Images by Darina Stoda Photography.
I kinda ‘officially’ started my Christmas holidays last weekend when I made my annual festive trip to London, so as you’re reading this I’m no doubt well and truly stuck into the festivities! But today marks the point where we pause this blog for a few days whilst we all take some time to celebrate, reflect and make plans for 2017…
For some of you your 2017 plans may involve a wedding! *happy face*
You may have read in our birthday post that this year was all about growing our business and this online venue collective. It’s been so wonderful discovering new places, visiting many beautiful spots, making new friends and hearing from all of you planning your wedding! It’s also been pretty ruddy brilliant seeing some gorgeous wedding photos of our couples who said ‘I do’ this year..
Feature image by Julie Michalesen Photography.
I know most of us are so focused on packing up shop for Christmas that it almost doesn’t quite feel right thinking about January and making too many plans! After all January is the month of recovery right…? But my first month of 2017 is looking pretty jam packed with exciting meetings, planning sessions, industry events and a workshop.
The workshop I’ll be attending is at the B.LOVED Hive and it’ll be focusing on boosting your business for the year ahead! As well as listening to my fellow speakers Louise Beukes (founder of B.LOVED & the B.LOVED Hive) and Michelle Kelly (Wedding Planner extraordinaire at Pocketful of Dreams and Fearless Authentic) I’ll also be chipping in about my own start-up story and what’s happened in the three years since I decided to be my own #girlboss.
So if you fancy kickstarting the New Year with something good, then here’s Louise with a bit more info…
Boost Your Business Workshop 2017
After a successful launch and busy first month at the Hive it is time to turn thoughts to the year ahead. I’m excited to announce the dates for the very first monthly workshop, taking place from 10am – 4pm on Wednesday the 18th of January 2017. Aptly titled the Business Boost Workshop, the day is designed to help suppliers gain the confidence and skills required to dream bigger and create an action plan to achieve their business goals and really thrive in 2017.
Attendees on the day will hear my own personal business story including the journey I took to running the Hive today. No business story is straight forward or easy and my honest and frank account aims to inspire and educate, including stories on personal set backs and the mistakes I made along the way.
Joining me for the day is award-winning wedding venue directory owner and blogger Emma Hla from Coco Wedding Venues and luxury wedding planner Michelle Kelly from Pocketful of Dreams. Both of whom are leading the way in the wedding industry with their creative approach to business and wealth of experience, knowledge and insight into the world of weddings.
Fellow #girlboss Louise, founder of the B.LOVED blog, has been a big supporter of Coco Wedding Venues since our very early days. When we were just finding our feet in this crazy wedding industry world, her collaborative approach was truly welcomed and we’ve loved working with Louise and her curated network of incredible suppliers.
Back in 2014, B.LOVED had a little facelift and since the relaunch I’ve been part of the Lifestyle team of writers (you can read my offerings on travel, fashion and interiors here) and it’s been a great experience belonging to this diverse blogging brand.
Louise is an entrepreneur through and through and I’m pretty proud to be supporting her next adventure, so excuse me brides-to-be whilst I take over this blog space to shout about a really exciting opportunity for the wedding industry!
Who knows, planning your own wedding may just lead you to become a part of the B.LOVED Hive one day too…
The B.LOVED Hive
Bridal & Lifestyle Blog B.LOVED set to launch Wedding Community – The B.LOVED Hive!
Louise Beukes, founder of award-winning UK bridal and lifestyle blog B.LOVED is delighted to announce the start of a Kickstarter campaign which is set to launch London’s first dedicated co-working space and community for the wedding industry.
As they say, that’s all folks!
Yep, this is our final post of 2015… Which is rather odd, because it seems like only yesterday I was writing the 2014 note!
I do hope you’ll excuse us as we take a few days off to enjoy the festive celebrations! Much like a good ol’ wedding, Christmas is a time for friends and family and I’m ready to thoroughly embrace everything this special time of year means.
Being a small business (when I say small, I mean just me on a day-to-day basis!) it can be a little hard to fully switch off. Whilst the boy and I aren’t shy of a holiday or two, having online businesses does mean they tend to follow us around the globe, but Christmas is the one time I do step away from the screen and relax. Plus after a decade in retail it’s still a bit of a novelty having the luxury of taking this time of year off!
2015 has been epic… We’ve discovered lots of beautiful venues (we now feature over 250 locations don’t ya know!), we’ve met and worked with some incredible suppliers on our shoots, we’ve been published in print and online across the world, we were Highly Commended for Best Big Day Inspiration at The Wedding Blog Awards, we’ve launched two new style categories and we’ve conducted our very first reader survey.
Image by Horseshoe Photography.
I’m being a bit indulgent today and taking over this little piece of my blog as it’s our two year wedding anniversary. Yep, two whole years since this day. If you’ve been with Coco since the beginning you’ll know this directory was started because of my own wedding planning journey and my business dream became a reality thanks to this lovely, lovely man’s support and love.
I’ve been a wife now for 731 days and not one of those days has gone by without me looking down at my wedding rings and adoring their very presence. The indentation that’s now firmly noted on my skin when I remove them feels like a constant reminder that this boy really has made a deep mark on my life, in a relatively short space of time.
As I type this, he’s currently outside prodding at the BBQ with our pup at his feet and a book in hand. It’s a summery Sunday evening and I’m sipping on a Hendricks & Rose Lemonade (it’s yum – try it!), figuring out my to-do list for the impending week and it dawns on me once again “how did I get so lucky…?”.
Whilst I embrace these reflective and warming moments, I know it won’t always be this picture-perfect. Life will happen, our paths will change (for better and for worse) and we’ll continue to grow as individuals and as a couple. As I mentioned, Year One was hard, we didn’t exactly have that newlywed glow; we both started new businesses, our first steps into parenthood (errr… with a dog) made us realise we’ll probably never be ready for sleepless nights and it was a year of starting-up, in more ways than one.