Best friends turned business partners!?!?! Yes it’s a true story…and it’s all about Emma + Kaitlynn from A Lovely Day Events your go to Michigan Wedding Planners! I met Emma + Kaitlynn at Breanne + Jason’s wedding at Cherry Creek Golf Club. It was such an easy day (all because of them!). Everything ran on time, any issues were resolved immediately. And when we sat down for dinner at the vendor table it was so awesome to hear their story on how they met and how they’ve maintained their friendship through their planning weddings.
Michigan League Ann Arbor Wedding Reception.
photo credit: Nathan English Photography
I follow A Lovely Day Events on social media and it’s so funny to read their stories on how they were up late stuffing envelopes or working on timelines. You just know they were having a grand ole time as best friends do! Check out their story below.
How did you get started as a wedding planner?
We used to work as student supervisors at the front desks in South Complex at Michigan State University #GOGREEN. When we were feeling stressed, we used to plan fake weddings for our friends. We would comb through pinterest for ideas, it was honestly our favorite thing. When we graduated from college, we both went our separate ways but we missed working together and seeing each other every day. One day, when we met for drinks and manis, we decided if we wanted to be wedding planners, we could do it. We immediately laid the groundwork for our business - started writing our business plan, putting together a styled shoot to show our work etc. that was the summer of 2015!
What is your approach to planning and coordinating weddings?
We believe that weddings deserve to be beautiful and authentic representations of the relationships they celebrate. We love spending time getting to know our clients and diving deep into what makes their relationship special. We work with our couples to have budget and design conversations to find out what is most important to them. Weddings are a major investment and we like to be good stewards of our client's money so we like to create designs that maximize dollars and are visually beautiful. We also love creating weddings that feel like our clients. We want people to walk away from a wedding saying 'wow, that felt *so* (insert your name + your partner's name)’
Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Cake.
photo credit: Niki Marie Photography
What is your favorite wedding memory?
One memory from our first wedding season will always stick out. Our couple was so kind, truly just delightful humans that we loved planning with. At the end of the night, their friends and family surrounded them in a circle and everyone was singing to them as they danced around. This has happened at weddings since then but it was our first ever dance circle where we saw our couple literally surrounded in love. It was beautiful and we both were bawling.
What advice do you have for brides choosing vendors?
You have to go with vendors you vibe with. We always want our couples to feel like they are wedding planning with their best friends. We also know, we aren't everyone's bestie! You should find people you mesh with, that have similar humor and style. Take your time to chat with vendors and get to know them. Also, follow them on social media! You get to see a fun side of your vendors and get to see them behind the scenes. We always share highlights from wedding days and talk through our process, and of course, we have a Whitney Houston highlight where we just dance with our couples to "I Wanna Dance With Somebody'
photo credit: Breanne Rochelle Photography
Why do you love working with 97 Films?
We have only gotten to work with Katie's team once and honestly it was THE BEST! Truly, they are professionals who also make the wedding day fun, but they aren't obtrusive. We have worked with photography and videography teams who don't seem to be aware of what is going on around them. Katie and her team were constantly working, constantly aware and captured every beautiful moment while seamlessly blending into the wedding day. Not to mention their turnaround was insane, our highlight reel was seriously out so quickly!
Breanne + Jason's wedding was our favorite wedding working with Emma + Kaitlynn from A Lovely Day Events!
Cherry Creek Golf Club Wedding Film.
Wedding Cinematography: 97 Films
If you're on the fence on getting a wedding planner...don't be. Jump on the side of an easy relaxing day for you, your family, and your vendors. No need to worry about your timeline and last minute details will be taken care of by Emma + Kaitlynn. Seriously, hire A Lovely Day Events and then hire me so we can work together again ha!
PS they just redesigned their logo...doesn't it look AMAZING?!? It fits them so well!!!
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