Apr 17

The Simple Plan

Last week I had the opportunity to attend The Simple Plan, an amazing little workshop designed for wedding professionals and put on by Sage Wedding Pros.  I was able to travel to the great city of Chicago, meet some amazing people from all over the Midwest (and even Maine!), I ate some unbelievable Greek food (which I never knew I was a fan of, but yum!) but most of all, I focused on my business, The Day’s Design.

The truth of it all is every day is an adventure.  I love waking up not knowing what new client inquiries might be waiting in my inbox, or what crafty little projects I might be inspired to create.  The tricky part is finding balance – and I’m not talking about balancing my baby girl in one hand and my laptop in the other!  I am searching for balance in both my working and personal life, and The Simple Plan helped.  I am pursuing my business (during business hours!), and I am done just sitting around waiting for something great to happen.  I have got to make it happen!

So that it what I am doing.  The Simple Plan was basically a way for me to get all my little duckies in a row.  I now have my goals in order so I can help you achieve yours.  I am not just in this business for myself, I am in it for love.  If I somehow can inspire and enrich the life of just one person, then I can feel fulfilled.  We have tough times and bad experiences not only to learn from them and strengthen ourselves, but also so we can help others too.

And I’d like to give just a little shout out to my table mates.  I found inspiration from everyone at the workshop, however these are the ladies that I was closest to:

Elysia Root Cakes

These cakes are exquisite!  Unfortunately I didn’t actually get to eat them… but this is a seriously stunning cake!  Elysia’s specialty is artisan sugar flower décor and creates cakes that are always couture, always custom and always uniquely you.  If you need a cake in Chicago, she’s you’re girl!

Elysia Root Cakes


Oh hello gorgeous!  Talk about a girl after my own heart!  This Kansas girl has an exceptional eye for floral design.  Emily is truly a creative genius with a Fine Arts degree, who started in the jewelry making business and is now creating these floral gems.  I love how business can take just a little turn… just goes to show you that you don’t have to have it all figured out right away!  The best might be yet to come…

Emmy Ray floral

L. Brook Events

Planning a New England celebration?  Lindsey is your girl!  This lovely lady does both wedding planning and event design and I would love to collaborate with her sometime if I ever my travels ever lead me to Maine (which I really hope they do!)


{Picture via Ruffled Blog}

Styled Accordingly

On just the other side of Lake Michigan, Samantha is creating stylish events for the modern sophisticate.  Her firm focuses on event planning, as well as design, and its pure Milwaukee magic!   Not getting married yet?  She also assists in corporate events, downtown galas and can even help you pop the question – that’s right, she will actually help you plan your proposal!  How great is that!!!


Have a great Wednesday… I’m off to do some searching for a few vintage props for a project later this month.  Happy shopping to me!


  1. Emily says:

    Thanks so much for the post Shelby, so sweet of you! It was great to meet so many amazing ladies at The Simple Plan, I loved hearing about everyones business experiences. I can’t wait to see how The Days Design unfolds for you, best of luck and keep in touch!

  2. Lindsey says:

    Shelby, you are too sweet! It was such a pleasure to meet you and I can’t wait to see what magic you create for yourself and your clients. I would love to collaborate too and we may just have to make that happen 🙂 xx

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