My lineup was set for the year. I wasn’t taking any more weddings and felt pretty maxed out, when I got an inquiry from Kylee. She’s a friend of one of my former brides and while I wasn’t sure it was going to work with my schedule, I agreed to coffee. From the moment I met these two, I knew I had to take this wedding. They have joy that radiates out of them in every way. I know, I know…sounds cliche. But they’re truly little walking rays of sunshine. Their love for each other is deep and pure, and they balance one another so perfectly. Take a moment to peek into their day and grab a bit of that sunshine. I promise, it’s in every shot…
This sure was a special one! Not only was the ceremony site everything my venue dreams are made of, the linens + greenery + candlelight combination created a beautiful elegance in the industrial NEO on Locust, and the cake truffles had all the guests talking... the bride was my elementary school best friend. Sarah and I lost touch when we went to middle school, and she reached out when she got engaged and was on the hunt for a wedding planner. (Thanks, social media!) It was such a joy to reconnect with her and her sweet family. Have a look at Alex and Sarah's gorgeous day below, and check out the dream team of vendors that brought it all together.
Congratulations Mr. & Mrs. Rigazio!
Photography: Lauren Muckler Photography // Planner: Kenzie Events // Ceremony Site: Piper Palm House // Reception Site: NEO on Locust // Florals: Flowers and Weeds // Catering: Hollyberry Catering // Cake + Dessert: Sarah's Cake Shop // DJ: Rockstar DJ's // Ceremony Music: The Rosewood Ensemble // Cocktail Hour Music: Bryan and Lola // Photo Booth: LAM Photobooth // Hair: Studio 703 // Makeup: Bliss Beauty // Videography: Tower Studios // Engagement Ring: Michael Herr // Wedding Bands: Vincent Jewelers // Sarah's Shoes: Badgley Mischka // Sarah's Earrings: BHLDN // Suits: TheBlackTux // Bridesmaids Dresses: Donna Morgan // Sarah's Dress: Wtoo by Watters
Yep. That's it. Fool-proof business model. Very low overhead!
But, in all seriousness, one of the top questions I get from all kinds of people is, "what do you actually do on a wedding day?" It is kind of an important question, and I thought it'd be a fun ride to show you what an average wedding day looks like for me! Also, disclaimer: I'm a planner, so yes, you'll be getting all the personal, useless details like what I ate and what time I showered.
6:00AM Wake Up Call.
6:10AM Coffee and quiet time with my Bible and some puppies.
6:30AM Movement of some sort...light jog...short workout...maybe just child's pose that leads into a child's nap depending on how long rehearsal went the night before.
7:00AM Breakfast!!! This is a high priority every day, but especially so on wedding days. It generally consists of two eggs, two pieces of gluten free toast with avocado, cup of power greens, half a grapefruit, a cup of coffee with stevia and almond milk, and iced lemon water.
8:15AM Time to shower and put on some clothes that won't be falling off/down all during setup (no Crocs, no tube tops, etc.) Also, no Crocs.
8:45AM I'm out the door to the venue with a professional change of clothes, wedding day emergency kit, itineraries, vendor contact sheets, computer, and, of course, my clipboard.
9:00AM Normally, I've beaten everyone to the venue, and I'll typically begin meeting vendors right away and checking order forms, starting with the rental company. People load chairs and tables in while I check them off and arrange the room. I bark out orders and try to keep the energy up as much as possible. It's chaotic, and I love it.
10AM-12PM Vendors flow in and out over the course of the day in step with my to-the-minute itinerary. Florists, cake, drapery, lighting, photo booth. I'm managing, directing, assisting, guiding, sometimes annoying. All of it.
Also 10AM-12PM While all the aforementioned is happening, I'm also setting up the ceremony and reception spaces. You can find me steaming linens, setting the tables, folding 200 napkins (sometimes into ridiculous shapes...I really should order some kind of napkin origami book for the requests I get), arranging centerpieces, guest lists, place cards, menus, gift tables, favors, cake tables...the details are endless and I love EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. (No sarcasm).
12PM-3PM Details are coming together, and around this time is when the photographer arrives with the bridal party. Venue photos begin. First looks happen. I switch out of my yoga pants and into my Jennifer Lopez getup (minus the pantsuit and Britney Spears mic...okay so nothing like her getup). By now, design is mostly finished. Caterers, bartenders, videographers, and DJ/Band pull up. I then disappear into a phone booth to complete my transformation from designer to coordinator. There's a cape involved.
3PM Reception Reveal : Such a fun part of the day! Whether Lauren (my super pro design assistant) and I have gotten to create the entire design ourselves, or the bride and groom came up with the concept and I brought it to fruition, seeing their faces when they walk into their reception is what makes it all worth it. Extravagant or understated, the room always speaks to who the couple is and it's a proud moment for my sweet little Kenzie Events.
4PM The ceremony begins. It's emotional and beautiful and my favorite moment of the day!
4:30PM The ceremony ends, and I coordinate with my photographer on where family and bridal party should run to next for some photos during cocktail hour. Sometimes there's a room flip, and I'm using my team (or myself) to transform an entire room in a matter of 30 minutes. Otherwise, I'm checking on reception vendors to ensure we're on time and ready for the party to begin!
5:30-11PM Reception begins, and the rest of the evening is coordination. This essentially consists of making sure everyone has a good time and that Drunkle Steve doesn't kiss anyone he isn't supposed to.
11PM-12AM Time to wrap up. Everyone's gone home, and I'm barefoot. I'm probably sweeping. I also probably smell like beer. How about we stop spilling beers on Erin? Great!
More times than not, things don't go perfectly. That's life, and we're human. No matter how many hours I put into a large event, there will be hiccups. Just ask Emma Stone about the 2017 Oscars. But what I can 99% of the time guarantee is that you (the bride, the groom, the MOB, the guest) won't know about the hiccup. The right people walked down the right aisle, and at the end of a very long day, "happily ever after" happened.
1:30 AM Husband. Dogs. Sweet dreams.
Sassy title, eh? Now don't get offended just yet. This is a wedding blog, not a political piece. I happen to be a huge fan of my own momma. She's a Class-A lady with an eye for design and energy to boot. But she's not a wedding planner, nor would she ever claim to be. Did she help me plan my own wedding? Absolutely. Did we have a great time picking out flowers and finalizing menus? No doubt about it. But when it comes to the thousands of details that encompass a wedding, the easily missed components that bring it all together, and the coordination on event day, there is nobody that can take the place of a professional wedding planner. So, you should hire one. Wanna know why?
- You'd rather keep binge watching Netflix.
You've read the articles that tell you the average wedding takes 250 hours to plan. Heck, go back about 5 posts on my Instagram feed and I even told you that! Let's be real...we're all busy people, but you most likely could find the time. You could turn down happy hour with the girls, miss that spin class, and say "no" when your TV asks "Are you still watching Grey's Anatomy?" after 4 hours, but wouldn't you rather just NOT? Enjoy some extra time with your fiancé that has nothing to do with napkin selections and rest easy. Hire a planner.
- The groomsmen will ask you when they should arrive, even though you've told them 5 times.
Grandma Betty may not have a ride back to the hotel. Drunkle Steve will probably try and grab the DJ's mic for a special rendition of "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing". Crazy things happen at weddings. And even if your wedding is rated PG, you have a small guest list, or you're eloping, you won't believe how much organization, vendor communication, set-up, and general cat-herding goes into a wedding day. At the very least, hire a day-of coordinator. It's worth every cent.
- It's. Literally. My. Job.
You've hired a venue, florist, baker, photographer, band, caterer, officiant. You bought a pretty dress and rented a fancy tux. You've hired professionals in every single area of this event. You've spent a small fortune on the biggest party you will probably ever throw, and you've most likely never done any of this before. I just so happened to go to school for, well, all of the above. You can close your eyes, throw all the details at the wall, and hope that most of it sticks. Or you can call the very nice lady who literally plans weddings like it's her job (it is).
Wedding planners (well, most of us) aren't here to take over your special day or micromanage. We're here to listen. We're here to help you enjoy the process. We're here to keep you calm and focused on the marriage ahead. Our goal is to take everything you've been dreaming of and turn it into a beautiful reality. Whether we're helping you from start to finish or coming in during the last month to bring it all together, the reality is, you need us. So don't listen to the sillies who have never done this before. Get yourself some peace of mind. Get your momma some peace of mind. Get yourself a wedding planner.
We're about to hit the two year mark of Kenzie Events, and I'm taking the leap into the one piece of owning my business that I've been dreading...the inevitable blog. Give me budgets. Give me 16 hours of heels. Give me anxiety-ridden MOB's. But for the love, please don't give me a blog. Any more, it's a cliche to have a blog, and it might be even more of a cliche to call a blog a cliche. But, you know, here we are.
After weeding through every possible reason why I don't "need" a blog, I came to the conclusion that I actually WANT a blog. I know, I know...shocker. The truth of the matter is, I love what I do. I don't mean, "yeah, weddings are fun and pretty and I'm kind of like Jennifer Lopez." No, I mean I LOVE what I do. Planning is in my veins. It brings me more joy than most things (up there with my two-footed dog, rockstar husband, and cake) and I want to have an outlet for the joy and pains. This is a place for me to explore tips and trends, share sweet stories, and show off beautiful images that my talented friends snap along the way.
While my audience may inevitably be what you'd expect (brides, vendors, teenage girls with a Pinterest addiction, and my mom), I have a hope/hunch things could expand to a wider scope. Marriage is a beautiful thing, and the process of getting there through a wedding is an exciting ride to follow. I hope this blog can inspire others to find something they're passionate about, wedding related or not. And let's be real, when you're reading a blog written by a weirdo, things are bound to get weird...brace yourselves.
So whether I'm shedding a tear over thoughtful vows, sneaking some tips on using the color of the year (no matter how hideous it may be...lime green? Really, 2017?), or reminiscing with a laugh over a rain filled outdoor wedding, I hope you'll join me! Maybe this "blog thing" won't be so painful after all...