Posh and Prim is officially up and running, lovelies! And to kick off our launch week, we are going to give you the beautiful back story of how and why this new company became a reality. Meet Erika Piquant and Lorna Marshall, both of them wives, mothers, savvy business women ready to take on the world, one check-list at a time. This is their story of coming together…
“It was fate!” Both women say with a laugh, Lorna’s loud and bubbly, Erika’s a smiley giggle, when I ask them how they began this amazing friendship. Well, yes a pinch of fate, a dose of small-world antics, and a shared passion for planning, specifically wedding planning. It all began at a networking event, in 2009 Detroit, Michigan. At the time, both women were a year into starting their own businesses, Erika with Eco-Posh Events, and Lorna with It’s Your Day. Immediately, they admired each other’s style, set up a career-driven coffee date, and their friendship instantly unfolded. “Sometimes being an entrepreneur gets lonely. It’s a lot of work! And we both were young mothers, trying to navigate parenthood while running a business. It was nice to be able to lean on one another and support each other professionally.” Erika explains. And to top it off, they found out that their husbands were coworkers – crazy!
The reasons they became fast friends are the same reasons why these two professionals make a powerhouse of wedding planners. Erika is the business woman - great with marketing, sales, budgeting, building relationships, and has an eye for design. She also is friendly and enjoys making people feel welcomed. Lorna is the energy – always open to trying new things (especially anything involving electronics and technology), keeping things light with her silliness and good-natured humor, and loves working with her clients. She is also able to stay calm throughout stressful situations, she’s considerate of others, thinking of their needs first, and is very humble.
Their complementary personalities bring a balance to the business, so each woman can do what she loves and is gifted at. Lorna comments, “We are the yin to the other’s yang. She is strong where I lack and vice versa. We are a great team, we simply blend well.”
But what the duo agrees upon wholeheartedly is the importance of family. Erika just celebrated ten years of marriage to her husband, Hudney, and they have a 9-year-old daughter, named Akira. Erika strives to lead by example for her daughter, pushing Akira to think outside the box, wanting her to know that she truly can be whatever she wants and that she will be happy doing what she loves.
Lorna has been married 12 years to her husband, Tymon, and they have two children, a daughter, Jade, who is 16, and a son, Jordan, who is 10. Their personal goals of creating quality family time, whether it’s taking time off to travel or staying home one day with a sick loved one, has sparked their professional goal. The main goal of their new company, Posh and Prim, is to create a dream team of wedding planners that can operate efficiently, so when any employee needs to take time for her own life, no one feels guilty, and above all else, clients’ weddings can carry on perfectly.
Erika sums up their relationship perfectly, “We aren’t just business partners, we are sisters in Christ, and friends. We care about each other’s life.”
Check out our about page on our website to read more about our Principle Planners, Erika and Lorna!
Photo Provided by JLB Weddings