a lemon-zest themed mother's day at awakening church

Ah Mother’s Day! What a joy to be able to have the honor of planning events for the wedding industry but also for the non-profit sphere. Being the Communications Director on staff at my church, Awakening, is one of my favorite roles I’ve ever been in.

Conceptualizing event design for all of our big holidays is especially a sweet spot for me. Being a "start-up church" if you will, makes it hard because our events are always on a budget, but I actually really enjoy the challenge of creating something beautiful while still making it affordable. This year, my idea came to me back in March through something simple - lemons!

From there, I started playing around with the idea of doing a gourmet Lemonade stand, with mouth-watering flavors like elderberry lavender and blood orange.

One of the moms at our church who owns her own baking business made us the cutest lemon sugar cookies, and my friend Britni who is a super-talented calligraphy artist created the perfect print-out for moms to take home saying, "you're the zest, mom!" We had a colorful lemon and greenery themed photobooth for moms to take advantage of as well; complete with a lounge area and plants for added texture and dimension.

Finally, the highlight of our day was the DIY bouquet bar. Moms had the opportunity to pick greenery and stems from a wide array of flowers and then have our lovely Care Team wrap them in butcher paper and yellow ribbon. The day was truly about recognizing every mother -- the single mom, the grieving mom, the dog mom, the foster mom, the spiritual mom, the auntie and grandmother :)

Creative Direction and Planning: Naseem Events (https://www.instagram.com/naseemevents/)

Photography: Chris Chu (https://www.instagram.com/chrisryan.cc/)

Calligraphy: Britni Chon

(https://www.instagram.com/littlethingseverywhere/)

Easel: Alex Nguyen of Cross + Dot

(https://www.instagram.com/crossanddot/)

Cookies: Baked by Alicia

(https://www.instagram.com/baked_by_alicia/)

Speciality Rentals: Lost + Found Vintage Rentals

(https://www.instagram.com/lostandfoundvintagerentals/)

Venue: Awakening Church (https://awakeningchurch.com/)

Lemonade: Catered by Lemonade LA (https://www.lemonadela.com/)