Owner, Principal Planner & Designer, Valerie Gernhauser
How did you set up Sapphire Events? I started my business in 2011 when I was nine months pregnant with my first child. I believed New Orleans needed a planner to serve its brides and grooms (and their families) in a solutions-focused, design-driven way and that I was the person to deliver that. So I set out September 2011 to be the best planner and designer in New Orleans, and the rest is history. We have changed the market for the better and raised the bar for client experience and design standards.
What makes you unique? My background in the law is definitely what sets me apart from the crowd. I approach each event with an analytical eye and strong business acumen, as well as a refined taste and designer’s vision. I focus on a process-driven design that brings to light each of my clients’ unique personalities. I sketch, I produce, I negotiate contracts and I have a network of connections across the country.
Tell us about some of your favorite events. We are very proud of a wedding last spring at the Old Ursuline Convent. It featured tremendous design elements, over 40 vendors from all over the country and logistics and management skills delivered to a tee. We also had specialty cocktails and food elements for every flavor profile. We have also spent a great deal of time donating to some of our favorite nonprofits this year.
Is there anything else you want to share? We are excited to create our first destination events outside the city in 2017.
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