Dear 2021…An Open Letter to a Life-Changing Year
Dear 2021, you came with your challenges, but I’ll always cherish you! Yes, you were marked by the global pandemic, mask mandates, vaccines, and event restrictions. You disrupted school schedules, family rhythms, and passion projects. BUT you were also the year that I realized my dream of launching my own brand, Luxe + Love.
You were the year that it all came together. After 20+ years of planning events at distinguished venues around the world, I put my personal stamp on elevating the experience in beautiful Colorado. I get to set the bar for quality, and I couldn’t be happier!
So, with a fresh start and a new year, I want to take a moment to share my reflections on you, 2021:
Matchless Moments: There are moments when time slows down, and you get to soak in every detail. For me, that is getting goosebumps every time I see a bride walk down the aisle. I don't think I'll ever lose that feeling as we continue to build out our brand at Luxe + Love.
Collaboration: Dreaming with my clients and partners is one of the best parts of the job! As an experience designer, I got to listen to and ideate with people who wanted to create an exceptional event experience in 2021. We invented something amazing together, and we will continue to do so.
You Don’t Do It Alone: I'm thankful for all the fantastic professionals I got to work with in 2021. From videographers, photographers, venue coordinators, florists, cake bakers, coaches, communication gurus, and more - you continue to make me a better business owner, partner, and person!
Owning the Experience: I get to set the bar for quality and service standard with my own company. This has been an enormous blessing and a different vibe than working for another company. That's why "Luxe" is in our name: (adjective): luxurious; of supreme quality. This was a guiding principle at launch and will continue to be core to who we are at Luxe + Love.
Gratitude: I’m so grateful for what this year will always mean to me. My heart is so full, and I don’t ever want to take that for granted.
So, 2021, you were a year of joy, tears, memories, momentous occasions with clients, and pandemic challenges. I’ll always treasure you for what you gave me despite what you may have taken. Look out 2022, we already have weddings on the books and you’re going to be something really special!!
Photo credit: Laura DiMirra Photography