Can you believe we are 16 days away from Christmas? When and how did that happen? It’s not beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my life. I have a confession. I didn’t put up a Christmas tree. How big of a Grinch does that make me? I contemplated it and I would still love to have one but it doesn’t make sense. Our apartment is small. Like really small. So there’s no room. And then we leave the week of Christmas for Hickory and we won’t even be in the space to really celebrate or admire it. So I’m brainstorming alternate ways to get into the Christmas spirit. Because you know what doesn’t make you sing “Fa-la-la-la-la?” Driving to Youngsville to pick up tubs of Christmas decor, squeezing a tree inside an already tight space and vacuumming needles every day due to being OCD.
Despite my lack of decorating, one Christmas gift did come a little early for me and that’s this gal.
Boys and girls, please meet my new and ridiculously awesome sidekick, Nicole Goodrich. Remember my last post when I announced the venue adventure with my partner Brooke and I claimed I would only be taking a certain number of clients from that point forward? I wasn’t joking around. That was for real and that’s where this fabulous chick comes in to play.
She’s taking over where I leave off and is my numero uno. I can’t even begin to describe what a rock star she is but honestly if I would have rubbed a magic lamp and asked for the most awesome wedding planner to join my business, the genie would have given me her.
To celebrate our joining of forces, we decided to do a little photo shoot at the Orangerie Events Headquarters, conveniently located in downtown Raleigh. I knew within a week of moving into Raleigh from Youngsville that having an office in Wake Forest wasn’t conducive with my life anymore and decided to relocate. Why not move a house and an office at the same time? Who doesn’t like a little chaos? And if it isn’t already evident by the clients we’ve worked with and the weddings we’ve produced, we aren’t your stereotypical wedding planning company and hence our office isn’t the standard girly or lackluster space. It’s an explosion of color and whimsy and imagination. And how about that fantastic chalkboard? My mother-in-law whipped that up in a little over an hour. Unreal. If you’re looking for chalkboard art or furniture design and rental, check out her buisness Oblige Designs. And if you’re ever out dining at the Busy Bee or grabbing a quick coffee at Joule, be sure to stop by and say hello because we’re right next door. We have Sun Drop slushes after all.
Our hats, or crowns, go off to Julie Livingston who masterfully captured our humble abode as well as our smiling faces. I hope you’ll enjoy an inside look at where we spend our time and read below to learn a little more about Nicole, who ironically enough, was born on Christmas Day. See how I brought this post completely full circle? Until next time my loves.
Carolina girl born and raised, I set off to New York City after getting my degree at Clemson University. For more than 6 years, I had the pleasure of planning hundreds of weddings, corporate events, non-profit galas, mitzvahs and numerous other social gatherings.
Highlights of my career include the planning of Christina Ricci’s intimate star-studded Manhattan wedding, producing fashion shows for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, planning events for numerous Fortune 100 companies, and everything in between!
A self-proclaimed foodie, you can usually find me and my boyfriend Rob scouting out the newest restaurant downtown or whipping up something delicious in our own kitchen. My other passions include – Reality TV, Cupcakes, sparkling wine, and dancing! (I’m usually the first one breaking it down on the dance floor).
I absolutely love planning weddings and am so excited to be back in the south where the weddings are romantic, the food is delicious, and the couples are sweet as pie! My goal is to keep the planning process fun and allow YOU to be a guest at your own event. I can’t wait to work with you!