Huge thanks to Weddings in Houston magazine for reaching out for a feature on me for their March issue! My favorite line: "In this exclusive interview, we take a deeper look into her journey in the wedding industry, and her love for creating bespoke weddings with Southern hospitality and an abundance of texture." They get me, they really get me!
Our January now December baby boy, Kit Thomas Journey, decided to join us early! He arrived 12/8/16 with the cutest pouty lips, lots of dark hair, and I think Chris' eyes. I've always wondered what it would be like bringing a kid into this world, and so far, it feels completely normal- like he's always been here.
I will be on a 'semi' maternity leave until March 1. It's very hard to imagine what time off for a sole female business owner will be like, so be patient with me if I'm slow to respond to emails. For now we are in newborn bliss and will get back to you after the new year :)
It was a summer day in June with rain in the forecast around ceremony time. We were pretty certain it would rain as Kristin walked down the aisle, but decided to chance it. And when it did start raining, we created a plan for the officiant to say 'I pronounce you man and wife, you may kiss the bride! Now everyone go grab a cocktail!' That's exactly what happened in real life, and it should tell you exactly what kind of a couple these two are- they love each other, love people, and love to have fun.
It was such a joy to plan Kristin & Thaxton's wedding at Yew Dell Gardens. It was the first time I got to design an event in the new Pavillion- it's a beautiful space and an awesome alternative to a traditional tent.
Check out all the lovely below!
Huge thanks to my team for pulling off an event in the rain!
Planner & Florals: Jaclyn Journey Weddings | Photography: Abby Ott Photo | Venue: Yew Dell Gardens | Catering: Farm to Fork | Entertainment: Lightwave DJ | Bluegrass Band: Hickory Vaught & Band | Papergoods: Patrick Masterson Letterpress | Dress: | Calligraphy: Rachel Fisher Calligraphy | Hair & Makeup: Carley Randall Beauty
The concept of 'foraging' is trending pretty hard these days in the wedding and floral world. I love nature, but hate bugs, so unless I am in a pinch for a flower or leaf in a particular shape or color, I call my friend Bekah to do all my rural clipping. So, you can imagine, when I found out I would have to forage for flowers for my whole time in Nepal, my palms got a little sweaty. But, I was up for the challenge and it ended up being an incredible experience. If onnnnly we had gotten photos of me doing death defying feats like climbing on mountain side ledges to trim little yellow berries (I'm a klutz and SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DOING THAT ALONE...)
The mountain resort we stayed at for our first week in Nepal, The Fort Resort, was pretty incredible. It had been damaged some by the earthquake the year before, but was still meticulously maintained.
4pm was my favorite part of the day. The sweet Nepali man, in the photo below, watered every single potted plant up and down the mountainside at the same time every day. I loved watching him take such care of his job, and while I hoped to take the practice home with me, I miserably failed at it this summer-sorry, plants.... In the photo below, you can see him and his green watering cans, and construction they are doing to restore the quake damaged parts of the building.
I had been eying a super LUSH bunch of jasmine vine that was growing on a tree right outside the resort since the moment we arrived in Nagarkot. My first thought was to make a massive bouquet of it and that's exactly what I got to do!!! Below are the photos to prove it!
Thank you, Magnolia Rouge, for featuring the beautiful bride Suraksha, my foraged work, and the stunning Himalayan backdrop.
Photographer NINA & WES PHOTOGRAPHY | Wedding dress GOSSAMER | Florals JACLYN JOURNEY | WorkshopTHE BEYOND WORKSHOP IN NEPAL | Hair & make-up Heather Smith | Storyboard & styling ABANY BAUER | Production Lead MARCUS PATRICK |Model SURAKSHA KUNWAR RANA | Venue THE FORT RESORT IN NAGARKOT, NEPAL | Nepali In-country Logistics Coordinator GAUTAM RAI
So so SO much has happened thus far in 2016. I've planned, designed, and flowered many many weddings, flew to Nepal for a workshop, AND found out we are expecting a baby in January!! The latter is definitely the most life changing, and, as it should, really got me thinking about the future of my business. When I first started this whole endeavor in 2010, I had no idea I'd transition from wedding planner to floral designer to event designer, and back to planner. Florals took over for a bit, which at the time I absolutely loved. I learned more than I could have ever imagined, but I discovered my real desire was to be the planner, designer, floraler, AND counselor to all of my brides. So, after wrestling with the idea for nearly a year, I have decided that I will no longer take on a la cart florals after June 2017. I will continue to do in-house florals for all the weddings I plan, but in order to give my brides everything I've got, it's in everyone's best interest that I scale back a bit. I feel extremely at peace with this decision, finally, especially since Louisville has grown so much in the floral design world since I started. If you are a bride intending to inquire about floral design services, please feel free to reach out and I will give you the names of all my friends in this town- you won't be disappointed!
Now, back to the baby thing. Baby Journey will be here sometime in January, which is ideal for anyone in the local wedding world since it's our off season! I will take a short maternity leave and be back in business at the end of March. I know this is about to rock our world and I cannot wait to see things change for the better!!
Life is funny. After thinking through what life will look like over the next year, I will be accepting floral only jobs through the end of 2017. :)