Sunday, October 25, 2009

Why I do what I do...

2010 weddings have been booking so fast and I cannot begin you to tell you how excited I am to be working at some of the amazing venues with renowned photographers in the industry next year. The upcoming venues include but are not limited to St. Regis in Monarch Beach, Fairmont Hotel in Newport Beach, The Langham, Sheraton Delfina & Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, Adamson House in Malibu and so on... I am truly honored to be chosen out of all the wedding planners out there in the industry and thank you so much for your kindness and encouragements.

When I sign and book a client, I make it a priority to make sure that they will be getting 100% of my time and attention. This is one of the reasons why I choose not to book 4-5 weddings each month. If I do, I know my clients won’t be getting the attention they deserve, and plainly put, I’ll go nuts! A lot of planners in the industry who exclusively offer full wedding planning choose only to coordinate a handful of weddings each year. This is because they want to ensure that each client’s needs and wishes are fully met and fulfilled. While I completely agree with this, I believe that there is a far greater purpose and motive behind this... well at least for me there is.

I love what I do, I love helping couples start a new chapter in their lives together, but it would be ironic and sad if my marriage was falling apart because I was so busy helping others start theirs. I believe that in my life the greatest blessings have been and continue to be my marriage and family. My job is wonderful but it does not and will never come before them. I would hate to think that a lack of time management and devotion would ruin what means the most to me. Marriage takes work; by work I mean you have to spend quality time with your husband and children and make them your number one priority. It would really suck if I was going through a divorce while helping someone else get married. It gives me the chills to even think of that, to be honest, the image of me filing divorce papers while creating a timeline for a wedding I’m planning scares me to death. I’m not perfect and I fail miserably. I’m sure there will be moments when I want to drop everything and run away from the responsibilities and duties of being a wife and mother. But it is my true desire to hold on to the precious gift of family that I have been given. I want to treasure it, make it work and make it grow.

At the end of the day, I don’t want to be buried in timelines, vendor contracts, floral arrangements, or even design boards for my clients. I want to go home to my husband and my precious son, they are the reason why I do what I do; I want to help others start their marriage and families of their own. (Motherhood is truly putting things in perspective. It's like finding a new identity that you never thought it existed in you! I sometimes surprise myself too!)

With that all said and done, I want to encourage all you 2010 brides to hurry and reserve your wedding date! I can’t wait to help make your special day a memorable one, filled with meaning and loads of personalized details that reflect who you are.


nancy {So Happi Together} said...

Esther! You posts are so insightful and honest. I love it. Such a great reminder. And I can't wait to work on Soo's wedding together! we are going to knock their socks off! xoxo!

Monica said...

esther, your posts are so wonderful! keep up the good work and i love reading all your personal entries.