Shining A Light: Love & Lavender


We like to inspire brides-to-be all around, but we get inspired too! We’re shining a light some of the spots we look to for ideas and advice. From local favorites around the country to popular sites brides dive into all around the world, we’ve sharing the best of the best in a whole new way. We’ve chatted with some of the bloggers, creators and founders of some wonderful wedding blogs and got the inside scoop! 

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Located in Washington state, U.S.A, I got to chat with the creator behind the fabulous Love & Lavender blog, Meredith Shackleford. And here is what I learned.

“My husband and I got married in August, 2014 at a wonderful Victorian style mansion in Vancouver, Canada. On our beautiful wedding day everything came together just as I imagined it would. Now, I am able to infuse my wedding memories coupled with hundreds of real wedding photos and try to impart that energy and vision to brides all over the world.

I enjoy helping bride’s through their own unexpected wedding day hurdles and sharing my honest wedding advice. I sometimes receive compliments about a certain article that my audience found helpful, and I have to remind myself that I am genuinely helping brides plan the best day of their life. It is a great feeling to know that I helped in some way.

Love & Lavender is about all the eye catching decor details that makes your wedding day special. I like to feature the best outdoor weddings that have a rustic, vintage, whimsical, or DIY feel. Of course, I can easily be persuaded to feature an indoor wedding if it has amazing architecture or charm.

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Most of all I want to inspire brides to find a unique style and plan a memorable celebration.

Truth be told, I have only been blogging for about two years now. Although, I have been interested in event planning for a very long time – I even went to college for Event and Convention Management. I saw an opportunity to start an online store selling wedding veils in 2013, and then purchased Love & Lavender not too long after. The past year has been a steep learning curve for both my husband and I to run a successful wedding blog. It has been a lot of fun working together and creating a life for ourselves doing what we enjoy.”

Your favorite aspect about blogging and your favorite aspect about your blog specifically:

The most interesting part about wedding blogging for me is the fact that the wedding industry is so massive and there are endless creative opportunities. I connect both online and in person with business people from all over the world including photographers, wedding planners, vendors, and small business owners running their own piece of the pie in their part of the world.

I love that the wedding blogging industry is global. It doesn’t matter where you live, every culture has some type of wedding ceremony. That allows a degree of creative freedom to write articles that inform a variety of people from around the world.

I also enjoy being my own boss and the freedom that a location independent business allows. As long as I have the internet I can live anywhere in the world. In fact, my husband and I recently moved from our hometown of Vancouver, Canada to Ireland. Exploring and living in Europe is a wonderful opportunity that we likely would not have had if we chose a conventional career path!

One of the best things about my job is the fact that my husband and I get to work side-by-side to create a life for ourselves at our own pace.

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