New years eve is one of my favorite holidays. I love the idea of “starting fresh” with a new year. A chance to make new changes, goals, habits, dreams, wishes and challenges. Celebrating the past years successes and leaving behind the struggles. It is such a great time to reinvent yourself, and I plan on doing just that.
This year was full of many blessings, all in which that I am very grateful for. Here is Recap of some of the exciting highlights of 2012. We started off the beginning of the year collaborating with the Santa Barbara International Film festival in designing their opening night VIP party, the party was a success and a ton of fun! Right after, Fern and I ran up to Vegas for the Event Solutions Convention where I taught a class about Trends and was nominated for a Spotlight Award for “Floral Designer of the year“ ( I lost to some chica on the east coast) The year scooted along with events, weddings, and general busy-ness. As our team expanded and the months became warmer, we found ourselves immersed in wedding season creating successful event after event. In July, Fern, Felicia and I were asked to travel to New Orleans to speak at the NACE convention. The trip was filled with adventure, art, food, alligators, and general fabulousness- I LOVE the south! When we returned, rushing back into the height of wedding season, I came back to fabulous news that I was cast to film a pilot of a new reality TV show based on the event industry. Scared and excited I had already been trying to lose weight for a few months, but this was the true motivation I needed to really kick my butt into shape! I refused to be chubby treats on television, and it has brought me to my current weight loss of 90lbs. The autumn leaves quickly started to fall and wedding season started approaching its final chapter. Tired, drained, and sleepless we still ended the year with a bang, creating beauty till the end. Our biggest honor of all was saved for the end of the year, where it was announced that NLC was nominated in the “Best Floral Design” category at the Special Events International Gala Awards. We are absolutely totally and utterly thrilled! For those of you not in the events industry, The Gala Awards are our version of The Academy Awards. The Awards ceremony will take place in Chicago on January 18th. Wish us luck!
2012 was an awesome year, but we have NO doubt that 2013 is going to be even better! Here are a few pictures to recap the year, as well as my list of New Year’s resolutions!
Ceremony At the San Ysidro Ranch
One of My favorite Escort Card displays.. Hanging Leaves!!
Speaking at The NACE Convention in New Orleans
I love this moment caught from one of our summer weddings by the fabulous Melissa Musgrove
Congrats to the beautiful Mr. and Mrs. Koznick !
One of my favorite Ceremony’s of last year.. Custom constructed arbor complete with a 70 foot white wooden runway to replace the aisle!
Congrats to Mr. and Mrs. Evans! I love ya both!
Fabulous photo by the Lovely Raya Carlisle
My Favorite bridal bouquet of the year, paired with one of my favorite brides.
cheers to “The Grumps”
Image courtesy of Linda Chaja Photography
Ok now that we brought light to SOME of my favorite moments from last year …. Here are some of my goals and resolutions for 2013. What are yours???
1. Lose the 40lbs left to reach my goal weight.
2. Take three ballet classes a week (umm yes I used to be a dancer.. Hard to believe I know)
3. Kiss more
4. Continue to budget and become more financially responsible
5. Get to bed by 10pm, get up at 6am (every morning)
6. Do three marketing and/or P.R projects per day.
7. Exercise daily, even if it’s just a power walk
8. Make a fashion and design inspiration board for myself once a week.
9. Call my mom once a day and tell her I love her
10. Make a play date with My niece and nephew once a month
11. Sign up for a weekly art class.
12. Practice patience on a daily basis
13. Forgive and learn to let go more
14. Stop myself when I start to get jealous of someone or something.
15. Garden once a week.
16. Send “Thank You” cards
17. Pack my lunch for work 4 times a week
18. Open myself up and make the time to meet someone special
19. Clean my office once a day.
20. Be a huge Star
Lets Make this an Awesome year Bitches!! Thank you for all your support last year!! xoxo – Nico Cervantes, NLC Productions