Houston Wedding Planning & Event Design Company
My Story Led To Our Story
I am Richandra Nickerson-Ukpong, the founder and owner of Fervent Designs, LLC. I am a native Houstonian. With 20 years in the event industry, I have planned thousand of events and hundreds of weddings (literally). I love helping people! Outside of work, I am a devoted wife, mother, daughter, and sister, I enjoy spending time with my husband, hanging out with my huge family, and spoiling my beautiful daughters and nieces. As a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., member of multiple organizations, and business coach, I spend lots of time giving back to the community.
After graduating with honors in Psychology and English at the University of Houston, I spent over 10 years in a fulfilling career managing corporate training, communications, and events for several global oil and gas companies. Then one day, everything changed when the man God sent for me proposed. Like most girls, I had been planning my dream wedding my head for years. But, reality quickly set in: I was planning two weddings, the traditional Nigerian wedding and the American wedding. Unfortunately, like many, I could not get my vision to match my budget, especially since we were having TWO weddings. Therefore, Plan B was quickly implemented: DIY (Do It Yourself). I designed nearly every element of both of my multi-cultural weddings. However, I listed to advice ever. I hired a Day of Wedding Coordinator, especially to ensure that everything went as planned on my big day. Of course, both my weddings turned out phenomenal! Shortly afterwards, my coordinator gave me a compliment that sparked the seed for Fervent Designs.
Soon, friends and family began demanding that I plan their events. Before long, it took over all of my free time, but surprisingly, I absolutely loved it! A few of my early customers insisted that I make a business out of it. After hearing it more times than I could count, I thought, "Hmm. Maybe they are on to something here..." After lots of preparation, planning, and of course, FERVENT prayers, Fervent Designs was born! I finally stepped out on faith and decided to follow my dreams and become a full time entrepreneur. I am so glad I did because I have found my calling! That was over a decade ago! (Wow, time flies!) Today, Fervent Designs allows me to travel the world doing what I love- crafting unique events that create lasting memories for our clients and their families. Who knew we would grow to become an award-winning full-service event firm!?!
Weddings, birthdays, showers, and the like, are celebrations that mark life's major milestones. Planning these events can be stressful, overwhelming, and quite time-consuming. Many people are not aware of the resources, time, and logistics that go into carrying out beautiful, safe events. But I am, and I DO! I have been blessed to have been on all sides of the equation: I have been the event planner, the bride, the client, the middle man, and now the wedding planner. I have seen it all! I help take the stress out of planning so that YOU can relax and enjoy the occasion. Yes, you deserve to be a guest at your event! There is no better resource for you to have in your corner than Fervent Designs. My team and I would be honored to serve you!
"Fervent" is an adjective that means "having or displaying a passionate intensity". Synonyms include passionate, intense, vehement, ardent, lively, sincere, and fervid. "Fervent" is a nickname that was given to me in college by my sorority sisters. It describes my work ethic and the sincerity and enthusiasm I display when I truly care about a cause, person, concept, goal, or idea. If I love or care about something, I give it my all, and I aim to do it right! "Fervent" was so fitting, so I had to incorporate it into my business name.
Why Choose Us
The name says it all. We are FERVENT about your DESIGNS! Each event receives an abundance of intense professional care, thought, and effort. I love people, planning, organizing, and creating custom designs. And I love LOVE, so weddings and babies are my knack. Custom, unique themed designs are our specialty. You will not see any cookie-cutter work here, and many of our designs are hand-made.
The entire Fervent Designs team shares my passion for unique designs coupled with excellence, professionalism, and personalization. We will work together to make your event a success. Every detail will be tailored to your needs, theme, and taste. And, we always strive to stay within budget. Whatever we do, we do it FERVENTLY with passion and love!
Fervent Designs will bring your vision to reality. Most clients admit that we even surpassed their expectations by adding elements to their designs that they never imagined. We hope to provide you with this same level of service, dedication, creativity, and satisfaction.
This business was created because I wanted to do something that I enjoy, I excel at, and that has a lasting impact on people's lives. Designs and events are my passion, and my customers are like my family. Join my family, and let Fervent Designs coordinate your celebration. All you will need to do is enjoy yourself, and make more precious memories. Let us bless you.
"I recently had the privilege of having Fervent Design handle my 10 year vow renewal, and they WERE AMAZING! If you’re on the fence about getting a planner, just jump. She was prepared for so many things I would have NEVER thought about. Her ENTIRE team was on point. Richandra works very well with ALL the vendors! And she knows THEIR JOBS and makes sure it gets done. She will definitely make sure your vision becomes a REALITY!"
- Mrs. Wingate
10 Year Vow Renewal