BRIDE TO WEDDING BUSINESS OWNER – THE STORY OF WHITE RAPTURE
It was on the 2nd day of our honeymoon that I realised launching White Rapture wasn’t just a possibility, it was inevitable.
Having your darling husband gently but firmly enforce a ban on iPads, hotel notebooks, toilet paper — to be used as writing material at least! — will help you come to that sort of realisation.
8 months earlier I’d been so eager to get started planning our wedding. I dove into finding a venue, learning what to plan when, & became a certified Pinning addict. Anyone who knows me knows I don’t do things by halves, so needless to say wedding planning rapidly became an all-consuming venture.
Layered on top of learning the logistical ropes, was the urge to spend more time exploring ways we could put our own spin on the day – to create our own authentic style. It kept nipping at my heels like an impatient pup…play with me !
However, time is a finite resource.
Between researching vendors, manning my blossoming range of spreadsheets & checklists, as well as developing our styling concept, I was spreading myself thin in other parts of my life.
It was a year of 30th birthdays, engagements, newborns & interesting films coming in for production at the agency I worked as a lawyer at. I was missing out on enjoying these moments – and our engagement — because I’d become so immersed in striving for planning perfection.
I was stressed. I was irritable. And Matt, my now-husband, would be the first to tell you I was no angel to live with at that point.
So I called time on myself & made a choice.
I hired a wedding planner who helped me tie together the remaining loose ends. This freed me up to spend time on the things & people that mattered, as well as giving me the freedom to delve into styling & design which had quickly become a new passion.
Unbeknownst to me at the time, working with our planner gave me a backstage pass into the industry I would soon be a part of, & insight into how I could be of service in it.
Now let’s fast forward to the toilet paper ban.
It started with 2 ideas….
If you get married because of the way you feel about your partner, why can’t you approach how you plan your wedding based on the way you want to feel during that planning phase?
And if a wedding is about celebrating you & your fiancé, why shouldn’t your passions & personalities be the starting point for how you style the day?
Pretty deep thoughts for a tropical island getaway! But they were ideas I couldn’t seem to shake.
So while Matt was having a sleep-in, I would be out on our deck scribbling down everything I’d learnt about wedding planning & styling, as well as anything I wanted to delve into further.
If someone wanted to feel excited, motivated, confident, supported, in control – whatever was important for them while they were planning – what could help them to get there?
If they were a shy foodie, a free-spirited yogi, had a serious love affair with travel, music or Game of Thrones how could you create a new style around celebrating those things?
That’s where I started & that’s what’s kept me going. If you want to learn more about me or White Rapture, hop across to my About Page.
Thanks so much for being here. I can’t wait to share more wedding planning goodness with you in the weeks & months to come.
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