Just A Bit About Me

Just A Bit About Me

I started Fiori Di Miele, quite a few years ago. It seems like only yesterday when I left my daughter in her college room in Switzerland with tears in my eyes, facing that well-known empty nest feeling. I felt absolutely horrible, and being an “Italian mother” my sentiments and feelings where somehow amplified. But I said to myself “You will survive like everyone else. Time to let your little bird fly solo”.

Well, as a creative person my mind went into full action, thinking that after all it was about time and that finally I had the opportunity to think about doing something for myself, mmmm…. It had certainly been many years since I had all this freedom on my hands…. what was I going to do with it? It felt almost scary to think about all the time I would have for the many years ahead of me to pursue some good cause. I left the organization of events behind as well to dedicate myself to raise my daughter.

It did not take too long before I started to think about what I had enjoyed doing in the past… summing up all those qualities and experiences in different fields I collected over the years. In the end my experiences in event planning plus my caring and motherly instincts and a desire to help people landed me in the wedding coordinating business.

Two days after I left Switzerland for Milan I attended my first (but not last!) wedding planning class. I was struck by how refreshing it was to be sitting with mature women (older than 16 years!) speaking a common language…. brides! After that things started developing quickly, more certificates, flower design, destination weddings expert, bridal styling, interior design and a magic photo-shoot with my long time friend and photographer Daniela Degrassi in Italy that I ended up using for our advertising material, and which gave our web site a beautiful and classy touch and of course the first wedding, what a thrill!

Now I would like to conclude this presentation of Fiori di Miele to you with these beautiful words written by a bride on her blog who called herself “Ten thousand only” http://tenthousandonly.blogspot.com/ on the verge of entering a new phase of her life – her marriage.

“Weddings, no matter how you slice it and dice it, will tug at your heart strings and push your buttons.

You’re emotional because you’re thinking about your families and what this shebang will mean for them, you’re emotional because you’re excited about the new family you’re about to build, you’re emotional because all of your beasties are there to support you, you’re emotional because there’s a lot to do and you’re kind of like just stressed out, you’re emotional because you find yourself walking that fine line between keeping everyone happy and being true to yourself… you’re emotional because you’re committing to f.o.r.e.v.e.r with that one amazing person…and want the wedding to be that kind of perfect…it’s just one day. But it’s significant, you know?

So amidst the flurry, should things ever get a little hairy or overwhelming, take a step back and remember what it’s all about. (hint: it’s not about cake flavors or wedding dresses.) I had to remind myself every now and then…what mattered to me, who mattered to me, and what the day itself meant to me.

In the end, not everything made sense to everyone, but it absolutely made sense to me, to my husband, and to our loved ones. And on the day of, we were fortunate enough to experience tender love, true joy, and hours of uninhibited dancing.

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

– Maya Angelou-

I’ll close for now with those beautiful and meaningful words and hope that all the brides out there will follow my adventures and emotions (yes I have them too…but hush, I usually don’t let them know) in the making of a perfect wedding.