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Fishing Line and Bridal Shows

About 6 months ago I sat up in bed.  I saw it....the booth.  The Southern Bridal Faire booth.  The bridal show that was over 26 weeks away.  Sounds silly, huh?  This is how my crazy mind works sometimes and there's no stopping it!  I had to get up and find my sketch pad!  This is what I drew:

I knew it had to be white, it had to have glass or acrylic elements, cool lighting was a must, yummy food a no brainer, and something would be hung with fishing line.  I couldn't wait to tell Leah or could I?  We are both VERY opinionated and HONEST, especially when it comes to events and décor.  So, if I am SOLD on something telling her for the first time can bring on a little anxiety.  Will she like it or will I get that crinkled up nose look that says “I don't think so”?  BUT, HALLELUJAH she loved it and our brainstorming started flowing!  This is when we're in our prime our element.  It's a pure adrenaline rush....creativity is flying, ideas are bouncing, the room is buzzing!  We are on top of the world and when we're done we couldn't tell you whose idea was whose we just know it's GOOD!

 

This drawing is the first sketch I did 6 months ago.   DISCLAIMER:  I have never claimed to be an artist when it comes to drawing.  BUT, I am very visual and I have to see it!

This drawing is the first sketch I did 6 months ago. 

DISCLAIMER:  I have never claimed to be an artist when it comes to drawing.  BUT, I am very visual and I have to see it!


Over time, this is what it morphed into.  I love comparing sketches to the final product!

Over time, this is what it morphed into.  I love comparing sketches to the final product!


Fast forward about 150 days, I sat down to finalize the design and the plan.  I jotted down some notes and went to meet Leah for dinner.  The show was getting closer and I was excited....UNTIL I got the crinkle...UH OH!  The idea of floating shelves, food on top, and a crowd wasn't settling to well with Leah.  She is the practical one, the reasonable one.  I am more of a “who cares what it takes I wanna do it” type person (one of the hundred reasons we make such a great team).  I decided not to continue the discussion and came home with my tail between my legs.  AND IN STEPS THE HUBS!  I explained the booth to him, Leah's (legitimate) concerns, and showed him the sketches.  To his demise (LOL), he sweetly said “we can do that”!  (GOD LOVE HIM!)

Our next get together was MUCH better!  One thing Leah knows is that I am just as hard headed as she is and sometimes you have to “go with my flow”.  AND thank goodness she did!  This meeting of the minds birthed her idea for what turned out to be our favorite element.  The floral chandelier.....GORGEOUS!

How gorgeous are those crystals?!

How gorgeous are those crystals?!

So, it's 2 days before the show and everything is all falling into place.  All of our pieces are here except for ONE thing.......the “star of the show”.  The silver sequin tablecloth we decided to splurge on and rented from La Tavola in California.  At 5:00 pm on the Friday before the show, I tracked the shipping for the hundredth time that day and the status changed from “delivery today” to “later delivery”.  WHAT?  I freaked!!!  I called the shipping company and well don't get me started!  So, I called the rental company.  They were ON IT!  I must commend them on their awesome customer service!  They immediately packaged another linen and sent it overnight to be delivered on Saturday....crisis overted!  Or so I thought!  Twenty four hours later, at 5pm on Saturday, we learned we would NOT be getting either package (maybe the only draw back to living in the sticks)!  What in the WORLD were we going to do?!  We did what any cool designer would do......we scoured Montgomery and ended up buying a duvet cover.  Yes, you read that correctly!  A purple bedspread stood in place of our “star of the show” linen.  And, I have to admit I may have liked it better.  The color and texture was PERFECT!

We had the cutest lil helpers!  I'm sad I don't have a pic of the two of them working the booth in their silver sequin dresses!  Thanks Tannar and Rachel!

We had the cutest lil helpers!  I'm sad I don't have a pic of the two of them working the booth in their silver sequin dresses!  Thanks Tannar and Rachel!

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 (LEFT) Thanks to Mr. Frank and my AMAZING hubby for building the floating shelves.  The final product was BETTER than I even imagined!  They were hung by fishing line and made with cut acrylic.  Each one held 4 types of mini foods on a stick; homemade ham and cheddar biscuits, hushpuppy patties with cajun shrimp, candied sweet potatoes with fried chicken bites, and fried cornbread with smoked turkey breast.                                                                      

(RIGHT) This FABULOUS Ikea bookcase served as the perfect piece for our drink and dessert station.  The drink was Lavender Lemonade.  The desserts included cheesecake bites, mini apple tarts, and bite size chocolate meringue and lemon pies.   All of them homemade, of course. 

Food thanks:   Craigie for making the AMAZING cheesecake bites, JL for the RIDICULOUS smoked turkey, my precious mama Debbie Debbie, and the staff of Red's Little School House for cooking and plating the rest of this yummy food.  There is no way I could say which item was my favorite.  It was all delicious and all a HUGE HIT!

(LEFT) Succulents we clipped from Mrs. Audrey's yard, painted metallic silver, and used on the place settings.  People went crazy over these!  (RIGHT) BEAUTIFUL glass beaded chargers from Jay Imports.  (Thanks to Ofer)

(LEFT) Succulents we clipped from Mrs. Audrey's yard, painted metallic silver, and used on the place settings.  People went crazy over these!  (RIGHT) BEAUTIFUL glass beaded chargers from Jay Imports.  (Thanks to Ofer)

 Thank you to Nikki P Photography and The Element of Photography for coming by the booth and snapping some great pics!

Many, long hours of planning, building, painting, flowering, cooking, and gathering went into our 10x10 slice of heaven but we think it paid off!  We didn't want to take it down!  It was everything we had envisioned complete with lots of white, glass elements, cool lighting, yummy food, and plenty of fishing line.

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"AH-HA" Moments

WOW!  Is this really happening?  Am I seriously blogging?!  IT IS HAPPENING, AND I AM BLOGGING!  Hello world!  I am Raeanne known to most as “Rae”.  I am a wife to KC, a mom to Reed and Hunter, and a daughter and granddaughter to a family who raised me to believe I could do ANYTHING!  Thanks to their belief, I have done just that.  From customer service, to nursing, to running a restaurant, to catering, to owning a gift shop, to delivering meals....and I have to admit, all of them for a paycheck.  Until one day in 2009, when my mom's BFF told me her daughter was getting married and she wanted me to help.  With my mom owning a restaurant and catering business, I had been around my fair share of parties and weddings and I had a decent rep around town for being a little talented in the “making things pretty” department.  Mom learned early in my life that she could throw me something and say “here, make this look good”.  But with this wedding, I got to be involved from start to finish!  I WAS OBSESSED!  It was all I could think about!  I found myself spending countless hours thinking, googling, and dreaming about it.  You would have thought it was my own wedding.  Not long after the planning started for this wedding, a childhood friend of mine (Leah) called.

Look at those kindergarten cuties.  Leah is on the right and that's me on the left.  This may be my 1st and last blog post after showing this picture.....but who can resist?!  ;)

Look at those kindergarten cuties.  Leah is on the right and that's me on the left.  This may be my 1st and last blog post after showing this picture.....but who can resist?!  ;)

Leah said “don't you want to help me with Karen's (her BFF) wedding?,  I'll help you with Sarah's,  if you will help me with Karen's”...."SURE" I said!  Why wouldn't I ?  I was already hooked on this whole wedding business!  The weddings were October of 2010.  We worked our tails off for both, but after each one (with sore bodies and aching feet) we were GLEAMING!

 

This is Sarah's (my mom's BFF's daughter) wedding.  We can't take credit for these flowers.  They were done by my talented mentor and lifelong friend Carol Ann Woodall and her sister Sandra.

This is Sarah's (my mom's BFF's daughter) wedding.  We can't take credit for these flowers.  They were done by my talented mentor and lifelong friend Carol Ann Woodall and her sister Sandra.

This is Karen's (Leah's BFF) wedding.  This was our 1st floral arrangement.  We were terrified.  Karen is now a MUST on all Le Rae weddings.  She keeps us straight and I ADORE her!

This is Karen's (Leah's BFF) wedding.  This was our 1st floral arrangement.  We were terrified.  Karen is now a MUST on all Le Rae weddings.  She keeps us straight and I ADORE her!

It was an AH-HA moment for me.  I totally get what Harvey MacKay means when he said, "Find something you love to do, and you'll never work a day in your life"!  This was IT!  Not just being the caterer, not just being the florist, but being the DESIGNER of the day.  To start with a bride from the beginning, and having my hand in it ALL.  From menu design, to layout and floor plan, to the selection of linens, to choosing the right flowers, to finding that perfect piece of furniture and using it in a way no one expects.......This was IT!  So naturally,  I returned the favor and called back that childhood friend (Leah).  The conversation went something like this, “Don't you want to help me do something?”!  And as they say, the rest is history!

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Thanks to our friends at Evan and Company, Hello Gorgeous Photography, LUSH Makeup Art, and the Alley Station for this picture! 


Psalms 37:4  says;  “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart”.  My desire is to wake up every morning and do something I love.  Not to do something to get a paycheck, but do something I enjoy so much that I would do it even if I wasn't getting paid.  Weddings, events, decorating, designing, the art of ideas, creating that perfect piece to have people say “how in the world did you think of that?!”  This is what I love, and this is how Le Rae Events came to be!  I am so excited for what has already happened and what lies ahead.  Here, in this blog, I intend to share it all.  The good, the bad, and the beautiful, in my business and in life.  Stay tuned!

 
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