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Posted By: Jamie
You know when you follow someone on social media for ages and then you finally meet them in-person and they're exactly like you'd hope they'd be? Well this is precisely the feeling I had when I met Geomyra of Geomyra Lewis Events. Not long after I came off stage after speaking at the Signature CEO Conference last year, she came up and introduced herself and I'm so glad she did! She's creative, business savvy and as warm and energetic as ever. Which is why I was over-the-moon thrilled when she agreed to let us feature her in our Planner Profile series for March.
Image: Anny Photography
Okay, I can't wait any longer for you to meet her! Here we go...
Please tell us a little about yourself and how you ended up as a wedding planner?
Growing up, I always knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur. While studying business management in college, I decided to take a wedding and event planning course my junior year. Ever since then, a piece of my heart has been tied to the wedding industry! Less than three months after graduation, I opened the doors to my wedding and event planning company. Twelve years later and I haven’t looked back!
What sets you apart from other planners in the industry?
Our industry is filled with an incredible pool of talented planners and designers. My clients and vendor partners are drawn to my calm demeanor, positive outlook, and the depth of my experience that I bring to the table. Although I love designing all the pretty, glitz and glam, planning the logistical details are my fav.
Image: Hieu Pham Photography
Please describe your ideal client.
My ideal client is more focused on building a solid and meaningful marriage over anything else. My clients tend to be people just like me who are busy professionals, loves to travel, enjoys spending time with their family and friends, and looks forward to a wedding day they can enjoy without worrying about all the details.
Please describe your signature style.
My signature style is timeless, elegant, sophisticated and polished without feeling stuffy or overwhelming,
What trends are you seeing this year?
Trends that I am seeing this year include couples ditching the rules and marching to the beat of their own drums. From intimate over enormous, to variety of matchy-matchy, couples are stepping out of the box and doing what feels natural to them.
Image: Hay Alexandra Photography
What’s your favorite way to enhance the guest experience?
I am all about the guest experience! I love when I get to work with my couples on designing the guest experience. I am a huge fan of spoiling your wedding guests. For those that have traveled and spent money to come and celebrate with the couple, enhance their welcome with a custom, jaw-dropping welcome box. End the night with a fun, but meaningful favor or surprise!
What’s the best advice you have for brides and grooms to be?
Hire a planner! 😊 Seriously, a planner will allow you to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. If you have never planned a wedding, you have no clue what’s in store and the adventures ahead. Thus, having the best vendor team is crucial if you want to enjoy your celebration with your family and friends without worrying about the numerous details.
Best part of being a planner?
I am very blessed to do the work I love and share in someone’s most important day to date. To know that I play a role in a couple starting a new journey together is truly an honor I do not take lightly. No two couples are the same; Thus no two weddings are the same. My job is filled with a new twist and turn each day!
Image: Hieu Pham Photography
Most challenging part of being a planner?
When you are the captain of the ship, you should be two steps ahead of everyone. Planners are leaders, problem solvers, therapists all wrapped into one. I always say that as the planner, you have to be “on” so you can provide the best service and experience for your clients, but your vendor partners as well.
Biggest wedding disaster and how you overcame it?
I’ve been very fortunate that we haven’t had any major wedding disasters. In our earlier days, we’ve dealt with a bridezilla or two. By knowing our ideal client, we’ve been blessed to work with great couples and execute their vision seamlessly. Any planner will tell you that no wedding goes off without a hitch. However, it is our job to be the calm in the midst of the storm and bounce back as quickly as possible.
Favorite wedding tradition?
I love wedding traditions! Anytime that my clients have the opportunity to honor their family traditions is always super fun. I love a good hora dance, watching couple’s jump the broom and the serenades that the Greek fraternities and sororities participate in.
Image: Terri Baskin Photography
Fave celebrity wedding?
I must say that Gabrielle Union and Dwayne Wade’s 2014 wedding stands out to me. Their celebration seemed authentic, fun and filled with love and support from their family and friends.
Fave color palette?
A classic ivory, black and mixed metallic wedding is right up my alley! You can never go wrong with neutral hues.
Fave spot for a destination wedding?
I’m a sucker for a destination wedding. Over the past twelve years, we have planned weddings on the West coast, Charlottesville, Dominican Republic and a handful of other fun destinations. We are thrilled to return to Mexico this summer to gorgeous Punta, Mita.
Image: Dani Leigh Photography
Fave ‘something blue’?
A piece of fabric from the bride’s grandmother’s garment woven into the bride’s gown is beyond special. Anything that has a sentimental meaning is always a good idea.
Hydrangeas are my jam! I love the fullness of the bloom and it can be paired with other flowers to make a bold or soft statement as needed.
Fave Insta feed these days?
@Binspiredthemag pulls together some of the best wedding inspiration.
@cake_ink has the most beautiful wedding cakes and designs.
@meganhess_official is so talented, and I appreciate the diversity she pulls into her work. @beckiowens is one of my favorite interior designers. So much inspiration from all of these guys!
Image: Anny Photography
We hope you've enjoyed getting to know Geomyra as much as we have! If you haven't already, follow her on Instagram and Facebook and Pinterest. To get caught up on past Planner Profile posts, visit here! Thank you Geomyra. We absolutely loved learning more about you and we have a feeling that everyone else has too!