Together Forever Weddings
Paula’s course was amazing and really gave me the stepping stone to pursue and set up my own wedding planning business My name is Valerie De Silva and I am the proud owner of my wedding planning business, "Together Forever Weddings.I have been requested to share my story and journey with you thus far. To tell you a little about me, I have to go back a few years as things did not happen overnight as you can imagine. My background has always been in Hospitality since the age of 15 years old. This was the starting point which taught me about the ultimate customer experience. From here, I continued my experience at David Jones with a company called Bottom of the Harbour and working at an exclusive five star restaurant. This was followed closely by my involvement in the athletes' village at the Sydney Olympic Games. In 2001, I went on to study a Bachelor of Applied Science in Hospitality Studies at RMIT. The submission of a successful "Special Events" towards the end of my degree led me to landing a position as an exhibition coordinator with a well known event management company, namely "Harry's." At the same time, while completing my degree, I had the opportunity to work on high profile exhibitions such as: The Melbourne Homeshow, The Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show, RUMBA and the Sydney Franchising, Investment and Property Expo to name just a few. With a couple of years of experience under my belt, I decided that I wanted to specialise within just one field of the world of events and exhibitions. With open-mindedness, determination and persistence, I set about researching what it is that I truly wanted to specialise and excel at in the industry. The wake up call came sooner than expected with the planning, organising, coordinating and orchestrating of my own wedding. Within a few months, my creative flair and passion had taken over with the attendance of a one day seminar with Paula Barham from Wedding Inc. Sitting in the function room at the Rendezvous Hotel that day, I felt that this was the trigger for my wedding planner career. Paula's course was amazing and really gave me the stepping stone to pursue and set up my own wedding planning business.