Another year, another wedding season wrapped!
Every year I sit down, preparing myself to write this reflection on how I thought the season went, and I am always at a loss for words.
Not because I don't have anything to say, because I have LOTS to say about the incredible amount of experiences that my team and I went through.
But because I am always in awe as to where we are today, how far we've come and the fact that we managed to get out alive ! :)
There were lots of milestones this year. Most significantly, we opened the Envision Floral Studio, my pet project for 2 years in the making. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would actually be a floral designer - someone that gets to surround herself by pretty things day in and day out (and also listed somewhere as one of the happiest professions in the world - not surprisingly!). And I decided to make it official by creating a standalone branch to the Envision Weddings group of companies.
That didn't come without it's challenges. On a personal level, I also moved homes with my loving husband (you may have seen him around) and puppy (follow those shenanigans on Instagram under @joey_the_doxie) and therefore my workspace for florals shrunk significantly. And also our freedom in being able to produce events from the comfort of my home, which was restricted by condo laws.
But like I always say - when one door closes (literally), another door opens.
Most of my business decisions are partly fuelled by smart and thorough planning, and largely fuelled being at the right place at the right time. And as the universe would have it, all my woes of condo living aligned me perfectly with having our first independent studio space, opening as of February 2017. I'm incredibly blessed, completely terrified, and shaking-in-my-pants excited. More to come on that soon. Stay tuned.
Speaking of milestones - we also hired on a production manager for the 2017 season. Bonnie was one of our interns earlier this year, and pretty much pushed through a fog of bad hiring and shone like a gem in the middle of the desert. I remember thinking to myself, there is no way I can let this girl go about her merry way without me offering her... something. And thus, I created the production manager role, with the anticipation that next year's season for floral and decor will be bigger and better, and she will be a busy bee keeping all our inventory stock, design mockups, set ups and teardowns in check. Bonnie, welcome. Thank you for joining our team and trusting that I will make next season fulfilling for you.