Something Scary

This week, I will be at the incredible Inn at Serenbe for the Joy Thigpen Creative Direction + Styling workshop. I am so excited to take this time to learn from other badass women creative business owners. It’s thrilling to be able to invest myself and this time into my business. Now that I’ve figured out where the heart of my business is, it’s time to work on refining and honing in on that. I want to learn what my business means to me, and how to turn that into my career.

While I’m incredible excited, I’m also terrified. That’s normal, right? I’m not terrified of meeting new people, of traveling, or of new places. I’m pretty nervous about all of the internal stuff- the hard questions, the deep thinking, verbalizing my dreams. They don’t call them growing pains for nothing, though, do they?

I’ll be back on Friday, with very little to no internet access while I’m there. I’ve got lots of fun stuff going on behind the scenes right now, and I can’t wait to share them with you! The bouquet below is something I made this weekend for one very special bride.  See you Friday!

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But I Know a Change Is Gonna Come

This is one of my longer posts, and it’s filled with a lot of the confusion I’ve been experiencing for the past 18 months. But don’t worry- there is a point to all of this, and also an incredibly exciting revamp.

I do my best thinking at very specific times. During long drives, with the music low and the sights zooming past. In the few moments of relaxation before you finally let your eyes and body give in to sleep. In the early morning light, coffee in hand, Otis Redding on low in the background. It’s during these moments where I can leave all of the other stressors and distractions behind, and just dream. I’ve always been a bit of a daydreamer-it’s such a lovely way to escape a bit.

The last year and a half has been a time for growth and changes. For confusion and frustration. A time for me to figure out what success and happiness look like to me. When you are a creative person that is interested in starting a business, it’s exciting and also incredibly overwhelming. I think my experience has been a lot different than most folks, and because of that, I want to share a bit of my heart and my journey with you.

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Katie DeLorme Photography

When I first started working on styled photo shoots and other creative collaborations, I thought that I wanted to be a wedding planner. It was perfect! I’d have an opportunity to flex my DIY muscle, indulge my project-loving heart, all while keeping clients organized and helping to plan their wedding day! Only, I quickly realized that wasn’t my dream. So I tried to focus on the parts of my work that I was enjoying the most. The obvious answer was styled photo shoots- coming up with a concept, and creating that vision to be captured and shared is thrilling! I love each and every shoot that I have been lucky enough to collaborate with other incredible vendors and creatives on! I constantly feel inspired as I work with other creative people, but knew that I would need to really figure out how to make a living doing things I was inspired by.

There was another interest in the back of my mind that I had been lucky enough to explore a few times during styled shoots, but had never really given too much attention to. Floral design. Doing flowers seemed like a very natural addition to styling shoots – because flowers, especially in wedding inspiration, are so HUGE right now. So I start to chug forward with more and more floral design, and have been  encouraged by some of my incredibly supportive friends- Nikki, Katie, Ali, Katie, Annamarie, Sally- to keep pursuing florals. I usually would just shrug it off and thank them for their kind words, but then I started shrugging less and thinking more as time went on.

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Reverie Supply

Then my first wedding flower inquiry rolled in. Was designing flowers and becoming a working Florist something that I could actually do? Until this point, my business seemed like a really fun hobby, but I was having trouble finding my direction to be able to make it into a career. With this new adventure on the table, it seemed as though it was time to get serious about my thinking, and start making some moves. So I met with my first inquiry, and then a second. Then my first referral came in from another client, and I was just blown away.

So that’s where I am now. In just a few short months time, I have booked wedding clients, and have inquiries finding their way into my inbox. I have a business! I have business insurance! Wholesale accounts, contracts, invoices, all sorts of awesome and scary things! I am floored. I am so excited. I’m also really freaked out (I figured we’re being super honest here, and that is honestly how I feel some days!) So not only will I be continuing to pursue creative direction and styling, but also will be adding floral design to my services!

While all of these changes have been happening, expanding my businesses’ direction inspired me to want to rebrand a bit. That involves renaming myself, and reintroducing myself and my business to those that have been following along. “Into It” was the name of my blog when it was just a blog. I have so many varied interests that I always felt very “into” everything. So, Into It Blog was born. As I started to do more photo shoots, I wanted to be able to blog them- to show off my projects and handiwork. It made sense to post these shoots on my own blog-which is how Into It Events got it’s name- simply an extension of the blog I started to have a space for all of my ramblings and wedding-related projects. As I have continued to creep forward, I started to question my business name, my brand, my client experience. So all of that is changing.

So, as of October 2014, Into It Events is no more (though that URL will still bring you here!)  There is no business name that will be able to represent me as well as my own name. http://www.AmandaBurnette.com will be my new home on the web, and the new place to keep up with all that I’m up to. All of the super official changes will take place throughout this month, as they have been gradually over the past few weeks.

I will be working with the incredibly talented Rebecca Caridad- a woman that is truly a jack of all trades- on a new logo. She is an incredible photographer, florist, and calligrapher. It’s baffling how one woman can truly excel at so many things- and she certainly does. I am SO excited to see what we create to represent me as I move forward.

I’ve got clients on the books into the second half of next year, an amazing support group, and BIG dreams! Amanda Burnette represents me and ALL of my passions. It represents me as a floral designer. It represents me as a Creative Director. It allows me a fresh start. One that I am so incredibly excited for! I cannot wait to share all of the changes and excitement with you!

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Nikki Santerre Photography

Indian Summer-inspired Bohemian Wedding photo shoot

Inspiration seems to strike me in really odd places. I first felt inspired by a vintage plate that belonged to my grandmother. Then by some amazing handmade tassels from my new best friend Jenna at Red Feathered Nest. Then I started to really feel the late season, end of summer colors and vibes– specifically saturated pinks and oranges. I’m not sure how (or why) I decided all of these things belonged together in one bohemian photo shoot, but I believed they did. Sally from Reverie Supply was just my girl–  and she knew they belonged together, too. I knew that she and her husband Robert would be able to take my crazy-colored flowers and off the wall details and make them look whimsical and as though they belong together.

With their incredible perspective, the details we stitched together felt totally at home among the incredibly lush gardens at Tuckahoe Plantation. The result is kind of wild. It’s lush. It’s bright, and I definitely feel the Indian Summer vibe. These pinks and oranges and peaked greens remind me of the last handful of really hot days in the summer, where the sun is high and hot in the sky, and lounging under a tree is the only acceptable thing to do.

Without further ado, I am so excited to share the following images with you! You’ll find a full vendor list at the bottom of this post. So grateful for everyone who helped this vision come to life- including our gorgeous model, Laura, who we stuck in a flower cooler to keep cool!

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Vendors:

Photography + Creative Direction: Reverie Supply | Dress: BHLDN
Floral Design, Styling + Creative Direction: Amanda Burnette | Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation
Calligraphy: Wave Crest Calligraphy | Hair Accessories and Veil: SIBO Designs
Vintage Furniture + Props: Red Feathered Nest | Hair: JewelHD
Makeup Artist: Real Doll Makeup | Romper: Plum Pretty Sugar

Indian Summer Shoot Preview

I’ll be sharing the full, juicy Indian Summer-inspired Bohemian photo shoot next week, but wanted to leave you with a few gorgeous sneak peaks to tide you over this weekend!

Venue: Tuckahoe Plantation

Photography: Reverie Supply

Flowers and Design: Amanda Burnette

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Radio Silence

It’s been quiet around here. Like, extra quiet. I’m busier than ever, yet I’ve been terrible about keeping up, checking in, and saying hi. There are so many things in process right now, and I just can’t wait to share them with you! The radio silence has been for an important reason!

We bought a house!!!!

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That’s right! As of September 15th, my husband and I are homeowners! The process was long, and the waiting was torturous– but it’s finally here, boxes are being unpacked, and the never-ending list of projects has already begun. Know that along with my shoots, DIY posts, and some other special projects I’ve got up my sleeve, you’ll be seeing house posts in the mix now! We’ve got lots of things we want to tackle, and can’t wait to share them with you!

 

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So that’s it! We own a house! It’s a cute little thing, and has a great blank slate for us to play with! One of the best parts is that I have my OWN office that is currently being turned into a flower studio and office space for me! If you’re on Instagram, follow along with me at @amandasburn to see what I’m up to, and poke around with the hashtag #BurnettesBuyAHouse to see what we’re up to!

xoxo

Summer Bucket List

Every season I think about writing a “bucket list” to share with you, but always forget. That, or I get caught up writing something else, and then it just seems to late to share. Or lots of other folks post theirs and I just feel silly, like I’m piggy backing on them. Which really, doesn’t matter. My blog space, my summer list- right?! Right! PLUS this weekend is 4th of July weekend– which is a PERFECT TIME to talk about Summer plans!!

Well, I didn’t forget THIS TIME, friends! I’ve been thinking about our summer plans a lot recently, and want to also hear what yours are! My husband turned 27 last week, which coincided with the official start of summer, so fun birthday festivities usually mark the beginning of our summer fun– which I am definitely not upset about ;)

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(photo credit: Nikki Santerre Photography)

Though I may hate the humid, sometimes oppressive heat, summer really is lovely. I love all of the flowers and produce that are at their best during these hot months. I love ending the day with a cold drink in hand. I love all of the outdoor fun to be had- festivals, concerts, BBQs, swimming, digging my toes into the sand. It’s all just so lovely!

Without further ado, here are some of my most pressing summer “To Do”!

Personal:

Finish purging and organizing our home office. My husband works from home full time, and with my business getting busier, I use our office space a lot. There are a few boxes and baskets of STUFF just lingering. I also need to hang the photos I had printed of my work!

Grill dinner together more often. Our schedules haven’t been syncing up much for us to spend some time outside with the dogs, cooking dinner. This needs to be made a priority when time allows, just because it is something we enjoy doing so much!

More dates! We are so bad about going out and doing something fun! Even if it’s grabbing a casual dinner out or catching a movie, I’d love to go OUT and do more things together, enjoying the weather and each other’s company!

Add flowers to our yard, Clear out flower beds. I’d love to have more flowers growing in our yard for me to cut and enjoy inside. I’d love to buy another hydrangea or two, and plant some dahlias to jazz up our little space.

Take the pups to the dog park more often in the evening. Pugs and heat don’t get along, but our dogs love to play! I want to get much better about taking them to the dog park to play in the evenings when it starts to cool down a bit!

Be better about cooking breakfast. I’m lucky to scarf down a piece of toast or a banana in the morning before I head to work. I’d love to do a little prep once or twice a week to ensure we both have some breakfast options. Besides smoothies and overnight oats, does anyone have an easy breakfast idea that’s great to make ahead? I’d love to hear some savory ideas!

Business:

Do a light rebrand. Don’t get too excited- it’s not going to be a huge project just yet, but there are definite changes coming. A new name, a new logo, and a little print collateral are all on my list for the summer.

Get back on a blogging schedule! I was so good for a while there! I just need to add blogging back into my work flow to ensure we’re spending more time together here!

Flowers, flowers, flowers! Book some of my first full wedding floral clients. I told you things were changing around here a bit. Stay tuned for more info!

Finish tweaking my quoting and contracting process. There are so many things to figure out as you grow and branch out! Onwards and upwards, my friends!

What about you?? What is on your Summer To Do list?!

 

 

Simplified.

Sometimes it can be so refreshing to set aside all of the components of a large-scale photo shoot and pare it down to just the basics. A beautiful girl, a flowy dress, and flowers that look like they were just plucked from her garden did it for me. Sometimes simplifying things produce results that are way more lovely than you would have expected.

I am so smitten with the images attached to this photo shoot. I cannot wait for Nikki’s film scans to come in and of us to be able to share all of this goodness!

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