Helping Plan Life’s Big Moments
As a wedding planner, Karine France-Matsumoto once averted an emergency without the bride ever knowing there was a problem.
“It was the night before the wedding,” she recalls. “I noticed that the tables for the guests had not arrived. I called the vendor and resolved the situation.
“The bride never knew. Otherwise, we may have been standing up eating pupus.”
Helping happy couples on their special day is just what France-Matsumoto loves doing with her company, Seasons of Life Wedding and Event Planning.
After all, she says, no two weddings are alike.
“You have your unique couples’ likes and dislikes, which can be shown in the decor, program, games at the reception, colors and mood,” she explains.
“This is the biggest party of their life. Some people want all the details, and some people want something simple.”
She offers free consultations, where she learns about how the couple met, how they got engaged and what ideas they may have.
She enjoys the organizing, planning and coordinating.
“It is really fun to have things to cross off on the todo list,” the Mid-Pacific Institute graduate notes. “I get excited in the planning process. On the day of the wedding, I need to be prepared and to be the calmest person in case there’s a storm, so the couple can enjoy this day. I get teary-eyed every time. It is going to be over so fast.”
The Aina Haina resident has planned weddings for friends and family for the past 10 years in addition to working as a promotional consultant before making the jump to fulfill her dream of owning her own business this year. She thanks her friends and family, and especially her husband Craig, as well as their children Nicole, Taryn, Jordan and Taylor, for their love and support.
To keep current with the industry, she has taken courses on being a professional bridal consultant, and she plans to stay up-to-date on trends in the business.
And, as a party planner, France-Matsumoto doesn’t want her involvement with the couple to stop at the wedding. She’s willing to help them plan their child’s first birthday party, sweet 16, graduation party and more.
“When the family is celebrating a special anniversary or a big Christmas party, I’ll be there,” she says. “It really epitomizes the name of my company, Seasons of Life. So many moments in our lives are gifts.”
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