We had the good fortune of connecting with Christina Gagliano and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christina, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Most people aren’t aware of the amount of time that goes into creating wedding stationery and invitations. A single design can take hours, plus revisions, additional design, printing and the assembling invitations together into the envelopes. A single wedding client who purchases custom invitations from me could take me 40-60 hours of working time.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I provide wedding stationery that is boldly modern and has desert vibes to pay tribute to my love for the Arizona desert. I’m most excited about being able to offer so much more than just wedding invitations. Most people don’t know that I also offer day-of wedding items like place cards, signs, welcome signs, menus, seating charts, etc.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We’d start in North Phoenix at Nori Sushi and then head to Soda Jerk for a delicious milkshake dessert. The next morning we’d wake up and head to 32 Shea for some coffee, my favorite is the lavender latte. We’d then go to the Odysea Aquarium for a walk in the nice AC and to see some of the amazing undersea life that we just don’t see in Arizona. The next day we’d go to the lake for some sun and jet skiing. Our lunch would be simple sub sandwiches that we packed with some cold drinks and chips. The rest of the week we would visit Sedona, Jerome and Flagstaff. In Jerome I would show her the haunted tours and go to the Haunted Hamburger for dinner.
We’d finish the week of by heading to downtown Phoenix to see the graffiti art around the city and then to a family’s home for dinner.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My past career is a huge contributor to my current path. I’ve spent about 7 years in hospitality and catering management. It wounds awful but if it weren’t for their tight budgets on marketing, I wouldn’t have found my love for designing digital graphics! Had they have hired a marketing position for them instead of it falling on me, I may not have ever known of my hidden talent.
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