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Meet Karen Nguyen of Wish Wonder Dream

Today we’d like to introduce you to Karen Nguyen.

Karen, before we jump into specific questions about your work, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
If you ask anyone who’s known me growing up, you’ll discover that becoming a wedding planner always has been my dream. I used to fantasize about the details of a wedding — the florals, the fabrics/linen, the moments I would want caught on camera — but my fantasies were never about my own wedding. These fantasies held images of faceless brides and grooms who wanted nothing less than lavish weddings produced by yours truly. However, my dreams were just that. Dreams.

My parents molded me into believing that success relies heavily on how much money one makes. So naturally, I grew up with the intent to continue my education and let that pave the road to what would be my career. Now we can speed things up and fast forward two decades. I’m a college graduate with my Bachelors and MBA working a corporate job for a very well-known company. I’ve made my parents proud and myself even prouder by proving my independence and stability — or as my parents would call it, “success.”

Success gradually became complacency and as much as I wanted to enjoy my job, there wasn’t much to enjoy. (Don’t get me wrong, not all corporate jobs are terrible!) I just knew that working for someone else, especially in a corporate setting where the policies and procedures manual is their bible, is not what is meant for me. What pushed me into my then, free fall and now, silver lining happened on my Monday upon arriving at work. Long story short, a series of events led up to my realization of “Fuck this shit.” (Excuse my French.) I grabbed my things and walked out of the office. Though, it wasn’t as dramatic as it sounds. There was no screaming of “I quit!” and I didn’t cause a commotion as I left. As simply as it reads, I walked out and onto my new beginning.

Wow – stepping away from the comforts of your corporate job so quickly is pretty amazing and inspiring. Let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall since then and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I feel that this question is subjective because people have a perception of challenges based on how they react to them. In the grand scheme of things, I have to say that I have been so, so fortunate. I leaped at this opportunity as quickly as it came to me not knowing what to expect.

Has it been easy? Absolutely not — but only because it is HARD work, and hard work is never easy. Wedding planning and owning a business takes heaps of sacrifice, extensive hours, and at times, isolation (in addition to so many other things). But again, I’m immensely fortunate and could say that this journey has gone more smoothly than I could ever fathom.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
Wish Wonder Dream is a premier wedding and event planning company. We specialize and are recognized for the weddings we produce, but we also put on socials, corporate events, bat/bar mitzvahs, and everything in between. If I had to choose just one thing to be proud of, I have to say I am most proud of my team. We have been able to cultivate a team where each individual has a passion for what they do. Because of that, we all go above and beyond for our couples.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Absolutely everything growing up. We were poor and definitely not as comfortable or fortunate as we are now, but my parents never let me know it. I honestly could say that despite my family’s lack if money, I had such a wholesome upbringing. I appreciate my parents so, so much for what they’ve instilled in me and for giving my brothers and me the world.

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Image Credit:

Wish Wonder Dream
Lauren Dixon Photography
We Heart Studio
Vivienne Tyler Photography
Yours Truly Media
Katie Ruther Photography

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