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You’re only a stranger once Part 1


A look into my heart……. From stranger to client to friend

In August I will have been in business for 4 years! I can not believe that much time has passed. It has been 3 years of me running this business 100% after quitting my full time job. I am blessed and so grateful, but always continue to work even harder than the day before

My first “official” bride and groom was Keri & Jason, and I remember that day so well. “Official” because before I started the business I had helped plan TONS of weddings, showers, birthday parties…you name it, but this….this was to be my FIRST WEDDING or so I prayed. I was meeting them at the River Room downtown. So to make me more nervous it was my first time being in this space I had walked by for years and thought was breathtaking. I remember meticulously picking out my outfit, walking in with confidence, even though I was dying inside. The dress I picked out was a little low cut so I put on a blouse underneath so as not to offend anyone. When you are nervous you second guess everything. I worried were my shoes to high? Would it make me too tall? Did I fix my hair just right? Was it the perfect outfit? Would the things I say get me the job? Would they KNOW this was my first wedding and not want to book me as their planner?

I drove a P.O.S. Vw Jetta with the paint peeling off, no door handle, no AC, a string to open the door, and vice grips to roll my window down. So I arrived well in advance to park my car far away so that my potential client wouldn’t see me step out of it. For what client would take me seriously or sign a contract with a planner who doesn’t have a nice car? I walked around the space and once they arrived I was ready! They had driven from Winston Salem, NC so this was my one shot. I was still trying to find my way in this company plan as my partner had just left P3. “You got this” I repeated over in my head! Would this be my first FULL, real pay check?

As we talked I remember being able to feel the love that they share and remember their engagement story complete with a bucket of sand! I had my contract ready in prayers that they would sign it. After meeting for an hour the contract was mine!!! Wow…I had done it!! My first real job!!! I can not tell you the joy I felt that day but MORE importantly I cried tears of joy because that first couple gave me AFFIRMATION that I WAS GOOD ENOUGH!!!! Everytime I wear that dress I remember that day, my nervousness, and my joy.

I am HONORED to say that almost 4 years later that couple is still in my life! I have hung out with them as friends, enjoyed beer tastings as clients, been her saving grace on the wedding day (even though I made a mistake), been a shoulder for hours of concerns or worries, worked with their families, face painted at fundraisers for them back in Winston, photographed their gorgeous baby boy, and even babysat. From stranger to client to friend……. I can’t think of a better way to be blessed! Thank you Keri & Jason, From my heart to yours

Keri & Jason collage

Mr. & Mrs. Smith


Can I just first tell you how much I love saying Mr. & Mrs. Smith!!!! It just makes me think of two bad&*$ people who love each other!

We do
We do

Funny story…last summer I meet Sean and Stephanie while I was face painting. I am a people person and I love to talk. When I have someone sit in my chair I almost always ask where they are from as we get a lot of out of towners. With big eyes Kaeden told me they had moved here from Chicago, and for anyone that knows me I was excited because I LOVE Michael Jordan. I told him that I always wanted to go there and asked him if he would take me one day just so I could get my picture in front of MJ’s statue then we could come back. Kaeden was sweet and told me yes even though I am sure he thought I was crazy! I remember Stephanie taking my card and telling me she would be calling me to take her pictures for her upcoming wedding. A year went by and I got the phone call! I was so excited that this sweet boy and simple conversation that truly made a connection made a difference.

Kaeden waited outside the church to see his mom :)
Kaeden waited outside the church to see his mom 🙂

Sean and Stephanie are two beautiful people, that love each other in an amazing way! True love shines through your eyes and radiates through a room. I am truly honored to have been a part of their wedding, family for a day, and to have become a friend. They have three beautiful children and a big happy family! Thank you

Too many great photos to only share a few…ENJOY!!!

Stealing kisses
Stealing kisses

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Beautiful bride
Beautiful bride

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LOVE
LOVE
Happy Day
Happy Day
I do
I do
Sweet Family of Five
Sweet Family of Five

Courtney Winter
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