My story first started almost four years ago. I found myself surrounded by weddings through the engagement of my friends. It was that time in my life when everyone seemed to be tying the knot. Yet, as I helped friends plan and find inspiration I found that there were no wedding blogs or websites that truly catered to the “landlocked bride.” Everything was Coast-focused or highlighted the south. Not to mention, weddings in the Midwest were still pretty conservative and traditional. I wanted to show Midwestern brides that you can buck tradition and create your own.
With that, I started off on the journey of creating “Landlocked Bride,” a wedding blog catering to couples in the Midwest and Mountain West. The content regularly shared includes regional real weddings, engagements, styled shoots, inspiration and trends, color palettes, vendor spotlights, etc. The goal was to bring a lot of what I was seeing on the East and West Coast to the Midwest and share how couples were focusing on the heart behind the wedding – the marriage, and working to make all elements personal and meaningful.
What started as a hobby, grew into being one of the Top 100 Wedding Blogs by Bride Tide for the last three years, and being named one of the Top 10 Regional Wedding Blogs by Rangefinder Magazine. And, the blog continues to grow, with site traffic always amazing me, and the growth of my team from just me to now two editorial team members, with a goal to hire a third soon.
They crazy thing through all of this, is I managed to also stumble upon wedding planning in mid-2009. What started out as a partnership with a dear friend, eventually grew into a solo business in December 2010. The business has lead me to so many wonderful opportunities, including exposure in The Knot, on the top wedding blog, Style Me Pretty, and as one of Martha Stewart’s “Doer of the Week” in January 2012.
When starting both endeavors, it was very much about finding a niche and filling it. With Landlocked Bride, no Midwestern wedding blogs existed. And, with Brit Stewart Weddings, my goal was to not only educate clients, but be a source of inspiration during the planning process. Plus, as a granola girl at heart, I focused to bring light to making weddings eco-friendly and sustainable whenever possible.
Sometimes you have to take a passion and find the best way to direct it. It’ll be easy sometimes, but others it gets hard. Remember why you started in the first place.
BS, Business Administration 2007