It’s hard to really feel homesick when we’re getting ready for a pig roast, ya know? But I am, just a little bit. The saving grace is going to be seeing Stacee Wendling and Ryan Remsing celebrating their wedding week with their families at the beach party, and then participating in what is reported to be the biggest “Pie-Stravaganza” ever tomorrow in Vieques at their wedding reception.
Many of my friends have been doing “thankfuls” on their Facebook pages every day. I didn’t do it, so I’m going to back up and do them all at once right here, right now! Some serious, some funny. No particular order except the very first one!
I am thankful for the best husband I could ever wish for. He is also my best friend.
I am thankful for our wonderful clients, who make getting up and going into the office instead of to the beach every day totally worth it. I am happy to report they each have an excellent sense of humor.
I am thankful for our amazingly dedicated staff and vendors who are busting their butts today to create a pig roast for our bride and groom instead of spending the holidays with their own friends and family. That’s dedication.
I am thankful that hurricane season passed Vieques by without incident this year, and that nothing named after me destroyed entire towns anywhere in the world.
I am thankful that a certain groom’s father kept his underwear on after he went in the swimming pool – it was too close for a minute there.
I am thankful that some wedding gown fabrics do not quickly absorb electric orange cocktails and that her dress looked perfect five minutes later.
I am thankful that Andy tracked down the missing luggage with the wedding rings in Fajardo. That was totally real.
I am thankful that we have made it (almost) through another successful year as the best wedding planning company on Vieques and Culebra islands in Puerto Rico. Only a few more weddings to go in 2013!
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to show off beautiful Vieques Island on TLC’s “Wedding Island” reality show (currently airing in the UK) and to have survived my first experience with television production. I am also thankful that there’s no tech crew arriving to tear up my office tomorrow like there was a year ago tomorrow, if only because we have a wedding tomorrow too and that would make things complicated.
I am thankful that the entire wedding cake waited to split in half until after the bride saw it when we had the quicksand cake topper this summer.
I am thankful that we have managed to keep all of our guests safe and healthy while visiting this island – even when it required hijacking a helicopter from the governor to get the MoB to the hospital.
I am thankful that nobody has set themselves on fire lighting one of our fire pits. That includes me.
I am thankful for our interns, and our incredibly successful internship program, that not only bolsters our staff, but gives us the chance to teach other future event planners how to fix the strangest things in the most amazing ways under the most unusual circumstances. We love you guys.
I am thankful for my webmaster and incredibly brilliant and much-younger staff and interns who keep all our websites and social media up and running, despite my best efforts to break it and goof up regularly.
I am thankful to have somebody who can run all of my numbers since that’s not my forte. Having her makes it possible for me to work on wedding planning.
I am thankful that we survived so many freaking double wedding weekends in the past year – what were we thinking???
I am thankful that we fixed the propane for three weddings in a row at villas at the last minute and the clients never knew there was a problem.
I am thankful for the floral vendors who work so hard with us to get pretty flowers here for all of our clients, no matter how weird or last minute our requests.
I am thankful for the beautiful weather we’ve had at all of our events this year, 99% of the time. Not sure the Noah’s Ark wedding counted – we were sorta asking for it with that one.
I am thankful for the people in my life who aren’t afraid to give me a reality check when I need it, and who are ALWAYS there when I need them.
I am thankful for our families for supporting our entertainment endeavors this year and that, thus far, none of you have moved and left no forwarding address.
I am thankful for everything that makes Vieques Island so unique – the biobay, the wild horses, the miles of white sand beach – and I feel lucky to live here with Bill.
I am thankful for my editors at The Huffington Post, Wedding Wire, Purple Unions, and a host of other reputable publications that kindly publish my blogs on a regular basis despite the fact that I’m probably not as funny as I think I am.
I am thankful for lots of other things too, but it’s time to get back to making a wedding happen. You guys are roasting turkeys, I need to go check on the how the pig roast is shaping up. And find out what Stacee and Ryan are naming dinner!
Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques and Weddings in Culebra!