We had the good fortune of connecting with Evelyn Sell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Evelyn, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Growing up I was always doing something that was creative, whether that be painting, sewing, drawing etc. At an early age I would walk into a room and start redesigning it in my head, it was just the way my brain operated. In high school and college I took fashion design classes, interior design and architecture classes. I knew I wanted to do something in one of those fields but I could never put my finger on exactly the best path to go. Then it clicked, I would be a wedding planner and designer. I can’t tell you how I knew that would be my career, but I just did. I launched my company at the age of 21 and 13 years later here I am still going strong!
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business has always stayed true to its morals and integrity and I am most proud of that. Treating my couples, my employees and my fellow industry professionals with respect, gratitude, and a spirit of community is very important to me. I am most excited about the level of service and personal care we give to each couple as we take on only a select number of weddings each year to ensure we give quick and personalized service to everyone. It has taken me years to get my business where it is today and I know I will always be learning and growing. Having a team of people you trust is the most important and finding those people is a lot of trial and error. The next phase of my business has been the industry outreach and masterminds I have created the last few years. This sense of community and networking has made my business thrive on a whole new level. I also offer business coaching to new and existing planners as I love to see other businesses succeed as well.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There is one person in the industry that has been with me since day one and that is Allie from Allie Lindsey Photography. She shot my wedding in the early stages of my planning company in which we were able to get it published and that really launched my business. She has been there to encourage me in all aspects of my business, give stellar advice, and let me vent when needed. Having friends in the industry is so important for growing your business. People that truly understand where you are, what you want, and can encourage you to get there.
Natalie Bray Photography (wedding photos) Amira Gray Photography (two photos of the networking event)