Desert Ranch Wedding: Allie + Justin

Allie and Justin are two of the most in love couples I know! Their desert ranch wedding was amazing and their love for each other was so contagious! Seeing the way Justin looked at Allie as she walked down the aisle was so beautiful. He started to get teary-eyed as he saw his radiant bride walk closer to him. Their ceremony was so emotional, even the officiant was teary-eyed.

After the ceremony, the couple had a few of their favorite snacks for their guests and they did not disappoint! They had homemade tamales and margaritas with chips and salsa! Their guests loved it!!!

All in all, this desert ranch wedding was so beautiful with hues of green, burgundy, and a touch of gold! Allie also loved succulents, so naturally, all her centerpieces had succulents in them!

I hope you enjoy the beautiful photos from Pink Feather Photography!


As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved." - George Sand

XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events

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Tackling Your Bridal To-Do List

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Hey you!

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I know you have piles and piles of sticky notes and a million wedding checklists pinned on Pinterest and you are probably feeling a bit overwhelmed. With all of the wedding ads on social media, the knot and weddingwire slowly taking over your inbox, no wonder your plate is never empty. Today, I want to share with you a solution to help you tackle your bridal to-do list by using the macro to micro method. You ready? Let’s go!

Macro simply means looking at the big picture and micro is looking at the day to day things to move your macro items along. (Hint..hint… the big picture is your wedding day!)

First, you want to determine your timeframe. Since we’re talking about your wedding to-do list, we will use your wedding date. So usually planning weddings can take up to a year or even 6 months. So however long your engagement is, use that timeframe. If you do not have a wedding date yet, I would use the 6 month marker as your timeframe.

In this time frame, you want to check off everything on your to-do list so you can have a stress free wedding.

Ok, let’s move on.

The second thing I want you to do is write down your (macro) goals during this time period. Your macro goals are going to be things like find a dress, book a photographer, hire a planner, find a venue and so on. You can separate tasks by quarter or by month.

Tip: Group 2-3 macro goals per month. Do this every month you have in your timeframe. Make sure to prioritize your macro goals per your timeframe and per month.

Ex: Top 3 macro goals for the first month should be to find a venue/date, planner, and photographer. Do this for every month leading up to your wedding.

This list will help you stay organized and productive throughout the month!!

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The next thing I want you to do is edit your list. Make sure that your macro goals are attainable each month and make necessary edits, or more around goals so they are more realistic.

Tip: Think about what you have going on each month. Is it a busy month at work? Do you have more time in your schedule to take on more goals a certain month? Do you need to cut back on other months?

 

Now that we’ve double checked our bridal to-do list, we can move on to the next section.

 

The last thing to do is write out your micro to-do list for every macro goal per month! If one of your macro goals is to find a venue in March then your micro to-do list might look like this:

 

  1. Research venues

  2. Go on 5 site visits

  3. Make decision by the end of March

 

By having an idea of what you want to get done in a specific time frame/quarter/month/week, you are on your way to a more productive planning process. You will immediately feel a weight lifter from your shoulders. After you complete your macro goals each month, you will feel a sense of accomplishment that will give you the energy to press forward to your next months macro goals!!

 

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Pro Tip: Listen to your body. If you need a break, take it. If you need to do nothing for a week, do it. Get lost in a hike, read a book, cook a meal with your bestie - do whatever you need to do reenergize.

 

IN SUMMARY...

  1. Write down your overarching goal and timeframe
  2. Write down your monthly/quarterly macro goals
  3. Edit and reassess your macro goals
  4. Create a list of micro to-do’s based on your macro goals
  5. Listen to your body!!!!!!

 

I believe in you! You can and you will do this!!!!!!! Send me an email and let me know how it’s going for you!!


As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"Individually we are one drop, but together we're an ocean" - Author Unknown

 

XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events

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The Neighborhood Church Wedding: Lina + Levi

Lina and Levi’s wedding was stunning! They had their ceremony at The Neighborhood Church in Palos Verdes Estates and it was gorgeous. The view of the ocean was so peaceful and calming. The bridal suite had floor to ceiling windows with an ocean view as we!! Talk about royalty treatment! The ceremony was held at South End Racquet Club in Torrance, and the staff was amazing! That’s one thing I always notice right away is the service to the couple.

Lina loves Yogurtland and wanted her guests to enjoy it as well, so she had a Yogurtland bar, which was a hit! The couple also loved to dance and let me tell you, they were the last ones on the dance floor!! It was pure joy to see them breakin’ it down on the dance floor!

Lina also loved beauty and the beast so naturally, her first dance song as from the soundtrack.

If I could sum of this couple in 3 words, it would be fun, loving, and carefree! They had the best wedding because they truly enjoyed every moment! Their Neighborhood Church Wedding was one for the books! I hope you enjoy the photos below from David Torralva Photography!


As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"Dance with your heart and your feet will follow." - Author Unknown

XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events

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Coyote Hills Golf Course Wedding: J + S

My first wedding of the year was off to an amazing start at Coyote Hills Golf Course with Janet and Steve! Their fun and quirky personalities really shined on their wedding day and there color mint green color scheme was so beautiful. It complemented Coyote Hills Golf Course very well and the beautiful water feature was so relaxing and created a serene atmosphere. The ceremony location at Coyote Hills Golf Course is one of my favorites in Orange County!

Speakeasy on State Wedding: R + C

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Speakeasy on State Wedding: Rachel and Calvin

 

Rachel and Calvin’s wedding at The Speakeasy on State was simply amazing!! They both have the sweetest souls and their bridal party was a dream! They were beyond helpful and just available and ready for anything. They really made it special for Calvin and Rachel! The day started with a first look at the Historic Train Station in Redlands. Also, Sarah with Sarah Robertson Photography along with her second shooter, Corey Morgan did an impeccable job!!

Can you guys believe it? We were super early on the timeline and the couple was able to enjoy cocktail hour with her loved ones!! Okay, so can we talk about her shoes?! They were blue suede with a double ankle strap with a low heel! They were perfect!! Every detail of her wedding came out beautiful!

Also, Dawn from Speakeasy on State is such a joy to work with. When you have a gorgeous venue with owners who truly care about the client experience as much as I do, it’s like finding gold! You can have the most beautiful venue, but if the staff is not friendly or wanted to go above and beyond, it really puts a damper on an entire day. This is one of the reasons why I LOVE Speakeasy on State Weddings because the owners are like family to me now and I love them dearly! This is another venue that you must put on your list to go see! Schedule a tour. I know you are going to fall in love with it as much as I did!!! Okay, so here are a few of my favorite photos of the day by Sarah Robertson Photography!


As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything." — T. Tolis

XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events

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Wedding Vendor Spotlight: Blushing Water Studio

Today, I want to spotlight Keren from Blushing Water Studio. She is a lettering artist based in Southern California and her work is AMAZING!! She creates bespoke calligraphy for wedding signage, special events, envelope addressing, home decor as well as commissioned pieces. I met Keren at our local Tuesday’s Together networking meet up and I was drawn to her. When you meet someone like Keren, she makes you feel like you’ve known each other forever. Her grace and elegance exude through all of her work. 

10 fun ways to ask your friends to be your bridesmaids!

Hey love! I hope you enjoyed reading the first two sections. If you haven't read them yet...ahem..I know who you are ...lol ...okay just kidding. You can find them here.  We're at the end of the series and I have something really exciting at the end that you don't want to miss. Wahooo, you're engaged, have a vision for your wedding, have a budget in mind and now it's time to pop the question to ask your closest friends and family to be in your bridal party! This is such a fun and exciting thing to do and you can be as creative as you'd like. Here are a few of my favorite ways:

One Tool That Changed My Company

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How Honeybook Scaled my Company!!!

Hey friends! Today I want to share with you how I was able to book more clients and spend more time with the ones I love! Before using this tool, I was writing the same emails over, spending too much time on admin duties, and was not confident in my workflows. I was stressed out about hitting my financial goals and creating endless spreadsheets to stay organized. The whole reason why I started my own company was to be at home more with my family and that was not happening. I knew I needed to make a change in my company and that is when I started to research different Client Relationship Management Systems (CRM’s). I know there a ton of CRM’s floating around the internet, but the one that has been a complete game changer is Honeybook!!!

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Honeybook saved my life! There are so many tools that I use within Honeybook and it makes my life so much easier. I can go to sleep at night knowing that my business is complete with the vast applications and integrations that Honeybook offers. Today, I want to share my top 3 tools that Honeybook offers!! Let’s jump in!

Tool #1: Contact Form

G A M E  C H A N G E R!!!!!  Okay, so within Honeybook, you can create a custom contact form and it will sync (using code) to your website! Any changes you make on the contact form in Honeybook will be automatically updated on your website! Once, someone inquires via your contact page, it automatically adds the prospective client to your pipeline in Honeybook (The area where all of your inquires + clients are stored). There’s also a section where you can input where the lead came from so you can track them!!! How cool is that!! Below is a screenshot of how I use the contact form!! 

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Tool #2: Workflows

This is the second game changer for me! So you can have as many workflows as you’d like. My favorite way to use the workflow section is to create a default email to be sent to each client after they inquire via my contact page on my website. The sooner you respond to a lead, the more likely they are to book, which makes this workflow the most important to me!! Now, I know what you’re going to say...each email should be personalized with a name...and guess what my template is set up to add each potential client’s name on the email!!!!! Whhaaaat!? I know, crazy cool! I was literally doing the exact same thing manually until I discovered there was a more efficient way. I also have set up workflows for my onboarding which is a 5 series email that is sent out each day for 5 days and a post client email series and so many more!!! Love love love the workflows tool!!! Below is a screenshot of how I use workflows in Honeybook!

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Tool # 3: Online Contract and Payment Options

This feature is also huge for my company! No more paper contracts and scan and email or lost checks in the mail!!! Everything is online and secured!!! My clients feel comfortable using the site, which makes it so much better! Once I am ready to send out a contract, I can have it ready in 10 minutes!! Also, it gives my clients an option to set up auto-pay, which is HUGE and about 50% of my clients utilize that feature!!! I love it because they trust the system and it allows me to get paid without having to bother them. Even if my client’s did not utilize the auto-pay feature, Honeybook send gentle reminders to my clients when a payment is due. It’s like having your very own personal assistant!!! Love it!!!

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Omg, there’s so much to share about Honeybook, but I hope this gives you a little insight about the CRM!! Also...I wanted to share a special offer with you!!!


BONUS: Use this link to receive 50% off your first year with Honeybook!!! 

DOUBLE BONUS: If you use my link and purchase Honeybook, I will help you setup your account (2 hours max)

Stay tuned for more about why I love honeybook!!

Psst..If you just scrolled to the bottom, no worries! I shared 3 of my favorite tools in Honeybook which are the contact form, workflows, and online contracts and payments!! Also, use this code to receive 50% off your first year with HB!


As always, I would like to leave you with a quote:

"Never stop learning because life never stops teaching" - Author Unknown

 

XOXO, Chante Gulley, Owner + Lead Planner of Forever Taeken Wedding & Events


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5 Budgeting Secrets You Need to Know!

Hey loves! By now, you have enjoyed the engagement season and figured out your style/vibe of your wedding and you are ready to tackle the budget. Okay, take a deep breath with me.... Inhale....and Exhale...we're going to get through this together. By the end of this post you will feel much better, I promise! :) Many people go about wedding budgets differently, but the tips I'm giving you today will set you up for success.

5 Questions to Ask When Developing Your Wedding Vision

Oh HEY friends!!! Congrats again to all of the lovely couples who got engaged over the Holidays. I'm celebrating over here with you in spirit :) Okay, so now that you have taken my advice from the first series (If you didn't read it, no worries, you can find it here) , it's time to create your wedding vision. Some people call it your theme ( I really try not to use that word because it limits your creativity to one category) or vibe (love this word!). Your vision is the overall feel of your wedding, which is the foundation of your wedding. All of the other decisions made will be based on your wedding vision, which is why it is so important to start here.

The First Thing to Do After You Get Engaged!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S ! ! ! ! What an exciting time in your life! By now, your friends and family are asking you about the date, color palettes and discussing venue options with you. You go to work the next day and the questions continue. Allow me to be the first to tell you that you are your fiancé will be the center of attention until you get married. With all of the excitement, gifts, and love from your friends and family, it is easy to lose sight of the meaning of marriage.

Speakeasy on State Wedding: Laura and Aaron

Hey, friends!! So today I want to share with you a beautiful wedding I had the privilege to coordinate at the Speakeasy on State in Redlands! By the way, if you have not been to this venue in Redlands, you HAVE to check it out! (Pst...tell them I sent you!) It’s gorgeous inside and out and the owners, Dawn and Ariell are so delightful. Their level of service and professionalism is off the charts!

Wedding Planning 101 - What Does a Wedding Planner Do?

Today I want to share with you all of the things I do as a wedding planner. I get asked this question all of the time and I am so excited to share with you all that goes into wedding planning. Okay, so it takes a couple hundred hours to plan a wedding from start to finish. With each wedding being unique, the hours can vary drastically. The average time to plan a wedding is one year, but we are starting to see a trend where people are getting married in 6 months or less. No matter how long your engagement is, the time investment will be the same.

My Spring Bucket List

What a beautiful season we have this spring! With all of the super blooms everywhere and the sun shining ever so bright, let's get out of the house and enjoy the beauty. It's pretty amazing when I am driving to church, I can see the California poppies and I just want to pull over and enjoy them :)  With all of the rain we had, it's so fun to reap the benefits with beautiful blooms!