We are excited to introduce you to another one of our amazing vendors! Today, meet Amy Ha, of Amore Coordination, and get to know more about her and her wedding coordination business.
Photo credit: Tom Cook Photo
Where are you originally from? And how long have you been in Portland?
I am originally from Joseph Oregon. The lovely Wallowa Mountains. I’ve been in the Portland area for 17 years.
What is your favorite thing about Portland?
I love the food! I’m just amazed by all the different choices and all the different varieties of cuisines.
What is your favorite spot or thing to do in Portland?
I am an outdoor girl. I love experiencing all the hiking, the parks, anything to do with the outdoors. But on the other side, I love to get dressed up and go and experience the city and the nightlife for date nights!
How long have you been working as a professional wedding coordinator?
I’ve been working as a professional coordinator for over 3 years. However, I have been in the wedding and events industry for more than 6 years, as an event manager and ceremony specialist. And I’ve been in the catering and service industry for more than 15 years.
What led you to this career path?
I think the most profound experience was being able to plan and execute my own wedding. I was so meticulous about every detail and I became so consumed and overwhelmed. I remember the day after my wedding and thinking how I wished that I would have had a coordinator. Someone to support me and execute my vision. That was probably the most profound experience for me. And I’m a profound believer in the fact that everything that I have done has led me to where I am. I have an incredibly supportive husband and an amazing support system that believes in, motivates, and inspires me.
Photo credit: Powers Photography Studios
How would you describe the importance of your role & why do you feel a couple should hire a professional coordinator for their wedding day?
I think the importance of my role, and all professional coordinators, is critical. To be able to give my clients the peace of mind, the confidence, and the reassurance that someone is there to support them, defend them, and execute the day they have visualized their entire lives is so crucial. I feel that couples should hire a professional coordinator for their wedding day so they can be more at ease and be able to enjoy their day more freely, and so their family can be able to enjoy their day without having to feel so much pressure to complete everything.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is achieving and facilitating the vision that my client has planned. There’s an overwhelming gratefulness that I have for every couple that puts their trust and confidence in me and my team.
What do you find most challenging about your specific line of work or weddings in general?
I think the hardest part of being a wedding coordinator is educating people how important our role is and how crucial it really is to hire a coordinator.
Photo credit: Worlds Apart Photography
Do you work solo or do you have a studio and/or team?
I am the lead coordinator, but I always have an assistant. At larger events, I have a team of people.
What do you attribute to your success as a wedding coordinator? What do you think makes you stand apart from others in your field?
With all the various personalities involved in a wedding (family, friends, vendors), I find that my ability to be able to communicate with and support all of the personalities involved sets me apart from other coordinators. Having 3 active boys in sports, school and extracurricular activities had given me the ability to be very organized, efficient and detail oriented in various aspects of my life.
At what point in the wedding planning process should clients hire you?
No more than 1 month before the wedding at most.
Where do you draw inspiration? Are there any current trends you are excited about?
I love following local blogs, Instagram and Pinterest for inspiration. I am very excited to be a part of The Art of Weddings, Portland community to meet other local professionals and expand on trends and styles. I LOVE that bright, vibrant colors are coming back!
Photo credit: Kyle Carnes Photography
What is the most important thing that couples should ask someone in your profession before hiring them?
Ask about their experience, level of professionalism, and length of time in the industry. I believe it’s important that we have a portfolio and references to provide to our clients.
What is your best advice for wedding clients?
Hire a professional coordinator of course! It is so vital. Plan, design, come up with all the ideas and let the professionals execute it on your wedding day.
Anything else you’d like couples to know about you?
I have a deep loyalty, dedication & commitment to making my client’s special day truly unforgettable. And the lasting relationships that I forge throughout the entire process with every one of my clients is so special.
Featured image in this post by Love Lit Wedding Photography.
This Vendor Shout-Out was curated by Dana Barbar, The Art of Weddings Portland Content Manager.