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Meet Stephanie Marsh of The Posh Parlour

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephanie Marsh.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Stephanie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
If you had met me growing up as a kid in Colorado, you would have never guessed that one day I would become a bridal hairstylist. I was a free-spirited tomboy through and through. In fact, my hair was always a hot mess! I had somewhat of an 80’s mullet and it wasn’t until my parents told me I could have spider webs growing in my hair, that I got a little more serious about brushing it. I was a dreamer, creative and went where the wind blew me. I spent my days climbing trees, fishing on my dad’s boat, drawing, singing and dreaming of the day that I would move to the beach. Looking back at old pictures, I was always giving my cousins makeovers. Unfortunately for them, they were all boys!!

By the time I hit High School the more girly side of me started kicking in. I loved improving things and making everything more beautiful, whether it was redecorating a house or giving someone a new look. I would walk down to the drug store with my girlfriends about once a week and buy different hair colors to experiment with. Let’s just say we had a lot of hair disasters in the beginning. I was getting better with time and started thinking that this was my calling. Known for being a dreamer, no one believed me when I told them I was moving to California at eighteen years old. I vividly remember the day that I packed up my old Subaru with everything I owned stuffed in the trunk. I was heading off to the west coast and I started at The Paul Mitchell Cosmetology School. This was the beginning of my journey that brought me to where I am today.

Fast forward twelve years later and I have owned my own salon, traveled with a side clientele in Baltimore and Colorado. Now I own The Posh Parlour, a freelance Bridal Hair business. I married my husband, best friend, and partner in crime on a white sand beach in the Virgin Islands. We have a lazy fluffy white golden retriever named Winston. Three years ago we moved to a little bungalow by the beach in San Diego! After all of these years, I finally feel that so many of my childhood dreams have come true.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After a few years of working in the hair industry, I knew I was more of an entrepreneur at heart. Working for someone else was a little too confining for me. I was always looking for ways to grow and keep my creative side alive! After a few years, I was established enough that I went from an independent contractor to a business owner. The more freedom I got the more responsibility came with it. I think there are so many challenges to being a self-startup business owner. The main thing for me over the years was that I had the vision but had no clue how to get there. And in this digital world of social media, it’s ten times more daunting. I’m definitely not your normal millennial.

Until I owned a business, I had never had any social media whatsoever. It was a huge learning curve for me and still is trying to keep up with it all. I think it’s the faith, work ethic and drive in me that has always kept me going. I have had to learn a lot of tough lessons along the way. No one ever taught me how to run a business or where to even start! I think this is the case for most people, so I constantly seek out advice from others who I respect and admire. I’m lucky to have awesome parents that have always been there for me! You never stop learning and growing when you have a business. Plus my internal nature to always keep things fresh is a huge driving factor. Not to say there hasn’t been a fair share of tears over the years, but that is all part of the journey. I’ve learned that when you have a passion for what you are doing, that makes all the difference in business and whether you will make it or not!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about The Posh Parlour – what should we know?
The Posh Parlour is a freelance Bridal Hair business. I am the owner and by location stylist. When a bride books her wedding with me, I will personally guide her through the process beginning to end. This is what makes my business really special, I am not a team of girls. I pride my business on the personal relationships that I developed with every bride and she can feel confident knowing exactly who and the quality of work she is receiving. Bridal hair is my expertise, passion, and specialty! I spend 2 hours with every bride at her trial listening to her hair goals and experimenting with different looks. I love having that time to get to know her before the wedding day. There is something so fun about getting to create a custom look for each individual person.

Every bride or bridesmaid is so different and I love using my creativity to tailor hairstyles that fit their dress, wedding style, face shape, and personality. I’m always telling my brides “You want to feel like yourself on your wedding day, just your BEST version!” I have been through the wedding planning process myself and I know how overwhelming it can be. I dedicate my time 100% to my brides, always making sure they are flawless and comfortable throughout the entire process. From the hair trial to the day of details and timelines to the big day. It’s my goal to make it as seamless and possible. This is why on the day of, I always travel to the bride to get her and her wedding party ready together. This way they can relax, sip mimosas and hang out together while getting all dolled up. It’s truly so much fun!!!

What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
For me there hasn’t been one particular moment. I think building a business from the ground up, you have a lot of large and small victories. From booking a new wedding, to a seeing a glowing bride or receiving a 5 star review. All of the little things add up and give you a sense of confidence that you are doing something right! In the past year I was so honored to have my work published in JoyWed, Elysian Bride, SD Style Weddings and Wedding Sparrow.

However, I would have to say by far my most rewarding moment is when I leave a wedding and have this overwhelming feeling of love and happiness for the bride and her hubby to be. It’s something I can’t describe but I kind of get to be a fly on the wall on the wedding day getting to witness some of the most intimate moments with the bride and her bridesmaids. It’s truly just so beautiful to see. There are times you can literally just feel the happiness in the air. It fills me up! The moment when the bride puts on her dress and sees her entire look come to life, it’s just the best. Those moments are so timeless and special, and are truly the best part of my job

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Kylie Chevalier, Amy Lynn Photography, The Film Photographer’s Workshop, Taken By Sarah, Julia Turnbull Photography, Erica Schneider Photography, Leah Marie Photography

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