Like the dazzling bottle of One Hope wine I opened, I am tickled pink to have been named one of "The Most Inspiring People for 2017" by The Knot!
The card I found inside of the box reads, in part, "Your work, creativity, and new ideas always impress us and inspire both our readers and colleagues alike. You're a force in the world of weddings and we're incredibly happy to honor you for your accomplishments and contributions."
What can I say to that? "Thank you" seems like not enough, but it is all I have....When I started my business in 2011, the first thought-leader I reached out to was The Knot. They have always been at the forefront of all things weddings, and their mission to educate and inspire was something I deeply connected with. To have been embraced by them and taken into the family as one of their beloved Knotties means the world to me!
My truth is that I am beyond humbled and honored to be living in the same rare air as the other creatives on this list. My whole life, I wanted to make the world a more beautiful place. Being entrusted with someone's wedding is such a privilege. My couples share their lives with me. They allow me to tell their stories and, in the end, my work impacts not only their future memories, but it leaves an imprint on all of those who attend the wedding, work on the wedding, and even view it online or in a magazine.
The other truth is that "my work" is actually the result of well curated partnerships. My work stands on the shoulders of all of the people who come together and produce these weddings. The florists, the rental companies, our venues, the chefs...The mixologists, musicians, hair and makeup teams...It's the photographers and videographers, the paperie specialists, the fashion designers and jewelers...My talent is bringing these people to the table and guiding them through the execution of one vision. Yours.
So I say, "Thank you, thank you, thank you" to The Knot Wed 100 for giving me this insane honor. And I say "Thank you, thank you, thank you" a million times to the couples and creatives that allow me to do what I do, and who love it so.
You have made my life in a million ways and I will never take that for granted!