Meet the Planners {Cait}

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What made you interested in becoming a wedding planner? It involves my three favorites : pretty things, being helpful, and love

What is your favorite part of the job? I love seeing all of the unique ways each couple personalizes their wedding. My favorite weddings are the ones with lots of personality and I think it’s so fun getting to know quirky things about my couples and then seeing those reflected in their big day!

Tell us about one of your favorite weddings you’ve worked on. I don’t have one particular wedding that stands out (I love them all!), but I have to say my favorite part of every wedding is the father-of-the-bride speeches. I get choked up every time!

What is your background? I studied Art History and Psychology at Minnesota State University and also earned my certification in Wedding and Event Planning through QC School. I started out in the wedding industry working at Carlson Craft, making wedding stationery. I’ve taken what I’ve learned at Carlson Craft to Simply Elegant, and work with our brides on invitations and decor styling. In addition to Simply Elegant, I also work at Luxe Bridal Couture.

What do you like to do in your free time? In addition to Simply Elegant and Luxe, I also work at the Animal Humane Society and I have my own little brood of pets at home! I love to craft and watch girly movies and listen to girly music. When I have the time, I love to travel and see the world.

What are a few fun facts about you? I have been to over 16 countries, but I’ve never been to Canada. I’ve taken China Painting lessons. I’m an only child. I wish I could still dress like I did when I was 6 years old. I’ve had the same best friend since 2nd grade. I don’t like peanut butter.

Meet the Planners {Kristin}

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What made you interested in becoming a wedding planner? I love being part of a wedding day, it’s such a special day! It is so fun to help with the planning and see the whole day unfold.

What is your favorite part of the job? I love getting to know the couple, and then seeing all of their expectations and visions come alive on the big day.

Tell us about one of your favorite weddings you’ve worked on or a funny story from a wedding. There was one wedding where the Groom had accidently spilled his coffee on his new wife’s dress. How she handled it was amazing, she smiled and said that’s ok. Then she and her mother went to the bathroom, put the dress in the sink and washed it off. She hardly missed a beat!

What is your background? I began in the wedding industry on the photography side, with Coppersmith Photography. I still do some wedding photography when I can.

What do you like to do in your free time?  I spend as much time as I can with my son Jake, we love zoo trips! I love to go out and take nature pictures.  I love to run my dog almost everyday. I also do Muay Thai boxing, it keeps me sane!

What are a few fun facts about you? I have a big family and at holiday/birthday dinners, we almost always break out into song. Mostly Christmas songs or show tunes! I often keep my Christmas tree up until Valentines Day, and I start watching Christmas movies in September

Meet the Planners {Maggie}

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A little about Maggie
I am quirky.
I am creative in my element.
I am a nerd, who laughs at her own jokes.
I am a person who quotes Friends… A LOT.
I am a proud mommy of two cats! Yes, cats!
I am a dreamer of having children, visiting various parts of the globe, and meeting a Giant Panda – the world’s greatest animal!!
I am a planner of road trips – look out Grand Canyon!
I am a lucky girl to be the wife of a wonderful man! (awww!)
I am a romantic.
I am a person who has wonder and curiosity.
I am a lover of wine and fabulous shoes!
I am a concert goer and a captive audience at comedy clubs.
I am a person who understands that “it’s only a job if you wish you were somewhere else.”

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education at Augsburg College. I knew I wanted to be an educator when I saw that I can contribute to a greater cause.  I also knew that I wanted to be a part of a team that shares common interests, who are creative, motivated, and challenge each other but who also support each other.  I am very lucky to have found that group at Simply Elegant.

I have been immersed in wedding culture! My mother is owner of a custom made wedding gown business, my sister (also a planner) is a wonderful wedding photographer, and I have been known to sing a time or two at a wedding ceremony! Because of this background I find I am the lucky one in being surrounded by fabulous people that I use as part of a creative collaborative network.  But truly, we are the lucky ones who have the extraordinary pleasure of meeting you and helping support your dream in having a wedding that is simply perfect!

Trend Tuesday {Figgie Shoes}

2014 is going to be all about personalized, hand-crafted wedding details! From hand-calligraphed invitations, to hand-painted wedding cakes – its all about making little works of art… and your wedding shoes are no exception! For the bride who wants personal artsy details, let me introduce you to your new best friend, Figgie Shoes.

I could spend hours going through their website gallery, which features every kind of shoe you can think of! They have glamourous parisian-style shoes with bling, and relaxed Toms painted with quirky details unique to the bride and groom. So sit back, grab a glass of wine, and spend the next few minutes (or hours) taking a look at these gorgeous works of art!

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Meet the Planners {Katie}

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What made you want to become a wedding planner? When I got married in July of 2011, I planned and executed every detail myself. My husband, friends and family jokingly called me OCD and a control freak. I never denied it. I obsess about details, am a stickler for perfection and am habitually early, never late. I absolutely loved planning my wedding and afterwards thought “Maybe I would be good at that”. It took a year for me to realize that I really would be good at it and I wasn’t just caught up in the excitement.

What is your favorite part of the job? The people that I get to work with. I get to spend months and months working with couples to plan the most important day of their lives. Inevitably we form a personal relationship. We learn things about each other and it becomes more than a planner/client relationship. I can hardly wait for their wedding day but on the morning of I find myself a little sad that we will no longer be working together. I can honestly say that I truly care for each and every client that I am lucky enough to work with. What you don’t see behind the scene is me getting very emotional because you are marrying your best friend and I am so unbelievably happy for you.

Tell us about one of your favorite weddings you’ve worked on or a funny story from a wedding. I can’t say that I actually have a favorite wedding that I’ve worked on. I love each wedding that I work on because of the unique and individual nature of each. All of the planning boils down to one perfect day that reflects the personalities of the couple. I am fortunate to work with some truly amazing, compassionate and creative individuals. They allow me to see their ideas and be a part of their magic.

What is your background? I am so honored to say that Simply Elegant is my first foray into the special events industry. I have quite a bit of experience in the administration field with my previous job being the Accounting Department Manager for a non-asset based logistics provider. This last July I switched over completely to the events industry by accepting a position with The Traveling Photo Booth as their new General Manager.

What do you like to do in your free time? I like to spend as much time with my husband and dog as I possibly can. My husband and I love sharing movies, concerts, cooking and even just relaxing on the couch watching TV. We love fitting in camping trips when we can spare a weekend off together and
recently took a two week vacation to Europe. Our 3-year old lab mix, Marla, is the center of our world.
We adopted her as a puppy as she is just about as spoiled as can be. Besides that, I enjoy a good book,
bicycling and spending time with my friends and family.

What are a few fun facts about you?
1) I am the tallest of the Simply Elegant crew. In fact, I’m the tallest in most circles. At 5’11.5”, my only friend taller than me is my BFF who is 6’2”. Height may have played a factor in our friendship 🙂
2) I have participated in the MS150 bike ride for the last three years. What is that? It’s a bike ride from Duluth to the Twin Cities that takes place over 2 days. I bike with my sister and can easily say it’s my favorite weekend of the year.
3) I have a tattoo of a hummingbird on my right foot. It’s not just any hummingbird, the image is taken from the CD cover of one of my favorite bands, Guster.