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A Simplified Season


A Rustic Christmas Mantel

Well if you’ve read some of my previous posts, you may be detecting a common thread and that is simplicity. I’m constantly striving to breathe pure simplicity into my life. Most of the time, I fail miserably! I know how I want things to go down: uncomplicated, focus only on what really matters, and “Keep It Simple Stupid!” But inevitably, I get caught up in all of the details and end up getting stressed-out way more than I should. And while my failed attempts are always smacking me in the face, I do have to give myself some credit for at least trying! At least I give it some thought and if I’m being honest with myself, I do have success quite often.

Vintage Bottles Make Great Rustic Decor

 

And I really do need to learn to celebrate those achievements, regardless of how small they may be. So guess what? It’s that time of the year, the most stressful time of the year! And a perfect example of a lack of simplicity and focus on what really matters.  How many times do we all hear things like “Jesus is the reason for the season!” or “We need to remember the true meaning of Christmas!”? It’s true, we all know what it’s “supposed” to be about and we try to remind ourselves, but yet, there doesn’t seem to be any easy way to break free of what Christmas has evolved into for most.

Christmas Quote on Industrial Plates
Words Simplified: No clue what these things were in their original form but I have them in the stairway and change-out the quotes often to remind us of the things that matter each & every time we go up/down the stairs!

It’s hectic shopping sprees, parties, and one expectation after the other to be met. Well, I’m really trying to get back to what this season really needs to be about. At least what I hope it to be for Warren and I. I’m not sure if those around us will follow-suit, but we all need to lead by example, right? And if putting these thoughts out there for all of you can help at least one person just stop to take a moment today and think about ways to simplify the Christmas season and life in general, I’m a happy camper! It’s starts with the little things.

Trees Simplified: We love our Colorado Christmas Trees! Nothing better than going up to the mountains and finding that perfectly imperfect tree, or in our case trees (we especially love our Disney tree in the basement!)
Trees Simplified: We love our Colorado Christmas Trees! Nothing better than going up to the mountains and finding that perfectly imperfect tree, or in our case trees (we especially love our Disney tree in the basement!)

Little details such as decorations, trees, and gift wrap. Sounds silly, but I’m thinking if I keep everything around me uncomplicated, then I will have a constant reminder of simplification. With natural and nonchalant nods to the season on display, maybe, just maybe, we’ll remember more often what it’s really all about. Vintage and rustic details help with this tremendously! The gift giving is probably the biggest challenge because there’s been a whole lotta precedent set in that department, but I’m trying to get grounded there too!

So whether it’s the Christmas season, planning for a big event such as a wedding, or just dealing with day-to-day life, join me in taking on a new personal decree to “Simplify!” Let’s get rid of all that “clutter” in our planning, surroundings, and lives so we can focus on the things that really matter: faith, love…LIFE!

Merry Christmas | Yours For Your Day | Rentals Simplified

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We Can’t Have It All!

I’ve been absent from the blog for a few weeks now and I apologize for that. We’ve been traveling both for my husband’s business and we also went on a road-trip to look for new items for our Yours For Your Day rentals inventory.

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My favorite road-trip find: a vintage french wash stand!

I share something in common with our clients who are planning their events and are completely overwhelmed with all of the choices out there! I absolutely love vintage, weathered, salvaged, rusty & crusty stuff!  And while there’s a whole lotta stuff out there that is wonderful, most of it is just not quite right for our rentals inventory!

Like so many, I also spend a lot of time wandering through Pinterest, various blogs, Facebook posts and tweets looking for all of those amazing “just right” details.

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Rustic Table Decor

 

 

Just like our clients who are trying to decide on what they want their big event to look like and the experience they want for their guests, I too am always in the process of evaluating what I want my curated collection to look like and what I want my clients to experience when working with
Yours For Your Day.

So here’s what I do to narrow down the details as I’m adding to my inventory and If you are planning for a big event, you too can use this exercise:

 

 

 

 

Make a list of all of  the things that are most important to you for your big day. Is it the food, the decor (my personal favorite), the music, the cake, your photos?  Then incorporate those priorities into your desired guest experiences. What do you want your guests to “take away” from each of those aspects of your event? Now take all of those details you’ve been dreaming of and utterly bombarded by, and decide what best fits into your newly incorporated list of priorities. If something doesn’t “fit”, get it off your list. Continue to whittle away at the list until you have aligned all of the “just right” details with your priorities and then focus on making just those details come to life.  Oh, and stop looking for new details after that, you’ll drive yourself crazy!

Possum Belly Table
Ah, there’s more of those “just right” details! Southwest Boho Chic Shoot (See Credits Below)

Anyhow, I thought I would share with you today just a bit of my challenge and how I  go about setting goals for creating my collection of eclectic rentals and how to best meet the expectations of my clients. I hope that you may be able to apply some of what I’ve learned, to planning for your event because… we really are in this together!

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Shelley

Southwest Boho Chic Inspiration Shoot:
Photography:  Laura Smith Photography
Styling: Prive Events
Vintage Rentals: Yours For Your Day
Flowers: Bailey’s Blooms
Cake: D’s Sweet Addiction

 

 

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Meet: Angela Chavez

Featured Bride Yours For Your Day
It’s my favorite time of the week, when I get to introduce a new lovely bride.  This week, it is a pleasure to introduce you to Angela Chavez.  Angela is engaged to Stephanie Flores and they are both busily planning for a November, 2015 wedding!

Featured Bride Angela
Angela and Stephanie

Angela, Stephanie, and Angela’s 10-year old daughter call Pueblo, Colorado home.  While they’re currently busy with wedding preparations, they are also working together on improvements to their house and getting into shape!  Angela also loves to cook.

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Happy Smiles!

Allow me to take a step back and share with you this couple’s romantic engagement!  Angela and Stephanie have been together for approximately 1 1/2 years and have been engaged for nearly two months now.  Stephanie planned a lovely surprise engagement for Angela.  In Angela’s own words:  “As I walked down the sidewalk at the Nature Center next to the river, I was greeted by our closest family and friends, pics of our journey and a musician that serenaded me.  Then she gave me my awesome ring!”  What a wonderful gift. Every girl should be so lucky as to have their fiance create such a wonderful memory; good job Stephanie!

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Angela envisions a non-traditional fall wedding with pumpkin decor and a multitude of sparkly gold, pink, and red color accents.  The couple will celebrate their ceremony and reception at the Olde Towne Carriage House, which overlooks the Arkansas Riverwalk in the center of Pueblo.

Congratulations Angela and Stephanie. All life’s best to the two of you!

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Shelley

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Watch Out For The DIY Bug!

DIY (Do It Yourself) weddings are popular, and for good reason. Luckily, many of today’s trends are focused on rustic and hand-made themes so it’s easy to take-on much of the decor and details yourself, either for budget reasons or just a desire to add a personal touch to the day.

But careful…

Large Rustic Decor

DIY could just as easily stand for “Don’t Implode Yourself” when you try to DIY every detail of the wedding! Your time and effort are worth something; definitely worth their weight in gold when demand on your time is at its highest! All of those really easy DIY projects that you see on Pinterest can sneak up on you and cause you stress during the later stages of your planning. If you’re stressed, you won’t be able to truly enjoy the planning process and even worse, all of that stress may spill over into your big day.  And that would be a bummer!

So it may seem like you only have two options when planning for your wedding; DIY to save money and add a personal touch or “acquire” everything and save on time, effort & stress.

Or… find a happy medium!

Hay Bale Signs

Here’s an exercise for you: go out to Craigslist and search “wedding decor” for your area.  You will undoubtedly see several listings for people who are trying to sell all of their DIY decor from their recent weddings. Two things to take-away from this exercise: if you find a match to your theme, you can purchase the details at a discount from someone else who has already invested all of that time and effort to make them, yay! Or, if you do tackle all of your own DIY decor, you now know that you can go to Craigslist to get rid of everything after the wedding! (Unless you want to find valuable storage space in your home to store all of those lovely details!)

Smart Alternatives: plan for DIY details that you can use around the home or garden after the wedding or give yourself a break and rent details from someone like Yours For Your Day!  (less expensive than purchasing and yes, that was a shameless plug for our company!)

Rusty Bike

 

My message is this: don’t short-change the value of your time and effort when deciding on your decor.  Please don’t get me wrong, I love DIY weddings.  Our wedding was completely DIY and we loved every aspect of planning for our special day, but it was also a very small and intimate event, so the details were completely manageable.

Welcome Sign

 If you have been bitten by the DIY bug, just go into your planning with eyes wide open and you’ll be fine.  Fully and honestly evaluate your available time and personal skill set.  And don’t beat yourself up if you decide you may not be up for the challenge of a full DIY event.  Pat yourself on the back for being smart and savvy enough to respect and honor your limitations! You can always pick a few projects that mean the most to you like guest favors, aisle decor, or the guest book and then rent or purchase the other details. You’ll still get the same DIY feel to your themed event, but without all of the stress and investment of your precious time!

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Shelley

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Meet: Hanna Jackson

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This week, I have the pleasure of introducing you to Hanna Jackson!
Hanna is engaged to Eric Guillory and their wedding is scheduled for June, 2015.
Hanna is originally from Colorado but currently resides in Oklahoma City where she works as a critical care nurse.
Eric is from Tulsa and is an engineer in the oil and gas industry.

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Let’s talk about how these two gorgeous smiles first came together: Hanna and Eric met 2 1/2 years ago when they were both attending Oklahoma Christian University.
They both played soccer for OC and shared the same circle of friends. It didn’t take long for them to discover that they also shared many of the same interests.
They love all activities in the great outdoors(including skiing and snowboarding) and both love to travel.

Hanna & Eric

It was that love for travel that had them vacationing in Alaska this past August. While in Juneau with Hanna’s family, Eric proposed to Hanna in front of Mendenhall Glacier
(a glacier? Way to go Eric; quite the backdrop!)  From Hanna: “We spent the rest of our trip as an engaged couple doing everything from
whale watching, sea kayaking, deep sea fishing and hiking. I’d say it was the perfect trip!”
I’d say that I completely agree with you Hanna!

I'm Engaged!

While Hanna and Eric currently call Oklahoma home and both have successful careers there, they are excited to celebrate their wedding in Colorado next June!
Their rustic mountain wedding will be held at The Meadows at Marshdale in Evergreen.

 

 

Happy Couple!

 

Congratulations and best wishes Hanna and Eric!

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Shelley

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Falling For Change

{transition}: the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

 

I had a chance for some reflection this weekend as Warren and I walked around the property.  It was a beautiful fall morning.  Fall; my very favorite season!  More than any other season, fall gives us such a visual representation of transition.  The combination of reds, oranges, and yellows are undeniable signs of change.  It got me to thinking about changes in life too.

Fall Walk

 

I think as humans, we are programmed to resist change, at least the kind of change that sneaks up on us.  But for some of us, we thrive on change.  I love to celebrate change and embrace opportunities for transformation.  Whether it’s as simple as decorating for the season or as complicated as making major life-changing decisions, change is good!

Fall Decor

 

{Fall decor around the Hall household.}

Just as we transition from one season to another within the year, we are also constantly transitioning from one point in our lives to another.  If you’re planning a wedding, you’re getting ready to make a huge transition.  I mentioned in my These Are The Days post that you should slow down and enjoy the planning and stop often just to take-in the day.  But you also need to take time to think about how your day-to-day life will transition as you journey through life together.  And then get ready to embrace all of the changes and challenges you will undoubtedly experience with your partner.

Perhaps you are getting ready to have your first child.  I’m sure you’ve heard over and over that your life is about to change drastically.  Well the reason people feel so compelled to tell you this is because we’ve all been there done that!  When faced with the daily challenges of adjusting to your new role as a parent, and dealing with the inability to sleep (or even bathe and get out of your jammies on some days), remember to take a deep breath and cradle not only that baby, but also the fact that you are growing as a person in ways that you are not even aware of, and be thankful for the adventure!

Ben Franklin Quote on Change

 

Maybe you’re getting ready to celebrate a milestone birthday.  My mother would often get melancholy on her birthdays over the years and talk negatively about getting older.  My response was always the same:  “Well Mom, it’s better than the alternative, isn’t it?  You’re still alive!”  I try to cherish each and every day and to thank God for lessons learned and for the courage He has given me to not only accept,  but also initiate change in my life without fear.

Whatever transitions you may be going through, reach out with both hands, grab on, and hold on tight!  Or maybe life is rolling along smoothly and it’s time to initiate some changes all on your own.  Don’t be afraid of failure!  If you never take the risk, you’ll never grow!

Fall Walk 2

 

Try to celebrate all changes in life, even those that may sneak up on you, because every transition in life is a chance for growth!  Like autumn leaves that were once brand-new little shoots of green life in the Spring, we all live through the changes, so let’s just learn to
treasure them!

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Shelley

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Meet: Christine Mauser

Featured Bride Christine Mauser
I’m so happy to introduce you to this week’s featured bride Christine Mauser.  Christine is engaged to Dan Higham and their wedding is scheduled for June 2015.  Christine, while originally from Colorado, currently resides in Daly City, California with Dan, his 7-year old daughter Bethany, and their cat Nessa.  This sweet little family came together in such a lovely way and I’m so honored to share their love story with you today.

Featured Bride Christine

 

 So how did they meet?  Well they met through work, but even more intriguing is the fact that Dan is from the UK and was still living there when they met.  Dan was hired by the same company Christine works for and had traveled to California to train for his new position.   After several lunches together at work, there was an impromptu date and a connection was made! What ensued was a long-long-distance romance that continued to thrive for a year and a half despite the distance!  They traveled Europe together a few months after meeting and then Dan made the trek to California every few months to visit with Christine. How romantic is that?

What a fun couple!
What a fun couple!

So what about the proposal you ask?  On a rainy day in October of 2013, while on a hilltop aside an old monastery and overlooking the picturesque Bavarian town of Bamberg, Germany, Dan proposed to Christine!  And if that wasn’t dreamy enough, Dan had something else up his sleeve when they later took in a concert.  The band they saw that night was a favorite of theirs called Rue Royale.  The band is a married couple with a British wife and an American husband; imagine that! Dan had gotten into contact with the band prior to the concert and they ended up dedicating a song to the newly betrothed couple onstage and served them champagne to boot!
(Sorry Dan, “boot” means car trunk in the UK, doesn’t it?)

Look at that cutie! What an adorable face!
Look at that cutie! What an adorable face!

Still one more piece of this delightful story, and that’s the part when everyone ultimately ended up on the same continent.  Dan and Bethany made the big move from the UK to California to join Christine in January of this year.

What a treat to have introduced you to this amazing bride and her new family!  We’re so thrilled and honored to have been asked to provide some of our eclectic rentals for their ceremony next June. Their rustic mountain wedding ceremony will be held next to the Blue River in Silverthorne, Colorado and I just know that their wedding day will be as enchanting and charming as their love story!

Congratulations Christine, Dan, and Bethany!
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Shelley

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Perfection…Let It Go!

Rustic Reception Tables
Ah, perfection. It’s what everyone wants when planning a social event, right? And I imagine that for some, planning a great little dinner party, the perfect first birthday party, or the best wedding ever, may come easy. If you are one of those talented and gifted individuals who can take it all in stride and pull together a fabulous soiree without a worry,  then today’s post may not be for you. But if you’re like me, and planning an event is a bit more challenging for you, then please read on!

I will be the first to admit that in the past, I was sometimes a bit crippled socially because of my ridiculous drive for perfection. Preparing the perfect food, having my house looking just perfect, saying the perfect things, even wearing the perfect clothes. All of this focus on being perfect, caused me anxiety when I had an upcoming event to attend or plan for. Can anyone else relate to this? Because sometimes, I thought I was the only one that felt that way. Ironically, it is that same attention to detail that now helps me to excel in my business. Working with someone else on their big day; piece of cake! Planning my own event; panic!

 

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Well fortunately, I have learned to relax a bit. Awhile back, I developed an interest in painting furniture and it sounds silly, but during my discovery of this creative outlet I learned to embrace imperfection! The particular style of painted furniture that I prefer and the materials that I use to create that look is what has finally helped me to accept that something can be wonderful without being perfect.  And that imperfection is actually just “character.”  And I’m happy to say I can now apply this lesson learned to other aspects of life as well. Even to how I view myself as a person.

I also remind myself that I’m the only one that has that vision of “perfection” in my head when I’m planning for something.  I’m the only one that knows exactly how something is “supposed” to be in the end.  Other people just see the finished product and are never measuring me against the ridiculous standards I set for myself.  So I’ve learned to let it go! (okay, yeah cue the Frozen song!)

Steinbeck Quote on Perfection

 

So if you’ve ever struggled with this issue or you’re dealing with it now as you plan for a wedding or big celebration, just accept that you can never control every aspect of the day, ever. From the very start of your planning phase, learn to embrace the fact that nothing is ever going to be perfect and it’s okay! Plan wholeheartedly, put “yourself” into it and the results will be wonderful and full of “character.”  The sooner we are all able to release that vision of “ideal”, the more enjoyable and fulfilling the event, that piece of furniture, or life will be!

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Shelley

 

These Are The Days!

Hi there!  For #TBT (Throw Back Thursday for anyone like me still learning about #’s in general), I wanted to share an important lesson learned specific to planning an event, or in my case it was my first wedding 30 years ago.  Gasp…30 years?

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So yeah, that’s obviously not me 30 years ago (can’t remember where pictures are packed away from “that” wedding!)  I was so young and naive, as was my husband.  We had no clue what we were getting into, and obviously I used the word first wedding so we all know the ending to that story.  But I don’t regret the relationship because it shaped both of us and has allowed us to truly appreciate our current marriages and the two amazing people we have in our lives now.  So I’m thankful…but that’s not really what I wanted to talk about.

In the “old” days, weddings were somehow more simple.  Thirty years ago there were colors to decide on, flowers, a dress, a cake, venue, and music; same as today.  But not much more.  You had the standard guest book with a feathered pen (yes, feathered), a cake with many tiers and doves (so many doves), bows everywhere and things to figure out like “what is the correct order in which your wedding party stands in the receiving line?”  What’s a receiving line some of you may ask?  You’ll have to “Google” it!  Fun times…

Old School Cake Cutting

Today couples and planners have a bit more daunting task in planning the perfect event.  Now you want your wedding to be the most unique and unforgettable experience ever and hear nothing but “this is the best wedding I’ve ever been to” remarks. It’s that attention to detail that allows us to do what we do at Yours For Your Day and we love being a part of that process!

My wedding day on September 19, 1984 was a complete and utter blur!  I really don’t remember much and it’s not because it was 30 years ago or because there was drinking involved!  It was a blur the very next day.  Even with the reduced number of details to plan for back then, I was exhausted by our wedding day.  We had a large wedding and honestly, I didn’t even know most of our guests and for that matter, neither did my husband.  We went through all of the mandated motions of the day and before we could even get a bite to eat during the reception, the day had come and gone!

(Warning: drinking too much on your special day will definitely cause a blur!)

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So, if you haven’t heard this advice yet, you’ll hear it now, and you’ll hear it again from others, I’m sure:  take time to enjoy every aspect of your planning for this huge day in your life!  Try not to lose sight of what the day is all about.  Take time on the day of your wedding to just stop and soak it all in.  Embrace the moments when you can just reflect on marrying your best friend, your soul mate, your love.

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Photo Credit: adwriter via Compfight cc

Nothing else matters, no details, no guest experience, nothing!  And as long as you can keep the “purpose” front and center in everything you do, everything else is just fluff!  So take a deep breath and breathe it all in every step of the way.  Because these are the days, the ones you’ll want to remember forever!

Take care, back soon!

Shelley

P.S. I got it right the second time around; more on that in a future post 😉

Okay, So Now You Have To Do It!

Well, in my first post I talked about who we are (remember, we have really cool eclectic furniture and stuff that people can rent instead of buy for their weddings, parties, etc?) And in my last post I talked about why I decided to start a blog (I was brutally honest about how I was told that I had to blog for Yours For Your Day to be successful but how I was uncomfortable with blogging just for that reason, remember?) And now, the time has come and I have to actually blog! Honestly, I’m nervous. I want to do right by those who take the time to read the blog, give you something fun and/or useful to read, and I certainly don’t ever want to waste your time.  I won’t pretend to be an expert (other than we do know a little something about providing cool vintage furniture and decor for your weddings, parties, and photo shoots!!!)  But I will be honest, straight-forward, and maybe even a little entertaining at times. There are a million resources out there for folks who are planning events and so my challenge is to come up with some fresh new helpful content to share with you weekly and I’m taking this challenge very seriously!  No, seriously!

 

Okay, so what to blog about? First, look at this pretty picture… (I’m supposed to post pretty pictures to keep it interesting!) I took this picture while on our annual color drive last week to see the turning aspens here in “Colorful Colorado!”

Aspens

Okay, back to the topic:  For the most part, in future posts, I will be passing along thoughts, tips, and strategies for surviving the celebration of life’s events from a more personal level! The planning, the anticipation, the wanting everything to go perfectly, are all stressful aspects of event planning.  Maybe I’ll share with you some thoughts or experiences I’ve had over the years, advice, pretty pictures for inspiration, who knows?  Now, that doesn’t mean I’m not going to also post about upcoming or just completed events that we are privileged to be a part of because hey, it’s what we do and we’re proud of our participation in the special days of our clients. And if we do add something amazing to our inventory, I may share that with you, but that will be the exception and never the norm, promise!

I will also share content from other resources along the way to contribute to this journey we’re on. So please visit the blog regularly (you can subscribe and never miss a post) and we’ll have a wonderful time exploring life in general and a different side of event planning (and maybe a few familiar sides as well.) Thanks for visiting!

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Shelley