If you've clicked through my web site you will already know I have been around weddings for some time now and I really love it! My sister and I started our own shop in 1999 as an investment for me and a business for her to run. We had so much fun with it. Unfortunately, after only a few years, my sister was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma and she just could not keep up with the demands of running a wedding business and also get healthy. We decided she needed to get healthy and I could not run the business alone, so we closed the shop. Still, because preparing weddings allowed us to work together in spite of our otherwise busy and sometimes complicated lives, we continued working as freelance Wedding Coordinator and/or Officiant. As she became stronger and healthier, we coordinated and performed all sorts of weddings and events, large, small, double weddings, bilingual weddings (ceremonies performed in English and Spanish!) vows renewals. We even coordinated Quincea~neras (a Hispanic rite of passage for 15 year old girls similar to a very fancy sweet sixteen party or debutante ball).
Over the years I did less of the event coordinating because I enjoyed the officiating more while my sister enjoyed the coordinating. She continued as long as she could, but had to eventually stop, again her health. For me, because my "regular" job at the time, required I travel a great deal, after a while, I too stopped officiating. Fast forward to last year. In December 2013, my best friends' daughter asked me to please perform her wedding ceremony right before the holidays. I thought sure! What could be better than to solemnize the marriage of a bride I have known and loved since she was 7 years old. While preparing for the ceremony, I remembered how much I loved doing this and at the wedding people keep complementing me on the ceremony and how meaningful and beautiful it was. Guests commented that I looked like I truly was enjoying it. I did! Not just because I loved the couple I was marrying, but because I loved what I was doing. Since I wasn't traveling for work anymore, and I have the time to prepare and deliver a great service, I decided then and there to return. And that is exactly what I have been doing since. My sister, Thank God, has been in remission for a while now and is healthy again. So, although I am a sole source operation, if I ever need help, she is right there to back me up. Scheduling has not been and will not a problem.
I am going to use this blog to talk about my experiences as I travel around Central Florida performing weddings. I will be sharing pictures of my couples on my web site (with their permission of course) and I am also going to write tips I discover from various weddings and share ideas about venues I go to or even recommend really good vendors I meet along the way. So visit me frequently because even if you don't use my services for your wedding ceremony, you might get some ideas you can use... and I would love that!