We asked Hana what she loves about being a wedding stylist. Hana joined Ambience as a stylist in January 2016.
Hana came from working in retail for over 13 years, at Ted Baker and Paul Smith. She had been in management roles for both brands, in full price and outlet stores.
"I loved working in a busy environment of the outlet stores, under pressure and helping to manage a large team.
My decision on working for myself but working under a brand was based on the support I would receive from the network, not only from HQ but from other stylists. I wanted to be a part of an established name and brand from the offset and use to my advantage the knowledge and industry advice from established stylists.
The thing I love the most about my job is bringing couple’s vision to life, I love the creativity and the fact that no two weddings are the same, every wedding is unique. I am lucky enough to have a good relationship with and work alongside my neighbouring stylist, so we bounce ideas off each other. Being able to work alongside some amazing suppliers is the icing on the cake! No two days are the same.
I love seeing the transformation from moodboards to set up, seeing all the different suppliers take on it. Couples are getting braver and wanting something different for their styling, which is exciting. In the industry you will always have competition so it’s always refreshing looking into ways you can stand out in terms of creative.
Doing photo shoots and receiving professional photo’s of your really cement the hard work and planning that went in to it. I love seeing how the photographer interprets the shoot. It’s great to hear other people’s feedback of the shoot, from clients to other people in the industry. Building up a network of suppliers to recommend is also a valuable achievement from doing them.
When it comes to balancing home and work life balance I struggle with this just the same as many other business owners without a doubt. It’s incredibly addictive, so I sometimes feel like I don’t switch off. I struggle not to check things on my phone, whether that be emails or social media. It can feel suffocating being in the same 4 walls so it feels so much better that now I am in a position where I can escape to our workspace down the road."
We asked Hana if being a stylist helped with the challenges she was facing before the world of Ambience. She said:
"I enjoy being my own boss and that I am able to have control of all aspects of business and my personal life. I am out of my comfort zone so it’s really pushing me to be the best that I can."
We caught up with Laura and Hannah from Ambience Hertfordshire as they approach their two year Ambience anniversary!
Sandie Edgar launched Ambience Edinburgh in April 2008 and has recently signed her third term.
Tina swaps her career in visual merchandising for wedding venue styling!
Emma and Adam launch Ambience in Teesside. They joined Ambience as stylists in early July 2017.
Donna Wojtas is the proud owner of Ambience Venue Styling Bradford and Halifax. Donna joined Ambience as a stylist in October 2014.
Hannah and Laura are proud owners of Ambience Venue Styling Hertfordshire. The sister team joined Ambience as stylists in October 2016.
Lenka Lockley and her husband Mark Lockley own the Ambience Venue Styling franchise in Derbyshire.
Laura Clark tells us that she started her Ambience Venue Styling business to have a more flexible work life balance.
Starting a business can be very daunting, to know that we were joining a well-established national network made our decision a lot easier. Now, we can be our own boss and know that all the work we put in is going to benefit ourselves. Nothing is ever too silly and there will always be someone who knows the answer or who can help - both Head Office and Stylists. It’s like a little Ambience family.Emma Pearson & Adam Richmond - Teesside Franchisees
Joining Ambience has allowed my husband and I the change in lifestyle we were searching for. Back in 2008 I was ready for a fresh challenge and my husband, Gareth, was disillusioned with his current employment. Each of us brings something different to the business which has enabled us to compensate for each other’s weaknesses whilst exploiting the other’s strengths.Sandie Edgar - Edinburgh Franchisee
I knew joining a franchise would give me the support I needed to start my own business, as Ambience was well established and had many stylists; it gave me the confidence to join. Once I decided to join, I had a long list to work through for setting up my business. It was all the basics that needed to be in place before my area/region went live. I’m so glad it was done before I started!Tina Smith - Suffolk Franchisee
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