Antonia Christianson Events

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

I was born and raised a Virginia Beach gal and I take great pride in making my clients feel at home in my hometown. About 70% of my clients no longer live in Hampton Roads, so when they are away I take it upon myself to make sure everything they need is done, as if they are here. I really take pride in helping each client make their wedding a unique event for their guests. I take great care and work diligently to make sure that every bride and groom have their own personalized experience and to make their day exceptionally special.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

A big factor that influenced my decision to move into the wedding industry had to do with being raised in the social events industry. My grandparents owned a large food distribution plant that allowed them to travel up and down the east coast to attend banquets and conferences. I was often allowed to travel with them and see these events that helped create my inspiration to become an event planner. Also, my mom was very involved in event planning and owned her own catering business. Since I grew up in this environment, I have always loved the little details of the events that make them so unique and extraordinary. So when I graduated college and went into the corporate event world, I immediately felt like this was my calling. My company has continued to evolve and grow along with our clients

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

I have experience in various areas outside of wedding planning ranging from non-profit organizations such as Susan G. Komen to P.R. Marketing and Brand Launch Events as well as radio promotions and corporate planning. I’m very grateful for these opportunities and for the ability to expand my experiences. I work to apply what I have learned from these experiences to my company and staff to help my business grow and develop. I enjoy putting my time and effort into helping these other organizations or companies because of the positive effect they have on society. Also, I believe my staff, which consists of a wide variety of women, provide a tailored experience to my clients and enable them to interact on a personal level.
* Words of advice.

I have a few words of advice. Don’t let your friends’ opinions take control of your decisions for your wedding. They can give great suggestions, but what it boils down to is what you want for your special day. Take the time to remember why you’re getting married. Next, make sure you spend as much time planning yourmarriage as you do your wedding. Last but not least, finding inspiration online is always great but making it your own is what will make the wedding a unique and fun experience.

* Why is having a planner a must? 

There are so many aspects to an event planner that people have no general knowledge of. We are responsible for many big and little pieces of the overall puzzle that help it come into place at the end. All of the wedding details are equally important and make a difference. I help bring all those choices to light with each client so they know what to expect and what they want for their wedding. Between the arrangements of seating to the confirmation of vendors the week before, we help the bride and groom out with as much as we can. Planners help greatly with the client’s piece of mind but we also make sure each client has a unique experience catered to their preferences.

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Emily Weddings

Meet Emily Peterson with Emily Weddings!

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

Our service is personal. You’re not just hiring a planner – you’re hiring a group of professionals that will cater to every detail of your day.  We not only care about your wedding, we care about you, and we want every bride to feel that from the first meeting.

* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

Since we are not just one planner, we all started differently.  Emily Petersen began singing at wedding ceremonies, and quickly realized her love of the industry.  She progressed to a mistress of ceremonies, and is now a Professional Wedding Consultant with twelve years of experience.  She then built her team of professionals that all share a love for weddings and each bring something amazingly different to the group.

* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

You can find a little bit of everything inside our company – mothers, sales reps, dance instructors, we have it all.

* Words of advice.

Never settle.  You have one day that is all about you, and it should be exactly what you want.  We are here to make sure that happens.

* Why is having a planner a must?

We are there on your big day to represent you.  The caterer will represent their food, the photographer their pictures, etc.  We are the only vendor that is entirely and completely there to represent you.

Waterford Event Rentals, LLC is proud to work with Emily Weddings!! Check out some of her work below and on Emily Weddings Facebook page. 

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Vivid Expressions

* What sets your service apart from other planners?

We are the region’s 1st Wedding Planning & Design company to create custom illustrations depicting your wedding designs (bouquets, boutonnieres, ceremony design, reception design, or centerpieces/table-scape design) and present them to the Bride & Groom as part of the planning process and bringing them to life. We like to say it’s like the design shows on Television – taking each couple from “Concept to Creation to Celebration”.
* How did you get started in the wedding industry?

I was introduced into “weddings” when my own wedding took place 2 days after the Governor of Virginia issued a “State of Emergency”. I orchestrated my wedding only 2 days after Hurricane Isabel devastated Virginia in 2003. Although 2/3s of the state (including the city were the wedding was held) experienced statewide loss of power, flooding, and other obstacles the wedding was a success. This experience was challenging, emotional and unexpectedly inspired. After 3 years of intense research, industry education, and development we opened the doors in 2006.
* What experience do you have outside of wedding planning?

When working towards my Bachelor of Fine Art my worked for several years as a Caricaturist at Busch Gardens Williamsburg. I received my degree in Art in 1995 and then worked in a number of non-profit and education organizations like the Virginia Symphony, Portsmouth Museums (including the Children’s Museum of Virginia). I’ve also worked with some creative organizations like such as PR & Marketing Director for Animax LTD (Animation Studio) and a Marketing Manager at Decipher Inc. (an Entertainment & Gaming Studio). Before starting my own business I also worked as a Contract Corporate Trainer for the (then) world’s largest telecommunications company and Marketing Contractor for the U.S. Air Force.
* Words of advice.

When talking to your Pro don’t just share the things you want or things that you like. Let them know what you don’t like. I was speaking with a Bride about Floral Designs. She told me, ”Oh, I like all kinds of flower, I don’t have preference.” She showed me a bunch of pictures of styles she like. I then asked her, “Tell me about the things you can’t stand. You don’t want anywhere near your special day”. She, once again said she’s open to anything… oh, except roses. “I can’t stand roses”. The pictures she showed me indeed had roses in them. Now, of course we do concept drawings of the designs first but can you imagine what it would have been like if she was handed a bouquet with roses in them? Don’t just bring images of what you like but tell your Pro your “Wish List” (if I could have anything in the world) and your “Must Haves” (Things you simply will not compromise on).
* Why is having a planner/designer a must?

I was once coordinating a wedding where the venue had a fire alarm go off while the Bride was getting dressed. The venue was not on fire but they had to evacuated. My team and keeping our beautiful Bride & gallant Groom calm. We got the photographer and their assistant to take the Gentlemen in the front of the building to take some stunningly suave pictures while, in the back, the photographer also took pictures actually on the Fire truck. Do major disasters happen at every wedding? No, but there are literally hundreds of details and thousands of dollars (and memories) invested into this special day. A Professional can help you save time, money, find the best and most reliable resources, to create your worry-free wedding day experience. Most Professional planning service providers offer a range of services from Hourly Consulting services (ideal for the DIY Bride who may need coach and guidance on where and when to get the best bang for their dollar) to full-service complete luxury planning and everything in between.

* Add any additional information you would like.

Vivid Expressions LLC is a full service Wedding Design, Wedding Consulting, Fresh Floral Designs and Creatives services (such as Caricatures and Designer Candy Buffets) company. I personally have 2 Certifications in Floral Design. We have a Consulting Office in Norfolk and a Workshop in Virginia Beach and happily serve clients throughout the Hampton Roads region, DC, and beyond. We are also proud to be the In-house Wedding Consulting and Design Company for the historic Granby Theater in Norfolk Virginia.

* Contact Information

Vivid Expressions LLC


Telephone: 757-802-3199 (Toll free: 888-878-4843)

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