Renewed Inspiration

I can't let a few bad apples get me down....

And I got my cape back from the dry cleaners. So, I made a few changes, posted 2012's pricing {will honor 2011 pricing until 12.31.11}, and have decided to get back on the boat... with a few stipulations for myself. I had such wonderful October events that have renewed my certainty of why I do this job. Not only do I get to work with lovely people and make new friends, but I love being in this happy business! Also, no one likes a quitter.

So, there you have it. I can conquer the world, one wedding at a time.


Good Ol' Arizona Weather

This is EXACTLY why a day-of coordinator is a brilliant idea. Not only does h/she make sure you are well taken care of behind the scenes, but we watch the weather like a hawk for a week before your big outdoor wedding day, we track the times dust storms are known to strike, and we can be completely prepared with a Plan B the morning of if necessary. Don't let this happen to you!


Three Cheers for Mom!

Trying to keep up with school x4, work x2, and kids x3 is tough. The last thing I need to worry about is dinner...

Which is why I love winter. Soup, chowder, and chili ~ oh my! Guess what you get when you cross chicken noodle soup with corn chowder?! Click here for the answer :)


Prescribed Humor... or Shock & Awe

For those of you interested in sharing the humor that is my World Class Balancing Act, please get your prescriptions to A Project in Ridiculousness today! Yes, I meant to say prescriptions.


Life is Complicated

Life is complicated and needless to say, I have a full plate. So full, in fact, I recently upgraded it to a cafeteria tray so everything would fit without flopping over the sides. I am a full time business owner working 60 hours a week, a full time college student plugging away 12 credits each semester, a part time event stylist, a mother of three kiddos under age 9, in the middle of a home purchase, and an awesome sidekick and girlfriend. Now before I get an ulcer or chronic heartburn or wind up needing bucket loads of Prozac AND Xanax mixed into my lattes, I've made the extremely difficult and emotional decision to close Green Apple Design.

The fact is, I'm damn good at what I do. I'm a strong type A, I'm OCD organized, I'm delightful, I listen and care about YOU, and I tote more creativity in my head than a craft store on steroids. I just don't like being yelled at by irrational people who (albeit sometimes only temporarily) think the world revolves around them. I don't like being yelled at for things that are beyond my control. I don't like people who lack the ability to show compassion and understanding for emergency situations. I don't like dealing with people who lack communication skills, integrity, and honesty. I don't like being responsible for everything that could potentially go wrong on someone else's big day (not that I've experienced this, but the thought is always looming). I don't like giving up my weekends between 60 hour work weeks to work and I certainly don't like the additional stress. I simply wasn't cut out for the event world. My children, BF, and grades thank me for making this decision.

I'm sure by now, some of you reading this are concerned for your previously scheduled events. I fully intend to finish what I've already started. Those events already on my calendar will remain on my calendar. Come rain or shine, I will be there ~ happy, eager, and willing to make every second of your beautiful day an event to remember and build a future upon. I honestly love what I do, but I've decided that my health, my family, and my grades need to start coming first. It is with sadness and slight hesitation that I announce my last event will be held on October 29, 2011 and Green Apple Design will close its doors on November 1st.

I'd like to thank all my fans, cheerleaders, assistants, vendors, associates, and the Academy for all the understanding, love, and support you've been so gracious to show me. It may have been a brief love affair, but it is better to have loved and closed than to have missed experiences and friendships that would have otherwise never been. Sparkle and shine, friends.

To those of you solely concerned for your sweet tooth, cupcakes will NEVER go away. In fact, they've only just begun. Stay tuned for sweet news!


A Penny for Your Thoughts and a Wedding Dress!

Listen up Brides to Be! Dating blogger Yue Xu was wandering around Nordstroms Rack the other day when she spotted a Jessica McClintock wedding gown generously marked down to A PENNY from $275. As Nordstrom employees gathered around watching the manager scan the price tag over and over again (with the same result), they finally honored the mark down and Yue bought the wedding dress for $0.01!! However, Yue Xu is not engaged and has no plans of walking down the aisle any time soon, so instead, she's giving it away. How awesome is she?!

This is what Yue says,
"Listen, I’m a single gal and though I see a wedding in my future, it’s not in the near future. I have no use for this beautiful dress. Not to mention that it’s taking up room in my tiny studio. And hello, how scary would it be to bring a guy over with a wedding gown hanging outside my closet?! So, I would love to give it to someone more deserving. Maybe you have a wedding coming up and haven’t budgeted enough for a dress, or you want to dye it and turn it into your dream prom dress, I want to hear about it. "

The dress is a size 4 and you can tell Yue all about your wedding dress blues on her blog Singlefied. Good luck ladies!


We're Back!

I'm so excited July is over and I can jump back into the world of wonderful events on Monday, August 1st! To celebrate, I'm hosting a giving away for FREE {bridal shower, bachelor/bachelorette pary, or engagement celebration} CUPCAKES! To enter, simply share your adorable proposal story on our Facebook page or leave a comment here. Winner will be chosen next Friday, August 5th, by

Celebrate it!