Exactly 5 years ago today, I went to the small business office in downtown Oakland and officially started Be Hitched.
I've been spending a lot of time this week reflecting on this wild and beautiful journey, and keep coming back to one word that feels kind of cheesy and hokey but I gotta keep it real -- magic. I have this totally crazy business model where I have absolutely no idea where my next event or client is going to come from, and (at least when it comes to weddings!) never have any repeat customers!! And I think back to all of these beautiful couples who have come into my life through Be Hitched, and the stars that had to be aligned for them to find me and for us to connect, and it just feels like magic. And this is especially true too for those rarer moments when I've *not* connected with a couple and they don't book with me, or felt a connection and they do a planning 180 and have to go in a different direction. Every single time that has happened, it's led to one of the most memorable couples or events that happened to have the same wedding date, or it's led to some new moment of growth in my business that enables me to better serve my clients and makes me that much more of an empowered businesswoman.
I've also been thinking so much about the amazing interns and assistants that have made up Team Be Hitched over the years (seriously THE BEST HUMANS), and I just can't believe how lucky I've been to work alongside them. It's been one of the most rewarding experiences of this crazy 5-year journey as an entrepreneur to encourage and support my interns in the way that I would have wanted to be treated as an intern, and see them totally blow me away with their creativity, energy, and enthusiasm.
And of course the other amazing forces of nature that are my co-creators, visionaries, mentors, storytellers, friends (sometimes therapists!) and party starters -- my vendors. I've had the privilege these past 5 years of working alongside true artists and craftspeople who just happen to be some of the most awesome, big-hearted, values-driven people I've ever met in the Bay. I love you all so much, beyond words. ✨
Thank you to all of you who have made Be Hitched the most beautiful adventure these past 5 years. Tonight I celebrate all of you. ❤️❤️❤️