There is so much to be said about the women that is Lara Casey. She remains a great influence in my life as she continues to remind me through blog entries, tweets and updates to focus on what matters. That is huge for those of us trying to balance motherhood, business, family, friendships and spiritual growth. Since meeting her years ago, my life has been forever changed. Through mentorship, consulting, intensives and her friendship, she¹s helped me grow my business in ways that I never imagined. What separates her from the rest is her transparency when it comes to her personal life and relationship with God. Her vulnerability and candor forces others to get real and get it together! Rarely will you meet someone that is willing to expose their shortfalls and celebrate the lessons as a result. I am so thankful for her and all that she brings to the industry. She continues to be inspiration for women, new and veteran entrepreneurs and individuals excited about doing the work that lights our hearts on fire.
I have been in the photographic industry for almost 20 years and I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful other professionals in my industry and others. But, everyone once in a while a true gem just crosses my path. That person that lights up the room with their grace, smile and ability to share the exact information that you so desperately need to hear. This is how I fell about Lara Casey. I met her in passing at a professional wedding conference and her joy for life and passion to share was just magnetic. She is truly one of the most incredibly women I have ever met. I am not only in love with her personality, knowledge and passion for business but she is quite possibly one of the most authentic people I have ever met. So CHEERS to Lara Casey for sharing what she loves, practicing what she preaches and loving as big as she can.
In these last five years, Lara has played a huge role in taking both my own business and my personal life to the next level through her Making Brands Happen and Making Things Happen programs. Her knowledge and expertise in branding and the wedding industry has helped my business grow in leaps and bounds. Her life strategies and philosophy has changed the way I live my life and to be the very best version of me. I can say that I have not met anyone more honest and genuine with a heart of gold than Lara and it is a privilege to call her a friend.
From the moment I met Lara, I knew that I had found the person who could take my vision and bring it to life. Lara took the time to learn about my likes and dislikes, my beliefs, and my vision. She was then able to tell my story and create my branding. Hence, The Bridal Circle was born! During the time that I worked with Lara, she listened intently to understand my needs and went above and beyond to meet those needs. Lara was always there to take my phone calls and answer my emails, and this was critical for me, especially during the trying times. Her level of customer service was exceptional. My experience with Lara went beyond anything that I expected. I am blown away by the end result of my branding, and my followers have been as well. I would highly recommend to anyone who is looking to build a powerful, impressionable brand and who wants to work with the best, to seek out Lara Casey. I am forever grateful and in awe of all that she has done for me!
Without Lara, there is no way on this earth that my company would exist today. She has given me the confidence, strength, and knowledge to live my preferred life everyday. Working with Lara is the easiest most rewarding decision I'm made for myself and for my business. She is always encouraging, positive, and not afraid to be honest so that I'm able to reach my dreams. That sounds corny, but it's true. Her faith in God and love for her family are a constant influence on my life. She will be 110% committed to encouraging anyone to make things happen. It's not all the time that people come into your life that truly change it's course for the better. Lara is one of those people.
We always strive to surround ourselves by incredible people. After reading just a few blog posts from Lara a few years ago, we knew we had to meet her! The first time we sent Lara an email, we were blown away by her response and how meaningful her words were! That response has not changed as the years went on and as we have had the pleasure to get to know her more! We attended Making Things Happen in 2011 where our lives were forever changed. We were challenged and encouraged to face our fears in order to make our dreams happen! In January we started working with Making Brands Happen in order to rebrand our photography business. As our new brand launched, we not only had a new name we were doing business as and a new website that we were super excited about, but we had a personal brand that truly reflected us as a couple. We are so grateful for the encouragement, the love, and the incredible talent that Lara and her team have shared with us!
Lara is a doer! :) I love that about her. She is a power of change and has been a source of propensity for me and my business. Her knowledge of branding is unmatched and her solutions for business are just amazing! I worked with Lara over a rebrand of my photography business; I thought it would be a typical re-brand with new colors, new blog, new logo, blah, blah, blah.NO! Lara pushed me. She asked hard questions. She forced me to think differently; to dream bigger and go farther than I ever thought I had the potential for. She challenged me and she helped me to see what I wanted for my business and my family! She helped me carve out my ideals for Emily Steffen Photography AND (the new) Emily Steffen Textiles.she saw the artist in me and wouldn't let me settle for less than what she KNEW I was worth! :) Watching her conquer her dreams while changing diapers and goal setting is pure genius! Following her work, listening to her heart and watching her be a Mom is not merely inspiring, but it gives me courage that I can do the same with my own story and my own dreams!
When I think about Lara Casey I feel thankful, so very thankful our paths crossed two years ago. As I have shared with many people, Lara has been an essential part to me building a successful business. I have had the pleasure to work with her in many different aspects of Lara Casey Media. Making Things Happen helped me focus, refresh and re-prioritize everyday life. Making Brands Happen felt as if they partnered with me to create a cohesive, powerful brand that has allowed me to enhance my business. Southern Weddings has created everyday inspiration and allowed me a variety of invaluable opportunities. Lara lives by example in every entity of her business as she shares daily inspiration, everyday life struggles as well as triumphs. You know from day one Lara is a wife, mother and business woman who never claims to be perfect - her authenticity is contagious which ultimately allows for a strong partnership. Lara is genuine, passionate and 100% invested in her client's success.
Lara's warmth and passion for the work she does at Making Brands Happen gave my business and I an opportunity that I never imagined possible. During the months that led up to the launch of my new brand, Lara was the support network that I needed, the mentor that every new business owner hopes and the friend that genuinly wants to see you succeed. With the support of Making Brands Happen, my question of whether I could achieve what I wanted to achieve quickly became a matter of 'when' as opposed to 'if' and with Lara's support, I was able to watch my dream come true - Thank you!
Working with Lara has been one of the greatest experiences of my life. I realize that sounds enormously grandiose, but Lara has impacted me as a partner, colleague, mentor and friend in ways that are immeasurable. Her strategic, admonishing guidance paired with a heart that is one hundred percent invested in her endeavors inspire me daily. More than anything, though, her dedication to what matters most in life has changed me. She loves each person she works with deeply and has left an impression on my heart, my business savvy and my commitment to what matters that will never fade. If I had to sum Lara up into one word, it would be genuine. She loves deeply; she gives wholeheartedly and she lives authentically. She's the real deal and I love her for it.
Oh, Lara Casey! Where to begin? Lara has been such a blessing in my life. At a time when I needed that extra push, that extra dose of love and encouragement to set fire my dreams on fire, believe in myself and harness every ounce of my potential - Lara spoke up. After Making Things Happen and rebranding with Lara, I say with confidence that I'm a better businesswoman, a better friend and I certainly treat myself better than I ever have in the past. The greatest lesson I've learned from Lara is that I'm worth all of my dreams and then some. I could never put a price tag on that! Sharing in this exciting and thrilling time in my life and career with Lara has truly meant the world to me. Her friendship is very dear to me and I look forward to seeing all of God's awesome plans for her in the years to come. This is just the beginning!
The one word that comes to my mind when I think of Lara is genuine. Genuine in her words, her actions, her love for others, her faith, her sincere want for others' success. What a rarity these days! To find someone who so genuinely desires for others to succeed! I have been blown away with her generosity and desire for my business to grow, and for my personal life to be more fulfilling. I am amazed at her authenticity, her boldness, and her expertise in the wedding industry and world of branding. Lara is truly a gem. Get to know her I promise you will be changed for the better.
Lara Casey is dynamite. She will rock your world and take your life and business to breakthrough levels of fulfillment and success.
I have worked for Lara now for over a year now, and really could not be more grateful for the example she has set as a leader, employer, and mother. When I first began my job search, I wasn't entirely sure what my goals were. I was mostly looking for something that would hopefully tell me what my next move should be. Little did I know that God had a greater plan! By helping take care of Grace during the day, I have been able to see how much Lara uses her faith, trust in God and determination to make countless decisions in the many tasks that she both takes on and conquers. I have also seen how her time management and delegation has led to her ability to spend as much time as possible during the day with Grace. She is a complete role model for me and I am honored to be working for her and her family!
One word comes to mind when describing Lara Casey..it's Radiant! Lara simply radiates joy, happiness, success, faith, love, and so much more with everything she does. There is not one aspect of her brand and herself that doesn't rock her to her core and keep her pushing every single day. It has been a complete and total joy to not only call her a friend but have worked closely with her in so many of her endeavors (Making Brands Happen, Making Things Happen, and The Stationary Academy). Lara has been one of the strongest mentors that I have encountered in female entrepreneurship and the wedding industry. Lara's passion for life, work, family, and faith are just the beginning of the reasons why I can say that anyone who is able to cross paths with her is left blessed and inspired.
I thank my lucky stars almost daily for having met Lara Casey. With her wise words, savvy business sense and unwavering positivity, Lara has a remarkable gift of leading her clients to achieve exactly what they dream about. I feel so lucky to have been one of them! She leads her life with her whole heart. She became a mentor as I went through the Making Brands Happen process, and has since stayed invested in my journey, popping in here and there with sweet words and thoughtful messages. She approaches each role in her life - wife, mama, business owner, mentor (and many more, I'm sure!) - with such enthusiasm, and guides her clients to do the same. She fires people up. She reminds people of their potential. She makes it impossible to not succeed.