SNEAK PEEK: A COLORFUL WEDDING AT REDONDO BEACH HISTORIC LIBRARY

Romantic and colorful modern multicultural wedding couple share a sweet first look.
 
Sometimes a photographer sends along a sneak peek SO good, it just needs to be shared.
Immediately.

Thank you Jenny Smith & Co. for these gorgeous photos, I’m so excited to see the rest!
But for now…
 
Beautiful bride and bridesmaids in white, peach, and mint saris carrying bold, colorful, and luxurious blooms.
 
How gorgeous are Sammy and her ladies?

I designed their colorful & luxe bouquets with their peach + mint saris in mind, but this joyful capture exceeds all my expectations!
 
Modern Sri Lankan Bride with colorful, luxury bridal bouquet, beautiful hair flowers, and a gorgeous flowing veil.
 
Sammy’s modern Sri Lankan Bridal ensemble is pretty dang perfect too.

I loved creating a modern take on a traditional headpiece and would encourage all my clients to put MORE flowers in their hair, please and thanks! 😉
 
The cutest couple exit the church after their colorful wedding!
 
This just-married-full-of-joy photo gets me every time.
But especially when my clients are as fabulous as these two!
 
A private lei exchange on the beach featuring beautiful maile stye ti leaf lei and fragrant tuberose lei.
 
I also really love when my couples fill their wedding days with meaningful aspects of their culture + personality.

Carey’s family has a special connection to Hawaii, and so they chose to do a lei exchange on the beach following their ceremony. We even had the tuberose shipped in from Hawaii because that smell just cannot be imitated.
 
The cutest couple share an intimate moment on the beach for a private lei exchange featuring orchids, ti leaf, & tuberose following their wedding ceremony. The bride wears an ornate yet modern take on a Sri Lankan floral headpiece featuring ranunculus, spray roses, and eucalyptus.
 
Huge congratulations Sammy & Carey!
What an honor & a joy it was to fill your wedding day with beautiful blooms!
 
A joyful + just married couple lead a second line to their wedding reception!
 
Oh! And did I mention they had a brass band for their cocktail hour + a second line?
Truly a couple after my own heart.
 
 
All the Magic Makers:
Photography: Jenny Smith & Co. / Planning: Dearest & Darling Event Planning / Videography: The Byrd Sisters / Band: The Mudbug Brass Band / Hair & Makeup: J Jules Beauty / Lighting: Neptune Lighting & Events / Venue: Redondo Beach Historic Library > / Cake: King’s Hawaiian Bakery / Floral Design: Winston & Main



COLORFUL BACKYARD WEDDING INSPIRATION

Joyous bride laughing with beautiful floral headpiece.
 
This shoot came together in less than 24 hours and it was magic through and through.
All the colorful details were beautifully captured by our pal Victoria Gold Photography.
 
Supermarket cake with lots of festive flowers
 
From this super plain supermarket cake gone glam…
 
Brilliantly colorful bouquet featuring peonies, protea and ranunculus
 
To this lush + colorful bridal bouquet, which features peonies, protea, carnations, and ranunculus.

It’s reeeeeeally time to rethink the carnation hatred, mkay?
 

 
A colorful centerpiece and vintage glassware for a garden party
 
The cutest table for two.
 
Colorful bridal bouquet resting on beautiful pink vintage chair.
 
Redefining sitting pretty. 😉
 
Mini pinata with floral crown by Winston & Main.
 
Floral crowns are for everyone.
Seriously, just add flowers. Tiny, adorable flowers.
 
Bright tabletop with cute face vase!
 
Also very into this face vase, ESPECIALLY b/c it comes in 3 different skin tones now.
 
Beautiful bride with colorful floral headpiece and bouquet.
 
All the beauty. All the boug. All the french silk ribbon.
 
Bride at colorful sweetheart table!
 
More sitting pretty.
 
A brightly colored floral garland.
 
Hope you enjoyed this cheery color explosion!
 
Wanna see more?
Check out our feature on Wedding Chicks!
And check out our portfolio!
 
 
Photography: Victoria Gold Photography / Styling & Accessories: The Blushing Bird / Dress: Jann Marie Bridal / Hair & Makeup: Belle by Brielle / Rentals: Fern and Bone / Mixologists: Cali Craft Cocktails / Floral Design + Styling: Winston & Main



3 TIPS TO CREATE THE WORK YOU WANT TO ATTRACT

Bright, textural, and unique desert bridal bouquet featuring protea, peonies, and strawflowers.
 
Hope you have your coffee (pot) or wine (bottle) ready friends,
cause it’s story time…

I want to tell you a little bit about how I came to be doing work I (mostly) love, and to encourage you to create the work you want to be doing in your own business.

 

Ready? Here’s the backstory:

*In 2015 I started Winston & Main, nice and burnt out from over a decade in the film industry. Not the best way to start a business.

I got scared + felt broke pretty quick, and took another full-time TV gig for a few months.
And I was miserable.

*In 2016 we bought our house, and while I didn’t take any full-time film or TV work, I styled A LOT of commercials and took enough film work to help pay for this newly acquired debt, and so W&M still felt like a side hustle.

I was still pretty scared. Still pretty miserable. And while I could do my film job in my sleep (and do it well!) I felt like my soul was dying for 12-14 hours a day, (normal film hours y’all) and then at night I was too tired to really do much else. Except whine/wine. You know how it is. Or you can ask poor Gavin. 😉

Dramatic, but true. When something is not for you anymore, the universe really lets you know.

BUT money talks.

And I knew I needed A LOT more work to sustain this lil’ biz of mine and to recoup the massive pay cut I took when I left the film industry.

*So in 2017 I put on my big girl pants, committed to my business, and haven’t looked back.

Hahahahaha. What a lie.
I look back all the time and am SO damn happy I’m not still working a job I hate.

And I am happy to report that once I truly focused, invested, and had a little faith in this business of mine, it returned the favor. I’m on track to hit a six-figure revenue this year, and a six-figure personal profit next year.

So what did I do exactly?

I created the work I wanted to be doing.

Because doing work you don’t believe in, or are sick of doing, or bored of doing is the quickest way to burn out, and I’ve already been down that road.
 

 

My 3 Tips to Create the Work You Want to Attract

Decide What Work You Want to Be Doing

As an Event & Floral Designer, this meant getting clear with myself about: 1. What type of work I enjoy doing. 2. What type of work will attract my dream clients, and 3. What type of work I can make a profit from.

At the beginning of 2017 I really considered these questions and then deliberately created a few editorial shoots to add new work that fulfilled these requirements to my portfolio.

And it worked! The work I am most frequently asked to do now, is a direct result of these editorials.

Spend Money

Once you decide to make the work you want to be doing, spend the money to do it well.

If you’re a florist- this is where you spring for those fabulously expensive flowers you can’t get your current clients to pay for. The idea is to create work that your dream clients will pay for. Also, playing with the good stuff (whatever your industry) is just plain fun.

And so while spending money won’t make up for a lack of skill or biz saavy, it can elevate your offering and allow you to attract clients your current work might not appeal to.

Challenge Yourself

Hopefully you have a unique style and your new work will end up reflecting this, but if you don’t have the skill set to make what you’re envisioning yet, then you need to learn.

Don’t create something that looks like everything else you’ve already created just because you don’t know how to create the thing you want.

Take a class or workshop. Watch Youtube videos. Experiment. Really challenge yourself to bring your vision to life, even if there’s some legwork to do first.

For me, this has meant lots of research, learning new mechanics, and plenty of failed experiments.
 
Lavender flowers floating in a milky bath.
 

To Recap:

No one is likely to hire you to do work if they don’t see what they are looking for on your site/portfolio/social media, but this shouldn’t stop you from going after the work you want.

Get Excited:

As business owners, we have the ability to create the work we want to be known for.
It’s magic. You just have to put it out there.

I almost didn’t publish this blog post, because it’s scary to be so vulnerable, and who reads these things anyway?
Did you? Did it help you? Do you have anything to add to the conversation?
If so, I’d love if you’d leave a comment below or shoot me an email and we’ll chat!