"Everyday is reason enough to be fabulous."
- Diann Valentine
A sought-after wedding designer and planner to the elite, Diann Valentine is a force to be reckoned with. She is responsible for the nuptial designs of Usher, Toni Braxton, Martin Lawrence and many others.
How did she get started?
Valentine always had a love for design. It wasn't until she planned her cousin's wedding, that she decided to start her own company "Memories" before she even graduated high school. Through word of mouth her company grew, planning events and weddings of some elite clients along the way.
What were some struggles and accomplishments?
After closing down "Memories" and moving to Los Angeles, Valentine struggled to get her career off the ground in the new city. Deciding to venture on another path, she eventually interned at "Warner Home Video", quickly being promoted to "Director of Worldwide DVD Production" and gaining the responsibility of managing the launch of the DVD platform in both America and other foreign countries.
Where did she really take off?
It was a close friend who referred her planning services to actress "Lela Rochon". While holding a full time career, Valentine successfully and single-handedly designed and coordinated Rochon's wedding. This feat is what landed her the spot of "it girl" in the budding wedding industry. From there, Valentine eventually left Warner Home Video and was commissioned to plan, design and coordinate weddings and events for some of the legends in the entertainment industry.
What's been happening today?
Valentine has become a household name in the luxury arena. She has spanned her expertise into stationary, bouquets (the "Valentine Cuff" is her brainchild), interior design, TV production, and a coveted keynote speaker in the industry. Her most recent creation is "Diann Valentine Living Well, Inc.", a company dedicated to helping others "live well" regardless of their status, age, wealth or ethnicity.
Diann Valentine has worked her way from the bottom to becoming a pioneer in the wedding industry. If she's not re-inventing herself, she's busy inspiring others to realize their dreams.
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