First, let me say that this photo is me on a very good day and it required the help of an extremely talented hair and makeup artist and a phenomenal photographer! Most days, I’m sitting in my studio in yoga pants and a hoodie with no makeup and a messy bun. And, since I’m being honest here, I confess…I’m addicted to a few things….paper, pink, bows, glitter, Kate Spade, books, flat faced dogs and cinnamon dolce lattes.
I started Allison Barnhill Designs (or ABD, as it is affectionately called) over 14 years ago, after leaving an IT firm in DC. I was one of those people who got the perfect job out of college, only to find out later that I hated everything about it. With a little push from my fiancé (now hubby), I decided to start my own business. At first, my business was a mix of wedding stationery and other paper crafts. Slowly it evolved to all weddings, all the time. Believe me when I tell you, I didn’t know I would fall in love with designing stationery for weddings, but I’m so happy that I did! I love what I do and couldn’t imagine my life any other way.
ABD has evolved, grown and changed through the years, but the one thing that stays the same is…me…and my love of designing unique wedding stationery that represents my couples and their wedding day. It is truly an honor to be asked to design an invitation for a couple and know that it will be a keepsake that will be looked back on for years to come.
I should mention that I’m the mother of 12 year old boy-girl twins and have been married to my amazing hubby for 14 years. Oh, and we decided to get married all over again for our 10 year anniversary, which gave me the perfect opportunity to work with all of my wonderful vendor friends (aka friendors) and create a simply amazing second wedding day! You can see it all on Style Me Pretty!
One last tidbit, in 2013, my husband and I founded Avergan Foundation, which promotes the acceptance and awareness of autism spectrum disorders and provides hope to affected families. Our own son was diagnosed with autism at 20 months old and it is because of his amazing successes that we wanted to give back to other families that are struggling with this diagnosis. I’m a big believer that if we can help others, we should.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” –Winston Churchill
Now you know a little bit about me and ABD. I’m truly looking forward to meeting you and chatting about your amazing wedding day!