Hi! My name is Molly Dean. I am 21 years old and about to start my senior year. This picture was taken a hot minute before I was attacked by mosquitos. I started as a Petroleum Engineer at Colorado School of Mines, transferred to CU to study Accounting and Finance, (wisely) dropped Accounting, and am currently pursuing a Finance degree in hopes of one day owning and operating a small event and floral design studio. It’s been the most twisted journey getting to where I’m at, but I could not be more excited to finally be on a path to my dream job that I am overly passionate about.
Where I’m At:
I’m from Castle Rock and have spent the greater majority of my life living here in Colorado. I always thought people were idiots for ever leaving this beautiful and perfect state, but for whatever reason I am living in Minneapolis for the summer. I visited Minnesota the past two summers and the Midwest stole my heart. That’s likely because I’ve yet to endure a Midwest winter, but I’m enjoying my oblivion for now. The humidity is something fierce and the accents are killing me, but I think I’ll stay for now. Or I’ll flee back to Colorado. I’ll keep you posted on that.
This career field takes a lot of acquired skill and trust. It’s a long road learning the very basics, but to learn just that you have to find an event coordinator or florist who’s willing to take the risk to hire a novice. I have a desire to move to Minnesota post-graduation so I figured my best bet was to move out the summer prior and intern. It took approximately 6 million emails, but I have the best internship with Thistle and Blooms, an incredible wedding florist. I’ve learned so much in the past month and a half (ex. flowers smell like something that crawls straight out of the sewer after a good week or so). Regardless, I’ve made thousands of connections in the wedding industry here and they have all reassured me time and time again that event and floral design is the absolute best fit for me.
What You Want:
I’ve spent three of my four years of college on the fast track to a traditional, corporate career. I was drilled in how to communicate in the formal environment, but the wedding industry is a grey area. While professionalism is key, it’s also crucial to be casual and personable so clients feel comfortable in every meeting. Professionalism allows clients to trust in your abilities to execute every detail of their important day, while maintaining your own style of voice speaks to your creative style and makes for an effective client/designer relationship.
One part of this class I’m really looking forward to is the personal branding unit. The 15 seconds that a bride spends looking at my website or Instagram, alongside 47 other designers, can make or break a contract. Online presence is my best bet at being a successful designer. Well I guess that and skill, but that’s neither here nor there.
Where to Find Me:
Probably at Torchy’s Tacos 379 pins deep on Pinterest or stalking someone’s Instagram (and one mistaken like away from embarrassing myself). At least when I’m home in Colorado. I also have a habit of driving aimlessly through the mountains. My car’s mileage does not appreciate it, but my wanderlust heart is all about it. Being in Minnesota for the summer means that all I can do in my free time is float on the river or go tubing on the lake, so basically it’s been a tough summer and my life is really hard.