Getting to Know: The Inspired Bride

I am very honored to have Maddy from The Inspired Bride here today. I was so sad for her when I heard yesterday that her grandmother has passed away, so she is taking a blog-break this week. But Maddy wanted to go ahead and post the interview today anyway. Thanks so much for sharing, Maddy, and my sincerest condolences to you and your family. Maddy was a bride looking for inspiration for her own wedding when she launched her popular and beautiful blog, The Inspired Bride. Using her own background in graphic design and art direction, she has one of the truly unique bridal blogs out there. She is also the co-editor-in-chief of the lovely Nonpareil Magazine, an online bridal magazine. Let's get to know her a little better!

1. When did you start blogging, and what is your favorite thing about it?

I've dabbled in it for a long time, but never did anything "serious" until the Inspired Bride. IB started on New Year's Day 2009. I love blogging! When I started it was a creative outlet for me because I was working as (primarily) an art director although my training is in Graphic Design (I hold a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design). I wanted to keep my skills in web and graphic design sharp while also using my art director's eye to help me seek out great content. From there, it spread to Nonpareil Magazine, and now I have a general entertaining and home decor blog called Somewhere Splendid. It's been a better outlet for me than I could have even imagined when I first started. 2. What do you see as regional trends coming out of weddings?

Not so much regional, but sparkles, sequins, and metallics are going to be HUGE this year, and not just in weddings - in home decor, fashion, and general entertaining. I'm seeing a lot of simple but graphic pattern starting to peak as well - chevrons in particular have caught on in weddings after they became huge on the home decor scene.

3. Tell us a little about your work with Nonpareil magazine.

I'm a founder and co-editor-in-chief. It's a lot of work to run a magazine, I'm not going to lie. It's really rewarding to help others showcase their talents in a completely different way than a blog can, though. We started out with the goal to make the gorgeous weddings you see on the blogosphere more accessible to your everyday bride, so we opted to take a DIY approach to it: every article requires two craft projects or printables to help our readers replicate what they see.

4. What wedding trends do you think are tired and ready to phase out?

I try not to pass judgement on details, because some people still enjoy them, but I'm frankly tired of seeing fake mustaches and vintage typewriters as props and guestbooks. I love that they came from a place that was outside the box, but they've been overdone now - time for something fresh and exciting that's just as unexpected as they were when they first hit the scene!

5. Name 5 simple pleasures

Hot cocoa made with milk. A long, warm shower. Laying in bed for an extra ten minutes past my alarm with my husband and two kitties snuggling up to me. A letterpressed card with a  hand written note. Chocolate cake with a tall glass of milk.

6. What's your go-to source for creative inspiration?

I have been utterly obsessed with Pinterest lately. It's amazing - I find so much inspiration there as a graphic designer, an art director, and a blogger. Outside of that, I love fellow blogger Courtney's DesignWorkLife, as well as the work of EightHourDay and Jason Munn of the Small Stakes for graphic design - they're all very much in the world I design in, and it's been self-affirming to see this style of design becoming more popular and recognized. For weddings and events, I actually try to stay outside of the blogosphere and find inspiration in areas that aren't as connected - like interior design or product design, for example. It's hard to see something and not reuse an idea when you're stuck in the wedding and party world, and there's also so much going on there that it can also be utterly overwhelming. Disconnecting, I think, is the only way to truly stay fresh.

7. We're interiors obsessed here; As a newlywed, any tips on meshing your style with your man?

Hah! Fortunately, I married another designer, so we have very similar taste levels - we're both mid-century modern for the most part, with a bit of a trend-focused twist. I think, though, that designing a house together is very much like designing a life together: it's about give and take. You may not want his glowing Budweiser beer sign in your living room, so in exchange you should promise not to paint the bedroom pink. If one of you is setting the overall style of the house, whether it's modern, shabby chic, cottage, or global, the other should take the lead on the color palettes. Play to your strengths, and be open to compromise!

8. What does the future hold for The Inspired Bride?

A lot of change, for the better! I can't say a whole lot about it at the moment, but we've been brainstorming ways to constantly improve, and we're implementing them all in one go! Stay tuned!

9. What is a typical day like for you?

Busy! I wake up, check email for all of my projects, then go to my fulltime from 8 until 5. The evening is often spent checking emails again, and coding posts if necessary. Some days I just spend the evening watching my hubby play video games. It depends on what the task list is like. Weekends are usually my downtime, and are sometimes spent prop shopping and other things that are working (but are so fun, they don't feel like it!).