For the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a wedding or event over the Memorial Day weekend. So with the weekend open, we headed out west to Colorado to unplug and spend time with my family. Of course, even while away, I couldn’t help thinking back to last year’s Memorial Day weekend and Melinda and Jared’s wedding at the Ballantyne Country Club.

Melinda works at the Ballantyne Hotel and it was some of her colleagues, who happen to be dear friends of mine as well, who connected us. Working with Melinda – and her sweet parents – was easy. Maybe it’s because she knows a thing or two about events thanks to her job, but I’d like to think it’s because she’s just all around awesome. And Jared, too!

These two wanted things to be simple but pretty and elegant, and definitely not too stuffy (which is something I feel like I hear most of my clients say!). The Ballantyne Country Club made for a great place to celebrate following their ceremony at St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Upon arrival at the club, guests headed down to the back terrace for cocktails and apps. After all the post-ceremony photos, the new Mr. and Mrs. actually opted to be introduced at cocktail hour which was a different – and fun – twist to the usual being introduced at the reception. It also enabled them to take a big group photo with all of their friends and family who had come to help celebrate.

Following cocktail hour, everyone made their way upstairs for a plated dinner and of course, wedding cake! Then it was time to party! Mike from Split Second Sound helped rally the crowd in the dining room and had the bride and groom usher everyone back down to the terrance where everyone danced the night away. (And I mean seriously danced the night away. I don’t think the dance floor was ever empty!)

One of the little details that I loved about their day was how we used the greenery detail and monogram Amanda with Viri Lovely Designs created for them throughout…from the wedding invitation, to all the day-of paper goods, and even to two large wooden monograms which we used above the sweetheart table and by the dance floor. Working in details like that is an easy way to create a consistent look and feel to the wedding day. Plus, we were all kind of in love with what Amanda created!

And some of my favorite moments…the bride’s sweet first look with dad, the smile that was constantly on both the bride and groom’s face throughout the day, the unplanned “Dirty Dancing” lift that happened toward the end of the night (!), and watching these two just be so happy.

Melinda and Jared, I know it’s been a year (and change!) since this happy day, but feels like just yesterday! Thanks for having me on board to help you with your wedding and for making me feel like a part of the family! (Maybe sometime we can coordinate our Colorado trips, ha!) Wishing you a love that only grows sweeter with time and all the happiness marriage can bring!

Sharing a few favorite photos below + a big thanks to everyone involved in this special day:
Griffin Hart Davis {Photography} | Carlisle Videography {Videography} | Ballantyne Country Club {Reception Venue} | St. Matthew Catholic Church {Ceremony} | What’s Up Buttercup {Florals} | Julie Wardley {Julie Page – HMU}
Party Reflections + Party Tables {Linens} | Mike Nania with Split Second Sound {DJ}
Amanda Bonaviri {Viri Lovely Designs – Stationery + Paper Goods}

I think I always start these posts with, I can’t believe a year has flown by! But it’s true, and exactly what I think every time I look back on a couple’s wedding day a year later. And here we are, celebrating Jessie and John in their own “wow, I can’t believe a year has flown by” post!

A few years in, I’m still flattered, honored, and humbled when a couple chooses me to help them with their wedding. And for whatever reason, those feelings are like times 10 when it’s someone I know who decides I need to be the one to help plan and pull together their special day.

Jessie and John came to Hart & Co. Events by way of John. He and I knew each other from my time in NASCAR. My husband has actually known John longer than I have, and once upon a time all three of us (my husband, me, and John) ended up on the same race team so we all got to know each other pretty well. (BTW, everyone in the NASCAR garage calls John, Marv. But his sweet bride always called him, John. So, I did too. And it was a tough transition for me, ha.)

Long story short, when John reached out and asked if we could all go to dinner to talk wedding planning, I was super excited for this old friend and excited to meet his bride-to-be. And of course, the second I met Jessie, I knew she was beyond perfect for him and it just made my heart happy. When they hired me to help pull all the pieces together, it was just the proverbial icing on the cake.

In my book, personal connections and details are what make a wedding day even more special than it already is, and this wedding was full of them. Jessie and John decided to marry on her family’s land in East Tennessee. Her family has the most beautiful land just outside of Johnson City, with a horse farm nestled among groves of trees and beautiful rolling hills. Jessie’s family was also in the process of turning the farm into an event venue so it was fun being a part of the venue’s first weddings and watching this couple pour extra work into things future couples could also enjoy.

The pair settled on vows under a giant beech tree just yards from Jessie’s parents home, the same tree where John proposed the year before. After the ceremony, guests were transported to the barn where they celebrated the new Mr. and Mrs. First with drinks in the roundpen, then a delicious family-style dinner set on the longest dinner table ever placed down the walkway of the stalls. Following dinner, everyone headed back to the dancefloor in the roundpen and partied the night away.

Some of my favorite details from the reception were definitely Jessie’s family’s horse show trophies we used for the centerpieces and the handmade pottery plates that John’s mom made specifically for the wedding. (I mean, who doesn’t love this??) And their exit? In the same mustang Jessie’s parents left their wedding in.

Jessie and John, thank you for bringing this old friend along to help with your wedding. I’ll always be grateful I got to spend that special time in your lives with you. Hoping this first year of marriage was wonderful, that the best is yet to come, and that your love continues to grow and only get better with time!

Special thanks to the team that made their day happen:
Blue Kite Photo {photography} Thomas Farm Events {venue} Springvine Design {florals} Hayden Olivia Bridal {gown} JK Sweet Cakes {wedding cake} Southern Knot Weddings and Floral Design {specialty rentals} Ashley Aesthetics {HMU} Atheneum Creative {stationery + graphic design details} Maria Graham with Graham Productions {DJ}

My first wedding of 2018 is in just a few days and I’m ready to get back into the swing of things! While I’m looking ahead to this weekend, can’t help but think back to my first wedding last year.

2017 was the year for destination weddings (almost half were out of town!) and it started from the get-go. Logan and Jess were my first wedding of the year last March and for it, we hit the road headed for Highlands, North Carolina.

This sweet pair are from the Charlotte area. They met in high school and both attended East Carolina University. They now call Chapel Hill home while Jess studies dentistry at UNC. When it came down to where to marry, Logan and Jess decided on a destination wedding and I wasn’t mad about it! And not just because they chose The Farm at Old Edwards Inn as their venue. (Personally, Old Edwards Inn is a favorite place of my husband and I. He vacationed there a few times as a child, and we’ve taken quick vacations there since we’ve been together. We just love it up there. Old Edwards had also been on my “dream wedding venue list” since I started Hart & Co. Events. I’m super thankful I had the opportunity to work there and sure hope I get to do it again – and soon!)

Logan and I hit it off right away, so naturally I loved everything she had in mind for her wedding day. Inspired by the beautiful rock fireplaces at The Farm, she wanted a cozy, super romantic but not stuffy wedding. The fireplaces came in handy by the way…there was still a little bit of snow on the ground when we rolled into town. The wedding day was sunny and beautiful with temperatures that warmed up nicely. Once that sun went down though, the roaring fires felt just right!

I think the team that came together to help make it all happen absolutely nailed it. We collaborated with some of my favorite vendors from the Charlotte area but also had the opportunity to work with some great folks out of the Raleigh area, Charleston, and Highlands. And I can’t forget the amazing team at Old Edwards Inn. They are some of the best! (Full vendor team shared below!)

I know it’s been a year since this happy day, but somehow still feels like it was yesterday! Logan and Jess, thank you for trusting me to help you pull all the pieces together and be alongside you during this exciting time. I hope this first year has been amazing, but I think it’s really only the beginning of an amazing life for you two!


The Farm at Old Edwards Inn {Venue} Kayla Coleman Photography {Photographer} Brian Bunn Films {Videographer} Springvine Design {Florals} Old South Vintage Rentals {Vintage Furniture} Party Reflections {Linens} LULA Hair & Makeup {HMU} Dylan Skidmore {DJ} Creative Pastries by Sid {Sid Jackson – Wedding Cake} Fabulous Frocks – Charlotte {Bride’s Gown} A Signature Welcome {Guest Welcome Gifts} Wedding Invitation + Paper Goods chosen by bride via Etsy



Simple or elaborate, your wedding day is a production. There can be a lot of moving parts and pieces with a cast of vendors helping to make it all happen. Keeping everyone on the same page is so important. And as it is in life, timing is everything on a wedding day.

I am sure everyone organizes themselves differently, which they should, but I’ve been told that my timelines are some of the most detailed. (Feel like I’ve even had a vendor or two lovingly make fun of me for it, ha.) But I think they should be, and here’s why: there are a lot of factors that contribute to a smooth wedding day – like working with a trusted team of creative pros – but having a well thought out, thorough, and detailed timeline is probably at the top of the list.

You work hard for months, making decisions and putting all these plans in place, not to mention the financial piece of it all. Why risk it with no organized plan (and backup plans for that matter) come the actual wedding day?

When you have Hart & Co. Events on your team, the timeline is something I spearhead and manage. As I sit here working on final details and prepare for the start of the spring wedding season, thought I’d share a few tidbits of how I approach a timeline and why a good one is clutch to a smooth day…

Start Backwards: I’m sure every bride, planner, or wedding industry pro has their own way of going about this, but I typically start backwards. I’ll put to paper the key moments that I know right off the bat – ceremony start time (the invitation time, the actual start time may be 5-15 minutes later if necessary) and time the night will end – then I just work my way back to the beginning of the day. Sometimes I may jump around a bit as I go – I may focus on just the reception or just the front half of the day for a little bit – but I always go at it with a work backwards approach. After I get the key moments in, I start plugging in when your vendors, such as the photographer, florist, band or DJ, might arrive.

Double Check Contracts: After I kind of have a shell of a timeline and see how the day is shaping up, I’ll go back and double check the contracts with key vendors. Most of the time, it’s been a while since a vendor was booked. And if I’m being honest, I don’t always have everyone’s contracts all memorized! This is where folks may realize they’re short on time with a vendor, and typically that’s the photographer. For example, you may want the photographer to cover everything from getting ready to that grand exit. That may take eight hours but you only booked them for six hours. You can either adjust the timeline where you can, or consider adding more hours to your contract. Everyone is different, but most photographers – and most other vendors – have options to add time. (Throwing in a note here, this is one of those examples of where working together from the beginning, before you sign contracts with anyone, helps. I can better guide you through that process from the get-go, so we’re not adding time (ahem, spending more money) toward the end of the planning process.)

Photography: Speaking of photographers, I don’t know if this is just me, but when I start confirming details with vendors, I usually start with the photographer(s). To me, next to the commitment you’re making with your fiancé, your wedding photos are the most important thing. They’ll be what you look at and reflect on for years, maybe even generations to come. Because of that, I like to start with the photographer. I’ll shoot them the draft timeline, and then talk it all through. If they don’t have the time that they need to capture everything (within reason…can’t take photos alllll day long, ha), and we don’t communicate well, then the day can just be and feel chaotic.

Keeps Everyone On The Same Page: Whether I’ve been solely communicating with the vendor team or you’ve been in touch with some of them, at some point they will all start asking the same questions. So while it may seem really early, I’ll start thinking through the timing of your wedding day about two months out and start working with everyone on what they need about a month to go. I always have way more in my timelines than each vendor may need, but I always relay that they are welcome to take what they need out of it for them and their team. Come the wedding day though, the final timeline is what guides the day and I believe that helps keep everyone on the same page. (That and excellent communication!)

Know When – And How – To Adjust: Timelines and the times on them are there for a reason, to keep things on track, but you have to know when it’s time to adjust. Because sometimes, in the middle of the wedding day, something may throw all your hard work and perfect timing off kilter. I had a destination wedding last year where we ran into an unfortunate incident with the caterer. A very long story short, I realized early in the day that we were going to have a situation with the vendor, so I did the best I could adjusting as the day went on. It’s an epic story that I should probably tell one day because it’s definitely one of those examples of why a planner can be one of the best investments you make while planning a wedding. But for now, I’ll just say dinner was two hours late and thankfully it all worked out ok (the food was really good) and the bride, groom, and their guests had a great time.

I know it’s easy to think that our job as a planner is to make everything look pretty. But honestly, if the day isn’t managed well, a lot of other things may not go well either and how pretty it is may not be what you, your family and your guests remember. I want to tell you that I love love and all the pretty things that come with weddings, which I do. But call me a nerd, I absolutely love logistics and coming up with a well-organized plan for your wedding day, which includes those timelines!

What do you think? If you ever have questions or think you need help sorting out how to go about planning your wedding day, I’d really love to help you! Drop me a line!


Choosing your wedding venue is a big deal. It’s the backdrop for one of the most special days in your life, and there’s so much more to it than just how it looks.

Ashley Louise Photography | Hart & Co. Events Wedding Planning
Vesuvius Vineyards | North Carolina

Whether you’ve had yours picked out since you were little, or have no idea where to start, I wanted to share some questions and notes to think about as you consider your options…

Availability: This is an easy – and maybe obvious – starting point, especially if you have a date already in mind when you start the venue search. If you’re flexible on the date, then it may not impact you as much. I’d also throw in when asking about availability, inquire if the venue books Friday and Sunday weddings/events as well, or if yours would be the only wedding taking place on the property that weekend. If you’re getting married on Saturday, and they book a Friday wedding, that will more than likely impact your rehearsal plans – IF you’re planning on having the ceremony at the same place as the reception. It might even impact any installations, like say a tent. I’ve certainly had to juggle this very thing for clients, so it happens. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather go into the process knowing everything that might be taking place at the same time as my wedding and be able to plan accordingly from the get go.

What’s Included? I’ve definitely had clients over the years who book the venue before they book with me and come to find out, they didn’t realize they would have to rent tables, chairs, other items in order to carry out their wedding plans. It’s never fun to tell them there’s going to be additional expenses. So, I highly recommend asking and getting clarity as to what all comes with the rental of the venue. If they offer tables and chairs, be sure to ask what type of tables they have (are they 8 ‘ recs, 60” rounds), and how many they have on hand. And for the chairs, same thing. Ask how many they have and don’t hesitate to ask to see what the chairs look like. Not everyone knows what a chivari is!

Ashley Louise Photography | Hart & Co. Events Wedding Planning
Vesuvius Vineyards

Rain Plan: The “R” word isn’t anyone’s favorite when it comes to making outdoor wedding plans. Coming up with Rain Plans – and Plans C, D, E, you get it – is something I do at the beginning of every wedding, event, or project, even if it seems like weather won’t be a factor. (True Story: One time I did an event in Phoenix that involved a TV crew. On one of our planning calls, I brought up a rain plan and everyone kinda laughed at me. They said it never rains in the desert. Guess what happened the weekend of our event? Yep. Rained…cats. and. dogs.) If you have your heart set on having any portion of your wedding day outside, factor in alternate locations for those portions from the beginning. Ask if the venue has backup locations and be sure to look at them right then and there. And don’t forget to double check that your proposed guest count will fit in the backup location.

Another thing to consider, the Rain Plan might require tenting. Some venues include this automatically in the rental of the venue, which I think is kind of great because that cost is already factored in. But if it’s not, that’s an expense you need to be prepared for.

Vendors: I’d encourage you to inquire if outside vendors are allowed, or if you have to work exclusively with any preferred partners. I ran into this when my husband and I were planning our own wedding. We were considering a venue but they were really restrictive on which vendors you could use and that just felt limiting to us. We wanted to build our own team and have a little more say in the matter, so we ended up booking somewhere else. I do understand that perspective though, a venue wanting to use certain professional, trusted partners who know and are familiar with the venue. I’ve been in situations where maybe it’s only one or two vendor categories that you have to use the venue’s partner, and that’s totally fine and easy to work with. Something like this may not be any sort of deal breaker for you, but I just throw it in there as something to ask about when considering your choices.

Event Staff: Every venue has a different staffing structure and way they coordinate weddings. Be sure to ask who your main point of contact will be throughout the planning process, and who will be there on the day of your wedding. And go ahead and ask what that person will do/is responsible for on the wedding day. For example, you might be meeting with a sales team member for the site visit and work with them during the booking process. But once you book, they may hand you over to someone else. And then there could even be a third person you’ll work with on the day of. And that person may not do all the things you think they will. Because the venue is one of the biggest pieces of the puzzle, be sure you have a clear picture how your relationship will work.

Logistics: This may fall toward the bottom of some people’s list, but I absolutely believe it’s something worth considering before signing any contract. Think through what the logistics are. Is there a place for everyone to get dressed and ready at the venue? Where do guests park? (Is there enough parking? Will people have to be bused in? Do I have to pay for valet service or can guest self-park?) Where do they enter? Do they have to walk far? (If so, are there golf carts included or will you have to rent them?) What’s the flow from ceremony to cocktail hour to the reception space? How will people move from point A to point B? (I promise you, worth thinking through!) And what about bathrooms? Are there enough or will you have to bring in bathroom trailers? (I’ve definitely had to do that!) And do you have anyone that needs wheelchair access? I know logistics is a loaded item, but don’t wait until the month before your wedding to find out there’s not enough parking for all your guests!

Pricing: And now the biggest question of all, what does everything cost? After you see what all is included, know the venue’s availability, and everything else that will come with it, you can gauge whether this fits in your overall budget. There are a lot of fun and pretty things associated with weddings, but it all comes with a price. There’s nothing more tough than a potential client realizing they busted their budget on the venue and have a very limited budget remaining for other items. I don’t want to scare anyone, but I’d rather be upfront than not…right? And one last note on this item, after you have an idea of the cost, be sure to ask how payments work. If there’s a deposit, go ahead and ask if it’s refundable. (Most are not, but worth asking in case something happens and you realize you need to book elsewhere.) And totally ok to inquire about making payments along the way and about payment methods (check, credit card). Minor details maybe, but it all adds up!

There are so, so many things that go into planning a wedding and the venue is just one of them. I absolutely love working with any client at any point in the planning process, but I think you can see the magic of working together from the get go! I can help you find the right venue for you, and help you maximize your budget (and even help you come up with a budget!). If you’re just starting the process and searching for the perfect-for-you venue, give me a shout! I’d love to help you!


I’m working on sharing some of my favorite images from last year’s weddings – slowly but surely! (Better late than never, yes?!) I feel incredibly fortunate that every year it seems I get to walk alongside the most wonderful couples during one of the most exciting times in their lives. One of the things I wanted to be better about in 2018 is sharing snippets of those I get to work with, and I’m excited to start with Lindsay and Stephen!

These two were married on October 28 at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter. Following their vows, the new husband and wife celebrated with dinner and dancing at the Charlotte Marriott City Center in Uptown.

I loved working with Lindsay and her mom, Lori, through the months and weeks leading into the big day. And as it usually is with each couple, I was a little sad when our time together was over!

Some personal faves from their day…

  • The bride’s first look with both her parents at the church
  • Forehead kisses from Stephen (Am I the only one who thinks forehead kisses are just the sweetest?!)
  • The florals by CLux that were so beautiful and the perfect color palette for a fall wedding!
  • The guests that busted out some limbo on the dance floor…using a necktie. The best.

Lindsay and Stephen, thank you so much for allowing Hart & Co. Events to be a part of your special day! Wishing you a lifetime of happiness, love & laughter!

And to the fabulous team of vendors, thank YOU for making their day happen: Charlotte Marriott City Center {Reception Venue} Carolina Luxury Rentals {Linens, Chairs} CLux Florals {Florals} Elisabeth Rose {Day-Of Stationery Items} Rubberband {East Coast Entertainment} R&R Pedicab {Pedicab Exit}

Have you set a date yet? I feel like this is easily one of the top questions asked after you get engaged, perhaps right after being asked about how the proposal went down. Getting engaged is an exciting thing, so family and friends asking (tons of) questions and being curious about all the fun details is a normal reaction.

I’ve been chatting with some excited newly engaged couples who haven’t quite landed on a date yet. If you’re like them, recently engaged and don’t have a date nailed down yet, don’t panic! Enjoy the excitement a little and when you’re ready to pick a date, here are some tips to consider:

What’s Already on Tap: This may be an obvious place to start, but look at your schedules – work, school, and current obligations already on the calendar. My husband worked in NASCAR when we got engaged, so we were pretty bound by the (long) race schedule. (Seriously, it’s one of the longest professional sports seasons. We used to joke it runs from Valentine’s Day to Thanksgiving!) That left us the options of getting married on the rare off-weekend, or waiting for the off season. We opted for the off season.

Take stock of what commitments and obligations you both might have, and consider what might work best for the people that you both feel are crucial to being there with you on your wedding day. NOTE: You will NOT please everyone with your wedding date and will drive yourself crazy trying to do so. Go with what works for YOU and what makes YOU happy, what works for those that you couldn’t imagine not being there, and set the date.

Budget + Don’t Rule Out Winter: It’s important to talk about the financial aspect early, too. A lot of couples don’t necessarily have a solid idea of what costs are associated with weddings, which is fine (and something we can help you with, too!). But it’s important to have this discussion between the two of you, consider what you might be contributing, and then have that conversation with who else might be contributing as well.

And how does this fit into picking a wedding date? There are definitely peak times of the year to get married – like May, June, September, October. Don’t rule out the winter. If you are open to it, some venues offer “off-season” rates for months like December, January and even February. This may vary by market, and of course, will vary by venue. But it’s worth keeping in mind while you weigh when to get married.

Be Open Minded: So maybe you don’t have a date picked, but you have your heart set on a certain venue. You reach out only to discover it’s booked solid every Saturday already. Have to have that venue? Be open minded. Ask if they are open to Friday or Sunday weddings. (I really, really, really think a brunch wedding would be fun. Any takers?!)

Mother Nature: She sure can be unpredictable. But let’s be honest. We all know it’s hot in the summer in the south. I never, ever want to crush anyone’s dreams of an outdoor wedding in July. I just always encourage clients to really think through what they – and their guests! – might experience. (Like…lots of sweating.) Consider what kind of experience is important to you and your guests, and how the weather might impact that.

And speaking of weather, we always come up with inclement weather plans especially with any wedding or event with a portion of it outdoors. Because…rain. If tenting isn’t your jam or in your budget, then focus on finding a venue with plenty of space to move things indoors should the need arise.

We know there are so many factors that can go into picking your wedding date. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, let us help you. That’s what we are here for!


Happy New Year! Getting back into the work groove after some quality time away for the holidays with family and friends. I’m trying to use this ol’ blog a little more this year, so thought I’d kick it off by dusting off an oldie but goodie blog post: 5 tips for after you get engaged!

Did you know that from Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day it’s like the “official” engagement season? While I’d like to think the whole year is open season – I got engaged in the middle of July! – most engagements do happen to take place over the holidays.

Whether you saw it coming from miles away or the love of your life caught you completely by surprise, getting engaged is such an exciting time in life. Your head may spin from excitement for days after the question is popped…and let’s be honest, probably from the celebratory bubbly, too! But it might start to spin when it comes to sorting out what to do next. (So many options. And probably SO many opinions, too!)

I love helping couples navigate this exciting time, so here are five tips for what to do after that ring lands on your finger…

Share the Happy News: Whether you spread the word right away or opt to keep the excitement between just the two of you for a moment, either way those closest to you will want to hear the happy news. Pick up that phone and call family first. (And I know some family dynamics can be tricky, but I like to think it’s just not worth it for momma or Aunt Susie to find out via Facebook!) Then hit up those close friends. And get ready to celebrate!

Photo by Sarah Pascutti Photography
Photo by Sarah Pascutti Photography

Get That Sparkler Insured: This one may be a no-brainer, but be sure to get your ring insured as soon as possible after you get engaged. While dealing with or sorting out insurance of any kind might sound like a bore (hello, #adulting), you don’t want to risk not having this special piece of jewelry protected. An appraisal by a certified gemologist more than likely was provided by the jeweler where your ring was purchased. But if not, be sure to get one.

Celebrate!: Unless you need to hop on the wedding planning train stat due to some extenuating circumstances (i.e. moving abroad, military deployment, etc.), ENJOY this time. Take some time to just soak it in just the two of you and be sure to celebrate with friends and those who love you. Set a day aside or spend a weekend or shoot, even a month. But just relax and enjoy it. And don’t focus all that much on planning (yet). Life moves at a breakneck speed. Why not revel in this happy time for a bit?

Set a Date: Friends and family – and bless, even strangers when they see your new sparkly ring – will immediately ask if you have a date set. It’s a happy life moment, so their excitement and reaction is normal. Don’t sweat it if right away you don’t have a date set or even one in mind. Do set aside some time though early on to discuss setting a date – after you take some time to celebrate, of course! (And stay tuned…I’ve got tips coming on setting that all important wedding date!)

Go Pro: Bring in a professional to help you. I love working with couples at any stage in the planning process. But if I can work with clients from the beginning, even better. There is SO much information out there on where to start with wedding planning and what to do. Not to mention, your friends and family – and again, even strangers – will have all kinds of advice. Having someone working alongside you is an incredible benefit and might even save you from some unnecessary wedding planning headaches. Believe it or not, we might even save you money! I would love to help you start the planning process off on the right foot, from setting the budget to even helping you navigate setting that all important date.

Newly engaged and embarking on the wedding planning journey? I’d love to connect with you!

Congrats and Cheers!

Photo by Sarah Pascutti Photography
Photo by Sarah Pascutti Photography | Styling by Hart & Co. Events

Hard to believe there are only a few days left in 2017. Some days it feels like it was just yesterday that this year started. Other days, it’s like I can physically feel the past 12 months gone by…like a hard workout, with sore muscles, completely spent.

While the year was a bit of a roller coaster in many ways, it was a wonderful year for Hart & Co. Events. I don’t know that I could really sum up this year in just one post – or not be long winded about it, ha! – but here is my attempt to share a few highlights…

From the North Carolina Mountains, to the rolling hills of East Tennessee, and on to Austin, Texas, 2017 was the year of destination weddings for me – which I love and hope to do more of! The Charlotte area has many wonderful venues, but why not strike out and go somewhere different or that’s meaningful to you as a couple?

Read More “2017 Year in Review”

Several family members and friends have sent me links to articles about this year’s White House turkey pardoning. Not to be confused with fake news, the tradition of the President receiving a live turkey for Thanksgiving began with Truman in 1947. The “presidential pardoning” of the turkey though began with President George H. W. Bush back in 1989.

And if you’re asking yourself why would people send me links about this turkey tradition, here’s the scoop: when I worked at the White House, I had the cool opportunity to coordinate the official pardoning of the Thanksgiving Turkey. And one year, I thought I was going to get fired thanks to a turkey and a couple of dogs.

Read More “Pardon Me, Turkey”