HOW RUBIJOY STARTED Hi, I'm Sandra Dodds, the owner and founder of Rubijoy. I am South African and have lived in France for nearly two decades. My French husband is a wine maker on a bio dynamic wine farm...lucky me :-) We have two young children and live in rural village in the Aude Department of France. Mother Earth is my best friend, and we are firm nature lovers. Our vegetable garden and orchard keep us busy year round. I love cooking, walking in nature and interior decoration. With a history in product development, marketing, wine export and fashion accessories, I have always had a love for design and decor. When I was planning my own wedding a few years ago, I wanted mismatched crockery and vintage decorations, but couldn't find anything like that for hire in this area. So a year before my wedding, I began visiting vintage shops and vide greniers (similar to car boot sales, and literally meaning "to empty the attic"), and lovingly collected, washed, up-cycled and coordinated the items I'd purchased into the perfect look for our wedding. Soon, what started out as a necessity became a passion, and today I not only offer a range of vintage crockery and decorations, but also my savoir-faire and experience in event planning in the Occitanie (Languedoc) region of France, where she I am based.
TAILOR-MADE PLANNING AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES Not everybody wants, or can afford, an A-Z wedding planner. That is why my planning and organising services are tailor made to suit every customer. Consider Rubijoy to be your helping hand during the time leading up to your wedding, with as little or as much guidance and support as you choose.
For more information please visit my Services page, or contact me for more information.
CROCKERY AND DECORATIONS Rubijoy offers a range of mismatched vintage crockery (mostly French), decorations and ambient lighting. My decorations and lighting work beautifully with themes such as romantic, rustic, bohemian, woodland and meadow.
PLANET PASSION I love Mother Earth and long for her to be healthy again. By making environmentally friendly choices wherever possible, and working with brilliant, dynamic, professional, Earth conscious suppliers and venues, I hope to make a difference (even if only small) in our world.
MY COMMITMENT TO YOU I love what I do and choose gratitude, mindfulness and joy in my life. To me, mindset is as important as the practicalities of wedding planning. I aim to offer a calm and professional service that engenders peace of mind, allowing you to be fully present and relaxed throughout the planning, and on your wedding day itself.
"Best of luck with everything and thank you again for all your help, I would highly recommend yourself to anyone who asks. Best wishes, Jade & Chris" (Jade & Chris from New York - 12 July 2018, Avignon)