Well, it has only taken us forever to jump on this bandwagon, but hey better late than never right! Why not start this new chapter with introducing a little bit about me and us! Bear with me if I’m not doing this thing right, and forewarning, I can get on tangents, but that’s life and women, right? Anyway, here goes nothing! (what does that even mean? Another southern slang!)
Hey Y’all! I’m Amanda and this is my husband Jordan! We’re the Robbins! Our journey officially began November 5th, 2011, that’s when I became a Robbins. I grew up on a farm out in the middle of nowhere northeast Alabama where the closest Walmart was 30 minutes away. Cows, horses, dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, 4-wheelers, muddin’, bonfires, hangin’ out in the Walmart parking lot with friends because that’s all there was to do (other than getting in trouble) tractors and pastures, that was my life before moving to the “big city” in 2009. I was a country girl and I loved every minute of it, minus living so far away from my friends. I was homeschooled, not because we lived that far out but other reasons my parents thought was necessary. That’s another story for another day. Jordan on the other hand the polar opposite, a true city boy. Hangin’ out at the movie theater, going to the mall to just walk around, sports, etc. He lived in Atlanta for most of his high school years if that tells you anything. However, when we met and got to know each other, we both found each other lives to be so fascinating, not that is was so glamorous but so different than what we had ever known. So long, long story short we both now love that happy medium, we love the outdoors but we also love going to the mall! Here’s us on our wedding day!
Being married for 6 years has had it major ups and downs and so much learning, but I don’t think I would really trade any of it! We fight, a lot, but the love far outweigh those. There have been times we didn’t want it any more but we always come back to the love that first brought us together. Here is my two minute marriage advice; always, always remember the love that drew you together. Yes, people change, we change all the time, but going through life and the down right shitty things that happen, yeah, you’re bound to change, you need to change. Tragic events, losing a loved one, infertility, financial stress and struggles, careers, school, standards, family, life, all the above and much more have shaped our individual lives and our marriage. When it comes right down to it, you have to make a decision of what in important to you. Ok, off that soapbox.
Business……so I have always been a very organized, detailed person, even as a young child. My wedding planning business started after my own (cue the eye rolls). Honestly, I just love weddings. I love everything about them. From the old tradition, to the new love and new traditions, seeing a girl just beaming with excitement, literally everything. I was really heartbroken when my wedding was over, I really missed it. I was one of the first of my friends to get married, so when friends started asking what I did or how I did it, I loved it and really wanted to help! I talked business ideas with my mama for a very long time, ideas from a gown shop, to a bridal makeup artist, a resource library type to make finding vendors easy, and finally a wedding director and planner. I researched and researched everything I could find related to wedding planners. What the average cost was, where were they, how they got their clients, what exactly they did. From there and with a little push from my mama decided to create AMR Bridal Events in 2014. I did a few weddings for free because I just wanted the experience and to see if I was really cut out for this. Well I learned everything I needed to know with those few weddings, mainly what not to do and how important a contract is, for both parties! Since then, education is still one of my goals year after year. I never want to stop learning! I now focus on client experience and building relationships, with each bride and other vendors.
So that’s a little bit about us and AMR! We’d love to hear your thoughts on our first ever blog! Here’s my declaration, to keep sharing a little bit of our lives, our amazing couples, and what’s next!
Here’s my shameless plug…..I’d really mean the world if you would share this, follow us on FB and Instagram and all that fun stuff! @amrbridalevents is where you can find me!