A Fond Farewell

I ventured into the wedding industry 9 years ago. It is hard to believe that it has been that long since eagerly walked into my first day of interning with an LA planner while in school at UCLA. At that time, brides did not have thousands of blogs within their fingertips- they mainly read wedding magazines. Mason jars were not popular and if you told someone that people would be incorporating fake moustaches into their wedding, they would think you were crazy.

Weddings had my heart from the start. The details, the moments, the quiet looks between a bride and groom. I have loved getting to be a part of my client’s love stories.

This year, I am saying goodbye to wedding planning. Not because I do not still love it with the giddiness of college student venturing into a world of peonies and place cards, but because my goal has always been to put my family first. I am so thankful that God blessed Joyful Weddings & Events beyond my wildest dreams- so much so that it grew beyond what my situation could handle. With my two sweet boys now at my side, I simply could not continue running a wedding planning business from home while trying to be the mom I wanted to be. My goal was always to be a mom, not a career woman. After a year of praying and discussing with those close to me, I made the hard decision to step back.

But I did it with joy in my heart. Not only because I have so many incredible memories and friends to take with me, but because I am handing it off to an incredible woman. Bre has been working with me for the past few years and, through that time, she has become a wonderful friend and an amazing wedding planner. You can read a bit more about her here, from when I introduced you to her last year. She has had the reins of the business this year and is rocking it! I cannot wait for her to show you what she has been up to- she will be posting some breathtakingly beautiful weddings soon.

What’s next for me? Getting to spend time with these two sweet boys and my amazing hubby.

I’m not going to lie- it has been bittersweet and has been a bit of a transition. I miss wedding planning already, but am treasuring the freedom to be a full-time mommy!

I am still running my etsy shop and have just launched a new blog. I will be sharing wedding & party DIYs, crafting tips and ramblings about my adventures in a crafty mom’s world. Come and follow my journey!

Other business:

Bre will be taking over the twitter handle joyfulweddings. Be sure to follow her for all of the latest gorgeousness from Joyful Weddings!

I will be now be JoyfulCourtney on twitter. Don’t worry- if you follow either of us already, you’ll still be following us. Just try not to get confused by the name switch :)

You can also follow me on pinterest and Bre too! (including inspiration for her own wedding coming up in June!!)

I also have a little giveaway on my new blog, so hop over to check it out!

Thank you all for following us and for the years of encouragement & love! Joyful Weddings & Events has been such a blessing to me & I cannot wait to see it grow & thrive under Bre’s leadership!

13 Responses to “A Fond Farewell”

  1. happy for you, sweet court!! i can’t wait to follow your new blog. xoxoxo

  2. so happy for you, best wishes for the future! will definitely follow your new blog :-)

  3. so happy for what God has next for you my dear friend! and I know Bre is gonna rock it!! can’t wait to follow the new adventures.

  4. Congratulations on the exciting future ahead of you. Best of luck to you!! xoxo

  5. Courtney, I wish I could express in words how much I admire and respect your decision. This is such an important time in your boys lives, and you are an amazing woman for recognizing that.

    I am sure it was a tough decision on so many levels, but I KNOW God will continue to bless you and your family.

    Bre is such a blessing too!! LOVE LOVE LOVE her!!

  6. so happy for you, and wishing you all the best court. so excited to start following all your amazing craftiness with joyfuljoyful!!

  7. thanks friends! Love you all!

  8. I am so proud of you Courtney! Amazing mother, wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, entrepreneur, creative, full of wisdom and patience, lover of God, such a blessing to all of us! I love you!!

  9. Courtney! So happy for you, best of luck!!! :D

  10. pretty neat how we seem to be walking similar paths! very well said- you’ve accomplished so much already, and can’t wait to see what’s in store for your etsy shop! xoxo

  11. Courtney ~ Wishing you the best in your future endeavors. You made our wedding very memorable over 2 1/2 years ago. I’ve been following you on your blog and twitter since then. Congratulations on your accomplishments and making brides, grooms and their loved ones (formerly moi!) happy with a lifetime of memories. Best ~ Ghazal.

  12. Hi Courtney, I saved your blogpost once upon a time (before pinterest) :) for the idea of the seasonal parties you were throwing (the spring picnic, winter soup party, etc.) I just clicked back over to see what you’re up to now.

    I applaud you in making the hard decision but the one you feel is best for you and your family right now. I have recently seen several professionals who have built businesses stepping back to spend time being mama and wife.

    God calls us to different things at different times and it is often so hard to change course but I think it is encouraging to us all as we see others doing it and following where they feel God is leading.

    May He bless you richly moving forward. Off to check out your new blog. Kelly

  13. [...] This past saturday was my last official wedding as a wedding planner. For those of you that don’t know, I used to own Joyful Weddings & Events but sold it to one of my planners (and friends) Bre when Hudson came along. You can read more about that here. [...]

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