Upon first encounter you wouldn’t know I… love food! Creating dishes, cooking for others, and eating it too! The perfect night out includes: My husband & I on a motorcycle ride in Florida, then with our closest friends outside on the water, enjoying warm weather, food, and drink.
S&CO: Last year you planned a wedding in your home state of Mississippi while living and working in Boston. How did you juggle it all?
DB: I originally had my heart set on the venue being this huge, old plantation home on the Coast where I grew up. Come to find out that absolutely nothing else was included, not even furniture. I had so many detailed ideas and great intentions, but realized planning it while living in Boston would be more stressful than fun. So, I let all that go. We found another historic home overlooking the Coast and Harbor, even more gorgeous than I imagined. It was more modest in size which was ideal for the intimate wedding we wanted and they would take care of literally everything for me! I went home, met the owners, and hit it off with them (we actually still keep in touch.) At that time we discussed everything from menu to décor to music, and the fact that my style was not super traditional; then I came back to Boston. They did all that I wanted and with some help from friends and family we had the most elegant, delicious, fun, laid-back, meaningful, & beautifully simple wedding day!
S&CO: You currently work at the Mandarin Oriental in Boston as a yoga instructor and massage therapist. What do you love most about your job?
DB:I absolutely love what I do. Since I was very young I knew I wanted to help others and that it would involve the body. The best thing about working at the Mandarin is providing treatments and experiences for people that are completely stress free and luxurious. The standard of service we give to everyone is beyond compare and ultimately why we’re the only 5 star spa in Massachusetts.
S&CO: What did you love most about your wedding?
DB:I loved everything about our wedding but most of all the private moment I shared with my husband after we were announced as husband and wife. It was unbelievably special and I’ll never forget it.
S&CO: Is there anything about your wedding you would do differently, in hindsight, that may be helpful advise for all the 2013/2014 brides currently planning?
DB: I would do nothing differently. Everything unfolded just as it was meant to and it was perfect! However, my one piece of advice is to remember what the day is truly about and go with the flow, no matter what. If it’s easy for you to get caught up or overwhelmed- designate a friend or bridesmaid to stop you every half hour or so and remind you to breathe and take in the present moment. It goes by in the blink of an eye.
S&CO: What inspires you?
DB: Art, music, my spirituality, & most of all- my clients/students with serious disabilities who have tremendous positive outlooks, try harder at everything, and complain about nothing.
S&CO: You’re currently moving into the next chapter of your married life- you’re expecting a baby! As a perfect planner, do you have any tricks up your sleeve that are making this transition smoother as well?
DB: Honestly, my husband is the perfect planner and absolutely amazing. I’m so blessed and give him most of the credit for making this transition smoother. Along with that, my yoga practice helps me profoundly.
S&CO: What are you passionate about?
DB: Fitness & nutrition, family, enjoying the outdoors, traveling, life!
S&CO: If you could only grab one thing from your home, what would it be?
DB: Our Shitzu, Lila
S&CO: What is your favorite Sikara piece?