So this post comes with lots of excitement and sadness all at the same time. I started Bride Meets Wedding five years ago after moving to a new place where I knew no one, and decided to build my own business. Weddings have always been my passion, and I knew that I would always work in the wedding biz in some shape or form. I couldn’t have kick started the website without the help of my amazing and supportive husband and some awesome vendors (you know who you are!). I’ve featured some pretty spectacular weddings, interviewed and met some adorable couples, and worked with tons of talented vendors. Over the years I’ve had the privilege to take Bride Meets Wedding on the road with us as we’ve moved three times in the last few years. I get exhausted just saying that!
To me, Bride Meets Wedding has always been not just a business, but my baby. I’ve learned who’s really in it for the couples and who’s in it for just the business aspect. I know there are thousands of bridal blogs out there, and I say why not all be friends? I’ve seen so much competitiveness over the years, and I think can’t we all just work together?! I mean, I’m a competitive person, but I’m very much about you help me, and I’ll help you!
In 2013, I gave birth to my wonderful little man, Liam, and from then on my daily routine and priorities changed. I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mom, but I’ve also always been one to work, be independent and make my own money. After Liam was born I continued to work on the site and host the Veils + Cocktail Bridal event during any non-baby time I could find. Bride Meets Wedding has always been a one-woman show, with the exception of some help from some very talented contributing writers – Connie, Katie and Karly. These girls have always been so helpful to bounce ideas off of. I’ve always been the one reaching out to new wedding vendors, promoting the site, interviewing and putting together content, handling all social media aspects, etc. As many of you know this takes a ton of time with any business. I used to stay up until 1am or 2am in the morning just researching the wedding industry and putting together content. After Liam, I realized that showing up to a vendor meeting with a fussy baby was not in the cards, although SO many were open to me bringing him along. I’ll never forget the time he had a massive poop explosion the first time I met a photographer and she so graciously let me change him right in front of her in her office, and she wasn’t even a mom at the time! These last few years I’ve continued to run Bride Meets Wedding and make it work while Liam has been little.
Since then, Liam time has become much more demanding with constant crafts, play groups, and nap times that may or may not happen on a daily basis. Seriously, this kid is high-energy 24-7. He’s my toddler boss that wakes me each morning with a kiss and then hands me my glasses and cell phone while he gives a cute “hi mama”.
Now our family is about to change in just two weeks (maybe even sooner) with baby boy #2! A few months ago, I had a heart to heart chat with another wedding mom friend who helped me face what I already knew, but didn’t want to admit. With all these changes in life, I realized that Bride Meets Wedding had to go from being in the front seat to the back seat. As much as I’ve loved working on the site and have put so much energy and time into it; now it was all about being a mom, and soaking in these precious moments that not every mom gets to enjoy on a daily basis. I truly am blessed to spend my days with him. For us, hiring a nanny or taking the kids to daycare just isn’t worth it. Bride Meets Wedding has been like a third child, so this was really hard to come to terms with, which is why it’s taken me so long to write this post!
All that being said, there will still be Bride Meets Wedding, but for now it’s going to take a break as I go from wedding girl to boy mom. As of June 1st the site will be taking a rest until I can focus all my energy on it. I’ll continue to do wedding related projects as time allows, and the Bride Meets Wedding social media accounts will still be there. Let’s face it I need to stay sane somehow! My mom has a successful wedding floral business that I’ve been helping with behind the scenes working on her website and branding, so I plan to continue helping her. I still love connecting and meeting new vendors, so that won’t change, and I will definitely stay in touch with all the past vendors I’ve met along the way.
So for now, this isn’t goodbye, but a see you soon! I know that sounds very cliche, but it’s the truth. Thanks to all that have supported me and followed me on this journey. I’m excited for what the future holds!