When Miranda Lambert came to town to perform at Nationwide Arena in June 2012, we bought our tickets right away. When I mentioned to her mom, Bev, that we were excited to see her perform, she told me that Miranda would love to meet me & Jason! Last May, as I created her brooch bouquet for her wedding to country heartthrob Blake Shelton, the whole thing happened in the blink of an eye- I was hired to create the bouquet a week and a half before the big day, I received her heirloom pieces about a week out, and I had to burn a sick day to complete the bouquet and get it back to Texas in time. People asked if I got to meet Miranda. Until last week I considered myself lucky to have had a phone conversation with Bev during Ran's bachelorette party weekend, while I asked questions about the details of the bouquet and Miranda answered them in the background.
That all changed this June. About a half hour before Miranda took the stage, we were backstage where we would get to meet her momentarily.
Not only is she the cutest little thing ever (and she sure is tiny!), she is the sweetest, most down to earth girl around. The second I walked around the corner and said "Hi! I'm Jen, I'm the girl who made your..." she grabbed me, hugged me, and we started jumping up and down together. She then ran around and told her photographers and security guard that I am the girl who made her bouquet. After thanking me profusely, she told me how many great tweets and compliments she got for it. It's now locked up and permanently on display in her showcase, undoubtedly flanked by dozens of Grammy's and CMAs.
Check out the autograph she gave me!!!
After I thanked her for letting me create this for her, I told her that shortly after her wedding, I did the whole quit-your-day-job thing and now get to design for all of my incredible clients full time. She expressed how happy she is that things worked out so well for us.
I thought it was pretty funny when Miranda told me she met a fan last week who told her that the girl who created the "infamous Miranda Lambert brooch bouquet" would in fact be creating hers as well. I can't to figure out which bride that was (feel free to drop me a hint below in the comment section). In case you were wondering, she totally remember meeting you. Did I say that she is down to earth? This conversation happened moments before she stepped out and rocked a full house of 15,000 fans.
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Many great things came from being a vendor for the Lambert & Shelton wedding. One of them was hooking up with two stylish country singers named the Rankin Twins. These girls are just as cute as they are talented. Did I mention they are identical twins? If you haven't already heard their music, pick up their CD (or find them on iTunes).
Amy and April requested a couple of stage-worthy accessories from The Ritzy Rose. They like feathers and sparkle, and they love blue, green and black (although I think they can pull off just about any color successfully).
I studied their Texas style as much as I could. There were lots of tweets back and forth while I was shopping at flea markets to figure out what they would love. Over the course of several months, we've become twitter friends. Finally, I came up with a few ideas and sent them a package filled with sparkle, feathers and leather. I was super excited when I saw this tweet:
" Ooooooh compliments of . You just brought smiles to our faces. Xoxo. Thanks so much!!! "
Thanks for the Twitter shout outs!
" rocks my hair!! "
": one of your items is making a debut on stage tonight :)"
Learn more about these musical ladies at http://www.therankintwins.com/
Thanks Amy & April Rankin for sharing these pictures! I just finished making a few necklaces that I think you'll like, so keep an eye out for another package this Spring!!!!
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