Team Member POV (1 of 3): Hillary and Weston’s Wedding

July 9, 2012

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I first met Grace at an intern training at Amber’s one evening. I also met two other lovely girls, whom you’ll hear about in the upcoming posts. These three girls: very cute, bubbly, and smart were ready for an intense wedding weekend up in Ojai for Hillary and Weston’s big day. For most, it had been their first wedding!

Grace, thank you so much for being a part of the Amber Events team. You were a big part in making Hillary and Weston’s wedding very special! {nira}

How did you learn about interning or assisting for Amber Events?

I had contacted Amber to interview her for an assignment in one of my classes. Amber was interested in reading the finished product of my paper so I emailed it to her and she said she was impressed with my writing skills. Amber offered me an intern position as a result of my paper.

Tell us about yourself and how it relates to the wedding industry.

One quality about me that really lends itself well to this particular career is that I’m detail-oriented. Having assisted in my first wedding just a few days ago, I really began to understand the enormous amount of details that need to be accounted for in order for a wedding to be executed flawlessly. Most people would view this as a daunting or almost impossible task, however, I view this aspect of wedding planning as a great way to channel my positive attributes by way of helping the bride and groom plan the most beautiful, spectacular wedding possible.

What tasks did you complete for this wedding?

On the first day, for the rehearsal dinner, I helped fill the welcome bags. Later in the day I assisted in decorating the barn where the dinner was held. On the second day, for the wedding reception, I ran errands back and forth for Amber and bridal assistants. I also assembled a beautifully decorated package of flip-flops, which were intended for female guests whose feet tired at the reception. I also performed quite a few others tasks like carrying chairs onto the dance floor for the bride and groom’s “Hora” dance, transitioning guests from one location to another to keep the sequence of events moving seamlessly, retrieving important items that either belonged to the bride or the parents of the groom and stowing them in a safe place, and overall, just assisting guests and answering any questions they had.

What surprised you?

The thing that surprised me most was the schedule of the day. I was expecting certain tasks to spill into overtime thus making certain people or events late but such was not the case. Everything was unexpectedly on time, which I think allowed the wedding to go off without a hitch in the way that it did.

What is your favorite part of this wedding?

My favorite part of any wedding is the actual ceremony and exchange of the vows. To me, the heart and soul of any wedding is the ceremony because when all is said and done, the reception has no real meaning besides a celebration but the ceremony is a proclamation of love between two people in front of whomever they decide to invite. It’s the significance of the ceremony and exchange of vows that should last a lifetime.

What shoes did you wear?

I wore black sparkly Tom’s.

The uniform for the Amber Events staff is a black button down shirt and slacks. What did you do to Jazz up your look?

To jazz up my look, I wore red lipstick and sleek bun. Next time, however, I think I will choose to wear a stylish belt of a contrasting color and perhaps a hair accessory.

What is your favorite wedding scene from a movie?

My favorite wedding scene is the one from “Love Actually” where after the couple is married, a choir begins to sing “All You Need Is Love” and musicians begin playing from within the pews. I love unexpected moments in a couple’s wedding that are untraditional and hold special meaning to them.

Do you have any words for anyone wanting to join the wedding industry?

Be prepared to work and to be pulled in a many different directions at one time. Preparation is everything (failing to prepare is preparing to fail), professionalism goes a long way, and the most important people in the wedding production are the bride and groom. As long as they are happy and catered to, everything will be fine.


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