the sweet, little things… +++ it makes for a good Marley and Me story!

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Gigi (Mom), Magnolia (Baby), BoBo (Dad)… My little boxer family!

The Newly Married Mr. & Mrs. Moreno

As if I don’t say it enough but ya’ll, I have the best clients EVER! I get the absolute privilege to help with the most important day. I get to see the sweet, little moments of Dad watching his little girl become a lady and the moment when the groom looks at his happily ever after. Even while working and watching these moments happen, I start to tear up! They are such sweet, happy moments to be apart of. When it comes to Victory and Ryan’s wedding, you couldn’t help but notice the sweet, little things.

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Victory’s mom, Mrs. Deborah hired me ONE WEEK before the wedding! Long story short,  a family friend was supposed to help coordinate the wedding and broke her ankle. In a panic with little left in the budget, Mrs. Deborah reached out to me.  She was so sweet wanting to make the wedding feel so special for her daughter and the groom. It was my job to ensure her everything was going to be okay. Which it was because I have never seen a client so organized! Ya’ll Mrs. Deborah had a timeline that was 6 pages long!! I am not kidding. Like I always thought my timelines were usually long around 2-3 pages BUT she had 6 pages! Even when I went to the house to help with prep of organizing boxes, she had everything packed with linens pressed and folded. Labels were slapped on each container of what the items were and where it was to be displayed. She was an organized GURU! Needless to say, I feel in love with her immediately.

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Before everyone knew it, the week flew by and the day was officially here. The ceremony was so pretty under the gazebo with rose petals scattered down the aisle and wine barrels drapped with beautiful flower arrangements. A violinist was serenading all guests and bridal party as they would walk down the aisle. Communion was the unity for the bride and groom to declare their marriage with Christ. It was definitely a tear jerker FO-SHO!

During the reception it was amazing to get to know staff members of the venue and to work with some amazing vendors. All guests, bridal party and vendors were happy to be apart of Victory and Ryan’s wedding. The food was of course amazing from La Madeline’s (which is my favorite Sunday hot spot). Some pretty awesome stories were given from Ryan’s Dad about the love he has for his son. The cake was 100% the best cake I had EVER, EVER had! The bridal party was fun to work with even though there was a lot of teasing from one groomsmen in particular. (Yup, you know who you are!) There was no shortage of dancing as all guests were ready to celebrate. Finally, the “Grand Exit” was the most memorable with bubbles and a car battery dead. Making the getaway a little delayed.

But hey…. its the sweet, little moments that make life more interesting.

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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One of the many sweet, little moments from my wedding… When my bestie of over 12 years caught the bouquet.

Overcoming Doubt…

Does anyone else have a brain that is in constant rotation? Everyday, all day, I am constantly thinking about things I need or want to be doing. To give you an example all before 11:00 AM today I thought about: finish reading my book, finish laundry, do dishes, what time should I go workout, make sure to send out invoices, see what I should do for Christmas gifts, I should totally buy a new Christmas tree, if I am buying a tree I should throw a Christmas party, maybe it should be ugly sweater themed, maybe it should be a Grinch theme, oh but WAIT (pause for deep breath) I need to do social media content, what a good idea for a blog post, I need to write that blog post, pictures need to be taken, what events do I have next month, etc…. LIKE SERIOUSLY, no wonder I have too much anxiety. The wheels in my head are going all the time; sometimes I need a slap in the face for someone to tell me W..T..F!

I can’t explain why I put so much pressure on myself. Maybe it is the sense of doubt and not knowing what is to come. There could be a sense of wanting affirmation from others to boost my professional and personal life. I can’t give an exact reason and it is a battle in my head all the time. The only thing that gets me through the “battle cry” is the support of my family and knowing I am not alone. Changing the cry into positivity changes my whole demeanor. My secret weapon, the power of prayer. My thoughts become clear, cohesive measures to achieve what I want. I am able to move the barriers to walk the path the Lord wants me to. Doubt goes away and self acceptance starts to shine. I toss the confetti and move on. 

Luke 12:22-26 “Anxiety is a result of envisioning the future without Me. So the best defense against worry is staying in communication with Me. When you turn your thoughts toward Me, you can think much more positively. Remember to listen as well as to speak, making your thoughts a dialogue with Me.”

Try it for yourself…. I promise the weight you once felt will be lifted.

HOW DOES THE BATTLE AFFECT ONE FAT DOVE? 

Well it does more or less.. I start to think creative thoughts and then there are times where I am overthinking about table centerpieces. When I get to the exhausted point, I start to ask for help. There is NOTHING wrong to ask for help or to ask for support. Just get the job done!

Journaé’s 1st Birthday

FIRST EVENT FOR ONE FAT DOVE

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You may ask, why talk about anxiety and then move to talking about events? Let me be open and honest. I started One Fat Dove thinking it was going to take me a while to grow a client base. When doing my business plan, I predicted I may get three or four clients by end of 2018. The Lord had a different plan and I ended up having three clients by four weeks of business. Funny how that worked?! My anxiety was through the freakin’ roof! I was a new business (still am) and really didn’t know what to expect as a sole owner for my company. When working corporate, we had a team to help guide and give the right expectations. When working a lone it is based off of thoughts and previous experience. Sounds scary right?…. Well, it was! My first client had booked me to do her daughter’s first birthday. It was exciting because we had five weeks to plan and plenty of vendors to hire. The theme for the party….. PAW PATROL!

Paw Patrol on the double.. and it was planned at a fast pace. The first big mission was to find a venue. When looking at venues it took at least two weeks to find a place that would allow for all vendors, guests and be within budget. Thankfully, there was a family member that worked at the local YMCA to provide the gym at a discounted rate. Catering was tossed around but the client was wanting the gym to be fully decorated. So instead, food was prepped at home and served onsite at the party. This helped with service charges and delivery fees from catering companies.

For decorations, the client liked the look for chair covers and table linens to be spandex. It had a clean, polished look that the client was going for. There was also a glitter sleeve added to the back of the chair to “jazz” it up. To add more fun to the chairs, character mask of Skye and Everest were added to every other chair to signify more of the Paw Patrol theme. The centerpieces were simple and fun as it had gift boxes, tissue paper and character pictures/piñatas. Each seating had a gift bag full of goodies with charger, desert plate, napkin and cup.

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The dessert table was the center attraction to the whole party! A personalized backdrop of the birthday girl was added as delicious fun treats were being displayed. Carmel apples, personalized cookies, rice crispy treats, cupcakes, cake pops, strawberries and a beautiful cake were ready to be served. Die cut character images were placed around the table with a few accent balloon columns. It was so pretty, most guests didn’t want to touch it.

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Guests got to experience so many fun activities! A DJ was playing top hits the entire party. Kids were able to enjoy the bounce house, face painter, basketball and celebrity guests of Paw Patrol’s finest: Skye, Everest and Chase. As if that wasn’t enough, kids were able to get more of a “sugar high” on the cotton candy and popcorn being served. Adults and kids were enjoying the party dancing the afternoon away.

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For a first birthday it was, over the top. It was a fun celebration of the sweet, little birthday girl. As a planner, it was so exhilarating to watch all of my hard work come to life. Of course lessons were learned such as venue options, vendor rentals and decoration expenses. When planning of course you prepare to have the “perfect” event BUT plans change. It’s okay for them to change. I have learned to have a backup plan for all circumstances. An emergency kit is brought with me for ALL events; bandaids being one of the many items. For example at the event, a bubble machine was rented as kids were able to pop bubbles while dancing. A mat was laid so the bubbles would catch on the mat instead of the hardwood floors. In the aftermath, kids were sliding all over the hard wood floors from the soapy bubbles causing a falling hazard. Needless to say I am NOT a fan of a bubble machine unless it is going to be for an outside event.

Being a first event for One Fat Dove, I would have been terrified if the birthday party went 100% perfect. There were lessons needed to be learned. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to fulfill a successful event as a business but to complete a chapter for the client. When the event was over, honestly I was relieved. The doubt and anxiety I once had disappeared. I felt I had accomplished something BIG! There was this enormous, BRIGHT ray of light shinning and it was a feeling of being hopeful. One Fat Dove has so many more lessons needing to be taught. There will be obstacles of anxiety but always learning to enjoy the sweet little things!

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

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Lessons Revealed..

Holy buckets ya’ll, pumpkin season is officially here. I am talkin’ pumpkin candles, pumpkin pillows, glitter pumpkin, suede pumpkin, ANYTHING pumpkin! It has blown up and hit the Waara House hold. There are even more pumpkins coming next week from Amazon and Bath & Body Works. EEEKK! I can hardly contain my excitement. Below are pictures from this years home décor. Of course, I had to keep my fat dove!

It is finally freakin’ fall meanin’ pumpkin spice lattes for days, sweaters, football and most importantly event season! Since starting the website and creating One Fat Dove Events in May of 2018, I have been so blessed to work with some amazing clients. From graduation, to birthdays, gender reveals, baby showers and weddings it has been so fun to capture the “sweet little things.”

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But boy, I have learned some important lessons from starting this business. NUMERO UNO: There is NOT enough hours in the day. Like for real! Answering emails all day, to working on timelines, to ordering event supplies, creating social media content and  partaking in a part-time job. TIME FLIES BY! Coffee, my husband, puppy therapy and Jesus help me out on most days. LESSON NUMBER TWO: There is ALWAYS room for improvements. Each event is planned to have a goal of absolute perfection. There are hours spent planning the little meticulous details of what to place there and when to take pictures here. A lot of improvements come from setup and breakdown, its a lesson that comes from gaining more experience. THIRD AND FINAL LESSON: HAVE FUN… DUH! Ya’ll I love what I do. It is the best feeling in the world to make small ideas come to life in a grand, special occasion. There are times that I feel like the Fairy Godmother of events. However, there are times when the “Other Katie” takes over. I am talking about full force, eye on the prize, getting sh*t done type of Katie. I will be honest, its hard starting a business from scratch. You learn as you go and I have learned that its okay to not take everything so seriously. Life is a party, start spreading the love by tossing the confetti!

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REVEAL…

So let me start off by saying, I promise to make more of a diligent effort to do more blog posts. I do really love talking about all things going on in my life. The goal I have in mind for the blog is to give ya’ll a little realism of myself but still talk behind the scenes on the events being coordinated.

 So with that being said, I have finally come around to start on the post of Baby J’s Gender Reveal! I know I had a “teaser” back in August talking about how I would do a blog on my social media pages but again from LESSON NUMERO UNO, there hasn’t been enough hours in the day. For the gender reveal, the parents of Baby J gave me full creativity, plus I got to have the event in my own home! With the first big event in the Waara House, I kept with the basic colors of pink, blue, gold and GLITTER. Below is a picture of the invitations sent to guests. 

Front of B&B Gender Reveal Party

Ya’ll lets be real, any event that I do is probably going to have glitter in some way… Just sayin’! Invitation address and phone number were edited out. 

When doing a gender reveal, keep things fun! The parents and guests are excited to know what the new family/ friend is going to be. Have drinks available, food hot and to bring on the entertainment. Also always expect to have guests arrive sooner than expected. I will be honest, a lot of the food I had prepared wasn’t ready by the time guests started arriving make me a nervous wreck. However, I turned up the music with cold refreshments and people didn’t care. People were starting to mingle and loving on the soon to be parents.

FUN TRICK: When serving Prosecco at an event, flavor it with candy. The original plan was to have cotton candy in the champagne flutes because its one of the “Mommy-to-be’s” favorite sweets. However, I had the worst time trying to find cotton candy; so PLAN B was to use Jolly Ranchers. Using the flavors blue raspberry and watermelon made the prosecco taste AH-MAZING! 

Oh Baby!

 

For the decorations, it looks like there was a lot bought. But in truth, there wasn’t much to it. Simple things of having tulle, lights, backdrop and little things I already had around the house, made it fairly inexpensive. Its learning to work with the few things you have in the event space.

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The gender reveal was a HUGE success! There was about 50 guests who arrived to celebrate the new baby girl, Bristol.

To the Mommy and Daddy: Auntie Kate is so excited to spoil your little bundle of joy. I am forever grateful for the years of friendship. Just a little reminder, remember to cherish all the small things. Don’t let people discourage you from doing what you think is best. Make your own choices to do what is best for your family. Above all things, keep Christ within your family and in your marriage.

Psalms 46:5 “God is within her she will not fall, he will be with her when the morning dawns.”

Love you bushels,

ONE FAT DOVE

Brittney & Brandon Gender Reveal