Interview with May Yeung
In addition to launching our own collection, SimplyBridal has partnered with LA designer May Yeung to bring our brides beautiful and timeless jewelry. We love the fact that while these pieces will look absolutely gorgeous on brides and bridesmaids -- it looked stunning on the models -- they also add a touch of elegance and class to any occasion where you want that extra oomph! Recently, we caught up with May with a few questions about her jewelry, personal style, and advice for brides.
About May Yeung the Designer:
How would you describe your personal style?
Sophisticated and timeless with a touch of edge and the unexpected.
What inspires you to create?
I am constantly creatively inspired by my girlfriends and the many women I come across in my personal and professional life. Every woman has their own unique personal style which I enjoy observing and taking mental visual notes. My #1 goal is to design for the modern woman!
Tell us a little about your workspace.
My design studio and office is located in the heart of the Fashion District in Downtown Los Angeles with the Jewelry District just a couple blocks away. My workspace is cozy with plenty of natural sunlight.
Who are your favorite designers?
Michael Kors, Tory Burch and Diane Von Furstenberg. These three American designers are each iconic and truly understand how to design for the modern woman in terms of fit and lifestyle.
Take me through your creative process.
I update my collections 2x a year Fall and Spring. At that time, I also design a trend collection for that season reflecting whats trending in fashion. I have multiple inspiration boards at my studio that I post seasonal color palettes and jewelry styles that I want to create. From there, I source the necessary components and start designing away.
How did you get started in jewelry?
My first job in the jewelry industry was working as an Account Executive for Liz Claiborne Jewelry. My responsibilities included planning and forecasting jewelry buys for major department stores Macys West and Dillards.
What made you want to explore bridal jewelry?
After having experienced success with designing and selling our classic pearl jewelry styles and being recognized as a brand that offers an extensive pearl collection, the transition to marketing MYJ for bridal was a natural progression.
What advice would you give a bride who wants to bring her personal style into her wedding attire?
I am a strong believer in sticking to your personal style on your wedding day. Bring elements of your everyday style (ie. casual, classic, modern, feminine, bohemian) to your wedding day attire. Emphasize your natural style and dont be afraid to show it!
Can you give advice to a bride who wants to accessorize her look?
My advice to a bride would be to accessorize with a category that you are most comfortable and passionate about. For example, if you love handbags, focus on finding the perfect bridal bag for your special day. Since I love ALL accessories, a bride doesnt need to limit herself to one accessory to complete her bridal look. ?
What is one piece of marriage advice you would give to our brides-to-be?
End each day with an I love you to your life partner! I like to include a hug too.
What is your wedding story?
My husband Adam and I met in San Francisco City by the Bay. Adam proposed to me on the steps of Pacific Heights overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge. We both decided since we had a history and fondness for San Francisco, we had to find a venue that overlooked the SF skyline. We were married at the Alta Mira Hotel located in Sausalito which had a gorgeous view of the city it was truly a magical day. My dear sister Kathy was my Maid of Honor and gave a thoughtful, entertaining, and funny toast/roast on my wedding day. Some of our guests still talk about how memorable her speech was after almost 14 years.
I know you do yoga. What else do you do to relax?
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with girlfriends over a glass of wine and catching up on life experiences. I also love spending time with my husband and dog Yogi and taking hikes with them both.
Any final words of wisdom?
Accessories are no longer an afterthought theyre the main attraction. This is a quote from the New York Times.
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