And bringing up the rear in our series of senior team profiles, is Kimberly Fu Skubic, the CEO and Founder of Envision Weddings and Events.
As her main bio says, Kimberly began this company in 2008 following an unsuccessful attempt in creating a wedding videography and filming business - through the minimal success (and many failures), Kimberly decided to utilize the lessons she learned and try again; this time, in event management, which she minored in during her undergrad studies.
Here we pick her brain of some of the things and experiences she's witnessed over the years...
What has been your most memorable planning experience over the past 8 years?
It's hard to choose just one - there have been so many over the years - but if there is any that stick out of my mind, it would have to be these top three:
- Watching the same-day edit for Jessica and Atal's wedding and really feeling a deep connection to the couple and their struggles, over the planning period and prior to that. I got to know them so much as people, not just as clients, and I know our team pulled out every stop for them to make sure they got what they deserved - a beautiful, multi-day, multicultural celebration. I don't think I've ever cried that much at a client's video!
- During one of our first destination weddings in Mexico, I witnessed a near-death experience for one of the bridesmaids (she nearly drowned). Having to quickly think on my feet on how to help and being the middle person in the aftermath to try and get their insurance sorted -- I felt like all my training in crisis management and troubleshooting was boiled down to those 2-3 days.
- Pulling off a wedding on Toronto Island (for day-of coordination) with very little resources and a lot of missed details during the planning process. We had to coordinate ferry schedules, manage vendors with lots of equipment and tools and battle bad weather to make sure everyone and everything got across - and then leading 100+ guests (most of whom were drunk) back to the ferry dock to catch the very last boat off the island and risking having them be stranded. A crazy, but ultimately successful, experience!
What is your favourite unique wedding detail you've witnessed?
This year, one of the couples I worked with chose a really awesome game to play at the wedding which was a variation of musical chairs - the guests had to go out into the crowd and find an item, then run back and find a seat in the remaining chairs. It sounds basic, but when you have incredibly ambitious guests that would push you over to win, it became really fun to watch. One of the last items was "a shirt off of a guy's back", and one of the groomsmen literally ripped his entire shirt off, buttons and all.