We had the good fortune of connecting with Emma Clark and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Emma, what makes you happy? Why?
I’ve always been a big believer in following your bliss and building a life around the things you love. Happiness is sometimes choosing the road less traveled, even if we doubt ourselves throughout the process. Building Moss & Maeve from the ground up straight out of college was definitely a choice that deviated from the “normal” path. I doubted myself probably 50 times a day (and still do!), but when weighing the risk against the reward, I knew that pushing through that doubt was the key. And let me tell you – it was worth it! I think happiness is a choice and something to strive for every single day. What brings me the most happiness is practicing gratitude and living my life as authentically as I can. For example, I choose to surround myself with friends and family who lift me up and encourage me during the good times and the bad. I choose to build an inclusive business that speaks to my values and create a culture of creativity and diversity. The fuller my life gets, the happier I am!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Sarah and I started Moss & Maeve two years ago. She recently stepped down from her role in our company because of a big life change: a move to Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and a new baby girl, Charlotte Blair! I took over Moss & Maeve completely about a year ago and I still think starting this company was the best decision of my life. While it’s been a lot of hard work, it’s also been a source of joy to pursue my passion every single day. I believe what sets Moss & Maeve apart from other companies is our unique aesthetic and attention to detail that we bring to every single event. Every wedding is like a fingerprint – each one is never quite the same as the last. I tailor each wedding to the couple’s vision with expert design and planning. I’m always aware that this is one of the most important days of two people’s lives and I make it my goal to exceed all of their expectations. One of the most difficult challenges I have faced the past year was due to the pandemic. Many of my couples for the 2020 season had to decide whether to cancel their wedding or settle for something that wasn’t their original vision. As their wedding planner, it was heartbreaking to watch and really difficult dealing with so much uncertainty. For once, I didn’t have the all of the answers my couples were searching for. I was scared that this would be the thing to break my business and Moss & Maeve would be over. But while there is still uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, I’ve seen a lot of beautiful and positive reasons to be hopeful and to keep pushing forward. For example, couples who had planned large, extravagant events decided to move forward with small, intimate affairs in their place. Somehow, those weddings turned out to be the most beautiful of all. All of the little things were stripped away and the day became entirely about the love and commitment between two people. I’ve come to realize that this too shall pass and I’m hopeful that things will continue to improve as we approach the next wedding season!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love the Highlands area – it has the best restaurants! I go to Postino, Avanti, Root Down and Linger all the time. I’d also recommend checking out some breweries because Denver has a lot of great ones! I love hiking and paddle boarding too so I would also suggest going to Chatfield State Park and spending the day exploring.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Wedding vendors in our community have been the main source of support since Moss & Maeve was started. This wedding season has been by far one of the most difficult times any of us have seen because of the pandemic, but the response from other vendors has been overwhelmingly wonderful. Everyone has had each other’s backs and been very flexible as we’ve dealt with hurdle after hurdle as events were canceled and venues shut down. I don’t know how I would have made it through this season without this community to lean on and the advice that I received.
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