Q&A with: Lisa Schneider

Happy Valentine's Day! In honor of the day of love, we thought it appropriate to talk to Lisa, the newly-instated president of the Tennessee Wedding and Events Specialists Association (TWESA). The whole point of TWESA is to get quality vendors around other quality vendors so we can all work together - aka so we can all love on each other. So, showin' a little love to the president seems perfectly suitable today, right? Right. [caption id="attachment_582" align="aligncenter" width="560"]Lisa at a Nashville Perfect Wedding Guide event Lisa, far left, at a Nashville Perfect Wedding Guide event[/caption]

On her day job: er, jobs. She's a mother of 4 (which is enough for a full-time job in and of itself), wing-woman of her husband in their photography business aaaaand - the big one - regional manager of corporate market operations at Nashville Perfect Wedding Guide. The common denominator that she most enjoys is customer service, which is not at all what she ever saw herself doing! "I originally started in the public service field. I was a state certified EMT in Florida but eventually fell into dispatching as a 9-1-1 operator alongside law enforcement dispatching. I loved the work, but once the family came along and my agency went to 12 hour shifts, it became increasingly difficult to maintain a good and healthy balance of family, marriage and job. After 4 years of dispatching I left to be a stay at home mom…" We all know full-time mothering is probably the best customer service training around, so the rest is history.

On her big day: she shares our affinity for the reception, which remains the highlight of her own wedding. "The reception was an absolute blast. We danced the whole entire time. Not one thing went wrong on our day, no regrets either." Although she does recommend hiring a planner, these days. 

On networking and lovin' it: Okay, this gal knows how to network. When she and her husband decided to move to Nashville from Florida ("to enjoy four seasons"), they began to plug into social circles 2 years before buying their home! "We Googled 'networking events in Nashville' and TWESA came up right on top." Since then, the couple has hardly missed a meeting. "It's so good to be around people who love what they do and love those they work so hard for."

On Tennessee: Lisa describes Tennessee brides as "trendy, smart, sophisticated and often times traditional ... [they] have made trendy and traditional a duo combination that works." She also tauts the state's awesome variety of venues; "you can have a church wedding and a ballroom reception or hold your ceremony and reception out in a field. It's so subjective to the bride's taste and dreams of what her perfect day looks like." (Hmm, sounds like y'all Tennesseeans jive well with the PEWS frame of mind, just saying.)

...and on New York and Mobile: well, the pews. Those are her favorites.

Go do something sweet for somebody you love, y'all! And thanks, Lisa! xoxo.