We had the good fortune of connecting with Gina Geiler and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Gina, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor behind my success is persistence and focus. When you own your own business you can get sooooo wrapped up in so many little things that don’t contribute to your success. Whether that is spending countless hours scrolling through social media and comparing yourself to your competitors or spending a lot of money trying to rebrand yourself when you are still searching for who you are exactly as a company. It’s also reminding yourself that you are on a journey. There will be so many leads that will come and go and to not judge your self-worth on how many couples you book in a month. That is where the focus comes in and to be honest, can be really hard to remember at times. Persistence is key when growing your business and brand. Making sure to remind yourself to stay true to who you are, take on passion projects that fuel and grow your brand, and keep pushing to ensure you are making the most out of the time you spend on your company. I always leave one day during the week as my office day to recap on the week and refocus on my priorities. This allows me to really dial in on what needs to get done and where my attention needs to be. This in turn allows me to stay persistent in my ventures!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Gina Marie Weddings & Events was created from a passion that was boiling over at my corporate job! I started working in weddings in 2011 and eventually moved positions to a solid corporate job. Although I loved the stability and the wonderful 9-5, I was itching to be creative and to work with clients and their love story! I started my business in 2016 and haven’t looked back! Has it been easy, HA, I wish!! There have been countless nights spent crying, second-guessing myself, and being frustrated. I have a wonderful support system at home who has helped me take a step back and really focus on what is important. It’s not comparing myself to my colleagues and thinking ‘why are they so good and I’m not’. It’s focusing on comparing me to myself and to really showcase how far I’ve come in these past 4-years. 2020 has been the first year I can focus on my business full-time and we all know how many curveballs this year has brought us so I am thankful to have survived it! I want the world to know that my brand is all-inclusive. GME is a proudly queer woman-owned company & we accept all clients regardless of who they love. We focus on love above all else and how we can totally acheive your vision on your special day. I want the world to know that our brand is compassionate, fun & down to celebrate with our clients fully and wholeheartedly! This is your wedding and you need to celebrate however feels right to the both of you! I will totally be your hype girl through the entire process!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Ah! In Fort Lauderdale, there are so many fun, hidden spots! We would hit Circle House Coffee for some great coffee drinks & delicious food. Then head to FAT Village & the Hive to check out The Wander Shop for some great finds! After that, I would take them down to Riverwalk for a drink at the Warf and then head to The Village Vegan for some great lunch on the water! For another drink, I would totally recommend Tarpon River Brewery. Then for dinner, we would go to sushi at Asian Corner Thai. This is my favorite sushi restaurant. For a nightcap, we would head down to Wilton Drive and dance the night away!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to all the badass babes that support me throughout this entire journey. These babes include all the amazing vendors I work with. Those vendors who have become friendors and who chat with me on the phone for hours about crazy situations. These are also the women who inspire me to create, inspire me to push the boundaries, and to be a better wedding professional! There are too many to name individually and I want to encourage other professionals to really get to know your community. We have so much in common other than loving weddings!
see email sent to Emma with photos & vendor credits Marla Manes Photography – @marlamanesphotography Lindsey Grace Whiddon – @lindseygracewhiddon Enuel Viera Photography – @enuelvieraphoto Vanessa ValeZ Photography – @vanessavalezphotography Tiny House Photo – @tinyhousephoto Finding Light Photography – @findinglightphotography Cortiella Photography – @cortiellaphotography Photos for Hearts – @photos4hearts