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 |
Let’s face it, Weekend Wedding Warrior is an odd name for a wedding company. Most companies use the owners name or make up something soft and pretty using the word “elegant” in their company title. I named this company to explain exactly what we do. We are Wedding Warriors that work your Wedding Weekend! It has nothing to do with myself (owner, Maggie Heely) or my ego and it has everything to do with the service we provide families.
Once at a bridal show, a groom said to me “why warrior? what does that mean?” I froze for a second. I had been giving the same schpeel for 3 hours to newly engaged couples and his question caught me off guard!
Well, Mr. Groom, here’s my answer: Being a Weekend Wedding Warrior means going to battle for every single one of the couples and families that we work for. It’s doing the dirty, behind-the-scenes work that the average person doesn’t want to do (let alone recognize that it’s needed to be done). It has nothing to do with being pretty, though we will make sure your wedding is pretty, and it has everything to do with being REAL.
In real life, DJ’s don’t download the correct version of the first dance song and we are finding it on YouTube to connect to the speaker system.
In real life, those beautifully crafted boutonnieres fall apart after the 4th hug and we are super-gluing the stem back on.
In real life, a gown’s train gets stepped on and your bustle breaks and we are on our knees pinning/sewing it so you can dance the night away.
In real life, that perfectly white dress will get something spilled on it and we will have the Tide stick and the white fabric chalk to cover it up.
In real life, you will forget the wedding rings in your room because you are so excited about getting married, but don’t worry, we’ve made sure the Best Man already has them.
In real life, your mash potato bar collapses and we rebuild it!
In real life, there are terrible storms, even on wedding days, and the power goes out so we light every candle we can find and you get married by candle-light!
Life happens and it is not always pretty. We are the SHIELD (the Warrior Shield) that protects you from all of those unexpected, but inevitable moments on your wedding day.
I love beautiful photos and staged wedding photo shoots and creative-minds with pretty and delicate ideas on fancy blogs, but those aren’t real. Being a Weekend Wedding Warrior means making sure every detail is handled so that you can focus on what is really REAL…getting married and committing yourself to the love of your life.
Open seating can be nice for small weddings, but always have specific “Reserved” signs for family, wedding party, & of course the Bride & Groom!
Check out the stunning pictures of Colleen & Chris’s Wedding by R.T. Photography! The Bride got ready at The Brown Hotel and their wedding reception was at the Louisville Country Club with flowers by Colonial Designs.