Sunday, December 11, 2011

MY One Day In December

Are you ready for some major teamwork and inspiration!!!?? For the rest of December us TWIPS will be creating a blog train of our 2011 highlights. To learn more about what the TWIPS are all about you can go to their website hereYesterday Cris of Kiss my Tulle (Cris is also the designer behind the One Day In December logo above) did her post on what is important in life and then tomorrow will be Amanda of Baci Designs. Plus Shannon Kelley was the brave one to start! This will keep going up to the NEW YEAR! Brilliant, Right!?? As for me, I chose to look back at 2011 and do a recap, it has been a roller-coaster of ups and down but with some majorly awesome ups. Here is my recap:

* I started my business {Simply Savannah Events} - and have 12 weddings booked!

We helped out with Savannah 1st Food Day

We joined forces with amazing wedding vendors to create 2 styled shoots:

I went down to Miami, Florida to help out a Savannah photographer Alicja of Taken Photography

I met an amazingly inspirational TWIP- Allie of HoneyBee Invites and have loved getting to know all the other TWIPS. Allie and I, as well as other TWIPS, have bonded together since we have all lost a parent. It's difficult being in the wedding industry when you didn't or won't have your parent there to share in the joy at your own wedding. BUT as Cris mentioned it's all about knowing what matters, and for me, since it's been a few years since my father passed, I enjoy remembering the good times. Allie and I joined up on a TWIPS Tweet-a-tete interview where we talked about your connection of loosing a parent. Enough with that, I'm going for a POSITIVE POST! OK, so I have also become friends with other spectacular wedding professionals and even though I may not have worked with some of them yet or even met them in person yet, I feel like I have a great network: LUV TO: Nicki Bursae Photography, Teresa of The Wedding Studios, Carrie of Two CakesA to Zinnias, Cindy of All About You Entertainment, Anissa of Urban PoppyAlexis Sweet Photography, Alicja of Taken PhotographyShannon Christopher PhotographyJayne B PhotographyMelissa Hopkins Photography, Sharon of Alternative Life Photography & DesignChelsea Patricia Photography, Lauren of Every Last Detail, Emily of Emily Grace Design, another Emily of Potter and Butler, Paula of Frog PrincePaperie, Jennie of Studio 1621, Valerie of 1420 DeZigns, Deborah of Ahh Green Spa in Hilton Head, SC and so many more!!
Picture: Allie of HoneyBee Invites, Sarah of dodeline, me, and Jeni of Sea Star Arts - Fine Art Photography

My husband and I built a stand out bridal show exhibition booth that made people stop! That was Eco-friendly too!!

* Here are my favorite 3 blog posts from 2011 that I put together:
signature wedding drinks

* The newest addition to the blog are the {Inspiration Boards} created by my assistant Nicole:
inspiration board starry night
inspiration board long distance loving

* I became addicted to pinterest!

I'm staying true to my Eco-friendly focus by posting green ideas weekly to the blog, and I just finished reading 
The Green Bride Guide by Kate Harrison

Plus I taught a bunch of art workshops for elementary school kids at the local cultural art center (my other passion!) 
Just look at their talent:
 Amate bark painting by an 11 year old
Glue Batik by a 12 year old

I also planted some sunflower seeds into my makeshift green house and used toilet paper rolls for sowing then watched them grow!! This really made me happy since I am obsessed with sunflowers. For my wedding bouquet I had 8 giant sunflowers and I got my 1st tattoo in high school and it's a sunflower, it's on my left ankle, random tidbits of info. 
Here is a little collage of my sunflower endeavor!

I can't wait to see what 2012 will hold, but after looking back on my past year I feel very blessed and thankful! Have a happy & safe New Years Eve!
NYE Inspiration source: sparkle dotsglitter clothes pinssparkle shoesParis on NYENYE celebration ideasblack and white new yearsstarry starry nightdiy ideas how to decorate for the holidaysNYE moviemakeup


  1. What a fun, upbeat look back and look forward!

  2. Great 2011 recap! Valerie of 1420 DeZigns is one of my dear friends. She tells me that you are a really sweet person and I look forward to meeting you when I come back to Savannah.

  3. Fabulous post, Layla!! A great way to sum up all of your awesome accomplishments this year :o) LOVE your bridal show booth by the way - gorgeous!!

  4. Love the 2011 recap! Congratulations on a successful year and here's to many, many more!

  5. Layla! You rock! Seriously. I loved getting to read this amazing recap! And SUPER loved the exhibition booth you and your husband did- awesome! You might have to come help me create mine for the national stationery show. It's right after m wedding- crazinesssss. Anyway. I heart you and your amazing new business. I have no doubt that you will have an incredible 2012.

  6. I love your look back! I can't wait to see what the next year brings for you!

  7. congrats on 2011! wishing you the best of luck in 2012 and that bridal show booth is gorgeous!

  8. Thank you everyone for your kind words!!

  9. Looks like a fantastic year! Here's to another in 2012!


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