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Check Out Rae Grijalva’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Rae Grijalva.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began my career a little bit differently than most in the event industry. I was working in a program at a theatre fresh out of high school, learning my way through production of theatre from lighting design, prop building and display, sound engineering, and finally working my way to stage management. I absolutely loved theatre and the opportunities it gave me, plus the way the arts helped shape me as an adult and center.

My focus was incredible, and especially loved stage management. I wanted to see how I could take my education and experiences gained in that world and apply it to the events world, knowing eventually I wanted to create my own business and follow my passion of being an entrepreneur. I worked my way through college, applying to as many internships and volunteer programs as possible to be well rounded in the events world. I went from venue management to conducting large festivals and corporate events, finding my past could be applied so well in the events world. In the end, after graduating, I knew my passion lied in weddings and social events. The love and emotion behind these events, getting to know my client’s personalities and creating a day so unique and wonderful to them is what drives me in my career. I started my business with a dream and started small, borrowing favors from friends to help me out, only providing day-of coordination, attending as many educational seminars as I could to get better and better for my clients and my business. Over the years, I brought on a business partner. We have a team of five consecutive staff members for our weddings, we have expanded to design and full wedding weekend creation, and opened a new brand recently, with a complete focus on full planning and design for weddings and events.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
I believe, like anything in life worth having, you have to work at it. Being a business owner is one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences. It’s one of those things where you pour all or nothing in, take the big risks, and work to make it successful and see your dreams grow. The journey to where we are in our business now has had its highs and lows. We have gained and lost amazing team members, made our fair share of mistakes, and taken risks that haven’t panned out or weren’t the right time. We have been incredibly blessed in our business by the relationships of amazing friends in the industry that have helped us along the way and clients and vendors putting their faith in us and continuing to refer us or educate us. This past year in itself has been one of our biggest road bumps and learning experiences. We have mourned the loss of special functions with our clients, lost many clients and business to these unforeseen circumstances, and have had to learn how to adapt to a world where our passion of bringing people together for unforgettable moments could no longer happen, and how to evolve from that while also supporting our clients, industry family, and ourselves.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I specialize in curating authentic and timeless moments for my clients and their guests from each touchpoint that they interact with at a wedding or event. Our company is known for truly taking the time to sit down and get to know our clients not only from a personal perspective about what makes them unique but from an event standpoint as well, what draws them to a venue, what different pieces of an event or wedding excite them the most, what about their history and the esthetic of a place can we bring into the design of an event. The goal of each of my designs and plans for a wedding or event is for the guests to feel the truly unique style of the function from my clients, from first touch point whether that be an invite suite or a welcome bag, to the very end of that wonderful farewell moment. Esthetic and cohesive design of an event is just as important to us as client/guest experience, and we custom select designs, elements, and vendors to create each piece.

I believe my history and education in theatre sets me apart from other planners and designers, as I have a full understanding of each element that comes together to create a complete production from lighting to props, to sound, to special effects at just the right moment, and respect each of these vendors and their expertise to come together and create these perfect moments. Stage Management is very similar to wedding and event planning. I consider my client the Director, take their direction and inspiration, apply it to each vendor and work together to create the production. I’m most proud of creating our recent new brand, Silk and Sabal. This is our full planning and design brand. Though we have a history of full planning, I felt that I wanted to elevate the experience and that our clients deserved that. By keeping this brand focused on full planning and only allowing a limited number of events per year, this keeps the focus on our client throughout the process and gives them our undivided attention.

Do you any memories from childhood that you can share with us?
During my childhood, my parents believed in traveling and camping and showing us the world as much as they could. One of my favorite memories from my childhood was a trip my family invested into Yellowstone National Park. The whole trip was an unforgettable experience. I fell in love with nature and the beautiful esthetic and all of the pure moments we had the opportunity to experience together as a family.

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KT Crabb Photography
Kristen Weaver Photography
Casie Marie Photography

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