Here at Calluna we are always looking for ways to highlight and honor some of the amazing creative partners we get to work with. We feel incredibly fortunate to work with some seriously talented vendors in the industry, and we want to show them off to you in our new Calluna Community Series! We will sit down with some of the fabulous vendors of Colorado and get to know about them, their business and what life is like behind the scenes. Stay tuned for more!
This week we caught up with Elizabeth Carrier at Chandlerie!
Elizabeth Carrier left the floral industry for motherhood. After six months and a bout with postpartum, she thought it was time to get back into the industry she loved so much. While working with flowers, she always noticed the amount of candles that ended up in the trash after weddings and began considering solutions. After melting and remaking one candle, she founded Chandlerie. Since launching in May 2019, Chandlerie has rescued over 1200 pounds of waste wax from landfills.
Currently Chandlerie has developed a set line of trending colored candles always with the option for a custom hue. They recently launched in the California and Kentucky markets, and have plans to launch in select markets across the US. The best part? They strive to keep their candles entirely up-cycled.
Cheers! Xo, Calluna
Describe what you do!
We create artisan up-cycled candles catered towards the wedding and event industry by collecting retired candles from previous events. Our endeavor is in huge thanks to the amazing wholesalers and florists who immediately supported us and cheered us on. Without their enthusiasm for the project and immense care of artisan goods for their clients, we would never have made the splash we’ve made since launching in May of 2019.
What is your idea of a dream project?
What isn’t our idea of a dream project?! Working in the event industry allows us so much creativity to explore different design principles and styles from event to event. But if we had to pick one, a massive king table with dense ombre styled pillar and taper candles in the hundreds would make us giddy. Anyone have this client on forecast for the next season?!
What has been your favorite wedding that you have worked, or attended?
As our backgrounds are in flowers, it’s been a really amazing experience to provide a wholesale good to florists opposed to designing the flowers themselves. We don’t see the overall vision from our clients aside from the occasional screenshot of flower varieties or palette, so we can match dye lot to the best of our abilities. After the client (most often the florist) and photographer share images with us we are constantly in awe of what our talented clients create. Every wedding and event is so unique, and honestly we couldn’t pick just one as every one we’ve had the honor to be a part of has been a blessing in itself.
What does your morning routine look like?
My morning routine revolves around a toddler, so I’ll spare you the details – but there’s lots of coffee involved! As a business we are constantly in communication developing our goals and action list for the next round of orders and our agenda to continue the growth of the company. It’s really important to us that the business grows organically and we are able to maintain amazing relationships and quality control.
What are some of your favorite trends that you are seeing?
Color color color! What we do is all about providing an additional design element to our clients’ events. We wanted to provide an accessible fully dyed color candle with hues unique to our industry. Our color line is driven by current trends and newly available flower varieties. Right now, people are loving mustards/antique golds, blushes, an assortment of greens are on the process line, and different shades of dusty blues.
What advice would you give to a younger you?
Surround yourself with people who enrich you. Be sure to support and love the people you want to keep in your life and let them know how much you appreciate them.
What makes you excited to go to work in the morning?
The dream of what’s next! We are starting to grow and ship to new states and markets around the country and it is thrilling to see our national industry understand us and get it!
What is your favorite cocktail, or what are you drinking tonight?