She was living in Tokyo, working full-time, and coordinating a ceremony in Australia with guests attending from the US, Korea, England, and Singapore. Needles to say, she had a lot on her plate. As the maid of honor I was eager to shoulder some of the burden, so I happily offered to act as the liaison between her and her guests. I fielded endless RSVPs, maintained a detailed guest list, answered questions ranging from etiquette to accommodations, and provided her with a weekly update containing pertinent info. This was in addition to arranging & throwing the requisite bridal shower and rallying the rest of the bridal party to make sure they knew their own duties, followed through with fittings, and made timely travel plans.
I loved it. I was great at it. I felt deliciously indispensable. Everything about the process excited and fulfilled me, from the interaction with the bride and her gu ests to choosing the floral palette for her shower. Rather than finding myself overwhelmed by all the responsibility, I relished it, and I realized that everything about the process played to my personal strengths.
After that initial experience I began coordinating as many events as I could on the side of my then-career in the entertainment industry, but by the end of the year I realized that nothing else I could do would make me happier than helping to design and plan life-changing events, and the side dish became the main course. I haven’t looked back since.
I believe that for a planner to be successful and love what she does, she must have three crucial personality traits: creativity, an almost lunatic attention to order and detail, and a fundamental desire to make people happy. For better or worse, I have those qualities in spades, and they are the catalyst for developing events that are imaginative, seamless, and (most importantly!) intensely personal. When I reflect on that first wedding, I believe that the reason it was such a success was that my intimate knowledge of my friend allowed me to create the perfect atmosphere for her both during the planning process and at the actual events, and that is something that I strive to bring to all my events today.
As the daughter of a Buddhist Korean mother and a Roman Catholic Italian father, and as someone who’s lived in or traveled extensively through over a dozen countries around the world, I celebrate diversity and welcome clients from all cultures, faiths and orientations. I take meticulous care to ensure that a bride and I are a good match before agreeing to undertake the important task of helping her plan her dream day, and as a result I am extremely selective with my clients. I also keep to a strict rule of booking no more than four weddings a month, and never on the same weekend. This allows me to promise you with 100% confidence that you will receive the attention you deserve, and that your wedding will be inspired, stress-free, and truly one of a kind.
Now that you know a little about me, I hope to get to know you soon and enjoy the honor of helping you make your wedding wishes come true.
Wishing you love, laughter and health,
Camilla Ghedini is the owner and principal planner/designer for Element Weddings.