Vendor Spotlight – D’Elia Family Solutions Counseling & Coaching

From time to time I really enjoy writing vendor spotlight posts. I think it’s important to highlight local vendors that I work with, so my audience knows who they are. I want you as my blog reader, and customer, to know my preferred vendors as well as I know them. I feel that the more comfortable you are with my network of professionals, the more comfortable you will be with me!

I recently had the opportunity to meet Lori D’Elia’s husband, William. He told me all about how he and Lori were married up in New York and moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue their entrepreneurial skills and build a life for their family here in Raleigh. Being that Lori offers Premarital coaching, I felt that my audience of brides and couples would benefit from hearing about Lori’s business.

D’Elia Family Solutions Counseling & Coaching

Name of Business Owner: Lori D’Elia

Business Web Addresswww.deliafamilysolutions.com

Business Category: Counseling and Coaching including Premarital Coaching

How long have you been in business?: I have been practicing since 2008, current business in Raleigh, NC since March of 2017

What is your mission statement?: “Taking the anxiety out of ‘honey, we need to talk.'”

What got you started in this business?: I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and am currently discouraged with couples coming in ready to divorce. I truly feel so much work can be done in premarital coaching. Couples are more receptive to listening when they aren’t in criss. It’s truly not as scary as it sounds. I promise.

What’s the best tip you have for a couple planning a wedding? Be on the same page with your partner. Don’t be afraid to talk about “hard” stuff. Not every conversation leads to conflict and we should learn how to effectively communicate with our partners, because this life stuff doesn’t get easier 😉

What don’t couples know about your business category that they should know?: How important it is!!!!! Premarital counseling is not a negative thing, it’s positive. Most men are opposed to it because 1. they don’t understand it and 2. they hate “talking”! It’s not scary, it’s easy and can actually be fun.

Are there any questions your non-wedding clients should be asking that they don’t know to ask?: Can we come for a session when things are “ok”? YES!!!! That is what premarital couples do. They aren’t in crisis. They come in to talk about topics that are prevalent in their lives, like adults. Not when they are screaming and yelling at one another and can’t “hear” what their partner/spouse is saying.

About Lori D’Elia

Lori D’Elia is a licensed marriage and family therapist in addition to a certified professional coach. She started practicing in 2008 working with individual, couples and families. She has since moved to Raleigh, NC with her husband and two children. After working for so long with couples on the brink of divorce she has decided to put her efforts into pre marital work in order to take a preventive approach when working with couples. Lori believes in pre marital work and feels it can help a couple better communicate once they are married and experiencing a marital argument (which is inevitable!) ;-). She is hoping to take the anxiety out of “Honey we need to talk” and express to engaged couples that they should talk before they walk.

If you are interested in Premarital Counseling Services, I urge you to reach out to D’Elia Family Solutions. Contact information can be found here.

Vendor Spotlight – All Around Raleigh DJ

A few weeks ago, I let my intern write a vendor spotlight post about The Chocolate Boutique. I have been meaning to write more of these types of blog posts, so this week here’s one from me! I have been working in this industry long enough to have worked with some really excellent vendors. Here’s a post about one of the best DJ vendors in Raleigh, or at least he’s one of my favorites.

All Around Raleigh DJ; Eric Hodgedenallaroundraleighdj-logo

I met Eric, the owner of All Around Raleigh DJ, at the Market Hall Spring Showcase. I arrived fairly early, while it was still mostly just vendors and Market Hall employees in attendance. Being punctual, as I always am, benefited me yet again. This time I benefited because I was able to walk around and introduce myself to a few local vendors I have never met. (Another benefit to being early, I was able to get a glass of wine without waiting in line. )

Eric was one of the first vendors I met that night, and he left a great impression on me. We ended up meeting for coffee at a later date and time, where I learned a little more about him and why he got into the events industry.  I really enjoyed his take on why he decided to be a DJ and I hope you do too!

Background Information

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Joe Payne Photography

Eric stumbled on his love of being a DJ like many others do. He went to school and got a degree in Engineering and made the realization that his heart was somewhere else. During the same year Eric enrolled at NC State, he also formed his company All Around Raleigh DJ. When I asked him about his first event as a DJ, he said “I had a typical 19 year old guy’s stereo with huge ridiculous speakers“. This made me really chuckle because, we’ve all known people like that. The first event he worked was for a friend’s Mother. Her DJ had backed out last minute, leaving her with little time to find a replacement. Eric offered his services and quickly realized that he was pretty good and had a blast doing it. After that, Eric bought some professional DJ equipment and began working weddings and events as often as possible. He was eventually able to leave his full-time cubicle job to run All Around Raleigh DJ in 2011. Of course, he also told me it’s the most rewarding job he’s ever had.

 

Q&A

I asked Eric a few other questions and here are his responses:

What advice would you offer to couples looking for a DJ?:

“Whoever you hire must be someone you can trust – and someone you feel a connection with, they will be a guest at the wedding so they should fit what you have in mind.”  “You should also trust them to be organized and take care of things.”

How far out from the wedding should couples hire a DJ?:

In general terms somewhere between 4-8 months before the wedding. For popular months at least one year in advance. August tends to be more flexible. But, if you want a specific person, you should book at least one year prior.”

What is the coolest event you have ever worked?

“Very personalized events, people who incorporate their personalities into their events make them the most memorable. In particular one Wedding I worked at Shady Wagon Farm – barely had any dancing. This wedding’s bride was not able to stand for long periods of time, but she danced for at least one song. It was memorable because the people were really awesome.” There was a little less dancing then Eric was used to, but even still this wedding was not lacking in fun. There were a bunch of lawn games for the guests to enjoy, and Eric entertained the guests by playing the shoe game, and hosting table trivia for dinner. “The best part of the night was when the groom surprised his bride by singing to her during the reception while she sat on the dance floor.” 

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Caroline Lima Photography

Would you like to pass on your business to your children?

This question was clearly something Eric had not been asked before, but something I personally consider all the time. I of course want to pass on a legacy to my children, but I don’t know how frequently other people also have that desire and if so, how much thought they have really put into it. Eric’s response was “I only have a daughter and female DJs are definitely more rare, but if that was something she wanted to do then heck yes!”

Do you see yourself running the DJ business until you retire?

“Yes absolutely, in some form or fashion. I can’t see a reason to get stuck in a rut and stop, and there’s really nothing else I enjoy doing as much.”

I am very grateful Eric had time to grab coffee with me. I really enjoyed sharing fun industry stories, and getting to know him better. It’s not often that you get to hear about the vendor and their personal life.

I hope you enjoyed getting to know Eric and hearing about how he formed his company!! If you are in need of a DJ for your next wedding or event, consider reaching out to him for a quote, you won’t be disappointed. And, if you need more evidence of that, check out his reviews on Wedding Wire.

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Vendor Spotlight – The Chocolate Boutique

It’s been quite a busy summer for the Get-Christine team which includes working with the new intern, Lauren. She and I get together as often as possible to collaborate on fun wedding and event ideas and plans. At least, we do so when Lauren’Chocolate Boutique Signs not been at the beach living up her last summer as a HS student. This week, I bring you a vendor spotlight article written by Lauren about a delicious spot in town called The Chocolate Boutique.
I recently decided that since I’ve been working in the events industry for long enough, that it’s well past time I started writing about some of the fabulous vendors I’ve met and worked with. I’ve personally never worked with The Chocolate Boutique on a wedding or event in the past, but I have been in to visit their shop and purchased plenty of their chocolates. Having personally tasted those goodies, I can definitely vouch for their chocolate and it is delicious!

Without further ado, I bring you Lauren’s piece:

The Chocolate Boutique
Owner: Kesha Dozier 

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Flo The Chocolate Fountain

Nearly five years ago, Mrs. Kesha Dozier left her corporate job to pursue her love of chocolate.  After studying in Italy, Belgium, and Spain about ‘all things chocolate’ The Chocolate Boutique was soon born.  The boutique offers a wide variety of truffles, chocolate covered nuts, and even chocolate covered bacon!  All of the offerings are finely crafted from Belgian and Swiss chocolates.  In addition to the confections behind the cases, you and your friends or family have the chance to make your very own chocolate during a chocolate party!  The Chocolate Boutique hosts parties for any occasion that you desire.  They have over 1,200 chocolate molds ranging from “high heels to spark plugs.”    For huge parties or weddings you can rent “Flo”, an amazing, 2-flavor chocolate fountain!  It’s the only one of its kind in North CarolinaChocolate Fountain

    Most items are customizable for any occasion.  For weddings, you could have a candy buffet equipped with all kinds of truffles, dipped fruits and nuts.  As a dessert alternative, “Flo” would be an excellent idea.  Also, you could have a bag filled with chocolate covered nuts or personalized truffles as a take-home favor.

The Chocolate Boutique has a convenient location at Lafayette Village in North Raleigh. Oh, and another one over in Park West Village of Morrisville.  Contact them today to set up a party for a girls night out, a fun birthday party, or visit The Chocolate Boutique to get your hands on some delicious goodies. Chocolate Fountain Ice Cream

To contact Kesha from The Chocolate Boutique and inquire about some party pricing, or even to rent that fantastic chocolate fountain Flo, she can be reached at: 919.322.0960.

Be on the lookout for our next Vendor Spotlight blog by me about All Around Raleigh DJ owner, Eric.