In Jacksonville, FL, I sit among some of the MOST talented creatives I have ever met in my life. The passion and energy that flows within the small, creative businesses baffles me day in and day out. I feel selfish just keeping what I know about these biz owners all to myself. 

Friendor (a combo of "friend" and "vendor") Friday is a four part series of interviews with some of my favorite wedding business owners in North East Florida. I have asked each of them a series of questions, so that you can get to know them a little better, and understand why they love what they do! Here is a list of my Friendors being featured:

  1. PART ONE: Ashlyn Krall, Loba Design Co.
  2. PART TWO: Caleb + Charlee Stoner, Generation Y Entertainment
  3. PART THREE: Tanya Hendricks, Southern Charm Weddings & Events
  4. PART FOUR: Kerrie Hileman, The White Magnolia

Last week you met Caleb + Charlee of Generation Y Entertainment, and this week I am pleased to present Tanya of Southern Charm Weddings & Events. Tanya is the epitome of southern charm and it flows through her two businesses Southern Charm Weddings & Events and  Southern Charm Vintage & Specialty Rentals. I love show casing her vintage rental pieces in my photos since they fit my style to a tee! Also, at the end of this four-part series, I have a HUGE announcement to make! So stay tuned! 

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1. Who are YOU as a biz owner?

I am the Wedding Mama. My clients quickly become my family thus the nickname! I wear it as a badge of honor. I love taking care of people and love passing on my knowledge on to my clients. I believe in sharing and caring for clients as if they were my own children. I like to think this makes me stand out in the industry.

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2. What is the primary focus of your business?

My business actually has 2 focuses. First and foremost it the wedding planning and coordination. That has been my love and baby for the last 10 years, plus! 3 years ago we added an element near and dear to my heart. I am a lover of anything vintage and antique. There was not an avenue for Brides to find these treasure without traveling to Orlando or Atlanta, so we added on Southern Charm Vintage Rentals. This was a way for me to add that something special to my Brides as well as to bring a much needed commodity to the area. My Brides get to make a wish list and you never know what might jump on the truck. It is my passion to bring the best day possible to my Brides.

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3. Why do you LOVE what you do?

I love making dreams come true. Isn't that what it is all about!

4. If there was one piece of advice you could give to a bride, what would it be?

Don't try to do it all yourself. There is no sense in you and your family being stressed to the max on your wedding day. Hire a professional that knows what they are doing.

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5. Just for fun… if you had a million dollars… what would you do with it?

Well, I would not stop working, like I said this is my passion. So I would definitely be able to do that much more for my clients. I would also spoil the heck out of my grandbabies (who are my other passion in life!)

How adorable is Tanya in her Mini Cooper in this photo taken by Bri of Bri Cibene Photography!

How adorable is Tanya in her Mini Cooper in this photo taken by Bri of Bri Cibene Photography!

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