A warm welcome to Krista from KJ and Co! Tell us a little about what you do! In short, I'm a wedding freak-out interventionist.
In fancier terms: KJ and Co. is a boutique event planning and design company based in Burlington, Ontario, known best for one-of-a-kind weddings and celebrations.
How long have you been working in the wedding industry? Nearly 5 years as KJ and Co., working events since I was 15 years old.
What makes your business unique? I love the planning and organizational side of things as much as designing a beautiful and meaningful event. Making a spreadsheet is as exciting to me as pinning table decor inspiration. Having strengths in both logistics and design takes a huge load off my clients' plates. I find brides are either planning focused and would struggle with a cohesive decor scheme on their own. Or they're thrilled to talk design, but they've got no idea where to start with planning the event as a whole.
Favourite part of your business? Seeing things through is SO satisfying. As we work our way through a planning timeline and work out details on-budget, step by step, I love seeing everything come together. Wedding day is the ultimate culmination of all that hard work.
What inspires you? I love that the memories of the wedding day live on forever. Each detail is meaningful and a part of such a special day, not just a beautiful event to be featured. It's about the memories and creating a setting for them.
Who is your mentor/hero in the industry? (your own industry or the Niagara wedding industry) It's impossible to pick one. But I really enjoy seeing the work of pros in California. There's some really awesome work happening there, from some neat personalities.
On your day off...where would we find you?
In my free time, I'm usually taking it easy snuggling my new baby Hannah and hanging out with my husband. I love to shop and decorate. Deal hunting is my thang!
If you weren't a wedding vendor, what would be your dream job? I'd love to be a house flipper. Getting to design a new house every month or two would be tons of fun.
What great wedding trends are you seeing this year? Masculine colours are making their mark. Blush is still incredibly popular, but I love to see event colour palettes with out it. Navy in particular is popping up again and again.
Do you have any practical advice for couples planning a wedding? Take your time! Whether you have 3 months or 18 to plan your big day, put thought and consideration in to each decision. Make sure a vendor or venue is really a fit for you. Just because your date is available, the price is right, or your friend used them ... are they really what you want? Take time to consider and evaluate each choice.