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Meet the Sweetheart Girls, Kathlene

Vancouver Wedding Planner, Sweetheart Events, Day of Coordination, Wedding Planner, Vancouver Wedding, Vancouver Bride, Christine Pienaar Photography

Hi friends! I’m Kathlene – a wedding day and office assistant for the SHE team! About a year and a half ago, I started my journey into the wedding biz with Sweetheart Events. I’ve learned so much about the wedding industry through the SHE team and I can’t wait to share with you my experiences!!! Keep reading below 🙂 

How I Got My Start Into the Wedding Industry

My journey into the wedding industry was definitely an eye-opener for me. Ever since I was young, I’ve always loved planning events and paying attention to the little details. It wasn’t until a few years into “conventional” post-secondary, that I decided I wanted to change my career path. I wanted to be happy and creatively challenged, so I followed my passion and entered the world of event planning!

I met with Stephanie for coffee one morning and left knowing I made the right choice. It was her bubbly personality, passion for her business, the industry, and her couples that convinced me that I wanted to be apart of Sweetheart Events. Luckily, it wasn’t long until I was offered an amazing opportunity to intern, and later on work, for Stephanie and Sweetheart Events… and, well, the rest is history 🙂 

What To Expect As A Wedding Day Assistant

As an assistant, you are an extension of the lead planner. As a team, we support and trust each other, and divide and conquer which always gets the job done smarter.

Some of our normal wedding assisting tasks can include: setting up and taking down the ceremony and reception space, cueing in the bridal party for their entrances, communicating with other vendors and helping everywhere else in between. But keep in mind, all weddings are different and tasks can totally vary.  

That being said, sometimes we get stuck doing other things that are not expected. That could be anything from being the “unofficial DJ” and trying to figure out the logistics of an audio system, rounding up herds of family members for family photos, or making last-minute trips to Ikea and Michael’s to find more photo frames and place cards. With many deep breaths (and back up plans), we always figure out a way to make things work!

My best tip to survive a full wedding day? Bring some water & snacks and wear comfy shoes! Trust me, it’ll save you.

Favorite Part of the Wedding Day

My favorite part of any wedding day is definitely any of the “first” moments that a couple shares – first looks, their wedding vows, and first dances. I also love seeing how each couple incorporates their personalities and personalized details into their overall wedding day!

At the end of the day…

Although we work mostly behind the scenes, wedding assistants are definitely still an essential part of a wedding day.

If you’re someone who is detail-oriented, self-motivated, friendly, has a passion for weddings and all things love and always one step ahead – you’ll fit right in with the SHE team! 🙂

I’m so grateful to be in the wedding industry and glad that Steph and I took a chance with each other. I honestly work alongside the kindest, most humble, talented and hardworking group of gals and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Working with Stephanie & the girls of Sweetheart Events is a literal dream and I love them all to death! xo

Favorite Weddings I’ve Assisted On

Check out some of my fave weddings I’ve had the pleasure to assist on!

Kalia & Ben – Poplar Grove Winery Wedding
Caitlyn & Mike – Sky Hangar Wedding
Into The Woods – Twilight Inspired West Coast Wedding

Where else you can find me

Let’s be friends on Instagram!

Interested in joining the SHE team?!?!

We’d love to have you! Hop on over to our NOW HIRING 2016 blog post for all the application details. Hint, hint, I’m looking for more than just your resume. Applications due Saturday, February 10th.

The SHE girls can’t wait to meet you!

Photo Credit: Christine Pienaar Photography