As most of you know, the Berkshire Wedding Collective is a completely new undertaking in the Berkshires...an unproven endeavor that is fueled by my mission to raise awareness of the Berkshires as a premier wedding destination and by the amazing support of this group of wedding professionals that believes in this mission. Because it is such a new concept, I am all the more grateful for the support of industry notables like Ceci Johnson (and Sylvia Weinstock, Lyndsey Hamilton and more!), and it gives me GREAT pleasure to get to know my members better through these fun interviews! So, without further adieu, let's get to know a little more about the face behind the fabulous Ceci New York!
Tara: Tell me how you first got involved with your business.
Ceci: It all started with an invitation I created for a coworker’s wedding combined with the realization that a truly customized graphic design experience in wedding invitations was not available at that time. Armed with a clear desire to create the best invitations in the world, I started Ceci New York out of a shared office space in NYC. Now, ten years later, my love of paper, design and innovation still drives me to create beautiful and completely original pieces for my clients every day.
Tara: What is the most surprising thing you've had happen to you on the job?
Ceci: Designing the wedding invitations for the Princess of Qatar was a stand out because it was a huge challenge (and I love a good challenge). We had to create the invitations in Arabic and English, and combine many different printing techniques from engraving to multi level embossing to die cutting to foil stamping and duplexing on all her cards.
Then when the Princess signed off, she required us to personally escort her invitations to her in Qatar overnight! Not just by sending them in boxes via FedEx. We had to physically go with the boxes to ensure they arrived safely and on time. Needless to say no request is too big for us!
Tara: What is your ideal weekend?
Ceci: Hanging out with my family. Brunching, walks in the park, flea market or art gallery wandering, laying in the sunshine, on the beach or otherwise enjoying my days off. I think of it as recharging the batteries.
Tara: When you travel, what do you like to do (relaxation, adventure, food, etc.)?
Ceci: Since I do a lot of travel for work and live a very full-speed-ahead lifestyle, when it comes to vacations, my absolute requirement is to slow down, unplug and relax. My favorite is to go somewhere warm, exotic and tropical. Bright turquoise water is medicine for my soul.
Tara: What is the best advice you've ever received?
Ceci: My dad, who was also an entrepreneur and a huge influence in my own career, always told me, “Your hardest day only lasts 24 hours.” It helps me get through even the most challenging days!
Tara: Which movie genre do you prefer?
Ceci: I'll admit I'm a romantic at heart, but I always love a good action movie.
Tara: Your idea of adventure is:
Ceci: Going where I've never gone before. I like to say that my favorite place is somewhere I’ve never been. I love travelling to new places and immersing myself in the culture, good food, art, architecture – everything! Travel is a constant source of inspiration for me.
Tara: Tell me something that most people don't know about you.
Ceci: Growing up in Southern California had its influences on me. I used to be a skater chick, surfer girl and Birkenstock-wearing bohemian – but not necessarily in that order.
Tara: What is one thing you'll do this year to step outside your comfort zone?
Ceci: I’m launching a new website! Subscribe to Ceci Style to be the first to see it: http://www.cecinewyork.com/cecistyle/subscribe/
Ceci Johnson, Founder & Creative Director, Ceci New York
The best parties in the world start with a Ceci New York invitation. From International Royalty and the President of the United States to celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Katherine Heigl and many more, Ceci New York brings the ultimate in luxury design to the most discerning clientele. At the helm is celebrated artist, designer and visual stylist Ceci Johnson, who is considered the trendsetter and tastemaker in the world of couture invitations. Ceci's online lifestyle and fashion magazine, CeciStyle.com, has fast become one of the leading resources for the woman on-the-go. Subscribe for free to get a weekly dose of inspiration delivered to your inbox.
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