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Cleveland Wedding Vendor Spotlight: McPherson Events & Design

Today we are getting to know Denise McPherson, Founder of McPherson Events & Design

Please tell us about McPherson Events & Design and the services you offer...

McPherson Events & Design offers unique, personalized and customized wedding planning and design services. I get acquainted with my Brides and create their vision that reflects their style and interests. We develop a close bond. I want my clients to be stress free during the planning process and experience total enjoyment on their wedding day with their family and friends. We offer full and partial planning as well as month of coordination services.

Please tell us a little about yourself...

I was born and raised in Cleveland. My husband and I met at Ohio University. We returned back to Cleveland after college. I planned our wedding for 500 guests! My career started as an elementary teacher and I loved interacting with the students. I created engaging lesson plans and colorful bulletin boards to appeal to my class. I was respected for my visual presentations from other teachers. I left teaching to become a mom. I have two children and they also live in Cleveland. I love seeing how the city is rejuvenated by a new generation. So many historic landmarks and buildings are amazing wedding venues.

How did you get started in the wedding industry...

I was newly married and my mother suffered a brain aneurysm and stroke. She was paralyzed for the remaining 20+ years of her life. I started to host parties so my mom could see her family and friends. Planning parties was so much fun and a great way to bond with my mom as we discussed themes, colors, menus and party favors. Each party became bigger and bigger with more and more creative details. I started helping friends and family with their celebrations and weddings. I also launched a floral design craft business. Coupling these experiences, I decided to create McPherson Events & Designs to formally enter the wedding industry. I have planned so many events for my own friends and family, that I instinctively treat each Bride like my own daughter and miss them after their wedding.

Does McPherson Events & Design have a specialty?

I love creating new-fashioned, personalized, layered and sophisticated celebrations. I view the wedding first holistically to determine the overall theme, vision, inspiration and direction. Then I will work diligently to create details to make the wedding come alive and have a special flare to represent the couple.

What do you love about your job in the wedding industry?

Weddings are my passion, not my job. Coordination, design, DIY projects, themes, visions and cohesive menus are second nature to me. I love meeting with new couples and helping them to realize their wedding dreams. One of my most cherished moments from last year was during an outdoor wedding at the home of a sweet couple. My Bride and I took an impromptu break to admire her backyard that was transformed into a breathtaking vintage-inspired wedding with pinks, wooden accents, lush florals and candles. She exclaimed that I brought her Pinterest dreams to life. It was so rewarding to see her beam with love and excitement and hear the laughter from her guests. We now get together for lunch. I love being a Wedding Planner!

Thank you so much Denise for introducing yourself to us and our readers!

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