Carolina Handmade - Elissa Keno {weddings + events}

Good morning Lovelies! It's Tuesday and time for the 2nd Carolina Handmade post. This week I have a real treat for you - Elissa Keno of elissa keno {wedding + events}! Elissa is an uber-talented wedding and events planner and crafter. It takes a special eye for beauty, a talent for craft, and an extreme amount of organization to be a successful wedding planner and Elissa has to all! Here's the goods from the interview:

Name: elissa keno

Company: elissa keno {weddings + events}

How did you get started in your craft/art? I think I always knew that I would work in the visual arts, I just didn’t know in what capacity. I
always loved design. As a child, I used to create inspiration boards from
old magazine clippings, and I would constantly study art books,
photographs, and magazines for design ideas. When I found out about the
world of wedding design, I realized I had found my calling. I love telling
the story of a couple’s wedding day through design and details.

Is this your day job or a hobby? both! even when I’m not at work, I find the compulsive need to style. I color code my books, repurpose wine
bottles into chandeliers and vases, and visit flea markets to add to my
collection of props.

What is your favorite thing about creating/designing? I love creating
something tangible and unique that is a representation of my client’s
interests and design aesthetic. It is amazing to see months of hard work
come together in the form of a beautifully designed event.

Who is your strongest supporter? My husband. Hands down. He has done
everything from manage my website to hanging chandeliers from trees while on crutches. He is actually an excellent crafter, which has come in handy on many a night when I’m doing something crazy like making corkboard silhouettes for a photo shoot.

What keeps you motivated? My clients. If they are happy, I am happy.

Any thing else you would like to tell us? In addition to event design +
styling, I love blogging. I currently write a wedding advice blog for
Fox50’s Carolina Wedding Connect Website and I have my own style blog
Annabelle Lane.

Thanks for sharing with us Elissa! Happy creating!