Hello readers! My name is Simone LeBlanc and I’m a bride-to-be. Correction: I’m a very delighted, overwhelmed, enthusiastic, and adrenaline-fueled bride-to-be.
I am also the owner and founder of a boutique gifting studio in Los Angeles where it is my job to create heartfelt and inspiring custom gifts for clients…with very discerning tastes. Oh, and did I mention that I’m getting married in 10 weeks?
That’s me, with our timid little rescue, Higgins.
When the love of my life, Ross, got down on one knee on February 23rd 2013 (and shed tears, too, BTW—but more on that next week), we thought we were golden with a 5-month lead. I mean, I often design meaningful events for clients and I know what we want as a couple, of course, so it should be simple, right? Ross is a producer, he calms chaos as his daily job. We’ve got this, right? Wrong. Absolutely, utterly, undeniably, wrong.
At 10 weeks in, with 10 left to go, I have committed the rookiest of invite-list mistakes, shed tears in the shower while calling upon the Goddess of The Perfect Wedding Venue, scouted (and denied) the seediest of accommodation spots and created the strangest playlist you ever did see. I have online shopped ‘til the crack of dawn, rekindled old friendships and truly realized how thankful I am that my husband-to-be has a skill set that I do not and that right now, right now, is the time to welcome it. I’m earning my PhD in ‘Learning to Delegate,’ the ‘Wisdom of Girlfriends’ and ‘You Can’t Do It All Yourself and It’s Better That Way.'
In short, I am now an honorary member of the Bride Club and am humbled by the journey that this has already proven to be. I’ll be reporting from my own front lines right here; sharing creative tricks for décor details, my gifting tips for the wedding party, and certainly many more ups and downs along the way. I hope you will share this 12 week adventure with me—this fabulously gratifying, utterly vulnerable, and undeniably exciting adventure—all the way to the aisle.
Ross & Me, on our Engagement Night. Feb 23rd, 2013.