Which (frighteningly) makes me somebody’s boss. Which is awful and weird sounding. So I won’t call it that.
At my rehearsal dinner, November 21, 2008.
Me, Annalee, and Hope at Annalee’s baby shower last summer. Look how Photoshopped the photographer made us! We’re very… Stepford.
Annalee and I have been friends since we were wee little girls. Our parents were childhood friends, our grandparents were the very best of friends, and we first got to know each other at sleepovers and play dates. There is a photo somewhere out there of the two of us, 8 years old, holding balloons posing for the ‘No-Cavities’ club at her daddy’s dental practice. I’m happy to report that Annalee was never one of those mean kids I mentioned in the Toy Story blog.
We lost touch in high school and college since we went to different schools (I was a rebel and she a bulldog) and had different extracurriculars. After we were both college grads we got reconnected, and found that we were planning our weddings at the same time. I went first, then she followed a couple months later (in fact, its her 2-year anniversary today), and when it was time to design her wedding invitations she trusted me to do the job. My very first paid wedding invitation job. She gave me total creative freedom, and I gave her the now somewhat famous handkerchief save-the-dates. Because of that single blog post, a wedding photographer in New York found me and ordered them for her own wedding and thus, Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence was born.
She knows everything about etiquette and much about public relations (she should be—she has a master’s degree in it), wedding planning which put her at the top of my list to help me make Lucky Luxe grow someday.
And now, we’re finally there. Her official title is general manager and design consultant, meaning she helps new clients navigate the laws of etiquette, choose a design, and place their orders. Today was one of my most productive days in months. I’m baffled by the freedoms having her help allowed me. It felt like I had two brains and 4 hands to get all the work done. And I am so thankful for that.