A big old wedding affair part 1
How do you do?
So, some of you might remember that a few weeks ago - ok - like...a month ago(!!), I exhibited at A Wedding for All Seasons (AWFAS from here on ok?). AWFAS was the first of a new kind of designer wedding fayre for the north.
Held at Newburgh Priory, it showcased a huge range of suppliers as well as boasting a massive design quarter where four florsits showcased their talents as they transformer each quarter into a season. There was also a catwalk show with...get this...a BALLERINA FINALE! Awesome, right?! Please read more about it here, it was a brilliant wedding show.
Anyway, to the point - upon my return from AWFAS, I started to think about all of the brilliant suppliers I met there. Some I already knew and many I was meeting for the first time and I think you should know about them too. Now I want to tell you now that I don't recommend suppliers unless I think they are awesome, both in what they do and as actual people too - after all, I really believe that the work and the person/people behind it are as important as each other. It was thinking about all of this that me made think I should share some of the gems I discovered (and in some cases rediscovered) - and what better a way than finding out a bit more about their work and their personalities?!
The way I am going to conduct this, is by dedicating a blog post to each supplier that I'd like to share with you. Each supplier will answer the same 15 questions that I have put to them and I shall be showcasing their work within their blog post. Exciting huh? Thought so.
To kick start this series of blog posts, who better to have on than the organisers of A wedding for all seasons themselves? I met Allison (the lady second from the right) and Lisa (the lady second from the left) probably before anyone in the wedding industry even knew who I was! You can read more about what they do here.
First up is Lisa...
Tell me a little bit about yourself and what got you in to wedding planning/ wedding fayre organising?
I'm not sure what to tell you but I’m very happily married to Chris and living in Sheriff Hutton with a lovely family and a cute little puppy dog called Bailey. I decided in May 2009 to attend The Acorn Business Enterprise at York St John University and met Allie... fate was decided, by the end of the Project we had plans, big plans and Ripley Castle was our first victim... it was a huge success and it grew from there!
What is the best thing about what you do?
I love to make people happy, I want our Brides, Exhibitors and Venues to be raving about us... to have had the time of their lives at their wedding or fairs and to believe in us. I would like The Wedding Affair to be a household name not only locally & nationally but internationally and so far 2 years in, we’re getting there!
I want our Brides, Exhibitors and Venues to be raving about us... to have had the time of their lives at their wedding or fairs and to believe in us.
Tell me 5 things about you that people wouldn't know.
- I hate snakes... with a passion!
- I’ve got a fascination with To Do Lists, which really annoys Allie at midnight!
- I’m an insomniac & workaholic...
- I’ve got an adorable little boy and 3 lovely step children... ranging from 7 to 21.
- I was picked for an Internship for an International Bank on Wall Street in New York when I was 19 and I lived in New Jersey for a year.
What's the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Don’t worry about the things you can’t change, worry about the things you can!
What's your favourite quote?
‘Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better’... Jim Rohn
Do you like your handwriting?
No, it changes depending on the mood I’m in... from neat to absolutely unreadable!
What was the last book you read?
I love to read Biographies... I think it was Sharon Osbourne’s Biography, which was fascinating!
What is your favourite sound?
What is the most played song on your ipod/itunes?
I have two...Aerosmith – Don’t want to miss a thing and Faith Hill – There You’ll Be...
What is your favourite time of the day?
10.00pm – children in bed, so snuggles on the sofa with Hubbie, if I’m not working...
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To be a graphic designer... to learn how to use Indesign & Illustrator!
If you had to work on one project for the next year, what would it be?
A Wedding for All Seasons Designer Wedding Show Mark II
If you could choose anyone, who would you choose as your mentor?
Richard Branson, a huge success but down to earth and really likeable!
What did you want to be when you were little?
Easy peasy, a Doctor! How far could I have been from my dreams... I think it was my handwriting that sold it...
What is your greatest accomplishment?
My little boy Oliver!
Thank you Lisa for taking the time to answer these! I also have a bit of a fascination with to-do lists...
Look out for Allison's answers in the next post - but for now - enjoy the little bit of sunshine we're having today :)
All photographs on this post were taken by Peter Boyd Photography, who will feature in one of these blog posts soooon!