We had the good fortune of connecting with Megan Breukelman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Megan, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
I think working with your partner has its challenges in respect to work-life balance. We’re fortunate enough to get to spend a ton of time together, but that also means that the lines between work and personal lives can be blurred. However, given that we work in social events and around tons of other couples, it doesn’t always feel like we’re bringing the “office” home with us when those lines get blurred. In the few months, we’ve made progress at becoming more intentional about our non-working time since the current wedding industry is a constantly running machine. There is no “wedding season” anymore because (in New York, at least) there are weddings happening every weekend and even through weekdays. So, blocking off time to rest, recharge, and reconnect has become vital to maintaining a healthy balance in the business and in our lives.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
We are a wedding photography and videography team based in New York City. What sets us apart is that we work as a team to capture both photos and videos in a hybrid style to create a unique end product for the couple that remians consistent across both mediums. We strive to make celebrations a low-stress experience and provide as much emotional support as we can for our couples. Not every wedding is the cookie-cutter movie moment we’ve all seen. The process of planning a wedding has the classic stressors, but it also has moments of pain or challenge that outsiders don’t get to see. It’s so important to remember that everyone is fighting their own battles.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is tough – Brooklyn is filled with incredible things! I would start by bringing them for a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge at the crack of dawn before it’s filled with joggers and tourists. Then, we’d walk through DUMBO to see the beauty of Brooklyn Bridge Park and the Manhattan skyline. And hey, this is all before 8AM! We’d then go to brunch at an awesome place like Speedy Romeo or Barboncino. Next up is a walk through Prospect Park to wander its gorgeous expanse of nature in the city. For dinner (because all I think about is food), we’d go to Faun and eat in the backyard under a tree with lovely lights. As the sun sets, we’d head up to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade for a quiet place to walk and see some of the most iconic brownstones of Brooklyn. Once it’s dark, you can see the glittering New York skyline and end the day in one of the most serene parts of the city.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We want to dedicate our shoutout to all of the hardworking wedding industry professionals who are burning the candle at both ends right now. It’s a tough environment and your strength is noticed and appreciated by your fellow vendors and your couples alike.
Megan & Kenneth