November 26, 2009
November 24, 2009
November 22, 2009
Then of course comes the thought that I am yet again in transition...and I hate being in transition. I'm not 100% connected at my current job, yet I'm still unsure of where my passions for weddings will take me. I don't just want to be a planner or photographer or writer...I want to be engrossed in it all. In an effort to make something happen, I'm reaching my arms and interests out in all directions of the industry, and sticking to those things that truly inspire my passion. But..I'm not quite sure if it's working or how it will turn out. And on Sunday's (especially this Sunday), that's a hard pill to swallow. I wish there was someone here...someone strong and loving, who would hold my hand and tell me everything is going to work out perfectly.
November 20, 2009
Looking through the blogs this am, I found this amazing and touching way a bride can ask her crew to be by her side. Check out these great invitations by Jordan Ferney from Oh Happy Day!:
Here are few other creative and DIY ideas that I love:
- Ask them in a customized fortune, such as the ones found in these fortune cookie favors at MyWeddingFavors.com
- Invite your future bridesmaids to lunch, and place a different individual flower at each setting. Attach a note, with: "Will you carry this special flower down the aisle as my bridesmaid?"
- Plan a girl's movie night to watch My Best Friends Wedding, and give everyone a small bag of carmel corn with a tag that reads: "The best view in the house, is the view by my side: Will you be my bridesmaid?"
- Send a personalized candle, with the phrase "Be my bMaid?". Find these amazing candles at RedEnvelope.com.
- Nothing says warmth like a pair of gloves. Gift each of your bMaids a different pair of gloves with a handwritten note that read: "Will you hold my hand on my special day and be one of my bridesmaids?". Check out Anthropologie.com for their amazing collection!
- Send a cd with songs that are special to the two of you, with a cover or tag that pops the big B-maid question.
- Antique keys are rare, and inspire visions of secret gardens & locked doors. Send each of your bMaids a different key, reminding them that you need their keys to your sole, by your side on the big day.
- Buy a two picture, picture frame. Place your favorite photo of the two of you on one side, and a note in the glass on the other with a message that says: "Reserved for future bride/bridesmaid picture. Will you be my bMaid?"
November 19, 2009
November 17, 2009
For someone trying to start a business, research...and email...it's nearly impossible to do anything except on the weekend at coffee shops and friends' houses. It's soo frustrating, especially when I've seen a picture online or had a conversation with a friend at work that sparks a little inspiration. I mean, how many nights a week can a stay late at work and pull-out my laptop? Especially when I have the most adorable Boston Terrier at home waiting for a walk and dinner! UGG!
Counting down the days till the big move.....
I'm confident that a huge part of my obsession stems from my great-grandmother, whose everyday kitchen table was covered with a gorgeous cream colored french lace tablecloth. I LOVED this tablecloth! And..more importantly, I loved all of the deep conversations we had & all the games of checkers she would win [ :) ],while we sat together at that gorgeous table covered in lace.
On a personal level, my great-grandmother has been the biggest inspiration in my life...not necessarily because she always got it right, but because when she got it wrong, she grew from the experience and became a better person. She taught me so much...she was the kind of woman who fought for independence, owned her own home at a time when that wasn't necessarily acceptable, and gave voice to the challenges and mistakes that she made along the way. She wasn't the best mother, but was a fantastic grandmother, and an even more amazing great-grandmother, proving that learning to love gets better with time.
My great-grandmother was also the woman who consistently reminded me of the personal power of choice: "If you want to do something, just do it! Don't wish, don't whine, just do it!" She must have taught the same lesson to my mother, who has always pushed me to pursue my dreams and to choose to do the things that make me happy.
When I think of my own wedding day, and what I will wear, it's always been about lace. And...the Melissa Sweet Hallie dress:
The intricate design and floral undertones remind me so much of my great-grandmother. It's been years since her passing, but I know that wearing this dress would instantly bring me right back to her side, sitting at that gorgeous table, playing a game of checkers and talking about all things life. It's amazing how a simple piece of fabric can provide such inspiration...truly, fabric is at the very core one of many "inspirational time-machine[s]" that can take us back to those we've cherished and loved.
Lace will always be my ultimate "inspirational time-machine". I'm curious...what brings you back?
November 12, 2009
So...the more and more I continue to share the news on my career change, the more and more people/place/things seem to be connecting my way. Recently, an old high school friend got in contact with me to chat about all things life, and to plan our once-postponed trip to Mexico (darn Swine Flu!) I hadn't seen or talked with her in months, so she had no idea I was about to embark on a gigantic life change. Despite this, however, it wasn't really a huge surprise to her that I would want to become a wedding planner...After all, she was the one who gave me my first big break by recommending I be the day-of coordinator for her sister's wedding (For that, I will always be indebted to you Doreenie!). But...as if it's her life mission to make my dreams possible, she yet again recommended that I contact a friend from high school, who lives near our home town and owns her own wedding planning business. So exciting! Not that anything job-wise is guaranteed to develop from this...but, at the very least, I'm hopeful that I'll be able to gain some insight into a wedding planner's journey, from a person that I know and respect. Thanks Doreen!
November 10, 2009
Rejection emails are NEVER easy...but so far on this journey, I've been able to step away from the rejection and toward the possibility. For whatever reason, this company was not a good fit. But...there IS a designer/planner/company out there that WILL be a good fit. The world is abundant, love endures, and people get married everyday. As I tell my sorority women now, when they fear competition during formal recruitment from the local groups...there's a fit and a place for everyone!
In addition to the samples...today is the day that I officially submit my resignation for January. Kinda Scared...not gonna lie...NO turning back at this point. I am officially putting out notice to the universe that I am choosing to follow my BIG DREAMS & work in a career that feels less like work, and more like a passion-filled hobby. Thankfully, through some great blog posts and a quick trip to Anthropologie.com, I'm staying in the flow and continue to feel blissfully happy, despite the magnitutde of the day. go BIG DREAMS!