This month’s Vendor Spotlight is the first wedding planner I’ve interview, and I’m so excited to share! Dana Johnson of A Lark Creation plans and coordinates some of the most beautiful weddings and events, and it’s an honor to share more about her! If you have a wedding or an event coming up, and you need help planning or coordinating then Dana is your girl!
We met a few weeks ago for coffee at one of the best coffee spots in Charlotte to talk weddings and get to know one another a little bit. I loved hearing Dana’s story, and I can’t wait to work with her in the future! She let me interview her, and today I finally get to pass it on to you!
How did you get started with wedding and event planning?
I LOVE Gilmore Girls, and I first knew that I wanted to be a wedding and event planner because Lorelai always made it look like so much fun!
Ha! That’s awesome! And is it everything Lorelai made it seem to be? 🙂
Yes and no; it is everything I dreamed it would be in that I have had so much fun putting together events for some wonderful couples. What I didn’t expect was the wonderful community surrounding event planning. I have made some amazing contacts with other vendors and look forward to them growing into full fledged friendships.
What is your favorite moment in a wedding?
My favorite parts of a wedding are unique elements of a couple’s faith or culture that they weave into the day and share with their guests. I also love first looks and just the pure joy in that moment!
Do you have any current favorite wedding trends?
I love how people are incorporating elements of nature that usually aren’t what you’d normally see at weddings.
What is your personal favorite thing to incorporate into weddings and events?
I adore bringing in personal touches even if it is unnoticeable by the guests. Brides have added pieces of their mother’s or grandmothers’ dresses around their bouquets or full-on embraced their geeky side planning an entire event around their love of Star Wars and Harry Potter!
Do you only do weddings or are you willing to plan other types of events, too?
Weddings have never been the only thing I wanted to plan; I would LOVE to plan family reunions and birthday parties! Anything that brings people together to celebrate life is on my professions “wish list.”
What would you say to entrepreneurs who are just starting out to help them on their way?
Network, network, network (especially before children come along; it definitely gets harder to do), and work your way up in the community of event planning. Intern for other companies to learn the ins and outs of all aspects that make an event memorable. Never stop learning new things.
What one piece of marriage advice do you wish all couples knew?
Be willing to compromise to keep things from breaking, and remember friendship is the foundation of a lasting relationship.
Anything else you’d like to add?
I have a strong case of wanderlust and look forward to being able to do a destination wedding 🙂