The Wedding Spotlight – Suzy Q Designs
Happy Tuesday, all! Apologies for the day late in posting our new feature, Jesse has been off with chicken pox and has only just gone back to nursery today… just in time for the summer holidays to start next week, brilliant! How do you cope if you’re self employed with a boisterous child for 7 weeks!?
Anyways, searching through Suzy Q’s website today has put a smile on my face; she offers jewellery and designs to weddings or simply those looking to add new bling to their body. Her designs are so understated and cool; I just adore that table number lamp! And the breathe bangle. And… well just all of them!
On with the interview…
First things first, could you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?
I always want to give a gift with significance, something that a friend or loved one will feel has real meaning. Emotional connection is important to me and this has inspired me to create my business.
I’m Suzy and I’ve been running my own personalised jewellery and gift company for over six years and proud to be celebrating our seventh anniversary this April (2017).
My family are at the core of my world and holidays with them all, my guilty pleasure.
I love to live life to the full, and some of my happiest times are when we’re all together cycling along a beach front or paddle boarding along a shoreline.
What inspires you to push yourself creatively or further in business?
Inspiration comes from those around me, my friends and colleagues. Design and creativity are key, and Pinterest and Instagram are my ‘go to’ places. And nothing beats the gratification of that warm, inner glow when you suddenly grasp the idea for a new project.
What does your daily routine look like?
Days are either kickstarted with a run alongside Pete (my significant other) and my beautiful puppy pooch Lola, or a walk through the park.
Into our seaside studio to catch up with the creative team discussing ideas, checking over the beautiful things they’ve created and tweaking or moving them into production. The day is varied but always busy. There are photoshoots to style and plan, social media and blog planning with Ceri (the wordy one) and production and stock control to discuss with Sascha (the organised one). But I’ll always find time, even if the weather is cruel, to take Lola to chase the waves at the beach in between.
Once home, it’s supper and catch up time with the family.
When the sky is painted blue and the sun is smiling, you’ll find me pottering around the garden after supper, but once winter puts on its heavy coat, I’ll be curled up in front of the fire with a good book and a glass of red.
What’s your favourite memory from working in this field so far?
So many memories. But the top spot has to go to my very first business retreat – immersed in the beautiful Peak district, where I had the privilege to meet 14 incredible women who have made such a difference to my life that I can’t imagine life without them!
What advice would you give to couples to make the most of their wedding day?
You have worked hard and planned for this day so make sure that you spend it together! Make time for each other – it’s so easy to be diverted by friends and family that you’ll find that you haven’t actually seen each other for longer than two minutes. This is your day, have fun, relax and above all, make sure you enjoy it!