Kelly is an ambitious wedding planner from Sweet Pea Events . She came to us today to share the details of her exciting career in event planning. She and I share a favorite wedding trend. Thanks so much for the interview, Kelly!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My journey as a Wedding Planner began in 1998 when I was a junior in college at the University of Washington in Seattle (Go Dawgs!). I took an Entrepreneur class and our professor taught us how to write a business plan, and we could choose any business – so I decided that focusing on Wedding Planning would be super fun! Writing that business plan was truly the first step that sparked my journey that lead me where I am today! After I graduated, I went into the Human Resources field and worked for a variety of companies including Starbucks and Accenture. While I loved HR, I knew that someday I definitely wanted to pursue Wedding Planning as a career. So, I took on a part-time job at my church in Seattle (First Presbyterian) as a Day-Of Coordinator – I discovered that I loved working with brides, so I started a Company on the side while I still had my full-time job. I was eventually blessed to be able to take my Company full-time and pursue my dream of being a true entrepreneur – thus, Sweet Pea Events was born! In 2008, my family and I moved to Dallas to take on a new adventure, so Sarah Gai now runs our Seattle office.


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Today’s interview comes to us from Erin Grace Events. Erin is the President of The Event Planners Association in Southern California and we are so proud to have her as one of our vendors!  Thank you for sharing with us where you found your inspiration Grace.

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Erin Grace Events was established over 8 years ago with a desire to plan fabulous events. We are a full service wedding & event production firm in that we design, plan and execute all of our events with inspiration gained in everyday life. We love producing everything from small intimate events to large lavish weddings!

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Michelle Garibay Events takes the stage today. Michelle is a total planning superstar–if you don’t already think the same by seeing her awesome photos, then you’ll agree after you read about her most memorable moment with a couple. She is truly something else, we’re so honored to have Michelle as a vendor on WeddingPlannerLove!


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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I lived in San Diego for over 14 years and my background is in corporate and political events. I actually had fun planning my own wedding and I am a very decisive person so I had it all done in 3 months with the rest of the time spent enjoying my engagement. Once my husband’s career sent us to Oahu, the light bulb went off and I made the jump to wedding planning and started my company. We lived on the island for 5 years and once my husband retired, we headed back home to Southern California at the end of 2010.

 With the return to California, I really decided to focus on my niche –  specializing in assisting Southern California couples with their weddings on Oahu. With the experience of actually living and working in Hawaii, I have a unique service to offer my couples, providing peace of mind to them for their destination wedding by getting to work with them in person but I also maintain vendor and industry relationships on the island, as well as coordination staff. Most of the time couples don’t get to meet their consultant until they arrive for their wedding, so this provides a huge advantage for them!  I also provide service to those couples who want to have a Temecula Winery wedding since that is where I am physically located.

When I’m not flying to Hawaii to work, or enjoying my involvement with the Temecula Valley Wedding Professionals, I love entertaining at home with my husband of almost 10 years, relaxing with Pinterest on my iPad (pinning wedding inspiration and tips, of course!) and spending time with our two children, Madison and Carson, both of whom were born in Hawaii.

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Behind every great wedding planner is a marvelous story! Today’s interview is with Cydney of Stiletto Event Planning, a fabulous wedding planner that has some insights to make any wedding shine.

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I’ve been ‘dreaming in wedding’ since I can remember. Weddings and event planning have always been of interest to me and deep down, I knew it was something I was going to do sometime in my life.   I’ve always noticed many wedding planners start in this industry after they get married…that was not the case for me. Stiletto Events has been around for almost 2 1/2 years and I only recently got married in October 2011. My husband is now my partner in crime and has helped me with each and every wedding since. Though we are small, we are a powerhouse for wedding planning. Attention to detail and working with any budget sets Stiletto Events aside from most other Wedding Planning companies.

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This WeddingPlannerLove interview has me singing, “All you need is love.” Please tell me I won’t be the only one who will be finishing off my day humming a Beatles tune. Shannon and Vikki are the two talented ladies behind All You Need is Love Events, and they shared so much with us today. Thank you both!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

We are Shannon and Vikki – we love sunshine, being event planners, our brides and grooms, and our husbands. We find inspiration everywhere and love creating the most perfect day for our clients. We are best friends and lifetime business partners. We LIVE for the memories that make our brides and grooms smile. We cry at EVERY – yes, every – wedding ceremony.

We started All You Need is Love Events out of a great love of weddings, style, brides, and simply being able to work together to create the best day for our clients. There are two of us side by side, every day, so you get each of our styles, ideas, coordination, and organization for every event.

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Kelly is part of the talented trio at  Clementine Custom Events. She loves what she does, and it’s totally apparent in her photos. Seriously, they look like they could have been peeled from the pages of a wedding magazine. Thanks Kelly, we’re so glad to have you!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I started working in the wedding industry 10 years ago…it was the perfect fit right away. I always knew I wanted to be a wedding coordinator and in 2009 Clementine was born. Myself, Melissa and Loren all came from a catering background so we love all the tiny details, logistics, floor plans, menus etc… we really pride ourselves on our relationships with Chicago’s top venues and vendors. We like to make the planning process fun and we’ll do whatever it takes to ensure our client’s vision is delivered. Each couple is different and that is what really keeps things interesting!

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What would a Monday be without learning more about one of our amazing WeddingPlannerLove vendors? Today we chatted it up with Lori of Simply Divine Events. Thanks Lori and good luck with a busy 2012 wedding season. :)

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My name is Lori Randall co-owner of Simply Divine Events located in Tampa, Florida. We are an award winning wedding and event planning company. We have the honor of saying that our company is one of the Knot’s Best of for 2012 and an award winner for Wedding Wire’s Brides Choice 2012 Awards. We also received a BizBash Event Style Award for Best Non-profit Event Concept. Most recently we have had the honor of co-producing one of the largest industry events for our peers, The 2012 Wedding Event for The Special Event Conference.

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Happy Monday! We had a great interview with Ashley of Event Solutions. Her business started just for fun and boy has it grown. Congratulations on all your success and your new baby, Ashley! And to our readers, enjoy the interview and the beautiful photos.

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

My name is Ashley Fuentes and I am the owner of Event Solutions. My husband and I started Event Solutions in August of 2007. Like many companies we started off very small and working from our home. In 2010 we hired our first full-time wedding planner and moved into our current location. Later that year, we hired 2 additional full-time wedding planners as we were taking on more and more weddings. Each year we have been in business, we have planned and produced more weddings than the previous year – we are definitely a growing company! Planning weddings is our passion. We love to meet and work with brides throughout the entire process of planning their wedding!

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Today the planning duo Cheeky Glam Events, made up of Jamie and Heather, shared an interview and great photos of their events with us! I just know this one will leave you inspired. Thanks ladies!

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

We founded Cheeky Glam Events on pure love. Love of events, love of people, and the love of design. At the core of CGE is our main objective to create events that reflect the amazing people that we are fortunate enough to work with. We excel at marrying together aesthetically beautiful and personally significant details that speak to the eyes and the heart. We wholeheartedly believe that every successful event begins with flawless communication and take great pride in the relationships that we build with our clients. We are their consultants, advisors, confidants and best of all- their friends. Our mission is always the same; to ensure that each one of our clients and their guests enjoy their special day in its entirety.

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I’m so excited to share today’s interview with Luxe Event Productions. We’ve shared the great Portland area bridal event that their team puts together, so it was nice to finally meet the people behind all that hard work! Thank you Misty for your interview! We loved learning more about you today.

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1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

Ok so I am one of those “crazy” people who always knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. I’ve had a passion for hospitality my whole life. With more than fifteen years of professional experience and a degree in the hospitality industry, event management is second nature for me .

Plain and simple, I am completely smitten by life’s celebrations and I love a good party.

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