As part of our wedding month… we have the greatest pleasure in introducing you to Mel. Mel is a regular shopper at The Ruby Orchard and has a great eye for decor and interiors. She co-ordinates events and functions adding the prettiest touches and has recently launched a new business.
1/ Please introduce yourself…
Hi … my name is Mel and I love all things pretty and girly. I am a lady at heart and a sucker for romance. Grew up on a wood pile in the midlands as a farmers’ daughter and have done the full 360 to loving the finer things in life. Some call me OCD but I think it’s just attention to detail and not settling for second best. I love getting into the nitty gritty of detail whilst planning parties, hosting events and interacting with people. I studied events co-ordination and public relations and this has helped me create platforms to launch my creative ideas. I’m keen on running, cycling, gym classes and spending time with friends and family. I currently live in Hilton, KZN with my handsome husband, David and I’m excited for what the future holds…
2/ When you were younger what did you want to be when you grew up?!
A Wedding Planner… after watching the movie!!
3/ What’s your…
Top Song – Angel ~ Jack Johnson
Top Food – A salad from Tasha’s filled with interesting vegetarian goodies
Top Place – The beach – the hotter the better 😉
Top movie – Definitely Pretty Women ~ just can’t ever get over watching it!
4/ I never leave home without…
Lip gloss and my cell phone!
5/ Introduce your business… where did the idea come from?
I recently launched my own business called Midlands Photobooth and Functions. The business has two elements ~ the photobooth and events co-ordination. A photobooth is the perfect addition to any event. It is a fun, trendy and memorable way to keep guests entertained with photos that will keep them laughing for days! We have different packages available and the cost is based on the number of hours the booth is hired out for. All packages include ~ unlimited photos, double photo strips, an assortment of props, a disc containing all the photos, own personalised logo at the bottom of the photo strip and photos uploaded onto Facebook. I also offer events co-ordination. I believe that the success of any event lies in the detail and executing it well and it is this detail that I am most passionate about. I am a very organised person and I thrive off planning and executing events ranging from baby showers & kiddies parties to weddings! I recently got married (in October last year) and we had a photobooth at our wedding! It was such fun and it was so awesome to have all the funny photos of our friends and family. I made a scrap book prior to my big day and we used it as a guest book whereby our guests stuck their photo strip in and wrote us a message! This was very special. The Midlands is wedding and party central so I saw a gap in the market and decided to take a risk and start my own business! I studied public relations and events management and have experience in the industry so I see this as a fantastic opportunity for me!
6/ What’s the most valuable lesson you’ve learnt so far in your business journey?
You can be very organised and plan for the best but unfortunately things do very often not go according to plan ~ I have learnt how to remain cool, calm and collected in situations like this and this has helped ensure events are always a success.
7/ What are your hopes and dreams for midlands photo booth and functions?
I would like to be a one stop shop for brides and those wanting to host events. Working with clients from the very beginning to pulling off the perfect day is what makes it all worthwhile. The booth is incredibly popular and is a fantastic stepping stone for greater things to come. I am planning to do a graphic design course next year so that I can grow my business and offer additional services such as stationery, invitations etc… Watch this space;-)
8/ What is the coolest thing you have ever seen at a wedding (apart from your photo booth)?
The coolest thing happened at my own wedding ~ my darling husband serenaded me by playing his guitar and singing to me ~ This was very romantic and right up my alley!!
9/ Do you have any top tips for brides planning their big day?
Just relax and enjoy every single minute building up to your big day! It only happens once in a lifetime so just soak it all up and try not let little, silly things stress you out and get the better of you.
10/ How can people get in touch to book your services or a photo booth for an event / party / wedding?
Phone or email me quick 😉 for a free quote