Meet the Planners :: Lorena Musselman

Friday, February 13, 2009

hispanic wedding planner

Name: Lorena Musselman

Location: Orange County, California

Company Name: Palomaya Divine Celebrations

Number of Years in Business: 1

Website: palomaya.com

How did you get started in wedding planning?
Five years ago, when I was planning my own Hispanic/ Latin inspired wedding, I realized that there were very few resources available for Hispanic and Latin weddings including Hispanic wedding planners. So, I decided to plan the wedding myself. After seven months of planning, the result was a beautiful and extraordinary wedding that featured a perfect blend of my Hispanic/Latin and American culture as well as my husband's American culture. The seed was planted.

After our wedding, I began working in the corporate event marketing arena specializing in Hispanic programming. After five years and several life experiences later, I realized that my passion for all things wedding and Quinceañera's, my passion for serving the Hispanic market, my eye for design, strong people and organizational skills and the fact that I now have a solid marriage made me an ideal candidate to become a Hispanic Wedding and Event planner. My sole purpose is to help brides and Quinceañera's realize the event of their dreams! And help the corporate world connect with their employees or clients in a more meaningful and personal way by delivering unique, personalized and memorable events.

If you had to start over what one thing would you do differently? 
Nothing. Everything has happened the way it was supposed to.

What's your favorite item in your emergency kit? 
Safety pins. These came in handy when the zipper on my wedding dress broke.

What is the best piece of business advice you've ever received? 
“Do what makes you happy! You need to make whatever dream you have come true and love what you do.” From the podcast: The Joy of Creative Thinking by Jane Lanz.

Which two people (past or present) would you have as guests at a dinner party and why? 
My Mom and Maya Angelou.  My mom is the life of any party! She loves to entertain guests by making them laugh out loud.  Maya Angelou is the epitome of graciousness and loveliness. She is a beautiful person that radiates beauty and warmth.

What are your three favorite blogs besides thesmartplanner.com?
1. National Society for Hispanic Professionals
2. Weddingbee
3. Style Me Pretty

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