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January 13, 2021

It has always been a desire for this space online to be helpful for my couples when planning their wedding, beyond just the visual inspiration! Because of this I was excited when I contacted Matt from Someone Said Yes to see if he could share some insider, little-known tips for working with your wedding DJ, and he said yes!! ;-) So get ready to bookmark this post or write down these deets! Oh and if you’re still looking for a DJ in the Grass Valley to Tahoe area, Matt is one of the very best!!

bride and groom first dance at wedding

Planning the Best Wedding Ever?

Here are my thoughts on a few commonly overlooked details –

  • Don’t put the DJ in an obscure location; the DJ needs to be easily visible and near the dance floor so they can see it to get a feel for the crowd. I kind insist in being on the edge of the dance floor. It’s a better experience.
  • If there are older guests, try not to sit them close or right in front of the speaker(s).
  • Don’t micromanage the timeline. We do need the order of events but not necessarily the exact time for each.
  • For your wedding, keep in mind that your guests are going to be where you are. If you’re on the dance floor, the guests will be too!
bride and groom dancing the jewish wedding dance the horah
  • If you have lighting above the dance floor, keep in mind that darker is better. Use dimmers for chandeliers, cafe lighting, house lights, etc. (This is really important)
  • If you have a bar or photo booth at your wedding, please try to put it in the main room where the DJ is. You want to keep people near the dance floor at all times.
  • When picking your music, you don’t have to overdo it. Pick 20 or so songs you like and a few you don’t, and let me fill in from there.
  • When selecting your songs for your wedding, take into account not only your taste, but the guests’ as well. I can send you a link so your guests can request some music before your wedding. Let’s review and pick some of the best ones.
  • You always want to leave the guests wanting more. It’s not your responsibility to entertain guests until 2am. For most weddings, a 10pm “last dance” works great and leaves plenty of time for an after-party.
  • If you have to cut corners on your budget, please don’t skimp on your DJ. I am passionate about my profession and I’m focused on helping to create the best wedding ever.
bride and groom dancing

For more DJ inspo and to see Matt do some impromptu sessions, check him out on his website and social media!

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May 27, 2020

I’m not a health authority but with a medical work background I’ve always been strict about my kit and cleaning protocols. With this pandemic, I’ve been using the extra time to study and get ready to do makeup and hair at weddings as soon as it’s safe! Here are some of the resources I’ve collected:


Milady Certification (the best one I found – free until 6/30)

Barbicide Certification

Lucas-cide Certification (haven’t done)

May 7, 2020

Copper Peptides

There are just some weeks my skin hates me, and a lot of people have been describing this phenomena with the stress of the lockdown. I was waiting to open this bottle until I’d used up another serum (#1empty1newbie) but desperate times call for desperate measures. Enter the healing help of copper peptides! While the results aren’t instant, my skin was less inflamed and finally seemed to start healing by the next day!

Spices Starter Collection

I shared about this spice company last week, but found this collection to be the perfect wedding gift for couples just stocking their kitchen!

Facing the Darkness

My bro B says it’s always an appropriate time to watch this movie (he’s a nurse with Samaritan’s Purse so he might be a little biased ;-) but it especially was impactful during this pandemic. It made me admire those who go into the fire to help others even more, and made me thankful that though COVID-19 is horrible and is taking many lives, it could be so much worse! The doctor who ended up contracting that disease reminds that audience that it wasn’t his faith that saved him. It was his faith in God that led him of putting his life at risk to help others, and it was God who saved him through people and crazy “coincidences” – all glory to Him!

Earl Grey Decaf

I’m just as surprised as anyone to be an earl grey convert! Granted I’ve gotta have some stevia and cream added, but it has become my afternoon drink of choice which requires the “decaf” to be necessary. So tea aficionados, which brand is the best??

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April 27, 2020

Make Makeup Last

Jordan Liberty shares an old-school trick that is especially great for those with oily skin to help makeup last and not turn into a greasy mess!

Beauty Pros Safety

Coming from a medical background, I’ve always been extra cautious about working clean and disinfecting well. So while I don’t think I’ll have to change any habits, these podcasts for beauty professionals are a good listen to make us think through everything as we start working again!

Beauty Sponges

Speaking of working clean, I’ve heard amazing reviews of these $1.55 beauty sponges and might add them to my kit! Anyone try them out?

Bon Appétit Best Bolognese

Moving on from beauty, this BA Bolognese is on my list to make this week! I have another recipe I love to make in the middle of tomato season, but reviews of this have me wondering if this is a new winner?


I wouldn’t be a girl of my generation if I didn’t say that good branding and packaging doesn’t catch my eye! But while the tins first got my attention, I loved the idea of buying straight from a spice company that offers affordable pricing and refills!

April 21, 2020

Day 37 at home so here’s what is keeping me more than sane – actually pretty content and happy!

Jewelry Hacks

It’s not that I don’t like jewelry, but I’ve found my style = less is more. I don’t own a lot and it takes sometimes too much consideration for me to incorporate new pieces! So I loved these jewelry tips that help you to enjoy what you have to the fullest!

Madewell Sale

I haven’t investigated myself yet but 40% off almost everything!

Perfecting Your Manicure


Strawberry Shortcake

Can someone just make this for me??

Gentle and Lowly Podcast

I’ve been pretty ok the past month, but not going to lie, there have been some pretty sad moments and tears for friends truly suffering during this time. This podcast, I think based on a book, has been a beautiful devotional to remind me of how wonderful a Savior Jesus is!

Southern Styled Wedding Featured

This spring elopement “wedding” at River Highlands Ranch was a dream come true!

Aix en Provence

When my sister and I traveled to Europe, we knew we wanted to experience France outside of Paris, but weren’t sure where to go except the Provence region. My friend lived in Marseille for awhile and suggested Aix en Provence. But when we got there, we weren’t exactly sure what to do – enter Google! These three resources ended up giving us more than enough to see, do, and eat!

Walking around here and here

Best bakeries

French Beauty

Speaking of France, I just found an online site where you can order French beauty products delivered to the United States, including the best lip repairing balm I’ve ever found! If you want a dedicated blog post of fav products I picked up in Paris, just let me know!

Ok, maybe books next week… ;-)

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