So, you may be wondering why I would devote an entire blog to weddings considering I’m not married or engaged. Well, the answer is simple- I love weddings. Almost obsessed some would call it. I want to be a wedding planner and hope to work in the wedding industry after college- I will not settle for some boring old job, life is too short to not follow your dreams.
It’s not just that I want to get married or dream of my wedding day (trust me, I do… haha, so punny!). But, my love for weddings stems more from how much I love the act of marriage– the whole reason for a wedding in the first place! I love the union between man and wife- the eternal bond, designed and created by God. I love weddings because they are not just a celebration for anything, they are a celebration for something. Weddings matter. Marriage matters. And since the celebration is so sacred, so special, so joyous, I think that weddings should be well crafted, beautiful, and personal. Unique to the couple and one-of-a-kind. Since no two couples are the same, I think no two weddings should be the same. I hope to plan weddings in the future to bring the small details, organization, and “wow” factor. I want guests to walk into a wedding and say “This is so _(bride)_& _(groom)_”! Hopefully I can work with brides and grooms to plan flawless, organized, and truly memorable weddings to celebrate glorious love stories.
I also love weddings because of what the Bible has to say about them. After discovering that Jesus’ first miracle took place at a wedding in the city of Cana (He turned water into wine. Pretty cool stuff! Read the whole story here, found in John 2), I knew weddings were powerful. It’s no accident that Jesus performed His first glorious act on earth at wedding. God is powerful, marriage is powerful, and weddings are powerful.
Timeline of my love for weddings:
I began to follow weddings my junior year of high school (2012, I was 16). My passion really just came out of nowhere. Although I know it was no accident, it was all thanks to my amazing God working behind-the-scenes. Maybe I can thank the countless shows on television for sparking my interest or the wedding magazines that began to catch my eye in Walgreens (that I would soon to take home to read, sticky note, and write notes in). I then became involved with yearbook in school. I served as Student Life Editor and eventually Editor-in-Chief. Working on yearbook helped me appreciate design and reignited my love for writing. After working on yearbook spreads for hours, I would finally lie down in bed and skim through The Knot or Southern Weddings. I began to notice and appreciate the design of the magazine pages, the perfectly crafted captions, and the fabulous photos that would never belong in a yearbook. I wanted to jump into the pages and experience the weddings. I wanted to feel the emotion and know the couples. I wanted to be a part of the industry. I began to take note of the small details, the vendor and planner names, and the photographers and videographers. I began to watch wedding videos for fun and fell even more in love with weddings as I saw the events unfold before my eyes (to read more about my love for wedding videos, click here).
The summer before my senior year, I briefly worked for a linen company. I had to quit after only a working a few events due to our family travel schedule, but the 5-6 weddings I worked setting up table cloths, chair ties, plate chargers, and chair covers taught me valuable lessons about the industry. I worked alongside planners, hotel managers, bands, florists, waitstaff, and countless others as we all scrambled to transform drab rooms into showstopping reception spaces. It was tiring and hard work, but so rewarding. I learned that wedding prep is not glamorous. I learned that orchestrating such grand events is stressful… but also so fun! Those few weeks that summer, I (jealousy) watched the wedding planners keep track of details, motivate others, and ensure plans were falling into place. Before I knew it, I was falling more and more in love with weddings.
Senior year of high school comes. I search for colleges and find my perfect fit- Texas Christian University. Not only did they have a great football team (Go Frogs!) and gorgeous campus, but they had an incredible Entrepreneurship program. I was sold, not only on the atmosphere, but on the academic note that I could learn how to run a business better and use those skills to better others after graduation.
In May of 2014, my cousin Hayley got engaged. As if I weren’t already obsessed with weddings by now, finding out that I would be her Maid-of-Honor increased my passion tenfold. I sent her a package in the mail immediately with color schemes, dresses, and decor ideas (naturally). That August, I packed up my life and belongings and moved to Texas. My first few weeks at school were shocking, different, and better than I could have ever imagined (funny how God works like that). In the fall, I traveled to Oklahoma for various showers for Hayley. I then started this blog as an escape from homework, college stress, and as a place to grow as a writer, blogger, and wedding-obsessee. After I published my first blog post, Hello There Weddings became one of my favorite parts of the day. I discovered that I truly enjoyed reading and writing about weddings.
On January 3rd, 2015, Hayley got married. That wedding weekend was epic. It was a truly beautiful wedding. But at this wedding, as I helped with last-minute details, steamed the veil, and held my cousin’s dress as she peed, I knew I could not live without weddings. At the Rehearsal Dinner the night before, I had a gut feeling that I was put on this earth to do something special and important in the wedding industry (read more about that moment here). I came back from the wedding and became more dedicated to this blog. The rest you can say is history 🙂