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The Mama Bear Mentality

Collectively speaking, when asked which of my parents I take after-- I say my dad. I look like my mom, no question. But where she is relaxed I am methodical. She thrives as the center of attention, whereas I prefer small group communication and orchestrating from behind the scenes-- like my dad. But the thing my mom and I share even more than our looks, is what I call ‘The Mama Bear Mentality.’ Even before my dad left, my mom was very much an ‘us against the world’ kind of mom. She was always quick to jump to my aid-- and that only grew as I got older. Fiercely loyal and constant-- she is the first person I call when I’m frustrated, overwhelmed and everything in between. While I don’t hav

The Micro Wedding

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 1,000 times in the last 6 months-- but my favorite wedding that I ever planned had a guest count of 19 people. Years before any of us had ever heard of COVID-19, I met a bride-to-be at a wedding show. She and her sister were BOTH engaged and planning their weddings for the following year. Their father had given them each a set amount of money, and told them that they could choose to spend all of the money on a wedding, or could choose instead, to use a portion of the sum for their weddings and the remainder to help pay for a car or a downpayment on a house. Sister #1 used the full amount from her parents and threw a beautiful soiree in a ballroom with a b

The time I accidentally said 'I love you' first

When A and I started dating, it didn’t take me long to realize that I was falling for him. Like, as in, the first date. Call it cheesy, romantic, ridiculous, or all of the above— but it’s how I felt. He checked on me at the end of a busy day, listened when I needed to vent, and was always willing to do or try something new. Rather than making me apologize for long work days or running late, he just met me where I was at— and I quite literally, loved that. When the literal shit hit the fan with all things coronavirus, and our industry came to a screeching halt, I was more than a little stressed. 13 of our 30 weddings of the year had already started conversations of rescheduling at that po

Why Divorces Should Have an Event Planner

One of the first things I say to our couples when they come to us in a panic is, “It’s okay, you’ve never done this before.” And most of the time, they haven’t. Even if this is their second marriage, the market has dramatically changed in the last 5 years, so chances are good that the environment they planned wedding #1 in was much different than it is now. I am used to being the person that people go to for answers when they are lost, stressed, and overwhelmed. I am used to having plans A, B, and C in my back pocket, ready to go at a moments notice. But then I started going through a divorce, and suddenly I am amongst those thrown into the deep end without a flotation device. Much like th