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I actually met Sarah a few months back, we met via email and then had a meeting over coffee a few days later, I knew instantly that we would become friends! We talked for a few hours and bounced tons of ideas off each other and just talked about our mutual love for all things crafty. I honestly can say that she has helped me see things a little different in this industry and really kept me on the mindset of being myself and being unique really will set us apart.  Sarah is a super talented and insanely creative woman, she really does put Martha Stewart to shame. Sarah and I have a some styled shoots coming up that I am so stinkin excited about, you will just have to wait and see!  I am so happy to introduce you to the unbelievably talented Sarah!

Check out Sarah’s website at : http://weddingsby2plushue.com/tag/weddings-by-2hue/

Email her at: Twoplushue@hotmail.com

Facebook :https://www.facebook.com/weddingsby2plushue

When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up? 

When I was a little girl, I was all over the map in terms of what I wanted to do with my adult life. Somedays I wanted to be an attorney. Somedays I was fascinated with all of the hurricanes that swept across our Sunshine State and I wanted to be a meteorologist. Then, again, every time I went to Sea World, I was convinced that there was a future for me in swimming with a certain famous killer whale. Thankfully, none of the above panned out and I decided to create a career of my own and I became a wedding stylist.

How would you describe your business?

I think above all else, 2+Hue is unique. Though we are a true one-of-a-kind in Central Florida, there are several vintage wedding rental companies scattered about the country. That stated, we are – to the best of my knowledge – the only company that not only rents antique refinished furnishings for events and styled shoots, but also specializes in hand crafting all of the often overlooked smaller custom touches that transform a wedding from pretty to spectacular.

Where are you located and do you travel? 

Though I schedule all of my initial consults at various Starbucks around the greater Orlando area, 2+Hue is based out of my home in Minneola. Yes, it’s really called Minneola. Really. We are in Lake County just north of Clermont. Though most of my weddings take place in Orlando, I am definitely willing to travel in the name of amazing style.

What gave you the idea to start a vintage rental / refinishing company? 

Before I launched Weddings by 2+Hue, I sold my custom refinished home furnishings and interior details at an art and antique market just south of downtown Orlando. On an unassuming January morning, I received an email from Carrie, a wonderfully kind woman whose daughter was getting married in July. Carrie was familiar with my retail inventory and she asked if I would be willing to rent some of my pieces for her daughter’s wedding. I considered her inquiry and did some research. Almost immediately, I discovered that the Central Florida market was seriously lacking when it came to rustic and vintage wedding rental options for brides-to-be. I pitched the idea to my husband and he gave me the thumbs up. The next several weeks were filled with building an inventory, getting the appropriate licenses, permits, and insurance. I even traded in my beloved Honda Accord for a huge black Dodge Ram Crew Cab (which I named Pepper). Soon, I met Carrie and her daughter, Bri, at a Starbucks for our first ever consult and the rest, as they say, is history. On July 20, 2012, I was honored to style Bri, my “original Bride’s” Winter Park Farmers Market reception.

You are so stinkin creative, how do you dream up these magically creative ideas? Is there anything that inspires you to create a piece ? 

First of all, I love that you used the word ‘stinkin’ in this interview. It happens to be a regular in my vocabulary! I wish that I had a direct answer to the question of how I imagine new ideas for rustic and vintage weddings. Honestly, they just come to me. My brain never shuts off and new concepts hit me anywhere, anytime. Sometimes while I am on the treadmill, sometimes while shopping, sometimes while driving. I can say that the vast majority of my inspiration comes from my background in both retail and home interiors. I think that my previous experience in staging and visual merchandising sets the tone for the weddings that I create. I want my couples as well as their guests to become completely immersed in the aesthetic experience of a 2+Hue wedding.

How would you describe your ideal bride?

My ideal bride has guts! She is not afraid to push the traditional envelope of what a wedding typically looks like. Despite the fact that my furnishings often take center stage, it makes my heart sing when I am given the creative freedom to design completely personalized features for a wedding. Currently, I am working on a huge installation piece inspired by a famous retail store display for one of my September brides. She dreamed of such an aesthetic but brushed it off as being too cumbersome to achieve. I saw absolutely no reason why she should not have exactly what she wanted; thus, I am thrilled to make that come to life for her! It is always a plus when I ask a bride where her favorite place to shop is and she answers decisively with, “Anthropoloige”! I know at that point that we are destined to work together.

So tell me about some services you offer besides vintage furniture rental.

As I mentioned previously, furniture rental – to me – is a small portion of what 2+Hue is really about. What seriously excites me is the wedding styling service that we offer. In its simplest form, styling is when I arrive at the venue at least two hours prior to a wedding/reception and transform it from a blank canvas to the exact manifestation of a particular bride’s dream wedding. The styling process begins months before a wedding with consultations, on-site venue meetings, and countless inspiration brainstorming emails and phone calls. I discover what my bride’s absolute dream visuals are for her wedding and I make sure that when she arrives to say “I do”, that everything she wished for is in place. From huge suspended pieces to tiny handmade linen monogrammed bunting, the personalized touches completely make a wedding. In the 5 months since 2+Hue’s inception, I have discovered that brides have somehow been convinced that their dream wedding exists only in the pages of a magazine or the posts of a blog. So not true! I can, and do, make their day every bit as amazing as they had hoped.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

My favorite thing about my job is the elation that my brides experience when it hits them that they can really have the wedding of their dreams. I am blessed to be able to do what I absolutely love doing and make so many people happy in the process. My job is incredibly rewarding, intensely challenging, and hopefully inspiring. In my opinion, it’s so much better than swimming with that whale!vintage wedding rental photography central florida wedding rentalwedding rental furniture table settingvintage wedding rentalvintage tea party weddingwedding donuts styledwedding vintage table settingvintage wedding tea partysilver tea settingAnd here’s Sarah…..Sarah wedding stylistSarah and her beautiful daughter <3mom and her daughter

  • August 13, 2012 - 6:21 pm

    Tammy Benson - Sarah, is by far, the most fun & unique individual I’ve had the privledge to know. To say she thinks outside the box would be an understatement. There is no box. Her creativity shines not just in these pictures, but in her everyday life. I dare someone to tell her something can’t be done. She has discovered her true calling, which is helping others dream big. I’m so stinkin’ proud of you, Sarah! XOXOReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 7:01 pm

    Mike Cruz - Cypress Grove Estate House - I loved looking at this! I only met her last week and I’m already a fan!ReplyCancel

  • August 13, 2012 - 10:43 pm

    Sarah - Thank you so much, Amalie, for featuring my little company that could on your blog. Thanks also to Tammy and Mike for your kind words!ReplyCancel

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I met Jennyfer about 6 months ago, but feel like I have know her forever.  She is so sweet and super talented, and quiet an amazing business woman! I  had the pleasure of hanging out with Jennyfer and the girls at the Sugar Suite a few weeks ago, and got to watch them create yummy goodness. Of course I didn’t leave empty handed, I went home with a dozen champagne and strawberry cupcakes which were gone in about 5 minutes, delicious !

  When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you got older?

My mom was the founder of Disney’s Fairytale Weddings.  I grew up in weddings, so I always, always knew I wanted to work in weddings.  It was in my blood from day one.

 How did you get started in the business of cakes and sweets?

I was working as a wedding catering manager and one day I was struck with a sweet obsession. I started baking every weekend, and then we found out the amazing news we were pregnant… hence the sweet obsession J When it was time to go back to work after my maternity leave, I decided I wanted to stay home with my little one and start a *small* cupcake business. I asked myself what I was passionate about, and “weddings” was always the answer.  I told my husband “I want to make wedding cakes” (having made none before) and he sweetly suggested I make one before deciding to change the course of our future.  I did, took 1000 photos…. And got my first order two weeks later.  That turned into more business and from there the referrals poured in.

What is your favorite thing about your job?

I love my staff, they are a group of brilliant, talented, ambitious gals.  They not only work hard and share my obsession with excellence, they are sweet to my 4 year old daughter (who comes to the bakery every day after school).  I also really love that I get to be creative and produce something original….and pretty.

What is YOUR favorite desert?

Anything with caramel!

You make some of the most beautiful cakes and deserts,  what influences your design?

The industry has so many talented fashion designers, photographers, event planners, florists, stationers, cake designers…. I get so much inspiration.  Brides I think are the source of ALL our inspiration.  We come up with ways to showcase her style or the atmosphere that she wants to create and the end result is excellent and inspired!

If you could take a vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?

My junior year of high school I was an exchange student in France.  My host mother was a chef, and made the most amazing food. There is nowhere in the world I would rather be than back in her kitchen in rural France with my family. Close second, New York is my favorite city in the world.  Third runner up: Hawaii (I just saw “The Descendants”)

Check out The Sugar Suite website

The Sugar Suite is located at 1630 South Orlando Ave. Suite B  in Maitland

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7 is my favorite number, maybe because I was born on the 7th. I just like odd numbers.

My favorite color is Kelly green.

I am scared of clowns, large bodies of water and balloons. Don’t get me by a clown making ballon animals at a pool party….aaaahhh!

I collect orchids, I probably have around 30 or so.

I can never set the microwave to one minute, it has to be an odd number like 57 seconds, I know weird right?

My sweet dog Sophie is a rescue Chiwennie ( half Chihuahua, half Dachshund) I treat her like she is my third child.

I learned French in 4th grade and was quite fluent in it.

When I was little I really did not like my name because none could ever pronounce it correctly, now I am thankful for the uniqueness of it. Thanks Mom!

I could eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch, and dinner… Mmmm yummy.

I am really super shy.

I love magazines, I am a bit to ADD to read books it takes me a good month to finish one.

I married my best friend,  we grew up right down the street from each other, who would have thunk it!

Okay so that was a few more than 10 , I am sure I could go on and on! Thanks so much for reading, I would love to know some fun things about you.

XOXO~ Amalie

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This is the first installment of The Fresh Spot, where I will be featuring vendors that I adore. For this feature I came across an amazing company called Mama’s Sauce, they are a boutique letterpress and silkscreen print shop using solely eco-friendly inks and recycled papers. I am absolutely obsessed with letter press printing and find it to be such a great art, so who better than the fabulous Brooks to show me around Mama’s Sauce and fill me in on the process.  Here are some pictures of the super cool shop, and some of their amazing design work and printing they have done. The are located in Orlando but will design , print and ship internationally.  I can hardly wait to get my new business cards printed !

A BIG thanks to Brooks for showing me around!

Enjoy~ Amalie

 

Letterpress invitations suiteThe Invitation suite above was designed at Mama’s Sauce for Brooks and his wife Allison’s wedding. It is so great to see such creativity and personality go into a wedding invitation! Invitation suite MamaThe suite above was designed by Brian Boesch of Itchy Illustration and printed at Mama’s Sauce.Letter press invitationThis invite was designed by Sean Callen and printed at Mama’s Sauce
Letter press invitation

Here are a few things about Mama’s Sauce!

First off, you gotta tell me how you came up with the name Mama’s Sauce?

Well, the roots of the Sauce are 100% Italian. The three Italian fellas who founded Mama’s Sauce used to run things out of a house and all the ink-mixing happened in the kitchen…obviously. In the midst of one particularly long late-night print session, one of them saw a big blue bowl of chunky, red, reclaimed screen printing ink and, well, you get the picture.
 When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I’m not sure what each of us had in mind when we were little tikes, but what brought us all together was a common drive to make music. Almost everyone who works at the shop got to know each other through being in bands or managing bands (with varying degrees of success). What we’ve all landed on is that we love doing something really special and doing it really well.
 Letter pressing is such a great old art, how did Mama’s Sauce get started?
Letterpress is a rabbit hole…in a good way. The first time you see one of these machines, you start falling and you don’t stop. For us, that looked like buying a whole bunch of presses from old print shops that had outlived their noble proprietors. Lots of trial and error ensued, but that sense of wonder kept us coming back for more.
 What inspires and influences your designs and artwork?
There’s a mile-long list of designers and artists that get us all excited about doing what we do, but more than anything else, it comes down to our printing processes. We are deeply inspired by the history and power of spot color printing. Brands and ideas have leaned into these processes for hundreds of years for their expression. It’s pretty neat how a means of expression can also be a muse for expression.
 Who is your ideal client?
Our ideal client is any bride, company, or individual who is open to getting as excited about the process as they are about the finished product.
 What else is available at Mama’s Sauce?
We offer letterpress, screen printing, and design services. Ultimately, though, we work with clients to leverage all of our capabilities toward realizing their vision. Sometimes, that means lots of experimentation and reverse engineering that doesn’t fall under the umbrella of our advertised services. Honestly, my favorite service we offer is ownership. We adopt every project as our own and get 100% behind it…like any good Mama would.

Front door with letter press and bikeMama’s lead designer Austin at work!
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The shop dog Millie and BrooksDog licking mans face

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