Essence Pugh

by Terry Watson | May 15th, 2019
Epitome Hair Studio (Photos by Lechele Trent-Jackson)

Epitome Hair Studio (Photos by Lechele Trent-Jackson)

Essence Pugh of Greenville, SC is known for having a sharp eye for detail. Her creativity coupled with a sincere passion lead her to start her own event planning and decor business, A Touch of Essence Event Decor.

A Touch of Essence Event decor specializes in event planning and décor including weddings, wedding day management, family reunions, corporate parties, birthday parties, baby showers and bridal showers. They are known as the one stop shop, and for offering exquisite event designs, and amazing customer service.

Essence, who is also a wife and mother, started planning events about 15 years ago. It all started with small family events like birthday parties, dinners, and trips. Five years later, she had the opportunity to plan the most special events in the world, the day she married her best friend, Daris. There were 250 guest, vendors, and all of the craziness that comes along with wedding planning. She loved it!

“Soon after the wedding, I had many people making comments like ‘that was the best wedding I have ever been to’ and ‘I can’t believe everything started on time,” she said. As a result of this event, she knew what she wanted to do and her business model was official.

For the past ten years, they have been dedicated to their clients and providing a unique personalized “WOW!” experience. They’ve received a event planning certification and frequently attended training seminars to keep up with the latest trends and to learn what’s best for their clients.

“I am most proud that I have the unique opportunity to help my clients create lasting memories. We have a five Star rating and our clients are always blown away with the finished product. I believe that it is critical for everyone to have the same opportunity to celebrate life and create lasting memories. More than likely if you have decided to do it yourself, or you are on the planning committee, are the cousin, sister, or friend that has raised your hand for this special task, you will not fully enjoy the event that you have planned,” she says.

Because Essence has produced many events, she has been able to establish relationships with her clients as well.

Essence own’s a venue is Simpsonville, S.C. There she can host intimate events for up to 80 guests. “We have formed a partnership with The Upper Room Downtown Greenville that offers our clients an all inclusive opportunity. In addition we provide decor, planning, and support for personal and corporate events,” she says.

A Touch of Essence has a simple planning process which helps to ensure they can provide their clients a stress-free planning process. She shares, “when you select A Touch of Essence, you can trust that you are getting a unique wedding design with top-notch event vendors, and amazing event management.

Though she has met many designers ad planners, she finds her biggest source of inspiration in her husband and children. “The look in their eyes give me the push to be creative and feel like I can take on any challenge,” she says. Faith and Favor has truly been the biggest impact in my life.

Like all business, Essence has experienced a few bumps along the way. “When I left corporate America, I had to lean on God and trust the process. When I didn’t know what to do, He gave me clear direction and made a promise He would send the people. I have full confidence in God and He has never failed me,” she says.

Essence remains grateful for her journey. She even has to adjust to traveling to Greenville after she moved to Georgia. That will all change after she returns to Greenville in June for good.

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