Yep, it is official! The latest edition of Promise Weddings Magazine been released and I am now a published writer! The magazine is stocked in various newsagencies throughout Tasmania and can even be purchased in an electronic form. If you get some spare time, please head on over and check out their brand new website and feel free to purchase a copy 😉
On Friday evening the hubby and I were very fortunate to attend the first Babes, Boys and Beers event hosted at possibly one of Brisbane’s most iconic and treasured tourism icons, the XXXX Brewery. The event was coordinated by the wonderful team at Babes in Business! A little back ground for those of you who are not aware of Babes in Business. Started 8 years ago, Babes in Business was created to support talented women in business, and to provide them with opportunities in the corporate domain to showcase their talents and successes. Babes in Business is all about celebrating women’s achievements both personally and professionally. It’s about connecting fabulous women through events, mentoring programs, debates and learning.
The evening was designed to encourage babes to bring along a male friend or partner to share in a fun evening of fabulous beer, food and company. The ‘Tales and Ales’ experience was lead by James Squire Beer Specialist, Andrew Gowdie, who was a wealth of knowledge. The selection of 5 beers were perfectly matched to mouth watering canape’s, including a dessert, which, oddly, included a dessert beer! Who would have thought?!? It was something my husband and I probably wouldn’t have done off our on bat, and was a great opportunity to network and meet new people. It also proved to be a great place to catch up with old acquaintances!
Overall the evening was really enjoyable and so well put together. I am looking forward to attending more Babes in Business Events! A special thanks also goes out to Bellinda Grimwade for making Chris and I feel so welcome. To find out more information on upcoming events and membership, head on over to the Babes in Business website.
Images Courtesy of Babes in Business
For those of you who don’t read the paper or who didn’t recognise me (of course, why would you?!?), our wedding featured in the “U on Sunday” lift out of this past weekends Sunday Mail. I submitted our wedding when we returned from our honeymoon in May earlier this year. I had no idea it got printed until I received a few text messages saying “Nice picture in the Sunday Mail”. My husband and I were left pondering as to what they were referring to, so of course I had to dash out and buy a copy! I was very excited to see that we had been featured as I am sure they receive 1000’s of submissions. Better late than never I say!
Today I thought I would tell you all a little bit more about myself. On the 30th of April this year, I got married. My husband and I had been together for six years and engaged since November 2009, when he proposed to me at one of our favourite places. He had booked a long weekend away at Mooloolaba, on the Sunshine Coast, took me to an expensive Italian restaurant, and popped the question overlooking the beach. To be honest, I was certainly not one of those girls who had been planning their wedding since the age of 3, but the thought of planning a wedding excited me.
My full-time day job includes high levels of event management in the public sector, so I was not new to planning large events. If you were to use 3 words to describe me, at least two of them would be, anal (retentive!) and perfectionist! I may or may not have also been referred to as the “Energizer Bunny”! People who know me could also come up with a gazillion possibilities for the 3rd!
I loved every minute of planning my wedding and wouldn’t change anything about the day, even if I could! Actually scratch that….I wish I could have included my 3 cats in my wedding ceremony….JUST KIDDING! My wedding day went so fast, and before I knew it, we were home from our honeymoon and my husband was back to work. Most aspects of my wedding planning were captured in my previous blog, Real Life Bride and I suddenly found that I had nothing to plan anymore, and nothing to blog about. My work colleagues had been onto me for months about one day becoming a wedding planner, and I blew off the idea.
I have no formal qualifications in event/wedding planning just 4.5 years in an event management role and planning my own wedding. I sometimes feel I am quite limited to what I can achieve in life without magic bits of paper, but the more I think about it, the more I just say screw it! Life is just far too short! There are so many other amazing people out there who have achieved their goals, who haven’t held back just because they don’t have a degree!
So as I write this, I am just taking things as they come. I have a real passion for all things wedding. One day I may have the opportunity to turn my passion into a business, but for now, if I can just provide one “Gem” to another bride to be, I will be more than satisfied!
Images Courtesy of Ross Duffy