We continue our vendor interview series today with a few words from two very awesome ladies: Katey Clark and Ashley Bertrand Amtmann of Lemon & Lime Event Design! The two of them are an absolutely joy to work with and their dedication to providing their clients with an incredible experience on their wedding day is so apparent. Here's Katey and Ashley to tell us a little bit about themselves and their business!
How did you get started in the wedding business? Katey and I both come from a corporate event background but knew one day we wanted to start our own business(es) in the private event field. After talking about it (for a long time!) we decided that now (about 2 ½ years ago) was the time to take the leap before we really started growing our families - Ashley was newly married and Katey didn’t know it but her boyfriend was proposing soon! And so… Lemon & Lime Event Design was born! Weddings and private events are so much more personal, we really bond with our clients and LOVE that about the wedding industry!
What do you do when you are not working? Ashley - I’m a new mom and adjusting to the role of parenthood which has been quite an adventure. Otherwise, life outside work is all about spending time with my pup, Bailey, and my husband. I love finding new things in the area to discover - restaurants, parks, etc. I’m also always ready to pack my bags for a weekend away with friends.
Katey - Right now I’m trying to plan my own wedding! But when I’m not doing that, or working with one of our awesome clients, you can catch me running through Towson with my goldendoodle, Oxford.
How would you describe your approach to weddings? We like to get together with our clients and really get to know them before jumping into the planning. Talking about how they met, the engagement, what they like to do for fun, what’s important to them, etc etc. All of these things influence their special day. Weddings are so personal, we want to make sure the day really reflects them.
What inspires you in your work? The couples for sure! It’s all about making their day all about them and a reflection of their love story. We want to give them the most perfect day possible!
What do you find the most rewarding about your job? How happy the couple is at the end of the night. That makes all of the planning and work worth it. Knowing that all of your work and the couple’s came together to make such a memorable and special day in their lives.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your business? Being a wedding planner is not as pretty/glamorous/easy as J.Lo makes it look in the movie! We have very long weekends with over 14+ hour days.
What do you think sets your company apart from other planners? Our ability to zero in on what the clients have in mind for their wedding. Most of our couple’s come to us with an explosion of Pinterest photos but we’re able to decipher the commonalities in each and pull together what they truly have in mind. We pride ourselves on being able to create a variety of different looks instead of just having one design niche, we think clients really appreciate that! We also plan beautiful weddings that are really well run. At the end of the day the guests won’t remember your beautiful decor if they were starving, freezing, or getting bit by mosquitoes all night. Combining our love for both design and planning is really how our company has grown so quickly.
What do you love about weddings? Our favorite moment is when the bride starts her walk down the aisle. Aside from the huge sigh of relief I breathe knowing everything moving forward is taken care of, I LOVE the expression on her face as well as the grooms. To watch the two of them in that moment is truly special.
What do you hate about weddings? Call us traditional but when guests wear white to the wedding! I cannot get on board with this “trend.” Leave the white to the bride unless she tells you otherwise. Come on ladies, show some respect! We also don’t like all of the pressure that some of the planning puts on the couples, not from us of course! Sometimes families/friends can really overwhelm the couples with doing things this way or that way. It should fun, stress free, and special...leave the crazy at the door!
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding? At one of our recent weddings, friends of the couple choreographed a dance that they performed at the beginning of the reception. The first few minutes was a solo to Indian music with the friend being dressed in a beautiful sari, she was later joined by a larger group to a mix of songs. The couple and guests LOVED it!
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding? Try not to stress and have fun! If you’re not having at least a little fun then something is wrong. Sure the wedding weekend is a party but don’t forget that the whole point is so you can marry your best friend. At the end of the day, that is what matters. And of course….having the best time ever!