For nearly two years now, I have worked away from behind my screen, working as much and as hard as I could to turn my dream of a blog filled with French wedding inspiration into a reality, plus turn it from a hobby into a viable business.
I am so delighted to have been able to feature your weddings, whether photographer, planner, supplier or bride and feel a part of your day as I compile posts. Many lessons learnt along the way and I have loved watching French Wedding Style grow to where it is today.
This all seemed cemented two weeks ago, when I found out the blog has been nominated for Best International Wedding Blog at the Wedding Magazine awards. I am still buzzing from the news and to be in a category with wedding blog founders and icons Style Me Pretty is amazing!
The winners will be announced at a glam awards ceremony on The Ritz in London on 8th October and I have complete stage fright!
This is going to be a room filled with bloggers from all walks of life including some of the founders of wedding blogs in the UK Rock n Roll Bride, Rock My Wedding, Boho Weddings and Love My Dress. This is going to be a room filled with bloggers who have met before, networked and socialised together. This is going to be a room where I know no-one!
Within the shortlist there are a handful of bloggers who I network with online, but have never met. We have our own little online support group and some of these fabulous ladies are going to the award and I can’t wait to meet them in real life. As I have never shared a picture of myself on the blog (something that I intend to reconcile soon), the lovely Sonia asked how she would recognise me!
But it is a step out of my comfort zone and whilst I am looking forward to it, I am also a little nervous.
I worry that I am not glam enough, not smart enough, not trendy enough, not influential enough, not pretty enough and not successful enough…..
But if I listed to fear I would not have started the blog in the first place. So I am going to find myself a dress that I feel fabulous in, put on killer heels and my favourite Chanel lipstick, take a deep breath and walk into that room, find a glass of champagne and introduce myself to a total stranger.
After all, whether in business, life or for your wedding day, we all have our own insecurities, but it is how we deal with them that matters.
P.S. Thank you if you voted in the first round of nominations for the Wedding Magazine Awards, but if you want the blog to be considered for the top prize don’t forget to vote again here or click the Wedding Magazine Awards logo on the right hand side.