October 13, 2011

I am on an event planning team at my church SeaCoast Grace and for the past 4 months, me and a fantastic group of women have been planning a women’s event called {beYOUtiful}. Our event was meant to encourage women to be who God made them to be… not compare themselves to others… and love the ones around them for who they are. Ephesians 1:4 says, “Long before he laid down the earth’s foundations, He had YOU in mind, had settled on YOU as the focus of His love, to be made whole and holy by his love”. I believe that God made each one of us with a specific purpose… and I hope that after this special event women felt inspired to look inside and truly embrace the beauty that God created inside of them. Here was our flyer for the event…

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

It was a night filled with hope, inspiration, laughter, and yummy cupcakes! …ohh yeah, and of course my Dad’s wonderful photobooth; Shutter Nonsense.

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

We welcomed everyone with sparkling lemonade and little snacks served by our handsome husbands… unfortunately no pictures of that because my handsome husband is also my handsome photographer… thanks for serving Boo.

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

All of our beautiful decorations were leant to us by our planning team member Jaymi, who just got married two months ago! It was ALL from her wedding… her wedding that I will be blogging about in a month or two :)

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

Jaymi, her mom, and sister-in-law spent a year collecting and making all these fabulous vintage finds!

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

As women walked into the sanctuary they were handed muslin gift bags hand stamped with our logo. Inside they had chocolates, personalized pens, and a special craft for later. We had a rubber stamp made for us from Paper Cut Industries – they will make any type of stamp you want… I’m having a ‘Something Turquoise’ stamp made for me! Our muslin bags were from MuslinBag.com.

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

Yes, that is me up there speaking to over 250 women… welcoming them to our special event.

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

Our candle lit stage glowed beautifully through the evening as we listened to wonderful music by Andrea Hamilton.

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

Our guest speaker for the night was the amazing Bianca Juarez-Olthoff… a woman who loves God and is committed to speaking truth when it hurts, loving when it’s hard, and living Life out loud for the world to see. Currently she is chief story teller of The A21 Campaign, whose goal is to abolish human trafficking.

http://inthenameoflove.org/

Everyone had a blast with the photobooth! For the background, we started with a professional white seamless paper background from Samy’s Camera. Using ModPodge Paper Glue we layered different old book pages until it covered our background. To avoid molding, it was set in the sun to dry for a few hours… then we hung burlap curtains on each side.

Shutter Nonsense Photo Booth

When our guests walked back outside for the end of the event… they were greeted by the gorgeous vintage cupcake trailer from Enjoy Cupcakes!

Enjoy Cupcakes

Ohh the cupcakes! Chocolate Caramel and Triple Vanilla… they were scrumptious!

Enjoy Cupcakes

Our lemonade stands were hand built by the insanely talented Vivienne from The Viv-Spot.

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

Our craft for the evening was decorating a clothespin… we had stamps, crystals, and ribbon of all kinds to adorn your clothespin with. Ahead of time, we glued magnets on the back of each clothespin so that after decorated, the women could place it on their fridge to hold a photo from the event and a special note that Bianca had each woman write to themselves.

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

SeaCoast Grace {beYOUtiful} Women's Event

Thanks to my fabulous planning team: Vivienne, Betsy, Christin, Jaymi, and Linda + Jack Sheets.

Shutter Nonsense Photo Booth

I hope that from this event you will be inspired to not only be you… but to love the women around you for who they are – not who you want them to be! I also hope you get inspired by all our fun decor and event elements!


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Alyssa
May 31, 2012

I love to see woman who are living by God's standards and not the worlds! What an amazing event and a wonderful idea!! :)

Lisa Hanna
January 20, 2013

Love these ideas! We have an annual "Girl's Conference" at our church. Love your ideas. Would love for you to share more! In God's Love, Lisa Hanna

Erin Gobble
February 27, 2014

Any of the vintage pieces available for rent?