Hello from Lu and Birch!
I wanted to introduce myself before I dive right into the wonderful world of weddings. You can read a little about me on my About page, however I wanted to kick off the blog with some more of my background. These blogs are most likely littered with grammatical errors that would make my mom get out her red pen, but I'm choosing the free-flow method of writing:-)
My name is Laura, or Lolo to my family and my dad used to knock on the door with his knuckles to wake me up saying "Lolo-Lu, it's time to get up!" (I have to figure out how to do sound clips because the tune is the best part). Because I was a self-proclaimed professional sleeper (I could sleep for days), that noise always used to make me cringe, roll over and yell "I'm up! I'm up!" -- but these days I look back on those mornings of having a loving alarm clock and smile. Hence the reason why the first part of my name is "lu." The "birch" is a story for another time....you might be able to get it out of me if you buy me a Butterbeer.
I started in the Hospitality Industry by accident really - being a college student at Ohio State, I was looking for a flexible job that could work around my class schedule. I was also looking for a family business, being as my family owned a greenhouse growing up and I felt more comfortable working for small businesses rather than large corporations. SIDE- TRACK: If you're in the market for any bedding plants, nursery stock or veggies, go visit Fishers Gardens in Reynoldsburg!
I started as a Guest Services Manager for The German Village Guest House (which is an amazing B&B in German Village that is just steps away from Barcelona and is one of my top recommendations for out of town guests). We did some small weddings and other great parties in the quaint garden behind the guest house. It was mainly a 3 person operation, which made me learn quickly about the behind-the-scenes work of party planning. It quickly became more and more enjoyable and I realized that I had found a hidden passion of mine!
Following graduation, I spread my wings and moved to Denver, CO. After trying my hand at being an Innkeeper, elopement coordinator and baker extraordinaire I decided that it was something I should pursue further. I moved back to Columbus OH and got a job with Cameron Mitchell Premier Events. That job was by far the hardest and most rewarding job I have ever had. Catering still to this day blows my mind. Making that amount of food in short periods of time and then making it taste excellent had me boggled (probably also because my idea of cooking is spiral Mac N' Cheese). The chefs at Cameron Mitchell are creative geniuses who work only under pressure and can whip up a kids meal out of nothing in 2 minutes. I know I'm biased but even after leaving the company I recommend them to many of my couples looking for excellent service and food.
Since then I have also dabbled in floral decor, venue management and finally Day-of Event Coordination. Which is where I'm going to end this lovely blog.
Stay tuned to see the weddings I have coordinated and learn some tips and tricks on all things wedding related. I will also be featuring some of my favorite vendors, wedding items and worthwhile Pinterest crafts.