Hi there! I just have to put it out there – my job totally rocks. For someone who’s obsessed with finding the next cool thing, DIY projects, and weddings there is, literally, not a better job. Now, it was a long and windy road to get here, but looking back going through all life’s twist and turns were leading me right to this spot.
With big dreams and brief detours (Including a stop at a local newspaper followed by a longer stay as the Associate Publisher of The Central Texas Bride Guide), I jumped head first into the big city, starting with the idea of creating just a wedding blog. After talking to few investors and marketing guru’s in LA and Orlando I decided to do an online and print magazine with an interactive blog as well as focus on social media.
Hometown: I grew up in West (comma) Texas, you know the place where you stop for Kolaches :) till I was 21. My parents and family still live there. That will always be home.
Alma Matter: Tarleton State University + Texas State Technical College
Major: Tarleton State University ( Bachelor of Business Administration- Marketing) and Texas State Technical College (Graphic Design Program)
Birthday: June 25th 1988 – yes, I’m 25
How I got into weddings: Too long of a story for this. How I started the magazine is a little easier to condense… I always wanted a place to showcase what fired me up. This all started when I became the Associate Publisher of The Central Texas Bride Guide in Waco. It was a place for me to share what I loved in weddings, what was inspiring me and to show Central Texas brides that there was more to telling their unique love story than tulle and BBQ. After a motivational speech and I promise I made with my grandfather the week before he lost his battle with cancer, I decide to start Bliss Bridal Magazine in Austin. The print magazine was born out of the incredible feedback from brides and clients that I had worked with over the past year. I am so grateful for the work we do because our job is to tell these authentic love stories. I love my “work.” We’re not corporate or owned by some big publishing house. We do the layout, write the editorial, organize the advertising – and everything else – ourselves. We are self-published, which is a rarity nowadays. We’re really, really small. Myself, my husband, my bestfriend ( The Associate Publisher) and 4 interns make up this incredible company that I have built from the ground up since the day I was 18 but never realized it. We never want to grow to the point where we can’t give personal attention to what matters most. We are really grateful for that.
The best decision I made when I first started: Never settling for something I’m not excited about. My office rule is: If you’re not excited about it, no one will be. You have to love what you do and everything you put out to the world has to reflect who you truly are. If it doesn’t, just stop. Another best decision was bringing our Associate Publisher, Katelyn Rosebrock on to be my source of reasoning, my motivation, supporter and someone to give me a much needed reality check when one is due. She, as well as our entire team makes me strive to be a better, happier, more whole person every day.
Favorite food: Chicken & dumplings, pepperoni pizza, potato soup, potato wedges, coco pebbles, big macs, bushes chicken, french fries, breakfast burritos, chocolate
Favorite color: Hot pink, Teal and Black
Favorite non-wedding blog or site: camillestyles.com
Favorite part about working at Bliss: I could write a novel of favorites, but I always love laughing with the Bliss ladies, our incredible Bliss Events, creating styled photoshoots, working with inspiring creative people and getting to look at great photography!
I am committed to: God, My Family, My Friends, Bliss, my clients and to you, my dear readers!
I love: my iphone, starbucks frappacinos, HGTV, itunes, photoshop, traveling, history, facebook, shopping, scary movies, photography
I know: That this is only the beginning… I’m so excited to see what God has planned for this amazing journey I’m on. He has given me so many blessings that I am ever so grateful for!
My motto: If you’re not excited about it, no one will be and Know that every single situation in your life is a step to God’s plan.
1- Where ever I go- inside or out you are bound to see these glasses in tote!
2- Being that I am the publisher of Bliss… I eat, sleep and breathe EVERYTHING Bliss Bridal Magazine.
3- I’m an apple girl! If I am not in my office, my macbook pro goes everywhere with me. I never leave the house without it!
4- J’adore by Dior is my favorite go to perfume! It smells classy and elegant!
5- With deadlines and late night designing you can bet that Starbucks has became my best friend. Vanilla Bean Frappacino – ALL THE WAY!
6- I’ve always had short lashes and have tried every mascara under the sun – by far this is the best mascara I have ever found for volume and length!
7- I love to travel to just about anywhere. I love history and am fascinated with the early 1940′s-1960′s. Visiting Graceland was the most amazing trip this year!
8- This is my FAVORITE purse by far! It holds everything from magazines, dog treats, EVEN BELLA! There is a ton of room and I can wear it with anything!
9- You may not be able to tell, but I have the most curly – frizzy hair on the planet! My amazing husband bought me my first GHD straighter after I heard it was better than a Chi and I have not looked back since!
10- Bella is my 4.8 lb maltese – she’s the next best thing to having a daughter – you never see me without her!