We had the good fortune of connecting with Carly Williams and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Carly, do you have a budget?
Okay. Budgeting is so so important. Staying within your means, even more so. I am very passionate about saving cash and making sure you can pay for things IN CASH. There is a time and a place for credit but ultimately cash is king. I am lean with my lifestyle because, frankly, my work is my world so I don’t buy a lot of things because I don’t have time to shop around and browse and be tempted by all the cute stuff. My priorities are different. I’d rather spend money on travel than on a pair of Target shoes that will break in 10 wears. It’s all about priorities and a long time ago, I realized if I wanted this lifestyle of CEO, I would have to be lean in other areas of my life to get where I wanted to go ultimately!

What should our readers know about your business?
The brief story is – I started wedding planning in 2010, purchased Primary Petals in 2015, bought out my partner in 2017, and launched a nationwide arm for Primary Petals Direct where we ship bouquets nationwide. I am so proud of my drive and tenacity to do hard things and to face systems that are built around the idea that women can’t play a role in them. I have spent sleepless nights, tears, laughter, and fear to get to where I’m at. I have fought and will continue to fight for my brands because they are impacting people and lives. At the end of the day, you are signing up for a marathon and not a sprint. You are signing up for far more than a job or a career, you are signing up for a new lifestyle.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is such a fun question because I am currently planning a trip for my best friend to come to Los Angeles for a visit! Her and I’s vibe is very casual and flexible with fun in the mix. We will most likely sleep till 8 or 8:30 (a far cry to my regular 5am wakeup) and take the morning slow while making breakfast at the house. If it’s sunny, we are hitting the beach to paddle board and do some floating on some cute floaties. Knowing my audience will depend on if wine coolers are involved or some sun tea. We’ll wrap the beach day with an amazing meal on a rooftop in Long Beach, Saint and Second for some flatbread, wine, and laughs!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would be nowhere without my parent’s support. They have shouldered the brunt of the bad days and celebrated the victories with me without judgment. So thanks, mom and dad, for being my biggest cheerleaders, customers, and the people in the world that know I am capable of anything!

Website: www.carlyraeweddings.com
Instagram: carlyraeweddings
Linkedin: carly williams
Facebook: facebook.com/carlyraeweddings
Other: https://www.theknot.com/marketplace/carly-rae-weddings-signal-hill-ca-504610

Image Credits
Alyssa Ricole Photography Braedon Flynn Photography Celina Kenyon Photography

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