Today I am thrilled to spotlight on the Venue Styling of Mad Philomena, creator of wonderful Weddings and beautiful wedding stationery.
She is based in Grantham, and works across the East Midlands.
I hand you over to Liz, or Mad P herself to tell you all about her amazing work…
Who are you, and what do you do?
“I’m Liz and I run my own Wedding Styling and Stationery business called Mad Philomena!”
“I work with couples to understand what their dream day looks and feels like and then I help them hone that vision, add a little twist and deliver it with creativity and love!”
When and why did you start your Company?
“I got married and loved the whole experience so much that my choice to continue in life was either repeatedly get married (too expensive and my husband might have objected) or – change my working life to revolve around my new found passion for all things Wedding!”
“I had never been the kind of girl who had visualised her wedding from an early age but I found the creative process of styling and creating my own wedding used lots of the skills I had developed in my career as a trend forecaster.”
“It seemed like the right thing to do and so far, one year on it still does.”
“I didn’t want to regret how I used my life’s energy. I wanted to use it to be creative and for the end result to mean something to more people than just me.”
What inspires you?
“Absolutely everything and anything! Inspiration can be found in the leaves of an old worn out book, in a graffiti tag on a crumbling brick wall, in a piece of music, a catwalk collection, a shade of morning sky, an old comfy pair of shoes.”
“It’s everywhere – filling up cracks, filtering through the radio, staring out from magazines and growing in the garden.”
“Life is about stories, and styling is about stories. Making seemingly random items come together and have a context and a beauty and tell their own story is the most inspirational part of my job.”
“I love art, and I appreciate almost every era and style of art along with how it emerged and why it was relevant to the society at the time.”
“This often translates into my work, I just can’t help it! Things should be meaningful; I am obsessed with personal details, families, memories, heritage and nostalgia.”
“Tap into the things that make you – you, and the quirky bits of life that bind you together as a couple. That’s both beautiful and inspirational.”
Do trends influence your work?
“Yes! I love trends as this is my background.”
“I used to lead a team in the development of retail trend books, which advised buyers on which colours, styles and looks to buy for the future markets.”
“I do however believe that a Wedding doesn’t have to follow trends to be fabulous.”
“It’s more timeless than that and should reflect you as a couple. If you can also give it a trend twist or if your passion is something that happens to be uber trend led then that’s a great bonus!”
What is your greatest achievement?
“Wow – what a difficult question?”
“I don’t think it has happened yet as I would like it to be something that had huge positive impact on many many people, but as far as life so far goes I’m pretty proud to have had the guts to leave a great job and start my own business.”
“Winning an award for Best Stylist in the region topped off my first year and made all the late nights, difficult decisions, lack of finances and fear of failure all worthwhile.”
What do you see as the future of your Company?
“I hope to continue to work with lovely couples and genuinely make a positive difference to their day. I hope that they will look back and feel it was a little more magical because of my involvement.”
“It would be great for Mad Philomena to have further reach, and for my little business to have the capacity to work in other areas of the country.”
“I work best when the brief is a little out of the ordinary, so to carve a name for being able to deliver above and beyond the mainstream constraints of Wedding Styling would be amazing.”
“In my career I was fortunate enough to attend lots of leadership courses, and something that stays with me to this day is “don’t put a lid on it” meaning don’t limit your ambitions.”
“So bearing that in mind I am open to Mad Philomena travelling in new directions and embracing new opportunities. I would advise my brides and grooms to do the same with their Wedding plans!”
Thank you to Liz for sharing her extraordinary creativity, and showing how her venue styling can take your wildest dreams and make them real.
I love how she thinks so out the box and takes things from ordinary to extraordinary bringing a whole new level of magical to events.
To Contact Mad Philomena
Phone: 07545 531240
Facebook – http://facebook.com/madphilomena
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Instagram – http://instagram.com/madphilomena
Main image: Lifeline Photography