With the latest addition to our family there’ll be a few subtle changes to the schedule of the blog for the coming weeks while I’m adjusting to life with our new baby.
I’ll still be posting the very coolest real Jewish weddings every week, but there’ll also be a brand new feature running where I interview all sorts of inspirational women in the wedding industry whom I greatly admire. These women successfully combine running their own business with married life and in a lot of cases, raising a young family.
The series is called Chitter Chatter and the twist is is they have to answer my questions in just 140 characters or less….
Today I’m chitter chattering to Anna MacDougall, the ‘Go-to Girl’ for all things weddings. Simply put, she plans, preps, and provides the sense of calm you need if planning your wedding day becomes a little stormy. She’s one of the UK’s best wedding co-ordinators and I’m proud to also call her a guest writer for Smashing The Glass.
Anna lives in a small and crumbling (former) Chapel in Buckinghamshire with her husband Calum, and two dogs, Barley and Rufus. She runs her business full time from home, where the doors are always open for visitors.
What was your first job?
I guess my very first job was helping out at my granddad’s apple orchard during harvest. My first ‘real’ job was with an advertising agency.
Tell me more about your career before launching Bride & Glory
I worked in marketing and events for a London agency, mainly in and around Formula One. Lucky me, that also meant living overseas for a while.
What made you start Bride & Glory?
The realisation that today, couples plan their own weddings but have no one to hand over to so they don’t have to project manage the day itself.
What inspires you to keep growing and developing your business?
I can’t say this less cornily: the unwavering belief in the value my service offers and the sheer love I have for my job and my couples.
What obstacles have you overcome along the way?
Launching and running my own business has been the scariest thing I’ve done but what I’ve learnt through it is literally priceless.