Wow, you guys!  2016 is in the bag, and what a crazy year it was!  Lots of good and bad this year, but I’m going to choose to focus on the good and give a mini recap of all that went down with me personally, and with Birds of a Feather and the amazing clients we served this year.


Often times my personal life is so intertwined with my business life it is hard to really step back and define what happened to me, vs what happened in my business.  This year was a bit different as I decided to trim down on the amount of weddings I did so that I could focus on my clients and their needs a bit more.  This took me from working a 60+ hour work week, to a normal 40 hour work week.  Idle hands, right?  Here are a few things I did this year just for me…

  • Binge watched The OC, Roswell, How to Get Away with Murder, Sleepy Hollow, Parks and Rec, 30 Rock, Orange is the New Black, Bob’s Burgers, Stranger Things, The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Master of None
  • Made it through all 7 Harry Potter books – TWICE
  • Went to Universal Hollywood on Halloween
  • Went to Disney and Universal in Orlando over Thanksgiving
  • Celebrated our 6th wedding anniversary


So many wonderful things happened this year at Birds of a Feather, and it has me really fired up to do my goal setting sesh for 2017!  Now that we are going into our 7th year of business, the motto is less “hustle” and more “flow”.  I’ve tried the whole thing where I glorified being busy, and it made me feel neither happy or successful – just tired and worn out.  I feel like we are in a groove now that works for us, and I’m going to continue striving for happiness and balance in my business.  Below are a few things we achieved this year…

  • Created and taught the design course for the American Association of Certified Wedding Planners
  • Traveled to Los Angeles, Austin, and Charleston to do site visits and vendor meetings for clients
  • Did editorial shoots for My Wedding Magazine, Style Me Pretty,  and Magnolia Rouge
  • Had a wedding get back to back covers of D Weddings Magazine
  • Published by Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Cover of My Wedding Magazine
  • Had a wedding included in Style Me Pretty’s list of Best Weddings of 2016
  • Executed a beautiful wedding in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
  • Traveled to New York to help with the Claire Pettibone show (shout out to The Southern Table for landing that amazing gig!)
  • Did editorial shoots in California, South Carolina, Texas (of course), and New York
  • Voted a Top 10 Wedding Planner by My Wedding Magazine
  • Invited to join Style Me Pretty’s Little Black Book
  • Attended Bliss and Bespoke in Charleston, SC
  • Published in print in D Weddings Magazine, The Knot Magazine, and My Wedding Magazine, along with numerous blog features
  • Increased our following on Instagram from 3K to 12K
  • Automated our planning process to include an online system to help us and our clients
  • Did 9 beautiful weddings with some amazing vendors and clients!


The Pretty

All of the amazing brides and grooms we worked with this year…

Diana and Jared at The Nasher shot by Apryl Ann Photography with florals by The Southern Table and Hair and Makeup by Beauty and the Blush

bride and groom under altar

Sheri and David at The Belmont Hotel shot by Amy Karp with florals by The Southern Table

Bride and groom at their mid century modern hotel

Jenn and Davis at The Laurel shot by Charla Storey Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Beauty and the Blush

Bride and groom in a field after their wedding ceremony

Elena and Andrew at Temple Emanu-El and The Fairmont shot by Joseph Mark Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Johnny Rodriguez

Bride and groom holding bouquet after wedding ceremony

Kenzie and Daniel at the Antique Rose Emporium shot by Apryl Ann Photography with florals by Moose Feathers and hair and makeup by Angela Karr

Bride and groom with bouquet on front porch

Alyssa and Ryan at the Dallas Arboretum shot by The Tarnos with florals by Holly Viles and hair and makeup by Meg B

Bride and groom with bouquet before their wedding ceremony

Amanda and Daryl at Catalina View Gardens in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA shot by Charla Storey Photography with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by Design Visage

Bride and groom on ocean rock with bouquet and blowing veil

Kendall and Tyler’s tablescapes (still waiting on the pics from this November wedding) shot by Charla Storey with florals by The Southern Table, linens from La Tavola, and dinnerware from POSH Couture

Centerpiece and string lights

Courtney and Grey at The Orchard shot by Meshali Mitchell with florals by The Southern Table and hair and makeup by a friend of the bride


Next week I’ll be recapping my favorite editorial pics from this past year as well as details from all of the weddings above!

XOXO, Wendy

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Hickory Street Annex

Some of my favorite weddings are the ones where I have a chance to pull in personal details about the bride and groom. Molly and Ben came to me without a clear vision wholesale mlb jerseys for their wedding, so I took a few elements about para them and their relationship and went from there.

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Artspace 111

The Couple

I work with a lot of couples and while I love them all, sometimes you meet a couple that you instantly click with. Shelley and Jay were one of those couples. They were so much fun and we spent a lot of time together when they were in town, which gave me the opportunity to really get to know them. They love to travel and love to eat (because, who doesn’t!) and they plan vacations around restaurants they want to try. And Jay is a former professional wrestler who went by the name Chance Romance. It doesn’t get much better than that. Except when the lyrics to “Power of Love” are used as a reading at your ceremony and your groomsmen wander the streets of downtown Fort Worth wearing wrestling masks!

The Food

Since Shelley and Jay are HUGE foodies, their dinner had to be something special. With family and friends traveling from out of state, they wanted a menu with some Texas flair. So, we called Tim Love from The Woodshed, who cooked paella over an open pit. To ensure an intimate atmosphere, we set up long farmer’s tables in a beautiful outdoor setting at Artspace 111 and served dinner family style.

After dinner, there was cake from the Layered Bake Shop. Rather than one large bride’s cake, Shelley opted for 3 smaller cakes, which gave me the opportunity to design a gorgeous cake table. Jay loves dinosaurs (No, really. He LOVES them!), so Layered Bake Shop created a realistic looking Jurassic Park groom’s cake. And because Shelley and Jay’s romance blossomed over Starbucks, we served Mocha Coconut Frappuccinos and cake balls for a late night snack.

The Details

Since Shelley and Jay live in Chicago, we decided to pull a little Chi-town into their reception. They took engagement photos in different Chicago neighborhoods, which we then used for “table numbers”. Harts and Quills provided the calligraphy for all of the signage and stationery and I used chalkboard elements for the signage and escort display. And my favorite project from this wedding? The transformation of a vintage dresser into a floral altar for the ceremony!

I hope you enjoyed this wedding as much as I enjoyed designing it!

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