Well, friends, the day has finally come! When I can write this post and tell you all about the journey of An East Coast Wedding Planner.
If you follow us at all, over the last two and a half years you have likely heard us screaming from the rooftops "the book is coming" "the book is coming."
No one ever tells you how long and hard it is to write your first book and now having been through the process from start to finish, I have an enormous amount of respect for every single author who graces the shelves of my local bookstore.
In his book, Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell states, "it takes 10,000 hours of practice to make you an expert of anything."
I kept coming back to this exact quote and my calculator while I was writing the book and agonizing over whether or not I was personally qualified to even write the thing... but seven years into my career as a wedding planner, at about 40 hours a week (who am I kidding with that modesty!), brings me well over the "expert" hours invested... so here we are, 14,000+ hours, 40,000+ words, 2.5 years in the making and An East Coast Wedding Planner is available for you to purchase.
It was Spring, 2016 that Lisa, Rebecca and I had our first official meeting at the Armview Resturant to brainstorm and dream about working on this project together. We quickly realized our combined talents fit together like the perfect puzzle and from that night on there was no stopping us.
In hindsight, we have much more than simply this book to credit that night at the Armview - I personally believe this was the start of what would very soon thereafter become Elegant Paper Co. and all the leaps we have taken in business together over the past two years.
From that moment on, we hit the ground running. We researched publishers, we talked to other local authors, we developed design concepts and mapped out the contents of the book. Thinking we would be hard-pressed to find a publisher interested in taking us on as clients (because, let's be honest, when have you ever heard an author say this was a simple task?!), we designed a beautiful portfolio piece to showcase our vision and potential of the book.
We booked our very first meeting with Nimbus Publishing House, and to our surprise, basically walked out of that first meeting, contract in hand. Well from that point on, it was on...and I needed to get to writing.
Have you ever been to Second Cup in SunnySide Mall, in Bedford? If you had gone there in the Fall of 2016 you would quite likely have seen me sitting in one of the window ledge seats, typing away. Word after word, everything I have ever learned about planning a wedding on the East Coast. For me, this was my place of inspiration, and it worked like a charm.
One of my favourite parts about writing the book was the opportunity to offer some of my closest colleagues in the industry a chance to share their first-hand knowledge. The expert commentary in An East Coast Wedding Planner, is some of the richest, most informative aspects of the book and something I am so proud to share.
Every photo in the book was offered from an Atlantic Canadian photographer. This was a task-and-a-half to request, receive, manage and include all of these images, but I am so thankful that we did. Our readers not only get to read practical advice on planning an East Coast wedding, but they get to actually SEE it having been done in the past. The inspiration from these images alone is precious gold.
This book is a true reflection of everything that is good on the East Coast of Canada. Rebecca intentionally designed each and every page with the reader in mind. While Lisa put her calligraphy skills to good use, giving our book the fine-art feel we all so love and covet. Every single illustration in the book was drawn by Lisa and watching this book unfold with these two talented ladies has been one of my biggest professional accomplishments. We can go so much further in life and business together than we can alone and this book is the prime example of that.
I could go on and on about An East Coast Wedding Planner and the journey we have been on over the past 2.5 years, but I have to stop somewhere. Please reach out and let me know if you have purchased a copy and share your thoughts! There are three passionate women behind each and every page and we so hope this book will further show the world just how special a place we live and why choosing to host your wedding here, will be one of the best decisions of your life.
With so much love (and tired fingers).