My #1 priority and goal is that our clients LOVE their wedding celebration. If they are thrilled, then I’ve done my job. With that said, it’s always nice when a highly respected publication in the industry takes notice of your work.
In this Team Flower Podcast, I talk about where I started my business and how I got to where I am today. How I process set-up and delivery, how much time I allot for projects, how I have learned from mistrials from past weddings, what tools I use for stressful situations, what I discuss with clients, and so many more important topics are discussed!
“The Arkansas Bride team has noticed bundles of beyond beautiful bouquets, centerpieces, cake accents, tree installations, asymmetrical ceremony decor and more. So we decided to devote an entire Best of 2018 day to them! From cascading beauties to classic round bouquets — it was hard to pick just eight of our favorites!”
One of the most common questions my Bloomers ask me is, “how can I create community in my local wedding industry?”
Kind of like a favorite black t-shirt, community can be something we don’t think about until we miss it. You might have heard the proverb: “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” So often, in the midst of growing our businesses, or surviving the busy season, or navigating new competition, we’re so focused on going quickly that by the time we notice that we miss a sense of camaraderie amongst our local vendors, we’re already burnt out and frustrated.
In an industry where we all know to tout the phrase “community over competition,” why is it still so dang hard to create real community with the people who live and work closest to us?
I’m going to keep it real here. The problem is probably you.
When I plan and design a wedding, it’s all about the details. I believe it’s the details that truly set weddings apart. It’s so easy for brides to recreate something they’ve seen before, but my job is to create something that is unique to them as a couple. This is where the importance of details comes into play.
Today I want to walk you through my most recent wedding and show you all the work, time, and attention we put into the details that truly made this southern wedding one of a kind!
I remember around this time last year, having dinner with a friend and somehow the topic of sensitivity came up and I said, "I'm sensitive."
Her response was, "That's really good that you recognize that and are able to admit that. Now you can work on it."
Her words were meant to be encouraging and I know they came from a place of love. The truth is I'm grateful that I feel things so deeply. I believe that feeling deeply allows for great inward focus, which has helped tremendously in growing my business. I also think it allows me to be more aware of what others are experiencing, which comes in super handy when planning a wedding. The truth is I don't view it as something I need to work on, but rather a strength.
I had the incredible opportunity of working with Ashton for 11 months leading up to her wedding. She and Drew met each other in fifth grade and we had the best time planning every little detail of their wedding day. Ashton was a dream bride to work with because she really trusted me to create something unique and beautiful for her and Drew.
He gives the best hugs. He even pats you on the back as he hugs you tight. It's the sweetest thing. Home is his favorite place to be. Everyday when he comes home from school, he says, "Mommy, I want to put on my pajamas."
Tonight Zeke (and his brother, Perry) are performing in the Christmas program at school and I can't wait. Perry will love everyone looking at him and he will be singing as loud as he can possibly sing.
A couple of days ago I wrote a post about my marriage and wedding anniversary. I received around 40 direct messages saying something along the lines of, "I can't believe you would lose followers over this."
Here's the thing: I'm perfectly ok with losing followers.
Today is our 13th wedding anniversary. We dated five years before we married. We've officially been with one another half our lives. Warning: This is not going to be one of those sweet and sappy anniversary posts.
To be honest, this past year has been the hardest year of marriage we've had. In almost every way, our roles switched. Something neither of us asked for or were prepared for. We struggled to navigate our new normal.
The other day someone sent me a message and while I’m going to keep who sent it private, I do want to share what this person asked me:
“Did you lose any friends/family when you became a full-time entrepreneur? If so, how did you handle it? If not, do your friends/family acknowledge what you’ve accomplished and encourage you on your journey? I'm really struggling because I know my good friends see my posts, but they never like or comment on them. Why does this bother me? Do you ever experience this?”