August 2, 2010

Felt the fear & I did it: Making This Happen 2010

Today I am honored to celebrate our 6 month anniversary with a few of the fellow alums of the Making Things Happen 2010 Nashville Class. Its hard to believe that 6 months has passed since we all sat around in a circle and discussed our fears, visions, goals etc.

I am going to be very honest with this post today, so bear with me.... During our class one of my fears, was changing my company name {which launched that same week} to Opulent Couturier & expanding my services to include styling. Lets face it we are in the South, and whether we want to talk about the "elephant in the room" or not there is a faux pas to some about being considered a luxury wedding professional yet alone deeming yourself as a wedding stylist and being an African American woman....its kinda like a triple threat or unheard of in this part of the country.

I spoke to the class very candidly about when I started my wedding planning company that it was suggested to me that I should not put my picture up on my website so that a potential client wouldn't know my race. For a while I followed that advice, which was the wrong thing to do! I realized through the past several years of being in business that I am me and I can only be who I am by showing my true self...picture on my website and all!

Style for me is a part of my life. I love high fashion always have & always will. TRUE STORY: what 12 year old do you know can recognize, save up & purchases a Fendi bag? Yeah that was me....however later to realize that it was a knockoff! Soo funny! I have an extensive merchandising & retail logistics background so putting things together and mapping out the flow is like the joy I get when I eat a red velvet cupcake! I LOVE IT!

Going back to MTH2010, one of my fears that I wrote down in my journal during the class was being a wedding stylist and shooting a very upscale couture wedding editorials with African American models. Lets face it people its something that you just don't see but truthfully we should see many more grace the pages of bridal magazines & blogs.

Sunday August 1, 2010 was the day that I stomped that fear and made it happen! I reached out to fellow MTH Alums, Sarah & Thomas Boutwell of T2 Photography on my edgy concept & they were up for the challenge. It was a true stretch for all three of us because they had never shot a very high fashion & slightly edgy shoot that I had in mind. The end results exceeded my expectations. I tweeted 2 images during the shoot...tell me what you think!!

Image Credit: personal iphone

If there is something that you really want to do as a personal goal or for your business....Feel the fear & do it anyway!!!


Kristen Steele said...

I am SO excited for you that you accomplished one of your main MTH goals!! I can't wait to see the photos from Sarah & Thomas, I know they will be amazing!!! See you tonight!

Trista said...


As a young African American woman just seriously starting in the wedding and event planning and design field, I want you to know you are truly an inspiration. I've recently been faced with some of the same things, specifically, changing my company name and the picture of the website scare.

You're such a blessing and even though you may or may not know this, a wonderful example. MTH sounds like a wonderful experience! I need to look into that myself. :)

Trista, owner and MD
SEVEN Nashville (formally S.E.V.E.N. Promotions)

Shannon Bates said...

I can't imagine NOT posting your photo, your image has style written all over it. Any bride would be lucky to snag you! I can't wait to see all the goodies from the photo shoot, the teaser pic is awesome!

Ulmer Studios said...

So glad to be a part of the MTH-Nashville crew with you!

Love seeing what you do and reading about you stomping out those fears!

Can't wait to see all the fabulousness that is yet to come out of you!!!

The styling on this was amazing!!!!


Latrice of Opulent Couturier said...

@Kristen - Thank you so much for the comment & it was great seeing you tonight!

@Trista - thanks for your sweet words. The best advice I can give is just be yourself while building up your business and make lasting connections. I would love to connect at some point!

@Shannon - thank you Shannon!

Camille @ JunePlumm Events said...

CONGRATULATIONS Latrice!. It takes guts and faith to recognize your fears and even more to verbalize it. I wish you much continued success.

Latrice of Opulent Couturier said...

Camille!!!!! Thanks so much for the kind words. I appreciate it. I hope you are going well!