Oh 2011 you have been a doll!
You were a great year of "making it happen"
Turning my passion into my little blossoming business has been SO MUCH FUN. I'm kind of obsessed with weddings . . .
Let's rewind . . .
In January on a fun happy hour with the hubby (after a few cocktails) we were discussing our future, my passion and my craft business at the time (an Etsy shop here). I love anything and everything creative so I loved crafting it up, but I was working so hard with little benefit and a room full of crafts.
I also work a full time job, but I knew there was something MORE, somehow a way to tie my love for helping people, creativity, making things pretty, where I knew I could shine and be successful. I was always the first one my friends and family would ask to help them with their wedding, or the first to claim planning anyone's shower or party of any kind!
I HAD thought about wedding planning but thought no b/c a good friend of mine just started her own wedding planning business (shout out to Editt!) so I didn't want to "copy".
BUT after talking and talking with my hubby he gave me that last little push to just put all caution to the wind and DO IT!
I went right home and started this here little blog, a website and ordered business cards right away.
Looking back this one of the BEST DECISIONS I have made
(beside marrying this amazing man in 2008)
Thank you everyone that has been supportive, believed in me and all of the freaking fantastic people I have met on this journey!!! So ridiculously fun and it just feels like me, just feels right!
I have planned and coordinated 7 weddings:
and made some great friends!
~Corey and Kyle~
~Megan and Justin~
~Brooke and Andy~
(What a gorgeous couple, so full of love for life and each other it was adorable! Sad story. Read here. And here. I was honored to help them with their big day, and shed many tears when I heard the news 10 days after their big wedding Andy had a heart attack while working out and passed away 10 days after marriage at the age of 27, and just a few days after moving to FL with Brooke. Such a crazy sad story but I know they were meant to get married and glad I could witness such strong and amazing love. Brooke my heart still goes out to you and I am so proud to see you being strong!)
~Destiny and Fili~
~Lindsay and Mike~
~Abiade and Ernie's 2 day wedding extravaganza~
I have done my first styled shoot
(featured over at Bow Ties and Bliss)
~Vintage Glam Inspiration Shoot~
And met the lovely Mariah Gentry and have started our
new wedding show producing company NW Budget Brides
and we produced an amazing wedding show/fashion show in September in Seattle.
Over 450 guests, 30 vendors, a fashion show and tons of prizes, not too bad for our first show!
(cake by Baked)
(cake by Baked)
(Modern Mood Designs Vendor booth)
(Salsa N Seattle Performance- amazing!)
One of the gorgeous models
"Here Comes the Bride" cute flowers girls starting off the fashion show
(Photography by Tanmay Ganacharya)
2011 you have been grand!
But I do have to say 2012 seems even bigger and brighter!
Here's to a fabulously happy NEW YEAR
and an even better 2012 full of making wishes come true, success, happiness, balance and feeling complete.
Life is good, Enjoy!!!
Psssst . . . more good stuff today, go visit A Northwood Wedding's blog and check out my guest post and leave some love!