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Ready, Set, Go!

August is here!!

This happens to be my favorite month. Why you ask? Aside from a pretty awesome person being born this month (cough, ME!), I love that August represents new beginnings as the 8th month. For the past few days, I've been compelled to take action on some things to launch me into where I see myself in the future, personally and professionally, and what better month than my birthday month to kick things into high gear.

As many of you know, I'm a woman of faith, so I've been in prayer over some big goals and dreams I have.  With 4 more months left in the year, you may have some goals you haven't reached yet too, so I figure we could all use some motivation to finish the year strong, right?! We can do it! I received this text message and photo from my mom this morning out of the blue that I believe is a testament that August is going to be amazing not just for me, but for you, too:

"It's a brand new month."

"It's a brand new month."

As soon as I read it, I had the biggest smile on my face, and was overwhelmed with such renewed optimism. So let this be encouragement to all of you, whether things are going amazingly well or there's some things you really want to achieve - it's a new month and an opportunity for bigger AND better. As I face this new month, I'm also reminded of the message shared by my youth pastor on Sunday, "I'm Next - Ready, Set, Go"! I used to run track, so I'm channeling the former sprinter in me and my laser focused instinct to push out of the blocks and cross the white line as a champion. We all have our own race to run and dreams to achieve, so I hope you win, too! Even if things aren't happening as fast as you want them to, be confident in knowing you're next :)

What's one goal that you've achieved thus far this year? Share below, so I celebrate your win and your many wins ahead. I'll go first, one of my goals was to do 2 styled shoots this year, and I'm happy to share I have already done both which were amazing! I may even surpass this goal, as I have more inspiration burning in me that I have to let out in design. Hope you have a great start to the month!

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Inspire Design Workshop

Happy Monday!

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you've likely seen some sneak peeks from my styled shoot at Inspire Design Workshop. I had the opportunity to attend this amazing conference/workshop earlier this year in New Orleans, where wedding planners, designers and florists were given the tools and knowledge to enhance our wedding design skills. At the finale of the workshop, each attendee was able to curate a styled shoot with the help of a team of amazing vendors.

Photo Credit: G. Chapin Studios

Photo Credit: G. Chapin Studios

Project Runway is one of my favorite shows, and during shoot execution I thought of Tim Gunn's famous make it work line to remind me of the importance of being flexible, creative and staying true to your design aesthetic. Well, I'm happy to share that I must've made it work because my styled shoot, and a couple others, were recently selected to be featured on Munaluchi Bride! I was inspired by the many chandeliers that I saw in the French Quarter shops, and wanted to stay true to my love for sophistication and my shoot definitely reflects that. You can check out all the deets and more photos over on Munaluchi's site.

Photo Credit: G. Chapin Studios

Photo Credit: G. Chapin Studios

I really enjoyed the Inspire Design Workshop, and would recommend it for other wedding designers. Lulu Alexander, the workshop visionary, did a great job creating a valuable and interactive design experience. Highlights of what I liked about the workshop were:

  • It was intimate (I think 16 attendees plus speakers), which allowed for me to have conversations and build relationships with the attendees and mentors/speakers, as well as to ask all of my burning questions to the speakers. 
  • The speakers were hands-on during the design process, and the information they provided during their individual sessions was extremely valuable and things I hadn't heard before at other conferences.
  • Each attendee got to produce a styled shoot, and although it was for our own individual credit, we all pulled together in the spirit of community over competition when needed.
  • New Orleans is amazing in general, and the food was the best ever! The hotel was also excellent.
  • The details, swag, and overall planning in general was well thought out and intentional. 
Photo Credit: G. Chapin Studios

Photo Credit: G. Chapin Studios

As I often say, the more you know the more you grow, so I'm grateful for the opportunity this workshop provided in expanding my design knowledge. In addition, this was such a great group of ladies to spend 3 days with! It was definitely a great mix of laughter and learning!

Photo Credit: Southern Amore

What conferences or workshops have you been to this year? Share below in the comments.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Styled Shoot Vendors:
Designer: Shalyce Tyson of Sensational Soirees
Event: Inspire Design Workshop
Photographer: Gabby Chapin Cowsert of G. Chapin Studios
Bouquet: CeCe Designs
Centerpieces: Dawn Hubbard
Bridal Gown: Pedram Couture
Cake: Bittersweet Confections
Stationery: Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design
Beauty: Just Face It, LLC
Model: Bianca Finch of Launch Model & Talent
Venue: Il Mercato
Furniture & Linens: Event Rental
Calligraphy: Melissa Benhoff

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Summer of Greenery

Happy First Day of Summer! Bring on the vacations, tans, poolside parties, backyard barbecues and of course bright and beautiful 'I dos'! Whether you have your summer line-up all squared away or maybe you're just planning to go wherever the wind takes you, I hope you enjoy some fun in the sun.

Source: Pantone

Source: Pantone

As you may already know, the Pantone color of the year is greenery! While this color trend showed up throughout the winter and spring in wedding and event world, I totally predict it's going to takeover the summer. Garden parties, tropical soirees, whimsical weddings, and definitely an array of outdoor events are sure to be incorporating greenery...and I'm so here for it!

Whether you are hosting an upcoming event or plan on attending one, today I'm sharing 3 tips for incorporating greenery in your summer!

1. INCLUDE GREEN IN YOUR EVENT COLOR PALETTE AND ATTIRE

Green is such a beautiful hue that pairs so well with an array of colors from ivory to gold to pink and orange. If you've been afraid to play with colors like green, this summer is definitely the season to give it a try, and I promise you'll be pleasantly surprised! I for one had a great time using green for 2 events this year - a tropical bridal shower and a backyard graduation party. Incorporating green brought some outdoor charm to the events, which was such a nice touch. Green can also be totally glam and upscale, so perhaps you may want to consider going more luxe with your event decor selections.

Source: Pinterest

Source: Pinterest

Green is also a great addition to your wedding party's attire or for those summer soirees you plan on attending. I'm totally loving the tan suit from the Black Tux that would pair perfectly with a green bowtie and boutonniere accented in greenery for the fellas. For us ladies, we can never go wrong with dresses from long and flowy numbers to short and flirty, and with the right pop of green, you'll be a knock out!

Source: The Black Tux

Source: The Black Tux

Gown: Christian Pellizzari via Rent the Runway

Gown: Christian Pellizzari via Rent the Runway

2. ACCENT FLORALS AND DECOR BY ADDING GREENERY

Y'all know I'm a flower lover, and adding greenery to florals never hurt anybody! Whether you like greenery slightly accenting your flowers or if you are a big fan of the garden inspired arrangements overflowing with greens, hiring a florist who enjoys working with greenery is sure to help you achieve the look you're going for. There are so many types of greens that enhance arrangements, so the options are endless in terms of design. From greenery garlands cascading down estate tables to greenery walls that make the perfect backdrop for a sweetheart table or escort card display, be sure to get creative and have fun with your event decor and florals.

Source: Inside Weddings

Source: Inside Weddings

Source: Ruffled Blog

Source: Ruffled Blog

Source: The Knot

Source: The Knot

3. GET OUTDOORS

Last but not least, you can easily take advantage of the naturally beautiful scenery that hosting an outdoor event offers. Gardens, manicured lawns and more serve as great event backdrops that already have greenery all around.

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Source: Green Wedding Shoes

Photography: Rhea Whitney Photography | Planning: Sensational Soirees

Photography: Rhea Whitney Photography | Planning: Sensational Soirees

I hope you love this summer greenery inspiration! What other ways do you think greenery can be incorporated in events? Share below in the comments section.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Sensational Soirees: MOMosa Brunch

Happy Saturday! The weather is yucky today here in DC, but despite the dreary weather I'm determined to have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend.

In fact, I'm enjoying watching my little girl at her dance class (in between typing this post), which I do every Saturday morning and the smile on her face melts my heart! I would typically also be at my son's football game too, but the rain rained on that parade. Being a mompreneur works well for me because of balance and the village who helps me manage motherhood and entrepreneurship! So this Mother's Day weekend, I'm celebrating being my own kind of superwoman, and rocking out motherhood.

mothers day brunch

Speaking of balance, last Saturday I not only was there for Cam's game and Cassidy's class, but I also designed a sensational soiree that was dedicated to celebrating fellow moms! This mommies and mimosas brunch event was truly special and beautiful. The fabulous event hostess, who is also one of my dear friends, really wanted to make sure all the ladies were treated to an enjoyable, kid-free afternoon, so with my help along with a private chef, we collectively got the job done. The event was held at her home, and I had so much fun transforming her living room with the help of Select Event Rentals.

The black, gold and hot pink color palette was the perfect mix of bold and feminine for this ladies soiree. I decked the tables out in black sequin linens, gold rimmed china, gold flatware, gold rimmed stemware and of course beautiful florals. The invited guests loved the decor, and couldn't stop raving about the delicious brunch prepared by Victory Chef, which included shrimp and grits, omelettes, breakfast potatoes, collard greens, fried chicken and french toast. You would think after such a yummy meal that we'd be in a food coma, but quite the contrary. We enjoyed conversing, connecting, encouraging and laughing with one another literally for hours! As moms, we truly need those times to just share and enjoy the company of others moms who get it, so this event was definitely a success. 

Special thanks to my dear friend Taneka for hiring me to design this wonderful event, Select Event Group for the fabulous rentals, and Victory Chef for the wonderful meal!

How are you celebrating Mother's Day this weekend?! Share in the comments below. In addition to spending time with my mom, children and family, this weekend, I'll also be thinking of and praying for all of those whose moms and/or children are in heaven, that God's love will be with you in an extra special way.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Sensational Soirees: Tropical Bridal Shower

When a fabulous bride is about to say I do in Punta Cana, what better way to celebrate her upcoming nuptials than with a tropical themed bridal shower!

Photo Credit: SC Stockshop

Photo Credit: SC Stockshop

Last month I had the pleasure of assisting the most thoughtful wedding party, as they prepared to shower their good friend with lots of love and a bright and fun soiree! From brunch meetings with the amazing maid of honor to phone calls discussing details, working with these ladies was a joy, and the bride is one lucky lady to have friends like them. Not to mention, the bride has the sweetest personality, so all around I enjoyed being apart of this special event.

Photo Credit: Kenneth Green for CMP

Photo Credit: Kenneth Green for CMP

This theme was the perfect way to get guests excited for the Dominican Republic, and for those who won't be able to make the trip, a chance to get a taste of paradise. Designing this soiree was a lot of fun and I put my floral skills into action by whipping up beautiful tropical arrangements that added so much flair to the room. There were so many elements of the day that I loved - from the tiki bar, to the delicious food from Porch Catering, to a fun tropical twist on the traditional Toilet Paper Bride game, and of course the pineapple and palm details throughout the signage and decor. But best of all was seeing the bride get teary eyed as she walked into the shower! It's always so rewarding to know the work that you do is valuable and to work with a great group of people. Check out more details from this fun soiree, captured by Kenneth Green for CMP:

Vendor Credits:

Venue: The Kingsbury Center

Planning, Design, Florals: Sensational Soirees

Bride's MUA: Kay Davenport

Catering: Porch Catering 

Tiki Bar: Maui Wowi

Cake: Piped Pastry Shop

Photographer: Kenneth Green for CMP

 

Doesn't this make you want to go lay on the beach now?! This shower has me all excited for summer soirees and vacations right around the corner! What fun trips do you have coming up this summer? Share below.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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