2016 Wedding Trends

As the creative director and marketing manager for Lost Hill Lake Events I try to stay in tune with trends. We provide a lot of decor for our couples so our staff has to know what is hot and what is not. With the new year, comes new trends, so after observing our 2015 season and reading some of the top wedding blogs out there I have come up 6 decor trends for 2016 and how LHLE can help implement them!

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2015 Book Review

At the beginning of the year I made a goal to read one book per month. I have never been very successful at keeping these promises but reading more was something that I really did want to start doing and this seemed like a reasonable way to keep me accountable.

I was doing really well; I had a strategy to read shorter books when the previous month took too long and longer books when I finished the previous one quickly. This went well until September and October came and I was busy with our wedding and honeymoon plans. I ended up reading 10 books this year which compared to the year before, is still a good accomplishment. Below are short reviews and my opinions on my 10 books of 2015.

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Spring Bloom Bash Style Shoot

On Saturday, April 18th I coordinated the first Lost Hill Lake Events, in-house style shoot. I recruited family and friends to roll up their sleeves to create a beautiful mock wedding to show off the amazing space and decor we have. Using the LHLE Pinterest page for inspiration, my team created an intimate ceremony area in the walnut grove, unique place cards and beautiful table arrangements! Here is the awesome team that helped me the vision to life:

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Resumes and Branding for Nonprofit Professionals

Finding a job can be a tough process. Whether you are a student or a seasoned professional, there is no exception and the nonprofit sector feels the same struggles.

Last month the Young Nonprofit Professional Network of St. Louis wanted to provide a job search workshop series to help prepare all individuals with a passion for nonprofits. As a member of the board and marketing committee I volunteered to share my knowledge on resumes and branding for two sessions. I have experience in both subjects and knew that this would be a great opportunity to teach others.

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#STLSocialGood Provides Nonprofits with Digital Solutions

Everyday thousands of nonprofits are typing tweets, snapping pictures and trying to get more likes. As professionals working in those nonprofits, we are continuing to adapt to the changing ways in we which communicate with donors, volunteers and advocates but each organization has to make the decision to devote time, money and resources to these new opportunities. Today, Saint Louis organizations and experts shared ways to make this easier for all of us.

Social Media Club of Saint Louis partnered with Ready  + Willing as well as sponsor, Fontbonne University to present the #STLSocialGood Conference. The event focused on social media, analytics, ROI and how to do more with less. The three sessions were each very informative but session one with Ashley Riley from Gateway Pets Guardians (@Gatewaypets) provided an exceptional overview of general ways to advance social media presence.

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Erin Funk

Holiday Help for Furry Friends: Part 2

Last year, during the holiday season, I made an effort to not only buy presents for my family but donate money to some of my favorite animal organizations. In Part 1, I contributed to New Nodaway Humane SocietyThe Jane Goodall Institute and the World Wildlife Federation. All three are wonderful non-profits that are close to my heart but this year I have decided to offer a couple more organizations that could also use some extra love this holiday season.

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