Today we’d like to introduce you to Molly McKinley.
Molly, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’m a wedding planner, located in Grant Park in Atlanta. I began my business (Molly McKinley Designs) over 5 years ago, after working on events for several years. I didn’t start out wanting to be a wedding planner. After I graduated from the University of Georgia, I actually wanted to start my own metal smithing and jewelry studio. The expenses of starting a studio caused it to not be an option for me, so I decided I’d try my hand at wedding planning. I did my own, then helped to plan and coordinate a few friends’ weddings. I became hooked. I was determined to learn everything I could, and quickly realized that planning and coordinating weddings combined many of my greatest skills: creativity, math, strategic thinking, and relational skills. Each day is totally different, and I get to work with some of the most amazing people in Atlanta!
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
As a wedding planner, I am a jack of all trades. From reading over contracts and budgeting large events to designing rooms and being a support system for my bride, my job is extremely varied. Although I love each step of the process, I do this because of the relationships. The brides I get to work with are stylish, smart, and trusting. It’s always hard for me to pick a favorite client, because truly, they are all amazing. Learning about each couple’s story and brainstorming ways to weave those details into an event is so much fun. That’s my next favorite part – the creativity. We put design boards and design plans (sometimes as long as 30+ pages) together for our full planning + design clients. This is a labor of love that builds on hours and hours of getting to know them and their personal style. I love getting creative with the spaces they’ve chosen to celebrate, and to watch them get excited, too! The best part is when my clients tell me it is even better than they envisioned. To say this is my dream job is an understatement.
I hope that our clients’ takeaway from working with us is that we deeply care. We are genuinely invested in their day and in them. I hope that their guests feel inspired by what we’ve put together for our clients based on their love story.
What do you think it takes to be successful as an artist?
I think success is different for different people. For me, success means I am bringing my business goals to fruition, step by step. I have a lot of business goals, but there are a few that stand out:
1. Be the best at what I do. I want to continue to push myself to be an incredible wedding planner and designer. I want to sharpen my skills to be more productive, more creative, more educated, and better equipped for whatever heads my way in my career. I want to better myself for my clients, for my vendors, and for my team.
2. Be a great boss. I want to continue to learn more about my employees to help them achieve their personal goals and successes. I want to unify us through action in each other’s lives to make things happen. I want to overcome impatience, fear, and selfishness and really invest in them. I want them to find overwhelming joy and satisfaction in their work.
3. Contribute to my family as a working mom one day. I want to make enough money to be able to continue working and be a mom one day. My husband and I both came from homes with moms who worked. We feel like it taught us so much about the realities of life and kept us grounded. Our moms enjoyed their jobs, and still find purpose and meaning in them today. Children are not a part of my now, but they have been in my mind as I’ve been building my business. Success to me means serving my family in my career.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Our work is displayed on our website and by several different blogs. You can also view our portfolio and daily musings on Instagram.
- Website: www.mollymckinleydesigns.com
- Phone: 404-213-5237
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/mollymckdesigns
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/mollymckinleydesigns
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