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Meet Renée Givens

Today we’d like to introduce you to Renée Givens.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Entrepreneurship was more than a choice for me, I was birthed into it. As the daughter of two successful entrepreneurs, I always attended a business meeting with my father or received one-on-one business coaching and accounting sessions from my mother.

I started my entrepreneurial career at the young of 13 working for my parents in one of their three collective businesses; while also having my own beverage vending machine company started with seed money from my parents and assisting my beloved aunt, who owned a traditional floral shop and master florist. It was in that floral shop I first received hands-on training.

I continued my studies working in the hospitality sector as well as getting a certification from a floral design school in Atlanta, GA. I have an extensive background working as a social & corporate sales meeting planner with the Marriott brand and Sage Hospitality.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has definitely not been easy. Just like life, I don’t believe business is linear and predictable.

We all set out with dreams, hopes, intentions, and plans but there are so many things that come up that we don’t see or are knowledgeable about that can trip us up. No matter if we stumble, it’s all in how we get up and continue to move forward that makes us successful.

When I first started I had no real clear idea of what I wanted my brand to represent and how I wanted to show up or share my gifts. It was through every opportunity I was able to really develop into the designer that I am now. I have a clear vision for the future and how I want to represent not only my work but myself to the world.

Another struggle along the way was not having support to help guide me when I doubted myself or I wasn’t knowledgeable in certain business areas. I am so thankful that I have an incredible tribe of people who support, love, and believe in the work that I do.

I wouldn’t be who I am and where I am without connecting with other industry vendors. We encourage each to walk and create in excellence no matter how big or small. That’s why it is so important for me to help any new and upcoming event professional that wants to get advice.

I don’t want them to make the same mistakes that I did or go through the challenges that I had to endure. When you know better, you do better.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m a floral/event design producer and editorial stylist. I design floral arrangements, create event design concepts, and style editorial photoshoots for weddings, social, corporate events, and print/digital content for various outlets.

I have worked with some amazing clients and brands such as Black Southern Belle, HGTV, Draper James, and Food Network. My work has been featured in Black Enterprise, Carolina Bride Magazine, Southern Bride, A Lowcountry Wedding, Skirt Magazine, Munaluchi Bride, Southern Noir Magazine, and Black Nuptials.

Having been raised in a southern American (Gullah-Geechee) and Caribbean (Trinidad and Tobago) family, I grew up around a cultural explosion in two diverse familial heritages that are deeply rooted in my heart and overflows in every area of my life, even my work life.

I truly believe the uniqueness in my Gullah-Geechee and Caribbean upbringing sets me apart because it has given me a deep affection for etiquette, entertaining, beautiful presentations, timeless traditions and just making every day extraordinary.

If you know anything about both of those cultures then you know that they are equally rich and diverse when it comes to traditions and excellence in entertainment and events not just only on special occasions but in everyday life.

My design style is also a direct reflection of my love of stage/screen set design along with soundtracks and costuming. I believe in setting an artistic scene, taking details to the next level, and utilizing all five senses throughout an event for total sensory immersion to create magic that truly comes alive.

I create cohesive event atmospheres that include multi-faceted sensory experiences using floral design, in-house event rentals, event management, day-of coordination, custom decor, floor planning, and lighting. I include touchpoints in every physical event that utilizes all of the 5 senses: sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch to create an event that is unlike any other and is uniquely created for my clients.

I love designing not only event spaces but interior spaces as well. Every event or project that I take on is a true reflection of the love and passion in my heart. What I present is my gift to the world and a physical representation of my heart on display.

I specialize in creative event designs that focus on my favorite design aesthetics:

~ Classic Elegance
~ Coastal Beach Chic
~ Southern Garden Romance
~ Lowcountry Rustic
~ Rich and Vibrant Cultural Vibes

If we knew you growing up, how would we have described you?
{I love this question!!}. I remember being in 3rd grade and my teacher wrote a note to my parents on my report card that “Renée is a really good student but she could be better if she wasn’t busy being the class social butterfly”.

I didn’t realize it then but I do now that was the first time I could remember that someone highlighted my gift for being a great hostess and connector of people.

Growing up, I was always involved in multiple activities, and clubs as well as an active member in my church community which provided outlets for me to organize, plan and lead various events. I was always interested in being creative and in the event industry.

I still have a letter I wrote to myself when I was 13 years old that I listed several careers that I wanted to have and on that list, I wrote that I wanted to own my event design studio. I truly spoke my career into existence at 13 even before I knew this was what I was going to choose in this life.

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Image Credits
Tesha Stephens Photography, Richard Bell Photography, Samantha Clarke Photography, Pressmark Studios captured by Kaitlin Rose,  Carolina Rain Photography, and Mercede B. Photography

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