It’s Featured Friday again! This is our second week of Featured Friday! Featured Friday is focusing on local creatives who specialize in the wedding industry. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is planning a wedding, looking to network, or just love all things pretty, to find awesome creatives to work with, follow and be inspired by!
This week we are featuring Kathy Dixon of Oh Yes Communications.
Oh Yes Communications was established in 2013 in Bethesda, Maryland. Kathy started this business because of her restlessness in the corporate world, and her deep roots in video production and the media industry. In 2016 Oh Yes Communications are expanding their business to captured weddings stories!
Kathy’s best advice for a bride to be: 1) it’s okay to be “selfish” about your big day and do what YOU and your future spouse want to do and not what your mom, aunt, distant relative, etc think you should do. Often the magic of this time gets lost in the stressful family dynamics and you miss the point. It’s a celebration of YOUR love story. It’s great to listen to input but it’d also important to have clear boundaries that you and your spouse agree upon. 2) Know when your “cut off” date is. I took on a project 3 weeks before my wedding because of the quick turn around and looking back – the money and stress was not worth it. My husband physically removed my laptop from me 2 days before our wedding day because he wanted me to enjoy the build up to OUR day. I’m so grateful that he did that because knowing myself – I would’ve kept typing away and working until the Rehearsal. Yikes! I’ve learned a much healthier balance between work and family these days. And lastly, 3) Have a project to look forward to after you get back from the honeymoon. I had some serious post-wedding blues when I got back. For 14 months I was planning this awesome event and now, everything we had worked so hard for had passed in the blink of an eye. I didn’t have a project planned for after we returned and it’s advice that I give my girlfriends often. Just recently a girlfriend of mine returned from her honeymoon and she shared that the emptiness and free time I was talking about did leave her sort of out of whack. Now, her and her new hubby are tackling the decoration for their 2nd bedroom/office and they are having a blast doing that together.
Kathy’s favorite thing about a wedding day: When the bride walks down the aisle. It never ceases to be magical to me. The look on her face when she enters the church/location, the expression on the grooms face as he tries to hold it together, the smiles from all the guest. I have goosebumps as I type this. I’m a sucker for weddings and there’s almost a 100% chance I’ll cry.
For 2016 Oh Yes Communications is focusing on being intentional while they grow. As I often experience, Kathy says that when she puts her faith first, the people, opportunities, and doors began to open. (This hits close to my heart, I have to remind myself to put my faith first in my business as well as my personal life, and when I do things fall into place!) Kathy’s goal is to network with intention and build long-lasting relationships with other creatives and their businesses, and clients. Another professional and personal goal for Kathy is to also be bold in the risks she takes. She will do amazing things with the gifts, talents and passion God has given her.
Kathy enjoys cooking, and likes to experiment with new recipes and flavors. Along with cooking, Kathy likes being active, journaling and she loves to organize and declutter (can’t go wrong with that!).