Wedding Wonder

This past weekend, I worked at my first ever wedding and needless to say it was a dream. I’ve always loved weddings – I watch enough TLC to know everything there is to know about wedding dresses, venues, decoration, bridesmaids and their dresses, so on and so forth – but this was much more than I ever expected.

First of all, the bride and groom were a delight to work with. Organized, kind, and best of all thankful, they were involved in every step of the process. They knew exactly what they wanted and were able to communicate that effectively which was a dream for us planners! Their vision was for a wedding in Vermont, with a ceremony out in a beautiful field and a reception inside a gorgeous barn, complete with flowers and beautiful decor. They ended up being married at the West Monitor Barn in Richmond, VT, a stunning venue that fit their vision perfectly.

To make this evening even more special, the couple added many unconventional details, like having local pie for dessert instead of cake, little bicycles on the groom’s and groomsmen’s ties, and a photobooth guestbook (which even we snuck into!). These details truly reflected the upbeat and colorful personalities of the bride and groom.

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Overall, the evening was beautiful. The tables were set gorgeously by Nectar and Root, food looked (and tasted!) delicious from Farmhouse Group Events, music that kept the night going was provided by Premier Entertainment & Events, and the stunning photography was taken by Amy Donohue Photography. I loved watching the guests dance the night away as it was obvious that they were all very close and loved the bride and groom very much. They sang together, held hands, and even lifted the bride and groom up in their chairs! Needless to say, it was an absolute joy to witness the love at this wedding.

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Even more special were the surprises for the bride and groom! The groom’s father surprised them with a room full of sparklers during his speech which looked simply magical and the groom’s mother surprised them with Ben & Jerry’s Catering. Seeing the looks on their faces for not one, but two surprises made everyone’s night. They couldn’t have been happier!

Needless to say, I am so happy to have been a part of the bride and groom’s big day and couldn’t be more pleased with how everything turned out! My internship for credit with Et Cetera Event Company may be coming to a close but I foresee much more time with Et Cetera in the near future!

-elise

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Not-so-far-away future

I used to think that growing up was a lot more work than it was fun. Nowadays, I’m thinking that less and less, thanks to my event planning internship. Helping people get ready for the next chapter of their lives has made me think a lot about the next chapters in mine. I’m loving the work that I’m doing for my internship and am so excited that this experience has pointed me towards a career – a part of my future that was very foggy even just a few months ago.

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I love this so much!!

I knew that I wanted something a little un-traditional, something that kept me busy but wasn’t a structured 9-5, and was project-driven. This internship is everything that I wanted and more. I get to speak directly with clients, research aspects of an event, organize timelines and projects, contact vendors, design various products and website features, write blog posts, as well as facilitate flow during events…and I’m just the intern! I’m loving every aspect of my experience and I know that this is due to my excellent mentor…my boss.

My boss has worked hard to make sure that I get to experience different aspects of event coordination and practice taking on various roles to really get a feel for what it’s like to work in this industry and at this particular business. While the business is still young (just a year old this month!), I am getting a sense of what it’s like to work at a small business, particularly a start-up. Being few in numbers, I love how tight-knit the company is. We all have a strong understanding of each others’ strengths and are more efficient because of it. More importantly, however, when we play to our strengths, we are happier, too! We get to work on the things that we’re good at and that we like to do, which in turn helps us in our productivity and ultimate success! While this may be true in some large businesses, too, it is not necessarily the norm which is why I am very grateful for this small business experience to help me assess and develop my strengths. In addition, I get to learn about things like rent and budgeting, things I definitely wouldn’t be learning at a large established company. And this is what has gotten me thinking a lot about my not-so-far-away future.

Hearing a lot about the future of the company and what position I would be filling “when I’m hired post-grad,” I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about what my future holds. If I really am hired, I’ll have to find an apartment in the area which is something I never planned on. I always thought I’d move back home to save some money and get a job near there but now, faced with this opportunity, I’m thinking about apartments in this area. While this is scary to do on my own, I am so thankful for all of the hours I’ve spent watching HGTV!!

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Tell me these studios aren’t beautiful…….ugh. I think I’m in love.

What are your best tips for apartment hunting?

In addition, I’ve been thinking a lot about budgeting. Apartment hunting is daunting in itself, never mind having to pay for it! I am thinking about developing a “Budget Binder” and have found some amazing inspirations on Pinterest like this one.

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Does this look like everything I’ll need? Check out my Pinterest profile at www.pinterest.com/egenereux/.

I’ve been good about my money but I could be better so this is another step into adulthood for me. If you have any tips about budgeting, keeping track of your finances, or just saving money in general, I’m all ears!

I think that’s it for now… I’ll keep you posted on my projects!

-elise

One chapter is ending, another one beginning

This week has been an absolute whirlwind. I’ve nearly completed my summer research, producing a stellar list of books for children and teens in after-school programs in Burlington. I’ve spent the summer interviewing staff members of these programs, local child psychologists and librarians to get a sense of what themes would be the most relevant and accessible to the children enrolled in these programs, and having identified those themes, worked on reading and selecting books that best fit this community. I’m wrapping up my research now and have had an incredible time this summer. My mentor was fantastic and guided me through every step of the process. As this chapter is closing, I’m incredibly proud of the work I’ve produced and the relationships that I’ve established throughout the process.

Then just yesterday, my other mentor (my boss) surprised me and my coworker with something that will completely change the future of the company that I’m interning at. We’re keeping it a surprise until it’s completely official but we went ahead and celebrated anyway at Citizen Cider!

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Such a fun and exciting day – something I’m so happy to have been a part of! You never know what may happen when one chapter ends…another even more exciting chapter may be beginning! I’m so very grateful for all that is happening in my life!

-elise