I am often surprised by the twists & turns of life – the maddening yet exciting way it has of shifting everything on its head so that one day you wake up & look around wondering, how did I end up here?
Sometimes it can be tempting to attribute my move from management to the bright & busy world of event planning to one such instance of life’s tricky ways but looking back on it, I think that a part of me always knew I would find myself here – surrounded by whorls of color & chaos, gold-foiled lettering & glitter, love & happiness.
The story of Originally Yours began with the planning of my own wedding back in April 2014 when my husband (then fiancé) and I went on a hunt for the perfect set of wedding invitations. We were looking for a company who could create fresh & modern designs, who would understand that invitations should be more than just a pretty piece of paper. We wanted our cards to reflect who we were as a couple; to become treasured keepsakes of this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. It was a long & ultimately fruitless search & after endless phone calls & meetings, I decided to take the leap & design the cards myself.
The creative process proved to be thrilling & soon, I was fully immersed in all aspects of my wedding despite having already hired a wedding planner in Thailand. From creating budget spreadsheets & event timelines to taking care of the finer details such as monogrammed hotel key-cards & gift hampers, I watched as the perfect vision of our special day slowly came to life.
Don’t get me wrong. The planning process was tough. It was terrifying & overwhelming but it was a journey which challenged me in the best way possible – the nerves, the last minute fixes, the pressure that comes from making sure everything was just right & I realized it had been a very long time since I had felt so passionately about a project. The best part of it all was that I married the love of my life in a wedding ceremony that was a true reflection of who we are together & that made the day all the more special & one that I will never forget.
Once back in London, a feeling of restlessness quickly sneaked up on me. I couldn’t forget the pleasure & satisfaction that came from the countless months of designing & planning, the rush as everything fell perfectly together – the joy on my guests faces. So, a few months later, when my wedding planner proposed that we collaborate on planning destination weddings in Thailand, I jumped at the chance without hesitation.
Now, I’ve never been one to do things half-heartedly. I knew that with such an opportunity, I had to dive head-first into it – to give it all that I had. Which was why, after that discussion, I made the choice to quit my job & start my own invitation design & event planning company.
Originally Yours was founded with a single mission: to create magical moments for people, each one unique from the other. I wanted to learn about peoples inspirations & desires & help them bring these ideas to fruition – to help them share a piece of themselves with their guests through intricate, stunning invitations & meticulously planned events. This process can be daunting and I want to make it as easy as possible for my clients so that they can fully enjoy the experience rather than being weighed down by the details of planning & coordinating.
These past two years have not been easy but they have been worth it. From planning grand scale destination weddings in Thailand to more intimate gatherings in London, I have met wonderful, amazing people and have had the privilege of helping make their dreams come true. I am so grateful to everyone who has supported me and is continuing to support me on this beautiful journey.