Eighteen21.com spoke to CP Events owner and operator, 29-year-old Springfield native and animal lover Carolyn Pemberton, about career transitions and her joy for wedding planning.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I was born and raised in Springfield! However, I did leave for a short absence with my family to live in North Carolina for about 4 years then came back and our family had moved to Rochester where I attended Jr. High and High School! I currently live in Springfield now with my sweet husband Adam, we have been married for little over a year and have two fur babies Zoey (German Shepard) and Sadie (Dachshund). What I love to do to give back to the community is to offer classes at my full-time job to women on car care, but currently my husband and I will be starting to volunteer at one of the local animal shelters here in town.
Why did you decide to open CP Events?
I decided to open CPE when I was transitioning from a job that I had in Champaign and wanted to come home, I had missed my former job at The State House Inn as The Events Manager, and decided I would open a wedding business that could be affordable for brides and also show my creative side.
What services are offered through CP Events?
I offer several different services. I like to market myself as an Al-A-Carte option.
• Day of planning services
• Set up and take down of wedding or event
• Rental items
• Vendor Coordination
Or you can simply hire me for a few hours for the day or reception service.
Where is CP Events based out of right now?
Well, it’s currently based out of our basement, but it’s functional and works for me because I only do so many weddings a year.
When did you do your first wedding?
I would say my first wedding was of the spring of 2013 when I was at The State House, but as CP Events, it was February of 2014.
How many weddings have you done since starting CP Events?
I would say around 17 weddings and events. I know that doesn’t seem like a lot, but my focus is on my brides and I only like to have one wedding a month.
What would you say is most rewarding about what you do?
I would say what’s most rewarding about CP events is seeing the faces of my brides and her family. The bride works so hard on her vision for her big day and I take a lot of pride in what I do in order to create my client’s vision.
Based on your experience, when should people start to plan their big day?
Well, I will say that it varies. I have had to put together a wedding in a month before and for another we are already booking out into 2018. I feel that because I am organized and I love to plan weddings, I am able to help out any client under any kind of time crunch.
Let’s talk wedding planning and trends. What’s popular right now?
The trend I am seeing for 2017 is more jeweled tone colors and lots of natural looking flowers such as greens, ivories, and whites. I am noticing a lot of my brides love gold colors and sequin table cloths in any color.
Rustic, homespun barn weddings filled with branches, lanterns, and nature-inspired décor are popular and the vintage wedding trend is still going strong. Many couples opt to include family heirlooms within their décor, giving a personal touch to their vintage wedding.
I think it just depends on the bride and her style. I like my brides to think outside of Pinterest and to start our own trends.
What do you find most challenging about running your own business?
There are challenges with running your own business and working full-time, but I am a strong believer in the work-life balance and if you schedule out your time and are organized, you can be really successful.
Are there any other businesses that you are partnering with for event planning?
I like to give back to the community and work with local business, not anyone in particular because I like to give business to all.
Any big changes coming in the New Year for CP Events?
I have thought about making pre-designed centerpieces that are available for rent.
This would include: A wooden slab with three candles, some eclectic jars filled with hydrangeas or wild flowers, a table runner, and table number.
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