Words can’t express how my heart ached for New York and the East Coast of America when I heard about all the tragedies surrounding one of the worst storms in 100 years. I read eye witness accounts from my friends and saw terrifying images of the flood waters rising in the streets that I had walked down just a few days before… And I know it sounds strange, weird even, but being a wedding blogger I also wondered what might have happened to any weddings that we’re planned around this time.
Is that an odd thing to think about? Maybe… But needless to say, I was overjoyed to read Laura & Rich’s story and to see how they still managed have the happiest day of their lives, despite the destruction and chaos around them.
“We were married at The Inn at Millrace Pond in New Jersey on 2nd November,” wrote the bride, “and it almost didn’t happen… We were very close to postponing the wedding because it was all so crazy after the hurricane. We were without electricity and running water at home and the Inn’s power was only restored two nights before the wedding date. I got a frantic phone call from Peggy, our florist, the day before to tell us that she had received a call from the Mayor telling her that he could see that the Inn was illuminated from his house and that our wedding could go ahead after all! I really loved how everyone pitched in to make the wedding happen, we felt very lucky. From friends and family carpooling and getting gas in the middle of the night, to Rich having to pick up the tuxedos on the morning of the wedding from another town, to all the girls getting ready by generator power.”
“I know this sounds crazy, but I really feel like The Blogcademy is going to be a massive game-changer for all three of us”, Gala said to Shauna & me the morning after the workshop, “and I really hate that phrase…”
But you know what, I think the girl might be onto something.
A heady mix of nerves, anticipation and excitement seeped through my trip to New York this month. Lisa & I had a few other things planned, but we knew our visit was concluding with the biggie. Organising this event was a labour of love and a project of passion – squillions of emails flew back and forth over the course of just a couple of short months while Gala, Shauna & I planned every last detail thousands of miles apart from each other.
A intensive weekend-long and strategy-based blogging workshop was something all three of us had dreamt about doing individually, but it was only when we realised we could do it together that the pieces of the puzzle started falling into place. We all have very different areas of interest and expertise surrounding the subject, and when we sat down and assessed what each of us could bring to an event like this it all just seemed to make sense.
“It was hands down one of the best things I’ve done to move my ideas forward in a really long time. The BEST. I think I may have a choir of mojo about to sing hallelujah. It got me thinking about how we get our mojos to sing…” Maree Forbes
I’m currently lying in bed in my East Village apartment (well, I wish it was mine!) with Nubby the day after the first ever Blogcademy. It’s 7am and we’re both bolt upright excitedly gabbing about the events of the past 48 hours. It was a weekend of magical, unexpected, positivity and excitable exhilaration. Loving, learning and inspiring each other – all in our own imitable fashion. I feel mentally exhausted and my feet hurt like hell but it’s oh such a good feeling. Our 30 attendees were just what we hoped & prayed for and more, and I honestly feel we’ve all made some new BFFs for life.
Gala, Naomi & me with Eleanor the photo bomber!
It’s been five months since I was here last but as soon as we landed in JFK I felt like it was only yesterday. Everything was so familiar, so comfortable but also so exciting! I’ve fallen head over heels pretty quickly again and I’m so thrilled to be back here.
So happy to be reunited with Gala… as are our ridiculous blogger phone cases!
After a flight that dreams are made of with Virgin Atlantic -including an upgrade (I thought this only happened in the movies!) and an almost out-of body experience in the Upper Class Lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 (“Manicure? Spa treatment? Hair cut? A dip in the pool or a trip to the sauna?!”) we hopped in a yellow cab and were whisked towards the bright lights of Manhattan.
Credit: Moey Hoque
I’m currently 35,000 feet in the air making my way across the Atlantic Ocean to New York City. I may already be a broken record about the fact that I’m going back but I don’t care, I’m so excited I could burst!
I’ll report back with many many photos of my excited face as well as, of course, a full and epic report of The Blogcademy. If you just can’t wait then be sure to follow me on Instagram for instant and regular updates. I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S FINALLY HERE!
Have I told you yet that I’m off to New York again in under two weeks?! Oh I have? Oh I’m super annoying about it…? Yeah I know… sorry about that. But New York is the greatest city in the world and I’m sooo excited to be there again. EEEK.
Needless to say I have a bit of an affinity…or maybe call it bias… to anything and everything NYC right now, which is why I was super excited to receive Lesley & Perry’s fabulous modern urban wedding. Sent over by wedding photographer Karen Seifert, the lunchtime wedding was held at 91 Horatio in the meatpacking district, with the late night after party taking place at The Drink, the couple’s favourite bar in Brooklyn.
“I would have really loved to have had lots of beautiful, handcrafted elements in my wedding,” began Lesley, “but the reality was that between a new, high stress job for me and a super busy work schedule for Perry, we just didn’t have the energy or time to devote to the little details. It took some time to come to terms with that, as I felt it was expected of me as a ‘crafty lady’. In the end, it cost a bit more to hand the design elements over to our wonderful planners, but it was the right thing to do. We all really connected over my creative concepts and their execution was above and beyond what I could have done on my own. In the end, it was absolutely beautiful and I love that we were able to incorporate handmade elements that came, not from me, but from my family’s history.”