Welcome to our new Meet the Maker series! We are features makers just like you. Our first maker is Laura Dixon. Laura makes super awesome wedding bouquets that aren't going to parish. How does she do this? You'll have to read her post below!
Why did you start your handmade business?
I was planning my own wedding in 2012 and wanted a unique wedding bouquet that I could keep forever. I am from the UK but was getting married in New York City - I didn't want to throw my bouquet away before I flew home.
I stumbled upon button bouquets on the internet and thought 'I could make one of those'...a lot of research, practise and patience later and I had! I made my own wedding bouquet from buttons and brooches, incorporating elements of NYC into the bouquet!
I loved making my unique bouquet so much that I wanted to give other brides the opportunity to have one too!
Tell us about your handmade business?
I work with busy brides to help them create a unique, personalised bouquet so that they can rest assured that they will have something precious to carry with them on their wedding day and to treasure forever.
I also make coordinating bridesmaids bouquets, flower girl wands, buttonholes and accessories.
Everything is designed and made by me and is unique to each of my brides.
What have been your biggest business challenges?
My biggest challenge was learning how to make a button bouquet - its tough!
I spend many hours over several weeks perfecting my own technique and now have a unique design which I am very proud of!
What do you love about having your own handmade business?
I love that I can give brides the chance to create their own unique bouquet that is full of their personality. I work with them to design a bouquet that is unique to them and that often includes sentimental touches that reflect their life and relationship (for example one of my brides had a charm with her children footprints added to her bouquet).
I have posted bouquets all over the world and feel so touched that my brides choose to carry something I made with them on their wedding day.
What advice would you give yourself 10 years ago?
Not to worry about what people think and to go with your heart when making important decisions.