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Meet Stephany Knierim of SK Event Specialists in Colorado Springs

Today we’d like to introduce you to Stephany Knierim.

Stephany, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I began my event planning career in the corporate sector where I worked with destination management companies, planned large corporate events and retreats, and organized political fundraisers in California. Nine years ago, when my husband’s job was relocated to Colorado, I decided to take a leap of faith and open my own company. I used my interpersonal skills to introduce myself to the key venues & vendors in the area to say “hey, here I am! Let’s do business together!” My outgoing personality was well received and within a year of business, I had a full calendar of weddings on the books and was listed as a preferred vendor at many of the top venues in Colorado Springs to include the Broadmoor & Garden of the Gods Club. Since then, I have established a wonderful name for myself and I pride myself on the fabulous relationships I have made with venues, vendors and my wonderful clientele. It has been a dream and I’ve never looked back!

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Most of the challenges I’ve faced in getting to where I am today all point back to before I started my own company. I was incredibly passionate about Event Planning and I tried a variety of different ways to get my foot in the door in the industry … networking, volunteering, interning, working for very little to no pay, etc. This was back when the economy had crashed and businesses were firing, not hiring, so getting in the door was very challenging. It was at that point that I decided to create my own destiny! If I wanted this enough, I needed to make it happen without anyone’s help and that’s when SK Event Specialists was officially born! Fortunately, since the inception of the business nine years ago, it’s been a very smooth and natural journey and I’ve been able to meet any obstacles on my own terms. I believe it’s because I finally found my niche, my passion and my calling so things just fell into place the way they were meant to. The cliche saying of “it isn’t work if you love what you do” definitely seems to be true in my case. I keep this business alive because it gives me something to be proud of. It allows me to not just be a wife or a mother but also have a separate identity as a true professional who makes hundreds of couples’ wedding dreams come true!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about SK Event Specialists – what should we know?
SK Event Specialists is a full-service wedding and event planning company offering Day of, Partial & Full Coordination services. As the owner of the business, I am continuously proud of our perpetual five-star feedback with client reviews! We’ve had almost 200 clients in the last eight wedding seasons and have achieved 100% five-star reviews on Wedding Wire! To have that many happy couples makes me incredibly proud! We work very hard to make each and every client feel like they are our one and only! Unanimously, I hear feedback about our attention to detail, timely replies, amazing organizational skills, knowledge in the industry & positive upbeat attitude! That personal touch sets us apart in my opinion… it’s something we do so naturally and that feels amazing!

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
Interpersonal skills! Without a doubt… We would not be as successful as we are today without them. As wedding planners, we are the liaison between so many different people and therefore so many different personalities. The couple, their families, their bridal party, their venue & each vendor all play a key part in the day. That’s a lot of different personalities to please! My goal is to make sure that all of their needs are taken care of so that we, together, can create a flawless and successful event.

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Image Credit:
Paige Eden Photography
Jamie Smith Photography
Cassidy Brooke Photography
Dawn Sparks Photography
Cayton Photography
Devon K Photographer
ML Photo & Film

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