Updated: Jun 12
In December of 2018, I made a decision to leave behind my career, one that I had worked really hard for over the past six years, that had taken me to London and then on to Manchester, but one that I had also fallen out of love with. Not only did I not enjoy my job but I dreaded going to work so handing in my resignation was a relief and after a very long three-month-long notice I packed up my flat in Manchester and moved back to my hometown of Yeovil in Somerset.
Earlier that year, after my friend’s wedding and having helped her with the set up I realised that weddings were something I could see myself doing long-term. I had always really loved weddings. And the skills being a Wedding Planner required – organisation, time management, resourcefulness, creativity, budget management etc where all ones that I felt I had.
For months before I had made my final decision, I had been weighing up the pros and cons of starting out in a new industry and moving back to where I started. I knew I wanted a career that I could use all the skills I’d learnt but gave me the flexibility to work when I wanted instead of being stuck in an office 9 ‘til 5. I was also sick of working in a stressful job with seeing little reward. I had worked in several high street retail head offices in Merchandising and it was all of those things - I felt chained to my desk, under pressure and I was bringing my work home with me both physically and mentally.
I’d discovered The Wedding Academy after doing some research online and decided that I would sign up to their course so I could get a Diploma in Wedding Planning, Styling and Design. (I’ll do another post on why I decided to choose them to study with at some point). But this gave me such a good foundation to start learning about the industry and building my own business.
In September 2019 I launched my website Leah Oliva Weddings and I’ve enjoyed every moment since. I’m so happy to be working in a career I find exhilarating, rewarding and yes sometimes stressful, but the stress is so worth it.
For 2020 I’m looking forward to working with more couples who are looking to create a wedding that truly represents them and are excited to make their wedding as memorable for their guests as possible. I’m also looking forward to working with some of the gorgeous venues we have here in Somerset and networking with other wedding professionals.