Washington, DC ---> Chicago
Ya'll it feels both scary and exhilarating to type out my first blog post in more than 3 years. Confessions - I wanted to fact check the 3 years part of that first sentence and I couldn't even remember the name of my old blog to type it into Google! It's been THAT long. So, let's just do a little Season 1 recap, shall we...The last time I blogged I was 29 years old, living in Washington, DC with a great group of friends and two adorable pups. I had been planning events and meetings all over the country for 4 years. The travel was great, but starting wear on me. How many days can one spend in hotel rooms alone before life metaphors start to creep in. I was getting a strong urge for a big change. It feels hard to explain, because nothing was really "wrong", but something just didn't feel quite right. Maybe it would have been easier if I could have pointed to one thing as the cause of my unrest. "X was wrong, so I did Y to fix it." But life is never that simple, can we all agree? A culmination of little things just felt like I needed a change of scenery. So I packed up my bags, bought Roxy and Boston some mittens and drove my little car away from that perfectly great life to a new city where I knew barely a soul. Cue big time life metaphors...
Roxy + Boston + Cooper + Heirloom
Looking back, the real reason I came to Chicago was for roots. Roots that connected me to the Midwest where I grew up, and where I saw myself eventually raising a family one day. To be closer to my family, who had gone through some major health troubles in the year before I left DC (all healthy now!). And with roots, to find wings. To challenge myself and push myself so far out of my comfort zone that I didn't really know what would happen. But, hey, I didn't know anyone here - so if I pushed and fell, no one would see me. That was my original thought at least. And cliche as it sounds, to find love. Nothing makes that biological clock tick a little louder like a 30th birthday and two parents with cancer diagnosis.
I met Mike two months to the day after I moved to Chicago (thank you, internet). Not strangely enough, it was when I loosed up my hold on what I though the perfect list of traits I was looking was for that someone so incredibly interesting, kind and loving sat down right in front of me. I insisted I would never date anyone with a dog. I already had two and that was a full complete set for me. Odd numbers are not really my thing. Never did it occur to me that someone with a dog, probably had all the same interests and values that I had. Oh, 20’s how smart you think you are.
And with that, Roxy and Boston picked up an extra friend and now we are officially The Brady Bunch of dogs. Cooper is the sweetest, most loving lab on the planet and absolutely thinks he’s 25 lbs when he’s around the little ones. My perfect set was completely disrupted and I’ve been better for it.
The Journey to Heirloom started in my head and my heart long before it started in my life. Sitting with my lovely clients if a full circle moment for me every time. Planning a wedding is a HUGE undertaking, one that most people have no idea where to start. I see the excitement and trepidation in their eyes about all the decisions that stand in front of them between that day and the day they finally get to stand at the alter.
Old is the New New
There has to be a better way to do this. Why does every wedding have to be identical, when every couple is so very different. Watching friends and acquaintances debate over 'X' when what they really want was 'Y', because they felt the wedding had grown out of their control and hands, lit a passion in me to find a way to do this differently.
And that has brought me to Heirloom. I picked the name because doing things differently doesn’t mean throwing away everything that’s ever been done before and ignoring and traditional wedding trappings. There is value and memory and meaning in what was done before us. There is a story in the old that can be told in a new way. With the traditions that you connect with, that make sense in your story.
So here we are sweet friends. My intention for this blog is to be a place of inspiration, sharing my expertise for clients new and old and personal musings for those just following along.
(Illustrations by Michael McKinney)