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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.
On Thursday, September 11th, Kelly & Jamie of Love Like Weddings Photography emailed me with news that our Industrial Chic styled shoot was featured on Occasion Magazine’s blog! I was super excited and wanted to tell the world but was so busy that I had no time to blog about it or post it on social media. Fast forward to Saturday, September 13th, as I was reclining on my best friend Angela's sofa, chatting about her FABULOUS bridal shower we had just wrapped up hours before, she handed me the latest issue that includes a spread of our shoot! I was so surprised and although my to-do list is beckoning me I had to make time to post about it now!
Get a copy, check out our creative inspiration shoot on pages 28 and 29 and let me know what you think!
Anyone who knows me understands that I am obsessed with magazines and have been since I was a child. I love their glossy covers and pages filled with ideas and stories and beautiful images and scour them from cover to cover including "Letters to the Editor" and all. My mother would always tease me and say she wanted to read them first before I got to them because if not, I would read the words off the pages and there'd be nothing left for her to see! To have my work featured in them is the BEST feeling in the world and I'm forever grateful!
Would you like an Industrial Chic wedding of your own? Contact us and these OUTSTANDING vendors to make it happen!
Photography: Love Like Weddings | Venue & Wine: The Wiley | Planning & Coordination: Event Passion | Stylist: Julia Badovinac | Florals: A Delicate Petal | Cale & Cupcakes: A Pinch Bakery | Candy Buffet:Orange Carousel | Chocolate Pate: For Wineauxs Only | Stationery: DecoMarj | Wedding Dress: Ivy & Aster | Reception Dress: Megan Huntz | Hair & Makeup: Nadia’s Studio | Jewelry: Charlene K
And my arms need someone
Someone to enfold
To keep me warm when Mondays and Tuesdays grow cold
Love for all my life to have and to hold
Oh and I want a Sunday kind of love
Courtney and Adrian’s “Sunday Jazz Brunch” themed wedding was charming and sweet as their fresh honey favors. The coral and navy decor by Ciao Bella Weddings popped with striped linens set against a backdrop of assorted angled blooms. Violinist Ashanti Floyd’s magical renditions serenaded the crowd as they enjoyed tasty omelets, mimosas and decadent fare from the lavishly catered buffet.
From the tender first look session to the playful grand exit accented with bubbles and laughter, this wedding was a joyful occasion brimming with heartfelt delight. We are thankful to Julia at Endive Catering for referring this lovely couple to us. What an honor it was to bring their wedding day vision to life.
Thank you to Event Passion Event Managers, Kenyatta Walker and Dionne Harden, and all the outstanding vendors!
Wedding Planner: Event Passion
Photographer: Jamie Howell Photography
Violinist: Ashanti Floyd "The Mad Violinist"
DJ: DJ Rocko
Cake: Bliss Bakery
Florist/Décor: Ciao Bella Weddings
Officiant: Rev. Deanna Lancaster
Catering: Endive Catering
Makeup: Makeup by Gray
Hair: Julise Davis
Venue: Old Courthouse on the Square
Transportation: Citinet Limo
Videography: D&R Films
Event Passion has partnered with Chef Paula Ballard of For Wineauxs Only to offer upscale wine tasting events perfect for corporations and charitable organizations.
Do you represent a non-profit organization in need of funds? Imagine hosting your event at a boutique wine tasting room in the company of exclusive sponsors and financial supporters. Your guests will learn about your initiatives and bid on premium silent auction items while indulging in the finest of wines, artisanal cheeses and chocolates.
If you’re a member of a business association or company looking for a unique networking or team building activity, look no further than our wine-inspired events.
Events include the following customizable options:
• Wine education & food pairing presentation by Chef Paula Ballard
• Sponsorship procurement
• Invitation development and distribution
• Event promotion
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• And more!
Event Passion and For Wineauxs Only offer Day-of and Full-Service planning options to organize and execute your entire experience. With wine as a focal point, a good time is guaranteed!
Your moment has arrived! The love of your life popped the question and you’re over the moon with excitement! But once the planning process begins, rising costs cloud your mind with doubt. The love you share is strong and you believe your dream wedding is within reach, but from time to time you look into each other’s eyes and ask, “Should we elope?”
According to Psych Central, 30 percent of couples now pay for their own weddings and 53 percent share the costs with family and friends. If that’s you and you’re looking for ways to manage expenses without sacrificing style, consider these classy, resourceful options when planning your dream wedding.
Dual Purpose Decor- When you meet with your florist or event designer, discuss ways to use the same decor for both your ceremony and reception. For example, the flowers that line your aisle can be displayed on your reception tables as centerpieces. You could even turn your custom aisle runner into an alternative guestbook, allowing guests to sign their names and well wishes on it. Get creative when it comes to repurposing your decorations. It not only helps your budget; the environment benefits as well because you limit waste.
Event Passion and the Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll team encourage attendees to sip bubbly responsibly!
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I can't wait to see you at the stroll!
I'm so excited about this event! Event Passion has partnered with Wine Shoe Weddings and For Wineauxs Only to plan the Castleberry Hill Bridal Stroll, a walking bridal tour through Atlanta's historic warehouse district. On Sunday, March 2, 2014, hundreds of engaged brides-to-be and their friends will descend upon Castleberry Hill for a fun-filled day of bridal fashion, bubbly tastings, pampering spa treatments and they'll interact Atlanta's finest wedding professionals who will provide them with everything needed to plan the wedding of their dreams!
Visit www.castleberryhillbride.eventbrite.com for tickets and use code STROLL10 for a $10 discount! Like the Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and join the conversation using #CBHBride on Instagram!
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I can't wait to see you there!
When Eric Blanks, gifted and composed owner of Eric Blanks Media, was asked what’s trending in the world of wedding videography, his lofty proclamation surprised me. “I believe in a few years traditional church weddings will be a thing of the past.” Is that so? That intriguing answer peaked my interest and I delighted in learning more about his visionary take on subjects spanning from marriage and entrepreneurship to the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
Read my interview below:
EP: How did you get your start in the business?
EB: I come from a family of artistic individuals. My father was both a photographer and videographer so I've always been around cameras. My twin brother showed me how his DSLR Camera had the ability to both film and take pictures, which I thought was awesome and it immediately peaked my interest in filming. Shortly after, I ran into a recording artist and asked him if I could shoot a music video for him at no charge. As they say...the rest is history.
EP: What makes Eric Blanks Media unique?
EB: What makes Eric Blanks Media unique is that my talents span across an array of both artistic ability (right-brain) as well as logical, analytical and objective (left-brain) capabilities. I try my best to push the envelope and always try to think outside of the box. I'm always learning and growing and changing with the times. My logical way of thinking allows me to master the technology I use.