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- The Velvet Underground

Friday, October 14, 2011

Guest Post: Introducing Christy from TheGownSwap.com!

Today I introduce my first guest blogger ever! Christy Enyart of TheGownSwap.com, is a wonderful Mom, Wife, and Friend who lives life with purpose...and when I thought about who I would want writing for my blog, she was the first one to come to mind. On that note, I'm going to let her take it away to tell you about her awesome online business that serves brides and bridesmaids everywhere!

First of all let me say that I love Meghan and her photography. She has captured
my family with some incredible photos that I will treasure for the rest of my life!
She is a dear friend and I am so excited to guest blog today. I’m Christy Enyart,
owner of TheGownSwap.com. We are an online boutique of dress listings
featuring pre-owned wedding, bridesmaid, and other special occasion dresses.

Why did I start TheGownSwap.com?

I started TheGownSwap.com because I had a need, which sparked an idea. I
was busy with 3 weddings in one season and wished there was a place that I
could buy the special occasion dresses I needed for less. So, I typed in the style
numbers for the dresses I was looking for online and power tools came up in my
search. (Boo!)

Shortly after that, I was at a bridal store in the fitting room trying on one of the
bridesmaid dresses I needed to buy. I waited 20 minutes to try the dress on,
because several other girls were waiting to try on the same dress for weddings
that they were in. We joked with each other that we should buy one dress and
share it, which was a light bulb moment for me!

So that was the birth of the idea, the drive to pursue it came from a completely
different place. I was pregnant with my second daughter and I had been a stay
at home mom for a few years. My creative energy needed an outlet. Creating the
site and learning how to start a business became that outlet.

At that time I was also growing in the area of generosity in my life. I was reading
a lot about how much we have as Americans compared to most of the world.
The motto "work to give" was and still is a huge motivation for me. Hearing
about recent events like the famine in East Africa just wrecks me. Mostly,
TheGownSwap.com is an idea that was given to me, and I feel like it is my job
right now to run with it, wherever it goes.

What do I love about TheGownSwap.com?

It is such an amazing feeling when a bride finds her wedding dress on our site! It
is so cool to see women sharing their dresses with each other and helping each
other save money. Getting notes like this is so rewarding:

"OMGOODNESS!!!!! The dress is already here. It is so so so beautiful. Thank
you so much! :) I am so excited I don't want to take it off!"

What do I hope TheGownSwap.com becomes?

I hope TheGownSwap.com continues to grow as a fun place for women to gather, share, shop and post dresses for sale. I hope for a lot of good to flow from it. I also hope that you will stop by, like our page, and shop or sell a dress!

If you have any more questions you can find me over at www.Facebook.com/GownSwap!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Mariah & Dave: Married in San Diego! - Los Angeles Wedding Photographer

On August 13th, I had the privilege of being a bridesmaid in my dear friend Mariah's wedding...but at the same time, I was ITCHING to photograph her day! I mean, can you blame me...look at her! So I grabbed my camera for a few moments that morning and did my best with the short time I had between my "Bridesmaid Duties". :)

I love you, Mariah, thank you so much for letting me stand beside you on your special day...