great stuff from this week

Back when I was in high school, my mom and dad refused to let me get a job doing what the other kids were doing.  I wanted to work in retail or at a restaurant (those were the cool kid jobs back in my day), but noooooooo, I had to get an office job.  For the exPERience. At the time, I was all, "But, but, but...  I won't get the employee discount at Carroll Reed!"  (Anyone else remember that store?  I still miss it.)  I was also pretty bummed that fewer cute guys were likely to stroll through an office than through the mall.  But I wanted some spending money and some responsibility so I went out and, with my parents' help, got that boring office job.

It turned out to be several tons of fun.  I worked for a mortgage company.  I learned so much.  And I have some very, very funny stories I could tell you!  (Ask me someday over drinks and I'll regale you with Tales of My First Job.)

At the mortgage company, I had a desk right next to this magnificently funny Irish woman named Melissa.  Melissa was cool.  She was tall, beautiful, had that great accent, and wore gorgeous grownup clothes.  She was fluent in both current pop culture and classical theatre and music.  She was everything I wanted to be when I grew up.  And she was compassionate.  She could very easily have dismissed me as just the Summer Office Kid, which I totally was; instead, she took the time to tacitly let me know that she valued my presence and my contributions, and even just me.  I don't know where she is now, but I think about her a lot.

One of Melissa's favorite expressions was, "Great stuff!"  Only her lovely Irish accent made it come out as, "Great Steph!"  I was constantly turning around to see what was so great, and it became the running joke of the summer between us.  So there you go.

If you're out there reading this, Melissa, thanks!  And call me up!

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This week has been a rich one on the Interwebs, so I thought I'd share some Great Stuff from the past week with you today.  (See?  My ramble really did tie in!)

Lots of us in the weddings industry (and the world!) have been super duper excited all week about New York passing legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.  Bernadette Smith is one of the true pioneers in same-sex marriage planning and the founder of 14 Stories, a company specializing in same-sex weddings.  She knows her stuff.  Take a few minutes to head over to her blog and read her piece on what you really need to know about same-sex weddings in New York.

At every wedding I manage, I spend a few minutes with the wedding party giving them pointers on how to hold their bouquets and themselves so that they'll look their best both in person and in pictures.  Kat Williams over at Rock N' Roll Bride wrote up an excellent primer on posing for photographs this week, and I think from now on I might just print it out and give a copy to all my brides and grooms.  Thanks for the tips, Kat!

Finally, I discovered Maggpie Vintage Rentals via Twitter this week.  So cool!  We use furniture rentals frequently to create lounges and other unique "rooms" for our events, but the traditional rental companies do cater more to those who are looking for something sleek and trendy.  If you're looking for something warmer or more vintage-y for your wedding, then give this website a look.  Just a few pieces would go a long way toward creating some atmosphere that would be unforgettable for you and your wedding guests.

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Lest I forget before ducking out of here, Happy Canada Day to all of our friends in Canada, and Happy Independence Day to our fellow Yankees!  Hope you have some extra special holiday plans.  Now get out there and have a fun holiday weekend!