We have had the opportunity to work with Bernadette and her fabulously talented team on quite a few weddings, and without a doubt, the food is always as delicious as it is beautiful! Now, blog readers, you can get to know more about Bernadette. Here we go!
How did you get started in the wedding business? I have worked in the food service industry since 1991 and attended Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC. After moving to Virginia I knew I wanted to be a wedding planner and started searching for a catering company that had flexible time schedules and found that in Purple Onion.
What do you do when you are not working? I have a family and enjoy baking, hiking and cooking whenever possible!
How would you describe your approach to weddings? I approach weddings with a very detailed mind. Everything needs to go perfectly, or someone will remember and I only want them to remember that everything was perfect. I know we only get one chance to make it memorable and that is the ultimate goal.
What inspires you in your work? Creativity inspires me most and my love of the foodservice industry as a whole.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? Most rewarding would be the praise of a bride and groom for a job well done whether verbal or written and the accolades from my peers as well.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? I wish everyone knew we stand ready to create a memorable reception for brides and grooms and can cater to their personal style.
What do you think sets your company apart from other caterers? We provide traditional American fare with a twist of sophisticated style and we provide a knowledgeable staff that doesn't treat the couple like a number. For this reason we do not currently offer open tastings because it doesn't allow us time to get to know the clients individual needs.
What do you love about weddings? I love creating the dream wedding for couples and seeing their expressions when they enter the reception hall to what we have created.
What's the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? I think the coolest thing ever at a wedding was a bride honoring her mom with the Mother/Daughter Dance instead of just a Father/daughter Dance. There was not a dry eye in the reception hall
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Take time to date during planning! It is about the rest of your days after the wedding, not just the wedding day.
Who is your favorite artist or band? Billy Joel -- I am from New Jersey originally and he is a true artist.
What is the worst song of all time? Nelly: "It's Getting Hot in Herre!" I had a couple dance their first dance to this. It was horrifying for their parents and their guests were extremely embarrassed!
[EVAN] Wow...and I thought I'd seen it all, musically speaking! Bernadette, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with our readers. Can't wait to work with you again soon!