• Lydia Gray

This is Me.

I've attempted to write this initial post several times but as I sit here on a red eye flight back to Atlanta from Las Vegas I'm attempting to write it again.

The first few attempts I was really trying to get it right. I researched things like "how to write an introductory blog post" and other things that I thought mattered. And as I sit here unable to sleep I decided it's best to just speak from the heart.

In 2015, I never would have imagined that I would be sitting on a place on my way back from a wedding professional convention with over 5,000 people in attendance. To be honest, in 2015 I never even would've imagined myself sitting on a plane. But now in 2018, I can't help but imagine all of the amazing opportunities that this world has to offer.

So how did I get to this point? Where I'm sitting on a plane with my designer bag at my feet?

You know how all little girls dream of the day they get married? Well I took it a step further and I dreamt about the day that other people got married and how I could be a part of that. I would sit and I would draw these weddings for other people and imagine the entire thing from start to finish in my mind. No detail was overlooked. (This was in the fifth grade by the way.)

This dream was, however, short-lived after my mother told me I would never make any money as a wedding planner. Because let's face it. Money isn't everything but it ranks right up there with oxygen.

Fast forward to senior year of high school. We all know the dreaded questions: what career path are you going to take? What's your degree going to be in? Where are you going to college? And up to this point the hardest decision you've had to make is what to wear on the first day of school. And now they're asking you to decide your fate for the rest of your life. Ridiculous if you ask me.

At the time, I was in a relationship with a guy that decided he did not want me to go off to college. And foolishly I decided to go to college online to make him happy. (Disclaimer: I now have zero regrets about not actually going to college.) While trying to decide on a career path I was asked "well what did you want to be when you were little?" Of course my childhood dreams came out at this point and I responded with "well I really wanted to be a wedding planner." This same "delightful" *sarcasm* guy looked my dead in the eye and said "you will never make it as a wedding planner."

HA! So as I sit here on this flight on my way back from meeting some absolutely AMAZING wedding professionals (including THE David Tutera) I can't help but think about that moment. And the moment that I was sitting in a car that I bought myself with a phone call coming through from that same guy that broke up with me so many months before because I "wasn't going anywhere in life" and I got the opportunity to tell him all that I had accomplished. I even thanked him for not believing in me because if he had I never would've made it to this point.

This is only scratching the surface of my life. I hope you will join me as I continue to share my story and my life as a wedding planner, venue manager, online student, and much more. This is me and I am so excited to start this new journey with you!

Zolu Photography

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