Jess Fields – Knots of Love Studios

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This girl is doing it so right. She’s hustling hard with her creative self and making the most wonderful things for women to wear, hang on their walls, and hold their plant babies. Meet Jess Fields: Senior Web Designer by day, Professional Macrame Creator by night. We bonded over FaceTime earlier this week and OH MY WORD she is amazing and I can’t wait to tell you all about her fabulous business. When I asked Jess how Knots of Love Studios all started she answered, “basically I have two cats that wanted to kill themselves by eating plants.” And I laughed out loud as she proceeded to turn her computer and showcase her windowsill FULL. OF. PLANTS. Yep, total plant and cat mama. She explained that she had to put her plants on the windowsill so her cats couldn’t eat them. As she continued to accumulate plants (as a good…

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Meredith & Mark | May 19, 2018

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Talk about a bombshell bride and a perfect half-rainy day. That about sums it up. May 19th began with rain, just like the day before and the day before that. But it just COULD NOT rain on this day. This was Meredith & Mark’s wedding day. These two met at U of M and went from best friends to more than friends to “let’s get married.” Meredith was a nurse, and had this strawberry blond/red hair thing going on that we just couldn’t get enough of. Mark was quiet and smart and just plain adored Meredith. That was all we needed to know. They were wonderful and classy and so full of love. So, as you can see, no rain today. As Monica and I set out chargers, nearly killed ourselves helping assemble a floral arch, and squueeged (yes, that’s a word now) off of the brick courtyard we just…

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What’s Ahead for GO?

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Hi hi hi, it’s Sarah! There is a lot happening with Grand Occasions right now. But it’s all good things. Seriously, we’re so excited. As in SO EXCITED. You may have heard we have big news, and if you’re not on our email list, you have no idea what we’re talking about. Let’s see what we can do about that… This past year us three ladies (as in Monica, Ellie, and myself) have committed to working our full-time day jobs all while side-hustling Grand Occasions on our nights and weekends. Sometimes that got hard. Ok, sometimes it was downright crazy hard. But we love we do, and the brides that we serve, so every late night, early morning, 14-hour long Saturday was 100% worth it. And we REALLY mean that. This past year my day job was with CityFest West Michigan, and boy was it a wild one. For 12…

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How I Discovered My Wedding Style

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Boho. Classic. Steampunk. Whimsical. Ethereal. Traditional. Glam. Shabby Chic. Geez! Is your mind racing too?? There are a plethora of wedding themes and styles out there with more being cultivated every single day. What happens if none of the styles out there match your vision? What if there isn’t a cookie-cutter theme that perfectly encapsulates you and your fiancé? How do you go about creating a style all your own? What are the steps involved with making up a wedding theme that is all YOU? If you missed our blog “How to Find Your Wedding Style in 3 Steps” Blog, read that here. This is how I put those steps into action…  “What IS my wedding style?” This was my exact dilemma when planning my own wedding two Septembers ago. My now-husband, Joe, and I had a variety of interests and things we wanted incorporated into our special day and…

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How to Find Your Wedding Style in 3 Steps

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Hi! You made it! I know why you’re here so I don’t want to beat around the bush. For heaven sakes, you have a wedding in your future and a lot of planning with it! Here are the three things you need to consider before payments are made and contracts are signed. Without furthur a do: how to find your wedding style in three easy steps… 1. Write down your and your fiance’s priorities. Do you love the outdoors or do  you value cozy indoor spaces? What vibe fits your style? Are you wanting a more casual backyard feel or a traditionally formal affair? Do you want all the day’s events in one space or should there be two locations to celebrate at that day? The answers to these questions will start bringing together what your wedding style is. Don’t forget to think about your guests, and what you want…

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After “I Do”: Dress Decisions

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After “I Do”: Dress Decisions The gifts have been put away and thank you’s have been sent out. Whew..finally…your list of to do’s are done! Sorry to break the news to ya, but, there is one task to decide on… I got married July 30th of 2016 and my wedding dress was  still in its bag hanging up in the closet like 6 months later. Oops, at least I put it back in the bag? Ok, ok, I know that isn’t going to be good enough. Which prompts the question… What do you want to do with your wedding dress after the wedding? Ryan Inman Photography This conversation came up when I recently met with Monica and Sarah from Grand Occasions GR. Monica happened to bring up with question above – “So, what are you doing with your wedding dress now?”.  I already knew that I wanted to preserve my…

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Give Me All the (Silk) Flowers

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I was tip-toeing around my basement packed full of voluptuous white peonies, soft pink ranunculus, and every type of eucalyptus imaginable. I called out names and numbers, as Monica sat cross-legged on the floor, updating our Silk Floral Inventory. Boutonnieres and vases lined the countertops, boxes full of ribbon lined the walls, and Father of the Bride played quietly in the background. In December of 2016, we made a goal. We wanted to offer a new service to our clients: Silk Floral Design. At that point, in our three years of wedding experience, we had witnessed countless brides not be able to afford the floral they dreamed of. As a company that prides itself on going above and beyond of its clients, we wanted to provide an alternative option for those brides with big dreams and little budgets. Flash forward to July 2017, when we’re in my basement, organizing the…

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First 3 Things To Do After You’re Engaged

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Yay! You’ve got something sparkly on your hand, the person you love by your side, and exactly no clue where to go from here. HELP. Well, lady, rest easy. This blog contains the first three things to do after you’ve promised to say “I do.” These three steps will help lay the foundation for your wedding day, and get the ball rolling on that planning process! And, if it turns out you need some help along the way, you know where to find us!   1. Guest List Yep. Sorry, your future mother-in-law was right. You need a list from each side of the family that includes who to invite, their address, and if they should be extended a “plus one” invite as well. Because so much is dependent on your guest list, we recommend starting off with a “List A” and a “List B.” As people on your A…

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

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Tra-di-tion (n): The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. Why do we follow the tradition of having something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue on our wedding day? Is it to provide the bride with good luck or guarantee fertility and prosperity? Some brides still partake in this tradition for these reasons or simply because their mom said it was part of getting married. I personally never really sat down to think of the meaning behind each aspect until now, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts with all of you love birds out there! Here at Grand Occasions we believe in the power that tradition can have on every love story. We believe in past traditions and in the absolutely amazing ability to create new ones, and that is why I want to…

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An Extroverted Type A Girl Boss

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Hi there! I’m Monica, and I’m not sure exactly who I’m writing to, but I’m here to introduce myself to the G.O. Family and give you a glimpse into what it is I do for this beautiful business: Grand Occasions. Here’s the very first thing you should know about me: I’m intense. *Insert dad joke about tents here* I’ve always been a very passionate, competitive, intentional and persistent person. The best way to truly describe who I am: Monica Geller (Friends) ← this will explain literally my whole life. From a young age, my parents got me involved in my church, my school, and athletics and I loved every minute of it. The human interaction quickly became something I loved and thrived on. Sports is where I decided to land throughout much of my childhood, and folks let me tell you: I tried it all. (“Tried” being the key word…

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