HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?
My business began the summer after I graduated college with a degree in Fashion Design. My friend had been searching for a fashion illustration of her sister’s wedding dress to give to her as a wedding gift, but wasn’t finding anything. I instantly volunteered to illustrate her sister’s dress.
This passion for fashion and illustration began at a young age but I never thought that this could be a profession. A few months later I started Marry Me In Spring. It has become a place to find gifts that celebrate the ones you love most through custom illustrations and paper goods.
WHAT DO YOU DO?
I use watercolor to bring brides, families, homes, pets and stories to life. It has been such a privilege to capture so many different moments for people to remember.
I chose watercolor because I love the softness and imperfect beauty that it portrays. My favorite subject to paint will always be the bride because that is where the business began.
WHAT ARE SOME STRUGGLES YOU HAVE AS A CREATIVEPRENEUR?
One of the biggest struggles of starting my business was being brave enough to put my work on social media and share it with others. I still remember the first time I posted on Instagram. I was so nervous, it took me hours to post one photo. But I knew that I would have to continue to post my work daily to grow my following.
Promoting myself has never been a strength of mine and I still struggle to share my work with others. However, I have learned over time that I can be confident in the gifts I have been given but also humble in the fact that I am always learning and growing in my skills. The truth is that my work does not define me. It is simply a gift that I am free to share with others and my hope is that it will be used to remind people of the beautiful moments in their life and produce a sense of gratitude for their unique story.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR NEW CREATIVEPRENEURS?
My advice for anyone starting out is first to take time to know why you want to do what you are doing. Knowing the purpose behind your work will keep you motivated amidst the days you feel discouraged. Secondly I would encourage you to simply take the next step in front of you and stop comparing to those around you. You have been given unique gifts and it’s time to use them!