Saying Goodbye to Preppy Chic Events

… and saying HELLO to Stephanie Uchima Events! We have a new name, a new look, a new branding and a new website!!!

SUE_LaunchWhen I started Preppy Chic Events five years ago, I was in my twenties and had a completely different style and outlook on life. I was fresh out of business school and had never started my own company. Because of my love for all things preppy, I decided to name my company Preppy Chic Events; however, as my company grew and as I grew, I realized that while it’s a “cute” name, it didn’t really embody the types of weddings & events I produce now. And so Stephanie Uchima Events was born.

The decision to re-brand, however, was a long one that started almost a year ago right after my 4th wedding season. I was at a crossroads in my life: I had just found out I was pregnant, I was 1 year into being married, and we were just about to undergo a huge home remodel/construction project. I spent a couple months going back and forward with “what do I want to do with my life?” Should I invest the money and work on my business or should I focus on being a mom or should I pursue something completely different? After a lot of soul searching, I realized that this was an investment I wanted (and needed) to make.

I am beyond thankful to Ashley & Malone (aka Ashley and Dallas) for all their encouragement, guidance, patience, and amazing work in helping build Stephanie Uchima Events! I emphasize patience because I finally decided to start the re-brand only two months before my due date and in the middle of my home remodel!!! It was chaos for the past few months (especially trying to answer e-mails at 3am while feeding a newborn), but they helped me get through it and now I am so excited to finally debut my new EVERYTHING!

While I will always be known to have a “preppy chic” style (yes, I love Kate Spade, JCrew and Lilly Pulitzer) and I will still be known as @preppychic on social media (I don’t want to lose that handle!), I hope you enjoy the new beautiful website and get a taste of what Stephanie Uchima Events is all about!


Wednesday Words: Things That Fire Me Up

I’m so sad that I couldn’t make it to Making Things Happen 2013, which starts today. Last year, this program changed my life, my company and my vision of the future. It really gave me the opportunity to dig deep and reflect upon what I want and how to get there. In one of the exercises, we wrote down a list of things that fire you up because this is the source of passion and motivation in your life & business.

Lara Casey (the EIC of Southern Weddings & the founder of Making Things Happen) wrote: “DO more of what fires you up.  When you are living out your passion actively – not just thinking about it or planning when you’ll do it, but DOING it – life happens.  Real, full, life.  DO more of what fires you up.  When you are actively doing the things that make you come alive, you find an endless well of creativity, giving, love, energy and inspiration.  Life gets richer in the best ways possible. Write a list of all the things that fire your heart up and post it where you can see it all the time!  Then… DO them.”

So I thought I’d share my list of things that fire me up…

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So what FIRES YOU UP??

Download a blank “things that fire me up” sheet by Emily LeyHERE (rainbow), HERE (blue ombre) or HERE (pink ombre), print it and write down all the things that fire YOU up!!! I hang mine in my office right next to my computer as a daily reminder to help keep me going!