So yea - August was AMAZING but everything after that was a whirlwind. September brought the Retro Fall Wedding shoot, which is one of my favorite pieces of work to date and also included every weekend was a trip from Milwaukee to Chicago to look at apartments with our realtor. October included me waking up at 4:45am on weekdays to catch a 6am train to Chicago to work and even though I was EXHAUSTED, it was beyond worth it for my new role; weekends included preparing for the move and packing. By November 1st, we were in our new Edgewater apartment and a few days after, our friends and family threw us a surprise engagement party - which, to this day, I’m still in shock and complete gratitude for everyone doing that for us. We started our own wedding planning, thanks to the payout mentioned above and I’ll make sure to fill you in on all of that soon! December brought event after event and created so many good memories with friends and family and I am beyond thankful for being back home and also traveling to St. Louis to spend time with both of our families.
TL; DR - okay I’m done babbling about 2018…let’s talk about 2019!
I’m your new venue scout!
So as I’m kicking off this new year, I’ve thought a lot about my creativity, my work/life balance, my relationships and my sanity. Which has led me to some fun new ideas this year!
-For the first half of the year, I’ll be taking a break from planning gigs: I’ll still be the creative direction and planning for styled shoots, events, and even some girlboss get togethers. I’ll be checking out party and wedding related vendors and their products + services to share the best festive pieces out there! But what I’ll be focusing on is traveling ALL around this Windy City exploring new and old venues and even uncovering the potential of their backrooms + patios for weddings and special events. I’ll be reporting back with photos of these spaces - adding in my personal styling touch to dress it up when I can, food + beverage recommendations and any hidden gems or special notes that will make planning your next event easier! I’m happy to introduce my readers to my contacts in these spaces and even suggest my preferred vendor friends. And not to worry Milwaukee friends, I’ve already got some MKE trips in the works - and STL is close to home for me, so hoping to share some cool spots there and anywhere else I’m traveling as well. SO. FREAKING. EXCITED!!!!
-For the second half of 2019, I’ll be back …working with a vendor dream team to wave our wands and create fun days for couples that don’t want the stress of planning - I can’t share all the deets just yet (heck, I’m still working it all out) but I will continue to keep you all posted on what’s coming.
So * deep breath * HERE WE GO!
Looking forward to sharing this with all of you - so bookmark the blog and keep an eye out for new posts. And if you’re looking to collaborate, well let’s do it - I’m just an email or DM away.
Wishing you uncover all of your 90s cds and have all that your heart desires in 2019!