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Into the “wilds” of East Africa – set up looks a bit different

Greetings from Addis Ababa Ethiopia ~

Yes I (Courtney) am still 7,300 miles away in the heart of East Africa!  One of the reasons I love my job sooo much is simply because it provides me with opportunities like this!  To travel the world and set up events in unique and different spaces.

It also allows me perspective into the jobs we do in America!  While working on a event here these past few weeks I snapped a few photos of the “housemen” doing set up.  We have “housemen in the states and they are responsible for the set up and breakdown of tables and chairs typically in hotels, convention center and banquet halls.  They would also set stages and place water stations and set the room to the basics so the client could come in with the finishing touches!  I paid close attention to the set up this time to see how our worlds were the same and just how our worlds were different.

Take a look –

Housemen at work

There are no carts to stack the chairs on here in Ethiopia – nope they stack the chairs on their heads and carry them!

Housemen at work

Carrying the table frame – it’s a one man job!

Housemen at work

Tables get carried in 2 sections here in Ethiopia unlike in the states where we just collapse the legs and roll the table away

A helpful friend

And there is ALWAYS a monkey or 2 or 3 or more around to assist

So there you have it!  At the end of the day we really are not all that different after all or are we? You decide!!

I’ll be back in the states Aug 24th so until than I bid you adieu from Addis!

Wishing you a MAGICAL day ~



Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’…A Wedding Song?

So we’ve all seen the proposal videos that use the song ‘Marry You’ by Bruno Mars as its background music..or maybe even for the lyrics as used in this famous lip-dub proposal video:

Lip-Dub Proposal to Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’

But has anyone ever taken the time to really read the lyrics to this song? It turns out it isn’t exactly the greatest choice for a wedding proposal. Take a look at some of the words:

“‘Cause it’s a beautiful night

We’re looking for something dumb to do

Hey baby I think I wanna marry you”

We’re looking for something dumb to do?! Last time I checked, marriage was a HUGE commitment, not something you do just because you’re bored! (or bored and drunk, in this case).


“If we wake up and you

Wanna break up, that’s cool

No, I won’t blame you

It was fun, girl”

This is the line that really irks me. The gist of the song is him talking about how him and this girl are bored, so they get drunk and decide to get married and that it’s totally okay if they want to break up in the morning. Is that the kind of message we want to send to our bride-to-be when we propose?! So before you go and pick Bruno Mars’ ‘Marry You’ for your proposal or even your wedding, read the lyrics and think again.


My favorite tradition

Greetings! Krisie here!

One of the reasons I love weddings is because they are jammed packed of traditions. My personal favorite though is what I would call a nontraditional tradition.  First looks before the I dos are becoming more and more popular these days because they offer so many advantages to the Bride and Groom.

They are more personal- The bride seeing the groom before she walks down the isle still has the same surprise factor just in a more personal setting. I like this because I think it allows for more of a natural reaction from the both the bride and groom.

Your pictures turn out better- Instead of  the bride and groom having to take their pictures at a lightning fast pace while their guests down cocktails they can take them at a relaxed pace before the wedding. It’s simple more time=better pictures. An added bonus that the brides make up will still be fresh!

More time to relax- With cutting out all the pictures of Bride and Groom after the ceremony it allows time for them to snap a few pictures with family  then have some time to themselves before their entrance to the reception.