Today we are thrilled to present you with an interview from Teresa Lee of Rex and Regina!  Teresa is a fantastic wedding planner whose main goal is to make sure each couple gets a wedding they love.  It was such a pleasure to read her interview and we are excited to share it!  Get ready -- here's Teresa! Teresa Lee of Rex and Regina

How did you get started in the wedding business? The idea to start my business came to me after helping at my best friend’s sister’s wedding. I was there that night just to be an extra set of hands but it turns out they needed a lot more than that! By the end of night I had played the role of a day-of coordinator, server, bartender, busgirl, and more. I was beyond exhausted and could barely walk on my blistered feet after I got home, but despite all of that, I turned to my husband and said, “I just had the time of my life.” I started my firm a month later.

I launched the firm even while I was still working full time as a vice-president at a major Fortune 500 company.  While I loved my job, the 24-7 work and the long commute (3 hours round-trip each day), made it difficult for me to find time for other things.  The idea of combining my 15-years of event-planning experience with my passion for hospitality AND being my own boss was too appealing to pass up.  I took the plunge almost four years ago and I have never looked back.

What do you do when you are not working? My husband and I are foodies – we love to cook and try new restaurants.  We also just got a Labrador Retriever puppy, Fletcher, and she has changed our world!

How would you describe your approach to weddings? Our name reflects our approach to weddings.  Rex & Regina is Latin for king and queen.  The firm is rooted in royal hospitality; when kings and queens entertained, their courts became an extension of their family.  I think that is such a beautiful concept.

Each wedding is an opportunity for brides and grooms to extend gracious hospitality to their friends and loved ones.  While we always focus on aesthetics and making an event beautiful, we never forget the guest’s experience and always strive to view the event from their eyes.

What inspires you in your work? My clients.  Each is so unique and comes to their wedding with thoughtful, creative ideas; their energy is contagious and encourages me to continue to grow and challenge myself in my work.

What do you find the most rewarding about your job? I think all planners find joy in seeing the final result of many months of labor and love that goes into planning a wedding.  Seeing the bride’s glowing face, the groom laughing, the proud parents—these things are so fulfilling and worth all of the work.

What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? I wish everyone knew that we approach absolutely nothing in a cookie cutter way.  Each event is unique and distinct and we take pride in bringing customized, fresh perspectives to every wedding we work on.  We never force our ideas on a client; we view ourselves as an extension of them, working to make their unique vision come to life.

What do you think sets your company apart from other planners? To me it is very important that the spirit of the wedding and marriage does not get swallowed up in the aesthetics.  We don’t focus solely on the visual experience of a wedding, we focus on each and every experience the guests will have during the event.  We want them to feel the gracious hospitality that my clients want to extend to them as they celebrate their wedding day.

Also, nothing is beneath us.  We do whatever it takes to get the job done—whether that is schlepping boxes, climbing ladders, running after buses that pulled away with the wedding rings, filling a generator in the pitch dark… you name it!  The day is not about us, it is about our clients.

What do you love about weddings? I love being behind-the-scenes working to make sure all of the details come together perfectly and then seeing the bride and groom stress-free throughout the entire night.

What do you hate about weddings? I hate to see how stressed some of the couples get during the planning process.  I believe that the planning process should be as fun and joyful as the wedding itself.  I focus on trying to keep my clients calm during the process and make sure they can enjoy planning every step of the way.

What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? Some of the coolest things I’ve seen at weddings are things that honor special guests—a cake and candle to celebrate the father-of-the-bride’s birthday, a gift to honor godparents, special dedications during a ceremony to loved ones who have passed away… these things are so touching and significant.

What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Have fun!  Enjoy the process.  Don’t feel pressured to do what is “traditional” or expected.  Make your wedding a reflection of you.

Who is your favorite artist or band? Christopher O’Riley playing Radiohead

What is the worst song of all time? “mmmbop” by Hanson

Open mic, final thoughts: Do what you love.

[Evan] Teresa, thank you so much for allowing us to interview you - it is always such a pleasure to work with you and see the strong passion you have for what you do!