A San Francisco native, founder and owner of Coquette Events, Andrea Lee thought her passion was in retail until she experienced firsthand what it was like to be a wedding planner. Her coolness under pressure, attention to detail and ability to handle others emotions left her no choice but to dive right into the industry. Andrea is thrilled to be a part of the Blu Bungalow collection of vendors.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
I’m a San Francisco native but I spent much of the last seven years living in Manhattan. Before moving to New York, I graduated from Cal and then went on to FIDM. I have a background in fashion merchandising, having worked for Ralph Lauren. Most recently, I was planning corporate events for HSBC before deciding to start Coquette Events.
I’ve been married to my amazing husband for the past two and a half years and we recently welcomed daughter Kayla who is seven months old. Some lesser known facts about me are that I love the color red, I love to eat spicy food and I am an expert at tying pretty bows!
How did you get into the wedding industry?
At the time, my full time job had a lot of event management and organizing functions which gave me a lot of insight and experience planning large scale functions. In 2009 I took on the HUGE task of planning my own wedding and it was at that point that I realized my passion for the wedding industry and wanted nothing more than to continue working with couples on one of the most special days of their life!
Coquette Events recently joined Blu Bungalow as one of their event planners, how has your experience been so far?
Blu Bungalow provides Coquette Events with a great sense of community and has allowed me to work with many talented vendors that I hadn’t worked with in the past. The Blu Bungalow space is beautiful and provides for the perfect atmosphere for meeting with my clients (of course they enjoy the freely flowing bubbly!).
As a member of Blu Bungalow, I’ve also had many opportunities to attend industry events and network with others. Hazel, the owner of Blu Bungalow is also a great resource!
How can Coquette Event brides utilize Blu Bungalow?
The Blu Bungalow space itself is a great resource for brides. There they can meet with their vendors, review portfolios, have their hair and makeup trial or even host their own bridal shower!
The Blu Bungalow space hosts workshops. What types of workshops are you planning to offer down the line?
People love to drink at weddings and I’ll be helping couples to create the perfect signature drink at my Signature Cocktails Workshop. There will be lots of fun details and information on how to dress up your drink and of course sampling drinks in the class is a must!