Vendor Interview: Tisha Cuffee with Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook
Today we are introducing you to Tisha Cuffee with the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook.
Tell us a little about yourself and the company you work for:
I am the NEW Catering Manager at The Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook. This is an upscale, mid-priced hotel in Richmond / Glen Allen with modern guest rooms and 5,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space. Whether you plan an intimate ceremony or a lavish celebration, HGI makes planning easy with a wedding package including everything you need to personalize your event. We pride ourselves on our personal attention, stylish design ideas and have the experience and knowledge to help execute a worry-free event.
How did you get started in this business?
I have a been at the Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook for four months now and in the hospitality industry for 15 years. In 2009 I was promoted to Catering Manager from a Sales Administrative position. I was 26 and always had a creative spirit but this position allowed me to flourish. Since then I have been planning all types of corporate meetings and events, but nothing is more fulfilling than a wedding.
What’s your favorite wedding story?
My favorite wedding story is my own. My husband and I met in 2003 through mutual friends and I never considered him as more than an acquaintance. In 2008 we connected and fell in love. It was weird that my husband was around for so long and I didn’t know it. The first time I took him to California to meet my family we stood on a cliff on the Pacific Ocean and my boyfriend at the time said “This is where I want to get married”. Four years later we married each other on that cliff.
Why do you like working with weddings?
Details, details details! I am someone who is creative and loves a challenge. Something about the planning process and witnessing everything come to life is exhilarating. I love being a part of “Once in a Lifetime” Events.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a bride and how did you resolve it?
A bride came to me upset because her venue cancelled on her. This was a difficult situation for both if us because she was not able to get all of her money back from her previous venue but she still wanted her dream wedding and turned to me to make it happen. After a creative brainstorming session with her and her mom, we came up with a custom menu and all the items she needed to make her dream come true within her budget.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Hire a videographer. You will never get to re-live one of the most special days of your life but in video, you can. It’s also special to share with your children.
How far in advance should couples book your services?
At least one year out.
What inspires you the most/where do you find inspiration?
I find a lot of my creative inspiration from Pinterest, graphic design, nature, music, the creative people I surround myself with and my clients.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I love family time and have some really strong and successful women in my family that keep me inspired. I have my own line of Kimono robes that I sell. My hobbies are cooking/baking, graphic design, designing clothes, designing websites, shopping, reading and traveling.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
I love photography and videography. Here is a wedding I captured (as a guest).