June 25, 2014

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

It’s no secret, I’m hooked on events, it’s in my blood. There is no such thing as a typical day in the life of an events team; especially here at the National Press Club of Australia, which is something I’m crazy about.  Apart from being really exciting, if not a little nail biting watching as my concepts and ideas come to life, it’s full of creativity and challenges and adrenalin too.  Events give me a real sense of purpose and fulfilment knowing that I am contributing to something that adds value to thousands of people each year. From Press Conferences, Forums, Business Breakfasts, Lunches and big flash swanky Dinners. Any sort of party, be it a formal Banquets or the 400 Weddings I’ve worked on in my career. Ahhhh yes….. I do love my weddings.

Happily Ever After. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

Each year at the NPC I am lucky enough to assist around 30 couples in the planning of their ‘I Dos’ and often I get to be a part of their happily ever after. This can be where the adrenalin comes into my day as I have come across some real crackers, from sewing the best man’s pants after his dress shirt got stuck in his zipper (while he was still wearing them), to having an entire wedding party spit chewing gum into my bare hand (on my orders) before they entered the reception. I’ve had to piece together a wedding cake that a rogue kid thought looked delicious, & been called upon to be Master of Ceremonies, Disc Jockey, Photographer and even ducked a punch from an intoxicated mother of the bride. Yep, that’s me! All in a day’s work!

Happily Ever After. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

This incredible, gorgeous and Oh – So lovely wedding couple (J&A) will forever be a fond memory for our team. Every detail was considered with precision, and as a planner who thinks in ‘details, details, details…..’ I knew I was in for a treat after the first meeting. From the church to the reception, the whole shebang was stunningly beautiful.

Happily Ever After. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

As a venue, we pride ourselves on offering a full service package; our Chefs will personally design the Menu, our Sommelier will match the wines, I design a detailed timing schedule, and over the years I’ve become famous for my box of goodies containing everything a bride might need – including a spare pair of flats for when the dancing begins! I work with the Decorator, Florist, DJ, Photographer, Makeup Artist, the Cake peeps, make the Bonbonnieres & the accommodation bookings too. I’m pretty sure sometimes I’m the Berra’s version of JLo from The Wedding Planner. *smile*

Happily Ever After. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com ‘Getting their love groove on’

On Monday night, the team here at the Pressie cleaned up at another industry Awards Night, we were awarded Best Function/Convention Centre Caterer. Soooooo…. If you get engaged, you know who to contact to help you with your dreamiest of weddings….. And have a really kick-butt party at the same time!

Happily Ever After. Anna Johnston - www.shenannagans.com

So tell me dear reader, are you living happily ever after, and do you love Weddings? If yes…. Aside from the cake, what is the one thing you love most about them?

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shenANNAgans is Anna Johnston, a 30 - something Aussie gal with an unwavering passion for the Hospitality industry. I love the quirky and unusual, designing events, travelling far and wide and eating food from all around the world. I am coffee blooded, a craft beer enthusiast, wine drinking yogi who enjoys writing about her adventures.

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Sriprae - July 7, 2014 Reply

You rock!! Oh my goodness, the attention to details–you are a bride’s wedding planner dream come true…heck, WAY BETTER than Cinderella’s fairy godmother!! A big hearty CONGRATULATIONS to you and to all your wonderful achievements!!! You inspire me with your enthusiasm and boundless energy. 🙂 You are quintessentially a ray of sunshine.

    Anna - July 8, 2014 Reply

    Nawwwhhhh… Sriprae you gorgeous woman you, what a beautiful comment. Thank you! Tearing up this end. 🙂
    Giant hugs across the oceans to you. What a treat having such lovely and wonderful people in my world. xxx

Choc Chip Uru - July 3, 2014 Reply

OMG you are like the best party animal ever! I wish you were going to uni with me!!! Your spirit is why you got the award, CONGRATS 😀
And if you organise weddings, then you should DEFINITELY go for an Indian one – they go on for at least a month with multiple celebrations 😛

Choc Chip Uru

    Anna - July 4, 2014 Reply

    Haha CCU! You crack me up. 🙂 Thank you so much, really appreciate your kind words. 🙂
    I have it on my list to event manage an Indian wedding reception, it would be soooooooo much fun. A week of parties. 🙂

InTolerant Chef - July 1, 2014 Reply

Congrats guys, very exciting indeed! I love helping make special days even more wonderful for the happy couple, and it sounds like you guys are doing a great job 🙂

    Anna - July 1, 2014 Reply

    Bec, ya legend, thank you so much for stopping by, it is SUPER great to have you here. 🙂 YAY! I missed you.
    Thanks for the lovely comment too, we as a team are really having a ball with our events and weddings. It’s so great to be recognised by the industry for all we do too. I remember working in the kitchen for weddings and thinking it was great to be involved that way too. Its totally a group effort to make a special day like a wedding super great. Again, its nice to see your face lovely one. xx

ela@GrayApron - June 28, 2014 Reply

Happy pictures!
Yeah, of course I like weddings…

ela h.

    Anna - June 30, 2014 Reply

    Haha… Love that you love weddings. With you totally! 🙂
    Thanks for stopping by Ela, lovely to have you here.

Tandy | Lavender and Lime - June 27, 2014 Reply

I’m not a huge wedding fan and we go to very few but the best part for me is listening to the groom’s speech 🙂

    Anna - June 30, 2014 Reply

    Yes, I love the Grooms speech, I don’t know how many times I have teared up listening the grooms speech. 🙂

Dionne Baldwin - June 27, 2014 Reply

YAY! That is so awesome! Planning small events put a lot of needless stress on me, so I truly do admire you for making those special days such a huge success. That is a lot of hard work. I am not so much into weddings just for the sake of weddings, but when I know that someone close to me is getting married, I am so happy for them. A beautiful wedding to celebrate a fresh chapter in life is so perfect!

    Anna - June 27, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Dionne, the Press Club team are on a roll at the moment, pretty lucky to work with such an awesome bunch.
    Haha, I’m the complete opposite, all for weddings and parties just for the sake of it. Love a good party! LOL! My theory is that life should be celebrated and enjoyed and one of the best ways to do that… A party! Hope you are well lovely one. xx

Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl - June 27, 2014 Reply

Lots of smiles in this post, you rule! 🙂

    Anna - June 27, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Pamela. 🙂 As do you! x

Jean | Holy Smithereens - June 26, 2014 Reply

Hi Anna! Its great to discover your blog. And what a fulfilling career you have! Congratulations on the award, and more importantly, good on you for having a job that you truly enjoy — not many people can say that! I love weddings – Other people’s weddings, that is! haha 🙂 I enjoy attending other people’s weddings as I can relax more and be more carefree. I have to admit I was kind of tense during mine– all 3 of them. Making sure things are alright, etc etc. My weddings should have had a dose of shenANNAgans on them! 🙂

    Anna - June 27, 2014 Reply

    Hey Jean, its great to have you here. 🙂 And yes, I am really lucky to have a job I adore and work with the coolest group of people too. I’ve not been married, so can’t say whether I enjoy that side of the fence yet, but have a hunch I will. LOL!
    Go you good thing, 3 weddings, that rocks. I hope all 3 were super different… Were they? 🙂 Totes, if ya EVER need a splash of shenANNAgans in your life, you know where to find me now. 🙂 AND… Tense time = Chill Out Time (in the Fridge) 🙂

Kris Johnston - June 26, 2014 Reply

And that aint no shabby award right there! Massive congrates to you and the Press Club team for another well deserved award. Killing it!!!

    Anna - June 27, 2014 Reply

    Yep… it’s pretty darn cool, the Pressie team really are doing awesome at the mo, and its wonderful I get to be a part of it. 🙂 Thanks for the congrats Schnitzel. xx

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella - June 26, 2014 Reply

I love weddings too! They’re such special days for everyone involved 😀 I’m seeing you in JLo’s role easily Anna!

    Anna - June 27, 2014 Reply

    They really are Lorraine. 🙂 And hahaha… thank you! 🙂

Josephine - June 26, 2014 Reply

Happily Ever After CAN be the real deal … I certainly wish them well – with such a beautiful beginning the future looks gleamingly bright!

Congratulations Anna and the whole Press Club team for making dreams happen :O)

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    Ohhh Jo, you surely are one of the most positive and beautiful people I know. Thank you for your lovely comment. 🙂 I am with you on the Happily Ever After too!!!
    Thank you, we have an incredible team, I am truly blessed to know and work with such a fantastic bunch. x

Krista - June 26, 2014 Reply

You are amazing, luv! 🙂 I can feel your enthusiasm for your job and it makes me smile so big. 🙂 I used to do weddings for friends several years ago and had a most hilarious and utter-gong-show time of it. 🙂 People really do go mental at their weddings. 🙂

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    Nawh, thanks Krista. I think you are pretty darn amazing too. 🙂 I do indeed love my job, I love that I get to be a part of so many wonderful and fun memories, my small drop in the ocean has a huge effect on the lives of those I work with. Yay! Haha, yep… weddings are brilliant fun, its great to watch people let loose and enjoy.

Hannah - June 26, 2014 Reply

Congratulations on the award!!! You are AMAZING!!!!
I love the first dance! they are either breathtakingly beautiful and romantic or belly-achingly hilarious!!!

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    Right back at chya HP! We sure are lucky to have such an amazing and dedicated team, thanks for all that you, you a rock star. xx
    Yeassss, I love the first dance too, I always tear up… Even if the song is cheesy and awful. Don’t wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith… #firstdancefail

Susan - June 26, 2014 Reply

What a Lovely Beautiful wedding, no wonder you enjoy what you do. And big congratulations to you & the Press Club Team on yet another well deserved Award. Well done.

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    Why thank ya Susan. 🙂 Yes, I do love my job, its so diverse and I get to meet the most wonderful people too. Cheers for the congrats, I shall pass along to the team. 🙂

Alllison - June 26, 2014 Reply

What a beautiful wedding! SO gorgeous! And congrats on the award!

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    Oh yes, it really was one of the most beautiful weddings, I was super lucky to be involved with their amazing day. Cheers for the congrats too, we are one happy little team. 🙂

Natalie @ Tastes Lovely - June 26, 2014 Reply

That is so cool that you are a wedding coordinator! My husband and I are in the wedding industry too, we own a photography and videography business. I’ve had some great experiences with wedding coordinators, but if the coordinator does not do a good job, I’ve seen a whole wedding start to fall apart with lack of planning and organization. I bet you would be great to work with!

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    Oh thats awesome Natalie, you guys get to see some pretty wild stuff too, the photographers and videographers work soooo hard, so well done, looking forward to seeing your adventures in the industry. And yes, if the wedding coordinator doesn’t have ‘the plan’ in place, its amazing how quickly it all goes to rat & ruin. Nawh, thank you for that lovely comment, right back at ya. Cheers for the visit Natalie. Have a tops week.

Mandy - The Complete Book - June 26, 2014 Reply

Have just done another little happy jiggle for you for the incredible award hon. Brilliant stuff! Well now, you sure have had your fair share of wedding “stuff” happen – the punch, well that one seems a little bit too far but hey, got to roll with the punches – hee hee.
What a fabulous career you have carved out for yourself Anna – a job I too would love! Hopefully my OCD administrative project management mind would all kick back in – been out of the working environment for well over a decade now!
What a beautiful couple J&A are and what a sensational day you planned for them.
Love and hugs to you across these very big oceans lovely lady.
🙂 Mandy xoxoxo

    Anna - June 26, 2014 Reply

    Teehee… Happy jiggles, thanks for your love and support Miss Mandy, means the world. 🙂 Yes, I certainly have had some fun experiences with my weddings, guess it was all the emotion of the day, a few too many bevies and boom… MOB decided she would express herself on me. Yay! I managed to talk her down and the night rolled out a treat there after.
    Why thank ya, yes it really is one of the best jobs ever. Oh you’d still ‘have it’, your brain would most certainly kick in with the planning and organising, tis in our blood. 🙂 And yes, J&A are stunners, absolutely loved being a part of their amazing day.
    Lots of hugs and loves right back at chya. Have a fantabulous and super wonderful week. xxx

John - June 25, 2014 Reply

I attended the wedding featured in the article, food and service was spot on.

    Anna - June 25, 2014 Reply

    WOW, thank you so much for the lovely feedback John, great to hear you enjoyed the Press Club. Yes, we really are very spoilt, the Chefs are awesome… And the events team are an amazing bunch. Appreciate you letting me know, I will forward onto the the team. 🙂

Hotly Spiced - June 25, 2014 Reply

Congratulations on the award! I didn’t know you were involved in events. My sister used to have an events company and I worked for her for a couple of years. Although the hours were long and there was a lot of stress, I absolutely loved it xx

    Anna - June 25, 2014 Reply

    Cheers Charlie! 🙂
    Oh thats cool, I didn’t know you worked in the industry, although totally makes sense… That Titanic themed party you planned for Archie was epic.

Alice - June 25, 2014 Reply

Loved reading this story Anna! A huge congrats to you & your team, and it’s true that events rarely showcase the less ‘erm’ glamourous detsils! Love your spirit & zeal, it’s so wonderful to read about the path to your success 🙂

    Anna - June 25, 2014 Reply

    My lovely J&A were the most gorgeous couple, it’s peeps like these two that make my job just soooo great. And yep, it’s cool being able to share my journey and the fun amazing things I am involved in. Thanks Alice, you ROCK! 🙂

Lizzy (Good Things) - June 25, 2014 Reply

Fantastico! Congrats on the award!

    Anna - June 25, 2014 Reply

    Thanks Lovely Liz, I appreciate your support. Yep, we are all super proud, its really great to be recognised by our industry. 🙂

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