Welcome to Love & Lavender

My name is Meredith Shackleford. I took over Love & Lavender as editor-in-chief in March of 2014 from the long time curator Ellen. She did such a wonderful job since starting it back in 2009. She passed the torch to me and tried to instill as much knowledge and know-how about blogging, the wedding industry, and what makes Love & Lavender a unique outdoor wedding resource for brides and grooms.

My Background

I met my true love – Andrew – in the year 2012. He is the personal assistant at Love & Lavender and gets to call me boss! Just kidding, he contributes a lot both on the technical side of the website as well as editing.

I love a great cup of coffee in the morning, fantasizing over nail polish, am an avid shopper, and animal lover. If I could be a full time professional honeymooner - a job title I invented for myself – I would. One can dream!

LoveandLavender EngagementAfter getting engaged in Florence, Italy it was time to get down to the business of planning our upcoming nuptials. I realized that the wedding process is a real relationship tester for you and your partner, not to mention the involvement of all your family and friends

The Love & Lavender Vision

My vision for Love & Lavender is to offer a unique sense of style around the little details that will make your wedding day extra special. Sometimes it is hard to describe in words why a wedding is extraordinary, inspiring, or a magical occasion. Like a great piece of artwork that is hanging in a gallery, a wedding will be your day to paint that masterpiece as a couple. Don’t be afraid to show off your true colors! All the time, effort, details, and money go into just one day to celebrate what makes the two of you unique and wonderful.

I am sure every bride and groom experience a few of the wedding land mines listed below:

  • Finding your own wedding style.
  • Keeping your family and friends informed about your wedding plans.
  • Compromise on venue choice. Originally Andrew and I wanted a destination wedding in either an Irish castle or a winery in Napa Valley!
  • Narrowing down the guest list to a reasonable number.
  • Buying the wedding dress that will be YOURS.
  • Decorating details that both the bride and groom will find inspiring, all while trying to stay on budget.

I have been a bride and have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly when it comes to wedding planning. I look forward to helping you through your own wedding day hurdles so that you can have a spectacular wedding day too.

Why take over a Wedding Blog?

When the opportunity presented itself to take over Love & Lavender, I jumped on board. I love the approach and content this wedding resource offers and I want to keep building on that.

Want to see what Love & Lavender is all about and how to navigate? Check out our new to L&L visitor page.

If you have any questions, comments, or otherwise, please send me an email at: info [at] loveandlavender [dot] com


P.S. Don’t forget to “Take some time to stop and smell the Lavender!”


Since taking over Love & Lavender, Andrew and I have been busy expanding into other wedding niches!

Please visit our sister sites and let us know what you think. Don’t worry, it is still us working hard behind the scenes:

Classic_Veils_Logo250wClassic Veils offers a curated selection of beautiful and quality tulle wedding veils, which are all made in Colorado USA. They come in an array of colors and trims to go perfectly with your wedding gown.
GroomTies Logo250Groomties helps grooms and groomsmen look great for the big day. We know weddings are stressful enough, having been through one ourselves! We want to make it as easy as possible for you to select and buy neckties for your wedding.
Nomad_Newlyweds logo 250w‘Nomads by Day, Newlyweds by Night’
We started NomadNewlyweds.com to share our love for slow travel, foodie delights, working abroad, and exploring honeymoon destinations.