Sage Wedding Pros…
is committed to creating financially sustainable businesses.
At our core…
We pride ourselves on the following values:
- we love learning and want to share this knowledge with you
- we make a promise for an unexpected level of quality
- we treat everyone with kindness and an open mind
- we have integrity in everything we do
- we promote the spirit of collaboration
- we share in honest and trustworthy relationships
- we want to laugh with you
How we got here…
(roots in the corporate world & blossoms in the wedding biz)
Michelle joined the wedding industry when she launched her stationery business in 2004: mmm… paper. She has a background in finance, having armed herself with a BS in Accounting from University of Southern California and having spent her early career working for Deloitte LLP. She spent 5 years in the fashion industry as a sales manager for DDLA, and a visual merchandiser for Coach, Inc. In 2008, Michelle co-founded the not-for-profit Get Hitched Give Hope and served as President for 2 years. She continues to serve the organization as its Treasurer and Advisor.
Today, Michelle helps small business owners in the wedding industry with their business planning. Her particular strength is in financial analysis. Hidden in financial info are always opportunities for improvement and growth. She loves being able to help with the “mystery of numbers” and make business owners confident in their business finances.
Kelly Simants joined Sage Wedding Pros in 2009 and partnered with Michelle Loretta to develop The Simple Plan, an easy-peasy approach to writing business plans for the wedding industry. Kelly’s background in training and development, as well as her 8 years experience in the wedding industry enabled her to guide wedding pros in the growth of their business. Her expertise lies in the people components of an organization’s training, organizational design, leadership development, employee relations, staffing and strategic planning. In 2008, she also co-founded the wedding industry not-for-profit Get Hitched Give Hope, and was responsible for overall procurement and event logistics.
Outside of Sage Wedding Pros, Kelly is also the owner of Sweet Pea Events, a wedding and event planning business with offices in Seattle, New York, and Dallas. Before launching her business, Kelly worked for Starbucks as a Director of Human Resources for their Supply Chain Operations, as well as Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a Human Resources Analyst.
What we’re known for…
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