Justine Broughal

FOUNDER / LEAD EVENT PLANNER - TOGETHER EVENTS

Lover of bursting charcuterie boards, colorful textured floral arrangements, and giant balloons, I have been planning and designing events since 2009. I am the Founder and Lead Planner of Together Events, a wedding and event planning company with a social impact. Together Events specializes in beautifully curated, people-centered gatherings that celebrate partnership, not patriarchy, and donates 10% of all sales to community organizations.

Karen Obrist Photography ((https://www.karenobristphotography.com)

What accomplishments would you like to share?

"At this point in my event planning career, I feel that my biggest accomplishment is simply founding a business that’s still alive and growing years later. Although I’m far from having “made it,” I am thankful to be able to create spaces and experiences that connect people to one another. I am proud to have donated 10% of my sales to Bradley Angle House this year, and I look forward to expanding my donation program to more community organizations in the next few months. I have worked with incredible vendors on editorial content that has been featured on publications such as Inspired by This, Ruffled, Catalyst Wed Co, and New York Makers, among others."

Karen Obrist Photography (karenobristphotography.com)

If you could tell your younger self something you’ve learned along the way, what would you say?

I don’t know where to begin - there is so much I wish I would have known when I started my business! A few things come to mind off the top of my head. Growth takes time; keep going. Trust your gut, stay true to your vision and values, keep creating, keep fighting for love and justice, and your ideal clients will find you. Don’t be afraid to take risks and create something that doesn’t exist yet. Diversify, diversify, diversify. Feedback is a blessing - use it to grow. Rejection can’t break you. Not everyone will be your biggest supporter. That’s okay. Your sensitivity is your strength, not weakness.

Kayla Tiffany Photography (kaylatiffany.com)

What inspired you to become an event professional?

My career as an event professional comes from a place of conviction and commitment to equality, alongside my passion for creating fun and beautiful events. I began planning nonprofit events in 2009, starting with fundraisers and later moving into corporate events and social events. When the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage happened in 2015, there was a lot of push-back in some of the communities of which I was a part. As coworkers of mine spoke out against marriage equality, I felt the sharp disconnect between the status quo that tolerates discrimination and arc of history that is bending toward justice. I knew that I had to break out of that sphere and remake my planning services around equity, inclusion, and vibrant diversity. I launched Together Events shortly thereafter and have expanded and refined my socially conscious wedding pedagogy over the last few wedding seasons. I continue to be inspired by and learn from people who have been activists in the wedding community for many years.