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.

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