Grateful For Style Me Pretty
I waited a day to process the news about Style Me Pretty before posting about it. If you haven't heard, yesterday Style Me Pretty sent out emails on Tuesday April 10, 2018 letting the public know that they will be closing on April 30, 2018. As soon as the emails were sent, I received text messages and phone calls from my fellow wedding creatives to discuss the sadness of this news. How could this be?! Is this true?! It's fake news! Style Me Pretty is the number one source for wedding inspiration worldwide so it didn't make sense to any of us that they were shutting down.
When I started my wedding photography business, I would read through Style Me Pretty’s blog posts thinking… gosh! Someday I’d love to be featured. The images are always so beautiful, meaningful, romantic, classic… I can go on, but you get the point. Their vision and branding really connected with me and so it became a goal of mine to be featured on their blog. Please don’t think that Style Me Pretty is the only blog that I love. There are so many other amazing wedding blogs out there, but considering yesterday’s news, today’s post is about how Style Me Pretty impacted my business. I’m sure many other wedding creatives out there can relate with what I’m going to say next. Being featured on Style Me Pretty is like winning the Oscars. Maybe I’m being dramatic, but it definitely feels like it.
I first heard the news when I was running off to my Studio Barre class and to say I was distracted was an understatement. My initial thought was, this has to be a joke! Someone hacked Style Me Pretty and sent out the email. But it would be one cruel and SUPER late April fool’s joke. When it became clear that this wasn’t a joke or a hack, I felt saddened and shocked by it all. Sad because the company that spoke so clearly to my creative heart and mind will no longer be there. Shocked because how could anyone shut down the largest wedding blog in the world?! I don’t have all the answers but I do know that I will miss Style Me Pretty.
The day that I found out that one of my real weddings was going to be featured FRONT PAGE of Style Me Pretty, I screamed with joy! I texted my husband, called my best friend, and danced around the house (because no one was home to see me do that). Then when it sank in that my work was getting a front page feature on Style Me Pretty, I sat and cried. My dream and goal was realized and I felt this overwhelming feeling that I’m doing something right. You see, owning a creative business is really hard and to have someone as big as Style Me Pretty recognize your work and want to share it with their followers and the rest of the world is a pretty darn cool feeling. I’m so grateful that two of my real weddings graced the pages of Style Me Pretty and since their website will be shut down soon, I’ve taken screenshots of the blog posts and have shared them below.
So where do we go from here? There are so many beautiful wedding blogs out there for inspiration, but knowing that they are not immune to being shut down like Style Me Pretty, I’m going to take it upon myself to create more inspirational posts here on my blog. I want you to be able to come here to see images from my weddings and draw ideas and inspiration from them.
To my friends and fellow creatives at Style Me Pretty, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. You have made Style Me Pretty one of the greatest source of inspiration for couples and creatives worldwide. You’ve impacted my life and business, along with many others, than you will ever know.
To my readers, please let me know what you'd like to see more on my blog in the comments below!
With much love and gratitude,