Since I can remember I wanted to be an artist, of course my parents wanted non of it and they convinced me to study Human Resource Management. As Julia Roberts said in Pretty Woman — 'big mistake, huge'. After I studied as much as I could swallow a series of weird and wonderful events led to me working at a graphic design company. I was enthralled with my new career that was until one faithful afternoon in 2007.
A somewhat upset Didi de Witt, owner of Didi Couture, called me asking whether I could come over that evening to give my input and advice on her newly built website. I took one look at it and understood exactly why she was so disappointed. It was simply awful and not at all reflective of her style. A few glasses of wine later I found myself blurting out that I would redesign her website and as her friend I would do it for free.
What was I thinking for crying in a bucket? I'm a graphic designer not a web designer. I knew nothing about the inner workings of a website or even how the navigation buttons managed to open up new pages. Those early days were a very steep learning curve, but the website was a success and I fell in love with what would become my new career path.
Since then I have created numerous websites for various types of organisations, such as corporate businesses, guest houses and even churches and NGO’s. It was during the crafting of the first wedding website that I had the ultimate ‘A-ha moment!’. I had found my passion. The technical requirements of the World Wide Web and my creative instinct married. For the first time in years I was freed from corporate identity manuals that dictated what I could do, what font to use and where certain elements needed to be displayed on the page.
In a certain way I think that the joy I experience while working on a wedding website stems from the knowledge that I am helping a happy couple spread their story of love found and joy shared. If you would like me to help spread your joy, here is what you should do - share your secrets and complete the Wedding Website Design Brief Questionnaire.