Today’s wedding planner interview is with TyAngela Hunter, Owner and Creative Director of Beautiful Dream Events, based in Houston, TX! Enjoy:
Tell us a bit about yourself and your company.
I am the owner and creative director of Beautiful Dream Events, a wedding design and management boutique that celebrates love in Houston and beyond. It was my passion to create a company that values the ultimate client experience while creating a streamlined approach to the traditional wedding planning routine. As a certified wedding planner, I take great honor in partnering with couples to create a wedding experience not only that their guests would love, but also creating memories that they will keep forever.
Read the full interview after the cut!
How did you get into wedding planning?
I started planning events at a young age, my home was the home for most of our family gathers with us having a big family. My mother having 9 other brothers and sisters, and 29 cousins all in one house, planning and prepping for these family gathers was essential. Wedding planning is something I fell into working with an uncle and his finance to plan their wedding. I dove head first into the business learning everything I could. Only adding more fuel to the flame after planning my own wedding, I set out to grow from my mistakes and perfect what I had learned in order to create a company that is forever growing in knowledge and always perfecting my process.
What’s your favorite part of the job?
My favorite part is actually the logistics, I love working through the tasks to come up with the perfect plan of execution. I am a true checklist girl, from yearly, to monthly, to the day of, I enjoy going through the task lists and to do lists so that no detail is left behind. Not overshadowing my passion for color pallet creation and space design, with a background in project management and interior design, I have definitely found a way to marry the two together. Last but far from least, I can’t forget the look on my client’s faces when they walk into their space and see all the hard work we have done finally come together.
What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned, and would pass along to other new wedding planners just getting started?
For new planners getting started, The biggest lesson I have learned so far is really getting a clear understanding of who your client is and understanding your own workflow, or how you work best, and delegate the rest. Learning to work on what you are best at, whether it be design, logistics, or the backend of the business, we all sometimes hate. Don’t like paperwork, get an office assistant, don’t like finances, get an account. Your time will always be better spent focusing on the things you love, than dragging through the things you hate doing, but still need to get done.
What are your hobbies or non-work-related activities?
Hobbies when I’m not working is definitely a hard question for me, somehow I often get tied into something I can work on for entertaining, so in a way to me I’m always working. I love picking up flowers from the store creating new centerpieces for my dining table or office. From the dining table to the kitchen, I love trying new recipes to add to my family meal planner list, I’m excited to have 3 months of meal plans ready to go, so we’re not stuck wondering what’s for dinner every night. Aside from that I have implemented family mediation sessions, and Saturday morning yoga. My husband is always a great motivator creating workouts we often do together at least 3 times a week. Only to finish our busy work weeks with binge watching Penny Dreadful with a glass of wine.
Any great stories from working with a client?
Every client is different, so to pick just one story would leave so many others behind, it would be difficult. I laugh now at how running from the bridal suite to the entrance doors right before my bride walked through, I broke my heel right off my shoe, Thank God I had packed black flats in my production kit, all to rescue her forgotten bouquet. Or how I passed granola bars out to the hungry flowers girls as they were getting ready, to staying all night at the venue because the bride wanted to stay until close while she and her new husband danced all night despite all but 4 of their guests had already left for the night. It’s moments like these that make me think I’m crazy for falling in love with this profession, but watching her dance made me feel like I wouldn’t want to change it for anything else in the world.
What is your current favorite color combination?
My favorite color combination is definitely mauve, blush, and black, with a touch of copper. I love to play with the feminine and masculine feels of colors, to me it creates something that is so classically sexy. Mauve is sultry all by itself, but blush leans itself to be a little more playful and airy. Black has always been a favorite color of mine, it creates a bold yet sophisticated look to anything it’s paired with. Gold has turned into Copper giving this color pallet a more modern edge.
Are there any trends that you absolutely love or would love to see brides leave behind?
I love the addition of more greenery in the flower arrangements, to me it has takes a structured and clustered arrangements and turns in into a moveable piece that can easily take your eyes around a room, I definitely look forward to using more in my upcoming events and hope it’s here to stay for awhile. For any couples planning their big day, please leave behind over the top table centerpieces, I love the look but the really aren’t functional, I would suggest a floral installation that will draw your eye up, and keep your tables pretty and foremost conducive to conversation.
What tips or advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning?
My advice for couples in planning mode is first get clear about what’s important, this conversation should be at the forefront of every other discussion you make about your day, keep a list and refer to it when you seem to be losing focus. When it comes to design, stay focused on creating a cohesive vision, use Pinterest as inspiration only, then back away slowly. With all the cool stuff on Pinterest now a days it’s easy to become cluttered with the pretty and no stay true to a design or vision that speaks to truly who you are as a couple.
Thanks, TyAngela! For more information about Beautiful Dream Events, please visit their WeddingLovely Vendor Guide profile.
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