Find me on my new site! elainalynn.com

Hey everyone!

If you’re reading this, then you are currently subscribed to or found my old site, Wedding Girl Problems. If you would like to continue reading about my adventures, find tips about planning a wedding and get inspired, head on over to my new site elainalynn.com/blog. I would love to share all my new adventures with you!

I am no longer updating this site, so please head over to my new site if you like what you’re seeing here!

Thanks all!!

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Moving to New Site! elainalynn.com

Hey Everyone!

Exciting news… I have created my first website! Learning how to self-host a WordPress.org website has been both frustrating and fulfilling, but I did it! I recommend watching lots of tutorials. My favorites so far are this Skillshare class (although it is slightly outdated) and the WP Beginner site. I also couldn’t have done it without my friend Kadee who is an awesome website designer herself!

I can already see that the site will be a constant work-in-progress thanks to my perfectionist trait, but I can’t wait to share it with the world.

Please go check out my new site!

Also, if you subscribe to my blog via WordPress.com, and would like to continue receiving updates via email, head to my new blog site here and enter your email to subscribe. Otherwise, you will still receive updates via your WordPress.com Reader.

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I would love to know what you think! Leave me a comment on the new site with your thoughts.

Sincerely,
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Are you ready for the Kentucky Derby? FREE Download Inside

Another reason I know I am truly Southern at heart is my deep love and obsession of the Kentucky Derby. My mom raised me to love horses, the Derby and the hats… ooooh the hats! The combination of tradition, prep and an excuse to party make my heart sing every year. One day I’ll host a Derby party of my very own, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you all the Derby invite I would be sending. That way you can all have fabulous parties of your own!

Derby InvitationClick here to download the party invitation. After downloading the PDF file, you can enter in your unique text using Adobe Acrobat before printing.

If you need more inspiration, check out the official Kentucky Derby website for party ideas. Feel free to share your Derby party pics, or at least your hat pictures, and I will feature them here on the blog!

Now it’s time to start perfecting your mint julep recipe before the big day.

Cheers!
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Inspired by Spring

Quote for Earth Day

Happy Earth Day! Being from the Pacific Northwest, I think you are just born to love nature and respect the Earth. To celebrate Easter and my belated birthday, our family went to the tulip fields in Woodland, Washington this past weekend. Tulips have always been one of my favorite flower, I can never get enough of them! This quote reminds me of how I feel every time I step outside and take a moment to enjoy my surroundings. Also, nature is a great instant boost for design inspiration!

Wishing you a happy Easter, Spring and Earth Day!

Sincerely,
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Creativity: Reawakening My Senses

For the last year and a half I have been working at an advertising agency, but not on the creative side. I was a media planner, meaning I would help decide what stations were ideal for the product our clients were selling, and help coordinate the execution of the media schedule.

That’s all fine and dandy, but not very creative. As you probably gathered over the last few months, I was really starting to go crazy not being able to tap my creative energy.

So I quit.

Yep, call me crazy, but I knew I was just holding myself back every day I stayed working there. I was doing something I liked, and that I was good at, but I wasn’t fulfilled. As the motto goes, “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”.QuoteCanShould-01

 

The last two weeks have been filled with playing catch up in my personal life and being a good friend & wife, but now I’m ready to hunker down and make my dreams a reality. It’s time to create beautiful invitations and help people plan their events!

I have a million ideas in my head, but one major problem. I’m not a great designer. Yet. So everything takes me 10 times as long to look how I envision it. But I love the challenge. It has been so long since I’ve been challenged!

When I get frustrated, I keep coming back to this quote by Ira Glass:

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

Now is the time to create. I’m having to restart my engines, nearly from scratch, as it’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to get my hands dirty. But I love finding inspiration from everything around me. Books, walks with my dogs, other women entrepreneurs, Disney… I’m just letting it all soak in and percolate. But now is the time to let it out. Now that I have the time and the energy, it’s time to create.

And never stop, ever again.

Keep creating friends.

Sincerely,
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Behind the Scenes: How I Design Pugs

I thought it’d be fun to show you a little peek behind the curtain of my pug designs. I recently posted a new postcard to my Etsy site for the upcoming Easter holiday featuring my pug Maisy. I was actually born on an Easter Sunday, so this holiday is very special to me.

It took several photo shoots to get the right shots. I use actual photos of the pugs and the lighting has to be just right with their head & tails at just the right angle.

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Then I take the photos into Photoshop to crop out the background, or crop out their little heads. This is my favorite part because I’m left with an adorable photo of my girls!

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I use Illustrator to turn the photos into vectors, which are able to be stretched to any size. These usually require lots of tiny adjustments to capture the essence of the pug. After adding a border and some text, this Easter card was ready for press!

I can’t wait to send this card out to my family & friends!

If you would like your own digital copy to print & send to friends, use this limited time code SPRINGFLING50 to take 50% off the Easter card in my Etsy shop, or any other item in the shop! This offer will be available through Easter Sunday, April 20th.

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Sincerely,
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What Not to Do: Leave Videography Out of Your Budget

Everyone deserves to have a wedding video.

When I was a little girl, the one movie I wanted to watch over and over was my parent’s wedding video. The ceremony was shot with a single camera in the back of the venue. The reception was outdoors at the Marine training base in southern California. You can hear the jets flying overhead during their first dance. I still think it’s the best “movie” ever made. Seeing my parents when they were so young. Seeing family members that have passed before I was born. Seeing the family that I only get to see when we have a great reason to. Weddings. That’s what they are all about. Families coming together and celebrating. And that’s exactly what I wanted my wedding to be. But I almost missed out on the best part… The wedding movie!

We were extremely blessed, and lucky, with how things came together for our wedding. One of those examples was videography. I did not budget for it. I wanted it, so badly, but couldn’t find room in our budget to afford it. So we bought 3 small flip cams and several SD cards to hold hours of amateur video filmed from our family and friend’s point of view. One of my favorite photographers did this with an 8 MM camera, and I cried when I watched her wedding video.

The thing is, do you know where all that video is sitting right now? On those SD cards. Because it will take me a good chunk of time to go through and create something digestible.

Thank goodness for my sister-in-law’s best friend Rachel. We asked her if she would be a second-shooter at our wedding as we were worried about our photographer being in two places at once (Edgefield is a big place!). She graciously accepted, and brought along her fiance to shoot some video footage. Never could I have imagined the incredible result! Below is the beautiful film created by RP Imagery, one of their first wedding films they created. I think they’ll be producing many, many more in the near future🙂

Videography: RP Imagery
Photography: Mint Photography
Venue & Catering: McMenamins Edgefield
DJ: Thunderstruck Productions
Personal Flowers: Blüm, Design in Flowers
Centerpieces: DIY Methot family projects
Design, Planning, Invitations & Paper Goods: DIY
Day-of Planning: Alex Engel
Chair Rentals: The Party Pros