Hive, I’ve been delaying writing this because I just can’t believe this is my final Weddingbee post. I’m having trouble finding the right words to express what the ‘Bee has meant to me. What better way to say goodbye than doing a sort of twist on the Bee’s Life and Secret Life of Bees series!?
Come on Mr. D, one more! | Photo via Laurel Mountain Photography
How did I find Weddingbee?
Probably Google, honestly. I’m sure I searched something generic like “wedding decor ideas” and a post from the boards came up. I’ve loved weddings for a really long time, and once I found Weddingbee I was hooked. All the ladies blogging were so charming and real. I loved reading about their actual experiences, both the joys and struggles.
Secret bee tidbit #1
In a few short years I’ll be the big 3-0, and of course being the planner that I am I have a “30 before 30” list. One item on my list is to visit 30 different national/state parks before then. So far I’m around 10ish, so I have quite a bit of work to do!
Three I’ve hit this year: Saguaro National Park / Leo Carrillo State Park / Garden of the Gods
My application story
After getting engaged, I started following the blog religiously. *cough* every day *cough* We had a suuuuuper long engagement, so I debated forever about whether I wanted to apply. On one hand, it would give me something to do with all this wedding-planning energy. I would have the posts for years to come to document the experience! I might make some new friends! On the other hand, I am by no means a professional writer. Would I be interesting enough? Would I be good enough? When the eight-month mark hit, I started making a few mock posts just to see how it felt to blog. I found it was really fun but still wasn’t sure they would be worth other people reading them. One day I was feeling particularly courageous and I submitted an application. Within a week’s time, I had my answer…I was a bee!!!
Secret bee tidbit #2
I am a Christmas FANATIC. Seriously, it is my absolute favorite time of the year. My college roommates called our apartment “Christmas wonderland” because I put up so many decorations. And I am SHAMELESS in my love for all things holiday related—if you come to the Dreamcatcher household between Black Friday and early January, there will be Christmas music playing and Christmas cookies proudly displayed on Christmas trays. You’ll also probably receive a gift, because giving is one of my favorite things about Christmas! Also…if there are cocktails involved, you may be coerced into taking ridiculous photos with my Christmas tree. Ask Microscope, Ravenclaw, Coaster, Fresnel, or Source4.
Don’t mind us, just being silly.
Wedding planning felt a bit lonely to me at times since I was over eight hours from home and most of my friends/family. Plus…though Mr. Dreamcatcher was supportive in the planning phases, let’s be real: he really didn’t care much about the details of our big day. I learned pretty quickly that, rather than getting peeved when he wasn’t into choosing napkin colors, it was easier to run things by him, inevitably get his approval, and leave it at that. Also, I didn’t want to be that bride that is only capable of talking about her wedding, so I tried not to bring it up unless explicitly asked by friends or family, and even then tried to keep it short. With that being said, I had tons of wedding energy I felt needed to go somewhere. Where could I put it without forcing people to listen if they didn’t want to? Enter Weddingbee!
Secret bee tidbit #3
In general, I’m not super into movies or TV. But when I find something I like, I tend to get…well…reeeaalllyy into it. My current obsession? SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE. I’ve always really enjoyed the show. But after getting rid of cable a few years ago I kinda fell off the bandwagon. This season has been too good. (Alec Baldwin is lyfe.) I decided to start paying for Hulu JUST so I could watch it. I’ve been going back through seasons I’ve missed, and I can’t stop wondering how I let myself fall behind on such a HILARIOUS show. Current dream job? Working audio for SNL!
Image via QuickMeme
On being a Weddingbee blogger
Blogging has been such a crazy experience. The good? I have gotten to know so many amazing people by connecting through Weddingbee. Women who couldn’t be more different but are bonded together by our mutual bee-ness! It is an incredible community to be a part of, with endless support, inspiration, and just general awesome-ness. It was a lot of work, but I am so grateful that my journey is documented. The bad? Not everyone on the internet is nice. I’m generally pretty thin-skinned, so it wasn’t easy putting myself out there. I feel like I’ve come out on the other side stronger, a better writer, and more sure of myself as a person in general. And for that, I’m so grateful to the ‘Bee.
My special bee charms that I carried with me all day! | Photo via Laurel Mountain Photography
Well…I guess it’s that time, isn’t it? I could tell you more about what I learned during wedding planning (you’ll hardly remember the details you obsessed about, but you’ll remember how amazing you felt), more about how fantastic our day was (again…cookie table), and more about how much I learned during this season of my life (things really will always work out, one way or another). But I think my time here at the ‘Bee has come to a close. Thank you so much for following along my with journey. It has truly been something I will never forget. Take care, hive—thanks again for everything. 🙂