I am a party planner, self-proclaimed fashionista and admitted shoe addict. I am in love with celebrating life, love and laughter. My style is a perfect mix of chic and modern, with a dash of soft and pink and just the right pinch of fabulously over the top. My family is everything to me. I have a prince for a son and a king for a husband, who could ask for anything more! Not to mention, I make a mean lemonade and the best biscuits in town (…not necessarily together) and I am and will always be undefeated on the dance floor.
Expression and creativity has been a part of my family for generations. My grandmother was a seamstress and homemaker, my mother a seamstress and interior designer and my sister also a seamstress, stylist and designer. Before my dad became my dad, he had a hit single in the 1960’s called, “Champagne and Wine”, (he would kill me if he knew I shared this with you) amongst other recordings he had at the time. So my love for the arts and creativity is literally wired into my DNA. I started my obsession with entertaining as a little girl organizing dinner parties for my dolls and stuffed animals. At eight years old, I was reading Ebony and Jet Magazines, cutting out pictures of Fashion Fair makeup, walking around the house in my mom’s pumps and having extravagant tea and dinner parties with my imaginary friends.
At the same time I started to craft my professional talent as a dancer. It didn’t take me long to decide that I wanted to entertain people for the rest of my life. As a teenager, I received my first official breakthrough when I was hired as a dancer for Jennifer Lopez. Since then, over the years I have performed for artists like Diddy, Missy Elliot, Nelly, Eve, and have been featured in high fashion runway shows, editorial print ads, and have produced a number of couture fashion shows as well as produced and choreographed many theater performances. I have also done some freelancing work as a makeup artist on a variety of video and editorial shoots.
In January 2002, I met the man of my dreams and in June 2005 he put a ring on it. We were planning our wedding for May 2006, and after a December 2005 trip to visit my sister in Atlanta, we decided we were going to move to there. Unbeknownst to my fiancé, I had put an offer on what would be our first home in Atlanta, and with one eye opened, learned shortly thereafter we were accepted. Although overjoyed with excitement, this put a monkey wrench in all the plans we were creating at the time.
Ironically, my annual family reunion was planned for July 2006 in none other than…Atlanta! So, we cancelled our plans to wed in NYC and moved the entire operation to Atlanta. We figured this would give us more time to plan since we now had a new life in a new state and so many things that were constant in our lives were now changing.
With me having a past in event planning, I assumed that planning my wedding would be the easiest thing to do, I mean I was a planner, I had planned countless social and corporate events, fashion shows, theatrical performances, so what could be so difficult about planning my own wedding. Boy was I wrong! Because our resources were very limited due to the fact that we were both looking for work, really didn’t know anybody and were still trying to get acclimated with the new town, my sister, mom and close friend of the family pitched in to help out. My mom is very religious and was totally against me and my fiancé “shacking” up so she wanted us to get married yesterday! Unfortunately, although the help they provided was outstanding, it turned out to be the wedding of “their” dreams…not mine.
I never mentioned this to them until now, mainly because I never wanted to hurt their feelings and make them feel unappreciated. But, I felt like I had to go with the flow of what everyone else wanted, because I didn’t have the funds or the resources I needed to plan what I wanted. Because we moved the operation from NYC to Atlanta in such short notice, none of our friends were able to make the event, nor were many of my husband’s family members able to attend.
I did what I had to do to please my family. But I suffered in the end. I cried for months after my wedding, regretting every decision I had made and sulking on the fact that I would never have that opportunity to have My Day again.
Although, I continued to plan events, I couldn’t even look at someone in a wedding dress without crying. I wanted nothing to do with weddings! Not until a very close friend of mine moved to Atlanta the year after and asked me to help her plan her wedding. Because she was my friend, I would never say no to her and had to swallow my feelings in order to be there for my friend.
It was during this time that it hit me…”You can’t give up on weddings!” I told myself, “You have to make sure that what happened to you doesn’t happen to anyone else!” I live, eat, sleep, breath entertaining and this is what makes me happy. I put all that I had into planning my friend’s wedding and was determined to make sure her wedding displayed every single fiber of what she and her husband represented and they were overjoyed with the outcome! I then realized that this is what I am supposed to be doing… using my talents and expertise to create timeless, personalized one-of-a-kind weddings. That burning desire to entertain birthed Tim Duncan Events.
Tim Duncan Events is dedicated to creating one-of-a kind custom weddings and events that reflect your personality and style and leave you with unforgettable joyous memories that last a lifetime. I have always had a love for making people happy by celebrating life’s most precious moments. This passion, along with my trained talents for entertaining, my 16 years of event planning experience, my own personal life experiences and my desire to help similar couples bring their visions to life is why I am the ideal planner for you!