Jacqui is one of those ladies that you meet who automatically draws you in with her bubbly personality and radiates with positivity! Jacqui's own personal story is inspiring having come through personal traumas and loss, but she embraces those experiences and intends to use them to help others in the future in a series of books.
Jacqui is a trained florist and started to use her crafting skills twelve years ago to create jewellery, candles and greetings cards. This evolved into making luxury wedding invitations and Stationery and the last three years have seen a massive growth and uplevelling in Jacqui's wedding business. Here's Jacqui's story:
What made you start your business?
I was asked by a friend of a friend to make her wedding invitations after she had seen the quality of greetings cards and DIY invitation kits I was putting together. I then received more and more requests which gave me the confidence to push forward with establishing myself solely as a Wedding Stationer.
Who inspires you?
I get inspired by the people around, those who go out there and get it done. It gives me the push to know that if they can do it so can I. One such friend is Jo Wakefield, Iced and Spiced by Cakey Wakey, who has a brilliant business ethos running a cake design and decor business with her husband and gives a lovely personal touch to her work. I have also recently been lucky enough to find my soulmate and he inspires me in everything he does, he is amazing! I also wouldn't be where I am in my business without the support of my business coach Emma Etheridge, The Wedding Biz Coach, or in my life now without Emily Hill, Manifest Like a Goddess.
Best piece of advice you have given or have received?
Don’t do something because someone says it’s a good idea. I’ve followed people’s advice in the past as it worked for their business, but it didn’t necessarily work for mine. I learnt from them, but once I decided to do what I wanted to do with my business, it flew! Also, although something's been done before it’s never been done by you, it’s not about copying someone else it’s about putting your twist on it.
What’s your must read book or resource?
The Universe Has Your Back, by Gabrielle Bernstein.
Do you have a go to look or outfit for work?
I keep it casual at home as I like to be comfortable. At events I wear clothes that reflect my personality. After up levelling my business I considered whether I should be wearing 'posher' clothes, likes suits, to reflect my high-end stylish, elegant brand but I knew that just wasn’t me. My work is different to who I am and as long as people are clear on the high-end quality of work I do, I will be true to my personal style which is quirky and a bit random!
Favourite way to de-stress and chill?
Meditation, swimming and chilling in sauna and spa. My favourite way to spend a Friday night! Also just being with my perfect man.
Do you have a secret passion or hobby?
Jewellery making and swimming.
Ideal holiday location?
An all inclusive, not too quiet, just enough going on. I don’t want to feel like I have to follow an agenda and go off every day exploring. I just want to chill out. But I like to visit new places, countries and love city breaks. I'm keen to visit New York soon.
What one ‘bucket list’ thing would you love to do this year?
I’d love to go on a cruise!
Three things you’d take on a desert island?
Something scented, like a oil as I like smells. Tragically, sun tan lotion otherwise I will just burn! Oh and a nice bottle of gin.
What's the best bargain in your wardrobe?
A Joe Brown maxi dress, it wasn't a bargain in price terms, but I could wear it to any occasion and it would work, whether it be a wedding or just around the house. Therefore it’s the best value piece I own.
Most treasured or oldest item in your wardrobe?
A pink dress I wore to my son's graduation, because it has a lot of symbolism to it after loosing a lot of weight.
Latest wardrobe addition?
Coral shoes from Debenhams blue cross sale, which make me feel really girly!
What’s on your wish list at the moment?
Nothing at the moment, I want to maximise what I already have in the wardrobe.
How many pairs of shoes do you own?
Around 30, but I don’t wear around ⅔ of them!
This or That?
Heels or Flats?
Shoes or handbags?
Skirt or trousers?
Lipstick or smoky eye?
Hat or scarf?