"Nobody tells this to people who are beginners.."

How is it already March? I am so excited to have just finished my first event of the season, and two more to go this month! April + May are completely booked and then Summer brings a few more boat days + husband time. I hope to recap my time at SEE Sessions on the blog this week and give y'all a little "behind the scenes" look at some recent projects!

After much consideration, I am looking forward to reworking my services + team so 2016 dates are reserved only for full-service clients! This means, VAD will be your designer, through-and-through. You can add florals and/or stationery to this package or I can point you to someone fit for the job! I am only taking on one client per month at the most and a few creative projects that I curate, style and execute. After only two years of business, I've learned so much about myself. I invest SO much time, energy, money and emotion into each of my clients and projects. I am an open book, totally transparent and wouldn't change that for the world. However, that leaves plenty of room to go above and beyond without getting the credit or appreciation one deserves.  I know others with similar personality traits, in any industry, who go through the same thing. Here's to saying "no" more!

So thankful for Ashely Upchurch Photography for capturing some shots of me working on a recent collaboration for Cottage Hill Magazine.

Victoria Austin Designs Ashley Upchurch Photography Wedding Styling Fairhope AL

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” -Ira Glass

Victoria Austin Designs Wedding Stationer Stylist Florist South Alabama, Gulfcoast
Victoria Austin Designs Wedding Stationer, Florist, Stylist South Alabama Fairhope Gulf Coast

That amazing quote was shared at SEE Sessions last month in Nashville and really spoke to me. I am sure other vendors can relate to getting "stuck", especially while trying too hard to create, make a living and stay busy. It's a tricky slope but we've got to stick with it!

xo,

T

Winter Rose Shoot | Magnolia Rouge Issue 5

'Better late than never' is a saying I seem to love, especially when it comes to blogging! This morning I wanted to quickly share some of my favorite images from a winter shoot I took part in that was featured in Magnolia Rouge Issue 5 and blog, as well as the Birmingham Bride.
My friends here in South Alabama got together with the idea of a winter shoot and I reached out to a vendor in Birmingham to see if their team would like to be apart! Before I knew it, our little beach bums were headed North to shoot at Morgan Creek Vineyard outside of Birmingham. Laura McCarty, of Marked, brought the most beautiful blooms. Her talent really gave this shoot it's edge! Jennifer Pharr, from Mobile, captured the sunset vineyard perfectly and really embraced all of the natural light around us with her film. 
Mary Kendall Butler, of Bella Bridesmaids, from Mobile brought a car load of beautiful gowns for us to play with! All hand-selected in ivory, champagne, silk and chiffon gowns that were perfectly soft and dainty against the rich blooms by Marked!

Winter Rose Shoot | Victoria Austin Designs
Winter Rose Shoot | Victoria Austin Designs
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Winter Rose Shoot | Victoria Austin Designs

You can see all vendor info in Magnolia Rouge or my portfolio.

xo,
T