Rising Tide Society . Tuesdays Together – St. Louis {3rd Birthday}

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There are few places I feel completely free to share those crazy business ideas. Few places I can really share my fears in business. My Tuesday Together group is the place to share these things. It is also the place in which we cheer each other on and the place that there are zero egos. No one is better or ‘further’ than the other. And this is exactly what “Community over Competition” looks like. I have mentioned my love for RTS so many times and to learn more you can see here, here and here.

With the incredible leadership of current and past leaders our group celebrated it’s 3rd Birthday and we had to throw a party!

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One of the areas we wanted to showcase was our different members doing their craft.

And we had to toast current and past leaders, but most importantly celebrate the dedicated members that attend each week and bring forth their fears, questions and successes.

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If you are reading this for the first time and are at all curious about this wonderful group, just ask! I promise you that this can change your business and how you network – if you let it! And we know how to have fun!

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We also had a bit of fun with some headshots! Thank you beautiful women for investing in my life and I hope that our group continues to grow in wisdom and joy.

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Calligraphy – Leah Strickman (Letters by Leah) and Emma Vonder Haar
Other fantastic Creatives: Brittnay Sarhage (Rudy’s Flower Truck), Abby Wilhelm (Simply Gracious Photography), Marcelle Calder (Marcelle Calder Art), Sydney Radetic (Filmmaker), and Sandra Grunzinger (Grunzinger Photo)

Garden Party Styled Shoot {Behind the Scenes} . Rising Tide Society

“A rising tide lifts all boats.”

I’ve never met a group of people who were so fiercely devoted to their craft in which their main desire was to create and bring joy to people. Their crafts vary from event coordination, floral design, videography, graphic design, sugar art, etc. Each person wows the next, and that is what I loved about this styled shoot. This event was not about intense competition (and there was at least 7 other creatives from one specialized niche), but instead about collaboration and camaraderie.

I really could go on and on about how incredible these creative entrepreneurs are, but instead I will show you… Enjoy a behind the scenes look of our Garden Party Styled Shoot. And check the bottom to show these great creatives some love!

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As I look through these photos, I don’t see a kick butt gorgeous group of ladies (and they are), but instead I see a stunningly strong group of women whom I can now call friends. These friends understand ‘busy season’, a frustrated client, and struggling with work/life balance. They are kind, passionate and devoted to their talent. If these attributes resonate with you and you are in the creative field, reach out and learn more about The Rising Tide Society, specifically the St. Louis group on Facebook.

White Traditions Bridal House- long sleeve lace dress
Instagram: whitetraditions
Facebook: White Traditions Bridal House

Mia Grace Bridal- Everything else
Instagram: Miagracebridal
Facebook: Mia Grace Bridal

VSM Creations
FB: VSM Event Creations
Instagram: vsm_event_creations

Absolutely IN! Events
Instagram: Absolutelyin
Facebook: Absolutely In Event Planning

The Aries Company
Instagram: ariesrentalco
Facebook: The Aries Company

Grand Vintage Rentals
Instagram: grandvintagerentals
Facebook: Grand Vintage Rentals

La Tavola Fine Linens
instagram: latavolalinen
FB: La Tavola Fine Linen

Piper Palm House
Facebook: Piper Palm House
Instagram: towergrovepark

Hair and Makeup :
Lindsey Hedge
Instagram: hair.by.lindsey
Facebook: Lindsey Hedge Hair & Make Up

Jennifer Karrasch
Facebook: Flawless Makeup and Hairstyling
instagram: flawless_makeup_hair

Heather Biernbaum
Instagram: b_beautiful_mua_

Watercolor Painting:
Instagram: marcellecalder
Facebook: Marcelle Calder Photography

Accents Floral Design
Instagram: accentsfloraldesign

Alex Waldbart Florist
Instagram: Alexwaldbartflorist
Facebook: Alex Waldbart Florist

Ophelia Floral
Instagram: opheliafloral
Facebook: Ophelia Floral Design

Betsy N Co. Creative
Instagram: betsynco
Facebook: Betsy N Co. Creative

The Lace Cake
Facebook: The Lace Cake
instagram: caker_mom

Wardrobe Styling:
Elizabeth Anne Styling
Instagram: Elizabethannestyling
Facebook: Elizabeth Anne Styling

Madison Barczewski
Anastasia Lindgren (IG: anastasialindgren
Amber Bardol (IG: A_bardol)
Lexi Werkmann
Courtney Casteel (IG: Court_Casteel)
Mary Elizabeth

Christmas Card 2014 {Personal}

Disclaimer: I have been waiting for weeks to post this article…. yes, that means I had our design created in -dare I say- September!

The placement of a stamp. The taste of the sealer on the back of an envelope. The mailbox filled with love.

Yes, it is that time! Christmas card time!!!! I adore creating the perfect Christmas card to send to friends and family. It combines my two favorite things, photography and design. For time sake, I typically use Shutterfly to create all of my Christmas cards and they always have a great selection (and they rock a ton of deals)!

And without further ado… Here is our 2014 Christmas card design!


I was told you only get one time to have a 1st Married Christmas and that I should take full advantage, and folks, we did! (Christmas card photography taken by W Photo and Design)

I may have been one of those girls that creates a Christmas card before I was married, and so I will proudly share our 2013 and 2012 cards as well.




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Which is your favorite? And what is your favorite part of the holidays?

39 and Fabulous {Design}

I love a woman who celebrates herself at every age! So when Angela asked me to design her 39 and Fabulous invites, I had to say yes. First of all, the phrase is typically 40 and Fabulous and so I loved the intrigue of the phrase. Angela asked me to make a “formal’ invite with lovely coordinating red envelopes and a “party” invite that she could hand out to anyone.

So here is formal in the front:

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and party in the back:

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(and yes, that was a mullet reference)

SSMP wishes you the most fabulous 39th birthday!

Design {Bridal Shower + Recipe Card}

I consider myself a curious cook. I would love to make beautiful souffles, roasts and croissants. But I know I am no where to that ability. But for one lucky lady she will be able to have the most sacred recipes from all who attend her bridal shower. Check out this lovely little duo!

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I hope the soon to be Mrs really loves these invitations and her new set of recipes!

Design + Event {50th Wedding Anniversary}

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About three months ago I was asked to be part of a top secret mission. My mom asked me to create a letter to go out to all of my grandparents friends and family. This letter asked them to send their favorite memories and well wishes to my mom so that they could be compiled at given to them for their 50th wedding anniversary. I jumped at this honor and this is the final product.

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But it didn’t stop there. When the time came we packed up the suburban and headed to Michigan to unveil the big surprise and to see family. I was so excited to see their reactions and after reading most of the items that were sent I was in awe of how much they are loved and respected.

You must know that my grandmother is a crier- no worse than that- a weeper. But we love her sensitive heart, and I couldn’t have captured the two of them in a better way.

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Happy 50th Wedding Anniversary!