Top Wedding Bloggers of Spring 2017 - Part 3
Mountainside Bride is a blog written & owned by Christie, a girl who has lived in the mountains her entire life. She knows everything about mountains from altitude sickness to when the wind kicks in. The blog is dedicated to brides who want to get married in the mountains, whether they want a low-key rustic wedding or a glamorous modern wedding. So… if you’re a bride-to-be and you’re thinking about a mountain wedding, you need to read this blog!
You can view her website here.
Keep reading below for the full interview with Christie!
Seattle Photographer Anya from Anya Storm Photography
CA Wedding Blogger Christie, from Mountainside Bride
Q. How did you first get into wedding blogging?
A. Back in 2009 I was planning my own mountain wedding and couldn't find much information or inspiration that featured mountain weddings so I made one.
Q. How would you describe your blogging style?
A. I feature beautiful mountain weddings with real, local advice you won't find elsewhere. I lived in the mountains nearly my entire life, so in addition to featuring beautiful mountain weddings, I give advice about weddings in the mountains that only a real mountain local would know. Like in most western mountain regions, the wind starts blowing in the late afternoon in the summer. That means candles and tall centerpieces in an outdoor venue won't work.
Q. What's your favorite thing about blogging?
A. Supporting great mountain wedding vendors! Planning a destination wedding in the mountains can be tricky. Not only from a logistics standpoint but also for hiring vendors. I feature the best, most creative and most professional mountain wedding vendors in the country so my readers have access to the best, most reliable and most innovative vendors.
Q. How do you balance blogging with the rest of your life?
A. I block out time to ski, hike and mountain bike. Seriously. They go right on my calendar and I keep my appointments to go into the mountains like I keep any other appointment.
Q. What are some of your favorite wedding boutiques/floral shops/venues?
A. There are so many across the country! In terms of venues, I love Homewood in Asheville. It has all of the charm and elegance of the Grove Park Inn but is much more intimate. Though I LOVE the view from the Grove Park Inn. In the Eastern Sierra, I love the cowboy charm of the Hayden Cabin and in Colorado, I love the views from Ten Mile in Breckenridge. (I have personally been to them all)
Q. What are your main goals this year?
A. I’m shifting gears with my directory. I'm no longer offering directory listings but am rather moving toward a more integrated, content marketing approach for premiere vendors... stay tuned!
Q. What inspires you?
A. Most recently I've been inspired by industry members who are taking the community-over-competition movement to heart. I'm seeing more styled shoots, local meet ups and extreme collaboration like what's going on with Aisle Society. I get so inspired by the sheer creativity and innovation that happens when people are bold enough to collaborate. I just love it. From a stylistic point of view, I'm inspired by a return to classic elegance in weddings.
Q. What has been your best advertising strategy?
A. Being curious about and caring for others. The minute I started asking my readers and vendors what their biggest problems were, I got clarity on how I could help them. With that foundation of caring and getting curious about how I can solve problems, my marketing becomes so much easier.
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to a bride-to-be, what would it be?
A. If you're planning a destination wedding in the mountains, seek out a real planner. This isn't your venue coordinator, this is someone with boots-on-the-ground that can handle anything that comes up, from flaky vendors to extreme weather events. A local mountain wedding planner can save you a lot of heartache during the planning and even at your wedding.
Q. What has been your biggest achievement so far?
A. Being a founding member of Aisle Society. We are out to change the industry in a way that helps and honors the hard work and creativity of wedding vendors and blog editors. We recently raised more than $30,000 in a Kickstarter campaign for a new submissions tool called Matchology. The thing that made it special is that we did it as a team in true collaboration-over-competition fashion. We all have different skills, different blogs, different vendor relationships and different styles and ideas. Being able to pull all of those resources together in a way that served the vendors we love was truly amazing!
I've been a wedding blogger for 7 years and have watched our industry grow and change. But one thing that has remained consistent is that whether your business is online or off, the keys to success are relationships, collaboration and a willingness to keep learning and growing. While 2016 has had it's ups and downs, I think as an industry we are a shining light of beauty, creativity, and community. I am so proud to be a part of the wedding industry!
Thanks for reading! What are some of your favorite wedding bloggers?
Disclosure of Material Connection: I have not received any compensation for writing this post. I have no material connection to the brands, products or services that I have mentioned. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”