Details by Chelsea Ann » CT, NYC & Destination Event Design

Today I want to share a little of my heart when it comes to goal setting. I am also going to share what worked in 2015! I love that how Lara Casey taught me that there is nothing magical about January 1st. Society often makes it seem like this is the day that we have to get our act together. We need to have clean homes, get out our exercise shoes, make sure all our emails are responded to, make sure that we have our goals in place and the list goes on and on and on. I know that I am not the only one who has felt like this. Goals are important. Sitting down and reviewing your year is important. Figuring what worked and what didn’t is important. However there is nothing anymore special about doing this in February than there is on January 1st. So whether you have gotten yourself together already and have a game plan for the upcoming year or you are reading this and have not yet found the time to work out your dreams for 2016 I want to send some encouragement your way…Don’t let the date on the calendar stop you. Don’t let what other people are posting on social media stop you. Just put pen to paper, when you can, wherever you can.

Tiffany Joyce Photography || Lavender + Lemon Wedding Inspiration

What worked in 2015

(1) GOAL – Attend at least 3 workshops to make me a better business owner and help me with my craft.

  • I had the amazing opportunity to attend Making Things Happen Conference in Chapel Hill, NC. Total game changer for me. When I first heard about this conference  I did not know what to expect but I knew that a lot of creatives whom I looked up to had attended and seemed to definitely be making it happen! I took the leap of faith and attended the March conference and it was truly an amazing experience. The atmosphere at MTH is distraction free allowing you two days to lean about yourself. After MTH I have implemented a lot of changes in my daily life as well as how I cultivate relationships with others.
  • I took Bonnie Bakhtiari’s Instagram with Authenticity class – a four week course to help you delve into a thoughtful social media strategy, examining how to best use this platform to your brand’s advantage. Bonnie is super sweet and this course was full of fun tips, tricks and tools to create authentic content.
  • I joined Studio Calico for their Marketing for Creatives class – This class really helped me step up my online marketing game with simple  tips on what to look for to make sure that all of your platforms are uniform shared by top notch creatives such as Amber Housley, Ashlee Profitt and Kim Stoegbaeur.

(2) GOAL – Have professional head shots taken.

New York Event Design + Styling || Details by Chelsea Ann

(3) GOAL – Participate in at least 2 styled shoots.

Details by Chelsea Ann || Event Design + Styling

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  • February 9, 2016 - 2:05 pm

    Bonnie - I love that you’re sharing what worked in 2015, Chelsea! That’s one of my favorite yearly practices that I learned from Lara, too. So glad to hear you found Instagram with Authenticity helpful, as well!

    xo,
    BonnieReplyCancel

  • March 10, 2016 - 1:02 pm

    Goals for 2016: Goal Setting • Details by Chelsea Ann - […] we talked about what worked in 2015. And we talked about what did not work in 2015. And since it is never too late to set out […]ReplyCancel

What a weekend! Finally back in NYC after being snowed out by Winter Storm Jonas. I arrived in Nashville on Friday just in time for their biggest snow storm in over 13 years which blanketed the city in approximately 8 inches of snow. The city to essentially shut down but we still managed to eat, drink and explore despite the weather. We even got an extended stay as Jonas hit NYC even harder dropping over 2 feet of snow in the biggest winter storm the North East has ever seen and causing thousands of flight cancellations.

Nashville has been on our travel bucket list for awhile now so when Alex was going to be traveling there for work I flew down to spend a few extra days to explore together. Even with all of the snow Nashville was pretty amazing. It definitely earned its nickname “Music City” as around every corner live music can be heard flooding the street. We tried a few southern classics such as hot chicken, fried pickles and of course some southern BBQ. We admired the architecture, stopped in to check out the goods at Antique Archaeology and walked a mile, uphill in the snow (Really!)

Even more than all of that we held hands, laughed, sang, danced and had some real good meaningful conversations over coffee. Nashville we will definitely be back – hopefully without the snow next time.

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Nashville

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Christmas Cookies

Photo by: Sarah Tew Photography

Can you believe that Christmas is in 2 days ?!? I know that I am still in shock. While I am sure that we all have things that we need to do to close out the year; wrap up a last project, reflect on 2015, put dates in your new calendar, whatever it may be that you need to get done this year I hope that you are taking some time to spend with family and friends this holiday season. As important as our “To Do” lists are there is no replacement for growing relationships and spending time with one another celebrating this special time of year.

This weekend i went home to Connecticut and spent some time with my mom and brother baking cookies. Our day was full of singing, laughing and growing memories and traditions for years to come. Seven hours and dozens of cookies later we packed up the cookie cutters until next year!

How do you spend your holidays? Do you have any special holiday traditions? What does family, friends, tradition and holiday cheer look like for you! I love Christmas and would love to hear what you do to celebrate!

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Art Print: Lindsay Letters

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16 days until Christmas! Where did this year go? I hope that everyone is enjoying the holiday season. Whether you are newly engaged yourself or have a Bride to Be on your Christmas list this year, I am sharing a few of my favorite gifts from some of my favorite creators.

First up is the amazing Southern Weddings Planner. This planner has it all and helps a bride with everything from what to do after you get engaged to an anniversary gift guide that will help you cherish each year after marriage. The team at Southern Weddings is all about creating a marriage that is more than your wedding day. They love to help couples start married life in a joyful and intentional way. This planner is not only a great resource  but each page is gorgeous!

The Southern Weddings Planner

The Southern Weddings Planner

The MRS Box creates luxurious velvet heirloom boxes that come in a variety of colors to provide a safe harbor for your new ring! Each box is handmade using a variety of limited edition velvet in exclusive colors. Give your ring the attention that it deserves.

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themrsbox

These spoons from jessicaNdesigns are just one example of the many hand stamped vintage silverware and personalized jewelry in her shop. There are so many different designs in her collection.

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JessicaNDesigns

A fresh manicure always gives your ring a little extra sparkle. Essie’s 2015 Bridal Collection is a great gift set that takes your nails from engagement to honeymoon with a wide variety of colors to choose from.

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Essie’s 2015 Bridal Collection

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I am so glad that I can finally share this lemons and lavender inspiration shoot that I worked on over the summer which was featured over on Burnett’s Boards over the weekend.

I love styled shoots – creatives coming together, laying their talents on the table to create something fun and unique without the pressure and time constraints that are present on event day!

Spread across 25 glorious acres of woods, a freshwater pond and of course the beautiful lavender fields Lavender Pond Farm contains over 9,000 lavender plants in rural Killingworth, Connecticut.The location and venue are where much of the inspiration for this shoot was derived.  Lush lavender blooms with hues of yellow accents, created a naturally elegant look!

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I loved working with this amazing team of vendors:

Photography: Tiffany Joyce Photography // Event Design & Planning: Details by Chelsea Ann // Flowers: Koko Floral Design // Rentals: Sassafras Vintage Rentals // Invitations: The Clementine Studio// Cake: Lovely Cakes // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen // Beauty: Dana Bartone and Company // Fashion Styling: Beth Chapman Styling for The White Dress by the Shore // Bridesmaid Dress: Donna Morgan// Bridal Gown: Amy Kuschel // Headpiece: Sara Gabriel // Gold Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Jewelry:Aquinnah Jewelry // Venue: Lavender Pond Farm in Connecticut.

 

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