Farewell Summer Interns

Do you ever have people enter your life for a short period of time, but in that time they change everything about the way you think, communicate, relate to people, and view life in general? That's the way we feel about our summer interns. They've each touched our lives individually and without them our summer weddings would not have been possible. As many of you know, internships can sometimes be "grunt work", but our summer beauties joyfully washed 300 charger plates, packed vans for wedding after wedding after wedding, organized our linen room (and much more) -- all for the chance to learn about the event industry and if this would be a good fit for them. It has been an honor to watch them grow into who they are in this industry. Here's a few things they've learned, from their perspective:

 
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Jane Rae Events has taught me:
1. That any job is a fun job with the right people around! :)
2. What happens behind the scenes matters!
3. Never underestimate a strong group of girls💪
4. We will always hang lights rain or shine (even on the roof)!
5. And in a small amount of time lifetime friendships can form!💕

                                                                                        -Elsie Zajicek


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This summer I have learned so much about the event industry and specifically about weddings. It is hard to sum it all up but if I had to narrow it down, these would be the top 5 things I am taking away from this amazing internship:
1. There is something new to learn each and every day. Each day you get the opportunity to be creative, dream up new ideas, and make them a reality!
2. Team is EVERYTHING! You have to trust your team members, work well together, and be on the same page. Weddings would be impossible to pull off without a great team and an awesome leader. 
3. While classic and timeless touches never go out of style, new and upcoming trends are totally worth considering. 
4. Wedding planning may seem like a glamorous job but let me tell you it requires much more hard work, sweat, and problem-solving than you would think!
5. The world of events – specifically weddings – is where I want to be. I love being able to serve people in this way and am so excited to continue to learn about this field of work.

                                                                                                                         -Jennie Droog


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I learned...
1. There is no such thing as too many shades of one color.
2. More about flowers: different kinds of flowers, what flowers work together, and different types of greenery.
3. Every detail counts for wedding planning, even if it seems like a minute thing.
4. How to design/put together centerpieces
5. There is many background tasks that need to be done to make a wedding work: making a VERY detailed itinerary, cleaning wax off of votives, properly packing wedding items, etc.

                                                                                                                          -Jordan Knight


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1. The first of many things I learned while interning at Jane Rae Events is that when a bride says they want chargers they are not phone chargers. When I first had to pack chargers for a wedding I honestly did believe that a bride wanted a charging station at their wedding, but boy was I wrong. A charger is a decorative base for dinnerware. This is for sure something I will never forget. 

2. The next thing I have learned is that fresh flowers don’t come in a lot of colors. Before I started working here I thought all flowers at every wedding were fresh, but over time I realized that most of the time you will see silk flowers at weddings. You do have the occasional fresh flowers, but when people want extravagant colors they are most likely going to be silk flowers. Also silk flowers don’t smell like fresh flowers at all. 

3. Another thing I learned is that the quality of packing is essential. When you are preparing for a wedding it is so so important that you take your time and make sure nothing is missing. Always bring extras too because you never know what is going to happen. You want to make sure everything is properly packed too because if you are driving and hit a bump things could fall and break. By taking your time and making sure you are packing properly you will eliminate these types of risks. 

4. There are so many different types of fabrics and colors. Before joining the team I really didn’t know all the possibilities of different fabric types or even how many colors there would be. When I first walked in the linen room I was seriously taken back by how many different color linens their were and how the colors wine and sangria look almost identical. 

5. The most important thing I have learned throughout my internship is that I CAN do it and I need to trust myself more. I have known I wanted to go into this career field for a while now, but I was so nervous when I started. I was nervous because what if I ended up not liking it or I ended up just sucking at at. What was I going to do then? Slowly I learned that was not the case at all. I trusted my gut and dove into this work with everything I had. Learning not to second guess myself and trust that I am creative and I do have good ideas is something that I would not have had if I didn’t have the opportunity to work at Jane Rae. This is also something that I will forever be thankful for.   

                                                                                                                  -Maddie Godschalk


Our hearts are fuller because we had the opportunity to work with these ladies. Each one is intelligent, filled with joy, driven, kind, confident, and are set on a path to do phenomenal things in their communities. We are better for knowing each of their beautiful souls. *insert Jessie McCartney flashbacks*

Interns....friends -- Thank you for giving us the opportunity to mentor you this summer. Thank you for the time, hard work, and laughs you gave to our team. You will be greatly missed and we cannot wait to see where you go from here. Thanks for letting us be a small part of your tremendously bright future.

Goodbye? Oh no, please. Can’t we just go back to page one and start all over again?
— Winnie the Pooh

With love and admiration,

RQ

Katie Murphy