Welcome to Maggie Richard Design! We are so excited for this new beginning in our business journey and are delighted that you have chosen to take part in that with us. For those of you that have been following along for a while, I wanted to take a few moments to share the motivation behind this change with you.
In the late summer/early fall of last year (2016) I started realizing that something was missing in my business. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I knew that there was this disconnect between my brand and who I felt like I was as a person. Now, I realize that not all businesses necessarily need to reflect the "personality" of the Owner, but when you are a small, service based entity such as this, it needs to at least reflect your core values and mission. I spend so much time one-on-one with my clients and get to know many of them on a personal level. Therefore, I want my business to reflect who I am and what I am about. In addition, I had this revelation that my business was not highlighting what I am realizing to be one of my greatest professional (and personal) assets: design + creativity. That needed to change.
Don't get me wrong here. I am extremely proud of the business I built. Maggie's Misc Events was a beautiful and fun brand, and through hard work and the grace of God, we grew a lot in our first two years. That time is invaluable to me, and I would not trade it for anything in the world. And yet while the brand was beautiful, there was ever this disconnect looming. When I first started the business, I knew NOTHING about branding or how to really create a business that expressed a person's core values. What I did know was that I have always had this love of things from the past. My wedding was an American vintage themed wedding and I sort of just carried that theme over into my business.
Then one day (or maybe an accumulation of days) I decided I was going to make a change. I began pouring myself into design books, online education classes and workshops, creative endeavors, and you name it. I began teaching myself how to paint in water color, started listening to music that inspired me, and threw myself into developing myself as a creative and an artist. What I discovered was that the intent behind Maggie's Misc Events was still evident (a love of things from the past), but after this season of artistic self discovery, I was able to hone and define that love with greater ease and volition. I was able to channel my days in undergrad when I studied Art History, worked in the school gallery, and desperately wanted to be a curator. And I was able to get back in touch with a part of me that had been lying dormant for years. Thus, Maggie Richard Design was born. Reflected in this new brand, you will find a sense of cohesiveness, clean lines, organic elements, and a love of all things heirloom.
One of my refreshed goals is to show emotion, beauty, and joy in my work and in the events that I create. I am fueled by a strong desire to bring my clients' visions to life in meaningful and beautiful ways. At the end of the day, my job is to serve my clients, and to help guide them through their wedding journey. One of the most satisfying feelings is for a client to feel that I understood them and their vision. Customer service has always been a top pillar of this business, and with the new processes I have created, they will only enhance my ability to serve them well.
I am overjoyed that the culmination of all the hard work, sweat, and actual tears is paying off today with the unveiling of the new brand and website! I gave myself fully into the endeavor of redesigning this website and hope that you enjoy it. Make sure to check out our expanded service offerings and our "About" page to read about the addition of Kelly, my "Planner In Training". Thank you so much for stopping by, and I look forward to working with some of you in the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank some of the folks that have helped make this journey possible: Don - my ever supportive and cheerleader of a husband; Nicki Metcalf - my dear and constant friend who has continually pushed me to grow (and been a shoulder when I needed one); Nikki Santerre - for taking a chance on me early on in this journey and creating a beautiful shoot with me; Kim Stockwell - for answering my many questions about fine art and for my beautiful head shots; Samantha Mabe (Lemon & the Sea) - for filling in the "gaps" on my website; My "Planner Babes Group" (you know who you are) - for your helpful advice and support; Our small group; A whole host of other vendors, family, and friends (without whom I could not have done this); and ultimately, My Savior.