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Life and Work with Camryn Fiks

Today we’d like to introduce you to Camryn Fiks.

Camryn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I met my boyfriend (now husband), Eugene, through my parents back home in Chicago the summer before going off to college at Michigan State University. We dated long distance throughout my time there and even during the summers I spent interning in New York City. After graduating from college, I packed my bags and moved to New York City to pursue a career in the fashion industry and brought Eugene with me. A couple of years later, Eugene proposed to me on the Highline, which began the most exciting time in my life. I spent a year and a half planning and designing our wedding at Cedar Lakes Estate in the Hudson Valley of New York. Unlike many couples, I truly enjoyed every minute of the planning process and was sad when it was coming to an end. Our wedding day, July 22, 2017, was such a beautiful and special day for us. It was incredibly rewarding to see all of the big decisions and small details come together to the vision I had from the very beginning. I knew I had to make a career out this as weddings were clearly such a passion of mine. I decided to take the leap, started my own business and haven’t looked back since.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I wish I could say it’s been a smooth road from the beginning, but of course, I have had some challenges along the way. As a wedding planner, it can be difficult at times to gain the trust of couples who may not know me well. I’ve found that leveraging my own network of contacts has helped me secure business with couples who put their trust in me.  With this type of business, it is incredibly important to continue to network. You never know where your next opportunity will come from. I also strongly believe that above all, being kind, generous and authentic will set me apart and lead to more referrals.

Please tell us about Camryn Brook Events.
Camryn Brook Events is a boutique planning and design studio specializing in crafting refined, romantic and personalized weddings. We pride ourselves in creating memorable affairs through cohesive, unique designs with thoughtful details to reflect our clients’ personalities. We believe in designing with intention and purpose that truly speaks to our couples’ love stories. Our work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, BRIDES, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake and Wedding Sparrow.

Were there people and/or experiences you had in your childhood that you feel laid the foundation for your success?
Growing up I was a competitive gymnast, which explains my perfectionism. It has carried over into my career as I dedicate a lot of time and energy making sure every event is as perfect as possible, down to the smallest details. I also come from parents who are equally smart and talented in their own right. My dad is business-savvy and numbers-oriented, while my mom is artistic and creative. I like to think I got a little bit of both of them, which helps me with both the logistics and design side of the business.

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Image Credit:
Lauren Fair Photography, Cadence Kennedy Photography, Clary Pfeiffer Photography

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