Sunday, January 6, 2013

Dreams Come True

Today, while catching up on the latest from my favorite bloggers, (you can find my blog list on the right-hand side of the home page) I came across this entry, written by the beautiful Busy Becka, (who is the owner of my favorite online boutique, Kiki La'Rue.)

It was like I was reading my own thoughts. You know those rare moments in life when you feel like finally, someone understands something you have a hard time putting into words, yourself? Yeah, it was kinda like that. To completely understand where I'm coming from, let me give you a short back-story...

     In high school, I was an over-achiever. I consistently earned straight-A's, applied to some prestigious colleges, and planned to finish post-graduate school by age 30. I can't pinpoint the exact moment when it happened, but my goals and desires for my future changed. As a result, I have spent the past three years earning my cosmetology licence, taking classes at the community college, trying to make a career out of nannying and hoping my life's passion would fall into my lap. In the midst of all my confusion, I met and married the love of my life and planning my wedding seemed to be a suitable excuse as to why I was only taking one class and nannying part-time. (Ironic, huh?)
     At some point, I realized that not one of the options I'd narrowed down was the right one. But I continued to hope I would just learn to love what I was forcing upon myself. Then, this past summer, I decided to take a different route and I wrote my first blog post. I felt good about it but I was terrified of a negative response and put it on the back burner...until last week. 
     I don't know why I decided to write a new post and share it with all of my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter followers. But I did and I'm proud of myself for taking that brave step.

That brings us to today. Today, I reflected on my last twenty-something years of life. Today, I prayed, hard and long. And it was then that I realized something. 

Weddings are my thing. 

They combine all the things I love in life: love, people and (from behind the scenes) organization. At age 13, when I first subscribed to Brides Magazine and began watching any wedding special I could find, I fell in love. Since then, I've been introduced to PinterestStyle Me Pretty, and a plethora of wedding-related tv series. I can't get enough of it all! Weddings make me happy, but not for the obvious reasons. I genuinely love all of the work before the big day! I could spend hours researching venues, photographers, etc. while taking notes and I actually enjoy that. And I love being there to assist every step of the way, knowing how every little thing came together so seamlessly. And of course, I'm a sucker for love stories. I am a true romantic, so weddings...well, I just can't help but adore them! 

During the summer of 2012, All Tulled Up was born, but today I am determined to make it a success.

Wedding planning is nothing new, but I am the difference. During my own engagement, I sought out the friends who had been there over the unexperienced. I called the ones I knew would silently listen to me cry over my stresses and immediately reassure me it would all be just fine. And when making important decisions, I asked the people I knew would be honest, rather than tell me what I wanted to hear.

Thankfully, I was lucky enough to have all of those friends by my side, but not everyone is as fortunate. I want to change the face of wedding planning. I want to be that friend to my brides. I want brides around the country to know that hiring a wedding planner can be affordable. I want my brides to know that I am here for them because I care. All Tulled Up is about saving you money, heartaches, stress and time. And I'm ready to make it all a reality.

So here's to all that 2013 has in store for All Tulled Up!

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for reading! 

Happy Planning!

Meaghan xoxo

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