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I have always love Valentine’s Day. Even when I was single I thought it was a great way to eat chocolate with my girlfriends and watch sappy movies. I am lucky enough to have a job based around love… and I am even luckier to have a life surrounded with love.

To my Valentines.. Andy and Easton.. Thanks for being the amazing men in my life!!!


Photo by Lavie Photography

The Water…

Some of first and favorite memories of growing up were of swimming. I love to swim… in lakes, pools, bath tubs… anything!!! Countless hours were spent at the local pool in the summer and when I turned 16 there was no question on what I wanted to do… Be a Lifeguard! My favorite places in the country all have one thing in common, they are near bodies of water. We were married in Okoboji, Iowa, my favorite lake while I was growing up, We now live close to Lake Minnetonka and spend countless hours trolling around in the sun and my favorite type of vacations are on large boats while cruising in the Carribean. I feel like there is something very calming about water and I feel very lucky to live in a state with more than 10,000 lakes! My favorite weddings are also near the water. We are lucky enough to help couples plan their dream weddings in backyards and we have planned numerous weddings on Prior Lake and weddings on South Center Lake, Lake Minnetonka and even Lake Superior!

My favorite things for the water are


  1. A well-broken in Adirondack Chair to sit by the water and relax
  2. I love my Havaiana’s flip flops. I spent the last 27 years of my life not knowing about these and then last year I bought a pair on a whim. TRUE BLISS occurred and I will never go back. Great for brides and bridesmaids sore feet as well!
  3. My third favorite thing I love for the water is… a creative and fun bride and groom!! My couple wake boarded for their first dance 2 years ago!

My computer, Iphone and Ipad…
Yes I will admit it, I Love technology and specifically my Apple Products. I feel in love about 5 years ago and do not think there is any turning back now! I love how they all perfectly sync together perfectly, I love how they all serve their seperate functions and make my job as a wedding planner so much easier. I am excited to implement my ipad more! I have had it for a while, but now I have all of my photos on it and am learning new tricks! I do not think that you need many accesorries for these technology wonders, but here are a few of my favorites…

  1. I love my pink Speck Laptop cover… Not only for the color, but because it prevents cracks and scratches as I throw it in my purse.
  2. I think an arm band for your iphone is key if you are using it while walking or working out. I love to just put on my tunes and get a good sweat!
  3. I love this Speck Ipad Cover, I do not have this… Yet, but I love the stylish look!
  4. I recently bought Things for my Mac and my iphone and it has created a whole new level of organization for myself.

I love the holidays and I wanted to start a series of posts called “My Favorite Things” to let you know a little bit about me and to show you some fun gift ideas along the way (and I like the title because it reminds me of Oprah!) So tag along for the next 7 days and hopefully you will learn a little bit about me and find some great last minute gift’s!!

My first favorite thing (and these are in no particular order.. I do not want to offend my dog) is my precious pooch Tiki! The Lasting Impressions family this year has all become dog lovers. Andrea adopted her wonderful Stella and Brooke adopted Drama this past fall! I grew up not being an animal lover. I lived on a farm and had a lot of stray cats and a few dogs, but none that I could not live without. All of that changed when Andy and I added Tiki into our lives 2 weeks after we were married. We found a great breeder and went and picked her out and the rest is history. It feels funny to be “one of those people” who is very attached to their dog.. but I am!

My favorite Things for Tiki:

  1. I never see things for Tiki and think.. I have to get that.. until I saw this “Holiday Meal” from Target. Unfortuantely it was sold out right away, but I think this is one of the cutest toys I have ever seen!
  2. Her “Aberdoggie and Fetch” Sweatshirt. As much as I could have seen myself being one of those dog owners who dresses their dogs.. I am not. My husband would not allow it and quite frankly I like to save my money for my own clothes. But last winter we realized that she was getting very cold in our house and outside in the snow, so we ran up to Lulu and Luigi and bought her this warm sweatshirt and now she runs to me when I want to put it on her. She loves it!
  3. INTERACTIVE RIPPYS – This is what Tiki is getting this year for Christmas (Dont tell her!). These dog toys have detachable arms and legs for them to get “pulled apart”.
  4. Dog Life Jacket in Pink Polka Dot – This again is something that my husband, family and firends laughed at. But there has been more than one occasion where Tiki has decided to go overboard in a boat or pool and this makes me feel a lot more secure in her floating abilities!

Thank you Kelly Brown Weddings for the family portrait

Every year around this time I know I write a blog about how grateful I am for my job and my life. I hope this does not get boring to the readers, but I feel that typing out your feelings is very therapeutic. With Thanksgiving around the corner and the end of the 2010 wedding season I have started to reflect upon the last year, my life and my job! I chose to title this blog “Being graceful and grateful” because I think this really incorporates my feelings about who I am, who I want to be and how I want my company to be portrayed. My job is to always be graceful, in the heat of the moment I must always act in a calm demeanor and be a problem solver. And being grateful to me means always realizing what I have and how I got here. I try to take no moments for granted, I try to remember to live everyday to the fullest! This year has provided me with another year of career bliss… even in a downward economy we were able to be involved in many wonderful weddings!
        *I thank the clients that trusted me, hired me and invited me into your lives! I feel as much of a privilege to be a part of your day as you are happy to have our help.
        *I thank the wonderful vendors that I have met with, worked with and had the pleasure to share in this wonderful wedding community with!
        * I thank my wonderful associates and assistants. There is no I in team.. and I will not forget that!

To celebrate Thanksgiving and the giving season.. 5% of all service fees will be donated to Toys for Tots and Adopt a Family, two organizations that we have been passionate about for years!
Thank you for your business in 2010 and your continued support and love in 2011. I am excited for a great new year!!

We are in middle of the busy season.. and I love it! I can not believe it is already just about the 4th of July!! Where does time go? Every year I feel like the time flies by faster and faster! This is the time of year that I feel bad that I do not do as much networking as I would like, I would love to see my fellow vendors more, I would love to blog more and work on personalizing and improving our packages, and on and on….. But most of those things get put on the back burner so we can focus on our clients first and foremost!! The past few weeks when I have met with clients I have gotten this question a lot “Do you ever get sick of working every weekend all summer?”… The truth is… When you love what you do, it never seems like work! I remember hearing that quote one time and thinking “yeah right”.. but it is right and here are the reasons why I love what I do and why I love summer!

  1. I get to be my own boss – and although that does not mean taking afternoons off for “fun” very often.. it is very rewarding and I would encourage everyone who had a dream and a desire to work hard, follow your passion and make it happen! I never thought I would cut loose from my “day job” but after only having Lasting Impressions for 3 years, I did it! And it was very rewarding.
  2. I love my clients! I have the BEST Brides, Grooms and families! REALLY I DO! I feel like my clients are my friends and the ones that I work with for an extended period of time really become part of my family and I feel like I am as much a guest at their wedding as their “real” guests.. and that makes my job very enjoyable!
  3. I have a GREAT Staff!!!!! Andrea, Brooke and Meghan have been with me for years and I love that I get to see them every weekend and I love that when I turn on my computer on Monday morning.. I usually have at least one “Thank you Email” from a bride or a vendor raving about how great my staff was. That is a great reward!
  4. I get to see people in love, talking about love and being in love every weekend!!! What a fun job!!!
  5. I get excited to see all of my clients photos that are posted by the photographer every week!! Its fun to see how an idea goes from an idea to reality to an image that captures it all!
  6. On a Personal Note, I love summer because I love the HEAT!! You will never find me complaining that it is going to be 98 degrees at your wedding! I LOVE IT!!! I love boating, laying by the pool and taking my dog on walks when I am not working…. So chances are on my nights that I do not have appointments you can see that I am near water or soaking up the sun (Check out our Twitter for those updates). Now that I have a backyard this year I LOVE Flowers, I have always loved beautiful cut flowers at weddings, but for the first time I am learning how to plant them and keep them alive myself 😉 I love Summer BBQ’s filled with Hamburgers, Hot Dogs and Smores.

So let me take this “mid-summer” opputunity to once again say… I love my job, I love my staff and I love Summer and Wedding Season!!
Here are some of my favorite things about Summer….