Leah Weinberg

OWNER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR, COLOR POP EVENTS

I am the Owner & Creative Director of Color Pop Events -- a New York City-based wedding planning company that focuses on the details and lives in the logistics. Now in my seventh year of business, I leverage skills like organization, attention to detail, and client service from my prior career as a commercial real estate attorney to excel at event production.

What inspired you to start your business?

Very soon into my legal career, I realized that I was destined to own my own business and be my own boss. I was always looking at how things were run and managed and would think, "Why are they doing it this way?" or "Wow, I could totally do this better." So I started brainstorming different business ideas and kept coming back to event planning as an option. It wasn't until I planned my own wedding (though I did have a month-of coordinator because I knew better!) that I realized how much I enjoyed the planning process and how easy I found it, which solidified my decision to start an event planning business. Just over a year after my own wedding, I had my first official wedding with Color Pop Events.

What is something you would say to someone who is struggling in their first few years of business? Is there something you struggled with and learned from in those first few years?

I would tell them that owning their own business is a roller coaster ride. I know, it's totally cliche to say that. But people don't necessarily know that going in. And then once they are in, I don't think they realize how normal it is to have those ups and downs. They feel alone and like they're the only person experiencing these things. My best advice for navigating this emotional journey is to surround yourself with a small group of close friends (also fellow business owners) who know what you're going through, who can relate, and who are going to support you and lift you up every step of the way.

What hobbies, causes, or activities are you passionate about aside from your work?

Outside of my work, I'm a total pop culture junkie....give me all the fashion, music, film, and television. It all combines to help keep my creative juices alive! And even though I'm a pretty picky eater, I've come to realize in the last couple of years that I'm a total foodie. And every year I donate a portion of my profits to charitable organizations like Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Project Q, ASPCA, and Animal Haven. I am super passionate about animals and if we wouldn't keep every dog and cat that came through our door, my husband and I would totally be foster parents.

Image Credit: Headshot: The Confetti Project, http://theconfettiproject.com/, @the_confetti_project Working Photo: Mikkel Paige Photography, www.mikkelpaige.com, @mikkelpaige, Tablescape photo: Jessica Hunt Photography, https://jessicahuntphotography.com/, @jhuntphotos