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Today’s wedding planner interview is with Amy of Amy June Weddings and Events, from San Diego, CA. We’ve previously run a GORGEOUS styled shoot she coordinated, make sure to check it out too!

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I started Affairs by Amy to fill a void I saw missing from the local market. We cater to all couples, no matter sex, race, creed, and we love LOVE! Every wedding is unique with the only similarity being that at the end of the day, a couple is married, no matter what.

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Credit: Leah Malkinson Photography

How did you get into wedding planning?

I started in weddings as the go to gal for everyone at my full time job. Someone was always getting married, had a family member having a wedding or party, and just needed some help or decor ideas. Since I was super crafty, I was always asked to help in some form.

After a few years I decided to go to Esthetics school, where I started doing bridal makeup. It was a different aspect of the wedding day for me and one I found to be enjoyable, but it was also stifling, as I couldn’t unleash creativity on a brides face as I could with decor!

After moving back home to San Diego, I started my wedding planning business full time. I did market research to see what aspects were missing from the current services offered by local businesses, and went from there. We love offbeat, eclectic and even traditional weddings.

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Credit: JenZ Photography

What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite thing about wedding planning is chatting with the couple to learn their vision, goals and dreams, and then tying it together for them. When they see their reception setup and say “yes! That is what we envisioned!” and the happiness on their faces, I know I am doing my job well.

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 in this career, is that you can never stop learning. To new people starting out, or thinking its all fun and glamorous, its not. Things happen. You have to be tough and always have a back up plan. Intern, its a great way to learn what a classroom can’t teach you. And then intern some more! All situations are different. And you can never be prepared for all of them!

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

One of my favorite things to do when not working (which isn’t often!) is go to Disneyland. I love the sights and sounds.

I could sit on a bench and watch the crowds pass by and be content. The Disney magic will always make me smile every time I visit the parks!

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Any great stories from working with a client?

One of my favorite stories come from a wedding a few years back. The bride and her mother were planning to do all their own setup and then get ready and come back for the ceremony. After talking with them I realized there just wasn’t enough time in the day for that to happen with what they had planned decor wise, and I convinced them both to enjoy getting ready and I would take care of the setup.

On the wedding day, when they arrived to stage for ceremony, I told them both they could come see the room, as it was already setup.

They both started crying and told me there was no way they could have made the room look the way it did. It was beautiful and I had also brought in a few accent pieces I owned that matched their look. I am still close with that family and see them often, and they never fail to tell me the wedding was magical for all of them. I love that I could give that to them and make sure they enjoyed themselves.

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What is your current favorite color combination?

My current favorite colors combination is the mono chromatics. I love dresses in similar shades and ties to match. Choosing only two colors doesn’t allow the bridal party the chance to add their personality to the look. Some of my favorites include purples and pinks.

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

A trend that is huge, still, is vintage. Some couples purchase all their pieces for decor and others use family items. I am a big fan of using something of importance to you on the wedding day. Be it a garter, toasting flutes, or even a knife and server that belonged to a family member before you. One bride wore a garter that had the wedding dates of all the ladies in the family married before her on it. It was beautiful! As far as over the top vintage, that trend can slowly make its way out. We don’t live in the 1800’s, so unless you are doing a full theme wedding, I am kind of over it. On that note, when done right, it is still a beautiful look!

Thanks Amy! For more about Amy June Weddings and Events, check out her WeddingPlannerLove profile, or head straight to her website.

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