Rain & Pines Interview

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So I’ve not done a blog post in a while…….to be honest, I hate the thought of doing one just for the sake of it as the words always sound so forced, so I’ve left it until I’ve felt the need to write or when I have a bloody awesome person to interview and in this case, it’s the latter.

I’ve followed Viet, the founder of Rain and Pines for a while on Instagram (and I know I’ll sound like the biggest stalker now but hey, I’m just going to embrace it!) and I’m not exaggerating when I say EVERY styling image of his makes me sigh dreamy sighs each time they pop up in my feed. I don’t know what it is, the props, the styling or just the whole atmosphere that the pictures generate, but I’m so totally in love with them.

Also now totally in love with Viet for saying yes to letting me interview him!! Lucky old me…..

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How did you get into wedding styling and what made you want to launch Rain & Pine?

I started Rain and Pines in late January of 2018 after I styled my first shoot with my hubby Henry (Henry’s Diary) www.henry-tieu.com I have always loved styling but I just didn’t know I can make a career out of it. So in January 2018 my hubby asked me to style a moody PNW A-framed cabin elopement shoot for him, so I did but didn’t think much of anything. That photo shoot was styled everywhere and I started getting enquirers about wedding styling so I decided to launch the business.

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So as you may or may not have guessed by now, that you are my styling icon……Who is yours and why?

Thank you so so so much!!

I don’t think I actually have one, I feel like a lot of styling looks similar these days, so I always try to do something different. I can just look at a flower and design everything out of that flower, or plate or rug etc. However I do find inspo’s from other creatives, but I also try to make it a little different and add my own twist to it.


If you weren’t a stylist, what job would you do?

When I launched Rain and Pines, I was actually still working as a full time social worker. I recently left that job as of December 2018 so I can pursue Rain and Pines full time.

Are there any trends or themes that you wish would die a death already?

No comment!! (I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings) LOL.

However I do think everyone has their own taste/what they like so as a wedding planner/stylist, I need to give my clients what they want, even though that trend/theme is not for me. I think that is why I am so picky with my clients. I feel like I only work with those who have the same aesthetic as me and I think it’s really important as an artist, I don’t want to be doing something I hate.

Equally, do you have a style, trend or image that you can’t get enough of?

I love anything dark and moody. I love the PNW vibes.

Do you have a fave prop that you like to use again and again?

I have a pretty big selection of candle holders that I like to use a lot.

Where is your go to place to find the perfect prop?

I love World Market, CB2, Crate and Barrel and random things I find on line.

Do you ever buy a prop for a wedding but then end up keeping it for yourself? (Hhmmm, I may have done this once or twice!!)

ALL THE TIME!

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So living in Seattle, it looks like you have access to the most stunning scenery around you. Do you have a favourite spot?

I love the mountains. I honestly just love the Pacific Northwest as a whole, there is stunning scenery everywhere.

So as we know, you are married to the most incredible photographer (Hi Henry!!) What’s it like living with another passionate creative? Do you ever bicker?

We actually work really well together, we get each others work flow and everything just works.

Does Henry ever come in and start rearranging props whilst you’re having a play?

Henry doesn’t really know much about styling so he usually lets me do my own thing and he always tries his best to stay away! LOL

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What was your wedding like, did you do the styling?

My wedding was in 2014 so it was all burlap and baby-breath’s galore and yes I did style everything. I would love to recreate it and add a modern twist to it.

If you could go back and change anything about the day, what would it be?

I would definitely hire a wedding planner and a private chef so I could enjoy my wedding more.

Now that you have been in the industry a while and obviously planned your big day, what would be your top 5 tips for couples planning theirs?

Hire a planner/stylist

Try not to get too overwhelmed with the process

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

BREATH

HAVE FUN

What’s next for Rain and Pine?

I’m still trying to process everything that’s happened this year. However this year, Rain and Pines will get a make over. We will have a new website, new logo and of course many more epic shoots

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So there we go folks….a massive heartfelt thanks to Viet for taking the time out of his super busy schedule to chat to me across the pond about all things styling.

I absolutely love nothing more than chatting with people and picking their brains. Okkkaayyyy, so a lot of it has to do with me being the nosiest person EVER but I just find it so fascinating to know how people tick and where they draw inspiration from and Viet has been no exception.

I think you’ll all agree that he is the most incredible stylist who creates proper swoon worthy displays so you can see why I wanted to interview him next for the blog. You’ll find Viet over on Instagram and here’s the link to his website so make sure you go have a mooch through his images, oh and make sure you have plenty of time to put your feet up, as you’ll get completely lost in the awesomeness of it all www.rainandpines.com

Laura xx

Images: www.henry-tieu.com & www.hayleypierce.com