“I cannot believe this day is finally here. 😍 Most of you probably know, by this point, that I have an affinity for event planning. I’ve had dozens of people tell me I need to turn it into a full-fledged business, and because of this girl right here, I am 50% less scared and 100% more inspired to actually…make…it…happen. She took a chance on a rookie, and today, I am coordinating my first wedding as a paid event coordinator. 😭💛🧡@nicole_diseker, you will forever and always be my VERY FIRST BRIDE!! I would say ‘My heart is full’ but my heart isn’t big enough, so let’s just say that my whole body is full of all the feelings and I will treasure this day always! Let’s do this thing!!”
That was the caption for my Instagram post on October 19th, 2019.
A day I will never forget.
The day a long-held dream finally came true.
I have been developing my love for planning parties for quite awhile. I’ve even helped with a bunch of weddings in an unofficial capacity over the last few years.
But this….this was different.
Not long after Nicole and Ben got engaged, she made some off-hand comment at our community group about how stressful wedding planning was. Instantly, this little voice in my head was like “You should do her wedding….!!” I had no idea if they had the budget for a coordinator, or if they even wanted one. But I couldn’t ignore the nudge from the Lord to put the option out there. So I texted her.
AND I’M SO GLAD I DID!
Their wedding ceremony was at Parkside Baptist Church, and their reception was at 903 Brewers – super eclectic, but super cool! The first time Nicole took me to look at the space, I can’t lie – I was a liiiiiittle nervous. 😂 But I was thrilled with how everything came together, and it wouldn’t have been nearly as special without the drapery, dreamy lanterns, and string lights that Ben put up!
I can’t say thank you enough to the bridal party and my food crew for making everything happen before the event. I literally could not have done it without all of you! ♥♥
Hands down, one of my favorite parts of the wedding was the fall leaves tossed down the aisle. But they weren’t tossed by a flower girl.
Yes, an adult man. 😂😂😂😂
Another neat feature of this unique wedding was the macaron towers! Nicole’s mom made hundreds of flavored macarons for all of the guests to enjoy, and HOLY MOLY they were good. I tried at least half of the flavors, and I can attest that the peanut butter and jelly ones were the best. THE. BEST. I need some more, Donna!!
The very last picture of the night was taken at Cellarman’s, after the bride and groom made their grand exit and everything was packed away in boxes and bags and laundry baskets. It’s probably one of the worst pictures I’ve ever taken, but I don’t even care. I had to take this picture, because as tired as I was, I knew that I would want to remember the people sitting around that table. The people who willingly pitched in and helped clean everything up after the reception without being asked. The people who sacrificed the rest of their evening for me, who shouldered the load with me simply because that’s what family does. I took the picture because I wanted to preserve forever how deeply loved I felt that night. Since that day, I have relived everything about the wedding countless times, and every time I look at this awkward, hilarious, blurry photo, I am instantly transported back to the emotions I felt as I took it: completely overcome with exhaustion, gratitude, and joy. ♥
Finally, enjoy a few photos from their wonderfully talented photographer, Spencer Patton!
Congratulations again, Nicole and Ben – thanks for trusting me with such a momentous, beautiful day in your life together. ♥
If you need help planning a party or coordinating a wedding, let ya girl know – I’d love to get ice cream or coffee with you sometime and talk about your vision!