Welcome back to another installment of Real Weddings Magazine’s Partner Profiles!
Today, we highlight Kate Miller from Kate Miller Events (this girl is so darned creative…we just want to stand next to her in the hopes that some will rub off!). Take it away Kate!
Kate Miller Events™
Tell us a little about your company? We are a boutique-style wedding and event planning firm offering services to Sacramento and all over Northern California. We offer wedding coordination, wedding planning and design, as well as stationery services via KME Paperie™ and Luxecuts™, our bespoke stationery line crafted from unexpected materials.
When did you establish your business? Kate Miller Events™ was first established in 2008.
What sets you apart from your competition? We believe that not every planner is the perfect match for every bride. By asking the right questions in our initial consultation and being very detail-oriented, we are able to determine that we will be their perfect fit! We are also very tech-savvy and utilize many virtual technologies to stay organized and accessible.
Where do you find inspiration? I find inspiration everywhere, but I stay tuned to the main avenues of design in fashion, culinary trends and interior design – as these are where most wedding trends start. To stay tapped into the wedding scene, I review hundreds of wedding, design, foodie and fashion blogs almost daily.
When you opened shop, what was your promise to your customers? Clear, honest and thorough communication with both my clients and vendors to ensure that each wedding day is as stress-free as possible.
Do you have any hidden talents? I love to karaoke and I regularly sing music at home accompanied by my talented piano-playing husband – but I am by no means the, “Singing Wedding Planner”!
What trend do you see upcoming? The fine line between interior design and wedding design is blurring. Furniture, patterns and textures from interior design trends are being translated into wedding decor themes – most especially Mid-century Modern and Hollywood Regency home decor.
Photos above by Jen Stewart Photography.
Photos above by Sarah Maren Photographers.
What’s your favorite local restaurant?I have four and I would have a hard time listing any one of them as my true favorite – they are: Bistro Tuli, Ella, Magpie Café & Market, and Mulvaney’s B & L (in alphabetical order, so as not to play favorites).
What is your favorite fun thing to do locally? When I’m not working on a Sunday, I frequent the Midtown Farmer’s Market (8th and W streets, underneath Highway 80) and the monthly Sacramento Antique Fair.
What color(s) gives you the most joy? Black – it’s dramatic, elegant and well, to be honest, slimming. I love the new trend of black, cocktail length bridesmaid dresses – fun and flattering for all! Turquoise is my new favorite trend for 2010 and it pairs well with gold, coral, red and lots of other fun combos! Lastly, taupe is my absolute favorite neutral – it adds warmth where white seems stale.
What song is the soundtrack to your business day (or at least to how you feel right now)? I prefer upbeat music during the work day – something that helps me dance through my To Do list! If I could only listen to one album all day long, it would be Royksopp’s Melody A.M. or Junior.
Cake, Cupcakes or Cookies? Cupcakes are a well-loved favorite (especially the Tiramisu cupcakes at Babycakes), but lately, I’ve been obsessed with the French macarons from both La Petit Paris and Ginger Elizabeth Chocolates. They are a fabulous addition to any dessert table!
What is your favorite flower? Creamy white dinner plate dahlias or yellow peonies make my day – anything fluffy and elegant!
Where is your favorite place to travel? Most recently, Mexico – there’s nothing like laying on the beach with a Kindle in one hand and a mojito in the other!
What’s your favorite local charity? I run for charity several times per year – the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Nike Women’s Marathon (in San Francisco) and the Sacramento Food Bank & Family Values’ Run to Feed the Hungry. And, I was recently asked to join the Wish Upon a Wedding Founding Board.
If you weren’t in the wedding industry, what would you be doing? I would be a technical specialist for a software company that specializes in Business Intelligence and Reporting for IBM mid-range servers. Was that too specific? To put it shortly, I’m a bit of a geek.
What three things are you most grateful for in life? I am eternally grateful for my Family (including my husband and pets), Chocolate, and Bubble Baths.
If you were to plan your own wedding, or re-do your wedding, what element would be most important to you? If I could change anything, I would hire a planner that I trust and love so that I could enjoy the day sans the stress of trying to do everything myself – and let’s be honest, food was always number one on my list (I loved my wedding caterer).
What is the best advice you can give to brides and grooms getting married today? Remember to make time to stop, enjoy your engagement, and focus on your relationship – marriage is much more than a wonderful celebration, it’s a lifetime of love.
Anything else you’d like to share with Real Weddings Magazine’s brides? If you think a wedding planner is out of your budget, try searching for a planner that offers Day of Coordination services. At the very least, they will be able to help tie up any loose ends, confirm your vendors, make sure all goes well on the day of and be your wedding day advocate so that you can just kick back, relax and enjoy your special day!
Find out more about Kate and Kate Miller Events by visiting her Web site!