Happy Tuesday everyone! You know what that means, it’s time for a Wedding Planner interview. Today we met with Amanda from Cherishable Weddings and Events. I just love the story on how she got started. :)

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I absolutely love to plan weddings and other events that truly represent my clients. I love to sit with them in our first consultation and hear about their big visions and dreams. I love getting to know them throughout the planning process, and at the end of it all, we get to see their vision come to life. My company, Cherishable Weddings and Events, is based in Delaware. It is a really great location because I am able to plan weddings at the beach, Philadelphia, Maryland, and New Jersey!

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Photo by Alexandra Orgera Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

My dad comes from a huge family! He is one of nine so I have over twenty cousins just on his side of the family. A couple of them got married in one summer (as well as one of my friends). I went to all of these weddings and just fell in love. I wanted to know all of the background information of how it was planned and designed. I almost immediately got my certifications and began working with planners in my area. As soon as I started seeing what really goes into planning, I knew this was my true passion.

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Photo by Ferrara Photography

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is definitely seeing it all come together on the wedding day! I love watching all of the pieces come together, and I absolutely love when I get a huge “thank you” at the end of the day from my client!

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Photo by Ferrara Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

The biggest lesson that I learned actually comes from the marketing standpoint – just be you! When I opened my business I was very young when I started and felt like I needed to come off as more professional to try to compensate. I quickly realized that just being myself was going to get me so much farther. I was able to connect with everyone during my client and vendor meetings. Planning a wedding is such an emotional process that you want to be able to truly connect with your clients. The only way to do that is to let your true personality shine!

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Photo by Ferrara Photography

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I am a huge sports fan! I love all of the Philadelphia sports teams, especially the Phillies and the Eagles. I spend most of my free time watching these teams! I play soccer and volleyball. I have played soccer since I was 4 years old, so that is something that I am really passionate about.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I had a couple that I felt I really connected with from day one. The bride and groom both came to all of the meetings and many times brought their daughter. The bride would send me inspiration photos all the time. The groom just went along with it, but was always extremely supportive. She had this fabulous vision in her mind that I was just so excited about bringing to life! I ended up becoming friends with her and her daughter was always asking about me (which really touches my heart). I ended up going to all of her meetings with her including dress shopping and dress fitting and I wouldn’t have had it any other way!

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Photo by Alexandra Orgera Photography

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I really love grey and yellow. They are soft, soothing colors but you can still really make a dramatic impact with them!

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I love the trend of the first look being before the ceremony! There are so many advantages: the couple is able to have a private meeting that your photographer and videographer may also attend. They’re able to speak to each other and calm their future spouse before the ceremony. This also allows them to be able to enjoy the cocktail hour and mingle with their guests. Many of my couples say that the hour they have for photos is the most stressful hour of the day! You can avoid this by doing all of your formals beforehand! I hope this trend continues to grow!

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Photo by Alexandra Orgera Photography

Thank you Amanda! Check out Cherishable Events on WeddingPlannerLove or visit her site for more information!

Today’s interview is with Dallas based WeddingPlannerLove vendor, Wendy from Each & Every Detail. We just love her work and her giving spirit. :)

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Photo by Katie Cassidy Photography

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

Each & Every Detail is a small wedding planning firm in McKinney, Texas, that focuses on finding that particular niche that their clients love and expanding on it.  I started this business in 2006 and have focused on wedding planning from the beginning, offering couples everything from month of coordination to full service wedding planning and design help. Our mission is to be the key resource for our clients and champion them throughout the wedding planning process, while making sure they have fun and get to enjoy this special time in their lives. We love working with engaged couples that want to focus on having a great time and making the event special to them and their guests.

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Photo by Fairy Tale Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

In 2005, I became the event manager at a local venue. This was my first job in the industry and it was an amazing experience. I absolutely fell in the love with the weddings, as those were the clients I ended up spending so much time with. After seeing the brides and grooms struggle through the planning process, I was determined to become a resource for them. I took my first certification course in 2006 and that’s how Each & Every Detail was born. Since then, I’ve continued my education with more certification training and I received my Certified Master Wedding Planner status just last year. All the planners who work in my firm are trained wedding planners, including our wedding day assistants.

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Photo by F8 Studio

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is meeting new and interesting people, learning about their lives, how their personalities “click” and pulling from that knowledge to customize their special day. I adore getting to know these couples and spending so much time working with them to create an amazing day simply to celebrate their love.

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Photo by Fairy Tale Photography

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Focus on developing your education, your ideas and your methods on how to serve your clients best, instead of worrying what everyone else is doing. The more you stay true to yourself and take care of your clients, the more you will attract the right clients for you and your past clients will advocate for you.

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Photo by F8 Studio

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

My three favorite things to do in the world are spend time with my husband, read sci-fi/fantasy books and to storm chase. Living in Texas means I’m lucky enough to witness a lot of crazy weather, and when there’s a great storm, sometimes there’s nothing better than watching it from beginning to end. Kind of like a wedding.

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Photo by Katie Cassidy Photography  (Wish Upon a Wedding Couple)

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I just finished up a wedding where myself and my team donated their services to Wish Upon a Wedding. This organization grants free weddings for couples where one or both of them are terminally ill through donations of products and services from wedding vendors. It was humbling to work for this couple, knowing that the wedding planning part of their day was usually the best part, considering the rest of it was dealing with illness, doctor visits, medication and just a daily struggle to live. We were honored to help them and were amazed at the generosity of the other wish granters. Wish Upon a Wedding is a national organization and I am now the Co-Volunteer Coordinator for the Houston Chapter. If you know anyone who could benefit from Wish Upon a Wedding’s services, or if someone wants to donate their time, products or services, please visit www.wishuponawedding.org.

Thank you Wendy. You can see her on WeddingPlannerLove or visit her site for more. We love your work and willingness to give back. :)

 

Beyond Events Atlanta brings us today’s interview. We sat down with Amber and got the scoop on what she does, plus some extra tidbits that you’re gonna love! Thanks Amber!

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

I love planning events of all kinds! I think it’s the social aspect that appeals to me the most. There are few things in life as satisfying as seeing an event that you’ve worked on for 12-18 months come to life. You actually get to witness the joy and special memories that people are creating, and know that you’ve helped bring them to reality. My company, Beyond Events has creating and organizing special events in Atlanta (and the southeast) since 2005. We specialize in weddings, but plan all types of social and corporate events as well.

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2. How did you get into wedding planning?

After college I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I majored in Psychology, so I knew I wanted a career that involved working with people. Coincidentally, I had a few close friends that were involved in event planning. After speaking with them and doing a little research, I knew this was the perfect field for me. I get the opportunity to work with great people, use my creativity, help people plan events that they will remember for the rest of their lives, and have fun while I’m doing it!

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

It’s hard to say. There are so many aspects of event planning that I enjoy. If I had to narrow it down to two things I would say creating relationships and the strategy of planning. I love getting to know people, being a part of planning someone’s wedding is incredibly intimate. You get to see parts of their family and relationship that most of other people don’t see. There are many of my past clients have become friends that I still keep in touch with.  As for strategic planning; problem solving and getting a good deal are my passions. Figuring out how all of the moving parts of an event are going to come together is often a challenge, but one that I truly enjoy. It’s like working on a big, beautiful puzzle. And getting a good deal, is a personal value, I’m a closet bargain hunter! I strive to get the most value for my brides. I would never encourage some one to cheap out on their wedding, but I always urge my brides to get the most from the money they’re spending.

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4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Patience and Persistence. Getting into the wedding industry can take a long time. When I first got started it was hard to figure out how to get things rolling. Starting any business takes time, but beginning in the wedding planning industry takes even longer. Planning one wedding often takes 12-18 months. This means many months or possibly years of pouring money, energy and time into building your business before you ever see a dime of profit. You will need an alternative source of income, a second job or a spouse’s salary, for at least the first 2-3 years. Becoming an established wedding planner is a long-term process.

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5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I love spending time with my friends and family. It sounds a little cliche’, but it’s the truth. Much like the relationships I value with my clients, the personal relationships in my life are the most important thing to me. My favorite weekly ritual is to have glass of Cabernet with my husband in front of the fire in our fireplace (during Winter). It is so relaxing and a great chance to reconnect.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Last September I worked with a bride that was super organized and had a real eye for design. She selected all of the decor for her wedding, and it had tons of originality. After coordinating her wedding and seeing the pictures a few months later I realized how impressed I was with her natural talents and abilities. As my business grew I realized I was in need of another planner. It was kinda serendipitous, really. I recently decided to bring her on as an event planner for Beyond Events and she continues to wow me each day. My former client is now an irreplaceable team member.

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7. What is your current favorite color combination?

We are loving gray and aquamarine for Spring. It’s such a feminine and elegant palette. The combination is soft, but striking. Most weddings have white or black as part of their color scheme. Choosing gray instead can be bold and different. If you’re looking for something out of the ordinary, gray and aquamarine are a great option that are sure to get noticed.

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

Love it: mix-matched bridesmaids dresses & jewelry. Allowing your bridesmaids to have different dresses has many advantages. First, everybody has a different body type. Letting your maids choose a style or cut that is flattering to their figure will be appreciated by them. It also helps reduce the bride’s stress from trying to pick a dress that fits everyone’s wallet and preference. The dresses should have some type of overall theme/color scheme, but letting each girl dress as herself is a wonderful way to let them express themselves and do something outside of the box. It really gives an extra pop for pictures, too!

Find Beyond Events Atlanta on WeddingPlannerLove, or visit Amber and her team on their site!

Does Cloud Nove sound familiar? You might remember them from a stationer interview we shared earlier this month. Aside from their beautiful stationery, Cloud Nove offers wedding planning as well. Talk about a one-stop-shop! A big thank you to Regina, who answered all of our questions.

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

Cloud Nove Events offers Wedding Planning and Coordination services, custom invitation and paper coordinate design and printing, favors and decor, and honeymoon/destination wedding planning in the New York Tri-State area. Nove (pronounced NO-veh) is the Italian word for “nine.” Our name is a little twist on the American term “cloud nine,” meaning to be blissfully happy and perfectly content. That is exactly how I want you to feel when celebrating your wedding!

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Photo by JoVon Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

I started Cloud Nove Events in 2009 with one goal in mind: to help as many couples as possible be stress free throughout their engagement, and most importantly, on their big day. I’ve worked with nonprofit events for over 12 years, and have experience in fine dining, directing and stage managing theater, and budget management. I knew I had a talent for pulling things together efficiently and with the most impact, and coming from a huge family I am no stranger to drama and complex relationship dynamics.  Wedding planning is a natural fit for me.

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3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

There is a moment, usually during or after the first dance, where the couple looks at each other and smiles. The nerves of the day are gone, everything has gone perfectly (or near perfectly!), and here they are breathing a sigh of relief and just happy to be in one another’s arms. That’s a great moment. And I’m always proud to have helped in some small way to make that moment happen.

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4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Be yourself. Put pieces of yourself into your business. Couples will hire you because they trust you can bring their vision to reality, but also because they like YOU. Don’t try to copy another planner’s style, or services. There is only one you – be proud and market your strengths.

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5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Spending time with my husband, family and friends. I live in such a great area – I can take advantage of the rich cultural scene of NYC but I’m also really close to Long Island Wine Country. I love to travel, bake, entertain, read, watch scary movies, and play with my two tiny cats, Nita and Micah.

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6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Of course! Doesn’t every wedding planner say they should write a book? I’ve seen everything from a groom putting his fist through a wall to a bride and her estranged father reconciling during their dance. Weddings are replete with the full range of emotions. I try to add a little dose of humor throughout the process to keep my clients happy and smiling!

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I have to confess, I’m not in love with this year’s tangerine tango, however I have worked with the color before and liked the results. I gravitate more towards earth based natural tones – warm beiges and browns, greens, greys, and ochres.

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8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I don’t think this qualifies as a trend, but I see a lot of couples who have seen things at other weddings and then think they need to have them at their own. They ask me, “What do you think? Do I have to have a slipper basket/cry packs/petal cones/pashmina basket/garter toss/symmetrical bridal party/etc” and I always answer “You don’t have to have anything. Is this important to you? Is this something you envision will make your day more special and more unique to you as a couple? If not, it’s superfluous. Keep it simple and authentic to you.

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Photo by Thomas Paul Photography

Thank you Regina, for giving us a double-dose of Cloud Nove! Want more? Visit their site.

Today’s interview is with WeddingPlannerLove’s Panache Event Group. First off, I just love that Stacey (the beautiful woman below!) has the title of “Celebration Specialist.” It sure does make Panache sound fun to work with! Thanks Stacey!

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

Panache Event Group is a small boutique firm in San Antonio, Texas that specializes in event planning and production. We do probably about 70% weddings and the rest is corporate and private events.   

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

Actually, it wasn’t a wedding that struck my fancy, but a corporate event that lured me into this business.  I was working at Dell and attended one of those big pep rally type shindigs.  I was in awe of everything; the pyrotechnics, the massive projection screens, the tiny blimp hovering overhead dropping prizes, the explosion of applause as Michael Dell entered the stage like a rock star.  I knew then I was in the wrong business.  I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I had to make a career change.  So I went to work for an event rental company (The best place to start, in my opinion).  I also moonlighted for a catering company on the weekends.  I learned the basics – linen sizes, which glass to use for which beverage, how to set a table.  Then I tackled the harder things such as how to install a level tent on unlevel ground, how to properly use electricity, and how to lay out a scaled model of the event space using PartyCAD.  It was brilliant experience.  I would have floundered on my own without it.  After the birth of my first child and with years of experience under my belt, I knew I was ready to jump out on my own. So Panache Event Group was born.

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3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

I love meeting new people and taking new clients.  They are so sweet (usually) and when there is an instant rapport it’s an awesome feeling.  Strange as it may sound, my favorite part of the actual event set-up is sound check.  I can’t explain it, but when the band starts checking their equipment I always get chills.  I also cry during the father-daughter dance.  I have to leave the room when it starts.  It’s so embarrassing. 

4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Get proper experience first, before you open up shop.  So many girls get married and think they can now plan anyone’s wedding because they had so much fun planning their own.  That kind of thinking does a huge disservice to the entire event industry.  It is fine to fall in love with this business after planning your wedding.  But go to work first for an established company in the industry and soak in every bit of knowledge that you can.  That will give you a solid foundation for when you do make the leap to business ownership.  Also, a big part of the business is sales.  If you hate sales, you may have a hard time.

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5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

I am currently studying calligraphy.  You wouldn’t believe how therapeutic and relaxing it is.  I also Irish dance.  I LOVE to Irish dance.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I am so blessed to have some amazing past clients that I am so proud of.  A favorite client of mine had recently beat lymphoma before she contacted me to plan her wedding.  When I met her she just had an aura about her that drew you to her like a moth to a flame.  She was loving, caring, funny and saw the best in everybody and everything.  A month after her wedding I participated in a half-marathon to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  I ran in honor of her.  When I got tired and thought I couldn’t make it, I thought of her and what she had endured and accomplished.  I would smile and keep on going.

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7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I’m kind of on a white kick right now.  I’ve redecorated my office in all shades of whites.  I redid our bed in all white, which we now refer to as the marshmallow.  I’d love to do an eclectic all white wedding.

8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?

I love weddings that truly show the couple’s personality and originality.  And I love weddings where the couple incorporates their culture.  One bride introduced me to Nigerian chin chin and puff puff.  Yum yum!

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Photo by Philip Thomas

Visit Panache online at WeddingPlannerLove or head over to their site for more info.

We sat down with Sapphire Celebrations for a great interview. Based out of Denver, Colorado, Angela and her crew provide brides with consultation and coordination services that remove the stress of planning a Colorado wedding and event. Sounds lovely doesn’t it? But wait…there’s more! Thanks Angela for taking time out of your busy schedule for us today!

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

Founded by a mother and daughter team, Sapphire Celebrations reflects their Colorado heritage. Pamela and Angela are proud of the high level of service for which Sapphire Celebrations has come to be known. Four Full Service coordinators, two Day Of coordinators, and twelve assistants take pride in exceeding the expectations of couples who entrust us with their wedding day.

Sapphire Celebrations provides assistance in finding the ideal location for your event, identifying suitable vendors, designing custom creations that match your vision, and much more. Most importantly, we will ensure that on your wedding day everything runs smoothly. You, your family, and your friends will enjoy every minute of the wedding celebration.

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2. How did you get into wedding planning?

We planned Angie’s wedding in 2004 and even her Day of Wedding Coordinator could tell that this was her calling. Having planned corporate and philanthropic events and some weddings for friends, this was the catalyst to starting the business. After research the business was officially formed in July of 2004. Using both of our business and sales backgrounds we’ve been able to take Sapphire Celebrations to the top!

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3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

Working with clients to unearth their true wedding vision that reflects the style of the couple is one of my favorite parts of my job. There is nothing more satisfying than to have a client walk into the reception space just before the guests and say, “This is exactly what I envisioned!”

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4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Set work/life boundaries and stick to them. As a business owner it is easy to slip into working excessive hours on your business. It is important to step away from your business and spend time with your friends and family.

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5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

We both love to read and can always be found with a book or two going at one time. Another “hobby” we have is spoiling Angie’s two son’s (Pam’s grandsons)!

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6. Any great stories from working with a client?

There are so many great moments from all the couples we have worked with – it would be hard to list just a handful!

Sapphire Celebrations WeddingPlannerLove Thanks ladies! You can check out Sapphire Celebrations on WeddingPlannerLove or head over to their site for more information.

Today’s post kind of marries a planner interview and a venue walkthrough. Glacier Park Weddings is listed in both our WeddingPlannerLove and WeddingVenueLove directories. So, because of that you are going to get a double dose of planning and venue info  – how cool is that?

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1. Tell us a bit about Glacier Park Weddings & Events.

We are an outdoor wedding venue in the mountains of Montana. In addition to our ceremony and reception locations, we offer event design and coordination services, lodging, activities, rentals– basically everything you’d need for a totally fabulous outdoor affair!


2. Do you target any particular niche?

Yes: couples who want to get married in a natural setting, but don’t want the logistical headaches that often go along with outdoor events. The philosophy behind Glacier Park Weddings actually began to take shape while I was planning my own wedding four years ago. Living in the midst of Montana’s stunning country, I thought it would be easy to find a place to have an outdoor wedding with beautiful scenery. I also wanted a venue that felt like I could make it my own, where I wouldn’t have to work with (or against) a predetermined style. Instead I discovered the opposite: the few outdoor venues I found were notably inflexible, had strict limitations on vendors, could not accommodate our 175 guests, and were often drenched in a kind of cliche ranch style that didn’t fit with my vision. When we finally did find a venue, we ended up having to truck in water, electricity, restrooms and more, in order to throw our party! It was a little insane. So now we are thrilled to be offering couples the kind of venue I had searched for: grassy clearings, trees and wildflowers, mountain views, charming paths through the woods, and in general a natural space that feels good— but that also has access to basic amenities and services to make the bride’s life a little easier. And we can accommodate 200 guests!


3. What makes your business unique?

We believe in the rock star combination of a full-service atmosphere that is also supremely flexible. Our on-site chalet lodging becomes a kind of base-camp for guests, where they can gather, play volleyball or croquet, sit by the fire pit, or barbecue. Our in-house activities like whitewater rafting are perfect for big groups (imagine all of your guests, grandma included, floating down a gorgeous river in the sunshine the day before your wedding!). Between our lodging, activities and coordination services, couples can have a totally fun and stress-free wedding weekend, enjoying the company of their guests and leaving the details to us. And the best part is that everyone feels like they’re on vacation!

4. What’s your favorite part of the job?

I love working with brides and grooms, of course, assembling all the details and executing their fabulous plans (my mother is an artist and my father an accountant, so I am a rather Type-A creative person). I love meeting new people and collaborating with great vendors, but I must admit: there is often a moment during the reception, maybe after the toasts when things have settled down, when I can look over and see the bride and groom and their families totally at ease, enjoying their food and drinks, not worrying about the band or the seating chart or whether there’s enough ice behind the bar, just completely loving their party. That sight is definitely the best part of my job. (I also have a soft spot for beaming fathers-of-the-brides, especially when they find me at some point in the night and say, ‘good work,’ which always makes me smile.)

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5. How do you help couples customize their weddings?

Because couples are welcome to work with the vendors of their choice at our venue, the possibility for customization is almost infinite. I always start with photos and a good long conversation to get a sense of what the couple is envisioning. Then, based on their budget, I recommend the vendors that I think will work best with their style. I create a file or Pinterest board for each of my brides to keep track of unique ideas. I also love a challenge: we’ve had custom burlap linens made for a bride that loved that look, and a birch arbor made from scratch when a couple decided they wanted one for their ceremony but couldn’t find an existing one of the right size.  One couple wanted their Saint Bernard as their ring-bearer, which involved crafting a beautiful leash and arranging for a shady spot with a water dish in the ceremony meadow.  I like to find resourceful, unique ways to get couples what they’re looking for.

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6. Do you have any funny stories about a past wedding or event?

Toward the end of one reception last summer, the bride, whom I had worked with quite closely, invited me out on the dance floor to celebrate with her. Because I can’t resist a good 80’s song, I got right out there, and then suddenly the entire wedding party started cheering and gathering around… which of course didn’t keep me from belting out the lyrics to “Freedom 90.” A few weeks later, I ran into one of the wedding guests at the gym, who said she had never been to a more fun wedding– and she couldn’t believe that even the wedding planner was having such a good time!

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7. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned?

I believe that people don’t necessarily want to get married in a ‘wedding venue’ per se, but in a special place, a place that reflects their personalities and priorities. So I’ve learned to remind myself that, although we are in the ‘wedding business,’ which comes with its own sets of trends and rules and concerns, our couples are not exactly in the business of putting on a wedding so much as simply looking for the right setting and atmosphere in which to celebrate their most important day.

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Heather from Calluna Events brings us today’s interview. You will not be disappointed with this one! Not only does she have lots of great information to share with us, but she sent some AHH-MAZING photos as well. Thank you so much Heather!

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Tell us a bit about yourself and your company:

Calluna Events combines unique, creative and fresh ideas with unparalleled organizational skills and an exceptional attention to detail to create your perfect wedding or special event. Based in Boulder Colorado, we offer hourly consulting full service planning and Day of Coordination along the Front Range and Mountains of Colorado and beyond.

We bring a keen sense of style and creative flair making every event one of a kind and pride ourselves on getting to know clients well and helping implement their personality, style and vision into each special event.

We have planned numerous weddings and special events that have incorporated green elements or were 100% green. Working with specific vendors in the Colorado area who are committed to being green, we can pass along tips and ideas to our brides for making their wedding green and environmentally friendly.  We love infusing local element wherever possible, whether it’s local craft beers and wine or buying locally grown organic produce, meats & cheeses. Our commitment to helping our brides plan eco-friendly events extends beyond just the common sense of it; We are committed as a company to being as green and sustainable as possible. 

 

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How did you get into wedding planning?

I started Calluna Events in 2004 (we just celebrated our 8th anniversary!). When I was in college a dear friend got engaged. I helped her plan a wedding in six weeks. Through this, and other event planning experiences at nonprofit organizations in college, I realized I loved everything about events and had a knack for planning them.  After college, prior to starting Calluna Events, I worked for six years as an Event Planner & Development Director for a national non-profit organization. During this time a few things happened – I helped more friends plan their weddings, I planned several destination events in New York, Seattle & San Francisco and through these events gained the experience to start Calluna Events.

 

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What’s your favorite part of the job?

We love getting to know each and everyone of our couples by truly listening to them and important for their wedding day. We thrive on the challenge of creating something new, fresh and unique for each one of our couples. Our clients describe us as calm and laid back. And yet through our calm, laid back and fun personalities we are detail oriented to the core.  We are a friend, advocate & confidant to our brides (and grooms & mothers too!). And a lot of times we are psychologists. Our clients are, first and foremost, our priority. We ask questions, we listen, we find out who they are, how they met, what they like to do, what makes them who they are, how he proposed and what their ideal day looks like. We keep a completely open mind. From there we ask them to envision their dream wedding. If money were no object, what would they do? We listen, and then listen again and then set out to help them implement their vision, their style and personality into an event that truly reflects them. We are “yes”, people.  We have no preconceived notions about what is proper, trendy or will make their wedding day. We want to help them craft the wedding that fits them. We recommend the best of the best wedding professionals, but take care to recommend the vendors we feel are best suited to each of our individual clients personality, style, budget and needs. At the end of the day we love watching a bride walk down the aisle to meet her new husband knowing that we helped in some way to get her to that place. In the end our main goal is to have a wedding run smoothly, seamlessly and perfectly, without ANYONE knowing we were there.

 

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What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Stay true to yourself and create your own brand. There are a lot of super talented vendors in this industry and it is up to all of us to set the bar high and create an inspiring, unique and authentic experience for our clients. Find ways to differentiate yourself and know in your heart what sets you apart from your colleagues and stick to it. You only help yourself and you help the industry when we all elevate our brands and do what we each do best. Learn from others around you and continue to educate yourself on the best practices for the industry as well as what your clients want.

 

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Any great stories from working with a client?

I could probably talk about a lot of the weddings we’ve done where rain (and snow) in Colorado thwarted our plans and made us work that much harder on the day of. Those experiences are the ones we remember…walking in the rain with water soaking up to our knees making sure guests are comfortable and dry. Then fifteen minutes later drying off chairs and escorting guests back to their seats and watching the bride & groom marry as the skies open up. Having a plan B AND C are critical!  However, most of our great stories start with us helping a bride get to the point where she walks down the aisle, but then we remain a part of their lives and watch as their wedding photographer photographs their maternity then baby shoot. Or follow their experiences as they travel together or move overseas for work. We love becoming a part of their lives, getting holiday cards and knowing that somehow we will remain piece of the memory they’ll always cherish.

 

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What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Spending time with my husband and our daughter Maggie! We love to bike, ski, run, hike….basically anything outdoors. I love organic gardening and growing foods that we eat during the summer. Traveling, reading, cooking, baking and yoga. Spending time with friends. Drinking coffee and eating chocolate. :)

 

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Wow, thanks Heather! I don’t know about you, but I could look at these photos all day. Learn more about Calluna Events on WeddingPhotoLove or head over to their site.

Photo Credits:
Jenna Walker Photography
Ashley Davis Photography

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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!).

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We have enjoyed the interview series so much with WeddingPhotoLove vendors that we decided to spread the love with our planners on WeddingPlannerLove! First up is Jessica from Experience Events. Thank you Jessica for being our first interview. :)

 

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

I am a creative person who also loves a task list! Experience Events is the culmination of those two things.  We offer styling and planning services in any combination you can think of.  You will often find us in a field or barn, on top of a mountain, or near a lake, or maybe in a very sleek loft. We love to be in unique settings and make them look even more beautiful and special for you.

 

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2. How did you get into wedding planning?

It was something I did for friends and family and really enjoyed it, and found I was good at it.  After receiving several job offers I decided why work for someone else when I can work for myself?!

3. What’s your favorite part of the job?

When I go to work I am a part of people’s best days.  I help create and get to be a part of the days they will remember forever-it is a real honor.

 

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4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?

Vendor relationships are so important to a successful business-so treat everyone with respect and dignity.

5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?

Believe it or not, I love to entertain! And of course spending time with my family at our house in the Adirondack Mountains

 

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6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Lots! Each wedding we do is so unique and memorable.  We have had some high profile clients that have been an absolute delight to work with. I have had a chef as the groom and that was an adventure-a bunch of brits and chefs make for one crazy party! Everyone says I should write a book!

 

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You can check out Experience Events on WeddingPlannerLove or head over to her site for some serious eye-candy!