Laura & Taylor’s Natural Wedding

Laura and Taylor are one of those couples that I’m going to miss and hope I see out and about often. Luckily, Taylor works at Whole Foods in Louisville where I frequent! Their day is forever sealed in my memory because we waited until the last possible minute to make the “tent or no tent” call for the Ceremony due to rain. It was really mesmerizing to see these two work as a team and know their strengths in decision making. Laura ended up letting Taylor make the final decision so that she didn’t have to worry about it (smart Lady!). They set a Tent on one side of Gheen’s Lodge and then prayed for no rain on the other. They truly wanted to be married on the lawn with nothing but the sky above them. Fifty Chairs came to setup just 2.5 hours before the ceremony (the latest we could possibly push it after lots of texting throughout the week!). They either needed to setup under the tent or outside on the lawn. We watched the radar and it was 60% chance of rain. Taylor made the brave decision to put the ceremony on the lawn where they both had hoped to be and pictured themselves getting married. However, sans seat cushions (they were moving the same chairs inside for the reception. Did you know Fifty Chairs will bring a crew to move them for $1 a chair? So easy and cost-saving!). Well he made the right call. It rained an hour before the ceremony and I quickly wiped down all the chairs before the guests arrived…just in time for the sun to come out for the ceremony. Good call Taylor!

 

Photography: Stewart Hunter Photography | Floral Design: Bostons Floral Couture | Wedding Dress: Blush by Hayley Paige | Bride’s Shoes: Qupid | Hair And Makeup: Kristie Hicks | Band: HAY DJ | Groom’s Attire: Stephen Geoffrey from Rebecca’s Black Tie | Venue: Gheen’s Lodge I Catering: Mastersons | Wedding Day Coordination: Weekend Wedding Warrior |

Food Network Star Damaris Weds in Louisville Kentucky

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I first met Damaris at a mutual friend’s Birthday Party. She was the extremely funny and pretty girl passing around trays of homemade gourmet appetizers. Little did I know that she was then in the process of applying for the Food Network Star, a show where everyday contestants compete to get their very own cooking show on the Food Network. Of course, I watched every episode and cheered Damaris on as she went on to win the competition! Though I didn’t know her well, I like many Louisvillians, felt connected to her. Damaris’s show concept was all about teaching people to cook for their loved ones. Coincidentally, once her show was up and running my husband Eric was selected to be on the show to learn how to cook a meal for his pregnant (at the time) wife…Me! You can still catch reruns of my handsome husband explaining how much I supported him through is deployment to Afghanistan in 2008 (3 months after we were married) and how he wanted to learn to cook to give something back to me. It was their Thanksgiving episode and I cried while watching it…though that man still has not made me that meal (sorry Love, had to #realtalk), but he makes a mean hamburger on the grill!

A year or so after the episode aired I got a call from Damaris, she was engaged and wanted to see if I could help coordinate her wedding. I meet with a lot of engaged couples, and I have never been around a couple that acted more in love. They could not keep their hands off each other 🙂 They talked about all the amazingly unique, meaningful, and hands-on ideas they had for their wedding. They were going to incorporate so many personal details that I can’t list them all, but here are the one’s that stand out:

  • BYOF (Bring your own fork): Darrick had a dream that they ate every meal of their lives together with forks gifted to them by friends at family
  • Paper Cranes Everywhere: Darrick folded 1,000 paper cranes and hid them in their tiny apartment before he proposed to Damaris.
  • Damaris and her family made 10 different flavored cakes for the Dessert Buffet
  • The Couple collected all of the china, linen, and flatware from antique malls and the Flea off Market for a dinner for 235 people!
  • All the guests sat at one large table!
  • The Bride and a Groom came down the street in separate parades consisting of their closest friends and family to meet at the alter.
  • Trivia on all the dinner tables
  • A treasure hunt for all the kiddos (there were 20+)

I wish I could say that the wedding and all the details went off without a hitch, but at least I’m hoping the Couple was unaware of most blunders. It took our Weekend Wedding Warrior team of 3 people plus friends and family about 4-5 hours to setup all of the personal details and decor that the couple had gathered. And then it took about 5 minutes for us to run around like crazy people picking it all up because it started to down pour. This included 2 living room sets of vintage furniture, complete with rugs, by Southern Soiree. Oh and my favorite part was that at the exact moment the sky opened up (45 minutes before guests were scheduled to arrive) a police officer came demanding to see the Event Permit for the park (which of course I had, but give me a minute! I’m trying to save all this decor from been ruined by the monsoon!). Luckily, the rain didn’t last long and I jogged to my own Mother’s condo down the street to borrow a bunch of towels so that we could wipe off the seats for guests to sit in. Somehow by the time guests arrived we had everything back in it’s place ready to go. Serious Warrior team effort!

From that point on the wedding was a huge success. They had Bourbon Slushies and Margaritas by Frozen De’Lites and the guests sat on picnic blankets on the lawn and snacked on pimento cheese and benedictine from Lotsa Pasta. Shortly after, a vegetarian dinner was served Family Style by Wiltshire Pantry. The guests danced up a storm, ate ice cream from an ice cream truck, and then lit sparklers and paraded on to a local bar for an after party. We packed up all of the couple’s decor and details in a Uhaul and headed home to finally shower.

 

 

It was so fun to open of the Food Network Magazine 2 months later to see Damaris and Darrick’s wedding in print. The article did not have room for a complete vendor list so please see the list below and mentally applaud all their hard work!

  • Weekend Wedding Warrior (Maggie as Lead and Nikki & Katherine Assisted)
  • Wiltshire Pantry
  • DJ Bret Holsclaw
  • Hair & Makeup by Gina with Salon Bacco
  • Rental furniture from Southern Soiree
  • Tent and table rental from Reliable Rentals
  • Photography & Cakes by multiple family friends

 

Same Sex Weddings

wedwecanWeekend Wedding Warrior is extremely excited to FINALLY be able to coordinate same-sex weddings that will be recognized as legal in the states of Kentucky and Tennessee; where we serve couples. We are overflowing with PRIDE that the majority opinion ruled and history was made on June 26, 2015 to legalize marriage equality across the entire United States of America!

We have been coordinating same-sex weddings since 2013 (see pictures below) and can’t wait to coordinate more and more in years to come. If you are looking for a wedding coordinator soon we have Warriors available on the following Saturdays in 2015 (but any day is a great day to celebrate marriage!):

July 11th, July 25th

August 1st, August 8th, August 15th, August 22nd, August 29th

September 5th, September 12th, September 19th, September 26th

October 3rd, October 10th, October 24th, October 31st

November 7th, November 14th, November 21st, November 28th

December 5th, December 12th, December 19th

Make sure to visit Fair Event Vendors Alliance (FEVA!) to find more vendors who are excited and educated to work with Same Sex Couples.

Photo credit: Jason Holzworth Photography

New Season, New Venue, Lots of Praise

Warrior Nikki

Warrior Nikki

I opened my email this morning to find this gem from Christa at Castle Post in Lexington, Kentucky. We had never worked at Castle Post before and we are looking forward to working there much more in the near future!

Good Afternoon,
I am the General Manager and Event Coordinator at The Castle Post, and I had the Jordan and Nessa Sucher Rehearsal dinner and wedding ceremony this past weekend. I have been in this industry a very long time, and I know that we will always hear the complaints and problems well before we hear a compliment or praise. As you know I worked with Nikki Deese… Nikki was truly amazing, she is by far the most gracious, professional, organized and smart wedding/event coordinator I have worked with in a long time. I have had the worst experience with wedding planners and personally find them nothing but trouble. I now…would look forward to working with…Nikki.

She handled this weekend with such grace and patience it was truly impressive. You are very fortunate to have her. I appreciate all her hard work and ease of us teaming up to make this weekend perfect. Just wanted to take a minute and let you know.

Warmest Regards,

Christa Tinker
Event Coordinator &
General Manager

 

I could not be more proud of Nikki! She handled every challenge (rain, unalphabetized placecards, gaps in information, travel) with grace and a true Warrior Spirit. She then went on to lead the coordination at the ceremony reception at The Brown Hotel with Sydney as her all-star assistant! Here are some of the pictures from our cell phones from the event! We can’t wait to see the professional images when they are complete!

Congratulations Nessa & Jordan!!!

Vendors

Ceremony Venue: Castle Post

Reception Venue: The Brown Hotel

Band: The Heather Hayes Experience

Photographer: Chelsey Olson

Florist/Event Design: Bash Events

Rentals: Fifty Chairs

Cake: Mert’s

Coordination: Nikki Deese, Weekend Wedding Warrior

Coordinator’s Assistant: Sydney O’Bryan

Grateful for everyone who helped make this new website possible!

I just wanted to take some time to THANK everyone who made this website possible. Here’s the quick credits:

Website & Logo Design by VIA STUDIO

Head Shots & Warrior Images by CRYSTAL LUDWICK PHOTO

Head Shots Hair & Make up by PRIMP STYLE LOUNGE

Warrior Photoshoot Location: THE POINTE

Warrior Photoshoot Florals and Linens: JACLYN JOURNEY

Images of Weddings & Happy Couples Throughout the Site captured by:

LANG THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY, BELLA GRACE STUDIOS, KRIECH-HIGDON PHOTOGRAPHY
WHITNEY NEAL PHOTOGRAPHY, HONEY HEART PHOTOGRAPHY, JASON HOLZWORTH PHOTOGRAPHY, & TODD PELLOWE PHOTOGRAPHY

-Thank you to all the Couples that chose Weekend Wedding Warrior to be a part of their wedding day over the last 5 years. You are everything to me.

-Thank you to the amazing Wedding and Event Warriors that make up our team. They all took the time out of their busy schedules to make the photo shoot a big success and ultimately, super fun! Thank you, Ladies!

 

xoxo,

Maggie

I’ve never watched the sunrise with a client before but I feel super energized after my first planning meeting with the Farmington Derby Breakfast Committee.

I’ve never watched the sunrise with a client before but I feel super energized after my first planning meeting with the Farmington Derby Breakfast Committee. So excited to be coordinating this event!
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