Year 2 … Did I really say that? How did that happen so fast? And wowza, what an incredible year! Before writing this post, I looked back at the things learned in year one. So many of those still ring true, but year two brought a new set of things I’ve learned.
- Southern Fete Family – Never would I have imagined having such an amazing, loyal, energetic, talented (and the list goes on) family of clients. So many have become close friends who I’ve shared dinners, baby showers, house warming parties with and for that I could not be happier. I have been blown away by the number of thoughtful grooms who have taken the time to text or call the day after the wedding to thank me for making their wedding so stress-free and memorable. Equally amazing is the number of thoughtful gifts I’ve received and hand-written notes that I’ll cherish forever! Year two took me to family property on Spanish Lake, New Orleans, Grand Coteau, amazing family property in Ruston, Rip Van Winkle, the lawn of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, Breaux Bridge, Opelousas, Washington, and Charenton.
- Tents – It seems that the past year was year of the tent wedding. There’s something so beautiful about an outdoor tent wedding, but equally as logistically challenging. I could write a novel about them – I think – but look back and realize some of my very favorite moments are the end results of tent weddings!
- Proud Mary – It’s still one of my favorite wedding moments and year 2 has yielded amazing performance by Krossfyre, Mojeaux, Phat Hat, Stormy the Band, Louisiana Red, Compozitionz, and some I’m sure to be forgetting. I want to start filming pieces of each Proud Mary performance and look back in a year at how many I have. I may test how many of you actually read this by admitting that one of my sweet couples demanded I dance to Proud Mary with them and Krossfyre, which resulted in 4 minutes of ROLLING on stage with Mr. and Mrs. St. Blanc (more to come when I blog their wedding!).
- Small Business Owner – Being a small business owner is surely not for the faint of heart! At the beginning of year 2, I launched the new website. It seems like the website and blog continually require energy that I rather spend picking linens, recommending vendors, or making itineraries. The Southern Fete brand is constantly evolving, and year 3 should yield some exciting changes. I’ve learned that my competitive self is better served turning those relationships into valuable assets. Coordinating close to 25 events in year two has taught me that while I “can” do it, I want to focus on quality not quantity.
There’s already so much that’s happening this year that makes me think year 3 will be unbelievable! I hope you’ll stick along with me for the ride – and plenty of gorgeous wedding photos along the way!