Truth be told, I haven’t written a blog post since I was in college. Meaning my last blog post was written at least seven years ago. A whole heck of a lot has changed in my life since then. For starters, I’m now married to an amazing man, we have the sweetest baby girl, and we own a business called Sugartree Vermont. I tell you this because I just Googled “how to write a good blog.” Haha! Clearly I am a little rusty at blogging, but assure you I will get back in to the swing of things quickly. I read in several places found through this search that I should try to humanize this blog and be myself. So it seems appropriate that this first blog post should be a synopsis about how I got to where I am today owning a business and running a vacation rental and a wedding and event venue. I will also keep the tone light and comfortable because truth be told again, I am not a super formal person.
If you had told me 10 years ago I would be where I am today I would have laughed and thought you were joking. At that time I was a fearless social justice advocate. I was committed to trying to save the world and focused most all of my energy and time working to end human trafficking. As life continued I started to realize the importance of balance and began to give myself permission to do things that made me happy.
Evan and I started dating at the beginning stages of my personal journey to finding balance and happiness. Thankfully he’s a patient guy, and very supportive. That’s one of the reasons I fell so deeply in love with him. So after Evan and I had been together for two years and I looked down at my little three pound Chihuahua, Pine Avery, and saw something on her collar and realized it was an engagement ring it is no wonder I answered with a VERY enthusiastic yes!!!
I’m a planner and always have been. So it is also no wonder that I had a blast planning our own wedding. We by no means had an unlimited budget. Instead we had a tight budget and took a DIY (do it yourself) approach and I would not have wanted it any other way as it encouraged us to be creative and authentic. For over a year I kind of obsessed (some of my friends may say that I should take out “kind of” right here) over every last detail but it completely paid off. We had such a special and amazing day. I wish I could go back and re-live our wedding week over and over. Our guests commented on how they appreciated our thoughtful planning to make their experience all that more enjoyable.
Some of the special touches included:
- A surprise butterfly release in honor of Evan’s Meme
- Each guest arrived to the reception area to find a quote at their place setting that Evan and I handpicked just for them
- A choreographed first dance to a hip hop song (and let me tell you….we cannot dance! So it was a complete surprise to our guests!)
- Baskets in each restroom with helpful items (toiletries, hair pins, stain remover, first aid kits, etc.)
- And our biggest surprise was definitely a surprise fire spinning performance! It was amazing!
After our wedding I totally experienced a bout of post wedding blues. I grieved that the planning and the day was over. So after I got over myself. One of my mentor’s, a woman that I have an enormous amount of respect for, and I started chatting about opening up a wedding venue. Fast forward 1.5 years later, my mentor purchased a beautiful historic estate, one that is perfect for Vermont weddings and other events, for me to lease to own. A great investment for her, and an absolutely amazing opportunity for my family and I. So I left my career in the human services world for the amazing opportunity to help couples create their own dream wedding day.
So in line with being myself, I must be authentically honest and tell you that I am not the most experienced wedding planner in Vermont or on the planet, nor do I claim to be. What I am is an extremely enthusiastic and energetic person who can offer you a wedding venue that is:
- Has overnight accommodations on site
- Lots of cool amenities (like a separate caterer’s kitchen!)
I’m also quite creative and budget savvy, so I’m happy to help you come up with classy, thoughtful budget saving strategies.
All in all I have found that what I get to do now career wise, being a part of helping a couple have a beautiful Vermont budget-friendly wedding, makes me truly happy.