One of my goals for my blog is to be more transparent.
I am working on revealing more of my heart through blogging, which is something I don’t do very well or very often.
But I figured I would just write what comes to mind.
Not sure who will read this – but if you are, thank you.
Last night, I went to the Andy Grammer/Gavin DeGraw concert with my husband as sort of a last minute date idea. We had a really great time, but it was unexpectedly an emotional experience for me.
Let’s back track: I saw Andy Grammer in concert for the first time during my freshman year of college with my best friend from high school/college roommate. At that time, I was going through some rough times – heartbreak, loneliness, maybe even depression.
During one of the darkest, most confusing times in my life, I remember my best friend and I sang (belted) Andy Grammer’s “Keep Your Head Up” over and over again as we rode around town in her little green car.
To my surprise – when I heard that song at the concert last night, I didn’t think about the bad stuff I was dealing with at that time. In fact, no specific tough memory came to mind, but I sure as hell smiled as I thought of old college friends, no curfews, 3am coffee runs, random dance outbursts, designed tattoos, and failed vlog attempts. I could only remember the joys.
Isn’t it amazing that music can bring us back to struggles we overcame, relationships we developed, and laughter we shared with those we continue to love and trust?
Lately I’ve been working on a lot of custom orders for weddings and bridal showers!
Picture frames, guest books, wooden things, calligraphy for wedding signs, etc.
One of my favorite parts of working as a wedding assistant is seeing how the bride and groom bring personal touches to their wedding design! What better way to add a personal touch on your big day than with art?
While planning for my own wedding, I knew I wanted to do something creative with a personal touch. Being that we had our wedding at Disney World, I painted the seating chart – with each table inspired by a different fairytale land. It took a lot of paint and patience to get it just the way I wanted.
While working on my own wedding art, I discovered how much fun it is to create unique pieces displayed at meaningful and important events. I have loved working on custom orders for brides & grooms!
Here are some more fun wedding projects I’ve worked on …
❤ catie bee art
Photos by A Lovely Photo
The day before my wedding, I received a call from Disney Resorts line.
The gentleman said he heard my wedding was the next day & invited my family to stay at the Grand Floridian Theme Park View Room – Club Level.
You see, that room is normally $900/night, but he offered us a complimentary stay.
Last night, I had a dream I was standing on the balcony of that hotel room again- watching the sunrise and watching the lights change from blue to purple at Cinderella’s castle. I dreamt I was alone again, listening to the waves of the lagoon as I anxiously waited for the upcoming wedding festivities.
When I woke up, I realized I will probably never get that view again, but it felt so real in my dream. While it was bittersweet, I knew 5-year-old me would be dancing in circles if my fairy godmother had whispered how my wedding day would begin. This wasn’t just a dream. It was real. How could I possibly be sad?
Thank you kind sir & Disney resorts for an enchanting start of happily ever after. As Cinderella would say, “it was like a dream, better than a dream.”
Weee!! Enjoyed painting this Monster’s Inc. wall art piece for my friend, Haley!
I met Haley and her husband Tyler while working at Walt Disney World, and they kindly let me stay at their house as I traveled from Nashville to Orlando to perform at the parks! They were my “home away from home” and introduced to the Bachelorette and Nordy.
A few weeks ago, Haley gave birth to a BABY BOY! They designed a Monster’s Inc nursery for Callahan. I was thrilled to paint this for them!!
After months of planning our dream wedding at Walt Disney World, our big day FINALLY arrived.
And while the wedding was wonderful in every way, my husband and I were ready and excited to relax on our honeymoon at Walt Disney World.
Having our honeymoon at WDW was the perfect choice for us.
A major perk of having a wedding at WDW is that Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings sends the bride and groom complimentary annual passes! As a cast member, I used discounts on our Disney resort, food, and merchandise. We also love being at WDW and knew it would be a fun place to run around as newlyweds and HAVE FUN!
For you fellow Disney-lovers, I have shared a few “Disney-moon” ideas and tips! If you have any questions about our Disney-moon or Disney travel in general, feel free to contact me. Enjoy! ♥
WHERE WE STAYED:
The Villas at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
Oh, Disney’s Wilderness Lodge…. such a beautiful place. One of Disney’s deluxe resorts, the Wilderness Lodge is known for its elegant yet rustic flair and being just a boat ride away from Magic Kingdom. Since my husband proposed while on a camping trip, we agreed that this would be a fitting resort to stay at during our honeymoon.
Why it’s a great honeymoon resort:
It’s a perfect place to relax – rocking chairs, cozy fireplaces, nature trails, a murmuring creek inside the hotel… This place was everything I dreamed it would be and more. I wish we had spent more time exploring this incredible resort instead of running around the parks. I would HIGHLY recommend spending a peaceful day at the resort.
Oh my goodness!
This piece was SO wonderful to paint.
With each brush stroke, I wished I was flying off to Neverland!
This 8×10 acrylic Catie Bee Art painting is for my friend Mercedes – who I met on my wedding day! She was an assistant at my wedding at Walt Disney World. Moments before I walked down the aisle, she exclaimed:
“Oh my gosh! Is this song from the Tinker Bell movie??”
((Yes – I walked down the aisle to a song from the Tinker Bell movie))
Two years ago today, the boy I love asked me to marry him and slipped a ring on my finger.
While the proposal was a surprise, we had spent the past two years preparing for marriage.
I wrote a little bit about how we prepared for marriage in my previous blog post, “Why Marriage is Easier than Dating.” But mostly I expressed that we feel marriage is easier than dating because we worked really hard to prepare for what was to come.
Today, I want to go into more detail and give specific examples of how we worked toward becoming husband & wife.
So here are a few ways we “prepared” for marriage:
A year ago, I started blogging.
And I had no idea how much joy it would bring me.
For the past year, I’ve used blogging as an exciting way to connect with others around the world and provide insight on a variety of topics. Whether I’m writing about Disney audition tips, wedding decor ideas, or just the emotional highs and lows of being a young adult – I hope to make someone’s day a little brighter with a buzz thought.
This year, catiebee.com has had readers from 54 countries. Isn’t it amazing how writing can take us to so many places? That’s my favorite part about blogging. Even though I’ll never get a chance to visit most of those countries, I still feel as though a little piece of me is out there in all sorts of neat places – thanks to readers and fellow bloggers.
I’ve learned a lot about designing, editing, and marketing this past year through blogging. It’s been exciting to share and promote my artwork on my blog. I’ve come a long way from not knowing the difference between a page and a post, but there is still so much I’d like to learn.
I have a few blogging goals for next year – the most important one is being more transparent in my work.
I’ve recently been drawn to blogs where writers express their feelings/soul so effortlessly. In our harsh, critical world consumed with perfect resumes and flawless first impressions, I deeply admire those who can show who they truly are without fear or borders.
In short: I want to use this blog as a safe place to journal – to go deeper than I have before.
Thank you to anyone who has read a buzz thought. Here’s to another fun year of sharing stories with you.
❤ catie bee