Describe your business in 1-3 short sentences.
Why do you want to work with APW Couples?
I am a super down-to-earth person, and I fully support the APW philosophy that a lifetime of marriage is far more important than a wedding day. I love that APW couples stay rooted in that idea, regardless of what kind of wedding you are planning. My ideal clients are smart, practical, socially-conscious people who want an authentic and beautiful wedding (however you define that) - and that is exactly what the APW community is. When I meet fellow APW readers, we almost always feel like instant friends, and those are the best kinds of people to get to work with!
Describe your artistic approach to weddings?
As your wedding planner/coordinator, I'm here to support and execute your ideas - whether I like them or not - so whatever your idea of the perfect wedding is, that's what I'll be working on! I love all the different ideas that come along with each new couple - many times, I find myself using them as examples and inspiration for future clients. [I will get another couple to do a unity cocktail one day!] I've got an artistic background with an art teacher mom and a theatre design/tech degree plus a hefty dose of organizational mojo, so I'll always keep an eye on the big picture as well as the little details; but ultimately I want our clients' ideas and personalities to shine through. I'm just here to make it happen with as little stress as possible.
What are your non-work-related hobbies?
I read a lot. Like, I usually have 8-10 books checked out and I'm probably in the middle of 2 or more of them at any given time. I love books so hard! My pile tends to be about 80% non-fiction feminist/political/memoir/history-type stuff and 20% fiction, mostly mysteries and magical mystical fantasy stuff.
I'm a food and wine snob and I love to cook for other people. (But I'm terrible at cooking for my single party of one.) Red wines are the best, I can be tempted with a rosé if it's hot outside, and I generally prefer my liquor to taste like I'm licking the inside of a barrel, and also for it to be bourbon.
I used to do alterations and design custom wedding gowns for a living, and I still love to sew things, mostly clothes, for myself.
I like to be outdoors, and I most like that to happen near a very large body of water that I can stick my feet in.
What’s your favorite book?
No, sorry, I cannot pick a favorite. One I have always and will forever love is The Count of Monte Cristo. Anything by Sarah Waters.
A few I've read lately and thoroughly enjoyed are: Shrill, Kindred, The Atomic Weight of Love, Life After Life, The Gift of Fear, Year of Yes, Wild, Bossypants, The Residence, and The Gifts of Imperfection.
What’s your favorite movie?
I watch a ton of them. No clear winner pops into my mind. My genre is definitely thrillers though. And I pretty much hate all comedies, unless they are very dark and extremely witty.
If you could have a one minute dance party at your desk, what song would you pick?
Pink - Raise Your Glass or one of any number of showtunes, though I grant you that is more likely to result in my singing along at the top of my lungs than dancing.