How did Pretty Pear Bride magazine come to be? Where can we pick up Pretty Pear Magazine?
After countless attempts by my wedding friends, PPB magazine came to be because I saw a void and filled it. I knew nothing about magazines, where to start or how to make one but I knew that there was a void and I was eager and hungry to fill it. PPB Magazines are available through our website and in salons and boutiques across the country. Visit or website for locations, that are being updated constantly.
I love Pretty Pear Bride blog. What made you venture into the blogosphere?
I started out in the cyber world of wedding industry blogging by creating Divas and Weddings, wedding inspiration for the wedding diva. I loved being able to share with the world my creative visions and take on weddings. I myself being a plus size bride noticed that there were no resources, like Style Me Pretty and other wedding blogs for plus size brides so my mission was clear: merge my love for blogging and wedding planning with creating a place for plus size brides to see themselves in wedding inspiration.
What is the most important thing you learned from being the Owner and Editor of Pretty Pear Bride?
Determination!! It is not easy hearing "No" and this venture has really taught me that you have to be determined to get what you want out of life. But good things do come to those that wait!
What advice would you give someone looking to start their own business?
Stay true to you and your vision. It's so easy to get caught up in creating something and forget what you started out to do. Know your vision and never lose sight of it.
I see that you are a Certified Wedding Planner and Plus Size Bridal Stylist. What is the best wedding advice you can give to all those Pretty Pear Brides?
Take one thing at a time. Yes, planning a wedding can be stressful and hard but if you take one thing at a time, it makes it so much easier. Trust me it will save your sanity as well as everyone else around you.
From a Biology Degree to a Certified Wedding planner and stylist, that is a interesting career change. How did that come to be?
Well, I was always the cool and social science person, as they called me in college. Everyone was always like “you are a biology person but you’re so social and fun. So I’ve always had that planning, social vibe to me. While in college I was in charge of the whole social/events organization on my campus so I definitely got my fix of social and planning even when I had my science side. And when I graduated, I did the science/medical thing to pay the bills because at the time being a planner and stylist wasn't as lucrative as it is now but I always had my hand in the event planning realm. So eventually my husband told to go out and start my own company. So here we are.
There are many people who would like be a certified Wedding planner.
What advice would you give to them?
Experience, Experience, Experience! Being certified is great, it looks good and will give you that advantage over other planners who are not but don't think that just because you are certified that you will automatically get clients. You need to get the experience to go with the certification. Do internships, volunteer, shadow other planners, the more hands on experience the better.
When I was getting married, I found it pretty hard to find a great dress. What advice would you a bride to be who is looking for the perfect dress for her special day?
Any store/brand suggestions.
"Try it on" So often people see things on a rack and just know that it won't look good on them but how do you know. You don't know until you try it on. You will be amazed at how different a dress looks on you as opposed to on the rack. I am in love with Alfred Angelo right now. They really understand the plus size bride and are making more options that compliment our bodies. Also don't be afraid to get a dress custom made, especially to match your size. This is a great option for that bride that has a specific vision and can't find it anyway.
What is your favorite plus size bridal designer(s) right now?
I love Alfred Angelo, White by Vera Wang and Etsy for those custom made dresses.
What advice would you give a bride planning her special day?
It's your special day so make sure and enjoy it!
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