hello there

I'm Sara, and I live in central Illinois with my boyfriend of 6 years and internet puppies we only dream of having. I'm thankful for our little downtown loft every day except for the part in our lease that states no pets allowed.

I'm the creator of and believer in this little corner of the world. This space started as a place to share my wedding planning services and blog posts inspired by my interests and experiences. Weddings and writing are both huge passions of mine, but this year has been focused on really growing the wedding side of things. So while you may see new posts less often, you'll still find blog posts from me about event planning, traveling, exploring local businesses and activities, fashion and make-up trends, healthy living, and professional development. Because I like a lot of things.

I love each little detail of wedding planning with each part of my being. It's not something I can fully explain, but it's definitely something I feel when I'm setting up your centerpieces or watching you walk down the aisle to your forever. I seriously get goosebumps, and I love the adrenaline rush of pulling everything together on the big day. I'll be your cheerleader, your listening ear, your mediator, your cheesy joke provider, your mimosa maker - I got you girl. I promise to bring my creativity, expertise, dedication, and kindness to the wedding planning process, and empower you to have the wedding that showcases your unique love story.

why flowers and leather

It's pretty simple, really. One day I started thinking about my personal style, and this idea of flowers and leather almost immediately came to mind. Almost every other item in my closet has some type of floral pattern, but I'm also obsessed with this black leather jacket that’s followed me from my study abroad days. Then I started thinking about this 'flowers and leather' concept as a much bigger idea…

In general, I am hands-down a girly girl, there's just no denying it. I think it's pretty obvious to anyone who meets me, since I'm usually wearing dresses [with flowers] and big statement earrings and talking about weddings or The Bachelor (or The Bachelorette on alternate seasons of course). My co-workers always save me the pink donuts and pink flowers, because they already know.

But there's another part of me that may take a little longer to recognize. I also love wearing black and leather jackets and edgy jewelry. I love putting on my leather gloves and practicing kickboxing (I pack an okay punch but a really solid side kick), and I'm probably stronger than most people take me for. I love spicy foods to the point where I can't even tell you if something is spicy - nothing phases me too much anymore. I even have a spicy margarita named after me (bonus points if you find it and try it).

Aside from my personal style and interests, this idea honestly relates to my personality and wedding planning style as well. The thing is, there are always two sides to every story, and about 23984629 sides to every person. So let's get to know each other, sound good?

things that make me happy

surprise wine on weeknights

mac and cheese

exploring cities by foot

collecting paper momentos

beautiful and creative design

always learning

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