Elegance By Eden

by Terry Watson | January 16th, 2018
Lucretia Edens

Lucretia Edens

Lucretia Edens is loving, caring, and an overcomer. As a young child, her mother was at a place where she couldn’t care for her, so she left her to be raised by her father, grandmother, and aunt. Now, as an adult Lucretia knows it was all part of God’s plan for her life. “It has always been adversity that has pushed me to the next level and help to eventually reveal a better version of myself,” she says.

Lucretia works as a social worker at a dialysis facility in her home town of Greenville, SC., but her passion is to help people and be a voice for the voiceless while being a positive role model within her community. She has an undergraduate degree from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg and a Graduate degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, both in the field of Social Work. She is a mentor at Big Brother Big Sister in Greenville and is also a sister to three brothers and one sister of her very own. Yet, in all that she does, she finds her biggest joy in planning and coordinating events for her company, Elegance by Eden.

Elegance by Eden is a wedding and event planning business that Lucretia founded in 2013. “I began planning parties in 2007 for coworkers, baby showers, Christmas parties, and birthdays. My coworkers would give me positive feedback of how much they enjoyed the parties and how great my organizational skills were. I soon realized that it was my natural calling in life. I loved it so much I would do it for free,” she says. Her friends began to encourage her to start a business that would assist people with their special events. In 2013, she had the opportunity to attend Buck Mickel Center and obtained certification to effectively and efficiently plan events on a much different scale. That same year, she was asked by a coworker to coordinate their wedding. Lucretia nailed it and the rest is history.

“Every event is important; however, I am most fond of coordinating weddings. Preparation for weddings keep me up at night, running every detail over and over in my mind. Because the union between a man and woman is a sacred covenant made with God, I understand the significance of my role and realize how fortunate I am to be a part of this special day,” she says.

The services provided by Elegance by Eden are planning and coordination for birthday parties, weddings, baby showers, engagement parties, graduation parties, and office socials. Their primary objective is to provide their clients with a peace of mind. They are a one stop shop and have the capabilities to work with various vendors including cake decorators, DJ’s, venues, and photographers, freeing their clients schedule to focus on more important things.

Lucretia realizes that she didn’t pull herself from the bowels of trouble alone. Her faith and spirit are fed at Long Branch Baptist Church where Reverend Sean Dogan is Pastor. “My relationship with Christ is what gives me inner peace and helps me to get through trials and distractions that come with life,” she says. “If I had not faced adversity I don’t know how my life would have been. The trials have made me thankful for everything. I never dreamed of being a college graduate or owning a business. This is how I know God has a plan for my life and he continues to amaze me daily.”

Moving forward Lucretia hopes to identify more avenues to gain exposure for her business, even outside of Greenville. She would also like to coordinate events for people from different cultures and backgrounds. “I must think outside of the box and not be paralyzed by fear or the challenge of a new experience for me and Elegance by Eden,” she says.

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