Anyone who has ever planned an event knows that the days are long and there are so many details and logistics to manage! When I started the booking process for 2020 (before the COVID-19 chaos), I already was getting more inquiries for weekends than I was available. I found a solution and am happy to share that I am officially growing my team with Kelly as Lead Coordinator! She is such a great addition to the team and will allow us to serve even more couples in the future.
Kelly has actually been on the team since the last wedding season as an event assistant. She was my saving grace as I was pregnant literally all wedding season and when I look back, I cannot IMAGINE doing all of those weddings on my own! Kelly had great event experience before joining my team as a corporate event planner and understands the clients we work with and how to give them the best day of their lives!
Here’s a photo of us together in our really cute branded aprons. As shown above: what wedding days really look like for me – haha! Photo credit: Westrum Photographs
You can find out more about Kelly on my ABOUT page, but while you’re here, I asked her a few questions to share with you so you can get to know her! She will be starting us off on our first wedding in a few weeks. We are thrilled to get the chance to plan events again, and I AM THRILLED it is no longer just me and my dog! 🙂
Photo credit: Jeno Collective
How long have you been planning events?
I have been planning events in some capacity since 2015. I started out volunteering for a non-profit, eventually worked into corporate events, and now work at UW-Madison planning events for the Wisconsin Union.
How long have you been on the OBEC Team?
One full year – of learning and fun! I started planning as a lead coordinator and taking on some weddings of my own in 2020!
Describe your event planning background/experience.
From planning bridal showers and baby showers for friends, to fundraisers for a non-profit, to corporate seminars and trade shows, to department and student org events at a university, as well as, any external groups I have seen a lot of different events and different work environments. Wedding planning brings a different, more personal side to things that I thoroughly enjoy. I love building relationships with people and that is one of the reasons I chose events in the first place, the opportunity to build relationships and be part of big days, whether for companies or individuals.
What is your favorite event you’ve planned to date?
My favorite event has been a seminar that I helped plan during one of my internships in college. It was my first onsite event that was multi-day, had different locations to coordinate at, and was just fun to be around the customers attending. It was worth the long days and made me realize I enjoyed events more than I thought.
What is your dream job (other than event planner?)
I would love to be a stay at home mom to four kiddos. But, I have always dreamed of writing a book so maybe a little bit of both of those things 🙂
If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Charleston, South Carolina. Cute city with history, the ocean, and beautiful weather! Sounds like a dream.
What style of weddings do you like best?
Moody, boho, industrial. But, ultimately, I like weddings that are all about who the couple is and tells their story. Not just trying to make it Pinterest worthy.
Describe your dream wedding.
I would like to get married in a field surrounded by tall grass and trees and have the ceremony with almost no decor, just the views, and then create a “greenhouse” for the reception with simple, fun chandeliers and vintage style tables. Lots of flowers and just a cozy, fun feel. I want to start my marriage making people feel loved and known and like they are over at our home for a hangout. I also definitely want either Mexican for dinner or food trucks all around. To finish the night I want a massive dance party under the stars.
Who are your favorite musicians right now?
Johnnyswim ALWAYS (I mean c’mon), Colony House, J. Cole, Maverick City Music, Maren Morris
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be, and why?
Dietrich Bonhoeffer. A deep thinker, lived through a hard time (World War II), and did it all honorably, which was hard living in Germany under Hitler’s reign. There is much that he could teach anyone and I would love to learn it.
What do you most look forward to this upcoming wedding season?
Leading my first weddings and gaining more experience in the wedding industry.
There you have it! Kelly is such a gift to our team! We are so excited to have her!