Tiny Heather arranging Daffodils
Bringing joy to others by hosting, baking and entertaining may actually be my first true love. I grew up in a home, really a community, where food was a conduit for the expression of love; for me, hosting was always a natural extension of that. I started helping my Grannan (the original hostess with the mostest) throw parties when I was still very young. She taught me so much about grace, warmth and wit, not to mention organizational skills, DIY madness and how to bake like a champ! My mama and stepmom also provided a childhood full of art, expression, creation and enthusiasm so it’s safe to say that my family very much made me the person and professional that I am today.
I've always been a natural mediator and communicator and I embrace that in all aspects of the planning process. So while I am, of course, here to handle all of the scary and stressful logistical aspects of the event, I also offer support to my clients and their families through what can be an emotional time. You can share your fears with me and we'll work through them together! We will get to know each other very well throughout the planning process; all of my favorite weddings have been for couples I now consider friends!
My affinity for design began when I was just a wee one. My parents fondly recall how I would sit for hours quietly drawing, lost in my own little world of creation. I could entertain myself so easily with art supplies and that patience for arts and crafts never left me. My love of flowers/botanicals comes from my mama, a retired ecologist, who has always had the most beautiful (and delicious) garden. While she and my husband are both infinitely better gardeners than I am, I give it my best shot! There are few things that give me greater joy than creating a centerpiece from flowers I grew myself.
Before my career in events, I worked in restaurants for many years - from dive bars to Michelin-rated establishments - so I truly believe that stellar food and beverage is crucial to a successful event. My design background has also made me a sucker for inspired color stories and interesting texture play. And as a sentimental Southern gal at heart, I am always, always, excited to incorporate family heirlooms or traditions into an event. Throw in a killer playlist and you’ve got yourself a party!
My husband, Nathan, and I bought a small acreage in early 2018 and we take such joy in tending to the property and making it our own. We just celebrated the birth of our first child, Maxwell Forest, and our hearts could not be more full. We also have the most magical creatures of all time - 2 dogs, 1 cat and 1 cat who thinks he's a dog - Ziggy, Jolene, Yoshimi and JJ. My perfect evening is hosting a dinner party with friends and family, complete with kitchen dancing, board game playing and my hubby’s tasty cocktails! I also cherish a quiet night on our little homestead with just my boys, our furbabies and that big open sky.
Photo Credit: Christina Karst Photography
These are a Few of My Favorite Things
Being a mama and auntie
Crafting, especially paper goods
Baking for my people
Pleated, twirly skirts and dresses
The drive-in, musicals and classic movies
Antiquing and family heirlooms
Ethnic food feasts
Sunsets with my forever date