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Get to Know the Founders | Emily Mitchell

1. How did you get into events? Did you always know you wanted to be an event planner?

No, I didn't always know I wanted to be an event planner! I went to Radford University and graduated with a BS in Advertising and a minor in Graphic Design. I actually went up to NYC right after college to look for jobs in advertising and graphic design (on top of applying locally in DC), but nothing ever came of it.

I have always naturally been a bit of a planner - I planned birthday parties for friends and family members, baby showers, etc. and always seemed to be the one leading the charge when it came to trips, nights out-- whatever! So with my knack for planning and creative background, I thought "Hey, maybe I'll give this a go!" I started volunteering at events and marketing myself as a day-of coordinator on craigslist. The rest is history!

2. Where do you get inspiration for event designs?

Well, in most cases it first comes from the client -- 90% of the time they have a vision that gets you going. From there I try to bring in a pattern, a pop of color, or other fun elements that elevate the design. It's kind of like building in layers...with the top layer being personal touches that are unique to the client and their event. Of course we also find inspiration in things we see everyday - a storefront, a photo from a magazine -- you name it. I keep these in my back pocket for any client who gives me complete creative freedom :-)

3. What's the best part of starting your own business?

Being in charge of my own schedule and getting to work with one of my best friends.

4. What is the best part of being on site at a wedding/event?

I love the set-up. Each vendor comes in, sets up, and the event comes together over several hours... like a big perfect puzzle. It's truly thrilling! Then, as cliche as it sounds, I love the moment when the couple sees each other for the first time, whether at the end of an aisle or during a first look - it gets me every time!

Lighting Round:

Favorite color? Blue

Favorite food? Anything Mexican

Favorite trip you've ever taken? Italy

Favorite restaurant in DC? Rose's Luxury! I've only been there once and it was, hands down, the best meal I've ever had!

Best hidden gem in DC? I'm not sure it's a truly hidden if you ask anyone who lives here, but Blagden Alley and City Center certainly feel hidden!


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