A Perfect Planner - Meet Katrina From Love Blooms

Keep Calm! Katrina can guide you to this happy moment!  Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

Keep Calm! Katrina can guide you to this happy moment! Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

I’ve been focusing recently on how to help you get through the experience of planning your wedding without going totally bonkers. Wedding planning can be super fun, but it can also really, really wear you down. In a past blog post I talked about how choosing vendors from your venue’s preferred list can help you reduce stress, and how hiring a wedding planner/coordinator can be the best decision you’ll ever make.

This week I’m continuing the series of introducing you to various fantastic vendors who can help you enjoy the entire experience of getting married! I’m sharing my interview with Katrina, owner and superwoman of Love Blooms. Katrina offers the convenience of many vendors within one company; she can virtually do it all! You can choose to hire her for everything or just one thing; whatever works best for you!

While she does offer custom floral work, chalkboard art and décor rentals, set up and tear down, today I’m focusing on her event design, coordination and planning. If you’re looking for a fantastic coordinator, check out Katrina at Love Blooms! (Want to check out her floral work? Meet her here!)

Lesley: What happens when a couple decides to meet you?
Katrina: We schedule a time that works and I pick a coffee shop in the middle or they have the option to come to my studio in Snoqualmie. We chat about how they met one another, all the wedding details they have planned already, and their vision. Then I tell them what my different planning packages include, and we figure out the best package for them.

How do you work with them to get their wedding vision to reality?
I get together with them and truly get to know them as a couple both individually and together. I find out what is important to them on their wedding day. I make sure I understand their wants and desires. Then, I make sure their vision is executed day of. Them not having to worry about anything on their wedding day is so important to me.

You don’t have to worry about setting anything up, paying attention to the schedule, answering questions from vendors or family, or solving problems when they come up. Let a pro be in charge of all the many moving pieces of the day so that you can enjoy the experience of getting married!
— Katrina
Katrina will help you bring all your detailed dreams to reality.  Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

Katrina will help you bring all your detailed dreams to reality. Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

Lesley: What do you offer? Do you do it all or do you have helpers?
Katrina: I offer day of coordinating, partial planning, and full planning. I am also a florist and offer a design package. I have a great team that stands behind me to help execute every wedding we book.

A beautiful bridal bouquet by Katrina!  Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

A beautiful bridal bouquet by Katrina! Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

Lesley: How did you start doing planning/coordinating?
Katrina: While in nursing school I decided I wanted to start my own business instead of being a nurse. I had just planned my own wedding and really enjoyed it, plus it didn’t have any huge start up cost. So, I changed my major to business and started Love Blooms. 9 years later here we are!

What do you enjoy about your work?
I enjoy helping make one of the biggest days of my couples’ life perfect.

Katrina will help you figure out the timing of the day, from first look to grand exit.  Photo by Justin Patton

Katrina will help you figure out the timing of the day, from first look to grand exit. Photo by Justin Patton

Lesley: What do you love about working at Events on 6th?
Katrina: I love working at Event on 6th for two reasons. One, it’s a great space where you don’t have to worry about the unpredictable Washington weather and everything is all in one place. Two, Lesley is hands down one of the best venue facilitators out there. Really! I’m not just saying that!

Aww…blush! I try to help!!

Katrina and her crew will make sure everyone is in their proper spot!  Photo by Lesley at Events on 6th

Katrina and her crew will make sure everyone is in their proper spot! Photo by Lesley at Events on 6th

Lesley: What’s your superpower?
Katrina: My superpower is problem solving. I don’t take no for an answer and I always come up with a plan B if needed that’s just as great as plan A.

What other things make you unique among planners/coordinators?
What makes me unique from other planners/coordinators is the fact that I don’t have a set amount of hours that I work day of. We are there from beginning to end.

The end of a perfect day! Is Katrina still here? Yes, she is!  Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

The end of a perfect day! Is Katrina still here? Yes, she is! Photo by Kelli Hodges Photography

Lesley: How do you deal with family politics?
Katrina: I always encourage couples to tell me if there are issues they are concerned about, so I can be aware and make sure nothing happens on the day-of that the couple doesn’t want happening. I also tell my clients that if they are disagreeing with a family member about something they want, they can tell them that I agree. For the family member it’s hard to argue with a professional, and if they aren’t happy about it they can just be mad at me instead of my client.

What’s your perfect vacation?
My perfect vacation is a Hawaii get away with the family.

Hire a planner and enjoy your day with family and friends instead of stressing!  Photo by Justin Patton

Hire a planner and enjoy your day with family and friends instead of stressing! Photo by Justin Patton

Lesley: Who are you and what are you interested in?
Katrina: I am a 31 year old mom, married 10 years with two beautiful children that keep me entertained, and a business owner. I like to do multiple things at once and keep this mind busy. I thrive in chaos, although I don’t go looking for it! I love problem solving, so I do a lot of sudoku puzzles. Netflix binges are a must! Hikes with the dogs are great once the weather is nice.

Katrina can make sure all the vendors know exactly where to be!  Photo by Lesley at Events on 6th

Katrina can make sure all the vendors know exactly where to be! Photo by Lesley at Events on 6th

Lesley: Where did you grow up?
Katrina: I grew up in Washington. I left for California for college, but knew I’d always end up back here and moved back right after getting my degree. Like literally the day after my last class. I was ready!

What’s your creative process? Do you ever get stuck? What do you do?
I like to be inspired by other people’s work as well as architecture, landscaping, and fashion. If I get stuck I take a break, go for a walk, and return with a clear head. Being creative is my all-time favorite thing.

Katrina helps bring it all together. Beautiful!  Photo by Lesley at Events on 6th

Katrina helps bring it all together. Beautiful! Photo by Lesley at Events on 6th

Lesley: What is your proudest planning moment?
Katrina: My proudest moment was during the recent snowmageddon when the DJ canceled last minute so I had to find a replacement. Since I have been in the industry for so long and have so many fantastic vendors on my contact list, the DJ I found was awesome and the couple was very satisfied.

Favorite planning related tip(s) for wedding couples?
Check out our Instagram (@loveblooms) every Tuesday where we post our favorites tips weekly :)

Thanks so much, Katrina! It was so fun to get to know you, learn about your creative process, and hear about all the planning you can help wedding couples with!

Love what you see? Check out the Love Blooms Instagram for more beautiful inspiration, the website for more info, or just give Katrina a call! She loves making your wedding day at Events on 6th special and amazing, and is happy to offer you a 10% discount for your wedding here!

Katrina Allen - Award winning wedding planner and florist

Love Blooms Wedding and Event Design

website: www.lovebloomseventdesign.com

Instagram: @lovebloomsweddings

(425)681-2249

Interested in a wedding at Events on 6th? Come on in for a tour!

A Fantastic Florist - Meet Katrina from Love Blooms

Katrina from Love Blooms creates amazing floral for your wedding!  Photo by Rebecca Anne Photography (This pic is not at Events on 6th)

Katrina from Love Blooms creates amazing floral for your wedding! Photo by Rebecca Anne Photography (This pic is not at Events on 6th)

Welcome to this continuing series where you get to meet many wonderful vendors who will help you enjoy the entire experience of getting married! Planning a wedding can be pretty overwhelming, so finding ways to stay sane is pretty important, right?

One great way is to choose vendors from your venue’s preferred or suggested vendor list. Here at Events on 6th, I get to see so many vendors in action; why not choose someone I know will do a great job for you? Reduce your choices, reduce the overwhelm, and have a wonderful wedding!

How stunning is this!?  Photo by Rebecca Jane Photography (This pic is not at Events on 6th)

How stunning is this!? Photo by Rebecca Jane Photography (This pic is not at Events on 6th)

Today, I’m sharing my interview with Katrina, owner and superwoman of Love Blooms. Katrina offers the convenience of many vendors within one company; she can virtually do it all! You can choose to hire her for everything or just one thing; whatever works best for you!

While she does offer event design, coordination and planning, chalkboard art and décor rentals, and set up and tear down, today I’m focusing on her custom floral work. If you want amazing flowers, check out Katrina at Love Blooms!

Lesley: How do you view a couple’s wedding day?
Katrina: My couple’s wedding day is so important, so I take every action to make them know it’s important to me as well. I want them to look back and think nothing but good thoughts about their wedding and have nothing but great memories.

What do you enjoy about your work?
I get to design and make flower art every day. What’s not to enjoy about that?!

What a gorgeous wedding! Don’t you love how all the flowers and colors work with the couple’s southwest theme?
Photos by Kelli Hodges Photography. Floral by Love Blooms.

 

Lesley: How does the process work...what happens when a couple decides to meet you?
Katrina: We sit down (typically at a coffee shop) and chat about their vision. I then create a quote for them to review. The cool thing is if they decide to book with Love Blooms they can change anything on that quote up to 3 weeks before their wedding so they have time to make sure it is exactly what they want.

How do you work with them to get their floral vision to reality?
I sit with my clients and listen to their wants. Most have pictures of flower arrangements they like so I help design that desired look taking into consideration their budget and availability of flowers. I also have a ton of fun rentals so I can complete the look right down to the table number!

What’s your creative process?
Pinterest has become my go to. It allows me to get into the mind of my clients. I love figuring out what they want and how I can make it happen for them while being in budget. It’s part of my problem-solving mindset!

A beautiful summer wedding! Photos by Kelli Hodges Photography. Floral by Love Blooms.

 

Lesley: How did you start doing floral?
Katrina: I had a client I was coordinating for who asked me to help do her floral. She didn’t have any money in her budget for a florist and asked me to do her a favor. I had no idea what I was doing and stumbled every single second of putting her flowers together but I had a blast doing it. Everything turned out beautifully and she was so happy.

What is your proudest floral moment?
My first large wedding setup with a seating area, full floral ceremony setup and a gorgeous reception site transformation. I couldn’t help but stand back and say “I did this, this is my work” as I looked at the venue in awe.

What’s your favorite style?
I love organic arrangements. Lots of greenery and texture!

An elegant wedding with green and white! Photos by Randy DeMoss. Floral by Love Blooms.

 

Lesley: What do you love about doing floral at Events on 6th?
Katrina: I love that no matter the weather it won’t affect the aesthetics of the wedding. It is already so beautiful, so the flowers and décor just enhance the beauty.

What is your favorite floral you’ve designed at Events on 6th?
I love that Events on 6th has the ability to do hanging installations as not all venues do. We did hanging greenery wreaths in the reception hall for a New Year’s Eve wedding, and they looked incredible.

Amazing hanging floral wreaths! Photo by Lesley at Events on 6th (sorry, wish I had a better one!!) Floral by Love Blooms.

 

Lesley: What other things make you unique among florists?
Katrina: I am different from other florists because of my all inclusive options. We can coordinate your wedding, provide floral, or just décor rentals. We offer the ability for clients to pick up the flowers at our studio anytime, or we can setup and deliver everything on the order. Also, we do not have a minimum so we can accommodate any order for our clients. Big or small!

What other fun stuff is going on with you? What keeps you excited about life?
I have two children that keep me busy! A 7 year old son and 1 year old daughter. I have also been married for 10 years, and he keeps me on my toes! I like to do multiple things at once and keep this mind busy, which as a mom, wife, and business owner is essential! I thrive in chaos, although I don’t go looking for it! :)
I do love problem solving, so I do a lot of sudoku puzzles!

Expansive and wild to simple and classic—there’s no minimum, so you get what you want! Photos by Justin Patton. Floral by Love Blooms.

 

Finally, a few more quick questions!

Favorite color? Coral

Favorite flower(s)? Anemone, ranunculus, and peonies!

Most unfavorite flower? Dusty miller!!! It looks so pretty but it wilts sooo fast!

Favorite floral-related tip for wedding couples?
To not get stuck on a certain shade of one particular color. Flowers are a natural product so they differ from week to week.

A few more photos of Katrina’s work that Lesley took, so, the photos are ok, but the flowers are amazing!

 

Thanks so much, Katrina! It was so fun to get to know you, learn about your creative process, and see all the fabulous flowers!

Love what you see? Check out the Love Blooms Instagram for more beautiful inspiration, the website for more info, or just give Katrina a call! She loves making your wedding day at Events on 6th special and amazing, and is happy to offer you a 10% discount for your wedding here!

Katrina Allen - Award winning wedding planner and florist

Love Blooms Wedding and Event Design

website: www.lovebloomseventdesign.com

Instagram: @lovebloomsweddings

(425)681-2249

Interested in a wedding at Events on 6th? Come on in for a tour!

Reduce Your Choices, Reduce Your Overwhelm! (or One Simple Way to Keep Your Brain Sane While Wedding Planning)

A perfect setting (unless you like something else…)   Photo by Ink And Grain

A perfect setting (unless you like something else…)
Photo by Ink And Grain

Congratulations!! You’re engaged, you’re ecstatic, and it’s all pretty awesome right now!
The ring, the happy friends and family, the sweet love-of-your life...you’re on cloud 9!

So...how does something so fun and amazing become so stressful?
Planning a wedding is super fun, but it can be like a full-time job, right?
And while you’re loving all things wedding right now, it can get pretty overwhelming.

So. Done. With. Planning.  Photo By Jessica Uhler

So. Done. With. Planning. Photo By Jessica Uhler

That’s where a preferred vendor list can really come in handy. Your venue probably has one, and it’s a great way to reduce some stress. Events on 6th has a preferred caterer list, a preferred florist, and then many suggestions for your other vendors like coordinators/planners, DJs, photographers, and musicians.

I know, you’re thinking, but Lesley, I want to see all the things and weigh all my options...
I want my day to be PERFECT, and I don’t want to miss out on anything!

This aisle at the store brings me to my knees. I just want some toothpaste.

This aisle at the store brings me to my knees. I just want some toothpaste.

Yes...I get it, but wading through so many things and having to make so many decisions will wear you down and for some couples, the planning just becomes too much and what’s supposed to be exciting and happy becomes a chore.

Giving yourself some limits, like choosing from a preferred list of vendors can really help reduce the stress. You only have so much brain space; save it for the fun stuff!

So calm, so relaxed…clearly they chose from the preferred list!  Photo by Something Minted Photography

So calm, so relaxed…clearly they chose from the preferred list!
Photo by Something Minted Photography

There is a difference between a preferred list and a required vendor list. Some venues require you use a certain caterer and only that caterer, and some offer a choice between a few.


A preferred list will have flexibility, so you’d be able to choose a vendor not on the list, likely for an additional fee. So if you’re really feeling the desire to search far and wide for the best photographer ever, you can still do that! Focus on the things you really really want perfection in. :)

Venues offer preferred lists because they want your wedding day to be amazing. They see wedding after wedding, and they see which vendors are great at what they do. They aren’t going to recommend someone who’s going to do a bad job. Let your venue do some vetting for you!

So, reduce your choices, reduce your overwhelm and get back to fun and happy and over-the-moon!

No more decisions and over-the-moon!  Photo by Mayfield Photo and Film

No more decisions and over-the-moon!
Photo by Mayfield Photo and Film

Stay tuned for a series of interviews, where you can learn more about the fantastic Events on 6th vendors. Reduce all the choices you have to make and consider the vendors on our preferred list!

First will be our preferred Florist, Katrina at Love Blooms. You’ll learn about her and her mad skills, and later, I’ll help you meet several wonderful planners/coordinators.

Interested in a wedding at Events on 6th? Come on in for a tour!

Photo by Something Minted Photography

Photo by Something Minted Photography



Interview with a Vendor - Jessica Uhler, Photographer

Gorgeous!

Interview with a Vendor - Jessica Uhler, Photographer
 

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 at Corina Bakery in Downtown Tacoma

I first mistakenly pulled up to the previous location of Corina Bakery, but a quick call to Jessica revealed it was just around the corner in its new location next to The Grand Theater. We enjoyed some lovely coffee drinks and breakfast snacks (mocha and delicious yogurt with granola for me!), discussed my ineptitude at social media, and talked at length about Jessica’s photography business.

She’s covered weddings as both the primary and secondary shooter at Events on 6th, and photographed a beautiful wedding there earlier this summer: http://jessuhlerphoto.com/2014/09/events-on-6th-tacoma-wedding

It was really great to meet Jessica and get to know her. Here is my interview with her. Enjoy!

What do you love about shooting at Events on 6th?
The light in the sanctuary is just so golden and lovely; it’s so hard to find nice indoor light, but Events on 6th really has it.

What’s your photography style?
I really look for that authentic interaction between people, so my style is more of a documentary style, one that captures the story of the whole day: what it felt like for the couple on their wedding day. I love to capture the personalities, especially in those ‘in between’ moments. Sure, I can set up a formal shot, but I know how to wait for and capture those hidden moments, moments sometimes the bride and groom are not even aware happened.

What happens when a bride and groom decide to meet you?
I always meet with the bride and groom to hear their story and to see how we fit together. It’s so important to have good chemistry and understand a couple’s priorities when it comes to photography. The best photographer for you is one you feel comfortable with. I want the bride and groom to feel relaxed and not stressed when I’m near them on their wedding day. It’s supposed to be fun, and I love to feel like a guest at their wedding. I don’t want any bride and groom; I want the right bride and groom for my approach to a wedding day. If they are looking for an artistic telling of the whole story of the day than we are likely a great match.

How do you work with them to get the best photos?
We always talk about their priorities; the main things they want to remember, the little shots they want captured. I give them a questionnaire and that helps me figure out the best way to capture their day. I like to be clear, so that everyone knows what to expect. I also know great places near to Events on 6th for outdoor portraits, even when it’s raining! Tacoma has such a variety places to shoot portraits; we talk beforehand about the style of shots they would like, whether it’s Washington woods, or Tacoma urban grit, and work out a timeline for the day for both the outdoor location shots and the indoor Events on 6th shots. I like to set aside a good chunk of time in the wedding timeline to create beautiful portraits for my couples.

What other things make you unique among photographers?
I limit the number of weddings I do a year, so that I can fully pay attention to those couples. I want to provide great customer service with fast turn-around, so that you have your wedding photos as soon as possible. I offer skillfully-done photographs presented in a way that truly captures the whole wedding day, but they are not just photos, because after all, you’ll have guests with cameras and phones, but I work to give you artwork, full of artistry and creativity. I did not have great photos at my wedding, and I regret it. After all the planning and work, after the whole day is done, what you have are your memories and your wedding album. It truly is your first family heirloom. It’s an investment, and I take it seriously.

What other fun stuff is going on with you?
I am excited about being featured on a large wedding blog this next March, and as always, I’m happy to be making portraits of lovely families. Besides weddings, I shoot families in their homes, again in the documentary style, sort of a story-telling session. I love to capture the true interactions between family members in their own home. I also have the chance to do some work with organizations overseas next spring and I’m very excited to be giving back in that way.

What is your favorite photo you’ve taken at Events on 6th, and what’s the story behind it?
I think the photo above of Bethany during the ceremony is one of my favorites because it tells so much about the couple’s personality and really the whole tone of the wedding. Her father performed the ceremony, which was incredibly moving and full of personal anecdotes and love and laughter.

That’s it!  Thanks, Jessica!  Check out her website at: http://jessuhlerphoto.com

Stay tuned for more fun interviews with vendors!