My journey with weddings started as a 7-year old kid in a small Michigan town named Vicksburg. Where my grandparents met and married in high school, and where my parents “found love” on the kindergarten playground and have been together ever since. I was a dreamer kid with a pragmatic personality. I loved weddings, not for just the idea of being a beautiful bride someday, but had an obsession with bridal design, trends and intense wedding day logistics at a very young age. I would ride my purple banana seat bike down to our local library and spend HOURS pouring over bridal magazines, books and anything that had to do with weddings so that I could understand the industry from the inside out.
Fast Forward twenty-seven years and I’ve been blessed beyond measure to be living the dream of that 7-year old girl and have the privilege and honor to be a part of a couples most memorable day of their lives.
During my journey to becoming a planner, I’ve learned some key lessons that have made me who I am and that truly define how I live my life and treat my clients.
- My Faith: To me, my faith is the most important quality of who I am. I hold myself to the highest level of integrity, which I personally define as, “Who I am when Nobody's looking”. I've been blessed by my Lord and Savior and because of him and His grace I am the person I am today.
- Tenderheartedness: I believe that when you place others needs before your own, you are given gifts back tenfold. I personally donate my time, talent and treasure to those less fortunate than me. While my personal passion for my work is a driving factor in my life, my passion for helping human-trafficking victims is my ministry and passion to help make this world a better place. To me, my business’ success directly impacts my financial means to support my call to this ministry and financial obligation.
- Gratefulness: So many times in our adult lives we could be filled with passion awe and gratitude for things that are happening to us that don’t seen pleasant or wanted. If we took a moment and took stock of all the amazing things in our lives, realizing that there are always those less fortunate than us and those that additionally have more, we would look at life so differently. I personally have been in very low places over the last few years and I feel it has dramatically changed my view of life. 5 years ago, I was newly divorced, down to the last .30 cents in my bank account, small business owner, and wondering where life was leading. It was a humbling experience taking a personal loan from a friend just to make rent. Selling my wedding ring, liquidating my retirement that I had worked and was so proud of was just the tip of the iceberg. During this period of my life, I was tested and tried; but through it all, I consistently prayed for the ability to be grateful for where I was at. During that period of my life, I learned that gratitude wasn’t attached to the security of my bank account, but rather, to those in my life who brought meaning to it, to my job that fulfilled me, and to a future which looked uncertain at the time but was filled with possibilities.
You see, I’m a normal gal with extraordinary passion for life. I know I was placed in this world to make people laugh, dream up their wildest dreams, and advocate for those who can’t do it for themselves.
Facts About Amy Grace
I’m the eldest of 5 kids! Yes, 5! If anybody can gain the art of negotiation, it’s the oldest daughter with 3 sisters below her and a dad that was pretty strict growing up. I’ve been mastering the art of chaos for decades. I’m a true expert in the field!
I’m a Law Enforcement Officer/Army Wife and extremely proud of it. My husband is my hero! He is the person I look up to and love living this passionately fulfilled life with. He dedicates himself daily to our community and to the lives of others and I cannot thank him enough for his selflessness to those in need.
My favorite music genre is Celtic/Traditional Scottish music along with a good musical soundtrack.
I’m the stepmom to a brilliant 16- year old boy, Tyler, and mom to a beautiful baby girl Charlotte “Charlie” Grace born March of 2018. My current passion project is to finish her nursery so that its top 10 Pinterest pin worthy room!
I’m an AVID Michigan fan and won’t wear red unless absolutely necessary due to the “school down south”. So, as you can imagine, wardrobe choices at Valentines and Christmas can be problematic.
My bucket list includes visiting every continent before 40. 4 down 3 to go! Ready to pack my bags and check them off!
Lastly, I’m not a big fan of chocolate and I’m always asked how I cope through life without it… simple, wine and dirty martinis!!! 🙂