Meet the Pros: Lovely & Bubbly Events

Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is the second installment of our newest blog series, “Meet the Pros.” You’ll remember from last month’s introductory post that this series is meant to be a resource for you brides searching for the best team of professionals to bring together your wedding day vision.

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Today we’re introducing Alyssa Gable, the talented wedding and event planner behind Lovely & Bubbly Events. We’ve recently had the opportunity to partner with Alyssa on a few styled shoots and have been so impressed with her ability to come up with a clear vision for an event and execute it with precision, down to the last detail – a skill that no doubt has been honed by her background as an engineer. We’re excited to introduce her to you today on the blog and know you’ll love her work as much as we do!

Q: Where are you from? Where do you live/work now?
A: I grew up in Carroll County, MD and have lived in MD my whole life! After going to college at Loyola University in Baltimore, my husband and I bought a home in Montgomery County once he got hired as a police officer there. 

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Q: When did you start Lovely & Bubbly Events?
A: It feels like LBE has been part of me for so long, but it actually only officially launched in April 2015!

Q: When did you first become interested in wedding & event planning?
A: LBE has always been a dream of mine even before I knew what it was. I knew for a while that I wanted my own business, but never had the courage to start it or even knew what I wanted it to be. After my husband and I got married in January 2015, I knew I had finally found my passion! I absolutely LOVED wedding planning and just wanted to do it again and again! A chat with my own wedding photographer inspired me to finally get started on my dream of owning my own business. I started brainstorming ideas in February right after our wedding and launched LBE in April! Since then, the wedding industry in general has pushed me to keep taking the steps I need to take to continue growing LBE. I’ve met so many amazing vendors who are so willing to build friendships with me and teach me things that would otherwise take me years to learn. Those relationships are truly what continue to make me passionate about this business.

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Q: What inspires your work?
A: Love! There’s something so special about being able to be a part of someone’s wedding day and seeing a couple start the next chapter of their lives together. Being a small part of that means so much to me and I take it very seriously. I love hearing a bride’s dreams, building her inspiration board, and seeing her get excited over the little details! Immediately after booking a bride, I feel like she’s one of my best friends!

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Q: What do you love most about the work you do?
A: I love the relationships I’m building, both with brides and vendors. This industry is filled with some of the sweetest, nicest people I’ve ever met in my life and it’s so inspiring! They inspire me creatively and personally, encouraging me to be the very best version of myself.

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Q: What is the most challenging aspect of the work you do?
A: Right now, I also work full time as an engineer. So, the hardest thing for me is learning to balance my full time job with LBE. Sometimes I just want to get home and spend hours doing LBE work, but I have also learned recently that I can’t say yes to everything. Learning to slow down and go at a pace that is maintainable is definitely hard to balance.

Q: What has been your proudest moment/accomplishment in your business?
A: I have two! The day I booked my first bride – I was SO excited!! And also – the day the editor from Washingtonian Bride & Groom emailed me to ask if they could share a recent shoot I had published on my blog. I know it may seem small to some, but it meant the world to me!

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Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring wedding & event planners?
A: Get connected and do styled shoots!! There are SO many vendors in the industry willing to share knowledge and be your friend. Put together your own Facebook group of new planners and lean on each other when you’re going through a rough time. Community is key! Also, styled shoots! You don’t need to wait around for someone to ask you to plan one. Plan your own and reach out to vendors you look up to. Styled shoots are a great way to network with vendors AND build your portfolio at the same time 🙂

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Meet the Pros: Anchor Point Paper Co.

Today we’re introducing a new series here on the blog, intended to spotlight some of the best & brightest talents in the wedding industry. We know there are so many elements that go into making your wedding day vision come to life – and so many vendors to choose from – so feel free to use this series as a “short list” to use while beginning your vendor search!

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The first person we’ll be introducing is Emily Hein, the stationery and calligraphy genius behind Anchor Point Paper Co. After meeting her at a craft festival last summer, we were finally able to work with Emily at the Big Fake Wedding in July 2015. We fell in love with her whimsical designs and shared appreciation of floral elements – she even created custom cards for our bridesmaid gift bracelets at the event! We had the chance to interview Emily recently for this piece, and we’re thrilled to have her be our first featured vendor.

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Q: Where are you from? Where do you live/work now?

A: I’m originally from Severna Park, Maryland and am still living there. I’m currently running my business out of my tiny home office, but am looking to move to a larger studio space in the next few months.

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Q: When did you start Anchor Point Paper Co.?

A: I formed my LLC in 2014, but I like to think my company started long before that. I’ve been designing cards and invitations for my friends and family ever since I can remember!

Q: What inspires your designs?

A: I find myself constantly being inspired by new and different things! I’m drawn to many of the colors and objects found in nature (you can never have too many flowers!) I’m also a sucker for anything with beautiful typography! I like to incorporate both traditional elements and a little bit of whimsical flair into my work.  

DSC_1132_webQ: What do you love most about the work you do?

A: I love that I can spend all day illustrating and designing paper goods. But I have to say the best part about my job is seeing the reactions of my clients after I show them their invitations proofs! I spend a lot of time getting to know my clients so that I can create a truly unique invitation suite that fits their personalities. When my clients say ‘I love it!’ or ‘It’s perfect!’ it makes all of the hard work and long hours worth it!

Q: What is the most challenging aspect of the work you do?

A: I play a lot of different roles – between the designing, business management, financial planning, marketing and wholesale accounts – it can be hard to keep everything straight! I’m sure every creative business owner can agree that having to constantly switch from the left side to the right side of your brain can be a challenge!

Q: What has been your proudest moment/accomplishment in your business?

A: Being able to make the switch and work for myself full-time. I’m only 24, so I’m pretty proud to be a business owner! 🙂

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Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring stationery designers?

A: I have two pieces of advice:

1-  Sometimes you need to get our of your own head and into the world! Be willing to listen and learn from your customers. Sometimes a design you love just doesn’t sell, and other times one of your least-favorite designs may surprise you and become a best-seller. Being able to quickly adapt to the changing needs of your customers is vital to running a successful business!

2-  Recognize your strengths and weaknesses. This is especially important when it comes to time management. You don’t want to waste a lot of time and effort on tasks that may be challenging or unfamiliar to you, especially when your time could be better spent elsewhere! Enlist the help of a financial advisor, business consultant, marketing firm or even just a friend! Delegating those tasks off – whenever possible – will help lighten your workload and give you time to focus on what you’re good at and really love to do!

© Joy Michelle Photography 2015Be sure to follow Anchor Point Paper Co. on the channels below, and stay tuned for our next vendor spotlight coming soon!

 

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