If you're a bride or groom in the planning stages, Vanessa West is your gal to go to for major inspiration and creativity! Vanessa brings her planning expertise to any type of special event and we are very excited to have her join us at ReBash! Get your Early Bird Tix here until Feb. 29, 2016 and thanks to Vanessa for chatting with us about her lovely work!
Tell us about your business/craft.
Vanessa West Events focuses on design and coordination for weddings and events. We love weddings so much we also offer design and planning options for bridal showers, engagement or bachelor/bachelorette parties!
How did you get started?
Growing up I always loved arts and crafts. Years later, I realized my other love for planning events. Combining the two gave me an outlet to use my creative skills and obsession with organizing.
I knew I wanted to start my own business after coordinating a New Years Eve party in my hometown. I loved planning each detail from start to finish. We even had a bus driving people home after midnight. I was nervous because it was my first ticketed event but we ended up selling out the venue and almost doubling our numbers the second year.
It was probably the only thing I talked about for a few months but I knew this was something more than just another New Years Eve party. It was the beginning of finding something I was truly passionate about.
When deciding which direction I wanted Vanessa West Events to go I knew I wanted to focus on everything wedding. I have learned so much and met amazing people along the way!
What is one thing people may be surprised to find out about you?
I love to paint! If I am not spending my time styling or coordinating events I love to draw and paint. Lately I have been focusing on large abstract pieces. My latest work was a zebra on a large 5 ft canvas. There always seems to be at least two or three blank canvases laying around my apartment ready for a creative moment to strike!
What is your personal favourite piece out of your own collection and why?
Tough question!! I don’t think I can choose a favourite. It was so much fun creating the multilayered pink backdrop for a high tea themed bridal shower. I love creating unique DIY projects for weddings especially with gold accents.
Who/what inspires you?
Everything! Nature, fashion, vintage or new fashion trends. Colour, smell, textures and shapes. I am always taking in everything around me.
What can guests at ReBash expect to see from you at the event?
I am working on designing a fun and elegant inspirational table setting. I will have party supplies for purchase as well as a raffle draw. I can’t wait!