Today's R.E. Style features luxury bridal accessory shop, Olivia Nelson. From feathery fascinators to jeweled headbands and lace gloves to chic birdcage veils, owner Jaclyn Nelson artfully crafts each of her heirloom quality creations with an attention to detail that is immediately evident. I simply love the undeniable vintage-chic appeal of her classically feminine designs.
As a wife and mother who is also an entrepreneur, I understand the value in every minute of the day, so I'd firstly like to thank Jaclyn (another busy wife, mother, small business owner) for spending some of her valuable time with me. Here's more from my interview with Jaclyn:
What was your background before you began Olivia Nelson?I received my college degree from Western Michigan University in Organizational Communication. Within a month of receiving my diploma, I packed my bags and headed to Southern California. I was not exactly sure what I was seeking, but I was sure it was not in MI. I received my first job from Leila Ross Sales, a wholesale showroom that sold contemporary woman's clothing to boutiques and departments stores. I loved being in fashion. It opened me up to a very fun and creative life.
I used to make headbands and sell them to stores that bought the clothing lines I sold. The headbands did well, but I wanted to do something more creative and elaborate. I came across the idea of bridal hair pieces and went for it. After the royal wedding, fascinators took off and I found my place.
I really enjoy newness. I like change. I think that is why I enjoy design so much.There is always something new to create or change.
I think the most important part of a marriage is finding time to connect. This life is so full. I think it is important to make time to talk, laugh, and listen.
I think it is important to sit down with your partner and make a few lists. The first list should be the bride's idea of the perfect wedding, and the second list should be the groom's. Merge the two lists by priority. Focus on the top items and make them really special. As you move down the list, it is likely that you will no longer care about the items that came in last place.