Updated: Jan 25, 2020
A YEAR OF LEARNING, HAPPINESS, SORROW, GROWTH
525,600 minutes. 8,760 hours. 365 days. 52 weeks. 12 months. All of these things symbolize one thing. 1 full year of the earth’s rotation around the sun. As the old year fades away, and the new one moves in to take its place, many people around the world often find themselves reflecting over the happenings of the last year. It is a time to rejoice, again in the good times, feel the pain of the bad times, and look forward to what the future holds. Businesses are no different. During this time, they too, will look at the good they have achieved, the areas that need improvement in the coming year. Even though Wright Time, Wright Place Events is relatively new, still, I would like to take the time to review my year. As with many businesses, what happens in one’s business can, and more often than not, affects what happens in one’s own personal life. I share with you, my family, my friends, my colleagues, and anyone else who is reading this, the events of the last year.
January was a busy month. I was four months into a year-long Master’s Degree program. Upon enrolling in school, I chose to do the accelerated program instead of taking two years. January’s classes were the beginning classes of the business law classes required by the program. These classes, as well as the rest of the program, I was averaging 500 pages of required reading every week. Since I did not have a Bachelor’s degree in business, I often found myself having to look up terms, and do extra reading and research so that I could understand what was being said in the required reading.
Along with completing my Master’s Degree, I made a business goal of doing 4 styled shoots during the year, one for each season. Many of you who do not have dealings within the wedding industry, and so, may not know what a styled shoot is, or what it entails. A styled shoot is a collaborative effort of multiple vendors, who are able to put their creativity to use in a visual concept. Reasons for doing a styled shoot are many, but can include things such as creating new trends, create marketing content, and push the boundaries of what is considered “normal.” Often times, styled shoots are created with a theme in mind. These themes can range from ideas such as “classic elegance,” and can go as far as one’s imagination will allow them.
I wanted each styled shoot to be unique, something that you would not see every day. But, I also wanted to use the styled shoots as a way to show potential clientele what I could do. As I began thinking about the themes I wanted for each of my styled shoots, I turned to ideas and things I liked to do. For my winter theme, I wanted something that said more than just “winter wonderland,” or “ice” décor. The phrase ‘always winter’ came to mind. For those who do not know, this is a phrase from the movie, Narnia, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. The full phrase is “always winter, never spring.” It is from this that I got my inspiration. I wanted it to feel as if the guests would be arriving to the ‘reception,’ and in doing so, would find themselves IN Narnia. I created 4 table-scapes with themes from the movie. These table-scapes included The Witch’s Castle, The Beaver’s Dam, Father Christmas Handing out Gifts, and Aslan and the Stone Table. To bring this together, I had friends who helped me create the ‘wardrobe doors,’ which acted as the backdrop for the sweetheart table.
Photo Credit: Mikayla Scott
The photo shoot came together beautifully! I couldn’t have been more pleased with how well everything came together, especially with this having been my very first styled shoot. I had a great team, wonderful models, and together, we were able to bring my vision to life. The only thing that surpassed the feeling of having everything come together was to learn that this shoot was accepted for publication in an online blog!
(For more information on this, please visit https://www.wtwpe.com/post/narnia-themed-winter-wedding).
As my schooling continued, I learned that I would not be able to keep a full-time job and do well in school. My husband very graciously decided to take a second job so that I could focus on my schooling. He has continued to work two jobs as I move onto the next step of the business. In my schooling, I learned so much information that I was able to immediately turn around apply it to my business. One of those things was trademarking my logo, and creating a tagline. Thus, Wright Time, Wright Place Events; Creating the WOW Factor for Any Event, came to be.
March flew by in a blur of more reading for school. I was vacant from many things, and it was often wondered by family and friends if I was still even alive.