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Erika of Flutterfly EventsThis week I am pleased to introduce one of our Full Members, Erika Unbehaun of Flutterfly Events…….

It all started in my University’s career centre. I went to take a personality test so I could find a job suitable to my personality and skill set.  Wedding planning came out at the top followed by floristry! The industry was calling my name. I started planning weddings in the United States before moving to London and starting FlutterFly Events. 

Do you have a favourite venue?

There are so many beautiful venues in the UK it’s hard to have a favourite.  I love the art galleries at the Wallace Collection, Claridges, and Eltham Palace to name a few.

How would clients describe you? 

I’ve been referred to as a fairy godmother, an angel and tinkerbell but I think all my clients would describe me as creative, organised, enthusiastic, and great sense of humour.

Wedding planner you admire?

Linda Howard from Linda Howard’s Sensational Celebrations based in Southern California.  She’s super creative and always comes up with the most glamorous wedding design.  I love a wedding that has a bit of glitz and glam, with flowers everywhere, beautiful draping and creative details throughout. Every wedding she designs is a fairy-tale come true.

How do you unwind?

I still watch Sex and the City episodes nearly every night before I go to bed!  Though fictional, Carrie, Charlotte, Miranda and Samantha are really the best friends any woman could ask for.

What themes are you working on for 2010? 

I have a British Colonial theme with focus on Hong Kong in the 1920s.  This theme is so unique and has it has been a blast coming up with creative ideas!  Inspiration comes from the most unexpected places.  I’m also working on an all white wedding (lovely!) and a couple blue and white palettes. 

What trends are you seeing? 

 I’m seeing a lot of fish tale dresses this year, photo booths, fruit being used in lieu of flowers, and different shapes and sizes of tables for the wedding reception.

 Is the job as glamorous as you thought? 

Absolutely not, but I love it!  I always tell aspiring planners that the hours are long and stressful but if you’re passionate you will succeed. 

What is your vice?

Sugar Free Nestle Quick Chocolate Milk.  My mom sends me packages every few months because you can’t find this in the UK!  Thanks mom. xoxo

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