I was born and raised in North Carolina and have the Southern accent to prove it. I have an addiction to drinking Sundrop, shopping at Forever 21 and pampering myself with manis and pedis. I love spending time with the hubs and our adorable pup Scottie. I thrive off of the rush that comes just before a ceremony is set to begin. I am constantly mystified by what a beautiful God we serve. I have a deep passion for working with couples and getting to know them on a personal basis. I understand the emotions encapsulated in such an important day. My goal at Orangerie Events is to become a voice of reason and source of guidance while planning and designing a wedding that is charming and unique to your love story. So, take a deep breath, relax and welcome a refreshing approach to planning your wedding.
Where you call home: Raleigh, North Carolina
Things you’d write home to your Momma about: I am so proud of this little business baby that I birthed in 2008 and have been humbled and honored to watch it grow. I am proud of the experience that my clients receive with working with one of our planners. It’s an amazing feeling to wake up each morning and thank God that you’re able to follow your heart and pursue your passion without any reservations. My momma is proud that I’m chasing a dream.
Location/coverage: North Carolina & available for travel worldwide
How I got into weddings: I began my career in event planning while working for a TV station in Charlotte in 2005. I was in college at UNC-Charlotte and working part-time for WCNC-TV, assisting with community and station sponsored events. After graduating college, I was promoted to full-time and was eventually promoted to community events director. I knew I had found my passion when I started transitioning from planning corporate events to weddings. After moving to Raleigh, planning my own wedding and assisting with multiple weddings, I decided to take a leap of faith and start my own business.
Best piece of advice you can give to brides and grooms? I encourage my couples to remain focused on what the wedding day is all about. The party and celebration comes second to the foundation of a marriage. Through all of the ups and downs during the planning process, it’s important to remember the reason why you’re getting married and to concentrate on the commitment you’re making to each other.
Dream travel destination? New Zealand
Favorite Southern city? The cobblestone streets of Savannah, Georgia!
Early bird or night owl? I’m more of a night owl.
Pie bar or red velvet cake? How about a red velvet cake bar?
Pottery Barn or Anthropologie? Anthropologie
Succulents or peonies? Peonies