I met Nicole from Little Blue Box Events at Ashley and Brian's wedding back in May. I arrived early to scout out some pretty portrait locations and when I got there, Nicole and her mom, Deborah, were flying around the venue getting everything all set up and perfect. They were a total whirlwind of efficiency! Later, when everyone else had arrived, Nicole was constantly popping in, popping out. Checking in and then giving space. I think that's a tricky thing for a coordinator, to find the balance of being helpful without being overbearing. Nicole and her mom are so sweet and fun, that I think they just do this naturally.
But it was when we did Ashley's portraits that I knew this was an A+ wedding vendor. Nicole sees things in DETAIL. Sometimes I don't and when I'm editing photos I'll say things like "ah why didn't I move that trash can in the background!?" or "I should have fluffed her dress out a little more." Nicole was there for all those things! She saw them when I was busy looking for light and the perfect expression on Ashley's face. It was so awesome to have her helping and I can honestly say I've never witnessed another coordinator take such good care of her bride on the day of the wedding.
Since then, we've enjoyed chatting and getting to know each other better. I even had the privilege of shooting some new headshots for Nicole and her mom, who assists Nicole one the wedding day. I asked Nicole if she would answer some questions so that all my future brides could get to know her a little better. Here is what she had to say!
By sheer serendipity! In college, I was in Army ROTC and majored in Public Relations. The only wedding on my mind at the time was my own. But, when my best friend became engaged in 2009 I took over most of the planning for her wedding while she was in nursing school. I fell in love with the process! I was able to use my organization skills, my creativity and my business savvy to help her plan the wedding of her dreams. I received a lot of encouragement from friends, family and other industry professionals to go into business. I took every opportunity to educate myself and to network with some fantastic vendors. Little Blue Box Events was established in 2010, we just celebrated our four year anniversary!
What would you say is your style and approach in working with your clients?
When my husband and I were planning our wedding my mother gave me a bracelet that said, “Friendship, Loyalty, Laughter, Love.” I live my life and run my business by those words. I am honored that I become friends with my clients; our connection doesn't end at midnight when they leave their wedding reception. I am loyal to my client first and foremost; my goal is to find them the best vendors and at the best price. Laughter, what is life without laughter? Especially, when things get stressful and chaotic… laugh and enjoy the ride! Those moments will become part of the story of your wedding and your marriage. My life is love. My love for my family and friends and my love for beautiful events. My business exists because of love!
We always go above and beyond! We only book a handful of clients each year so that we are able to provide them with the quality attention they each deserve. We are not afraid to get our hands dirty to make sure our clients have as close to perfection as possible! If that means catching renegade birds, busing tables, last minute ironing or having that tissue handy for the groomsmen that said he wouldn't cry; we are on it! We pride ourselves on our customer service not only to the hosts of an event but to their guests. We want you and your guests to remember your event with pleasure and fond memories. It’s all in the details!
Who is your ideal client?
Our ideal client is excited!! They are ready to make decisions and to let us guide them. We have spent countless hours educating ourselves and establishing a network of fantastic professionals. We want to share these resources with our clients. We love it when clients come to us with a concept and we are able to refine it and implement it together as a team.
Experience! A professional event planner will save you time, money and stress. If a full service planning package is out of your budget then I highly encourage a day-of coordinator. Your event will run smoothly. Details, those big and small, will be attended to and having a coordinator to act as the “go to person,” will ensure that you can enjoy your day.
What would brides be surprised to know about you?
I split my time between event coordination and working part time as an Emergency Communications Officer. It’s perfect because I truly thrive in high paced environments. Many aspects of event coordination transfer to dispatching; organization, communication and attention to detail.
Hire a planner that you wouldn't mind chatting with over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine because you will be spending a lot of time together. Check their references. Any event planner with experience will be able to provide you with multiple references from past clients. Don’t hesitate to contact those references and ask them questions (They probably won’t mind telling you all about their wedding day! ;) ).
Website: http://littleblueboxevents.wix.com/home Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (804) 304-2344 Location: Chesterfield, VA