For the past several months, we've been doing some features on all of the At Last ladies! We've ventured through Amanda B, Brianna O, Jen, Amanda C, Brianna M + Katie. So, I figured we'd wrap up this blog series by introducing myself to any of you folks that may not be familiar with me or my baby, At Last Wedding + Event Design! :)
How did you get started in the wedding planning industry?
I knew I was going to be a wedding planner when I was around 15 years old. I was active in events at my high school + continued into college, when I attended UCF's Rosen College. While I was there, I started working with several venues throughout Central Florida + also a wedding planning company. After I graduated + got married, I created my dream.... At Last!
How long have you been with At Last?
At Last has been running strong for over 6 years!
I have a few faves for the day. I enjoy witnessing the father-daughter first looks, prior to the ceremony. It's always a special, intimate moment that brings a happy tear to my eye! I also like to see my grooms facial expression the first time he see's his bride walking down the aisle (if they aren't doing a first look). Lastly, I like the seconds before my couple enter their reception + get formally introduced as Mr. + Mrs. It's another fun, intimate moment between my couples that I get to be a part of + it's always special to see their smiles for each other right then.Tell us about some unique details you have had at a wedding.
I love it when my couples want to incorporate a fun, unique + personal details into their wedding. I've had a mariachi band perform, had my couple enter their reception from a seaplane, + have had a popsicle vendor from my bride + grooms favorite farmers market.
Any advice for brides?
Hire professionals! You will regret hiring your friends cousin who just graduated from college + doesn't really know what he is doing. This is your big day! Don't risk not having a proper photographer, videographer, florist, etc.
1) In college I studied + backpacked through Europe for a few months + visited so many amazing places- Lausanne, Bern, Paris, Florence, Pisa, Amsterdam, Austria, Prague, Berlin + Munich. I even stayed in hostels the whole time- old elementary school buildings + rooms with 10+ people!
2) I used to surf a ton!
3) My husband + I are high school sweethearts! I was 15, he was 17 + we met in newspaper class.What do you like to do in your spare time?
All my spare time is spent with my lovely little family- my husband Eric, daughter Emily, son EJ + pup Sydney. They're my life + we like to go to different parks, have picnics, go to the beach, + go to Jason's Deli (it's Emily's favorite right now- free ice cream!).
Skiing/Snowboarding, visit the United Kingdom, chat with Mindy Weiss, attend a national wedding planner inspiration retreat.
Dirty Dancing, Christmas Vacation, Horrible Bosses, Step Brothers
What on your playlist right now?
The Wiggles (Ha! My kids love them) but for me- Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Ellie Goulding, Joshua Radin, Chainsmokers.
Big thanks to Best Photography for our new team photos!