It’s become more and more apparent to me lately that I’m a little competitive… but only with myself really. One of my favourite quotes is, “Good, better, best, never let it rest until your good is better and your better is best.” But what does “best” even look like in the wedding industry? Every time I think I’ve researched enough and have a good handle on who’s the best in the industry, I find more and more talented vendors. It’s overwhelming really. Flipping through magazines and blogs usually sends me into a panic to write down ideas I want to try, vendors I need to work with, and features I need to get in order to grow in the industry. As a bride, you’re probably loving the growth of Pinterest and blogs that give you countless ideas and inspiration. As a vendor, that’s created an unbelievable amount of pressure to compare or out-do all those photos you send our way, often on a much smaller budget than what you’ve fallen in love with. Don’t get me wrong though, I enjoy the pressure most of the time. If I didn’t like the feeling of being stressed to pull something off I wouldn’t have started my own business at 21 while completing my degree.
People often ask why I do so many styled shoots, what’s the real benefit? Honestly, for me I think it’s to prove to myself that I can be creative and express my style in my own way without limitations from clients. A styled shoot allows me to learn what my style really is when I have complete design freedom and then really fall into that as a planner. It’s so important to me that when people see my website/instagram/Facebook/shoots/weddings they see consistency in style. That’s how you grow as a brand. That’s how people fall in love with your work. And that’s how you get to the top.
So what does being the “best” or “getting to the top” mean to me? Well, in all honesty I want to be featured in every major wedding magazine and on every major wedding blog. Obviously, I’d like to make a good income along the way but what I really want is to prove to myself that I can leave a small footprint in the industry. I’ve got a very long way to go, but I’m only 24 so let’s see in 5 years where I’m at with this goal!
Hope your week is off to a great start and you’re feeling a little inspiration bug this morning too!
Photo: Royce Sihlis Photography- From my time at a workshop in Santa Barbara, California this summer