I feel so fortunate to be the host of "For the Love of Airstreams" because I get to learn about amazing people living their dreams and the beautiful Airstreams that help them achieve those dreams. I received an e-mail from Angel, sharing the Airstream that has not only been her home, but now here business. Angel's Airstream now gets to bring joy to so many others as well. Here she is to tell you her story.....
I sold my house and purchased my Airstream in May 2017. Traveling to Georgia from Texas, my friend Juliet and I took the two day road trip of a lifetime, crossing six state lines (twice!) to bring my 29' 1990 Excella, Georgia, home. How did Georgia get her name? I named her after Willie Nelson's song "Georgia on My Mind." I lost my mom to breast cancer almost 11 years ago and Willie was her favorite singer of all time. Since my Airstream came from Georgia I knew it was meant to be when we drove across the state line and the sign said... "We're So Glad You Have Georgia On Your Mind!" We bought her in a town named Kingston, Georgia which was named Lovetown USA by Oprah for being the city with the most love!! I grew up watching Oprah with my mom - another one of her favorite people. It was so meant to be! I call her my Georgia girl even though she now resides in Texas - lol!
I love all things vintage and once I stumbled upon my first picture of an Airstream I knew that was what I had to have. My original plan was to go mobile full-time until I figured out my life's destination. I moved about 45 miles from home to the beach on the Gulf Coast known as Crystal Beach. However, when Hurricane Harvey visited Southeast Texas a lot of things changed in our area and I decided to leave my job of three years to fully embrace the lifestyle change. After about 7 months of full-time Airstream living/travel, two of my cousins and I talked in depth about starting up a small business together. This February, I relocated to Spring, Texas and we started Stages Great Events which is a wedding and event planning company. The name STAGES is an acronym for Sarah, Tiffany, Angel Great Events. We decided to take advantage of the gorgeous Airstream I own, so we transformed her into a beautiful, vintage bridal suite. We also rent her out for use as a photo booth, backdrop for photos and even for Corporate Events.
I moved out of Georgia and into my cousin's guest house so the business transformation could begin. The previous owner of the Airstream had started renovations so a massive gut and remodel was not required. They had removed carpet, replaced the stove, toilet, and shower; they painted and added new window treatments.
I didn't want a project trailer. I was looking for minimal work that I could do myself to make it my own within my budget. This AS was the one for me. She's a beauty and she is solid as a rock. When I purchased her, the previous owners had removed the twin beds and there was only a mattress on the floor; I built a bed box for storage when I lived in her full-time but it was easy to disassemble for the business. I painted all of the cabinets a light ivory and distressed them for a shabby-chic look. The cabinets are all original. While learning about Airstreams, in the purchasing process I was able to identify the year and model I wanted. I specifically chose the Excella in this year because I wanted solid wood cabinets. I am a shabby-chic girl and I'll paint and distress anything if it sits still long enough. Having real wood was a high priority for me.
I installed Pergo flooring throughout and quarter round to finish it off. I knew the flooring was right for me the first time I saw it - I loved the rustic look with the gray undertones.
I removed all cabinet hardware and created my own using antique handles or door plates and knobs. I removed some of the cabinet doors to leave open storage. For the most part, I added decorative touches to the inside to give it the vintage, shabby feel. I have added curtains throughout the interior to allow for privacy and to establish various changing areas.
How does renting a mobile bridal suite work?
The bridal suite is designed for a bride and her ladies to relax, touch up hair and make up, enjoy a few cocktails and fun times before getting dressed to walk down the aisle. It's a shabby lil' suite that is perfect for a party of up to 6-8.
Georgia can be rented with full power, A/C, refrigerator and facilities. We deliver her to the location of their choice and park it, secure it and leave. We return after the agreed upon time has expired. The rental includes a mimosa bar and all amenities that are set up inside. There is plenty of seating, a vintage vanity, multiple mirrors for makeup and touch-up, a full length mirror along with a clothes rack to hang and display dresses for photo opportunities.
Because the Texas heat can be brutal, we've recently created a seating option in which elderly guests can view the ceremony comfortably from the air conditioned interior of the Airstream. We will set up a coffee and tea bar.
We have also teamed up with a company (Dynamic Entertainment) to provide a full-service photo booth. We have furniture and props that can be set up inside or out; it's a fun option for receptions or other events all together. Celebrating something other than a wedding? We do that too - check out this fun little tea party.
You can learn more about Georgia and Stages Great Events by visiting www.stages-greatevents.com. @stagesgreatevents on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest and Twitter.
Angel wanted to recognize some of her terrific partners; some featured here are Susan D. Photography, The Blooming Idea, Rene' Renee, and the Cake and Cookie Lady.
Angel, thank you for sharing your inspiring story and beautiful Airstream with us! We wish you much success and joy as you and your family continue to grow your business.