The Sundrop Vintage Story
Welcome to the Sundrop Blog!
We are so incredibly thankful for all of the wonderful family, friends, Friendors brides, designers, and coordinators who have encouraged and supported us over the last two ½ years. Our journey has been a roller coaster of hustling, encouraging, and trying to map out what the future holds. Part of that planning included this blog where we could engage, reminisce, and tell stories.
So here it is! Finally!
To kick off this blog we decided to go all the way back to the beginning, when Theresa John first started styling. We decided to interview Theresa to get the full story.
Devon Johnson: What first sparked your attention to detail? Where does your inspiration come from?
Theresa John: When I look back as a kid I was always changing and rearranging rooms in our home- my mom was a very independent DIY kinda gal, she was constantly doing some sort of construction or DIY project in our home; she was great at starting projects but not finishing and that’s when I came in I would choose color combos, paint or add wallpaper, window coverings and place furniture. I always had a love for vintage furniture as a kid, I collected vintage furniture and props, I’ll never forget getting this old organ from a church it was gorgeous snd for the life of me I can’t remember how we got that home but I do remember it was heavy. I never thought in my wildest dreams these two hobbies would merge and I would eventually be using the skills I learned in childhood to build a business I love.
DJ: Did you ever feel like you couldn’t do it all?
TJ: Yes! After raising three kids and doing years of events, weddings, kids parties, organizing and running summer VBS programs for up to 250 kids, even purchasing a flower shop, it came to the point I was ready to never do an event again…I never wanted to organize or see a flower again, I was burnt out!
DJ: What did you do then? How did you become re-inspired?
TJ: I am the kind of person that can’t sit still for too long so I started writing a blog, ha! I Called it Sundrop Cottage – the inspiration for the name came from a big picture window in my home that faces the Pacific Ocean. When the sun hits just right it’s the most beautiful view for taking pictures of the sun setting over the pacific ocean, but instead of calling it a sunset I decided the sun drops behind the ocean. Hence Sundrop!
DJ: So how did Sundrop start? When did you recognize you wanted to re-try? Start over?
TJ: I was sitting in the midst of a Hawaiian paradise on the Island of Maui relaxing in the sun thinking of content for my blog when I received a phone call from one of my daughter’s childhood friends, Sarah. Sarah left me a message asking if I would help her with her wedding, I wasn’t so sure but I decided I would at least meet her when I got home, I told myself I will listen but gently tell her no. Once seeing Sarah and hearing her plan I couldn’t help myself and I said “Yes!” Ugh here I go again! I quickly called Andi who had always helped me with many events or VBS and just like that with that a wink and a nod, it was the beginning of Sundrop Vintage.
DJ: So what happened next?
TJ: Soon after saying “yes,” my husband and I went on a road trip up to Oregon stopping to hunt and find pieces that would be perfect for Sarah’s wedding as well as estate hunting for unique pieces that would turn heads at any special event. Pretty soon I was able to realize that my love for the antique and vintage was going to take up a lot of space and a lot of time for a hobby, so I decided to start marketing my skills to brides and event planners I knew.
DJ: How was the team assembled? Did you know immediately who you needed?
TJ: It was only natural to have Andi join the ride for Sundrop as she has a great eye for color and style and my daughter Aly has a natural ability to coordinate, market, and has a desire to help people along in the decision making process. These two make for a great team and I couldn’t have asked for two better partners.
With every event these women find the perfect pieces to make the day. Part of their success is in the vision that they have for Sundrop Vintage. They know that their brides need to feel their dreams are being entrusted to the right people so they focus on relationship building that lasts long after the sparklers have gone out. They are also consistently working to grow their styling skills and vintage piece collection to go above and beyond what the client believes possible.
Theresa and her team are so thankful to have the opportunity to work with so many beautiful brides over the past years and cannot wait to see what 2017 brings! With that, this is the Sundrop Blog and we cannot wait to share more with you soon!
The Sundrop Team