Now it’s my turn! You would think as an English minor, writing about myself would come easy, but I think it’s the self-reflection part that throws us off.
What a whirlwind the past seven months have been! I just recently graduated in December from the University of North Carolina Wilmington where I was surrounded by daily indulgences in a small beach town and people who encouraged me to always bring sunshine to everything I do.
Growing up with a mom who was always hosting, I found a passion for entertaining at a very early age. It was my freshman year of college when I met the curly haired, life of the party, who you would know as the fabulous editor of District Weddings, Ms. J.
It was Jeannette who fueled my passion for design and events and encouraged me to pursue my dream to be a successful and contributing asset to the event industry. My first steps came when I had the opportunity to intern at EVOKE, a premiere wedding and event planning company in DC. Grounded by my southern roots, I took the city head on and didn’t look back. I owe countless thank yous to Jodi Moraru and her astounding team who gave me no other choice than to swim in situations where I could have sank. I learned the ins and outs of aesthetic and the facets that add the extra flare to any event.
Now I’m here. Sitting in one of my favorite Arlington gems, Society Fair, where over a glass (or two) of wine, new ideas come to life. As an assistant account executive at Occasions Caterers, where the expected level of service far exceeds standard, I am surrounded by some of the most talented professionals in the industry who challenge me and expand my creativity to measures I only dreamt of.
My passion for blogging and writing was sparked early on in my life from the time I was old enough to read. Even though I’ve never been hesitant to express myself verbally (those who know me, know this to be true), I have always been able to put on paper a different level of verbiage.
Now, as the associate editor of District Weddings, I am able to share my passion with each of you and hopefully delight you in the wonderful world of weddings and events!
In the discovery of my dreams, I must thank those that have had an impact, and continue to do so, on my journey:
Mom + Dad – For not creating a passion for me, but igniting the flame that was already there
O’Brian Noble – For being my other half and always reminding me to savor the little joys in life
Jeannette Tavares – For being my light and teaching me that with a bottle of champagne (because there’s always a reason to celebrate), a fresh tube of red lipstick + a killer pair of heels I can take on the world
Jodi, Thy + Kaitlyn – For taking a chance on me and grounding me with the knowledge and confidence I need to take off on this exciting journey!
Danielle Freedman – For providing constant support and being my “go-to-girl” for my multitude of questions
The reason behind my smile: my loud + southern family, my remarkable friends, calligraphy, weddings, hootie + the blowfish, sunday football, kate spade, gold accents, patterns, table settings, paper stores, sweet tea, fresh fruit and the coast