Love, Laughter and Elegance
Today on the blog, we feature Kimberly Lehman with Love, Laughter and Elegance
We had the opportunity to work with Kim at a wedding in KY; we are both based out of OH, go figure. It was at Azia and Hondo’s wedding, she was the planner and day of coordinator. Since then, we’ve met at quite a few bridal shows and have offered combo packages to brides for videography, which is what Joseph Testa Films does and Kim doing wedding planning.
Kim is a Wedding and Event Planner with 17 years of experience. She is always looking for networking opportunities with others in the events industry; also webinars, conferences and workshops in which to increase her knowledge of trends, technology and business skills. She takes all of the information and experiences and uses them in her own day to day business practices. She is always trying to grow her business, like we all are. She has made many wonderful connections, with vendors and clients alike. Like many peers in the events industry, planners specifically, she has an eye for details and organization. She puts her knowledge and experience to work for each client, to reflect their personalities and dreams.
Chatting with Kim she told me:
“I have been obsessed with weddings since I was 12. I love the details that go into a wedding: the dress, the location, the flowers, etc. My job is to listen to my clients, and take note of their wishes; dreams and emotions associated with their relationship, and translate that into their celebration of love. That’s the primary goal for a planner, to make the event as personal as possible. The secondary goal is to streamline the planning process: keep all the details straight, keep the project on time and budget (under budget if possible), and take as much stress and worry off of my client’s shoulders as possible. This is actually the part where being as detail-oriented as I am, comes in handy. I love doing research for venues, vendors and supplies”
“I am a bargain hunter by nature, so if I see a great deal, I jump on it! I have saved my clients thousands of dollars over the years, and they have appreciated that. Let’s face it, weddings can be expensive. My clients need to sit down and make out a guest list, and have to set a budget. Then I have to find the vendors and supplies that will fit their vision and price range. Sometimes couples decide that they want to go over their budget on some things, like a certain photographer or a really great DJ. I have no problem with rearranging their budget to accommodate their wishes, but I also make sure that they realize that they may have to give up something like a 5 tier cake, when they can only afford a 2 tier cake. I make sure it all balances out, and I try to keep my clients from going broke. Budget-conscious and budget-savvy are two phrases I live by.”
“I have a fun-loving, outgoing nature, but when it comes to the business of weddings, I am more serious. Let my clients have the fun, and let me handle the details. That way, my clients remember how easy I made the planning process for them, and how much they enjoyed the most special day of their lives.”
Some pictures of a wedding Kim did her magic at:
Photograph by Brass Key Photography
So I asked her, who is your audience? “My audience is the entire world! The majority of my events that I work on each year are weddings. However, I also plan many types of social events, like baby and bridal showers, dinners, birthday parties, and so on. If you have an occasion to celebrate, I can plan the party! I would also like to plan more corporate events, and destination weddings. I have planned a few destination weddings in the last few years, and have loved the opportunities to travel and work with new vendors and venues. It’s a great way to network, and change up your routine every so often.”
What would you like your audience to know about you? “I would like my audience to get a sense of who I am, and what I can do to help them achieve their vision for their event. I want to make both an emotional and intellectual connection with the viewer. I want the person watching the video or reading the blog post to think, “Yes, this is a person who I would like to know more about, and to have them assist me in planning XYZ event. I like them. They know their stuff.” At that point, contact information should be presented: phone number, email, social media links, etc. I want the viewer to be able to contact me easily. I would like the viewer to know that I care about them, and their event, as I do my own family. Everything is taken care of, and planned with love.”
Any last thoughts: “My job is to make sure that a client’s event turns out the way they want it to be. I can see the bigger overall picture of how an event will look, sound, taste and feel. I make sure that I understand the emotional connection that a client has to their event, and also with me. I want to be a partner in the planning process with the client. I want my clients to remember how they felt at the end of the day: happy and satisfied. It’s not always about the pricing; it’s about the overall experience.”
It was great chatting with Kim; all of ways to contact her are below.
Website: Love Laughter and Elegance