Chic Spotlight: Elegant Whims

Chic Spotlight: Elegant Whims

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Click here to learn more about the certified wedding planners behind Elegant Whims and how they can make your big day dreams come true.

(left to right) Melinda Strobehn and Patti Davis, Co-Owners of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners
(left to right) Melinda Strobehn and Patti Davis, Co-Owners of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners (Photo by: Pottinger Photography)

Cincy Chic: What is Elegant Whims?
Patti Davis, Co-Owner of Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners: Elegant Whims Certified Wedding Planners was established by two cousins who believe that no bride and groom should experience the wedding day problems they did. We combine our creative talents, organizational skills, passion and sense of humor to provide a relaxed, enjoyable journey up to and including your wedding day. At Elegant Whims, we treat each couple and their family and friends as if they were family.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Elegant Whims?
Davis: I, along with my cousin Melinda Storbehn, have dreamed of owning our own business since we were children growing up in Michigan. Spending our time together playing dress-up, Barbies and having tea parties. When it was time to celebrate – birthdays, holidays or family gatherings, our mothers would always add that little “something extra” to the table seating that would transform it into a beautiful and enchanting affair. We learned at an early age that it’s in the details where memories are made. Today, we bring our unique strength and styles together, along with our appreciation of the details, to give each client that Elegant Whims Experience.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind Elegant Whims?
Davis: It’s me and my cousin Melinda who co-own Elegant Whims together. Melinda is the CFO and has been happily married to her cousin Steve for 33 years. They have two children, two dogs and two cats. Some of her responsibilities including layout design for the ceremony and reception site, ensuring that the correct rental items are orders and working with clients on their budget.
I’m the CEO and have been married to my wonderful husband Rick for 36 years. We have two sons. A few of my responsibilities include client correspondence, timeline creation and posting to social media and advertising sites.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch Elegant Whims?
Davis: The State of Ohio officially recognized Elegant Whims as a business on February 14, 2012. Prior to the launch of Elegant Whims, we worked together planning and facilitating multiple weddings and events.

Cincy Chic: What do you enjoy most about running your business?
Davis: Everything! The first meeting with our clients is exciting because we have the opportunity to hear their story, the vision of their wedding and how Elegant Whims can help them. The planning process is like putting together a huge jigsaw puzzle. As each piece is put into place the total picture starts to emerge. As the day draws near, we watch out couples and their parents relax, enjoy and start to “see” the total picture of the wedding day vision coming together. Oftentimes, couples come to us with no idea of what to do next so it’s our joy to guide them and watch them joke and have fun at each vendor meeting.

On the wedding day Melinda’s favorite part is the excitement in both the bride’s and groom’s pre-ceremony rooms. The bride is relaxing and joking with her attendants and moms. There is talk about how to properly hold their bouquets, reminding them to walk slowly and smile. The groom and his groomsmen are usually laughing about shared stories as he gets ready for the next chapter in his life. My favorite part is getting the attendants and bride ready for the walk down the aisle – from fluffing the bride’s gown train to watch the groom’s face as she walks down the aisle toward him, it’s one of the most heartwarming experiences.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Elegant Whims?
Davis: Always! Elegant Whims is excited about many new things on our horizon. Because it is important to offer packages that will help many couples with different planning needs, we are in the process of restructuring and adding to our planning packages. We are always on the lookout for the next cutting edge trends happening on the east and west coasts. Continuing our education is important to us and we are currently working toward our Senior Certified Wedding Planner certification. Being a part of many networking groups helps us forge working relationships throughout the wedding industry.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Davis: We would love to invite readers to visit our website and don’t miss out on tips and trends by Elegant Whims on our blog. See the fun it is to plan your wedding with Elegant Whims by liking our Facebook page and share in our design ideas on Pinterest. And, of course, we are featuring on The Knot, Wedding Wire and Perfect Wedding Guide.