Happy Tuesday, friends! Today is the second installment of our newest blog series, “Meet the Pros.” You’ll remember from last month’s introductory post that this series is meant to be a resource for you brides searching for the best team of professionals to bring together your wedding day vision.
Today we’re introducing Alyssa Gable, the talented wedding and event planner behind Lovely & Bubbly Events. We’ve recently had the opportunity to partner with Alyssa on a few styled shoots and have been so impressed with her ability to come up with a clear vision for an event and execute it with precision, down to the last detail – a skill that no doubt has been honed by her background as an engineer. We’re excited to introduce her to you today on the blog and know you’ll love her work as much as we do!
Q: Where are you from? Where do you live/work now?
A: I grew up in Carroll County, MD and have lived in MD my whole life! After going to college at Loyola University in Baltimore, my husband and I bought a home in Montgomery County once he got hired as a police officer there.
Q: When did you start Lovely & Bubbly Events?
A: It feels like LBE has been part of me for so long, but it actually only officially launched in April 2015!
Q: When did you first become interested in wedding & event planning?
A: LBE has always been a dream of mine even before I knew what it was. I knew for a while that I wanted my own business, but never had the courage to start it or even knew what I wanted it to be. After my husband and I got married in January 2015, I knew I had finally found my passion! I absolutely LOVED wedding planning and just wanted to do it again and again! A chat with my own wedding photographer inspired me to finally get started on my dream of owning my own business. I started brainstorming ideas in February right after our wedding and launched LBE in April! Since then, the wedding industry in general has pushed me to keep taking the steps I need to take to continue growing LBE. I’ve met so many amazing vendors who are so willing to build friendships with me and teach me things that would otherwise take me years to learn. Those relationships are truly what continue to make me passionate about this business.
Q: What inspires your work?
A: Love! There’s something so special about being able to be a part of someone’s wedding day and seeing a couple start the next chapter of their lives together. Being a small part of that means so much to me and I take it very seriously. I love hearing a bride’s dreams, building her inspiration board, and seeing her get excited over the little details! Immediately after booking a bride, I feel like she’s one of my best friends!
Q: What do you love most about the work you do?
A: I love the relationships I’m building, both with brides and vendors. This industry is filled with some of the sweetest, nicest people I’ve ever met in my life and it’s so inspiring! They inspire me creatively and personally, encouraging me to be the very best version of myself.
Q: What is the most challenging aspect of the work you do?
A: Right now, I also work full time as an engineer. So, the hardest thing for me is learning to balance my full time job with LBE. Sometimes I just want to get home and spend hours doing LBE work, but I have also learned recently that I can’t say yes to everything. Learning to slow down and go at a pace that is maintainable is definitely hard to balance.
Q: What has been your proudest moment/accomplishment in your business?
A: I have two! The day I booked my first bride – I was SO excited!! And also – the day the editor from Washingtonian Bride & Groom emailed me to ask if they could share a recent shoot I had published on my blog. I know it may seem small to some, but it meant the world to me!
Q: Do you have any advice for aspiring wedding & event planners?
A: Get connected and do styled shoots!! There are SO many vendors in the industry willing to share knowledge and be your friend. Put together your own Facebook group of new planners and lean on each other when you’re going through a rough time. Community is key! Also, styled shoots! You don’t need to wait around for someone to ask you to plan one. Plan your own and reach out to vendors you look up to. Styled shoots are a great way to network with vendors AND build your portfolio at the same time 🙂
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