Archive for November, 2015
WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS was recently blessed to have Hiromi Okuyama knock on our doors and be part of our Internship Program.
Hiromi was instrumental in many weddings and in the day-to-day runnings of our fabulous and crazy office. Never complaining, always smiling and willing to put in the hard yards. Being an Event and Wedding Planner one needs a lot of patience. We are confident that Hiromi will go far with this attitude and ensure a long and prosperous career if she choses to continue in this industry.
Hiromi – we wish you all the very best for your future and your next adventures in Japan. Enjoy and don’t forget to stay in touch!
Here’s what Hiromi had to say about her time spent at WRP.
What are three things you learnt about being a wedding planner?
One. Through the internship and getting to know the industry I have realized that wedding planning is an industry where you are dealing with so many clients, suppliers and stakeholders, and therefore having the confidence and knowing exactly what you are doing is crucial in order to direct and convince people that you are someone that they could work with.
Two. Weddings are a particularly expensive event to hold and because of this, suppliers and clients want the best out of what they are going to get. I was able to see the business side of weddings in terms of financials and understood that it was definitely not all glamourous but instead involved a lot of money, time, thought, endless amounts of emails, phone calls, interactions with many different people and many months of hard work.
Three. Sometimes clients and suppliers have different perspectives of what they want from a wedding. As a wedding planner they are put into the middle and must be in demand and make sure that both clients and suppliers are able to find a common understanding where they are able to both be satisfied.
What was the best part of being part of Team WRP?
My favourite aspect of wedding planning was to probably see all of it coming together on the day of the wedding. So many suppliers would come in and transform the venue from zero to something really amazing. Claire and Oliver’s wedding at Carriageworks was one that I felt this especially with and was such a good experience to take part in. I thought that this part of the wedding where different people with different knowledge of events come and work together to create the end result was what made working with weddings worthwhile.
Any learnings that made a lasting impression?
Watching Bree work, she was always on her feet. I was overwhelmed at her capabilities of making phone calls and putting things into action straight after, which again was another trait I thought I would like to take away, not just in terms of weddings/events.
Recently we attended a Chet Faker concert at the Sydney Opera House. In between sets the maestro himself requested the entire audience put away their devices (for the duration of minimum one song). We cheered on at this seemingly simple request. In our eyes – it was bloody brilliant (pardon the French). For three and a bit minutes the entire concert was filled with people just watching the magic as it played out. Never again to be repeated or reproduced. I guess you had to be there, right?
The process when one engages a wedding planner goes a little something like this…
In the final weeks prior to wedding day we meet at WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS HQ and discuss the entire wedding day. From the minute the bride and groom wake up in the morning to the last guest departs at the end of the night.
No detail is off limits. Nothing is left to chance.
Believe it or not, the ceremony has everyone more curious than a cheshire cats grin. Questions like – What do I do with my bouquet? Who will cue my bridesmaids and I down the aisle? What will my celebrant be wearing? Where will the ceremony move to if it rains? What do we do after we both walk back up the aisle as Mr and Mrs? You get the picture, right…?
The one question that has everyone stopping in their tracks is when we ask them – ‘Do you want guests to take photographs during the ceremony?’.
As one would imagine WHITE RABBIT PROJECTS witnesses many a magical moment between bride and groom on a weekly basis. This seemingly candid moment is something that every photographer sweats for hours on end to capture. After all, there is only one opportunity to get that shot of him seeing her walk towards him down the aisle for the first time (no pressure!).
Let’s face it. Waiting for the bride – you love it, we love it, everyone is excited to see her walk down the aisle and rightly so. However, there are some guests who have been known to feel themselves somewhat compelled to capture every step she makes down the aisle sans a care in the world.
Whatever happened to living in the moment some might say?
If you don’t know how to pose the seemingly awkward topic, why not ask your celebrant to make a quick announcement before the ceremony and request your privacy to have an unplugged wedding. Your guests can enjoy the day and leave the documenting up to the professionals.
Here’s to being present in the moment. Amen.
This photo sums it up pretty much in one sentence…
[Image by Thomas Stewart]