Meet Heather

Meet Heather

We’re taking these next couple of weeks to lift the curtain and introduce you to the lovely ladies who power the Only Prettier Design Team. 

 It only seems fitting to start with ourselves, Dianne & Heather. . . co-owners, dreamers and doers.  

We have a deep love for making all things Prettier and everyday we wake up feeling blessed that we get to do what we love while working with each other! 

 We each have 4 kids, run 1 shop (that’s growing!), own 2 Flower Bars, and generally thrive amidst chaos.  

To make things interesting (and a bit more personal), we asked our staff to interview us so you could get to know us a bit better. 

So here we go…. All unfiltered and unedited. 

Heather is a co-owner of Only Prettier Design [OPD] along with Dianne. She’s a dreamer, a doer, and can multitask like no other. 

As a co-owner she’s pulled in a gazillion directions from arranging flowers for weddings & events, ordering merchandise for our little Norfolk boutique, and keeping up with social posts . . . just to name a few.

She has fierce tenacity, determination, and courage…. And also has a natural knack for making ALL things prettier.

Tell us a little about your kids.
I have 3 sweet girls 8,10, 13 and 1 rambunctious little guy who just turned 5!   

Have you always had a thing for flowers?Not exactly- I’ve just had a thing for unique textures and designs and flowers are just an extension of design expression! 

What do you consider to be your superpowers?  Multitasking- there are always a million to-do’s buzzing around in my brain! 

What is your favorite product? Spark from Advocare…I truly can’t live life without it!   It gives me all the energy I need to get through my busy days and helps me stay up during my night shifts at the hospital! 

If you were stranded on a deserted island, what would you bring? Mascara- I know it sounds crazy…but my lashes are seriously transparent and I just don’t feel comfortable without it 🤷‍♀️ 

Would you rather go a day without food or without the internet? Internet…I could honestly stand to go a day without food and the internet would help keep me distracted!

What are a few things that most people don’t know about you?
I grew up in waterskiing in Michigan and have always loved to travel!  I don’t get scared or cry easily.   I’ve been a pediatric nurse for almost 2O years!

Who is your Role Model?
My mom for sure!  All of my drive and courage comes from her.  

Would you rather skydive or swim with sharks?  Swim with sharks for sure!  Let’s go tomorrow 🙂

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done? 
I don’t know if it’s crazy, but I waterski a slalom course, snowboards the Alps, and have eaten termites in the Amazon. I’m super adventurous and competitive. The crazier the better!

What’s your favorite flower? 
Poppy!

Are you an early bird or night owl? 
Night owl…always have been!  

What’s been the most exciting moment for Only Prettier Design?
It’s so hard to just pick one!   There have been so many signs that have shown us that this is exactly where we’re supposed to be!  This expansion has probably been the MOST exciting… our vision is now becoming a reality! 

Do you have a favorite Mantra?
My dad always says…”many hands make light work”.  Truth!

5 Ways of Coping with Quarantine

5 Ways of Coping with Quarantine

Many of you have seen our IG stories documenting our new Store Renovation and may be questioning our sanity. While we’ve certainly been tempted to pause and have had many days of doubt, we’re rallying around 5 P’s to get us through these crazy times. 

 

Stay Positive: We’ve closed our shop. Our wedding, workshops, and event calendars are in shambles as brides are forced to move their weddings to later dates to be determined. It feels like a pivotal moment for us where we could throw in the towel and give up on our dreams… or persevere! We’re obviously chasing the latter. While we can’t control our circumstances, we do have control over our response. So we’re refusing to complain and cave to fear. We’re seeing the potential, focusing on the positive, and continuing to push forward.

 

Be Productive: Rather than drowning ourselves in the sea of netflix, we’re viewing these days as a gift of time and using it as an opportunity to prepare and plan, so that on the other side of this pandemic we’re all the stronger. 

So Yes, although it seems crazy to be spending money on renovations while we don’t have any money coming in, we know that in time it will and we want to have our shop ready when you’re ready. 

 

Have Patience: We’re all trying to find our new normal. We don’t have it completely figured out just yet, but we’re slowly and patiently finding ways to balance building a business while also engaging with and teaching our kids who are now home full time. This requires us all having a LOT of patience with one another.

 

Play: Although the days can seem long, we know deep down that they are pretty special and are the good ol’ days. We have a rare and unique opportunity to slow down, just a bit. To play. To create. To eat dinners together. And to get crazy with after dinner dance parties. We’re choosing to embrace these memorable days we have together.  Let’s not waste this opportunity!

 

Have Perspective: Whether you’ve been affected physically, financially, emotionally, or just socially, there’s no denying that this pandemic is overhauling everything and impacting us all at some level . We feel the gravity of what’s happening, and while we don’t like it, our perspective is that EVEN THIS was meant for a reason. 

We have never realized more than now our need for one another. And there has been no better time than now to rally with our community, neighbors, friends & family. We’re all in this together and we love seeing all the creative ways you’re finding to support one another.  

We’re giving a huge virtual hug to our clients for your love and continued support. We miss you and can’t wait to see you shopping at our little boutique or sitting down with our floral design team to plan your wedding or event.

 

Until then, sending you our love. 

 

Advice for Planning your Wedding During COVID-19

Advice for Planning your Wedding During COVID-19

Advice for Planning Your Wedding During COVID-19 

Do you have a wedding planned for 2020 or 2021 and are wondering what you should do? 

Based on White House advisement, the safest and recommended choice is to postpone your ceremony. We know it’s a tough pill to swallow so we’ve pulled together our top 5 pieces of advice to get you started in rethinking your big day. 

  • it’s okay to feel all the feelings. We know the countless hours of time you’ve poured into creating your perfect day. the decisions. the emails. the big dreams and small details that you’ve tirelessly poured over… all to have it turned upside down. This is not what any of us wanted and we want to let you know that we feel for ya! it’s okay to feel frustrated and disappointed. In a matter of days, everything we thought we once had control over has been flipped upside down and we’re all finding our new normal. In this time of uncertainty, don’t be afraid to reach out and lean on those closest to you for support, encouragement, or even a virtual shoulder to cry on. 
  • Stay positive & remember what your day is all about. Take a deep breath. You can do this. While we know it’s not easy, this may be a great opportunity to really remember what is important, to pause and reflect on what this special day means, to prioritize what matters most, and to even laugh at how memorable this pandemic is making your special day. In the midst of fears, sickness, and a global unease, love will endure. You are celebrating union & commitment and that’s just the dose of positivity that we all need right now.
  • Connect with your vendors ASAP. These are unprecedented circumstances, and most vendors like us are able to work with you to postpone your event to a later date. That being said, many vendors are already booking up for 2021 and any open dates are filling up fast. The best plan is overcommunication. Let your vendors know what you’re thinking, and check with them to find out what your options are.  
  • Create a communication plan for your guests. Traditional wedding etiquette has just added a chapter. Change the Dates! If you’ve already sent out save the dates to your guests and need to modify the date, check out these fun change the date cards from Minted or create your own using Canva (one of our all time favorite tools). It’s okay if you don’t know all the new details yet. Just let your wedding guests know what you can, and which channels you’ll be using to send further up-to-date communication.
  • Be flexible. It may be time for plan B and maybe even plan C. Many brides are making the hard decision to move their wedding dates, and sometimes it’s a moving target. The key to keeping your sanity in all this, is to hold your date loosely, knowing that plans may change… again. Another option to consider is separating your ceremony and reception. Elopements are getting a lot of hype these days and rightfully so. With a smaller scale format, you’re able to splurge on all the gorgeous wedding details that matter most to you like a decadent mini-cake or the flowing bridal bouquet of your dreams. Whichever route you decide is best for you and your guests, remain flexible and open to thinking outside the box.