something to celebrate

a year ago, i knew that with wedding planning done and the hectic holiday season over, i was going to have some time to fill. lee traveled most of 2012, so i learned to fill my time and keep myself busy; come 2013, i was left looking for something. something slightly creative {i say slightly because i don’t consider myself very creative…more like see-something-on-pinterest-and-recreate-it} but i wasn’t sure what. i thought about getting crafty…maybe open an etsy shop? but wasn’t sure what i would make and if anyone would even care. back to square one.

Courtyard on St. James

Courtyard on St. James

so the first few weeks of the year trickled on. i started a simple scrapbook to print and store instagram photos {spoiler alert, that only lasted through the month of january}, and planned two parties: a baby shower for work and our annual valentine’s brunch. nothing too terribly creative or time consuming. just enough to keep me busy.

sometime in february, i remembered one of my last meetings with lauren, our wedding coordinator. i picked her brain a little about her job, how she got there, did she like it, how busy was she…basically played twenty questions while she was probably thinking “shut it. we have a wedding itinerary to map out and you’re wasting my time.” {hi, lauren! love you!} she mentioned that something to celebrate has a year long internship and at the end of the year, you have the possibility of being hired on. i thought about it for a few days, day dreamed of life in the wedding world, stopped day dreaming because i have zero wedding experience so this whole idea is crazy, talked to lee, talked to dear old mom and dad, and finally emailed lauren. what did i have to lose?

The Houstonian

The Houstonian

lauren forwarded my info to the lead coordinator in houston and after a few email exchanges, i was auditioning for the role of intern. i arrived about 45 minutes early for that first wedding and sat in the parking garage while time slowly passed. i knew i would have a good time, but part of me was also worried because i had no idea what went on behind the scenes. the evening flew by and i knew this was something that i was going to do. and i was going to work hard. and i was going to be good at it.

Amber Springs

Amber Springs

the following weekend was stc’s annual retreat where i had a chance to meet the austin team. what a fantastic weekend! i learned so much about what something to celebrate does and learned the passion you have to have in order to work in this industry. meeting a group of new friends was icing on the cake. think summer camp with girlfriends…add wine, transplant yourself to winter in the texas hill country in an adorable cottage, and throw in some headshots with a fun photographer. hundreds of times better, right?

Gremillion & Co.

Gremillion & Co.

driving home from the cottage, i knew that i would enjoy this new adventure, but would lee? he was still traveling during the week so our only time to see each other was over the weekend. weekend = weddings. could we do this? married not even 3 months and now seeing each other for only a few hours per week? we had many conversations. are you sure you’re okay with this? are we going to be okay? the answer was always yes. i don’t think lee had a single selfish thought. he knew this was something i wanted to do for myself and hopefully our future family. we both knew there were sacrifices to make and this was the first step.

Gremillion & Co.

Gremillion & Co.

over the last year, i have fallen in love with the wedding industry. i’ve learned so much and found that this is something i truly enjoy. giving up a few saturdays has not always been easy {and wedding hangovers are no joke!} but it’s been such a fulfilling experience. my friends and family have been extremely patient through all of this and i’m ready to be social again! my internship is over at the end of february and i can’t wait to continue learning the industry, dreaming of the future, and executing these events that bring two lives together!

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