Happily Ever After is a faith led mother/daughter team that cares deeply for our clients. We will go that extra mile to ensure our brides experience with us surpasses their expectations and dreams. We will provide you the peace of mind knowing all the details of your event will be handled with care and expertise. From beginning to end we want you to have fun and enjoy planning your big day. We consider the months leading up to your wedding day equally important as the day itself. We want you to create memories while planning your day, as well as during it. We strive to create meaningful relationships with our couples in order to showcase their love stories that are deeply rooted in faith, family and friends so each wedding we plan will be as unique and personal to those it is being created for. We will use our God given gifts and talents to create the Happily Ever After you have been dreaming of.
My event planning goes all the way back to my childhood years. I remember planning slumber parties, yard sales, outings at the park with friends, neighborhood softball games and so much more. I love organizing and planning anything! I’m obsessed with details I guess you could say, there’s something about watching all your plans come together that makes me happy. I was born in Ohio, but moved to South Florida when I was 17. Later in life after marrying my husband, I took a job at a very well-known communications company and little did I know where my love for planning would take me. I worked in the Marketing Department as the sponsorship and event coordinator for 6 years coordinating store grand openings, charity golf tournaments, local radio events as well as managing all the areas that came with our sponsorships with the local radio stations, organizations, not for profits and all the Florida sports teams. My love for planning and organizing blossomed there and in 2000 I jumped at the opportunity to take another Marketing position in North Carolina and have been LOVING it here ever since. After retiring from the corporate world, I began working for a caterer and then a local venue where I fell head over heels for anything and everything weddings. So I began planning weddings, found my true passion and Happily Ever After was created. I love making the happy couple’s day personal for them which in return allows friends and family to see and feel their love story come to life. My favorite part of the wedding is seeing all the details come together in one place as well as the joy on my clients face when at the end of the day their dream day was all they ever hoped for. I love knowing I have made their dream wedding come true. That smile….that affirmation that I did what they hoped I could do. That alone makes my heart happy. It is then that I truly realize I have made a difference in their day and it confirms my passion for planning and makes me want to continue doing all I can for future brides.
Let’s get personal shall we? I live in Apex with my husband Scotty and my two rescue cats Woody and Gracie. Our son Garrett is attending App State (Go Mountaineers) and that gives us an excuse to head to the mountains whenever we can. My daughter Jessica is not only my business partner but my best friend and she and my wonderful son-in-law Jake have given me the best presents anyone could give me, my first grandchild Levi, who is the love of my life, and another baby girl due in December 2017. I am a lover of Jesus and His gospel, Pinterest, being creative, flea markets, thrift stores, vintage everything, the color blush, the beach, hiking, camping, spending time with family and hitting up Starbucks whenever and wherever I can.
I can’t wait to meet you and get to know you better!
Ever since I was a young girl, I was obsessed with planning, organizing, and to put it frankly, controlling situations. I didn’t get the nickname “Mother Hen” for nothing! Upon entering the career world, I did some soul searching on what to do with my life… enter: wedding planning. Getting into the industry wasn’t easy; it took many phone calls, emails, and face-to-face meetings in order to establish relationships and get my foot in the door. It all began with an internship for a very well known catering company, who also specialized in planning, located in Raleigh. After 4 months of working faithfully (for free!) I got hired as creative assistant/office manager. Unfortunately, the company dissolved a year and a half later leaving me at a crossroads. Do I enter back into a mundane corporate job, or go after my dream of owning my own wedding planning business? I took a leap of faith and joined a venture my mom had already begun. Since teaming up, we have grown a successful partnership. I am now a co-owner of a business I could only dream of running. Establishing a relationship with my clients is very important to me, and I do my best to ensure I gain their trust and satisfaction. I look forward to all of the ways Happily Ever After will grow in the future and how many sweet couples I will witness say “I do”!
Now let’s talk about the good stuff… I was born in Florida, but have lived in North Carolina over half of my life and consider it HOME. Married happily for 10 years to the man of my dreams. Mama to a sweet little boy and soon to be little girl! Running my own business has allowed me to live out another dream: being a *mostly* stay at home mom; what a blessing! I have two dogs, who are our original babies. My family and I live in Holly Springs and we absolutely love it. A few of my favorite things include: Jesus and spreading His love to others, coffee, snuggles from my little love, spending time with my best friend AKA my husband, my iPhone (guilty), making lists, giving to others, trips, planning ahead, laughing with friends (or by myself), coffee (yes, I know I already said it.. it’s THAT important), home decorating, crafting, and of course, planning weddings!
I hope to meet and laugh with you soon!