Today we want to welcome a guest, Tyler FitzHugh, for a little Q & A. She owns Voila, an Event Planning Studio in Northern Virginia. So without further ado…meet Tyler!

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What are you passionate about? I’m passionate about my faith, my family and my business.

 What made you decide to start your own business? From a young age I wanted to start a business because I was deeply impressed by my father’s entrepreneurism. One day the opportunity came and I went after my dream!

What do you like best about being a business owner? Least? Best?  I get to call the shots, I answer to my clients instead of a boss, and I have a sense of freedom. Least – There are so many taxes, regulations, restrictions and anti-business laws in place that make it quite difficult to succeed. Owning a business can be daunting at times, but I do love it and don’t think I would be happy doing anything else.

How has being a business owner impacted your faith? Being a business owner has definitely strengthened my faith. I have to trust that God made all of this possible because it is what I have been called to do. That is scary, especially when you are working so hard all of the time and not necessarily seeing fruits of your labor immediately. You also have to remember to ask God to be a part of your business. Sometimes if you’re business is going well, you tend to forget to ask for God’s guidance because you don’t feel a need for it at the time. So I think staying humble, and asking for God’s direction are important parts of being a Christian business owner, both during seasons of famine and in times of plenty.

Do you integrate faith into your business or business practices? Why or why not? How do you do this? Yes, I try to as much as possible. I mention my faith on my social media channels and I treat my clients and industry peers with respect, honesty and fairness. I try to keep my eyes open to any open doors that the Lord brings my way, whether it’s witnessing to a bride, or encouraging a vendor, or another opportunity to bless someone through my business.

Who or what inspires you? The love of Christ is amazing. He pursues me relentlessly. I’m also inspired by Bethany Hamilton and her amazing story.

How do you want your clients to remember you or your business? I want them to remember me as a fun, honest, genuine, organized, creative person who really wanted to make their wedding day as unique and fabulous as they are. I want them to remember my business as a classy and sophisticated firm that more than exceeded their every expectation.

What advice do you have for young professionals? Don’t listen to the nay-sayers. You can do whatever you put your mind to. This is America where you have every opportunity in the world to achieve success and create your own American Dream.

What have you learned about yourself through this process? I’ve learned that I need God more than I thought I did. I have also learned not to be so emotional about my business. Your own business is really like your child in many ways. You have to give it constant attention, feed it, love it, help it grow and keep it safe. So when you see it do well, you’re ecstatic. When you see it struggling, your heart aches. I have tried to rely on my faith to keep me more analytical and buoyant and less emotional and fatalistic when it comes to the ups and downs of every day business.

What do you still want to accomplish? I still want to get married and have a family some day. I’m constantly trying to learn French. I have some other vague ideas about future endeavors, but as God has taught me, He is in control, so I try not to get too caught up with the future.

How does creativity play a part in your business? It plays a large part in my business. Most often I have to come up with creative ways to market myself and grow my business. But I also have to be creative in the traditional sense by dreaming up ideas for styled shoots, themes for parties, colors for weddings and think about overall design and aesthetics  of the events that I plan. I also have to find creative solutions to a variety of business problems as well as any problems that may come up at an event.

 

Just for fun:

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Being interrupted. and traffic.

Do you have any hidden talents?

I make a mean chocolate soufflé.

What would you do with a billion dollars?

I would tithe 10% and start a charity, buy myself a house, buy a studio for my business, buy my parents a house and take them on a trip around the world. I’d probably invest whatever was left over.

What 3 words best describe your work? 

Sophisticated. Glamorous. Classic.

Why should someone hire you? 

I’m professional, responsible, creative, organized and a joy to work with—or so I’ve been told 🙂

What are the common misconceptions about your services? 

That they aren’t affordable, or that such a thing as “day of” coordination exists—for the record, it doesn’t.

What drew you to this field/how did you get started? 

I’ve always worked in careers related to weddings and finally put all of my experience together to create the job of my dreams!

What are some sources of inspiration or influences on your work? 

My brand is Art Deco meets Old Hollywood meets Eiffel Tower…black, gold and Paris all over. I love the 1920’s – 1940’s, love black and white movies, love all things French…I’m a glamour gal!

Tell us about a favorite, unusual or very interesting moment at a wedding: 

Probably the time I had to literally put out a fire at a wedding.

What makes a wedding memorable for you? 

The happiness of the couple and the overall feeling of joy that the entire wedding exudes.

What is the best advice you give a couple when planning their wedding? 

Hire a wedding planner as soon as possible!

If you could have any superpower on the job, what would it be? 

It would be great to have clones of myself…if that doesn’t count as a superpower, then I’d love to be able to fly.

What are 3 words that describe your personality? 

Outgoing. Type A. Honest.

What’s your favorite book/movie/work of art? 

The Holy Bible.

What’s your favorite quote? 

“I often find the scariest steps we take are the ones that God blesses the most.”  —Katie Durski

What’s your favorite marriage advice? 

“A happy marriage is the union of two good forgivers.” —Ruth Bell Graham

Extracurricular activities: 

Shopping, travel, fine dining, horseback riding, golf, boating, shooting.

If you weren’t in your current profession, what would you do instead? 

An interior designer, basketball coach or a counselor.

What’s your favorite way to wind down after a hard day? 

Chinese food, glass of wine, maybe a little ice cream, followed by a hot shower and a Downton Abbey marathon.

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Thanks, Tyler, for taking the time to sit and chit chat with us! We had a lot of fun getting to know you better.

And now we all know a little more about the talent behind:

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Go visit Tyler here:

Twitter: twitter.com/voilaweddings

Instagram: instagram.com/voilaeventstudio

Email: tyler@voilaeventstudio.com

Website: www.voilaeventstudio.com

Phone: 571-337-0719

Facebook: www.facebook.com/voilaeventstudio