Photo courtesy of Amy Karp Photography
Since we have been talking about what it takes to be a wedding planner and what steps to become one, it is only right to get to know each planner at Each & Every Detail. Starting off with the talented Brooke Millis!
What is your favorite 90’s jam?
The theme song from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Let’s see… Paula Abdul, Everclear, 98º, Michael Jackson’s Dangerous album, soundtrack from the movie Cocktail, and all the great Disney animated soundtracks.
What’s the last book you read?
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan. International conspiracies, free-thinking Google codebreakers, and books, books, and more books. Plus, the inside of the narrator’s head sounds a little like mine.
What was the last gift you gave someone?
My cousin just graduated from high school, so I got him The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a towel (antimicrobial, natch), and an Amazon gift card. All key items when becoming an adult and leaving home!
What is your favorite restaurant?
Tough choice! It would come down to Nick & Sam’s (the carrot cake!), Jasper’s (best craft cocktails, plus awesome ribs), or Breadwinners (um, stuffed french toast FTW?) in the Dallas area. Honorable mention to Samui Thai for the excellent panang curry and phat si-io (pad see ew).
Who is your favorite superhero/fictional hero?
Even tougher choice! […20 minutes later…] I think I’ll go with Hermione Granger from Harry Potter – smart, brave, and loyal – and Rogue from X-Men – she can be anything she wants from a power perspective, and I love that. Big fan of all the comic book movies out in the last decade. Also Cliff Janeway from the Bookman books by John Dunning – a fierce protector as well as a down-to-earth book seller. And, and, and…!
How would your friend’s describe you?
Smart, funny (I hope!), and tall. A big lover of magic, particularly the Disney and Harry Potter varieties. An excellent memory for plots and stories. A devoted fan of the Container Store and spreadsheets. Loving in private, brisk in public.
What inspires you?
I love to travel, particularly overseas. When searching for inspiration, I tend to delve back into places I’ve visited, foods I’ve eaten, people I’ve met who have a different background than me, and see what I can pull from those experiences.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
In a really sideways kind of way! In school, I studied international relations, and spent 5 years working in foreign aid. I ran programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka for the Center for International Private Enterprise, creating stronger market economic structures through advocating for and assisting women, young people, and journalists. I loved all the travel and working with my overseas colleagues, but the U.S. government is its own special kind of slow when it comes to change, and I got very frustrated with the incremental pace at which we were able to effect change. My favorite part of that job was organizing the conferences and training sessions that I worked on, so I thought events might be a good next step. While I was trying to find an entry point into the industry, I did an internship with Each & Every Detail, and completely unexpectedly LOVED weddings. Crazy!
How long have you been a wedding planner?
5 years, just about.
Describe your favorite type of client.
My favorite kind of couple are the ones who have really thought about what’s vitally important to them regarding their wedding, and what might be less important. It’s wonderful to work with folks that have a clear picture of the priorities! I also love hanging out with my couples who are a little nerdy like me – Harry Potter fans, Disney nuts, Star Wars nerds, Marvel geeks, anything on the page or film that we can chat about in between tough conversations about the wedding. Plus, sometimes we can work those little personal touches into the wedding to make it a little more them, and I love seeing those subtle hints in their photos afterwards!