Interview with Emily Jeffress of Lace & Brass Events
Photographer: Jaimee Morse // Planning, Design + Decor: Lace & Brass Events
1. Tell us about yourself and your company.
My name is Emily Jeffress and I am 27 years old. My husband and I moved to Bayfield County from Northwest Indiana in 2012 and absolutely fell in love with this area! Since then we have had a son, daughter and settled permanently in Cornucopia.
I started Lace & Brass Events in 2014 and it has been an incredible dream to see it grow. As a wedding planner we work with couples from the very beginning of their planning process. We keep track of the budget, guests, checklists, RSVPs, payments, contacts etc all while communicating with the vendors throughout the entire process. We work with the couple on designing the wedding style and decor. We attend vendor appointments and basically guide you through wedding planning keeping it stress-free and a happy experience for you! On the wedding day we manage the wedding party, oversee vendor set-up, facilitate the ceremony and much more!
We also offer day-of coordination and event design services along with really unique all-inclusive elopement packages and a sailboat elopement package!
2. How did you get into wedding planning?
After spending a year and a half planning, designing, and creating my entire wedding, I realized I not only loved doing this but I was really good at it! I then helped friends with some of their wedding planning and began hearing a lot, “You should do this for a living!” I decided to do just that. I found that there was a real need for a wedding planner in the area, seeing as Bayfield did not have any local wedding coordinators or planners before.
3. What’s your favorite part of the job?
I love seeing all of the work we have done together come together beautifully on the wedding day. It makes me incredibly happy to see my clients blissfully enjoying their wedding day while we take care of all the details and coordination.
4. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned during your job?
Expect the unexpected! Unfortunately situations like a faulty generator or red wine on your wedding dress aren’t planned but we are prepared for situations and handle them calmly and carefully!
5. Are there any trends you love or would love to see couples leave behind?
I absolutely love that couples embrace what feels right to them. Whether that is a beautiful large event or something incredibly small. This is one of the main reasons we created our all-inclusive elopement packages in 2016! We hope couples continue to follow their heart and not feel pressured to do something that isn’t right for them.
6. What advice can you give to couples who are in the midst of planning their big day?
Pinterest can be such a great tool while wedding planning but it can also cause some struggles for couples. Sometimes there are too many fun, unique things you would like to include in your wedding, too many DIY projects you would like to do or too many decor pieces you want to squeeze in somewhere. Narrow down your wedding “board” to what you actually want to have at your wedding and go with it!
Updated November 2017