Posted on Apr, 21. 2010 Category the big days Tags
Nicole is another bride who found me through Offbeat Bride. I have had the best relationships with the customers who have contacted me through OBB and when Nicole contacted me to make the flowers for her July wedding, I couldn’t say no.
I love the pop of black. You can see more in her Flickr set.
You have until Friday to enter the giveaway for a box of cool fun stuff. All you have to do is answer my reader survey!
Posted on Apr, 19. 2010 Category in the studio questions from you Tags
Here are some of the questions Iâ€™ve received in my inbox in the last few weeks. I also have some questions for you this week that will hopefully help me improve my blog and my work. Iâ€™ll send this package of fun goodies, plus a few more of my favorite things that I’m picking up at the store today, to one of the commenters on this post to thank you guys for your readership and feedback!
Q: Which public figure’s style do you most admire? (From Amanda)
A: Are we talking celebrities? I love Martha Stewart because she is very secure in her image and has created a lifestyle that really serves her aesthetic. I love Lady Gaga for her eccentric glamor. However, I think public figures tend to be homogeneous and boring. The people whose styles I admire most are real people with true style walking around my city.
Q: Where do you shop for Alice’s clothes? They look super cute! (Via Formspring)
A: Thank you! I am stoked to get Alice her own Polyvore account–this week I plan to take pictures of all her stuff. Most of her clothes have been gifts so far and I know they are vintage pieces. I love those old, soft, hand-sewn cotton dresses, and you can find a lot of vintage dresses and new garments sewn from vintage patterns on websites like Etsy. When I look for baby clothes, I stay away from anything with words (“Daddy’s Cutie”–gross) and stick to simple, monochromatic pieces made with natural fibers. Other than that, I think she is going to pretty much live in white onesies and ruffled rompers this summer.
Q: Out of people in your everyday life, whose style do you most admire? (From Amanda)
A: My friends are my style musesâ€”they communicate their identities so naturally and their confidence is so inspiring. When I design dresses for my collections, I ask myself, â€œWould Sarah wear this? Would Jenny wear this? Can I picture a real girl wanting this garment?â€ Two other style icons for me are my mom, Mary Beth, and grandmaâ€”or â€œGrand Catherineâ€ as she likes to be called. I’ve always noticed my mom’s ability to express her style through decorating and home design. And my grandma’s style expression is a true throwback to 1960s glamor, humor, and class.
Q: Did you take German ever since you were a little kid? Or did you pick it up during college? (Via Formspring)
A: When I was in high school, I did not take a foreign language although it was required for graduation (not sure how I jumped through that hoop). I just really didn’t want to. As a result, when I got to college, I had to take some language credits. I reluctantly–actually, with much bitching and moaning–signed up for German and was surprised to fall in love with it instantly. It came very easily to me and I began taking two or three classes per semester–language, literature analysis, and a travel course. I also became a huge consumer of German media and pop culture which helped me absorb the language much faster.
Q: What do you think business owners too often overlook? (From Lauren)
A: One thing I think many businesses overlook are the small visual details that customers always notice. In other words, making EVERYTHING beautiful and putting your own stamp on everything your customer is exposed to. They should see something from you and think, “Oh, that is from Bookworm Eats Flower.” I pack every bridal order in stark white square boxes, stuff them with glossy cerise tissue paper, and tie up the contents with a big black satin bow that greets the customer as soon as the box is opened. I also use specific colors and shapes in my packaging and web branding that I think becomes recognizable to customers on a subconscious level. Consistency in your branding and giving your customer a consistently beautiful experience is what communicates value. It’s what makes them think their money was well-spent. If every detail of the product doesn’t connote value and bring pleasure to your customer, it should have no place in his/her life. Branding is always worth the investment–it shows you’re professional and serious about your company.
Q: How did you meet your husband? (Via Formspring)
A: We had first interacted via a local message board and often argued about politics (this was the 2004 election year). We didn’t get along at first, but we couldn’t avoid each other. He and I had lots of mutual friends and kept running into each other at parties. When I finally met Dave in person for the first time, it was complete love at first sight for me. I told my friends that he was the most handsome man I had ever seen. In my typical type-a/aggressive/determined way, I decided that I would make him fall in love with me. Which was easier than I thought. Luckily.
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…How did you find out about Princess Lasertron and how long have you been visiting the website?
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Thanks again for your continued readership, business, and feedback. I try to do this once a year to learn more about you, what is working, and what isn’t working. Don’t forget to comment to be entered to win the giveaway and of course feel free to share this post!
Posted on Apr, 17. 2010 Category in my closet pertaining to alice Tags
Last night, we went to the wedding of one of my old friends–the first one of the season! Although I work in the wedding industry and communicate with brides and grooms throughout the year, it’s easy to sort of forget that when I’m working “behind the scenes.” When I’m not in the midst of the planning or blotting my eyes at the ceremony.
When I got married two years ago, I have to say that it wasn’t an extremely emotional day. It was a JOYFUL and BUSY day, but except for the big party we had that night, it didn’t feel like an unusual day.
I woke up that morning in my bed that had kind of dirty sheets and stepped over piles of clothes in my messy room.
I took a shower in my dirty shower.
I said hi to my roommate and searched around my room for the wedding shoes that I had decorated.
I met my mom for lunch and we got our hair done together. She decided that she wanted to buy different shoes, so we went to the mall where I ran into several of our wedding guests (funny!).
I didn’t have a limo full of bridesmaids.
I didn’t get a mani-pedi or a massage.
I didn’t eat a nice dinner with my family or fiance. (I didn’t even eat at all–never was able to work my way over to the snacks!)
We walked to our hotel room after the wedding. I was barefoot and carried my shoes.
We didn’t go on a honeymoon and the next day we went back to our messy house, roommate, and three cats, and full-time jobs.
As more of our friends have gotten married over the last few years, I admit that sometimes I feel envious of their grand plans, spa days, and Caribbean cruise honeymoons. Or when I see photos of them joyfully walking out of the ring shop with a little teal bag, or at the bridal salon where a couch full of girlfriends gush about the bride’s dress choices, I wonder if I missed out on some wedding rites of passage that would have made the day better. Should I have done those things?
But the things I do remember most from my wedding day are the most important things.
I remember how my mom and I laughed over our sandwiches at lunch and had fun going to the mall on a whim because we weren’t tied down to a strict schedule. I remember improvising my hairstyle with my stylist, and deciding to add the black bow at the last minute which was just PERFECT. I remember sitting in the hotel room we rented with my best friend Kristal and painting our nails together on the bed an hour before the ceremony. I remember stepping into the party dress of my dreams, custom made just for me, and feeling like the best-dressed girl anywhere in the world. I remember standing on stage with Dave during our ceremony and feeling so astonished at how many of our friends were in attendance there to support us, and being surrounded by a cloud of well-wishes and kind words throughout the night. I remember the tears in Dave’s eyes when I heard the vows he had written for the first time.
The next day, I remember Dave surprising me and driving to the zoo instead of going right home–we spent all day walking around outside and laughing at animals. And I remember going back to work that Monday and feeling pure gratitude–for the magical weekend we had just experienced with all of our loved ones, and for the life we faced together full of shared goals and dreams.
There are lots of things maybe we “should” have done. But I feel so grateful for the moments from that day that I carry with me, the memories that have stayed freshest in my mind. We planned a huge party that marked the most important transition in our lives up until that point, and it was comforting to wake up the next day and have the wheels keep on turning, you know? We were the same happy couple.
Maxi Dress: Forever 21
Necklace: Erickson Beamon for Target
Cuff: Forever 21