Vendor Spotlight: Honey with Kim Moody Design
Meet Honey, Lead Planner, Client Experience Consultant, and Creative Director for Kim Moody Design. For Honey, it’s all about going with the flow on your big day. Don’t worry, with her experience and attention to every last detail you know you’ll be in good hands!
Tell us a little about your company
Kim Moody Design is a luxury event planning and floral design studio curating artful events. We specialize in lavish and trend-setting affairs. Seamless style, execution, and client service are trademark qualities of any Kim Moody Design wedding. Our three full-time planners can help you with your wedding in the Richmond area, or anywhere in Virginia and beyond!
How did you get started in this business?
I worked in hospitality for about a decade and gained experience in food service, beverage service, off-site catering and then in special events. I took to special events because they had a rhythm and a heartbeat at their core which I figured out early on. I started a company as a wedding planner in January of 2011 and helped to plan and run 15 events the first calendar year. It was during that time that I met Kim, and later on, our paths would cross again later on. I then had the opportunity to work in the events rental side of the business and gained valuable knowledge in that part of the industry. My heart missed wedding planning, so I eventually went back to that first love and was able to bring this huge knowledge base with me to help our clients and streamline the planning process. The rest is history!
Why do you like working with weddings?
I am a people person and am in my element when I am able to help create lasting memories for families and couples. I always tell people that wedding planning combines every job I have ever had in my life. Every skill has been useful at one time or another: my (very brief) job helping out a florist, restaurant service, hospitality, art school (yay VCU!), nanny-ing, event rentals- you name it. Every day is different and that feeds my need to be a problem-solver. My mom was an artist, my dad was an engineer, and my brain is a perfect mixture of the two.
What is the most difficult situation you have faced with a couple and how did you resolve it?
The most difficult situations I have ever faced have been situations that are emotionally charged, beyond our control, and leave the client feeling sad because of some outside factor. I have a hard time with things like that because I am such a people-pleaser and it is heartbreaking to see others saddened. For example- one of my brides tailored a lot of the decisions made during planning to include a horse-drawn carriage for her ceremony. We knew that if it was raining hard or thundering we would not be able to include the carriage. The weather did not cooperate. My bride was so sad because the horses had deep meaning for her. There was nothing we could do to fix that situation, but I wanted to figure out how to cheer her up. I suggested that we get the horses somewhere dry where she could take lots of pictures with them after the ceremony. While that moment wasn’t shared with the guests, she was able to have that experience and memory on her wedding day. I could see the joy on her face. I think those moments that have sentimental value are so important, but are also much trickier to manage than the things you almost plan on not working out as expected.
From a vendor’s perspective, what is the one best piece of advice you can offer to engaged couples?
Learn to go with the flow during planning and build and trust your vendor team. Hands down the most enjoyable couples to work with are those who are focused on why they are doing this which is to build a life together and start with an awesome event as a celebration. Getting caught up in the minutia and stressing about the details almost ensures you can’t relax the day of the wedding. You shouldn’t rob yourself of that chance if you have a fabulous vendor team, we all are going to move mountains for you and you’re bound to have an event that exceeds your expectations. Having a planning team by your side during planning alleviates so much stress and allows you to keep that end goal in focus. Go with the flow and allow us to take you there.
How far in advance should couples book your services?
Ideally, as soon as they are engaged. Our planning team can help to head off a lot of the confusion, anxiety and that overwhelmed feeling many people get when figuring out where to start. We can help to bypass all of the uncertainty, provide clear direction, and help keep your priorities in check. Even if you have done some of the vendor searching and feel like you got a good start on planning, there’s so much we can help with to streamline what is left to be done, help to identify any gaps or redundancies and create a clear plan for the time to come.
What inspires you the most / where do you find inspiration?
My couples and the spaces where they choose to celebrate are what inspire me the most. I ask a lot of questions about their hobbies, what gives them joy and what they gravitate towards. We carry those things from their life together into their event. I have the hardest time when people have minimal information to give me or they are homebodies and don’t have a lot of experiences and stories to share. Your event will, of course, be beautiful, but carrying those personal details into your event are what give it character.
What do you like to do when you are away from work?
I have an awesome little boy at home, and he loves to laugh, smile and keep me busy! I usually plan outings and adventures for our family and keep our social calendars pretty full (remember, people person + planner!). You can usually find me working on a craft project, planning our next game night with friends, getting messy and creative with our son, and just generally living and loving life with those we love most.
What would we be surprised to learn about you?
Hmm…. This is a hard one! I can’t sing to save my life! I sound like a teenage boy when I “sing.” I am a Super Mario Brothers addict (though I don’t have as much time to play as I would like), I have a deep aversion to yellow cars and I wish that magic, as seen in the world of Harry Potter, was a real thing- I would never have to clean my house again!
You can learn more about Honey Armstrong and the rest fo the team at Kim Moody Design, Inc. on their website.