Thursday, December 17, 2009

Meet the Belles!

A Note from Leslie:

Along with the many new services that The Wedding Belle is now providing, I have expanded my staffing to assure that the quality of service at The Wedding Belle remains at an exceptional level! I am proud to introduce to you my "Belles," along with their new positions! Although they have new positions they have both been with the company for prior wedding seasons! They each bring such amazing energy and talent to the company and I am excited for our clients to be able to work more closely with them throughout the planning process, instead of just on the wedding day. So here is just a little teaser of who the Belles are (including myself just for fun) and I hope that everyone gets a chance to get to know them better as the 2010 Wedding Season kicks off! I would like to say a HUGE thank you to Sharyn Peavey for providing these photos for us! Not bad for on-site at the end of a wedding day!! Thank you Sharyn!

All the best,

Leslie Barbini, Owner, Wedding & Event Planner

After planning her wedding in 2001, Leslie began to dream about what a wonderful opportunity it would be to assist others in planning their weddings. Over the years, she has planned, designed, researched and assisted with numerous weddings, anniversaries and fund-raising events. Nine years later, with many testimonials from happy couples and Wedding Belle designs featured in renowned bridal publications, Leslie’s dream has become a reality. Leslie prides herself not only on being a designer, coordinator and consultant but on being an advocate for her clients as well.

Leslie is a distinguished graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants development program, the only program dedicated exclusively to serving wedding professionals and brides worldwide, since 1955. Having graduated from Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and a 16 year career in dance, choreography and theater, her background is well-rounded and enables Leslie to serve her clients in every aspect of the planning process.

Emily Griffin, Wedding & Event Planner

Emily joined The Wedding Belle in February of 2007. After working throughout college in various roles in the hospitality industry, she recognized that event and wedding planning in particular was the area that she was most passionate about. To have the opportunity to be a part of the most important day in a couple's life is a rare and often challenging opportunity. But for Emily there is no greater reward than seeing the happiness she can create when she makes their dreams a reality.

Emily graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2006 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Studio Art/Architectural Studies. Emily grew up just west of Boston and currently resides in Providence, RI. Emily has spent three seasons with The Wedding Belle as a Wedding Assistant and is very excited to be continuing her journey with The Wedding Belle as a full Wedding and Events Coordinator. Emily is currently completing a development program with the Association of Bridal Consultants and will be heading up The Wedding Belle's expansion in Greater Boston, Southern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Kaitlynn Carter, Event Assistant & Marketing Communications

Kaitlynn joined The Wedding Belle in May of 2009. Throughout her life Kaitlynn has always enjoyed planning small events for friends and family. She has found a lot of satisfaction in creating events and, in turn, memories for others to enjoy. It was after decorating her first apartment that Kaitlynn realized she also has a passion for design, and that realizing a career as an event planner is a perfect fit! During a semester abroad in Italy she got in touch with Leslie inquiring about an internship and began work one week after returning from Europe! Her experiences abroad only gave her more inspiration for unique design ideas and increased her appreciation for different cultures and styles.

Kaitlynn will graduate in May 2010 with a B.A. in English. Having grown up in southwest New Hampshire, Kaitlynn has stayed true to her roots and currently resides in Portsmouth. After a successful season as an intern with The Wedding Belle, Kaitlynn is thrilled to be continuing on as Event Assistant for the company. She is also responsible for Marketing Communications, and maintains a blog, Twitter, Facebook and other online networking websites for The Wedding Belle.

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