Today’s interview is with WeddingPlannerLove’s Purple Meadows Events. Debra was gracious enough to share photos from a beautiful Miami wedding along with some insight to her business. Thanks Debra!

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

Purple Meadows Events & Design is a full service event planning boutique that specializes in destination weddings and events.Our focus is to help busy couples who need help in planning their magical experience in eco-fabulous locations such as California, Hawaii and Costa Rica.

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Sarah, from Pink Cloud 9 gave us today’s interview. She sent me so many photos, it was hard to select which ones to share with you today because they were all so awesome. Thanks Sarah!

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

I’m Sarah Shewey and I founded Pink Cloud Events back in 2006. We were one of the first companies to promote sustainable events and were featured in NPR’s breakthrough piece about couples going green for their weddings! We recently launched a new division of the company, Pink Cloud 9, on Valentine’s Day this year, and we’re really excited about that!

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Sarah Viera Event Planning & Design gave us such a wonderful interview today! She trained to be in the 2000 Olympics, how awesome is that? I don’t want to give all the interview away in the intro…so I’ll let you read the post! Thanks a lot Sarah (and adorable photo by the way!).

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Keri Doolittle Photography

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

My name is Sarah Viera; I am a wedding coordinator in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas with the dream of doing destination weddings as well. 15 years ago I moved to Colorado to live at the Olympic Training Center (OTC) in hopes to make the 2000 Olympics. From that point on, I built a life here with family and friends. While I miss the ocean, wineries, fresh fruit and vegetables of California I love what Colorado has to offer. I met my husband at the OTC; we married in 2002 and have a daughter who has brightened both our lives.

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It’s Monday, which means it’s time to interview one of our great vendors on WeddingPlannerLove! Today we are featuring Odessa (aka “O”) from Oventz Inc.  She comes to us from NYC – after spending some time in London. I’m a bit envious of her travels.

Oventz Inc. WeddingPlannerLove

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

My name is Odessa Hamilton, but you can call me “O” for short, since my name seems to mystify people. I am the President of Oventz, a full service, multicultural event planning company. We are always thinking about what’s next and what’s hot, producing unique and fabulous events that reflect the client’s style and budget. As you’ll get to know me, you’ll find that I am obsessed with all things creatively chic, methodical and economical! I’m a Wife, Mum and self-proclaimed fashionista! If you haven’t already gathered from my slogan “Signature Events Inspired By You; From London to New York,” I’m from London, but have worked across the world, in various States, and New York of course.

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Carolyn Burke Wedding Liaison took some time out of her busy schedule to give us an interview. You’ll see what I mean when you read the answer to her first question! Carolyn sure does have a lot to offer her brides. ;)

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

I’ve been a Professional Bridal Consultant since 2004 and wear three hats in the wedding industry. I’m an event location specialist in the St Louis Metropolitan area and consider myself a wedding consultant and not a wedding planner – there is a difference. I give advice on wedding-related resources and let the couple decide what resource works best for them. I am also a Wedding Celebrant and performed over 150 weddings in 2011 which has taken my business in a new direction. Lately I have been providing a package I call the “Super Liaison” service. It is where I coordinate AND officiate the event which is becoming a great value.  Anything you can do to make your business unique is imperative.

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We had a chance to chat with Melissa from Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design . For the many of you with small children and other careers, she might be an inspiration for you! Thank you so much for your time Melissa! We know it’s valuable. ;)

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

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

I’m Melissa Nemitz, the owner of Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design. I’m the mom of a very busy toddler and the wife of a fantastic man and father. As the owner of the company, I take pride in our concierge style service and I truly believe that a wedding planner is there to enhance and realize the true vision of brides and grooms alike.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

After graduating from Culinary School in 2007, I was a personal chef and I worked in catering. I did all of the hands on cooking and serving, and I also managed client relations and event planning. I got married in 2009, and although I knew I could handle it myself, I chose to work with a wedding planner of my own. Our wedding day was fantastic, but I hit some bumps along the way with my planner and I knew there had to be a kinder, gentler way. About a year after my wedding, our daughter came along and I stayed home with her exclusively for 14 months, all the while thinking about and researching the process of becoming a planner and business owner. When that 14 month mark hit, I called my husband and said “I’m starting the business today!” and I haven’t looked back.

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

I truly love being immersed in every aspect, but my favorite part is seeing a bride’s eyes light up when I suggest something she hadn’t thought of before. I love bringing fresh ideas into the mix, and seeing them grow into a flowing theme throughout the wedding day. Also, people ask me “isn’t it hard to work so many weekends?” Before I found my passion, that was an issue for me, but now, I honestly get giddy about going out on a Saturday or Sunday to be a part of the excitement, whether it’s a planning day or the day of an event.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

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

It takes time, and it’s ok to say no. You won’t plan the wedding of every couple you meet with, and that’s ok. As much as it’s an interview for the couple who’s meeting you, it’s an interview for you as well. A planner-client relationship really needs to “click”. You’ll be a big part of these peoples’ lives for an average of 9 months or more, and it needs to feel good for everyone involved.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

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

I love to cook and explore new recipes, and I love to just have quality time with my family, no matter what we’re doing.

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I have a bride who couldn’t believe that every vendor we met with in one day mainly looked at her during their conversations, even though I was there, as well as her fiancé. It was cute to see her discover that the bride really does get all the attention!

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

I’m working on a style shoot right now with a tangerine and turquoise inspiration, and I’m also loving the combination of pale yellow and pale blue together.

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

I’m really enjoying the “DIY” look, even if you really didn’t DIY! It’s nice to see things being repurposed for a more elegant purpose, without looking gaudy or over-the-top.

Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design

Check out more of Melissa’s work on WeddingPlannerLove or on Tiny Bubbles Wedding and Event Design’s site.

Melody from Innove Events takes the stage for today’s interview! Not only did she share some great insight and a sprinkling of beautiful work with us, she even threw in an adorable family photo. Thanks Melody!

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Marie Labbancz Photography

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

Innove Events + Paper has been bringing affordable, stylish design to couples in Philadelphia and the Princeton, NJ areas for almost a decade. Our goal is to help clients implement an inspiring concept that can be carried from the save-the-date to the final detail at each wedding.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Cliff Mautner

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

I was trained as an interior designer. During the planning of my own wedding in 2003, I blogged about it and shared photos of my ideas & designs.  Soon, other brides started asking me for help. I did a few weddings that first year just for fun, and officially launched Innove Events + Paper in 2004. By that Fall we had been published and had full bookings for the following wedding season, so I was able to resign from my full-time job.


Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Marie Labbancz Photography

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

I love getting to know each family, and working through the dynamics of planning a wedding with so many opinions, preferences, and ideas. The best, is on the wedding day, when it all comes together, and I get to see a memorable celebration take shape.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Alison Conklin Photography

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

When you are doing something you love, it is easy to let it completely take over your life. I was working 24/7, always made myself available to clients, and didn’t prioritize time for myself or my husband. This can lead to burn-out and can also be detrimental to your personal relationships. It took me a few years, but now I have the work-life balance that makes sense for my clients AND for me.

Innove Paper + Events WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Annie Hosfeld Photography

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

I have two sweet little girls and an amazing husband- we to stay active. Yoga has been a passion for quite some time, and I am currently getting certified to teach.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Alison Conklin Photography

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

I have been lucky to meet so many great people through my work. I have stayed in touch with many on facebook, and love to see their families grow.  There is one family, with whom I have had the opportunity of working with 3 sisters. It has been such a rewarding experience for me to get to know each personality and style. I relate it to my own family, and wonder how my 2 little girls will blossom as they grow-up.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Alison Conklin Photography

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

After years, of uber-coordinated color schemes, I am totally loving a more neutral, non-matching combo- playing with textures, and interesting materials. I am always a sucker for a classic white wedding.

Innove Events + Paper WeddingPlannerLovePhoto by Cliff Mautner

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

I think the key here is to make it personal, and it will last rather than feeling trendy. I would hate to think that my designs will feel dated at some point, so I always aim to get to know each client and create designs based on their history and passions. I love to mix modern, classic, and vintage elements to create a unique and personal story.

Check out Innove Events on WeddingPlannerLove or visit Melody’s site here!

Today’s interview is with WeddingPlannerLove vendor Shelly of Signature Events by Shelly! My goodness does she offer a lot of services! Thank you so much for taking the time to answer all of our questions and for showing us your great work. :)

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Della Vita Photography

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

I am passionate about design! And, I love weddings. My philosophy is that every couple is unique so your wedding should be also. I don’t do cookie-cutter designs, for my invitations or weddings  I try to get a couple to really think about their interests and bring these things out in their wedding celebration. From Save-the-dates to the final returns of the rental items we are available as much, or as little, as our clients need. Signature Events by Shelly offers a number of packages, including invitations and other stationery, but will always work with a couple to get them exactly what they need.  I am a member of the Association of Bridal Consultants. I am also a Certified Sandals Specialist and can help couples arrange a wonderful destination wedding or honeymoon at any of the Sandals resorts.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

2. How did you get into wedding planning?

I had a friend that was getting married a few years ago. She was procrastinating on her planning and as the months were winding down she still didn’t have some important things done {like the venue booked or her wedding dress chosen, for example}.  One day she called me and said the wedding date had changed. My thoughts were “super!”  They’re moving it back so we’ll have more time”  But, they decided to move it up – to 3 months from then. I immediately put a list together, delegated responsibilities and went to her house. We had put together an elegant, romantic, candle-lit evening ceremony with a live band, buffet food and lots of dancing for the reception. The entire evening was exactly fitting of their personalities {I had been good friends of both for years before this}. From that point on I decided I would love to help couples make their wedding day totally about them and to allow them and their families be guests and enjoy every aspect of the celebration.

Signature Events by Shelly

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

Seeing how happy everyone is. I like taking care of things so I probably do more than I should, but at least the couple and their families don’t have to worry about anything!  I also like adding little surprises for the couple.  Just a little “something more” to help make their day unforgettable.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

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

Don’t underestimate yourself. If you are confident in your abilities, this will show through to your clients and they will have complete confidence in you. If you’re not sure about something, don’t let it show.  Just figure it out and get it done. David Tutera once told me “Don’t ever say No. Just figure out how to do it… then do it”.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

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

I really like hockey. Playing, watching {I used to coach and manage also}.  Music, cooking {I LOVE cooking}, trying new wines, hanging out with my family and friends.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Anne Wojtalewicz Photography

6. Any great stories from working with a client?

Honestly, I think all of my couple’s provide me with some great stories.

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Anne Wojtalewicz Photography

7. What is your current favorite color combination?

Sky blue and chocolate.

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

I just hope brides continue to keep their weddings personal. In the past, too many couples  got caught up on how everything “needs” to be and forget that it is really just about them getting married. I am really enjoying all of my couples that have personal touches throughout the entire day. Right now I have a bride that is Norwegian. Her entire family is baking desserts for favors, late-night snacks, and the dessert table {which continues to grow}. I love that!

Events by Chrissy WeddingPlannerLove

Photo by Steve Giese Photography

Thank you Shelly! Learn more about her on WeddingPlannerLove or her site.

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!

Cherishable Weddings and Events WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Cherishable Weddings and Events WeddingPlannerLove

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!

Cherishable Weddings and Events

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!

Cherishable Weddings and Events

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!

Cherishable Weddings and Events WeddingPlannerLove

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. :)

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

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.

Each & Every Detail WeddingPlannerLove

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. :)