She suggested that the amazing Diana Sorensen of Sugokuii Events do the actual wedding, which was crucial.It’s important to have an event designer and planning team who speak the language and know all of the vendors and processes like the back of their hand.”After the couple confirmed their event designer, Whitney and Michael did what many might call crazy and proceeded to plan an entire wedding at a venue neither of them had ever been to before.”Once wardrobe changes had been made, the two set out on the ride.After an hour, Michael suggested they stretch their legs and take in the sunset.The next day, that same friend and Whitney came barreling down the slopes only to find Michael having a long, leisurely lunch on what was a very optimal ski day.“I sat down next to him and was giving him a hard time about wasting such amazing conditions,” remembers Whitney.
It was a vacation that had been a long time in the making, but Whitney never imagined they’d be celebrating their engagement.
(The company has since expanded its reach with the launch of Bumble BFF in March of 2016 and Bumble Bizz earlier this week.)As fate would have it, for the entrepreneur and her now husband, Michael Herd (who’s a restaurateur as well as in the oil-and-gas business) sparks first flew IRL as opposed to virtually, but their love story still started with Whitney unabashedly taking the lead.
It was just before Christmas in 2013, and the two were on vacation in Aspen with their respective families when a mutual friend introduced them one afternoon.
“From the moment I saw Cynthia’s work and spoke with her on the phone, I just adored her and her taste,” says Whitney.
“She was instrumental—she helped me kick off the direction of not just the looks I would wear but the wedding itself, all the way up to the end.
Lo and behold, there was a 6-year-old’s birthday party taking place, and there was a 7-foot-tall Chewbacca character right in front of us making the noise.