Corporate and Special Event Planning

My Very Own Special Moment

My Very Own Special Moment
Are you married to your best friend? I am.  Trevor has been a part of my life since I was in grade 7. We first dated in grade 7. I remember him kissing me at a party.  I was wearing a big baggy pink sweater (lol…similar to the style we’re wearing now) and pink leg warmers (again, sound familiar?) We dated for about two weeks then broke up. We dated again in grade 8 or 9.  Then I dated his best friend all through high school so we hung out all the time.  He moved to Toronto with my boyfriend to go to college. One time when I was up visiting my boyfriend, Trevor drove me back to Kemptville. We flirted all the way home. If another buddy’s sister hadn’t been in the back seat who knows what would have happened.  I eventually got tired of my boyfriend’s crap and broke up with him after 3 years of dating and him breaking my heart over and over again.  Who was there to rescue me?  My BFF!  From that moment on Trevor and I have been pretty much inseparable. We have been through some of the most amazing moments together and some of the most difficult moments too. We can talk about everything and anything. We challenge each other to be the best person we can be. We can laugh at each other and call each other out if we’re being ridiculous. When we fight we usually end up laughing instead of sticking to our argument. We have two beautiful girls, ages 12 and 9 and I can’t remember a time when we disagreed on how to raise them. 
Next week Trevor and I will be married 14 years. We’ve been together for over 18 years. We’ve been together more than half our lives!  We both believe we are so blessed to have found the right person the first time round.

Today while I was flipping through emails on my phone I came across one for Trevor. I wasn’t snooping, the person was asking if we were attending an upcoming event. I scrolled  down to see what his answer was and it said “yes I will be attending with my lovely wife”. I couldn’t believe it. He actually talks about me like that when I’m not around! I had a permanent grin on my face the rest of the day 🙂

So Trevor and I will be taking off for a few days to celebrate our 14th anniversary. Nothing terribly special but just going to get away for a bit. During that trip I plan to talk to him about next year’s anniversary plans. Yes I know, we haven’t even gotten to 14 years yet and I’m already planning 15…lol, the trait of a party planner!  For our tenth we backpacked around Ireland for two weeks.  I can’t decide if I would like us to do something similar or do we want to have a big party.

If we decide to travel I am pretty certain we’re going to Oktoberfest in Munich. But, if we have a party there are a few things I am not sure of.  First, do we renew our wedding vows?  This is a huge question. I really don’t know if that is something I want to do. Do I just want to leave our marriage vows as they are and keep those memories for what they are?  Or do we want to have a beautiful ceremony that our girls can be a part of?


Second is location. My very first choice would definitely be, without a question in my mind, up at our family cottage. But, my grandfather is not fond of sharing our family space with anyone but our very own family. I’ve never been allowed to have a party there or even invite friends up. I’ve gotten away with a couple of times but I think only 4 of my friends have ever seen our own little piece of heaven.  We would hold it during Labour Day weekend I think and I can picture it all perfectly. Lights strung all the way down to the water. Paper lanterns hanging from trees everywhere. An all day bbq with tons of salads and yummy deserts. We can have everyone bring up their tents and trailers and stay the night so that no one has to worry about going home. We will boat and swim all day in my favorite lake in the world.  Once the sun goes down we will start up a big fire in the pit and sit and roast marshmallows late into the night. And the one thing I want to do more than anything (if I don’t get to do it for our anniversary, I am doing it for my 40th birthday), we are going to take boats out into the middle of the water and we are all going to release floating lanterns, just like in the movie Tangled!  Oh ya baby, the most beautiful sight you will ever see!!  I have found the lanterns and I can’t get them out of my mind.

My second choice is a similar party, minus the tubing and floating lanterns, but at our house. Our intentions are to put in a pool in the spring so we were thinking we could have the party here at our house. An all day party and bbq. Perhaps a nice garden party dinner or something.  Booo…this idea just doesn’t sound fun anymore after the discussion Trevor and I had on our way up to the cottage yesterday. I actually got teary eyed on my way up there thinking about getting to celebrate something special at one my favorite places in the whole world.  Well anyway, chances are that idea will get shut down pretty quickly so I guess I should get used to this one or book us a flight somewhere.

Another thought we had would be to take off with the girls down south somewhere and renew our wedding vows with just the four of us.  That sounds really nice too.

Is it weird to throw a party for yourself? We have so many amazing friends and our 15th wedding anniversary is a really special moment and I would really like to celebrate it with everyone I think. I know I won’t just let it pass by as just another day but I just need to decide. Trevor doesn’t really care which we choose, we just have to pick one. He said I can’t have a party and a trip…what a party pooper…lol.
Well, here’s hoping we can come to some kind of decision while we’re out celebrating 14 wonderful years because if I get my way, this party or trip is going to take a lot of planning because we’re doing it right…hee, hee.
Let me know what you think.
Julia O’Grady has big vision, fresh ideas and a proven track record in the events industry. She and her team work hard to exceed client expectations and push ITM Events to achieve greater heights. A driven entrepreneur, Julia also manages the business side of ITM Events including human resources, finances, marketing and writing grant and sales proposals. In taking a high level approach to event management, Julia is able to visualize a project from inception to successful execution. She attracts valuable sponsors by offering meaningful opportunities to engage with participants. Julia uses her keen analytical mind to create incredible events that maximize the available budget. When Julia isn’t planning unforgettable events, she loves travelling the world with her family, staying active, and enjoying fine food and martinis.


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