Today’s wedding planner interview is with Keeyawna Porche of Porche Weddings & Special Events, based in Atlanta, Georgia! Enjoy:

Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.

I am originally from The Bay Area, California girl. However, I moved to Atlanta in 2000 when I transferred colleges. It was a big change, but I embraced it easily, as I had many friends already relocated here. I love all aspects of wedding planning… each time I see a bride walk down the aisle, I get goosebumps and emotions overwhelm me, as if it were my very own wedding. My company, Porche Weddings was originally named Lesoiree Events, but changed after I married and secretly fell in love with my own name :). Although I have been planning and decorating since high school; In 2008, we officially became a business. Currently with a 5 member staff, 2 planners, 3 hostesses and 1 photographer.. We continue to grow and become well known
throughout Atlanta.

Read the full interview after the cut!

How did you get into wedding planning?

I was always called on by my peers to help plan, coordinate and decorate for their big events, birthdays, high school dances, grand openings, all kinds of events. At one event, I was asked at the last moment to decorate using only what was available, I was told then… this seems to be your passion, you should GO FOR IT! And although i believed that and welcomed that advice, it wasn’t until a year or two later, that I decided to jump in. And I am glad I did, if I knew any better, I would have started much sooner.

What’s your favorite part of the job?

My favorite part of the job is watch the bride walk in seeing all her visions come to reality in both the ceremony and reception. It actually makes my heart skip a beat, knowing that they are happy with what I was able to do for them, with them.

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

Don’t be afraid to charge what you are worth. Only you hold that power. It’s okay to pass on a potential client if they aren’t willing to not only pay for what they want but pay what you deserve. No one can determine what your time is worth, except YOU!

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

In my spare time, when not planning weddings, I like to practice new centerpiece ideas, watch old movies and sew. I’ve always been fascinated by creations made by people who sew, so I finally picked up a sewing machine last year and have been teaching myself every since. And I must say, I’m not too bad for a self taught beginner.

Any great stories from working with a client?

Yes. I had a client earlier this month who had a farm wedding. And the entire wedding was to be outdoors, there was a tent over the reception dining area but everything else was open. The crazy thing is the week before, it was planned for no rain, however, about 2 days before, it promised rain at 60%.. which to me means, there will be rain. So, the days leading up to the wedding, the bride was terrified of rain and didn’t really want to discuss it. So, during the
rehearsal, the night before, I announced that because we didn’t want to jinx anything, no one was allowed to say the “R” word. The entire wedding party laughed so hard after I informed them of the “glistening” contingency. I explained that it was the only word that could be used around the bride. The next day… it “glistened” all day from 2am until 520pm and the wedding started promptly at 6pm, with no RAIN. It was extremely muddy, however, the air was dry and the sun was out.

What is your current favorite color combination?

My current color combination is coral, grey and gold with pops of tiffany blue

All Photos by Porche Photograpy

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

Not really… but if I had to choose, it would be traditional photobooths. I think if you are going to have a photo booth these days, it should be manned by a real photographer or a customized booth with backdrop and props to match the wedding theme.

What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?

It’s never too early to start planning your wedding, especially if you are on a tight budget. The more time you have to plan, the more time you have to save money for what you really want on your big day. And if you are just confused and don’t know where to start, it doesn’t hurt to contact a planner to find out, many of us do wedding consultations for planning couples.

Thanks Keeyawna! For more information about Porche Weddings & Special Events, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile or head straight to their website.

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