Happy Friday, heartful humans! Today, we’re featuring #girlboss and Atlanta-based wedding planner that’s using her brilliant mind and amazing design skills to create unforgettable events (and give back!).
Stephanie Carolyn Anderson, a Nashville native, is the owner and creative director of carolyn a. events, an event design and planning studio that specializes in custom luxury weddings and events. Her philosophy centers on meshing a client’s unique vision and style with the design process to create incredible and stunning events.
We had the chance to talk with Stephanie about being her own boss, her sheroes, and how she’s helping to empower other women.
What made you want to start your own event planning business?
My background is a mix of design and engineering and, out of college, I was looking for something that fit the structure of engineering but also allowed me to use my design skills and be creative. I researched countless fields and professions and found wedding planning and design to be the perfect fit. I worked as an intern and associate planner for about 3 years and then decided to I wanted to try it for myself!
What are some of the biggest challenges of running an event planning business?
One of the most challenging aspects of running any business is keeping your motivation up and personal engagement high; it’s only exacerbated when you work for yourself. Instead of pulling inspiration and support from a boss or coworkers you have to search other places and find ways to encourage yourself. It can be difficult at times, but it makes it all the more rewarding when you succeed.
What inspired you to be a charitable vendor?
I have always been surrounded by powerful and accomplished women; from my mom to my grandmothers to best friends, I have had women beside me every day encouraging me and pushing me to excel. It has been through this that I was able to step out and start my own business. It’s also because of this, that I knew I needed to give back and, as a company run exclusively by women, I wanted to focus on using our gifts to empower and support other women.
What do you do to give back? What type of charities do you support?
At carolyn a. events we support Wellspring Living, a restorative organization that focuses on victims of sex trafficking. Wellspring believes in not only rescuing women from at-risk situations but also giving them the tools to succeed and thrive once they re-enter society. When a client chooses our Wellspring package, we commit to give 10% of their final rate to Wellspring Living in their name on their wedding day. We also encourage all of our employees to volunteer their time at Wellspring and offer our clients opportunities as well!
Any advice for brides-to-be as they start their wedding planning process?
In our work, one of the largest issues we see is that many couples feel pressure to conform their wedding to traditions and expectations — they have to have a cake cutting, second cousins are required guests, and house-ware gifts are a must. What many couples don’t realize is that they can make this day completely and comfortably their own. It’s important to identify which elements are important to you and your fiance. From there, don’t stress about the smaller details that you could care less about. Also, a wedding planner can guide you through this process and take charge of those tough conversations with great aunt Hilda when she demands you have a garter toss!
Know a wedding vendor that’s going above and beyond to help others? Leave us a comment and we might feature them next time!