Jennifer and Kelley
My name is Kelley and I attend Endicott College in Beverly, Ma. As a senior I am required to attain a semester long internship related to the field in which I study. My major is Hospitality with a concentration in Events Management. While I was on the hunt to find an internship, I came across In The Pink Ink Events which caught my attention right away. I knew I wanted to intern with an event planning company and expand my knowledge in an industry that I was so interested in. I knew In the Pink Inks would be the right fit for me, and I have truly experienced so much within these last few months thanks to Holly and her compassion for being an event planner.
My name is Jennifer Dorval, I am an undergraduate student at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA studying business management. Each student must complete two internships by the end of their senior year in order to graduate. I have many interests within the business field but am not sure what suits me the best. This opportunity at In the Pink Ink will not only broaden my horizon but challenge my creative side. Here at In the Pink Ink I am able to learn from a very successful event planner, meet some wonderful people, and enjoy the work that is being accomplished. That is what matters most anyways, being happy and loving what you do.
In the last couple of months we have had the privilege to work three large events, two weddings and one birthday. The first event was Dave and Jess Fish’s wedding in Topsfield, MA at The Commons. The venue and wedding itself was absolutely beautiful! Kelley took notes while Holly went over the detailed schedule with the couple, making sure that everyone was on the same page. She was able to see the work that goes into planning a wedding from start to finish. Having a good idea of what the ceremony and reception of the were going to be like, Kelley then had the opportunity to help Holly start planning the candy bar and put together menu cards and center pieces for the table setting. Kelley was given the responsibility to come up with a design for the candy bar. The only challenge was trying to find candy that the client wanted in the colors purple and white; the color scheme for the wedding. The day of the wedding we assisted Holly and worked with the photographers and numerous staff members. We noticed how much of a team effort it takes to pull off a successful wedding.While Holly, Kelley, and Coco were at the ceremony site Jennifer was escorting the guests from the hotels to The Commons. Everyone has their own specific responsibilities and it is crucial that those responsibilities are completed and on a timely manner. Positive attitudes, team work, communication, and time management are all key components to have throughout the day to make sure plans are followed through. It’s also a relief knowing everyone is on the same page. It is nice to see everyone come together and help each other out, specifically when it came time for us to set up the candy bar towards the end of the wedding. As the night was coming to a close we assisted guests by the candy bar and stocked candy when needed. As guests were leaving we said our farewells and congratulated the happy couple. Everyone had enjoyed themselves and were very happy with the overall turnout. It was a pleasure meeting those attending the event and also those involved with the setup. After the night was completed we felt more prepared and excited for upcoming events.
Bird Cage Cardholder
Purple and White Candy Bar
The second event that we were able to help plan was a wedding in Provincetown, MA. This wedding was on a smaller scale than the previous one. Kelley was able to travel to the cape with Holly to meet her clients and sit down with them at the Harbor Hotel, which was the location that they were having their reception at. Their ceremony was going to be held on the beach, so Holly did not have to do too much in preparations for that. We all went over the reception schedule with the hotel manager to make sure everything was going to be placed appropriately and that the buffet was all squared away. A few weeks later, both Holly and Kelley met with the bride to put together floral arrangements for the centerpieces along with her boutique. The florist we worked with was so friendly and took the time to put together different arrangements until the bride fell in love with one. Kelley was able to see what it is like working within a budget and how you have to make the best out of what you can afford and sometimes negotiating is needed. Unfortunately Kelley was unable to be there the day of the actual wedding, but Jennifer was able to attend and help Holly with set up for reception. The wedding was a little more modern than previous ones seen, but it fit the location perfectly and the couple was extremely happy with how everything turned out, specifically how the weather cooperated for them and they were able to have their ceremony on the beach as they wished!
Reception at Harbor Hotel overlooking the ocean
Uniquely designed gift table
Cute Party Favors
The most recent event that we put together was a 30th birthday party that was being held at Kings Bowling Alley at Legacy Place. The client wanted her theme to be all neon colors withlots of glitter and items that would be able to glow in the black light. This was also a smaller scaled event but it was a lot of fun to plan because we could put our creativity to use. The client gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted, as long as it fit within the theme. Holly andKelley created centerpieces which were little glass bowls that had glow stick liquored inside. This made the whole bowl glow and inside of that we ordered neon colored balloons that came in all sorts of shapes to stick out of the glass bowls. Along with the centerpieces, we put together another candy table which had an assortment of bright colored candy and mustaches for guests to wear. The party was held in a private room with a few lanes for guest to bowl at. There was also a full bar along with h’orderves and food that was provided by Kings. The client only had the private room for three hours, so we were able to be there ahead of time to set up. Everyone at the venue was eager to help us so the process went by fast which was a great help. Overall the room fulfilled all the clients expectations with the neon colors and all of the guests matched the decor as they dressed up in neon as well! The client was satisfied with her party and it was a huge success. We both feel more confident after being part of the planning process of these events. Holly has been such a big help and she has been there to support us along the way! It is not easy sometimes, but it takes time and experience to learn how to master being an event planner and knowing how to handle any type of issue thatcomes across our path. We are both so thankful for this opportunity that Holly has given us and we hope to continue on to find our niche in this industry.
Neon and Glitter hats used for decoration
Neon colored Birthday Cake