Fun fact about my next guest on Inside the Design Studio: Natalie Dawley of Two Be Wed and I shared an office space when I first got my start here in Houston in 2010. Since then, we’ve done weddings, events, photoshoots… you name it together. She’s a lovely person inside and out and I’m super pleased to be featuring her today!
Natalie’s company Two Be Wed does many things well, but I’m constantly drooling over the jaw-dropping destination weddings that they coordinate. They also excel at multi-cultural weddings, which is a big deal in Houston, the most diverse city in America! More recently, she’s started to apply her skills to brand consulting, creative marketing, and workshops & events. There’s no limit to what this woman can do!
Natalie, tell us more about yourself!
When I opened the doors at Two Be Wed in 2006, I chose to define success as something beyond just Two Be Wed growing and prospering. Our founding vision was (and always will be) to raise the standard of the ‘wedding event’ in Houston – throughout Texas, and to any destination our clients want to travel. After more than 12 years our mission has been successful, and the Two Be Wed planning philosophy continues to inspire everyone we work with in the industry to reach for new levels of creativity and expertise.
Two Be Wed planners have consistently provided the kind of exceptional service that eliminates any undue stress on our clients, so they can get the greatest amount of enjoyment out of their engagement. When the big day arrives, our clients tell us they feel more confident and assured because of the experiences they had with us along the planning journey. And after it’s all over, Two Be Wed clients say they remember us for being efficient, creative, resourceful, and reassuring!
Now, the tough questions!
What is your most used emoji?
More like which emoji phrases do I use most? 😂, 🙏✌️❤️💪“Prayer, Peace, Love, Strength,” 👊👊💣💥 “Blow it Up,”🤦♀️, 💆,🤯 when I have nothing more to text about a situation.
What was the worst haircut you ever had?
The worst haircut was no hair cut for 7 months. Earthy is a nicer way to describe the look.
Who was your childhood actor/actress crush?
Val Kilmer from Top Gun (David's note: I'm sensing a theme in answering this question)
What’s the most embarrassing fashion trend you used to rock?
Flannel Polos and Cole Haans
You have your own late-night talk show, who do you invite as your first guest?
Trump- for the ratings people, for the ratings!
Maybe Iris Apfel, Jimmy Fallon, or Queen Elizabeth
If a movie was made of your life what genre would it be, who would play you?
Romantic Musical Comedy , Lea Michele
You have to sing karaoke, what song do you pick?
“Killing Me Softly”- one of those songs that deceives you into thinking you can sing really well!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
You can’t take anything with you when you die.
When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?
Loving Jesus and people.
What would the title of your autobiography be?
“The Marvelous Mrs. Dawley” Kidding- I’m into that show right now. Ummmmm…..
What was the worst job you ever had?
A retail store selling clothes I would never wear. That was the key to not spending your paycheck on discounted clothing like when I worked at Banana Republic. What’s the point?! Closet full of clothes with nowhere to go! Ha!
Which band/artist-dead or alive would play at your funeral?
James Taylor, Lauryn Hill, Randy Travis, George Strait, Dave Matthews, Hillsong
What’s your favorite place of all the places you’ve travelled that feels like home and is not where you currently live?
Colorado - mountain fresh air, majestic scenery, and feels like Texas!
What’s one thing we don’t know about you?
I lived in Vegas for ten years and I love to play cards- Gin, Canasta, Uno, Slap Jack, Speed- you name it.
If you could hang out with any fictional character, who would you choose and why?
Edna Mode from Incredibles- fashion designer for superheroes. Would love to see what costume she would design for me. My superhero powers would be texting, talking, and emailing at the same time without moving a muscle! Telepathic communique.
If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?
Jesus is my historical, invisible friend.
What is your favorite curse word?
Dangit - passed on by my mother’s East Texas roots
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Movie set design for period films - The buyer of course!
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Peace with God, my husband and children, and with myself.
What is your greatest fear?
Missing the point.