Photo courtesy of Amy Karp Photography
Now that we got to know Brooke, let’s get to know the planner and pioneer that started it all. Next up the innovative Wendy Kidd!
What is your favorite 90’s jam?
I loved it all! I’m a music nerd and can appreciate most types of music, but in the 90s music I was listening to country (due to growing in up on a ranch in a tiny west Texas town), pop and metal bands (due to dating a guy in one). I was all over and loved it all!
What’s the last book you read?
I’m currently re-reading a Wrinkle in Time to prep for the new movie!
What was the last gift you gave someone?
Books! I just gave a set of Golden Books to my assistant Shawna’s son for his birthday.
What is your favorite restaurant?
I love food, so this is a hard one. I would have to say Cadillac Pizza is my most often visited favorite restaurant as I love their queso, salads and pizza!
Who is your favorite superhero/fictional hero?
Superman has always been my heartthrob. Christopher Reeve will always have a special place in my heart (dating myself there) and I’m a fan of Henry Cavill. I can’t wait for the next one!
How would your friends describe you?
From my friends: calm, knowledgeable, dependable, straight-forward, witty, attentive to detail, warm and inviting. The calm description always makes me smile because while I may appear calm on the outside, my brain is always running and I can’t seem to get it to slow down sometimes!
What inspires you?
People! I love figuring out what makes people tick, what makes them happy and what brings them the most joy. My intuition guides me more than anything and I love being able to delight someone with something they didn’t expect but love.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I started out as a venue manager/coordinator. I’d been toying with the idea of planning weddings for years, so I began planning for a friend. In doing so, I called a local venue and introduced myself as a planner. Our phone conversation went so well, they asked if I was interested in a job. After an interview and working a couple of events with them, they brought me on full time to manage all their events. After doing so for a few months, I realized weddings were truly my passion and I started my training and then my business part-time (with their support). After doing both for a year, I realized I wanted to do it full-time and after helping them finish up their holiday season (they decided to close the business), I left and have been doing this full time ever since.
How long have you been a wedding planner?
I began my education and my business in 2006.
What makes you different at what you do?
While I love getting to “play with the pretty” and design beautiful events, I started my business so I could advocate for couples. I want their wedding to be beautiful, but I also want it to represent them and I want them to enjoy their engagement and the process of planning, not just the wedding day. We focus on making planning the wedding about the couple and educating them on all their options. I think this focus on the process, no matter what service level they choose, allows our clients the freedom to have confidence and enjoy wedding planning. From there we can really have fun creating the design and details to make the wedding of their dreams.