Today we go Backstage with Myiesha Antwine, owner and principal planner of Kiss and Tell Weddings located in Ardmore, Oklahoma, just 20 minutes from the Texas border. Myiesha is an ambitious planner who has so much passion for succeeding in the wedding industry. Her energy is contagious. Just wait until you get to know her...
Hi Myiesha! We are so glad you took the time to chat with us today. If you don't mind, let's jump right in. Tell us a little something about how you entered the wedding industry.
I decided to enter the wedding industry because of the sheer joy that I experience from weddings. The soft music, the beautiful wedding party, the gorgeous Bride and that special look that the Groom shows when he sees his Bride for the first time! My first wedding was for my cousin when I was in college. She told me that I should plan her wedding because I "know how to remain calm, keep everyone focused, and I will make sure that everything is just right." And she was right! :)
I think the name of your company is so adorable. How did you choose it?
Kiss and Tell Weddings says exactly what I want you to do-Kiss your Groom and Tell everyone about your fabulous Wedding! The name is different and it piques your curiosity.
You know, that is so true. Every bride is excited to seal it with a kiss and relive the moments of their wedding afterward. Myiesha, what accomplishment are you most proud of?
Booking my first wedding under my business name. It was scary at first but it turned out to be a huge success!
What are your greatest challenges or fears?
Becoming average. I never want to get to the point where I am just 'going through the motions" meaning that the excitement and butterflies in my stomach goes away. I want to give my all from my very first wedding to my last wedding.
Good point. It's so important to remain passionate and present for your clients and for yourself. Would you mind sharing your favorite wedding photo or item with us?
The picture 'Love at Last' is my favorite wedding picture because the couple is saying 'we did it! Today I really did marry my best friend'
I love the look in their eyes. Myiesha, I know you are relatively new in the industry but we'd love to hear the vision you have for Kiss and Tell Weddings in the next 5 years.
In the next 5 years I see Kiss and Tell Weddings branching out into assorted events (parties, reunions, corporate events, dances, etc). I see my company expanding in services and education.
And of course, we have to close with the golden question...Why did you choose to attend Backstage Bridal Pro Academy?
Honestly, when I officially opened Kiss and Tell Weddings I prayed to God that He show me the direction that I needed to go. I also prayed that He would lead me to other honest wedding professionals who would not mind teaching me the ropes. Professionals who would push me to succeed. I read about Backstage Bridal Pro Academy and it offered everything that I had been asking for. But what really sealed the deal was when I tweeted that I needed help with a wedding question and Lisa actually CALLED me and gave me tons of advice (and this was before the Academy was announced). She did not know me at all! She told me that she wanted me to be successful because she was once a new planner and someone had helped her. After I found out that she was a part of this great company, I knew that my prayers had been answered.
Lisa really does have a strong passion for seeing wedding pros succeed. This is exactly why we created Backstage Bridal Pro Academy. Regardless of the number of years you've been in business, there is no reason you can't SOAR, as Lisa always says.
Thank you so much, Myiesha, for taking the time to chat with us today! We can't wait to meet you in September!
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