Fair warning - this is long! :)
2017 marks the 10th year since I entered the world of weddings—and my life forever changed.
I've told the story countless times, but I'll tell it one more time, probably not the last! I had quit my job at a prominent physicians office, where I'd worked my way up to managing the medical billing department. I seriously was crying to/from work almost every single day. It was not my cup of tea, and after 7 years I'd had enough. The idea was to open a boutique, selling cute clothes and home decor. The year was 2006 and I was much younger. ha!! I had a business plan and all of the right paperwork, had been to market and had done my research. Then, I went to look at a space that was in the perfect location. When I got there the listing agent (an older guy) asked me when my husband would arrive.... I was dumbfounded. He was so confused as to why I was alone and didn't understand my lack of male supervision.
I looked at the space and left with a sense of anger and completely "over-it". About the same time, the economy was tanking and I took this guy, and his attitude, as a sign to look into starting something with a smaller upfront cost.
Here is the honest real answer as to what happened next, and how Always Planned started.
I was at a relative's birthday party and was discussing my situation with my aunt. She then said "you should look into wedding planning" and I was like "you can make money doing that?", then she said "yes! I've heard of people out in California doing it, so I'm sure you can do it here." And, just like that I had a plan.
Always Planned was launched at the end of 2007. I had no idea what I was doing. Seriously I grew up in eastern Kentucky and weddings were in small town churches with cake and punch in the basement. I lived, ate and breathed the motto "fake it till you make it."
Fast forward to now, 2017. What an awesome adventure this life has been! Major highs and major lows, but that's life and business. I've successfully planned, designed and executed over 100 weddings and still don't know everything, nor do I claim to. But, I definitely know a bit more than I did 10 years ago.
So why the name change, and why now? For those of you that follow me, or Always Planned, you know my personal life has changed a bit over the past few years. And as with any business, we've grown quite a bit since our humble days when we first started. One thing you know about me is that I LOVE to travel, and experience new things. One of the main reasons I love this industry so much is that it's afforded me incredible opportunities to meet people from all walks of life and to form relationships that make me a better person, and businesswoman.
Most recently, we've been planning our own destination wedding in Ireland (shameless plug for our wedding website here), and it's sparked something in me that makes my heart sing. We have nearly 50 people joining us on our adventure and there is nothing that means more to me than to share this experience with those we love and cherish most. We've always planned destination weddings, but in honor of our tenth anniversary, we're growing up, into a new name and a new direction with a sense of purpose and love.
We love the moments that a destination wedding create. Instead of a 4 hour reception, it's a 4-5 day endless celebration in a location that makes everyone not there, absolutely envious. We'll still take design, flowers and decor for a limited number of local (Lexington, Louisville, Cincinnati) weddings and events, but our main focus is on helping couples and companies to create the moments in your life you find hard to describe, but are imprinted in your mind and heart, with those you love the most.
1. An ancient Celtic harvest festival celebrated with dancing and bonfires.
Always Planned is NOW Lúnasa Events.
Since we're getting married in Ireland, this August, and we hope to have lots of dancing and visions of bonfires (not going to have an actual bonfire...) the name Lúnasa spoke to me, and it feels oh so right to start a new life with Joe, and a new direction in my business by borrowing the name Lúnasa for our new firm Lúnasa Events.
We're also launching The Lúnasa Group, offering destination wedding consulting for the hospitality world.
Thank you for always supporting me and encouraging me to think outside the box!
Cheers to Lúnasa Events, and a special thank you and forever place in my heart for Always Planned. I wouldn't be who I am without it.