unravelling me…

Pop the kettle on, grab a biscuit and get comfy…we need to talk! I have a tendency to waffle on, so I’ll try to keep this short (like me!)

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It all happened by chance…

Hey there! My name is Hannah and this is me. Big hair, big bum, big love for the wedding industry and for people. I have avoided a cringe-worthy super-corporate ‘third person’ story and have decided to just write about myself, how I stumbled into this industry and how BRIDE by Aster came to be…

I finished my university degree in 2009 and had NO idea what to do with my life. I ended up working as a receptionist for a few months in a hotel and couldn’t stand the lack of integrity that surrounded me. I quickly decided to leave and applied for a bar job at Kingswood Golf Club and the rest they say…well, you get it. When I met the man who would thereafter become my boss for 6.5 years, he wanted me to apply for the role of wedding and events coordinator. A few weeks later and I somehow got the job and I can honestly say it changed my life.

From previous years of averaging around 25 weddings each year, I took the unicorn by the horn and with the support and freedom my boss gave me and an amazing team, we turned the venue into a bonifide wedding and events venue averaging 50 weddings per year and lots of fabulous events. When I left many years later, I was the sales manager for the group and loved watching all of the hard work we’d put in come to fruition.

Six and a half years later, hundreds of weddings under my belt and some amazing industry friends, I took the plunge and left the safety of my first job and moved into the big smoke. I stayed in London for a few years but realised it wasn’t for me and that actually, working for other people became too restrictive. I had so many ideas and so much to give. So with the help of my amazing husband, I decided to channel this creativity and passion for business into my own completely new brand of bridal boutique. I knew I wanted to focus on fun, colour and above all, the experience my brides have when they come to me. It seems to have been extremely well received so far!!!

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That’s my work history thus far. I’ll finish up by sharing a few little facts and quirks about me to give you an idea of who you’re meeting before you arrive for your appointment!

1) I LOVE people and am positive and trusting, often to a fault. I have been taken advantage of before in business and life and yet, that will NEVER stop my spirit from soaring!

2) I ALWAYS think I am lucky (even though I’m not lol). I am the sort of person that buys a lottery ticket once a year and gets butterflies in my tummy because I think I will win. I never do…

3) TRAVEL is a huge part of my soul and is my main passion in my private life. I feel so blessed that I have been able to work hard and save my money, to travel to some of my childhood dream destinations. I travelled South America for 4 months and went back to Peru for an adventure honeymoon. I got married in South Africa and have travelled throughout Europe as well as visiting Australia, north Africa and plenty of UK destinations. Asia is next on my list!

4) I am a BIG foodie. My preference is rustic grub from a traditional market. Sit me down in the middle of nowhere in a totally random country and I’ll eat with the locals. That is my idea of heaven.

5) I DON’T do ‘stuffy’ or ‘mean’. I love life, love people and love to laugh. Coming to visit me means a chilled few hours talking, laughing, trying on pretty dresses and hopefully finding that ONE that makes you feel special in every sense of the word. Bring a smile and we’ll get on like a house on fire!

6) I LOVE pink….sorry. I can’t help myself. If the thought of ‘pink and fluffy’ makes you wince, think long and hard before making your appointment haha!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read a little about me and I can’t wait to learn more about you!

See you soon beautiful!

Hannah x

South African Wedding

South African Wedding

Honeymooning in Peru at 5,000m above sea level

Honeymooning in Peru at 5,000m above sea level

Riding a Train in Bolivia

Riding a Train in Bolivia

Next to the loch in Scotland with my step-daughter

Next to the loch in Scotland with my step-daughter

Shameless Family Selfie in Oz

Shameless Family Selfie in Oz

Dancing to the beat of Africa

Dancing to the beat of Africa