Thursday, June 19, 2008

Knowing your couple..

Have been very busy these past few weeks, it's the month where concepts are created, and couples flew in every week to discuss what we have developed for them. I always love such meetings, every time when a proposed concept is shared, I could see the smiles and excitement my couples begin to have as they envision for their upcoming wedding. That's how every couple should feel abt their wedding.

I met up a bride from Perth today, and I remembered her groom asking me over an email, "Hannah, do you have enough information about me to help you to conceptualise, since I have not shared much during the last interview..." I assured him yes I think I know both of you well, don't worry. And today's concept was another smooth sailing experience.. my bride just loved the proposed details, and it was almost I have known her for some time. If the groom is here, I could even be certain, we can confirm all details despite the wedding is 4 months away.

To me a wedding is a reflection of the couple... their love story, and their unique experience they are going to share with many, tho it is also a reflection of the planner. My joy as well as my challenge is how much do I strive to know my couple.. and how much our creations further reflect that. My colleague often ask me how do you ever know what they want? I don't really know how to reply that.. all I knew is I never stop dreaming, I never stop inspiring the fantasy within them...and I've learnt to never doubt my judgment and my creativity, but be confident that God has given me enough talents to do the job I have been placed to do... Like what my mentor always remind me : Love your job, and love life, and let your work be a reflection of the life that you live...

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

The launch of our new website....

Finally, after 5 months of on and off working on the web in the midst of all the weddings, we finally launched our new website.. It is strange, the first person that check our website is not my partner, supplier or friend.. rather my brides..

Felicia, one of my earliest bride in 2005 : Hey Hannah, saw yr web, happy 2 C yr biz has grown and God is blessing you.. I refered a few friends to your website:)
My recent brides, Linda commented : Love the feel of your new website. Feels even more pro and content-rich now, and the online shop is a great addition! Faith : Hey, saw your website. It's beautiful and yr interview.. You look really glorious.

Can't deny all these little comments made my day. We uploaded the site on last Sun(just 2 days ago), I could not wait any further.. have been directing my designer for so long from overall concept, to personally selecting the backdrop design and colours, to the content writeup, what pix to fit into which section, whose wedding to showcase, how to ensure navigation is user friendly etc etc .. and finally I decided ok.. enough of checking and editing, let's just launch it.

Sometimes I think it is more difficult to create your own designs than creating others.. I ended up becoming a perfectionist... and poor Eugene, he's patient with me. I think I eventually taught him how to be feminine from someone who has never created a wedding nor lady's portal to one who's eventually understood my language and my thoughts. Thanks Eugene, you are a star.

I suppose the change from the former site to this site, shows how Hannah has evolved as a wedding planner and designer. Some may like the new site, some may not... nevertheless it is true, the new site shows how I have grown as a planner, an artist as well as an entrepreneur. And at the end of the day, I still want to remember who has helped me thus far.. The Faithful one above... Thank You Lord.