Cast Blog: #BETHENNY

Part of the Family

An Incredible Journey

Only Time Will Tell

Summing It All Up

Loving Every Minute

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Welcome Home Bryn!

Dates and Divas

Meeting Baby Bryn

Madly In Love

The Return of the Panty Picker!

Beyond Happy

Baby On the Way

What You See Is What You Get

Taking the Plunge

An Introspective Week

So Hoppy Together

Never Let Them See You Sweat

My Heart Stood Still

Bump and Grind

Stuck on the Damn Cake

The Untouchable Smorgasbord

Trying to Stay Calm

Pulling Out All the Stops

The Panty Picker

A Million Percent Sure

In Planner She Trust

A Place of Pregnant

Lions, and Cougars, and MILFs ... Oh My!

Bridezilla Begins

Heart and Soul

Saved by the Bell

Part of the Family

Julie shares behind-the-scenes deets on what it's like to work for Bethenny!

 

Hey. Bethenny's assistant Julie here. I cannot believe I am writing a blog on bravotv.com and it is even more surreal that I am a part of this fun, down to earth and hilarious new show, Bethenny Getting Married? Things in my life are much different than I could have ever imagined when I left my hometown of Pittsburgh to move to New York in 2005. I always knew that when I met Bethenny in the Hamptons my first summer in New York, that somehow I would end up being a part of her life. She loves to tell the story about how she knew when she asked me to cut a tomato that I would be a great assistant. I am just lucky that years later when I was ready for a new opportunity that she gave me a chance and hired me.

I have worked with Bethenny since March 2009, and since day one, things have been fast moving and non-stop. A lot of the time it is stressful and tasks sometimes seem mundane, but overall when I step back and look at the small empire she has built - I am proud to be a part of it.

A lot of people ask me what working for Bethenny is like. It is most likely exactly what you would imagine it to be. She is a tough boss, with a lot of quirks, but very kind and encouraging. She wants me to succeed and is very thankful for everything I do - even if things sometimes move too fast to stop and smell the roses.

When Bethenny decided to hire another assistant, I was of course thrilled to have the help. Although sometimes I can be a control freak and want to do everything by myself, I knew with all that was going on that it would be nice to have someone to lean on. Although I did not directly interview Max (I was listening from the office) - he gave a great interview and won Bethenny and Cookie over.

 

 

Being a part of Bethenny and Jason's life day in and day out, I have learned a lot about both of them. And one thing is for sure - they are meant to be. As you watch them through these upcoming episodes, you will have a real idea of how they are together. They laugh, they fight, they nag, they forgive, but most importantly they love.

I am a lucky girl to be part of this "family" and be on this journey with Bethenny and team! I am so excited to watch with all of you how the past few months play out, especially the wedding and the welcoming of Baby Bryn. For fun updates on my daily life with Bethenny and crew, follow me @julieplake on Twitter!

Xoxo
Julie

Only Time Will Tell

Shawn talks about his journey with Bethenny, and thanks his family, friends, and fans for their support!

It is so hard to believe this journey with Bethenny, Jason, Bryn, Julie, Max and yes, Cookie is coming to an end! When I take a journey (such as this one) I always try to reflect back and look at the bigger picture. I like to assess what I did right, what I did wrong, how I can improve and how I can grow. Working with Bethenny on her wedding took me out of my comfort level and pushed me to work the hardest I ever have. It made me stronger as a person and as a business man. She taught me so many lessons and things that I can't even begin to list them all. There were many ups and there many downs. And there were many "oh s*@t" moments …but from each one I learned a lesson.

When I was working with Bethenny on the baby shower she was a different person, but so was I. I had confidence; I know that sounds self-righteous, but you have to understand it took me 35 long years to get to the point I am today and to be as confident as I am today. Working on her wedding brought me further to the point of "I can do it."

When Erica and I were unwrapping the cake for the baby shower, I was getting the sweats thinking it would be smashed. Something in my gut told me something would be wrong with the cake. And there was. I was fearful I would disappoint Bethenny! Listen, the cake came from a bakery in California (one of Bethenny's favorites) and the overnight carrier was not kind to it. When I pulled the lid off, I mortified that the top had been smashed and little Bryn's face had been ripped off. She was like "Baby of the Opera." So I mustered up the confidence to fix the cake. This was for sure one instance where I did let them see me sweat. But with Erica's help I pulled it together and fixed the cake and Bethenny was never the wiser. I guess that's what I'm talking about. I'm not a pastry chef, but I had the confidence (and watched plenty of cooking shows) to know what to do next.

Seeing Bethenny walk into the baby shower as relaxed as she was, was reward enough for me. She was calm knowing the shower would be fabulous, once again she trusted me. She was able to sit, relax and visit with her friends. It was great to see her like this. This is a woman who isn't able to sit and enjoy a quiet moment because she is always on the go. Which is exactly why she chose Spa Chakra on 5th! There is no better place to have a baby shower than at a spa. It was the perfect! She loved it, said I did a good job and that's all that matters! A client for life? Who knows…only time will tell.

People always ask if Bethenny and I are friends. You don't become friends over night. You both mutually have to open up and trust each other. You have to work at it, it's a relationship and all relationships require work equally from each party. After working on her wedding and now her baby shower I definitely think that we have a mutual understanding of each other. I know what she likes and what she doesn't like. And I think in turn she pushes my limits. She wants a fabulous party (and of course I want to plan one), but I think she also wants me to be the best that I can be. After all it benefits both of us. The more I grow, the better person I become and the better events I design and plan. And it all takes confidence to do so.

It did take confidence to do what I did for Bethenny, but it also took the love and support of my family and friends. My parents have always been super supportive and have never doubted my abilities and have always encouraged me to do what makes me happy. My sister has always been there for me when I have good news or bad or if I just need a shoulder to cry on. And my brother-in-law and nieces, although they don't always say much, have stood by me in my ventures 100%! Then there are my friends - there are too many to count, but their excitement, love and endless support helped push me further to reaching my goals. And then there is Michael, my partner in life and the love of my life; words can't describe the support he has given me. He truly is my driving force. To each and every one of these people, thank you and I love you!

And finally there is all of you, thank you for watching me grow, thank you for your (very honest) comments and thank you for watching my journey. I appreciate all your love and support!

I am not sad to see this journey end, only happy at what awaits me in the future. Until that chapter begins I wish you all the best and cheers!