Wednesday, December 31, 2014


Oh my goodness gracious this is it. The very last day of 2014. Anybody else feel as if this year went by like a lightning bolt?! I mean it seems like it was just yesterday Adrienna + I were signing the papers to start Ivory + Beau. Wow... not going to lie at all I just started tearing up when I wrote that. Thank goodness Adrienna isn't here to see me crying because she would most likely just laugh at me... I guess maybe that sums up the way I feel though. Happy tears of course, no sad tears here, maybe just a bit of relief. We did it. We made it through our first year. It wasn't always pretty, it wasn't always easy, but it was so worth it. We learned so much about well... everything. About running a business, about opening a business, about social media, about wedding planning, about how to be try and help each other stay organized, about client relations, about accounting, about each other and how to work well with each other. Gosh, we did it. And it brings it all back to those moments of doubt not just from yourself but from your dad, from that colleague who you thought was a friend, from some of your very own best friends. Those people who once doubted you and you proved that you could make it. Maybe you haven't reached the top of that mountain yet. And you haven't made it yet. But yes I am about to quote Miley Cyrus... it's the climb. And we are climbing along. And we accomplished some things but we have so far to go. And that's alright. Because every moment we spend working is a moment spent living our dreams and living what we love. And there are going to be future struggles, future mistakes, future setbacks but we are going to just keep on climbing, keep on dreaming, keep on going and keep on hustling as hard as we can while enjoying every moment of it. So... as I reflect back on 2014, I want to share some of my favorite pictures from weddings and styled shoots we did along with some of the publications we were featured in. This year was so good to us and here is to 2015 being even better than 2014. We've bruised our knees and fallen down but we've gotten back up, learned some lessons and we are ready. 2015 we are so ready for you. Let's make this a great year. Huge thank you to every single friend, vendor, boyfriend, and most importantly, client who has supported us, worked with us, helped us hang up curtains, found their dress from us, hired us to plan their wedding, etc. We would not be where we are without any of ya'll. So here's to 2015, we are ready. Now for some lovely pictures, enjoy!! And we wish you all a very happy and safe New Year's Eve and New Year's Day!!! (I'll be enjoying Skinnygirl Cucumber Refresher's on my friend's rooftop watching fireworks... yup, gotta start the New Year's off with not just some of your best friends but with healthy low calorie cocktails of course..!!) ;)

**Also, tomorrow starts our 11 days of wedding giveaways! We have some awesome vendors who are giving away some amazing wedding goodies so make sure and come back tomorrow to enter the drawing! These giveaways are leading up to our 1-YEAR Anniversary Party on January 11th from 1-4pm! If you are local we would love to have you come join the party :: there will be treats, goodie bags and our signature cocktail, Ivory + Beaullinis!!! RSVP here

1. 24 weddings + 9 that we did all the florals for. That is the most we have ever done in a year!! And it was soo good. Busy of course but so good and so much fun!!! And we are so excited that we have already booked 21 weddings for 2015 with some seriously amazing couples!!

2. 14ish(!?) styled editorial shoots (not including all the styled shoots that our dresses were featured in!) We love getting the chance to get creative and come up with unique and different styled editorials to show off not just our dresses but our design ideas!! Plus, it's always such a blast getting to work with new vendors to come up with fun ideas.

3. 54 online features of our styled shoots, weddings, dresses and shop featured on wedding blogs, 2 e-magazines, 4 magazines AND our very first feature in a book!! Plus, we made it onto Ruffled's Best of 2014: DIY List!!!! Check out the full feature here! It is always so rewarding to have our work published.. it makes every bit of hard work and sweat worth it!!

Anyway, cheers to 2014 and cheers to 2015 being even better! Wishing you all a very happy New Years!!!!! We will see you all next year!! xoxo, N+A

{Photo Credits} Shannon + Steven, photography by Izzy Hudgins // Amanda + Nick, photography by Jayne B Photography // Melanie + Nicholas, photography by From Jen's Lens // Liz + Josh, photography by Teresa Earnest //  Leslie + Brad, photography by Loverbee // Tiffany + Sean, photography by Izzy Hudgins // Larissa + Adam, photography by Two Chics // Emily + Matt, photography by Rach Lea // Brandy + Matthew, photography by Jade + Matthew // Amber + David, photography by Lytle Foto // Kathleen + Brendan, photography by Jeff & Mollie [Styled Shoots] Calligraphy + Horses, photography by Allison Kuhn // Lowcountry Wedding, photography by Rach Lea // Southwestern, photography by Mackensey Alexander // Botanical Hipster, photography by Izzy Hudgins // Super Southern Bridal, photography by Rach Lea // Bridal Editorial, photography by Izzy Hudgins // Elaya Vaughn Bridal Editorial, photography by Alexis Sweet // Eco-Chic Lindee Daniel Bridal Editorial, photography by Mackensey Alexander // Gems + Rocks, photography by Mackensey Alexander // Moons, Stars + Tarot Cards, photography by Mackensey Alexander // Oddities, Skulls + a Boa Constrictor, photography by Rach Lea // Donuts + Horses, photography by Two Chics


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