Hard to believe we’ve reached the final two days of 2016. (Technically, it’s more like the final 36 hours by the time I get this posted…but you get the point, ha.) In the midst of spending some quality time with family over the holidays, I’ve also tried to take a little time to reflect back on this year for Hart & Co. Events. Weddings, a special birthday party, rehearsal dinners, a second annual realtor event, and even some political events mixed in (twas the season, y’all)…all I’ve got to say is…whew!

I had the joy of working alongside some amazing couples with weddings across the Charlotte area, the Triangle, and even in South Carolina. Months of planning and work resulted in not just beautiful weddings, but days full of special moments, meaningful and thoughtful details, and celebrations that were reflective of each bride and groom. Oh and we also had plenty of fun! Some highlights that come to mind…

  • In one wedding alone, we saw…the groom ride in on a boat, the bride and groom dance back down the aisle after saying “I Do,” their pup being there to witness the vows and snap some pics, and then there was that one time before the ceremony where the officiant almost went into the bathroom with a hot mic. (Bless.)
  • Wedding guests stuck in the elevator? No problem. I can now say I know what the protocol is for the Mint Museum – Uptown. (For the record, no one was hurt and all stuck in elevator left with smiles.)
  • Father of the bride surprising his daughter with pretty draping and a chandelier over the dance floor that he originally said no to. The bride loved it and I got a kick out of pulling off the surprise.
  • Being there to witness two families become one as two individuals commit their love to one another. This…will always be a highlight at the end of every year!

This year saw some firsts for me and the business…like the first birthday party that I helped a sweet mom plan for her son. She wanted something classic and fit for a (little) southern gentleman. So we planned just that at the Duke Mansion. For more on this precious party, see here.

Some other firsts that came my way this year include seeing some of my work in print and featured in some of my favorite online outlets. While I’ll now readily admit with two days left in the year, I probably did more inspiration shoots than I meant to in 2016. BUT each one that I got to dream up or be a part of turned out to be amazing opportunities to collaborate and connect with some incredibly talented folks and friends. From Trendy Bride, to Style Me Pretty, Green Wedding Shoes, and Inspired By This, I am incredibly thankful for the love and support.

Lastly, I can’t forget all that I’ve learned this year. I started a list somewhere along the way just titled “2017.” It’s nothing fancy, simply a word doc full of ideas, thoughts, and things I want to do for the new year and even some things I now know or learned along the way that I no longer want to do moving forward…something that I think is equally important as learning what you DO want to do.

I feel like 2016 was a little bit wide open. I embraced what came my way…dove in head first…worked my tail off. And I am so, so grateful for each and every client. Thank you for trusting me and allowing me into your life’s special moments!

2016, you were great. But now it’s on to the next. I already have weddings in the works and some plans for things I want to do better and different. I really can’t wait to dive in! Hope you’re ready for it, 2017!

Thank you for being a part of my year…hope to see you back here…soon!

Cheers to you and yours!


Best Nine 2016

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