Swag is probably my favorite aspect of attending events. I mean, who DOESN’T love swag?! At Get Hitched Give Hope you will have the opportunity to bid on and take home one of 10 Elite Swag Bags choked full of amazing wedding goodies!!! Erin Brooks with Serephine met with me to give us a sneak-peak at some of the Elite Swag that will be available for auction…
Erin, what is your business and why did you start it?
I make bridal headpieces and veils. I started Serephine in June of 2010, after searching high and low for a headpiece that was elegant, simple and had a superior level of craftsmanship for my own wedding. While there are many beautiful pieces out there, I had trouble finding something that fit my specific vision, so I decided to help other brides like me out by designing my own line of headpieces and veils that provide the utmost in quality, composition and style.
What drew you to Get Hitched Give Hope?
I love the idea of using my craft to help others. I think it’s really important to give back and to make other people’s lives beautiful, in any way big or small, that I can.
How are you participating in Get Hitched Give Hope this year?
I have donated 10 special Serephine pieces to be part of the VIP Swag Bags. They are very popular and lovely styles and truly, perfect for a bride to wear on her special day, as well as the special days leading up to her wedding such as her bachelorette party, bridal shower, and even on her honeymoon. Every bride deserves to feel beautiful from head to toe, and the headpiece is an important part of that overall look!
I’m donating 10 pieces, 5 each of two styles, in mixtures of whites and ivories to match most wedding gowns. The first style is the Darla single hair flower, which is a delicate flower hairpiece made of ostrich, goose and coque feathers with touches of French veiling. It attaches with an alligator clip for easy placement and tangle-free removal. The flower measures approximately 4 inches in diameter (the airy feather accents can extend further). The second style is the Daphne petite hair bloom which is made of chiffon, tulle, French veiling, goose and ostrich feathers and a hand-selected, silver tone rhinestone jewel center. This piece also attaches securely with an alligator clip for easy placement and tangle-free removal. It measures approximately 3 inches in diameter (excluding the fringe on the side) and sits approximately .5 inches high. Both are extremely popular styles because of their modest sizes, elegant composition and floaty feather touches.
What inspires you?
Lots of things! Sometimes it’s the materials and textures I use that inspire me, and the creative ways I can combine them. Sometimes it’s nature and the beautiful blooms it has to offer. Other times, it’s a bride’s dress, or even her personality and personal style that give me a great idea for a piece.
What makes your business stand out?
I think what sets Serephine apart is the fact that I am personally, actively engaged in every single order. I am reachable via email to all of my clients, and always respond to their questions promptly. I meticulously create every single piece myself, so I am absolutely sure it’s perfect before it goes out the door. I simply wouldn’t send a piece to one of my clients that I wouldn’t wear on my own head for my own wedding. I’m proud of each piece I create and want my brides to feel proud and beautiful wearing them.
If you could pass on your advice to an engaged couple, what three tips would you give?
I don’t want to sound cliché, but I think firstly, it’s really important to try to enjoy the planning process and try not to stress too much–remember in the end, it’s a party and the most important part is that you end up married to the person you love. Secondly, make sure the day includes elements that make it personal to you as a couple, whether that’s naming the tables after places you went on special dates, serving s’mores for dessert because you go camping often, etc. Personal touches always make a wedding extra special. Lastly, don’t forget to feed your day-of vendors! They are there all day, too, and you want them happy and full so they do extra-amazing work for you.
Thanks Erin! How can we stay in touch?