Apparently, we have a knack for Colorado planners! This week we sat down with Ann from Cloud 9 Weddings & Papers. Thank you so much for taking some time out of your busy planning schedule to give some insight to our readers.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
Cloud 9 weddings & papers is the culmination of two businesses we love: wedding planning and invitations/stationery. I have been planning weddings since 2002 and helping brides find their perfect wedding stationery since 2005.
2. How did you get into wedding planning?
I just love every last detail about weddings! Being a very detail oriented person paired with my love to make people happy, planning weddings was an exciting and logical career move for me. I started in 2002 and was able to work for the most amazing mentor that really shaped my career and overall event experience until I purchased her business in 2005 and the stationery company in the same year.10 years later- I still LOVE it!
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
One of my favorite parts about my job is the last minute ‘I love you’s’ between the bride and her father right before they walk down the aisle. To think that the culmination of living together as a family, planning an amazing event to signify to lives coming together until the day the bride’s dad escorts her down the aisle to the soon-to-be husband- still gets me teary after all this time!
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
The biggest lesson I have learned is that you are worth your time, do not discount yourself and stay true to your life goal when it comes to a career. If you do what you love, you will be successful.
5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I am from Montana and live in Colorado so outdoor activities like hiking, water skiing and being in the fresh air.
6. Any great stories from working with a client?
Plenty! I am starting my book soon!
7. What is your current favorite color combination?
I have always been fan of incorporating vibrant and rich colors but I am loving the fact that brides are bringing back a bit of the traditionalism with whites and ivories into their color scheme. However, I am a sucker for navy and it goes fabulous with just about anything!
8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I am still loving the fact that our brides really want to tailor their wedding to their relationship and what makes them as a couple special. What I would like to see brides leave behind is the pressure they put on themselves to have their weddings look like a photo-shoot out of a mag. The photos should capture the essence of the moment in love and happiness with their friends and families rather than a perfectly untouched place setting in a field of wheat with velvet covered wing back chairs, birds in flight in the background and a rainbow to boot (you get the picture!).