Today I’m so pleased to share an interview with Fabienne Laveau of Wedding Muse.
Fabienne is also going to be a new guest blogger here on the Ribbon Box Events Blog! We are really excited to share her Monday Musings with you! But first, we want you to get to know her a little better, so check out our vendor spotlight interview with this fabulous florist!
1. Describe yourself in three words:
Quirky, tenacious and reliable.
2. Why did you choose to work in weddings/events?
I was one of lucky people who was led to her passion. With a strong background in horticulture and design, wedding and event florals were a pretty natural transition, with many of the principals and elements being the same.
3. What do you love most about your job?
Each and every wedding fills me with all sorts of wonderment…even still. The hope, the love, the wishes and dreams, and then the mechanics and the wonderful textures, colors and visuals to offer creative challenge.
4. What inspires you?
Oh, my…my artistic inspiration comes straight from nature, always. Nature has the best mix of symmetry and assymetry and always knows which way to go with each. In other matters, I am inspired by guts, grit and determination. Those are probably the things I admire most, and am always interested when someone shows these qualities; especially when it is unexpected.
5. Share one of the most memorable events you took part in and why it was so special.
An old and dear friend of mine grew the most wonderful daughter. When it came time for her to marry, she asked me to style and design her wedding even though I was not the most practical or affordable choice. She had me ship myself to her and treated me like a goddess for the week leading to the wedding and MY wish was HER command! Wedding professionals seldom really, really get carte blanche, with spa treatments and lavish accommodations to boot. It was such an experience. It was fairly early on in my wedding career, and I am sure it helped to convince me to keep going in that direction.
6. Complete this sentence, “If I did not work in the wedding industry, I would…..”
…love to own a loving animal rescue shelter, where animals could live out their days if they needed a home.
7. How would you describe your style/product?
Well, I love the current vintage and rustic style that are all the thing right now. I have a good fit with that, but mixed in with glamour and high style is how I really love to serve it up. Intuitive is a word I would use to describe how I conceptualize and materialize a particular bride/groom’s design concepts.
8. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on choosing a florist?
After narrowing a few people down, through the usual means – referral, internet, etc – try to arrange meetings at your venue. You MUST leave with the feeling that your florist ‘got’ you. You have a good match if there are equal parts of YOU expressing your ideas and having it fed back to you, and your professional adding footnotes to your concepts. You should have that feeling that she ( or he ) is specifically who you want – if you have that confidence from one meeting, you have probably found your match. Don’t choose anyone that you feel even the slightest bit of unease with. There are many out there to choose from, and you can find your person
9. What advice would you give to brides and grooms on the wedding planning process in general?
Well…I am a strong believer in quality wedding and event planners. By choosing the right one, you will end up with so much more time to savor the moments. It is all about finding your match, someone you can trust. If that is not in your equation, the most important piece of advice is to start as early as possible. A year is the minumum in my book, and a year and a half is even better. Without a planner, if your venue, caterer and florist/stylist are on point, you have a good thing going. They lay the platform and are used to assisting in multiple areas – if your photographer, cake and music providers can walk right in and do their job, you are all set. Other than that, make lists…lots and lots of lots of lists and try not to overwhelm yourself with too much imagery at a sitting.
10. Lastly for fun, if they made a movie of your life,which actor would you want to play you?
Anjelica Huston. Big, bold and beautiful and been down a few roads.
Fabienne, thanks so much for taking the time to chat with us!
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