A Season of Firsts

Photo By: Jordan Barclay

Florals By: Petal and Pine

Calligraphy By: Lizzy’s Lettering

Cake By: GaylaCake


My name is Meghan Stratton, and I am so proud to be this summer’s City Social Events intern. I will be a sophomore at Butler University and am majoring in Human Communication & Organizational Leadership (a mouthful, I know). I have lived in Evansville for seven years now, but am originally from the northeast. I have found the Midwest to be extremely welcoming, and I think City Social truly embodies southern hospitality, with keeping professionalism at the forefront of all event experiences. I fell in love with event planning in high school through planning the decorations for prom, and job shadowing at the Old National Events Plaza. When I finally figured out that I could plan events for a living, I wanted to dive in head first. I found out about City Social Events from a mutual friend of the business, and feel so lucky that everything worked out for me to intern this summer. Leslie has been so gracious and helpful, as this is my first internship. I spent last summer slicing deli meats 🙂 I really look up to Leslie and absolutely love working with her, and hope to have half of her organization skills one day.

I like to call myself Leslie’s to-do list fairy, and producing a newsletter was on the top of her list. It’s been so much fun getting to collaborate on content and create an editorial plan for future newsletters. In addition to working in the office, my favorite part of this internship has been helping on site at weddings. I love getting to see all of our hard work come to life on the big day! I also had no idea about the amount of details that go into making a wedding flow seamlessly, from the ceremony timing to making sure the cake knife is ready for the Bride and Groom, for example. This May, I had the incredible opportunity to be an associate coordinator for Lizelle and Tal Bartlett’s New Harmony wedding.

In my humble opinion, New Harmony is one of the most beautiful, fun, and unique places to have a wedding. The Bartlett ceremony was held at the Rapp-Owen Granary, which provided an rustic yet sleek and welcoming space. The reception was held at the New Harmony Conference Center, and it was so much fun to drive a golf cart between the two spaces. Also, Lizelle and her bridesmaids got ready at the Granary Street Guest House, and Leslie Smith, the Hair Traveler, showcased each woman’s beauty through updos and makeup.

Setting up the reception space was one of the most exciting parts of the day, because all of the puzzle pieces began to fit together. For example, beautiful floral centerpieces and hanging bouquets from Petal and Pine showcased the formally classic red and white color palette. The reception also featured a lovely three tier wedding cake from GaylaCake. Lizelle and Tal are such an amazing and respectful couple, and I loved getting to see all of their personal touches on the wedding. For instance, the DJ, Peaches & Cream, played some of Tal’s own records at the reception. Photographer Jordan Barclay captured the night beautifully, and it was so great getting to finally work with him, as he is City Social’s neighbor in the Old Courthouse.

Part of the job of an event planner working on-site is to consistently problem solve without anyone knowing the difference. At the reception, we realized during preparations additional extension cords were needed for the up-lighting. Luckily, the humorous and personable MC Walt with Songbird DJ Services came well prepared and saved the day. As Leslie always says, team work really does make the dream work. I had such an amazing time helping out at the Bartlett wedding, and can’t wait for many more!

Don’t forget to sign up for the bi-weekly City Social Events Newsletter here!

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