It was August of 2014 and I didn't have a portfolio of work I was proud to show. I had planned a vacation with my husband and, at the time, one year old daughter to Seaside, FL. I thought, what if I took one day out of our seven day vacation and made a bouquet and found someone to photograph it? Maybe that could be the beginning of turning around this business of mine. Maybe that could be the beginning of a portfolio of work I was proud to show. I literally googled "wedding planner Seaside FL" because I had less than 3 weeks and I didn't know any vendors in the area to help pull together everything that goes into a shoot.
We all want to know how to master the art of the “and.”
What do I mean by that? I think if we all only had one role to fill, we’d be great at it, right? But that’s never reality. We’re all something and something else. We’re teachers and fathers. Children and students. Mothers and entrepreneurs.
Today was one of those weird days where everything that I thought would take me an hour to do ended up taking twice as long. I pride myself on being efficient so when I'm not, I get frustrated. I had a few deadlines to meet and I missed the boys' swim lesson to get my work done. Anytime I have to miss one of their activities I feel a like I've failed. Not that I've failed them, they are great. They don't care if I miss one practice here and there. I feel like I've failed because the whole reason I started down the path of business ownership was so I wouldn't miss any of those moments. But then two things happened:
I still remember the day (It was only 3.5 years ago!) that I walked into the bank, sat down in front of a loan officer, and filled with embarrassment handed him my financial paperwork. I knew I was meant to do this business. I knew I COULD do this business.
My goal is to be at the studio at 8am. I don’t put anything on my calendar until 9am because I know I need a full hour to get settled in and prep for my day. KNOW THYSELF. If I schedule a meeting at 8:30am, I’ll feel rushed and frantic and it won’t go well. KNOW THYSELF!
My 9am meeting time slots are for people on my team: Kellie (admin!), book keeping, Danae (second designer), etc. These people know me. They know my heart and my intentions. They also understand if I text them and say something like, “I’m running 15 minutes behind! Zeke figured out how to open his sippy cup and poured milk all over the car.”
It really is amazing what can be accomplished with a team of people. The past two weeks have been full of meetings. I'm working with six different people from all over on one main project. As the leader, I get the blessing and curse of making the final decision, but I'm glad the people I work with are passionate, bring their own ideas to the table, and believe so strongly in their vision.
This juicy, colorful Sunstone Winery Wedding is featured in Style Me Pretty!
What are they saying about this wedding??
“This gorgeous shoot from Heather Payne Photography at Sunstone Winery (aka the dreamiest venue ever) proves exactly why it's so important to incorporate texture into your wedding day. From the elegant pink and orange color scheme to the ceremony's floral-adorned mantle by Jessica Zimmerman to the DRESS - there's texture at every turn.”