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With the whirlwind of the holidays wrapping up and spring wedding season about to get started, I’ve been thinking about all of the people that make events happen.  With special events, there are so many moving parts- venues, prop rentals, music, lighting, florals, etc. There are many, many hands that make great events happen!

On a recent trip back to Washington, DC, I was really humbled to see a project of mine that was re-used for a second year.  Last year, I created 4 column covers for the East Entrance of the White House.  This was in conjunction with over 50 volunteers, folding/cutting/spraying/applying botanical materials to a wooden base. Many hands at work for that project!  I will honestly say that the installation was as close to a heart-stopping moment as I’ve had in my life.  Those columns were a labor of love, mixed with lots of laughter and bit of prayer!  As I was reminiscing on that 3 month project, I thought about the hundreds of people working together towards a common goal: a beautiful Christmas in the People’s House.  There are so many people working behind the scenes to achieve perfection daily: the staff of the Executive Residence, contractors, and countless volunteers.

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The same can be said for any special event, no matter what size.  Again, there are so many people working behind the scenes to achieve perfection.  At the end of the day, event professionals are in the service industry; the main goal is client satisfaction.  The nervousness/anticipation that we feel prior to installations, final walk-throughs, brides seeing flowers on their special day, etc. means that we have become personally invested in each event.  I hope to never lose that feeling! 

As I reflect upon 2013, my thoughts turn to personal and professional growth, new relationships, creativity, and the encouragement I receive(d) on a daily basis.  I am so thankful for the support of family and friends, particularly that of my husband, as Giverny Design was launched.  The future is very bright, and as cliche as it sounds…the best is yet to come!

Cheers to 2014!