Prepare your minds and bodies for the biggest amount of babeness you've ever seen in your life in this blog post - are you ready?
Rachel of Rachel Emma Studio is a wedding stylist, maker, glitter thrower, self-proclaimed cat-cuddler, and an enthusiast like no other. A genius creative mind capable of just about everything, from paper flowers to celestial invites to neon cake toppers and disco ball bouquets (yes, she went there), she's a curator of wedding excellence and creator of happiness, glittery and otherwise. She's also a mega enthusiast (all the best people are), as you can tell by the fact that she excelled and matched her t-shirt to her mug and her hair, and she just gets better from there. We chatted about Buffy the Vampire Slayer and why enthusiasm is so key (the two may be related...)
What are you enthusiastic about?
Creative weddings, and helping people achieve them. The thing I've learnt about myself through running my business is that I mainly just love making people happy, and weddings are generally such an emotional time that the happiness stakes are so much higher - so it's pure selfishness from me really, hunting for the maximum amount of praise. But also, I love people who want to do their own thing, especially on their wedding day, because there's so much stupid pressure and tradition wrapped up in the industry that it takes bravery to step outside of that, and I like brave people. I'm also very enthusiastic about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and I challenge anyone to find me a life lesson you can't learn through that masterpiece of TV.
Why do you keep doing what you're doing?
I just have to! I genuinely feel like I have no plan B. This is it for me, I don't know how I could do anything else.
What's the impact you want to make?
Apart from banishing chair covers from weddings forever, the impact I'm most excited about making is building a company that provides dream jobs for amazing humans. Taking on my first employee recently has made me realise how important this is to me, I just love the idea of building a totally boss team and creating a nurturing, fun and creative environment for them to work in. I think it's because I've had my fair share of nightmare bosses, so I want to be the opposite and prove that you don't have to hate your job and you can actually look forward to going to work every day.
Best advice you've ever been given?
Go for progress, not perfection.
Who's your Enthusiastic hero?
You Ellie of course! How you have packed so much wisdom and business babeness into your 22 years I cannot fathom! I am a fan girl forever.
If money were no object, what would you be doing?
I know it's really nerdy, but I would just be buying ALL of the tools. I'd be kitting out a crazy studio with loads of fun machines and probably doing as many collaborations as possible. I'd also outsource everything apart from designing so I could do the fun stuff all day, and I'd put a mojito machine in the office.