getting local with Adrienne Horty


There's nothing more rewarding than beginning new and nourishing old relationships within the local business community. We encourage and motivate each other to develop our businesses to their highest potential and work together to showcase our best sides. We are all aiming to hit the bullseye on our collective goal of creating a successful, booming wedding industry in Maine. Locals helping locals, creating business partnerships and personal friendships along the way.

I was lucky and honored to spend a few hours with Adrienne Horty, owner of The Refinery. We recapped 2013, chatted about what's new for her event plannning business in 2014 and brainstormed how we can play a part in helping each other grow.

Adrienne has a drive and motivation to succeed that's hard to come by in most people. She made the big decision to leave her corporate job in California in 2012, with hopes and passion to start her own event and wedding planning business. Her first client was herself! She tackled her wedding details with fervor, ease and perfection and knew that her career change was the right choice. Success #1!

The Refinery was founded in spring of 2013 and Adrienne jumped into a busy start and a great season filled with day-of wedding coordination and one complete start-to-finish wedding. Success #2!

You will find when you meet Adrienne that she doesn't like too much time on her hands or letting her creative super powers sit idle. Looking at the future of the Maine wedding industry she wondered what it would be like if we all got together and created something great. Alas, BESWOON was born! If you haven't heard yet, Beswoon is the first annual curated bridal showcase being held on Saturday, March 8th at the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel. It's a non-traditional bridal showcase where you will be able to experience three different weddings- each a different theme! You can taste the menus, hear the music, see the decor and talk to the talented vendors who can help you pull all of the details together for your big day. If you are impressed with this idea, just think of what Adrienne can create for your wedding day! Success #3!

Adrienne is looking forward to another fabulous year and growth with The Refinery and we here at emilie inc. look forward to joining her in her endeavors.

What else should you know about Adrienne?

Role on a daily basis: As an event and wedding planner I am there to help my clients design, plan and manage their big day, whether that is a wedding day or a birthday!

Favorite food: Lately- fresh spring rolls and delicious peanut sauce! I just ate some for dinner, yum.

Phrase she loves to say: Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.

Biggest passion: Brainstorming or creating something.

Latest obsession: Candy (or really anything sweet) and BESWOON

Largest achievement: Completing the original Greek Marathon, followed by starting my own business!

If you could do anything or go anywhere what/where would it be?: Wow, that's a hard question to answer... I would like to travel to as many countries as possible in my lifetime (and that means I still have quite a bit to go!)

Where you spend most of your time online: Style Me Pretty, Upworthy, oh and Amazon (does that count?)!

Best tip you ever received: Do what you love.

Education: Bachelor's in English. Masters in Business. Ongoing life lessons :)

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