Meet the Planners {Katie}


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.