Tuesday, August 28, 2012

i can finally breathe

for the first time in months i finally feel like i can breathe a sigh of relief. my house is finally starting to go back to it's normal self. I can resume my weekly night routine of the gym and actually cooking dinner. I can finish that book i've been wanting to finish, and take part in movie nights again, spend hours on pinterest for myself instead of research, and time to actually blog again. And all of it without a guilty conscious of.. "well i should be doing this"... "or i should do that" ...for the next week or so I am going to just attempt my best to relax and enjoy the last of this summer. i can hardly believe September is right around the corner! Football season is looming, along with a new school year, and students back in this little town i call home. and i am excited. A lot of change has happened this last summer and I am excited to see what new opportunities and adventures happen this fall.

hope everyone has a simply wonderful tuesday 

Monday, August 27, 2012

i am alive.

I am happy to say that I have made it through the worlds craziest wedding week ever. Working a full time job, having a roomie moving out, house guests, and trying to finish up about 100 million wedding details makes for one crazy week. but thankfully i have made it to the other side and I am happy to report that it went great. We now officially have a Mr. & Mrs. Collins, and they were both truly glowing all day long. I had a beautiful, calm bride and that is truly all I could ask for.

I am so excited to see the pictures that miss Katy Weaver was able to capture from the big day. I was SO busy all day that it was hard to get my own pictures. So I will leave you with a few instagram shots from the weekend. 

could NOT have survived without all the coffee i drank this weekend

beautiful dahlias 

entrance of the venue 

ceremony area 

buffet area 

last minute decision to customize the water bottles 

the popcorn bar was a hit! 

the BEAUTIFUL bride and her maids right before walking down the isle 

cannot wait to see the pictures from the ribbon wand send off! 

it was a great, and exhausting day. i owe a huge thanks to my amazing mother who is the best assistant EVER. I could not have pulled this off without her. And thank you to everyone who has listen to me go on and on about this wedding, and to everyone who helped craft and gave me support along the way. this isn't my first wedding but my first official wedding as Cinta Events. I can't wait to see what happens in the future! 

Hope everyone has a simply amazing Monday! 

Friday, August 17, 2012

a happy birthday to a beautiful friend

today mark the 23rd birthday of one of my closest friends, and roomie, at least for a few more days. Jen is one of those friends who no matter what will have your back. she is someone i can be completely be honest with and i trust what she says and thinks about whatever the situation is. she has been my go to girl for everything and anything under the sun this last year. we have had countless lazy days, adventures, wine tastings, dancing the nights away and now that she is moving across the country to start this new chapter I can't help but be a little sad. But this is a time for new adventures and new memories. And i know that our friendship is strong enough to endure it all. 

I am so excited to see what 23 will bring you Jen! You truly are beautiful and I am sure we will find some sort of trouble to get into in the next 23 years :) 

As a birthday/ going away gift I made Jen a Shutterfly book. If you haven't taken a look at all the fun things you can make on Shutterfly do it! They are so user friendly and have so many custom options to choose from! Below are some of the pages from the book I made her. 

Happy 23rd Birthday Jen!!! Love you! 

Have a simply wonderful weekend everyone! 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

i wish i was just busy

busy doesn't even begin to explain what life has been the last few weeks. hence my silence in the blog world. as i have mentioned before this last month as been JAM PACKED with different dinners and events, and weddings, and on top of that a full time job, oh and not to mention a whole lot of life events just happening to be going on at the moment to. haha. sometimes i think i might be crazy. then i look at my now 3 page to do list and it confirms that i am indeed crazy. but honestly, even though i am feeling the pressure of the wedding im doing next weekend i have never felt more at home. things are coming together, and even if my to do list is never ending things are slowly but surly getting done. And I am SO thankful for everyone who has been stepping in and helping out. They may seem like little things but you have no idea how helpful they are. I thankfully have had a couple good nights of sleep and today i am feeling refreshed, renewed and ready to make this final push. at the end of the day i oh so realize just how blessed I am to be able to do what I love. and i am proud of that. 

i will leave you with some instagram shots of what has been going on the last couple weeks! 

have enough moss to last a lifetime 
also covering everything in moss

had my first experience staining

i think it turned out pretty well

finally got this beauty a frame 

got to celebrate with this hottie for her bachelorette party
we obviously had to go to Darcelle's! 
indulged with this amazing oreo cheesecake at the cheesecake factory on a roomie date 

did a small dinner party for 6

menu was asian influenced 

Hope everyone has a simply wonderful, productive thursday.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

wedding video wednesday

lets be honest, wedding wednesday is almost always wedding video wednesday. and i am totally okay with that. we all know how much i love them. and this week i stumbled across one BEAUTIFUL couple! they had an amazing wedding weekend and i actually have two videos for you to watch. One from the day prior and then the day of. All i need to say about this wedding is that i wish i knew them, and i wish i could have been present for this beautiful event. You can see and feel the love. They are that cute couple you almost want to hate because they are so beautiful but they look so nice that it would probably be impossible to. InkSpot Crow is one amazing company! Enjoy! 


Gorgeous huh? 

Hope everyone has a simply wonderful wednesday! 

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

100 degree dinner parties

This last weekend Cinta Events did a dinner for a dear family friend. She wanted things to have a tuscan/ italian/ wine feel. The dinner took place in her gorgeous expansive backyard. We hoped for good weather and sure enough Oregon pulled through with excruciating 100 degree weather. Not exactly ideal temperatures to be cooking in but thankfully I was able to do a lot of prep early in the morning before it got super hot. 

The menu for the dinner consisted of some classic italian fare along with some modern updates. The menu came together quite nicely but to be honest, the look of things did not. There are so many different ways this could have looked and for some reason i just could not commit to any of my ideas. I usually have one item, linen, vase, or something that i absolutely want to use and therefore it helps guild the look of things. But as the week came to a close i still was in a sea of  confusion. It wasn't until friday when i was designing the menu cards that things started to click in that brain of mine. And I am happy with the simple, organic feel of things. My bottle and crate collection has thankfully been growing the last couple months and they were perfect for staging. 

Over all I am pleased with how things turned out. Everyone had a great time. The wine was flowing, along with the conversation, and taking back cleared plates is always a good sign. There are always things that i would change if I were to go back and do it again, but every event, every dinner is just more experience and another place to learn how to better things the next time around.

Now for some pictures.

Hope everyone has a simply lovely Tuesday! 

Friday, August 3, 2012

Fill in the blank friday!!

It has been awhile since we have had some blanks around here and frankly I have just been so darn busy to really have tons of time to blog.  :( So today we fill the blanks. i love blanks! play along 

1.  I am proud of   my business. my little tiny business brings me so much joy and although it is truly a learning experience i am proud of what we have been able to accomplish this far and am so excited to see where it goes in the next few years   .

2.   This weekend I will    I will be doing a dinner party for a dear family friend in Salem. we are doing a fun italian theme and i am excited to see it all come together   .

3.  A secret dream I have is    i guess wanting to plan weddings isn't a secret to anyone...hmm...i would say to someday build the house my dad drew up plans for but never got the chance to build  .

4. I can't handle    not getting enough sleep. this is hitting home right about now because i have been battling a cough that only shows up when its time for bed ..aka..horrible sleep for over a week. exhausting  .

5. The most annoying thing in the entire world is   when someone starts a texting convo with you then doesn't respond for 5 hours...okay maybe not the most annoying thing in the world but annoying  .

6. The most relaxing thing in the entire world is    taking a drive over to the beach..grabbing coffee and sitting by the ocean..nothing relaxes me or clears my head more then that.

7.  I think everyone should   slow down. this world is all about go go go and sometimes i forget to take a moment and stop  .

Hope everyone has a simply lovely weekend! 

Thursday, August 2, 2012

cute engagement video

I am always on the look out for amazing wedding cinematography or cute engagement videos and I happen to stumble across one recently that I just had to share. Thanks to the world of pinterest the funny little blunt cards, and funny little sayings are everywhere now and this boyfriend took that idea and ran with it. Such a creative and fun proposal. Hope you enjoy it!

Hope everyone has a simply fantastic thursday!