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Month: December 2013

December 30, 2013

Reflecting 2013 {Personal}

Happy Monday! And, what some may consider New Year’s Eve Eve….

I’m actually going to take a few days “off” this week to enjoy some time with my hubby & my family since without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today.

This blog is definitely a bit different for me since I’m not one who likes to talk about myself, but I also wanted share a little bit about my journey in the past year.

So, here goes….

What an exceptional year 2013 has been for me in many ways! After taking a leap of faith in 2012 {yes, I know that’s a little further back, but that’s where it all begin} by leaving what I call my “corporate” job to go to work for another wedding planning company, only to get laid off two months later, was heart-wrenching. It really took a toll on me emotionally & of course, financially, but instead of it letting it get me down, I embraced the opportunity. After some serious soul searching & the amazing support I have from friends & family, I looked at it as the Universe taking away, what were my two biggest fears; my stable, but boring corporate job & my need to think I had work for someone else in the wedding industry. It sure was a wake up call that I didn’t think would have a happy ending. To keep myself occupied as I searched for another job, I decided to jump into having my own business with both feet & not a care in the world.

The name Inked Events came to me in a dream {I know, crazy cliche!} and it really resonate with me, on so many levels because it really is true to who I am. I absolutely love tattoos and the beauty & story they represent. All mine {yep, have quite a few} reflect the story of my life, so what better way than to name my business that reflects me & truly makes it unique to me. It truly reflects my brand, that’s for sure. It has a classic, edgy look & feel to it.

I felt that 2013 was going to be MY year and boy, it sure has been. I have been building a solid name & reputation for myself as Inked Events and meeting some amazing people along the way. I’ve been so humbled by the experiences that I’ve gone through, in order to get to where I am today, that at this moment, I can’t even begin to describe it. I have learned from both the good & bad ones about who am I, what I want to achieve & especially, who is part of a very small circle of trusted friends. I am a strong believer that there are some people that will be there through thick & thin, while others, will only be there for a short time. I won’t lie and say that it’s all been a bed of roses since at one point, I felt like throwing in the towel. But, instead, on a hot July day sitting on the beach with one of those trusted friends, I felt re-energized by our conversation and set out to continue on building a kick ass business! I will be forever in debt to her for really, truly being there that day & many other days since then.

From that moment, I’ve been so focused on building a fun, solid & exciting business that my clients & vendor friends will be excited right along side me. I learn something from every person that I meet & I’m truly forging the path I am meant to be on. I couldn’t be happier with where it’s leading me.

One of my biggest achievements this year is being a mentor to my assistant, Natalie, who wanted to follow her passion for designing, but didn’t know where to start. The email she sent to me has changed us both for the better. She brings out my creative side even more while I’m teaching her the industry ropes. Exciting things are on the horizon for us!

On top of building a business from the ground up, I am ambitious enough that I wanted to give back to my fellow colleagues, so what do I do…. I launched a networking group {Vendors 4 Vendors} in March for them. It allows us to learn, network, relax and of course, have fun among our peers. With every event, the positive feedback about the group & what it stands for is so energizing that it’ll only continue to grow.

I will continue to learn my craft & be passionate about bringing my clients the fun, easy-going, positive, professional dedication that I stand for. I have a lot to be thankful from my journey in 2013 & I can’t wait to take on 2014 at high speed!

So, here’s to an amazing 2014….

…. because I’m taking it by storm!!! I hope you’ll come along for the ride with me by sticking around on all my social media platforms… click away to follow me…. Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest!

May you have a Safe & Happy New Year!

~Cheers!

Labels: 2013, 2014, business, faith, inked events, new hampshire, new year's, nh, nh planner, personal, reflecting, tattooed planner, tattoos, vendors 4 vendors networking group, wedding planning, weddings

December 27, 2013

You’re Engaged….Now What?!

They proposed, you said yes…now you’re wondering what the hell to do. Yes, I’m sure you’re feeling overwhelmed with all the ideas that are running through your mind since I’m sure you’re looking at all the wedding related sites out there! Don’t fair, it will get easier!

I wanted to give you a few tips that I think will help:

1. RELAX
Yes, you read that correctly & I didn’t hit my head on the wall. Take some time for yourself to relish in the amazing feeling of being engaged. Go have a manicure, pedicure, massage or facial {or whatever activity helps you relax} to help take your mind off all the planning details. Once you get your mind & feelings in balance, it won’t seem so overwhelming.

2. SET A BUDGET
I’d say this is probably the most important one because it will help you focus on what’s important and where you want to spend your money. A beautiful wedding doesn’t have to cost a lot and you don’t have to have everything that is trendy. Make it your own and do what you feel represents you & your fiancé.

3. SET A DATE
A no-brainer, I know, but you’d be surprised that couples really don’t have any dates or at least timeframe in mind when they get engaged. It’ll be much easier to have a set date when you begin your search for venues & vendors.

If your still feeling overwhelmed with what do to, I’d love to help you with the details of planning you’re wedding & be your “other best friend” during this time. Check out our services here to see how we can help you relax and enjoy the planning process.

Happy Planning!

~Cheers!

Labels: engaged, engagement, new hampshire, nh, nh planner, proposal, tips, wedding planner, wedding planning

December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

From my family to yours, I wish you a very Merry Christmas. I hope you have a day of love, family, friends & holiday cheer!

Congrats to all the newly engaged couples that found a little “sparkle” under the tree this morning! I can’t WAIT to hear about the details!!

I’m “Your Coordinator Extraordinaire” that will help you with you’re wedding day details…email me here to schedule a time to chat about your day & how I can help you!!

~Cheers!

Labels: christmas, coordination, coordinator, engaged, engagement, engagement rings, family, friends, holiday cheer, love, nh, nh planner, wedding, wedding day

December 6, 2013

Styled Shoot Happening Monday!

Happy Friday!

Wow, where the heck did the time go! Thanksgiving has come & gone and I definitely took the time to be thankful for the amazing year I’ve been having! Christmas is coming fast & furious and yelp, I haven’t event started my shopping yet! Thank goodness there’s not much to do that I can bang most of it out in a few hours!
Anyhoo, I’m so excited that my styled shoot with the amazing Famous Inked Model, Sarah Maillet, is happening on MONDAY {December 9th}! 
Thank you Russ Mezinkofsky for the amazing pictures of her!!
To give you a little teaser about what its all about …I styled the shoot with her specifically in mind {thank god she said yes!} and it will be edgy, unique & classically romantic with the colors red, black, silver & purple being involved.  
I’m working with a fabulous team of vendors who are just as excited about it happening as me! What more could a girl ask for than to be surrounded by all that positive energy!
Stay tuned for pictures….
Have a fabulous weekend!
~Cheers!

Labels: classic romantic, edgy, inked events, russ mezikofsky, sarah maillet, styled shoot, tattooed planner, tattoos