Wedding Wednesdays allow us to spotlight creatives, local and not-so-local, whose work we love! These wedding vendors, artists, and small businesses are all doing amazing things and we think that our couples should know about them! We invite you to come along with us to learn more about these businesses that will help you make your day as meaningful as possible (and, if you’re a Radian Bride/Groom, that we would love to work with)!
This week, we’re talking with Michelle McMurray de Luces, the founder and creative director of Wedding Story Writer. When we heard about the amazing work that Wedding Story Writer does to preserve the document a couple’s wedding story, we were so intrigued. Here is something that’s completely different from photography, but achieves some of the same goals! We had so much fun meeting Michelle and her husband, Erick, who like us, run their business together. You can read more about their heart behind Wedding Story Writer below!
RP: Tell us about Wedding Story Writer and who you love to serve!
Michelle: Wedding Story Writer brings a sublime new concept to the worldwide wedding industry. We are hired to attend weddings, and while there, we write the wedding story as it occurs. We record everything we see, hear, taste, smell, or touch.
Beginning with an interview process to write our couple’s background story, we write about families, biographies, home life, leading all the way up to how our couples met. We write about dating experiences, how they were engaged, and on the day of their wedding, we are there with them, no longer a stranger but a trusted friend, writing about their beautiful day as it unfolds.
We also create hand-made heirloom vow books, a treasure to use on the day of the wedding, with hopes that their vows are read as a yearly anniversary tradition. Years later, children and grandchildren can use the same vow book as they walk down the aisle. They are truly family keepsakes.
RP: What do you wish brides and grooms knew when thinking about their legacy?
Michelle: There are two things I think about when it comes to legacy items, and both are gifts.
The first legacy item is a story, because a story is truly everyone’s legacy.
Humans have been telling stories since their very beginning of existence. Memories are transmitted directly through storytelling, and what better way to start than with a wedding story.
They allow children to relive a time-gone-by, get to know a person from the past, understand their intentions, humanize them a bit. They allow for fantasy and romance, connecting the past to the future. They can also help a person remember why something, such as a marriage, occurred in the first place, particularly during hardships.
The second legacy is a physical item from the wedding itself.
As a former bride, I put a lot of thought into the items I used for my wedding. I think we all secretly hope our daughters will want to wear our bridal gown on their wedding day, but that rarely happens in society today. Most brides want a new dress of their own and want to borrow something from their mom or grandma.
My grandmother left me several sentimental pieces from her life: her engagement ring, her gold locket, and her wedding lingerie. She didn’t have a wedding dress, but was married by the justice of the peace while my grandfather was on leave during WWII. Most important of all, my grandma told me the story about how she met my grandpa, leading all the way up to their wedding day. I treasure that story and tell it to my kids. They love hearing it, envisioning her in a blue suit and hat and old grandpa in army fatigues.
She gave me the most precious items from her wedding day. I treasure them. Our grandchildren will feel the same way about our items, so it’s important to take time when making decisions on your attire, choosing quality pieces that will last for decades, for lifetimes.
Under this line of thought, I created vow books and wedding story books, one item to pass down physically, for a great granddaughter to hold and use on her wedding day, and one item to be passed down in story form–verbally, physically and visually.
RP: What resources or advice do you suggest for brides and grooms who are thinking about their dream wedding?
Michelle: My advice is to always research your options before booking anyone for a service and be sure to hire a wedding planner. They will literally save your wedding if anything negative occurs! Knowing what will make your wedding all about you will save you time and heartache down the road. If photos are the most important aspect, be sure you hire a reputable photographer with experience and a great hair and makeup artist. If a great bar experience is what you dream about, save your money to invest in a stellar bartending company. These professionals are well-worth the money!
Finally, know your budget. If you want to dream big, be sure you plan your wedding out at least two years in advance so that you have time to budget for the dream dress, the wedding story and the fabulous photography team.
RP: What are you working on right now that’s keeping you happy and energized?
Michelle: I’m currently finishing up a 100 page wedding story and beginning a biography for another client. We have two more wedding stories scheduled for this year and are booking clients for 2018.
RP: When you planned your wedding, what is one unforgettable thing that you did to make sure your day and marriage were intentionally crafted?
Michelle: I planned every aspect of my wedding and hand-made several items, including a vow book and 100 bound booklets for our guests. Each booklet was created from fine Italian parchment paper with silk ribbon and was stamped with a wax seal. We brought the vow book idea with us when we created Wedding Story Writer, but used sturdier materials for longevity during production. Besides the hand-made portion of our wedding, we wrote our own vows and had a hand-fasting ceremony with 20 attendants. Our entire ceremony was unique and unforgettable.
Learn more about Wedding Story Writer and their work here: