The first planner on the list for ya’ll to meet is lead planner – Linda Warner. A newbie to the Charleston wedding scene, but she is already blazing a trail that none can surpass.
How did you start doing wedding planning?
I have always been a very creative person, thus I was always asked to do the design for events and functions. This grew to weddings and even table designs in peoples homes. Once I was more established I began my own wedding company in South Africa, which I owned and ran for 15 years.
Tell us a little bit about yourself
I was originally born in Zimbabwe but then my family moved to South Africa where I lived most of my life. I traveled the world for most of my 20’s experiencing different cultures. I lived in a culturally volatile society which has made me very aware and empathetic with different cultures and societies and I enjoy experiencing new adventures.
I am an artistic person who is constantly painting or drawing. I am privileged with the ability to produce and see clear three-dimensional images which led me to start set design and lighting for theatre productions. In the last decade I produced and designed 3-5 shows a year in between planning events and weddings. I have always loved the diversity of each of these creative mediums and loved working with people.
In addition, I also studied to be a personal trainer and nutritionist. I owned my own exercise studio, teaching yoga and strength classes. I have also lectured nutrition and healthy lifestyle seminars to corporate groups and schools.
What are your hobbies?
I love being active so I enjoy any kind of sport from running, tennis, squash, body boarding, swimming, walking, hiking, cycling. I love reading and walking the beach with my dogs. Spending any free time with my family is definitely my favorite time.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced with planning weddings and how have you overcome it?
The biggest challenge I faced in South Africa was when a tent collapsed just as I had finished setting everything up for an event. We then successfully moved the entire event to another venue within two hours. In Charleston a great challenge was having 2 weddings cancelled due to Hurricane Florence. I was able to successfully move the wedding dates and all the vendors to another day for the weddings to continue. In general, my challenge in the past year has been to become associated with the city, the venues and the vendors in order to assist the brides adequately and ensure the wedding is run perfectly.
What is your favorite memory of Pinnacle?
My favorite day is when Stuart hired me even though I was a newbie to the USA. He has given me freedom and let me run with my ideas and the planning of my weddings. I cannot choose one memory in particular, as I have had so many wonderful bridal couples marrying in absolutely beautiful venues, in a beautiful city, with amazingly talented vendors from flowers to cakes to catering. Every day is a new delight.