Lucy Till French Weddings

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I began Lucy Till French Weddings in 2009. My sister was marrying an Australian, living in Sydney, but getting married in France. As my mother made all the arrangements, I saw how complicated it was to arrange a wedding long distance and saw the opportunity to provide a wedding planning service for couples overseas who want to celebrate their marriage in France. Coming from a work background in the travel industry and hat-making, I have put all my past experience to work to create beautiful events for these couples. The business has grown steadily over the past 7 years and I now arranging weddings throughout Provence and along the Riviera. Each wedding is unique and my work is to source all the suppliers from musicians, to venues, to florists and caterers, draw up to 30 contracts for each event, and then attend each wedding weekend to ensure that everything goes exactly to the wishes of the bride and groom. Its fun, intense and I love it. I feel blessed to be living in the South of France, and working in wonderful venues with a large number of different french suppliers.

I enjoy the Network Provence meetings. There is a buzz and an energy at these events. The businesses are so diverse as well as the nationalities of the women – what we have in common is that we are all running small businesses in the South of France, sharing some common challenges, achievements and enjoyment. I’ve just been to three meetings so far but have found useful connections for work – a wedding cake maker, musicians, translator, social media advisors, wine merchant – as well as numerous kindred spirits.

www.lucytillfrenchweddings.com

Aixcentric

IMG_1693Meet Lynne who will explain in her own words why she created Aixcentric her super-informative, popular blog all about Aix en Provence and the surrounding area.

Aixcentric is a locally-based blog, now in its sixth year of rounding up news, good places to eat, fun places to visit, travel news, book and film reviews…and often complaints about local toilets ( lack of!)….anything and everything that will interest people living in and around Aix. It was started out of exasperation with the tourist authorities who seemed reluctant to communicate, despite lots of interesting things happening in the area. Local communications are improving slowly but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the blog and find it useful. www.aixcentric.com

Perfectly Provence

IMG_0176Meet Carolyne Kauser-Abbott whose company  Edible Heritage Technologies she explains  is where I focus on freelance writing (Ginger and Nutmeg and Perfectly Provence ), e-commerce (Atelier) and social media consulting.

What has been your most satisfying moment in your business?

No question, being an entrepreneur can be lonely business. Those moments when I receive positive feedback from readers, contributors and strangers, are the times that I remember why I am doing the work in the first place.

What is your goal for this year?

My goal for 2015 was to launch my e-commerce website showcasing artisan creators. Atelier launched in November 2015 with a focus on Canadian Artisans (for now). As a result, my 2016 goal is to continue searching for quality artisans and featuring their handcrafted, traditional inspired products.

In 2016, my goal for Perfectly Provence is to continue featuring fabulous content writers who love Provence as much as I do.

Continuing to build my social media consulting practice.

Has Network Provence had any positive effects on your business ?

Definitely! I was not sure what to think the first blustery day that I drove to meet Rebecca and a group of women that I had never met before. In fact I thought what am I doing? Do I have time for this? However the moment that I was greeted by Rebecca, I realized that the benefits of a group, the chance for open discussion and the opportunity to meet new people are priceless. Network Provence has allowed me to listen to others, talk through ideas and expand my network of friends.

http://perfectlyprovence.co/