Introducing Our New Website and Brand!

Big News!

We’ve been working with the amazing Kayd Roy to have her update our brand!

Check out all of her hard work right now and let us know what you think!

Click here to see our new site!

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Check out Kayd’s other work right HERE!!

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Kelly + Blake {September 28, 2013}

Kelly was such a beautiful bride at her and Blake’s scenic lake-side wedding! They took their photos at such unique locations! We’re loving the guys at the baseball field in particular. The brides blush wedding dress and the matching shawls are stunning. Take a look at the couple’s lovely wedding photos by Nylon Saddle!

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Meet the Planners {Ashley}

Not only is Ashley a Simply Elegant Planner, she is the company’s owner! Yes, she is the head of our happy little wedding planning family. Simply Elegant is the result of her blood, sweat and tears-of-joy, and we couldn’t be more grateful!

And she is a bride herself! Check out her engagement photos here!

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What made you interested in becoming a wedding planner? I really enjoy helping others. The positivity surrounding a wedding draws you in. I really wanted to be a part of the happiest day of people’s lives. I enjoy helping people and taking stress off of people’s shoulders.

What is your background? My father is an entrepreneurial business coach. He always taught me to add value to others. The idea for Simply Elegant came about when I found a need for couples of all economic backgrounds to have access to a wedding planner. We’ve modeled our business after this idea of value-added accessibility and the idea that absolutely everyone can benefit from a planner on their wedding day.

What do you like to do in your free time? My free time typically consists of going out with family, friends, and my fiancé Nathan. I enjoy sitting around a table and playing board games, sharing delicious food, and having wild conversations. I’m also a huge fan of taking time in my mornings to relax and wake up and spend quality time with Nathan, who isn’t really a morning person, so he needs my help getting started!

What are a few fun facts about you?
I studied psychology at Hamline.
I never get to the end of books, I always begin another one first.
I often got into trouble in school for talking too much.
My parents are my heroes.
Minnesota is my favorite place on Earth.
As soon as I get home I put comfy, snuggly clothes on and give Nathan weird looks when he doesn’t. We call them house pants.
I have a high pitched voice I use only when talking to my cat, Tibbers.
I believe everyone should do something they love. Which is why I created Simply Elegant.

Heather + Grant {September 7th, 2013}

We love so many details from Heather and Grant’s romantic outdoor wedding! The golf cart looks like so much fun and the table settings were stunning! Enjoy looking through their beautiful photos, courtesy of Barclay Horner Images.

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Simply Elegant Planner: Katie / Photographer: Barclay Horner / Rentals: Aprés Party and Tent Rental / Caterer: Gastrotruck / Floral: Serendipity Flowers / Wedding (Cheese)cake: Muddy Paws Cheesecake / Makeup & Hair: Lisa Reinhardt Hair and Makeup Artistry / Gold Cart Rental: RM Golf Cart

Meet the Planners {Jenny}

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What made you interested in becoming a wedding planner? I loved planning my own wedding and took care of every detail. I always thought I would make a great wedding planner and would love it. I’m so excited that my dream has become a reality!

What is your background? My main area of expertise is corporate events. I planned training events for a medical device company for over 6 years and have planned many other corporate events throughout my career. I am so fortunate to have met Ashley and am honored to be a part of Simply Elegant!!

What do you like to do in your free time? I love spending time with my family. My husband Jim and I have 2 kids – Lauren is 9 and Maxwell is 4. Being a mom is the best thing ever! I really enjoy having conversations with my kids and getting their perspective on the world. They have a lot to say 🙂 We also have a dog and a cat – so our house is full of activity! I sell jewelry with Premier Designs and do home shows as often as possible. I also take dance classes every week. The ladies group that I am a part of does jazz and tap and we are in the dance studio’s recital every summer! I have amazing friends and try to spend as much time with them as I can.

What are a few fun facts about you?
I grew up in Marshall, MN – so I’m a small town girl at heart.
I am VERY close to my family – my parents visit often – they are the best grandparents ever!
My sister and her family live in California and I try to visit as often as possible (but it’s never often enough)!
I LOVE all types of music.
My degree is in Veterinary Technology and I worked in the field for about 4 years before making the jump into the corporate world.
I love to laugh and try to find humor in everything!!
I am always taking pictures so I can capture special moments…that way those moments can live on forever.
I love wine – especially red.
I am interested in people and want to know their “story.”
I am very organized and I make a lot of lists…I like to check things off when I finish them.
I try to always be “present” and enjoy each moment!!

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