Harper Woods, Michigan (PressExposure) December 03, 2012 -- A Harper Woods Wedding and Event planning company has been nominated 2012 Wedding Industry Experts Awards winner. Lisa Smith, Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planner and owner of Gabbi Grace Events, has been awarded the top honor as Detroit's Top Wedding Planner by the Wedding Industry Experts.
Lisa Smith has been a wedding planner for over 10 years as well as an instructor for the Wedding Planning Institutes Certified Professional Wedding and Event Certification Course at Macomb Community College for over three years.
Lisa Smith began planning special events when she was a high school junior from Home Coming Dances to the Junior and Senior Proms if there was a planning committee she was on it. After her graduation from high school in 1991 it was no surprise her passion for planning special events followed her to at Fairmont State College Fairmont, West Virginia it was there in 1992 she planned, coordinated and designed the 1st Student Union Ball in addition to the planning and promoting a concert at the time a little known group by the name of Hootie and The Blowfish.
In 1996 Lisa returned to Michigan and began working for Wintor-Swan LLC. The largest African American owned Printing and Bindery company in the United States. 2000 she began working for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan it was here that her passion really began to cultivate and grow Lisa planned her 1st paid Full-Service Wedding in 1999 on her birthday from that she began giving advice and planning, coordinating and directing weddings for co-workers during this time her husband began to notice the huge amount of time she was spending on planning weddings he came to her and together they decided that she should pursue it as a full-time career in 2004 with full support from her husband Joseph she left Blue Cross and Blue Shield to start her own business in 2007 she proudly earned and received her distinguished designation as a Certified Professional Wedding Planner and became a proud member of The Association of Bridal Consultants during this time Gabbi Grace Events was officially launched.
Almost two years after completing her certification. The Wedding Planning Institute received a recommendation from Lisa's former Instructor, President of the Detroit Chapter of ISES and Author Narketta Sparkman to be her replacement as Instructor of the Wedding Planning Certification Program after being contacted by The Wedding Planning Institute Lisa took over and began her journey of teaching one the things she loves most planning Weddings and Special Events.
Lisa is a Professional Certified Wedding and Event Planner Instructor teaching courses offered by the Lovegevity Wedding Planning Institute in partnership with world -renowned Wedding and Special Events design icon Preston Bailey, Preston Bailey's signature Wedding and Event Design Course. In addition Lisa has volunteered her time and planning experience for Jazz on the Vine benefit Gilda's (Radner) Club a non-profit cancer support community.
Not only is Lisa a educator of the Wedding industry she continues to remain a student by attending industry related seminars, workshops, conferences and monthly Association meetings .
"Becoming a Certified Professional Wedding, Event Planner, Designer and Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planner Instructor has been one of the best things I could have done not only did I learn a lot of new things it has also afforded me the opportunity to teach something that I truly love which is celebrating love and life and helping client customize their events especially for them. I look forward to teaching people how to set-up and run their Wedding and Event Planning businesses the correct way so that we can continue to have a Wedding and Event Planning industry that is reputable and have clients hire Certified Professional Wedding and Event Planners that they can trust to share in planning, coordinating and execution of their event."
Mrs. Smith is married with two daughters and is a Proud Member of the Wedding Industry Experts Expert Panel, offering tips and advice to wedding industry professionals.
"I am honored to receive such an esteemed award. To be recognized by my clients and colleagues for my hard work and dedication while doing what I love for is such a tremendous honor."
The Wedding Industry Experts Awards is an annual awards competition that awards the top wedding industry professionals both nationally and internationally.