The weather here along the coast has finally started to cool off a bit in time for fall as we approach the Thanksgiving holidays. While spring and summer weddings are traditionally the most popular, autumn is a great time to say “I do,” as the season lends itself perfectly to rich, warm colors for bridesmaids’ dresses, floral arrangements and other ceremony and reception décor.
In thinking about Thanksgiving this year, we at Something Blue know we have much to be thankful for, including the ability to run a family-owned business in such a wonderful community. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with varied clients ranging from high schoolers shopping for Homecoming and prom dresses and tuxedos, to brides and grooms looking to outfit their entire wedding parties.
In the spirit of the holiday, we asked the ladies that make Something Blue run, day in and day out, what gratitude means to them.
I think what I’m most grateful for is Something BLUE. The Lord has blessed me with the opportunity to go to work every day and do something that I love. Seeing a bride find her perfect dress and helping her enjoy the experience of a lifetime is very gratifying…add to that the fact that I get to experience this business with my family: my daughter, Rebekah–whose ability to organize and creative talents make our shop indeed special; my mom, Gigi–who does all the bookkeeping and keeping the financial end of things in order; my son, Benjamin–who lends his legal expertise whenever I have a question; and my wonderful husband, Brian–whose encouragement and advice is priceless, who so willingly takes care of the lights, repairs, and all things practical, listens to my ideas and concerns patiently, and always knows when dinner out is a great idea!
As a family-owned business, all of our family has had a part in building this business–but it couldn’t be done without some special ladies that I am grateful for as well. Cassie–the first person we hired to help us out…she has gotten married and moved to Dallas–but still comes back to help us out for special events! Justine–our Brit, whose brides all fall in love with her (and with her lovely accent). Arden–always willing to take on a new project, and SO patient with me when technology is just too complicated for my old brain. Tanya–always hard at work in the back of the shop making sure everyone’s gowns are pressed and ready for their big day, and happy to do anything else that’s necessary to keep things going smoothly. Sydney–calm and collected no matter what madness is going on all around her on a busy Saturday.
It is such a privilege and pleasure working with all the clients I see every day at Something Blue bridal salon and helping them choose their special ensemble for that very special event / occasion…it really makes my day! It’s an absolute honor to work with great colleagues in such a unique, fantastic environment!
This year, I think I am most grateful for my family and for the fact that my parents and in-laws live nearby so they can be such a big part of our kids’ lives. Of course I’m also thankful for this busy, wonderful, crazy family business and that our brides come to trust us and recommend us to others. Because of that, we’re growing and buying a new building so we can continue to provide the service our clients have come to expect.
I first came to Something BLUE when my daughter was getting married. The atmosphere was so relaxed and the people were so attentive and knowledgeable. This was true every time we walked in the door. Fast forward a year and now I work in this awesome place! I believe this was the direct answer to prayer and came about through God’s grace for me.
When you add that to the examples of my parents and grandparents, my wonderful daughter and son-in-law, and my dear friends, I surely have reason for an attitude of gratitude.
Former president John F. Kennedy once said, “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
With that in mind, may we remember not only to speak words of gratitude, but intentionally show those that cross our paths that we are thankful to live life alongside them.
Happy Thanksgiving from Something Blue!
Thanks to Kelly Costello Photography for these gorgeous shots of Stephen & Chelsie’s recent fall wedding.