Warriors

Each of our Warriors are unique, adding their own strengths and insights to the team. You will be assigned the person that best fits you, your wedding, and its location. Rest assured, all of our Warriors are highly skilled, able to take on any challenge with a smile.

Maggie Heely

maggieMaggie is the Owner and Lead Coordinator of Weekend Wedding Warrior® and Event Warriors. She was raised in Western New York State and has lived in London, Chicago, Louisiana, and now Kentucky! Maggie has a unique background. She was awarded a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University’s prestigious Family Institute in Evanston, IL in 2006 and is currently a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Kentucky. No, she won’t give you therapy at your event, but she does bring a unique crisis-management perspective and calming energy.

Maggie is a Louisville Business First 2016 40 Under 40, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Louisville and was named Woman Business Owner of the Year in the Small Business category by NAWBO Louisville 2014.

She was married in 2008 to her husband who is a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves. They have one young daughter, Aurora. They have a full house with 2 small dogs, Seamus & Quinn, and 1 super old cat, Balou. In her time off, Maggie loves trying new restaurants and taking yoga classes.

Stop what you’re doing, pick up the phone, call Weekend Wedding Warriors, & cross your fingers that they are available on your wedding date. These ladies are hands down, the BEST in the business and we are so lucky to have them in Louisville. – Lindsey G.


Alicia Sarantis

maggieAlicia is an experienced event planner and coordinator who has worked for many years in both corporate and personal events. She has planned and completed over 500 successful events in her career with attendance ranging from 10 to 10,000. Her passion for event coordination stems from a desire to make every event, whether it is a wedding or corporate event, as perfect as it can be for each and every guest. She was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky and attended the University of Kentucky for her Bachelor’s degree. She married her husband Nick in 2008 and they currently live in Oldham County with sons, Alex & Jack, and dogs, Lilly & Daisy.

So thankful we had Alicia! I would recommend her to everyone!! Definitely allowed my mom and I the ability to be guests at our own event! – Jessica W.


Alexis Raley

maggieAlexis is a true southerner, born and raised in Raleigh, NC. In 2000, she moved to Lexington, KY to attend the University of Kentucky where she received an undergraduate business degree. Since then, she also has received her Master’s in Business Administration from Bellarmine University.

Alexis has extensive leadership experience as a business owner of 2 Chic Chicks. She has also been an active member of the Junior League of Louisville and the co-chair of their largest annual fundraising event. She uses her passion for detailed perfection to make every event successful and enjoyable. Alexis and her husband have a beautiful home in St. Matthew’s, which they share with their adorable son, Graham and Yorkie, Raleigh.

Alexis was my coordinator for my May 2015 wedding and she was out of this world fantastic…She ran that timeline like a boss… – Jasmine T.


Debbie Saag

maggieA native Kentuckian, Debbie attended the University of Louisville where her involvement on campus sparked her love of logistics and planning. Immediately after graduating, she became involved in the event industry. She worked for a boutique event planning and design company and a prestigious Hotel before joining the Weekend Wedding Warrior team.

Debbie’s primary goal is to enable her clients to relax and enjoy their special event. Using her knowledge and previous industry experience, Debbie ensures all aspects of the wedding are executed with graceful timing and flawless detail.

Debbie is an active member of the Junior League of Louisville and the Chapter Advisor for the Delta Zeta sorority at UofL. Debbie and her husband Rob live in Worthington with their two dogs – Lollie & Ralph.

OMG!!!! What a home run hire for you!!
That is incredible news! – Kenny Sauter, Masters of Music


Nikki Deese – Nashville, Tennessee

maggieRaised in Franklin, Tennessee, Nikki is a southerner through and through.  She journeyed north to Western Kentucky University, and in 2011 received her Bachelors in English Literature.  Realizing her passion for event planning, she continued even further north to Louisville to begin pursuing her career.  After spending a few years in  Louisville’s event industry, Nikki was delighted to join Weekend Wedding Warrior in 2014.  In 2016, she moved back to Nashville to pursue a degree in Education. She continues to be a Weekend Wedding Warrior, sharing her talents with the Nashville, Tennessee area.  She pairs her personality with event excellence, striving for perfection for her clients and their special day.

Nikki loves the outdoors, everything Fall, and is constantly trying new restaurants.  She is the proud mother of one Beagle-American Eskimo mixed pup named Cooper, and they love to run around their neighborhood.

Nikki was our saving grace!…she is/was AMAZING. She made herself very accessible months before our wedding. She always provided us with a sense of ease no matter the situation. Our friends and families loved her and we all felt like we had known her for years. – Nessa T.


katherine Wade – Lexington, KEntucky

maggieKatherine is a lover of all events..from intimate dinners to large formal affairs, every event can benefit from the experience and attention to detail this warrior brings!

Raised in Lexington, Katherine attended the University of Kentucky for her undergraduate degree and earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Louisville. She is an enthusiastic leader in the Junior League of Lexington, and a devoted volunteer in the animal rescue community. Katherine married her college sweetheart in 2013 and they reside in Lexington with their two labradors, HB and George.

Katherine’s passion for fabulously curated and meticulously executed events and weddings brought her to the Wedding Warrior team! She can’t wait to help each client make their special event a wonderful, stress-free occasion.

 

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