“Doing what we are passionate about is the easy part; never let the hard stuff overshadow what’s really important… following your dream!” Spoken like a true boss lady, Erin of Scarlett & Grace kinda has this whole “running a small business thing” on lock. Aside from her fascinating work ethic, Erin also has the ability to create floral arrangements that are straight out of a dream. It was a joy working with Erin at The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco, and we’re so excited to share more about her in today’s Vendor Highlight!
“Erin is truly one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. She showed up early and left late, and she created some incredibly breath-taking designs for the event. She is a true professional!”
The Big Fake Wedding San Francisco
Describe Scarlett & Grace in five words or less.
Hopeless romance and artful botanicals.
Who or what inspires you?
Coming from a fine art background (I studied graphic and studio art at Cal Poly SLO), I am constantly inspired by artists of all genres and mediums. I’m currently working on a collaboration with a tattoo artist (shout out to Marie Brennan at Diving Swallow in Oakland!), where I am creating floral pieces that she is turning into tattoos for her clientele. It’s a really interesting process that is very different from my usual wedding work and the challenge is exciting! I hope to do collaborations with other types of artists, it satisfies another side of me that wants to create interesting, meaningful pieces that may not translate into a “wedding” look.
Describe a highlight or pivotal moment in your career.
One of the best decisions I’ve ever made was joining an international design group called Chapel Designers. The support I receive from that group is immeasurable and I have learned so much from everyone in the group that I now call my flower family. I’ve met best friends and mentors, and we all value learning, growing and sharing in this amazing industry. My business is stronger because of them.
What advice would you give to aspiring small business owners?
I would advise new business owners to just keep at it. The beginning is scary (so is the rest of it, for that matter), but it gets easier to navigate the ins and outs of the business side. Doing what we are passionate about is the easy part; never let the hard stuff overshadow what’s really important… following your dream!
What is your favorite part of The Big Fake Wedding experience?
I loved meeting other vendors who were just as excited about the wedding world as I am! There were so many talented people with beautiful spirits, it was a joy to be around them!