It's a new year...WOW it's already our second year!
January 13, 2017
Second year of Mountain Craft official business that is. Maybe it's that new year reflecting itch that we all get in January, but I am feeling like doing a little reflecting as a new small business owner on our first year of biz! Other industry vendors, that have been in this position, might read this entry and reminisce on their own first year of biz! I believe it's something special to make a point to remember as you go forward. Don't loose sight of where it all started. That initial vision you had. The goals you set out in your business plan. The investment you made in order to get this off the ground. The first customer you interacted with...they made it real! #forreal
First off, we made it! We were a part of many many weddings in 2016, some big and some very small; each one holds a place in my memory docket. One of my faves...Kasity's intimate barn-side ceremony on her father's property stole my heart...I saw a video from her day, and it's so moving. Our "Touch of White" church pews turned her little barn-side ceremony into a sacred outdoor chapel, if you will.
Last year, I talked with the brides and the mothers of the brides...sometimes the grooms and even a sister or two during the planning process, and we got to know each other, as they learned about our young company just kicking off its first year, they all seemed to be excited to be a part of what was something special for us too! We are honored and fulfilled every time we read a sweet mention or good review from our past couples. The satisfaction we get from seeing an event through from beginning to end and then the photos that they shared with us from their day...it is incredible! Our brides had a vision for their day and we helped her make it real. It's a joyous business we're in, that's for sure! It has given us more drive to continue and build on the vision we hold for Mountain Craft. The dream that we will one day see through seems closer now after our "one year marker," and for that I am just flat out happy.
BUT okay, so your first go at something usually involves a bit of stumble and then being humble. Right? Because we did do a little bit of that. We figured out the obstacles of hauling 20 old church pews across NC and up a few very steep (CRAZY SCARY) hills (or mountains)! One time we even had to have a tractor pull our truck, trailer, and pews upwards to the chosen ceremony spot. I was nervous in that moment, but we made it work. We set up 16 gorgeous church pews on a little grassy spot that overlooked the most heavenly landscape, and that was a visual reward that will stay with me forever.
Now, 2017 is shaping up to be busier than last year already. That is good news! With all the talent and all the vendors in the High Country NC area we are feeling really positive about the future. North Carolina landscapes are HOLY (like Holy Cow that's breathtaking)...we hear it all the time. I won't spill the beans just yet about our long term vision for MC, but how about I divulge some of our 2017 goals...let's not get ahead of ourselves right :) #2017goals
We vow to add more to our inventory. We are going to continue to build and craft pieces that compliment our NC scenery and style. We vow to keep you all updated. It is key for you guys to see the new stuff, the new ideas, and the progress we are making! So....I promise I'll dive into our MC blog more and more. I will post more pics. And I'll hashtag the heck out of all things #NCweddings... LOL
I will leave you with this: comment on your own "starting out experiences" if you feel compelled, offer up any advice (because we are all ears), and if you don't do any of that, just take a moment to remember where you started (what all it took to get it going...I bet it took a lot) :) Thanks for tuning in! Next post I want to share a recipe...just cuz