Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Introducing... Leah VanBoxel, Lead Event Planner

It is with great enthusiasm that I announce the next chapter of Pearls Events!!

Leah VanBoxel, who has worked under my direction for the past four busy wedding seasons, will be taking over as the Lead Planner and eventually as owner as well. I could not be more thrilled about this decision moving forward and she is just as excited as I am!

I began Pearls Events in 2007 as a small planning & design business. It was always my intention to employ creative people and provide hardworking individuals an enjoyable place to channel their desire to create gorgeous weddings, and organize the tedious details. I am proud of this small business, but it was never my intention to own the business forever.

In the past two years, I've been focusing my personal time on restoring homes, and last year made the official leap to open True Home Restorations, in addition to Pearls Events. With my growing family, working weddings (mostly on weekends) wasn't ideal. And while I LOVE so many of the clients I've worked with over the years, I'm ready to hand over the reigns of Pearls Events to someone who is as passionate about people, planning and design as I was over eight years ago.

I will stay on board for the next 6+ months as we make the official transition to her as owner, but since Leah has worked with me for so long, I'm not sure she will need much direction! There is a lot of back end work that I've done over the years that I haven't trained anyone to do, so a lot of office time will be scheduled together to make that as seamless as possible.

Of course, I have a few clients this season (honestly, I cannot say no - weddings & enthusiastic brides make me happy!) and both Leahs have their own clients. And there are a few clients that I will still work for in the coming years (shout out to you, Mrs. J.G.!!) as events arise, but at the end of the 2015 wedding season, I officially hang up my Pearls Events hat!

Leah grew up in West Michigan and comes from a family of entrepreneurs. She has been passionate about people and events since she can remember. She lives in a fabulous little condo in Grand Rapids and loves city living. I look forward to seeing where she takes Pearls Events in the years to come.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Real Wedding | Jackie & Patrick

Couple | Jackie & Patrick, 9-6-14
Event Planner | Carole Erbel of For the Love of Mackinac!
Event Design | Pearls Events
Photography | Andrejka Photography

This wedding was unlike any other we've ever worked on! The main reason was because the wedding was held on Mackinac Island, which if you're not aware, is an island were there are no motor vehicles. Getting everything to a venue on an island that functions with horse drawn carriages and bicycles as their mode of transportation is quite a logistical feat! We had to reschedule our initial site visit from December to May because of ice on the big lake - the boat literally could not get us there.

Logistics aside, it was a fabulous day in September for the most fabulous of couples. It started with a call from the wonderful Mackinac Island wedding planner, Carole Erbel. That's right - Pearls Events acted as an event designer only in this wedding, and WE LOVED IT!

Working with Carole on Mackinac Island is a must. She lives on the island and knows it like the back of her hand. She focused on all the planning and coordination of the weekend, and Mary & I (plus four guys to haul all of our rentals alongside of us...) focused on the design elements. We were more than HAPPY to work alongside of ladies of BLOOMfloral Design to transform the Cypress Room at Mission Point Resort.

From the chargers & linens, to the exterior bars & vintage lounge furniture - it took two days to install every single detail on-site. And in the end, it was all worth it - Jackie & Patrick were thrilled, their family & friends had an absolute ball, and it was one for the books on our end!

Since I did not plan this wedding, I don't know all of the vendor details as I normally do. If you're looking for vendor recommendations on Mackinac Island, get in touch with Mackinac Island wedding planner, Carole Erbel!

Real Wedding | Lindsay & Matt

Couple | Lindsay & Matt
Ceremony & Reception | Blue Dress Barn
Makeup | Angie Miller
Photographer | Studio 6.23
Videographer | Highway 61 Films
Florist | Posh Petals
Linens | Pearls Events
Vintage Rentals | Fancy Fray
Entertainment | Final Say
Catering | Two Unique
Rehearsal Dinner | Painted Turtle Inn
Dessert | Spoonlickers
Pearls Events Services | Event planning, design & coordination

With their first anniversary quickly approaching, I had to share the most amazing July wedding day that unfolded last summer. Lindsay and her mom, Barb, were wonderful clients to work with - clients you wish you had every single year. I truly mean that. Let's do it again, okay ladies??

Lindsay planned much of the day herself, and Pearls Events designed it alongside her. We had dreams of a Southern Glam soiree, inspired by their new home in Charleston, NC. In the end, Pearls Events jumped on board with last minute planning when her and Matt were moving across the country from Chicago. Everything came together at the Blue Dress Barn with soft pinks, punchy coral and a touch of mint and sparkle on the most magical of days in July.

Lindsay & Matt are expecting a new little bundle of joy, a boy!, in August. Wishing them nothing but the best for years to come!!!

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