Have you ever looked back at a week and admired just how brilliantly something could come together? How the pieces fell, just so, into peaceful place where it felt like they had been all along? This week is one of those types of weeks, and the pieces of Simon Says have changed dramatically in a very short amount of time. We've been anxiously thinking through how this special, and exciting change should be shared with you all and again things have fallen into place so much better than we could have imagined. Our big announcement? It doesn't just stop at a great new space, it's a beautiful new partnership, exciting opportunities and more.
What are we talking about?! Well, as of next month, Simon Says Design will be moving into a space in the studio of Jeremy Lucero, Lucero Photography in Downtown Fullerton. I know... we were shocked too! Having a space to work, meet clients, host meetings and classes, all in a beautiful setting and prime location... well, until last week, it was only a distant dream. We've been reminded so clearly that our Savior works in mysterious and wonderful ways.
We have admired Lucero Photography's work for many years so it was an honor when Lisa met Jeremy at an event for the Association of Bridal Consultants and began to get to know him and his wife Ana. Since that meeting, we've had the opportunity to connect many times and learned quickly that we have a very similar vision for serving our clients and caring for anyone we come in contact with.
We love that Lucero Photography offers an artistic perspective on wedding photography. Their work has been described as Fine Art by many peers and clients. Lucero Photography's imagery has been featured in some of the nations most popular wedding publications. They have connected and worked for many of the most upscale wedding venues in California and beyond. Their team of award winning artists take on the role of observers of emotion, beauty and exuberance resulting in secured wedding moments that are invaluable.
We're excited to be a part of the big plans for the future of the studio. Our hopes are to support the continuation of all the great things that have been happening there for the last 7+ years, as well as, introduce some great workshops and events for brides, wedding and event professionals, and anyone interested in the arts and creative learning. Be on the lookout for information about our first wedding workshop in late April.
In addition to all of that, the studio will continue to host artists and musicians as part of the Fullerton Art Walk, on the first Friday of each month. This event is well loved by those in the local community and also draws people from all over Southern California. We're excited to announce that this Friday, March 3rd, Simon Says Design will be at Lucero Photography as part of the Art Walk. We'll be celebrating our move to the studio, meeting anyone that stops in to view Lucero Photography's stunning work and enjoying some great live music. Please join us that evening between 6 and 10pm to say hello and share a drink. While you're in the neighborhood, make sure to visit the other great venues that will be hosting artists Friday night and grab a bite of food at any of the amazing restaurants and specialty food locations.
We're looking forward to seeing you on Friday March 3rd at the Fullerton Art Walk and hope you share in our excitement about the future of Simon Says Design with Lucero Photography. Cheers to a new adventure!
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Fullerton, Ca 92832
My team suggested that I introduce myself. “People want to know who’s behind Simon Says…” they said. I responded, “They just want wedding inspiration.”…..”I need a new photo of myself first.” How vain of me. So instead of dragging my feet and making excuses, I finally sat down and started writing. You’re going to have to wait on the fancy headshot. Don’t hold your breath.
I’m Lisa. I’m the founder and CEO of Simon Says Design. Simon Says wasn’t always Simon Says. What we do now as a business started out as a personal hobby, something I enjoyed doing to help friends that were getting married and donating my time to help with various church and charity events. I loved being able to help people celebrate their life events and fully, completely enjoy the time rather than stress about the details. This hobby quickly turned into Lisa Cristea Weddings when more and more people were interested in hiring me to design and coordinate their events. That was ok because wedding and event planning was the perfect mix that satisfied my need for creativity while using skills in strategic planning and leading. I loved it all but I was primarily doing it alone. I never imagined that someday I would leave my career after almost 11 years to pursue wedding and event planning full time with a team beside me, helping grow a successful business. It didn’t seemed like a possibility and to be honest, I didn’t have the faith to take the leap. I LOVED my fulltime job at the time, working in a creative role for the largest furniture retailer in the world; who wouldn’t?! So how did we end up jumping in with both feet and launching Simon Says?
Almost two years ago, I had two dear friends start pushing me to do more. One was a former bride turned dear friend and the other a longtime life friend (you know, the type that you can be completely raw with. no secrets. hold back nothing). They both knew I was overwhelmed in my current life stage. They had confidence in me to take the business up a notch or two or three but knew what it would take. And the best part? They were both behind me 100% wanting to help me lead us there. They continued to prod me. In fact, I think we could call it harassment if I didn’t know they loved me. We started talking about the possibilities and our dreams for the business. We talked about our mutual desire to help people through some of the biggest days of their lives and how we could gift people with the time they needed to focus on the occasion and the reason for the celebration. We talked about what we would each contribute. Slowly, we started transitioning from Lisa Cristea Weddings to Simon Says Design. The name Simon Says is was inspired by the fact that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, we like to have a good time and even better, our Operations Manager’s last name is Simon; our official namesake. We did a few events together and dreamed about when we’d be able to start investing more time to grow the business like we were eager to pursue. It all seemed so far off.
About 8 months later, I was being pulled in a million directions. I was overcommitting myself and my anxiety was out of control. I had two small children. My husband and I were both working full time outside the home, I was TRYING to grow a business, I had involved myself in too many projects and as my father would say I was “spinning too many plates“. And while this was all happening, I continued to have multiple people in addition to my team, firmly prod me to take that BIG leap.
That winter I read a book by Lysa TerKeurst called “The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands”. It was the best thing I could have read during that season of life. The two lines in the book that I will never forget.
“A women who lives with the stress of an overwhelmed schedule
will often ache with the sadness of an underwhelmed soul."
That was me! She was speaking to me! (and probably more than half the women in America). After reading her book, my husband and I started seriously considering what it would look like for me to stay home with my two young girls, care for my family in a way I hadn’t been able to before and start investing more time into this “hobby”. My husband was 100% supportive and knew it would be best for our family and my health. We worked like hell to pay off the stupid debt we had from when we first married and crunched the numbers to make sure we didn’t end up homeless.
Five month later, it was time to meet with my long-time boss and friend to tell her the decision we had made. And then… I fell apart. I cried. A lot. It was scary. It was going to be a huge transition. What had I done? Well, I answered my own question when I made the announcement to my design team the next morning. They are a fantastic group of creative and driven people that I had spent more hours with than anyone else in my life. I had learned an incredible amount from the people and experiences at that company. I had grown up in that office. When I told them the news, I talked about the book I had read and shared,
"I’ve said yes to too many things in my life and the result is that everyone
gets pieces of me rather than wholes. I’ve decided that my family gets
my first BEST YES and we’ll see what happens beyond that.”
I made a commitment to put my faith, my husband and my family first. To give them my “best yes”. And my hope was that doing that, it would also allow myself enough space to pursue my love for wedding & event planning in the way that my clients deserved, knowing that I had an army of people behind and beside me. I needed to give them my best yes also or not at all.
So this is the crazy behind Simon Says. Built on the love of love, the commitment to our families and our clients to give our “best yes”. Our hope is that by taking on the details of the day for you, you and your future spouse can enjoy your engagement, focusing on the purpose of the gathering and give each other your “best yeses” as well. We believe in marriage and celebrating life and we love working with people that stand behind those same values. We feel so fortunate to be trusted with such intimate moments in peoples lives and love that our clients often become friends.
Thank you for reading my story. I’m so excited to get to share this journey with you all and am so appreciative of the people that have and continue to support us along the way. If you are feeling like an overwhelmed schedule is weighing you down and leaving you with and underwhelmed soul, without room for discovering the thing that makes you come alive, I would strongly suggest you order a copy of Lysa’s book here.
We're so thrilled to be able to exhibit at the Coyote Hills Golf Course Wedding Show Weekend, hosted by Country Club Receptions on March 12th.
Not only is it a FREE event with a ton of giveaways and amazing vendors but they are also giving away $10,000 to one lucky couple! What would you do with an extra $10,000 towards your wedding?!
Use the link below to RSVP and then drop by and say hello! We can't wait to meet you!
Wedding Show Weekend RSVP
If you haven't booked the venue for your big day yet, you really need to check out Coyotes Hills Golf Course. They're ceremony site is such a dreamy space. Surrounded by lush green landscape, it's the perfect place to walk down the aisle to your one and only. It's stunning on its own, but imagine it decked out with flowers and simple décor or fabric draping.
The property does not lack locations for photos with your bridal party, family and new spouse. Who wants to go off-site for photos when you have a setting like this? Check out this gorgeous backdrop! Can't you imagine the most perfect photos to remember your day captured right here?!
Their Vista Falls room accommodates 250+ guests and has floor to ceiling windows. With its neutral colors, it can fit most any color and style decor your heart desires. The French doors lead out onto the terrace where guests can enjoy the warm Southern California evenings.
We can't wait to see you all this weekend and have you check out this amazing venue!
For more information on Coyote Hills Golf Course, feel free to contact us and we can connect you with one of their fantastic event directors.
The time has finally come everyone! It's time to announce the winners for our Share the Love Wedding Planning Giveaway.
Let me start by saying thank you to all of the couples that entered. Our team loved pouring over your stories and getting to know each one of you a bit. Have I mentioned that we love love?!
It was NOT an easy decision, let me tell you. In fact, it was so hard to decide on just one winner, that we are breaking our own rules.
We've decided to giveaway not one, but TWO of our "Oh Darling" packages AND we've chosen 3 runners-up that will receive 50% off a package of their choice. In addition to that, the remaining couples will be offered 15% off any services of their choosing.
So with out further adieu...
Our first winning couple is....
Amanda Allstun & Ben Walters
It was fate that brought them together through something as normal as a accidental pocket-dial but their love is anything but ordinary. We can't wait to help you two celebrate on the one year anniversary of that special day! What a story to start your life with together! May your love be extraordinary! Congratulations Amanda and Ben!
And our second winning couple is....
Keri Lusk & Tim Kipfer
Keri and Tim stole our hearts with their story of young love and the journey that they've been on together. We can not wait to help them celebrate their forever love at Keri's grandmother's home; the same location her parents wed many years ago. Congratulations Keri & Tim!!
Our three lucky couples that will receive 50% a package of their choosing are....
Thank you Molly & James, Ashley & Ruben and Courtney & Jose for sharing your stories with us! We can't wait to talk to you more about your weddings and help with your big days!
We're so grateful for everyone that entered! Thank you for sharing your love stories with us! We can't wait to start planning with you all!
Lisa, Erin & Amy
We love love. In fact, we love love so much that we want to give some away to one lucky couple in the form of FREE wedding planning. During the month of February, we want you to share your love story with us. Tell us about why you’re excited to say “I do” and what you envision for your big day. The Simon Says team will be selecting one couple for a complete wedding planning and coordinating package AND all couples that enter will receive 15% off any wedding services.
How to enter:
What to include in your email:
The fine print:
The winning couple will receive our “Oh Darling” wedding package, valued at over $2000. This includes the pre-event guidance necessary for a flawless day. Three in-person meetings, ceremony rehearsal and 10 hours of wedding day coordination from our Simon Says team. The couple may choose to add on to this package if desired and will be responsible for the additional charges.
All couples that enter the giveaway will receive 15% off any wedding services contracted with Simon Says in 2016 or 2017.
Not all dates are available. We will contact you ASAP if we know your date is not available.
The winning couple agrees to be featured on all Simon Says Design media.
We are available for travel anywhere but any travel more than 3 hours outside of Los Angeles, California will be billed accordingly.
Prizes may not be transferred, sold or exchanged for payment.
We can’t wait to get to know you, hear your stories and help guide you through one of the most important days of your life!
Amy, Erin & Lisa
Your Simon Says Team