Today’s wedding planner interview is with Akeshi of Kesh Events, based in Chicago, IL! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
My name is Akeshi Akinseye – Owner of Kesh Events, a boutique event planning & design firm in Chicago providing planning and dwsign services worlwide. I have always planned events both large and small as young as my elementary years. As owner and creative director, I am responsible for all of Kesh Events event design and planning from start to finish.
See the rest of the interview after the cut!
I discovered my love for events when I was a little girl. My mother is a well-known event designer and is also known for her fabric designs and tasty wedding cakes back home in Nigeria. As a little girl, I would accompany her mother to weddings and lots of social gatherings and assist her with the decorating of the events. My love for event planning and design grew as she got older. After college, I decided to pursue a career in catering and event coordination giving birth to my first “baby” Kesh Catering & Events. Furthering her love for all things “events”, I decided to expand and utilize my talents and founded Kesh Events.
As a bride myself, I understand how stressful planning ans wedding could be without proper guidance. My focus is always on transforming a personal story into a living, breathing moment in time. I am committed to the personalization of every event. I pride myself on being professional, detailed and involved in all aspects of my events, from the first meeting with clients down to the very last guest at the event. I brings the art of creativity and personalization to every event and everything I do. I am passionate about my craft and dedicated to providing quality service to all of my clients.
How did you get into wedding planning?
This is one of my favorite questions. The answer is My Mother. She is a well sought out planner and event designer in Nigeria. My mother is the source of all my talent. As a kid, I accompanied her to all her events and I would help her out with little tasks like folding linen, holding pins for her. I was by her side all the time and my love for events grew from there
What’s your favorite part of the job?
Favorite part of the job for me is the bond and friendship i create with the bride/groom. I feel like I gain a whole new family at every wedding. its a feeling like no other. They will always remember you.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
Be yourself! If you try to be someone else, your clients will see right through it. They chose you for a reason so be confident in yourself, you work and services.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
I love to travel. I re-energizes me and I am so inspired by things i see all around the world. I also love yoga. Its great for the body and mind.
Any great stories from working with a client?
Every day is a great day at kesh Events :-)
What is your current favorite color combination?
My current color combination is gold and blush. Its so rich and you cannot go wrong with it. There are so may ways to play around with it and it’s BIG this year.
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
Trends i love and want to keep would be lace. Its so romantic, elegant and timeless. I love how lace is used in the details as well like, cake, table linens, stationary and more. I can’t get enough of it.
One trend i would love to see brides leave behind- Cupcake towers. With so many creative designs for weddings cakes, I would love t see brides get into creative cake designs and leave the cupcake tower behind.
Thank you Akeshi! For more about Kesh Events, check out her WeddingInviteLove profile, or head straight to her website.
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