I have been blessed to work with Hanna on previous occasions, and let me just start by saying this: there is a reason wedding vendors LOVE working with this girl.
Meet Hanna McCord, the owner and founder of Le Rêve Makeup & Hair LLC. Her company is an on-site makeup and hair company. Rêve is French for “Dream”, Le Rêve means “The Dream.” Hanna was a young girl with a dream to move to the “big city” and aspire to be a makeup artist. That little girl grew up, moved to Chicago, IL. and the rest is history.
In 2009, Meleka Jolliff began MMJ Events, a luxury wedding planning and coordination company after a lifetime of dreaming about all things wedding. During her first several years in business, she had the opportunity to work with brides and vendors across the board, creating unique masterpieces with endless budgets. But Meleka found herself constantly on the hunt for unique and original pieces for brides for their wedding days.
Until I interviewed her for this blog, I had never had the privilege of working with Leigh. However, I was very familiar with her work and was excited at the opportunity to get to know her and the history of her booming calligraphy and stationery business.
I first met Alex last fall when we worked together for Krista and Jeff’s wedding (link). She was their wedding planner, and may I just say that this girl knocked it OUT OF THE PARK. She was such a pleasure to work with and helped Krista’s vision really come to life. So naturally, when I started compiling a list of vendors I wanted to feature on my blog, Alex was at the top of my list.
I am a firm believer in the sanctity of marriage, which is a huge reason I love my job so much. Although I've never been married myself, I know marriage is the hardest thing I will ever do in my life. But without a doubt, I know that - if done right - it will also be the most rewarding.
Believe me when I say to you that your vision for your wedding day is beautiful. I know how long you have waited for this moment and you have so many ideas and want it to be perfect... and I want it to be perfect, too! I will bend over backwards to make your day perfect. Literally. However, there is one thing that I have that you likely do not: experience.
Trust me when I say that I know the biggest cloud hanging over your head (I couldn't resist that pun) during your wedding planning is the fact that it could, and very well might rain on your wedding day. Here's a few helpful tips to helping you prepare yourself for a rainy wedding day (and I promise, it's not the end of the world).
Guys, I'm looking at you. Do you know that girls fantasize about their future husband, proposal and wedding for years? No, really. Like, we plan this stuff out before the exit our mother's womb. And it has probably changed 100 times over because, well, we are women. The point is, whether she has dreamed of you flying her to Paris and getting down on one knee with the Eiffel Tower in the background or being proposed to in front of her entire family at Christmas, most women would tell you al of these things before you pop the question:
I had the privilege of spending some time with AnnaMarie Cua, hair and makeup extraordinaire, and the owner of The Beauty Box Salon and I Am Cua. Her salon is currently the only salon in Columbus that provides 100% organic skincare and hair treatments, which requires special licensing and classes, making her Columbus' only practicing certified organic colorist. The skincare products she uses in-salon are made by a fourth generation herbalist in Hungary. The hair color is from Italy and ammonia-free, making it safe for pregnant women and cancer patients. You will likely be greeted by her dog, Dolce and with floor-to-ceiling windows, an overflow of plants and a funky aqua paint color, you might even feel like you're on vacation.
It's the beginning of the year and we're almost out of what us wedding professionals so fondly refer to as "booking season." Men are notorious for planning on popping on the question around the holidays, starting as early as Thanksgiving and extending all of the way until Valentine's Day. Girls eagerly await for their boyfriends to turn to fiancés at midnight and bring them some bling to make it Instagram-worthy!