So how does a wedding planner/photographer celebrate her divorce? She drinks her way through Champagne, France, duh! After all, a lot of weddings begin with champagne and therefore should end with it, right?
I have been a destination wedding photographer and planner for over 10 years so when it came to meeting the guy and getting married, I was very particular about how I saw my wedding day happening. I wanted to break the mold of the typical destination wedding protocol — you know where it equals a sunny tropical locale — and instead, get married somewhere dramatic and cold! So in April 2012, I held my “adventure wedding” in Iceland.
I became so obsessed with the adventure wedding concept and Iceland in general, I desperately needed to find a way back. Then, around six months into my holy matrimony, my spouse slapped me with a “no travel, unless for business” rule. Maybe a little out of spite, but more out of a love and kindred connection with the dynamic land and people in Iceland, I became an Icelandic wedding planner.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a woman who respects and appreciates the hell out of the solemn institute of marriage, but sometimes let’s face it, you just marry the wrong person and it doesn’t work no matter how hard you try. But the wild thing is that it took that wonderfully failed marriage for me to discover myself again and blossom those woes into a thriving unique business opportunity.
So in celebration of my new beginnings, I gathered several of my closest girlfriends and we all met in Paris for a long weekend. That weekend would have also been my three year wedding anniversary had I stayed married. I hired Erika Gerdemark from Sweden to meet me and my girlfriends at our hotel, The Peninsula Paris. We started my fab session on the rooftop of the hotel which had a gorgeous view of the Eiffel Tower. We then walked the streets near the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile laughing and talking where Erika captured some moments of me being free and fabulous. Our last stop on the agenda was the famed Trocadero, it was pretty epic.
I like to refer to it as my “Freedom Session.”
More divorce-stricken people should embrace this idea. Seriously, it is freeing and centering to celebrate YOU!