Episode 41: Talk About Weather and Other Disasters with Oleta Collins
A quick note: We recorded this episode a few weeks ago when we were in the midst of the pandemic but hadn’t yet shifted focus to the Black Lives Matter movement. We are very supportive of the Black Lives Matter movement, and we will continue to amplify Black voices in the future, as we have in the past. If you’d like to hear more about our stance on this, click here to listen to Episode 40: Talk About Amplifying Black Voices.
This week on the podcast, my guest Oleta Collins and I are chatting about weather and other disasters. We came up with this idea before COVID-19, and when it came time to record a few weeks ago, we realized just how on point it was.
Oleta’s team has planned and designed weddings in the midst of some crazy circumstances including 9-11 and the California wildfires. Oleta shares her dos and don’ts for client and vendor communication, side effects of changing dates, tips for anyone struggling, and the importance of being real through it all.
So if you’re wondering how to navigate when mother nature leads you off course, this is the episode for you. Grab your coffee, grab your tea, and let’s talk it out.
Meet Oleta Collins
A passion for floral design started early for Oleta, with her first job at a family member’s flower shop at the age of 12. Although it was initially just for spending money, she quickly discovered her knack for arranging blooms and never stopped. Since those early days, Oleta has worked on TV and movie set designs, managed the largest design studio in LA, and earned her credentials from the American Institute of Floral Design. Based in Bakersfield, California, she has brought the LA flair to her rural hometown along with her fresh, new ideas and creations.
Her dream of inspiring clients is brought to life every day, as she meets and falls in love with every couple that she encounters. Oleta dedicates herself to learning the unique quirks of each client and embedding their guests’ partnership into every detail of the wedding experience. When Oleta is a part of an event team, the love she weaves into every aspect is palpable — guests will experience the scents, colors, textures, sounds, and tastes of each couple’s dreams.
In her spare time, you can find Oleta serving up a lob on the nearest pickleball court or snuggling her plethora of furry and feathered loved ones that she rescued with her husband. In fact, if you come by the shop, you may get to meet one of their pups!
Key Takeaways for Weather & Other Disasters
- Dos and Don’ts for client communication
- Be real
- Vendor communication
- New dates, new situations
- Safely moving forward
- Tips if you’re struggling
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Title Track Voiceover: Melissa Disney
Editor: M. Lynn
Photos: Courtney Paige Ray
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