[Feature Photo Credit: Shillawna Ruffner Photography]
I first met Stephanie by phone in early 2017. She lived in North Carolina* and was planning a wedding for October 7, 2017, in Evansville, Indiana, and wanted the local help on the months and days leading up to their wedding. We immediately hit it off. It is so wonderful when that happens with our brides and grooms – which is how it usually works when we end up booking with these brides and grooms. One of the reasons Stephanie and I got on so well at first, aside from Stephanie’s kindness, was the fact that she is an AMAZING planner herself. She already had detailed notes and information with all of her wedding plans at the time of our meeting. When clients are the planner-types, it makes it an even more seamless planning experience for the City Social team and the couple getting married. For example, Stephanie took it upon herself to create a color-coded seating chart and fully detailed set-up description. Truly a dream for us to work with!
Funny story – I had actually met Stephanie years prior when I worked at Starbucks North Park. A group of friends came in while I was working one night and said they were competing in a scavenger hunt. They needed one barista to help them build a human pyramid so I obviously said yes! During our first face to face meeting, at no other place than Starbucks North Park, Stephanie and her now Husband, Lee, showed me the photo. It was such a fun memory and sign that our working together now for their wedding was meant to be. (Side note – I 100% believe everything happens for a reason, luck is when preparation meets opportunity, and that signs are important. This is all a whole other story).
Another story which ironically involves Starbucks, while Stephanie and Lee knew each other in high school, they reconnected at Starbucks making this location even more special. Anytime Stephanie would come to the City Social office to meet or say hi, she would always offer to bring me a cup of coffee. The kindest of gestures!
To the wedding – Stephanie and Lee got married at St. Wendel Church and had their reception at Cambridge. The wedding was as wonderful and Stephanie and Lee and like so many weddings, it was a perfect reflection of them as a couple. The weather was seemingly not going to cooperate but it ended up being perfect (which is evident in the pictures from their wedding – just look at the expressions on their faces!). Immediately after the ceremony, the couple left the church with a bubble exit (so beautiful and fun), and then the guests headed over to the reception at Cambridge where they were greeted with music, hors d’oeuvres, and drinks. Stephanie and Lee were able to miss the rain for some outdoor photos at her family’s property – they even caught a rainbow! When they arrived to the reception a little later than expected, but totally worth it, Stephanie and Lee were all smiles and while among so many friends and family, they were in their own world. As a coordinator – witnessing the couple’s you work with, and become close with, truly enjoy their wedding and enter that place of complete happiness before your eyes is something truly spectacular. It’s difficult to put into words what that means.
We are so happy for Stephanie and Lee and were so thrilled to have been chosen to play such an important role on their wedding day. We are also so happy and excited to announce that Stephanie will be working with the City Social Team next year as an Associate Coordinator on some fall weddings. See, everything really does happen for a reason! 🙂
**If you’re engaged and looking for vendors – this lineup is a vendor dream team! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this group.
Reception – Cambridge
Photographer – Shillawna Ruffner Photography
(Second Shooter – our neighbor, Jordan Barclay)
Videographer – Eyenamics
Floral – Emerald Design
Cake – Bauer Pastry
Photo Booth – 35 mm Snaps
DJ – All About You DJ
Coordination & Set-up Execution – City Social Events
Hair & Makeup – LDJ Makeup
Accommodations – Doubletree by Hilton
Transportation – SUV-Limo
*The majority of our couples live elsewhere and decide to get married in their hometown of Evansville. With technology it’s so easy to schedule a Google Hangout, Facetime, or even regular phone call. Then it’s even more fun to do the planning in person when our couples come to Evansville to visit. I love it!