Happy Monday! Today’s interview is with Julie from Invision Events. The pictures in this interview are so colorful and bright as well as simple and elegant. All the great qualities that this wedding planner possess! Thank you for taking the time out to share some great views of wedding planning today.
1. Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am from Mobile, Ala. originally. My husband and I both graduated from Auburn University and we decided to stay in Auburn. I founded Invision Events while living here and it has branched out into a regional business serving Atlanta, Columbus, Birmingham, Montgomery and Mobile. I have a degree in Public Relations and would like to think that it has served me well :).
Invision Events is a full service wedding planning firm. I tell clients that we can handle as little or as much as you’d like. Every wedding is different and every client is different. When designing a wedding, I like to keep a “less is more” outlook to things. I love my clients to be the focus of the day and I want people to have a great time. I love flowers and linen and printing, but I like to make sure that the reason of the event is kept in focus.
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2. How did you get into wedding planning?
I fell into wedding planning by accident. I had been directing weddings on the side with some other girls in town (they were all still in school). Everyone else graduated and moved on and I decided to turn it into a solid business. I honestly would never have guessed that I would be a wedding planner if you had asked me while I was in college. But, here I am and I love it!
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
There are so many parts that I love about planning a wedding. Picking out flowers, I love invitation design (I briefly considered graphic design while in college), and who turns down a cake tasting? But, my real favorite part is my clients. I love people and I love working with people to see such an important day come together.
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
When I first got started, I was really afraid that I might offend someone if I had opinions on a wedding that wasn’t mine. Sounds silly. But, I had to embrace the fact that I had been hired for my opinion and I shouldn’t be afraid to give it. There is a tactful way to do that and there are some times that you really do just have to do what your client wants (even if you disagree or don’t like their choice). But, in general, people want to know what I think. That’s a lot of responsibility! But, I have become very comfortable with it. I would tell new planners to be comfortable with themselves and to trust themselves. They got into this business for a reason. They thought they could do a good job. So, do it!
5. What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I train for marathons as a hobby. It actually fills a few hobbies. It allows me to stay healthy (remember those cake tastings I mentioned…), it allows me to work out any tension or frustrations (I call it free therapy) and it allows me to travel to different spots in order to do a race. I love using it as an excuse to travel! My favorite thing to do is simply be with friends and family. There is nothing I love more than having friends over for wine or dinner or spending time with family (which is spread all over creation – more travel!). I am a lover of greyhounds and have adopted 2 – Annie and Oliver. I am very supportive of pet adoption. My husband and I have built one house and renovated another. So, building and interior design (I in no way claim to be an interior designer) is a personal interest. I also love music, theater and visiting traveling exhibits. I believe that new experiences broaden your horizons – especially for anyone in a creative line of work. It will make me a more well rounded designer. Everything can be an inspiration for something.
6. Any great stories from working with a client?
I have many and varied stories! Some cannot be passed on over the internet :). Let’s just say that as a wedding planner, I get to be very close and comfortable with my clients. Sometimes, my job doesn’t stop after the bride and groom leave the reception. I have had to fix up several wedding nights as well (get people out of their dress in the limo, deliver food to the honeymoon suite an hour after the reception…). It’s funny and all fine since I know my clients that well :). I’d have to say that one of the best experiences I’ve had was working with a couple where the bride was deaf and her entire family was deaf. Her parents worked for the Alabama School for the Blind and Deaf. Therefore, many of their guests were hearing impaired. Designing a ceremony that was meaningful and able to be translated and related to all of the guests whether hearing impaired or not, was awesome. They were a pleasure to work with and their wedding was heart touching.
7. What is your current favorite color combination?
Of course my favorite color combinations will change from season to season… But, at the moment, I’m loving neutrals as a color palate. Muted colors are gorgeous. However, my favorite color combo for a wedding will always be no color! Black and white and greys and silvers – those will always speak to me! In fact, my entire house is done in grey with black and white furniture.
8. Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I really love all the lace that is being used these days. Going back to a very romantic time. I don’t love the “vintage” wedding. I like using antiques or having a rustic feel to things. But anything that is overly styled to where you would call it a theme is not me. I believe that you can style a wedding to where everything flows. Nothing should jump out at you and scream “Vintage!!!” It should just be what it is.
These photos make me appreciate color and just simple white in a wedding. Check out the website for more pictures and information.