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Yay! We are happy to announce that Event Passion, LLC won the 2015 WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award® for the awesome service we provide to our wedding clients! We are truly passionate about making sure our couples experience the wedding day of their dreams and are so honored to win this award. We plan to continue doing all we can to make our couples happy!
2014 marked 3 years in existence for Event Passion,LLC, a company I started as a creative outlet and way to help people celebrate their important milestones. When I looked back at how far we've come, I was surprised to see that we've doubled in business every year since 2011! What incredible growth! I'm thankful to everyone who conspired in Event Passion's success- my husband, friends, family, team, vendors, and most importantly, the clients who have given us a perfect 5 star rating and entrusted us to bring their event visions to life.
They say that in order to know where you're going, you've gotta recognize where you've been. Here's a look back at Event Passion in 2014:
Simeon & Glendon's Wedding
Our year began helping this lovely couple say "I do" at the Old Courthouse on the Square.
Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll
We organized the first Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll and were featured on 11Alive News! Our styled shoot promoting the event was published in Weddings Unveiled and Occasions Magazine!
I love this time of year! Yes, spending time with family eating delicious, decadent meals, time off from work and fabulous holiday parties are great, but as a lover of LOVE, I most enjoy seeing all the newly engaged couples flooding my social media timelines. The period between Thanksgiving and Valentine's Day is widely known as engagement season because over 40% of couples are engaged during this time.
Think about it. How many proposals have you heard about recently? Simply search #shesaidyes on Instagram and you'll see thousands of grooms-to-be kneeling on nervous knees and freshly manicured hands sporting sparkly new bling.
One of the best proposal photos I've seen this season is how Grammy Award winning rapper Ludacris popped the question to his long time love, Eudoxie, in Costa Rica after Christmas.
What's your favorite proposal story or photo this season? Share the love and tag them in the comments!
In our Engage: Premarital Counseling post, we introduced Megan Broadhead, MS, M.Div, LAPC, an Atlanta area counselor who is passionate about helping couples prepare for marriage and develop strategies for a successful relationship.
Below, our conversation about the importance of premarital counseling continues as Megan provides insight on her process and keys to setting the foundation for a happy marriage.
EP: At what point in a relationship should a couple seek counseling? Should they wait until they’re engaged?
MB: You definitely do not need to wait until you’re engaged to seek counseling. I see couples who are committed to one another and/ or contemplating marriage, as well as couples who are engaged.
It’s great to seek this kind of relationship-enrichment counseling if you both are invested in the relationship, want to develop skills to enhance your connection, process current or potential challenges, and if you’re genuinely interested in taking your relationship to the next step—whatever that next step is for you.
EP: Describe your couples counseling process. What can people expect when they meet with you?
MB: Prior to the first session, couples will complete an online assessment, and the results are detailed in a comprehensive report outlining the strengths and opportunities for growth in the relationship. In the first session, the three of us will discuss the top issues to work through and will formulate some goals for our work together. Couples get to choose a counseling package that works for them, and we then discuss payment options and plans. All package options include: 2 Prepare/Enrich workbooks, 2 copies of the customized comprehensive couple report, and a complimentary 1-year wedding anniversary check-in session.
Over the course of 6 to 10 sessions, we review the results of the couple’s assessment and complete coordinating skill-building exercises and discussions based on the goals we originally set. The premarital couples counseling experience is often described as fun and insightful, and it provides couples with a foundation for effectively dealing with current and future issues. Couples can expect specialized and unique attention and direction based on the needs of their relationship – which may vary from other workshops or group settings. Everything we discuss is completely confidential and does not leave my office.
Throughout the process, I aim to help couples overcome any difficulties they may have, while simultaneously helping them to become closer partners, friends, and lovers.
EP: How does your practice address the ways in which religion and spirituality influence marital relationships?
MB: I have the unique experience of having a few theology degrees, so I’m definitely interested in spirituality and the ways in which it weaves in and through a couple’s relationship.
A couple’s spiritual connection can be an important part of their overall connection and compatibility, but it doesn’t have to be the whole of it. I encourage couples to embrace differences and similarities and to approach spirituality and religious conversations with curiosity instead of judgment or narrow-mindedness. This will make all the difference in the world! A healthy spiritual connection absolutely involves being open and affirming of one another’s experiences and sharing them with one another.
EP: Do you offer couples counseling services to same sex couples?
EP: What was your favorite part of your own wedding day?
MB: There were so many! I think the best part was when my husband first saw me as I walked down the aisle. In that moment (and throughout the day), I felt beautiful, secure, optimistic, totally present, hopeful, and loved beyond measure. I often go back to that moment in my mind when life gets in the way and we get bombarded by things and tasks and issues. Years from your wedding day, it’s so important to be able to go back and remember how you felt at that moment—the genuine connection, promise, love, and hopefulness.
EP: As a wife, what’s the best piece of marital advice you give to newlywed couples?
MB: Have a sense of humor. I recently came across a post on Pinterest that read “Anyone can be passionate, but it takes real lovers to be silly”. I love this! When my husband and I first married 6 years ago, I began a log (basically a word document) in which I documented particularly funny conversations or events we had. It’s so great to look back at these and start cracking up while remembering how it felt to be in the silly moment. While humor can often be a huge distraction and a tool aiding in avoidance of issues, it can also be incredibly healing and connecting. My sessions are infused with humor and I work at infusing my marriage with it as well.
Research shows us that couples who attend a quality premarital counseling program are 30% less likely to divorce than those who do not. I personally have sought counseling as an individual and within committed relationships and have gained an incredible amount of wisdom and insight about myself and how to communicate with those I love. If you would like to meet Megan and experience her expertise first hand contact her at 404.236.9730 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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When Solange Knowles and Alan Ferguson released pictures of their dazzling wedding on November 16, 2014, the internet reverberated in collective praise and applause! As one of my favorite bloggers, Awesomely Luvvie, so rightly articulated, Solonge won at weddinging!
And now, the happy couple has graced us with pictures from their honeymoon in Brazil and they couldn't be more sweet. How can one not be happy for these two lovebirds?
I do have one itty bitty critique though and it is related to this question...should couples post pictures of their honeymoon on social media? I personally did not because I can be super private about certain aspects of my life and my honeymoon was one of them and it was important to me to completely disconnect from technology so that I could be fully in the moment, at every moment, with my new husband. But that was me. I see a lot of couples post pictures of their honeymoons on social media who are perfectly fine with sharing that special time with their friends, family and followers.
What do you think? Should honeymoon pictures remain private or are they perfectly okay to share with the world? Let me know in your comments below!
On Thursday, November 7, 2013, Event Passion had the honor of coordinating Denise and Tim's premiere as #TeamMetz! The bride and groom exchanged vows at the historic Ebenezer Baptist church and exited to a sea of sparklers under the starry night sky. Afterwards, everyone celebrated at the swank Doubletree Hotel in Buckhead decorated beautifully in deep purple and pewter with each tabletop featuring the couple's favorite musical duos from OutKast to Marvin Gaye Tammi Terrell.
Denise and Tim, cheers to your first year of marriage and many, many more!
Wedding Planner: Event Passion
Photographer: Kelly Anne Photography
Cake: Confection Perfection
Vegan Desserts: Dulce Vegan
Florist: A Delicate Petal
Linens: Graceful Tables
Makeup: Dawn Lee Adams
Ceremony Venue: Ebenezer Baptist Church
Reception Venue: Doubletree Hotel Buckhead
Thinking of hiring your friend to DJ, photograph, or cater your wedding? If so, use caution!
I’ve worked with several clients who have asked their friends to provide a service at their wedding. Sometimes the friends were professionals in the field and other times they were amateurs or hobbyists who promised a deep discount or free service as a gift to the couple. In most instances, the couples got what they paid for.
Some time ago, I managed a wedding where the DJ showed up five minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to begin so we had to postpone it 30 minutes to allow him time to set up. Another time, when dessert was served, people bit into a beautifully decorated, yet dry and awful tasting wedding cake baked by an aspiring baker. I know of another couple who just celebrated their 4 year anniversary and have yet to receive wedding pictures from the “friend” they hired to capture memories of their special day.
Yes, weddings can be expensive and it’s beneficial to look for ways to save on costs and yes, your friends care for you and want to be there for you during the most important day of your life. But, you’re better off hiring a professional who you have a great camaraderie with and is contractually bound to provide you with excellent service.
My advice? Save yourself the stress and disappointment of working with friends and allow them to celebrate your wedding as a guest.
Do you have a wedding horror story? If so, share it in the comments below!
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Have you considered relationship counseling, but for whatever reason, never made an appointment to speak with a professional? After reading my interview with Megan Broadhead, MS, M.Div, LAPC, I hope you’ll be inspired to make that leap forward!
Megan is a licensed mental health professional with degrees in Religion and Divinity and has a unique approach to working with couples. I am a huge proponent of people utilizing professional counseling services and believe it’s a must-do before entering into marriage. After she and I connecting virtually, we met for lunch and had a lovely conversation about our businesses and passion for helping couples. Would you like to know her highly recommended tool for enhancing sexual intimacy? Keep reading!
EP: What inspired you to become a counselor?
MB: I have always been that person people come to for a listening ear. And I love it! I love allowing others to feel heard. I love practicing being truly present with others. I know how transformative the experience of being truly “heard” can be, and I continually want to grant others this same opportunity.
EP: What makes your practice unique?
MB: This is a great question. Being in Atlanta, folks have many options for their counseling needs. I recognize this and definitely strive to set myself apart by creating and presenting the most genuine reflection of ME in my business. I think that’s what makes my practice unique—it’s a reflection of who I am as a person. I pour myself into my work with couples and with individuals; I don’t pursue something unless it resonates with my sense of self. I aim to be authentic. My personality, experiences, knowledge, and personhood continually interact with clients’ needs, wants, and therapy goals to create a unique counseling experience for every couple who steps into my office.
EP: What are some of your unique qualifications and methods?
MB: I earned my BA in Religion, with a minor in Business Administration from Belmont University in Nashville, TN, and then continued on to earn an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University and a Masters of Divinity from McAfee School of Theology. I think the spiritual/ theological/ psychological integration is unique, and I’m grateful for the experiences I’ve had in learning how to incorporate spirituality into my work with clients who are interested in this. I have enjoyed a wide range of experience that includes chaplaincy rotations in both a hospice and a women's prison, and my clinical counseling background includes work in a community crisis center, an adolescent unit at a psychiatric hospital, and an outpatient eating disorder center.
I am a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor (License #APC003609) in the state of Georgia, as well as a member of and blogger for the American Counseling Association. I am also a certified PREPARE/ENRICH couples counseling program facilitator.
In addition to premarital couples work, other areas of interest, special training, and expertise include: depression, anxiety, life transitions, grief and loss, spirituality issues and faith exploration, relationship issues, and disordered eating and eating disorders.
Angela Williams and I have been friends for 15 years and she was the Maid of Honor in my wedding. During my engagement, Angela was very helpful to me and always available to listen to my worries, be a supportive friend and help me with many crafty, DIY projects with patience and a smile. She puts the "best" in best friend and now it's time for me to return the favor in a fun and fantastic way!
She told me and her bridesmaids, Sulean and Leslie, that she wanted her bridal shower theme to be “A Legacy of Love” where she hoped to find ways to incorporate all the good marriage wisdom she could get into the day. Her wedding colors are black, white and gold so we chose to use them as the palette for the celebration.