Argie easily and happily agreed for us to create new and fresh designs for wedding and baptismal candles. That part was easy. She had planned to go to Greece the very summer that our business was starting. It was the perfect time for her to experience the culture of candle decorating there before we started ours. I was very eager for her to go and be inspired by materials and colors used on the wedding and baptismal candles. She really enjoyed visiting the shops and seeing the different items they offered for the sacraments. I warned her that she would be shockingly surprised with the designs in Greece.
Argie was impressed with what she saw. It was so different from what she was used to. People in Greece decorated with a freedom and happiness using happy colors and romantic materials and dried flowers; something we don’t see here.
Needless to say, we studied styles in Greece, both U.S. coasts, the midwest, Canada and Australia. We quickly learned what we liked and didn’t like and began to create our own style. How fortunate did I get to find a partner that had the same likes and dislikes as me, and that we both wanted to create and offer something different . It was evident that whatever styles we came up with would be coherent, elegant, soft and happy.
Our next step was to GO SHOPPING!!! And so we did. We did not know what we were looking for. We were going with “we’ll know when we see it”. We chose materials we really liked, and then realized, “oh geeze! how do we apply them to the candles and how do we secure them?” We ended up coming home with very little at first. Some lace, silk fabric and ribbon. Was this enough? This is when we realized that creating a candle design can take up to three days, IF you have all the complementing materials. So, we decided to search for materials first and then figure out how to use them to create our designs. It was one thing to pick out beautiful materials and another to figure out its application on a candle. Our challenge began….