Cast Blog: #BETHENNY

So Hoppy Together

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

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

Part of the Family

Heart and Soul

Saved by the Bell

So Hoppy Together

Julie talks wedding day chaos, peeing in odd places, and the wild wedding reception!

 

The day that we had been planning for SOOO long (a month? really?) was finally here. In true assistant fashion, I knew my job was to stay calm and relaxed throughout the entire day and night. I honestly threw all of my things in a bag, not knowing what I would wear or if I even had shoes. But it didn't matter. The day was all about Jason and Bethenny being "Hoppy"!

It is so very "Jason" to have given Bethenny that note. He handed it to me when I saw him outside the hotel room, and I knew in the back of my head it would say something so sweet. However, when I went into see Bethenny in her hotel room to give her the note, I didn't realize that it would turn into such an emotional moment. Her crying, me crying and her clay mask running down her face!

The rest of the day went by SO fast ... getting ready in the hotel room and then heading to the Four Seasons Restaurant in the SUV was all a whirlwind to me. I am thinking the whole time - do we have everything? Do we have her shoes? Her underwear? Will the dress fit? Does she need deodorant? You only see a few brief moments of us in the bridal suite, but let me tell you. We were there for over two hours and each moment that the ceremony got closer, I got more excited and Bethenny's smile got bigger. My boyfriend was out in the pre-cocktail party, and I ran out there a few times to tell him, "I CAN'T even believe this is happening!" and "Just wait until you see how beautiful Bethenny looks!"

Now the peeing situation. When you gotta go, you gotta go. After I told one of my friends the story, she was like, "Julie, you have peed in way worse spots, right? I mean you did go to Penn State." Bethenny is my boss, but on her wedding day she was my boss AND my friend AND my family. There is no doubt in my mind that if on my wedding day, I was in the exact same situation, one of my best girlfriends would hold a pee bucket for me. I didn't over think it - hell, I think I suggested it. I am just sorry that Shawn had to be there too. I don't think it was part of my "job" description, but it DEFINITELY was not apart of his.

 

The ceremony was beautiful, their vows were so touching and I knew that the two of them were just as excited to get the PARTY started. The food was great, the cake was so tasty and the drinks were flowing. Honestly my favorite part was watching everyone get SO into dancing. The dance floor was NEVER empty and people were so intense. I felt like I should have choreographed a dance or something.

As Bethenny would say, "We laughed, we cried, we danced," and it was a more beautiful night than anyone could have ever imagined.

Jason and Bethenny are truly lucky to have found each other.

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!