Today we’d like to introduce you to Jumi Aluko.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I absolutely LOVE events! Especially when I’m on the planning and production side of things – hence my career choice of being in the events industry. Growing up, my family was always throwing one party or the other – whether it was in our basement (I’m from Maryland), our front yard, or a neighborhood community center – people knew that when we were hosting a party, they needed to be there! My mother would arrange these parties with so much ease – I was always amazed. My older sister and I were always her unofficial event assistants, running around making sure everything was flowing smoothly – and I guess people noticed because it wasn’t long before I was being asked to help out at weddings of family friends! But, I never once considered event planning as a career. Fun fact: I don’t also have anything close to a hospitality degree, I have degrees in public health and healthcare administration – talk about nowhere near event planning! It wasn’t until I got to grad school that I began to really see that event planning could indeed be something for me. I worked part-time for one of the Centers in the School of Public Health, and one of my major roles was planning and managing events ranging from local board meetings, national multi-day meetings, global conferences, and even a film screening. I loved every minute of it. It was 2016, I was graduating in May 2017, and I started to spend more time trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life post-grad school – I knew it was events but was terrified to tell anyone that especially after spending so much time working/getting a degree in public health. So, instead of telling anyone how I was feeling, I started to do research into the world of event planning and decided you know what, I’ll start small and focus on one area – and that was wedding planning. I spent the first part of 2017 trying to figure out what my wedding planning business would look like and, in the process, landed the first client! To me, it was a sign that this was all heading in the right direction and so with the couple’s wedding coming up in October, I decided to go all-in and made my company, DunniWeddings, official in September 2017!
Please tell us about your art.
I’m a producer and manager of events. I’ve started out with weddings and have recently expanded to working with small businesses and nonprofit organizations to help them plan and produce company meetings, brand events, and social events – all that meet their respective vision and goals. Not only do I love planning, producing, and managing events, but I’m also a strategic communicator, relationship builder, and people connector. In the midst of our digital age, you’ll see me constantly emphasizing the importance of effective communication and building relationships in person. I really love connecting with people to build strong and lasting relationships. Something that inspires me to do what I do is that I often see how easily people get frustrated or discouraged at the thought of bringing their vision to life, and I always want to find a way to remedy that. I know that each day I have on earth, I have the opportunity to impact the life of a person and help them celebrate life’s achievements/accomplishments without them feeling alone or bogged down by the HOW.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Well, we can always work together on an event, and they’ll see the magic we can create together! Otherwise, you can check out all things wedding related www.dunniweddings.com (it’s got great resources to support all of you on your wedding planning journey!), and you can check out all non-wedding related event information, including my portfolio at www.jumialuko.com.
- Website: www.dunniweddings.com
- Phone: 443-718-0494
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Other: www.jumialuko.com
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