Why did you choose to become a wedding planner?
After nearly nine years on a corporate career path, I needed something fresh. I needed to do something fun – find a career that would allow me to enjoy living my life and work at the same time. As I spent considerable time thinking about what my new path would be, I kept thinking back to my own wedding day. Every time I opened my wedding planning binder or looked at photos, I would remember how great that process was and how much fun it is to be involved in such a grand event. That’s when I decided event planning was for me. I have years of experience in project management and corporate events so this has been a natural transition for me.
What sets your business apart?
Perspective. I have spent much of my life taking everything seriously, worrying, obsessing, being bothered by the unknown, and striving for perfection. And while I still have that drive – to make things the best they can be — I no longer worry about the outcome. I trust myself more. I have woken up to the fact that our time on this earth is shorter than we imagine, and while we are here we should live—truly live—and enjoy our lives as much as we can. I want my clients’ events to be as formal or as whimsical as they want them to be. But in any case, they should be fun.
What’s on your iPod, Pandora, etc. while you work?:
When I’m in my office, usually something instrumental – classical, jazz, swing, etc.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?:
I like to get together with friends for a relaxing evening or weekend, go for a run or play frisbee with my dog.
Who inspires you?:
My grandparents had very little when they started a small restaurant in the 1940s. That restaurant is still in business today – owned and operated by three generations of my family. My grandparents were the hardest working people I have ever met. I keep a framed copy of their wedding photo on my desk.
I also like to learn little-known stories about people who have had a major impact in the world. For example, did you know that Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr, who was so revered for her beauty that selling her kisses for war bonds raised $25 million, was also a brilliant inventor? Inspired by the need for protected radio communications among Allied Forces during World War II, she co-developed the technology then that is the basis for today’s wi-fi and bluetooth. That’s so unexpected! I love to find stories like that that make me ask myself, “What can I accomplish? How far can I go?”
Do you have a quote you live by?
“You have exactly one life in which to do everything you’ll ever do. Act accordingly.” -Colin Wright.
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