Toastmaster, actress and wedding celebrant extraordinaire Sonal Dave is back again to share some sold tips to help you write and perform a wedding day speech together! […]
Does anyone know where 2016 went? Wow. This year has utterly flown by.
I absolutely love this time of year. As ever, I delight in the opportunity to spend quality with friends and family over the Christmas break and take a moment to reflect on the year. The learnings, the loss, the gains, the joys, the sorrow and the celebrations.
I won’t lie. 2016 has been a challenging one personally. And that’s before I even mention Brexit and Trump!
In all seriousness it’s been bitter-sweet, with many personal challenges including losing loved ones prematurely to cancer, to becoming an Aunty for the first time. Like Ying and Yang where there is sadness there is always great joy, but 2016 has really shed light on what is important. It has taught me a lot about resilience, tolerance, unconditional love and it has certainly made me think more deeply about ‘purpose’. The reason why each and every one of us has been placed on this earth…
Nu Bride has seen some delicious collaborations and opportunities this year. One of which being invited to Vogue House, home to Condé Nast UK, to meet with the team at Brides Magazine, not once but twice! I’ll share more about this as soon as I am able.
I’ve really enjoyed working with some of my industry friends on Bags of Kindness over Christmas, raised over £1140 and donated over 300 bags to homeless shelters across the UK, I’ll be delivering my portion of collections (over 30) this week.
Other highlights that spring to mind include, having my first article discussing a challenging topic on race and perception in the wedding industry published in Huffington Post was nerve-wracking and wonderful in equal measure. Styling an editorial shoot for Rock n Roll Bride Magazine and writing for Catalyst Wedding Magazine, along with being chosen to share some beautiful real weddings, welcoming some very talented 2016 Nu Bride Ambassadors on board and of course, receiving another award at The Wedding Blog Awards!
Aside from Nu Brides fresh new sassy logo. There will be a lot of exciting steps forward in 2017. Including dedicating more time to Nu Bride, which was a decision I did not take lightly. But with the support of Mr Nu Bride, friends and family, lots of pros and cons lists I made the decision to take a leap of faith into full-time self-employment (eek) so you will start to see the fruits of some of my labour into the New Year.
I am also conducting a very large and important survey to measure the eclectic couples who marry in the UK and to assess if they feel adequately served by the UK wedding industry. So if you haven’t already completed it, I would love your honest feedback. PLUS you get a change to be entered into a prize draw to win a luxury experience day for 2 with Truly Experiences! Please also share it with friends and family.
In these next couple of weeks I hope you get the opportunity to reflect and count the many blessings you have, rest, laugh, remember and cherish time with those who matter most.
SO hard to pick, but here’s just a few of my highlights:
Style and Inspiration
Industrial chic wedding 2 Brides Photography
Santorini Love | Nikos Gogas
Out and About & Press
Giving a talk on self-care at B.loved Hive | Maxeen Kim Photography
Have a wonderfully Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
Header image: Cecelina Photography