Anyone who knows my business knows that CCFD rocks not because of me, but because of my team. This team and these women are legit. While I am always grateful for them, that sentiment reigns true even more deeply this season. They literally pulled this season off while I spent my time being a mom and running the business side of things from home. While I missed being involved in the day to day, I cannot tell you how good it felt to have a team I trust wholeheartedly. They rocked it this summer and I am so grateful that they were able to take the reigns and GO and I was able to treasure moments I know I will never regret being home for. Finishing this season is bittersweet. I will always fondly remember this season of CCFD and my life when I look back on these pictures. These are friendships that I will treasure always.
And now, because it's fun, I want to tell you some of my favorite qualities about each of these amazing young women! (Pictured left to right below):
JENISE: I don't even know where to start with JENISE. She's been with me for 6 seasons - whoa! She has been through so many changes with CCFD and has weathered each one with a smile on her face. One day we figured she's probably designed about 1,500 boutonniere in those years. She is a crazy talented floral designer and often designs her own weddings on the side. I'm just so thankful I snagged her just out of floral design school. What I love most about her is her consistency and loyalty. She is kind, warm, funny, and surprising. I can't wait to see her rock it as a new momma in just a few short weeks!
(I'm skipping me because that'd be weird to talk about myself, right?!)
LIZ: Again. Where do I start? I love this girl like a sister. I believe God connected our paths 4 years ago on purpose and I'm so thankful. Liz has treated this business like it was her own from the very first day she arrived and helped grow CCFD to the place it is now. She is persistent in her growth and is constantly keeping herself challenged with new learning. She also always has a restaurant recommendation ready to go for whatever you're in the mood for. She's a loyal friend, full of love for God and others. Also, she is in the midst of starting her own floral design business and I'm convinced she will own the world in a very short amount of time. Check her out at Siloh Floral Artistry.
BETHANY: Besides being able to rock a short haircut the best of anyone I know, Bethany is what we call a "PLOP." Like when God made her, he plopped on those talents (instead of like a "sprinkle"). She is literally good at everything. She sews crop tops, does the most beautiful hand lettering, she paints, she takes gorgeous film images, and in just three years went from knowing very little about floral design to being a VERY talented floral designer. She is also hilarious, thoughtful, quirky (one of my favorite qualities about her), and kind-hearted. She just opened a new etsy shop Called Hey Betty Art and lucky for you is selling some gorgeous prints!
ASHLEY: Ashley is just super cool. She's the friend you secretly hope offers her hand me downs to you (she actually did this for me for maternity clothes - it was awesome.) She is so chic and stylish and fun. And so down to earth. She is humble and kind and conscientious of others around her. She also always has a funny story or a good YOU TUBE recommendation. She is an inspiring mama and wife. She also is kicking butt and taking names with her booming floral design business. Check her out at Park Floral Design.
LYDIA (Sadly, she's not pictured here!): LYDIA IS THE BEST EVER. But seriously. Lydia was our intern this year and we all fell in love with her. She is literally so sweet and kind to everyone and has the best attitude. She loves the Lord and it shows in pretty much everything she does. It spills over. She is also just a CAN-DO woman. She hustles at wedding installs (a quality you just can't teach!) and just straight up gets things done. She has been so faithful and has personally encouraged and inspired me this season in ways she could never understand. She is also a talented floral designer with a budding new business...check her out on Instagram (her handle is francesfloraldesign).
Also, Michele Hart is the best of the best. Her work literally takes my breath away. So grateful for her talent and friendship and these awesome photos of my team! Thanks to blanc for letting us use your space for these photos.