Event 1: I've been involved in the wedding industry for years. YEARS. Sometime in 1998 I got a last-minute call to sub in a string quartet and we've been playing together ever since. Over the years (decades!), I came to realize how much I enjoyed having a small part in the happiness of so many couples. As this grew into Something Old Event Rentals, I would have conversations with some of my friends - and I would be having a wonderful time describing the centerpieces and bride's gown - I came to realize a few of my friends just DID.NOT.CARE about a traditional wedding. As in, they would come right out and tell me how much they hated the sequined white ball gown and 200 guests and yes, string quartet.
Let's be honest. I think my friends are crazy and they think I'm crazy. But we still love each other!
But I started thinking about this group of friends - people who care about marriage, want to be married but really don't want the traditional event. Some of them have careers, some have children, some have previous marriages and to them, spending a year on planning and a house down-payment on expenses is not something they would ever agree to do, and if they did agree, there is no way they are inviting 200 people because they only want their family there anyway.
Event 2: Beginning in January 2016, I started getting involved in a lot of styled shoots - these are typically where a photographer, florist, wedding gown shop, jewelry store, etc all come together to create a fake wedding for the purposes of taking photos and showing off new looks. Most recently, I did this Berry Romantic Collaboration, but by the end of 2016, I will have photos that have been published on national blogs such as Green Wedding Shoes, Smitten and Artfully Wed.