You know when people tease you? Leak tidbits of information slowly until they finally reveal their big announcement? Yeah. It’s frustrating. All the little ploys to suck you in and pique your interest. Playing off your curiosity. Heartless I tell you. So are you ready to hear my big news? Are you sure you’re ready cause it’s a doozy? And for the love of all that’s good in the world, stop thinking I’m pregnant. Ok. You asked for it.
My dearest, hippest, kick butt, cat-loving, amazing friend and I are opening up a wedding venue.
Gosh it feels so good to get that off of my chest and project it into the world. It almost makes it even more real. As if the town planning meetings and COAs and money searching didn’t make it real enough, this finally solidifies that it’s actually happening.
I’m sure you have lots of questions. And I will entertain each and every one. Probably not today since it’s my birthday but in due time, I will answer all of those looming and lingering question marks. For now, I’ve put together a nifty list of the expected questions I think I’ll receive.
Where is the venue? What it is?
The Leslie-Alford-Mims House (affectionately known as the Mims House) is a commanding landmark on the National Register of Historic Places, visible from Main Street in the heart of downtown Holly Springs. It is the most noted historic landmark in town, having weathered nearly two centuries and a two-week occupation by Union troops during the Civil War and having served as the home-place of George Benton Alford, founder of the Town of Holly Springs. And aside from the historic value of the property, it’s absolutely gorgeous and is presently undergoing a gigantic facelift to make it even more beautiful. Did I mention it has 24 rooms and more than 7,000 square feet?
Are you quitting Orangerie Events?
Absolutely not. Orangerie Events is my baby and my passion and will forever be my number one priority. However, I have decided that in order to give my couples a better experience, I will limit the number of clients I personally work with each year. By taking a select number of brides, I will be able to better serve them while balancing the beginning of a new venture. And Orangerie Events isn’t just about me. I have an incredible team behind and alongside me ready to take the reins and grow the business. I’ve recently brought on board a partner, who you will be introduced to very soon, that I’m literally pinching myself that I’ve been able to land her. She’s going to become a recognizable and resounding face for the company and I can’t wait to see where she takes it.
So, as a wedding planner you work at a lot of different venues and are even on their preferred vendor list. Does this mean you’ll stop recommending those venues to your brides?
I won’t lie. The Leslie-Alford-Mims House is stunning. And with options for an outdoor ceremony, indoor/outdoor reception, custom-design bridal and groom’s suite, it’s an amazing location to host a wedding. But it won’t be for everyone. And it might not be the right price point. Or in the right location. Or the appropriate style. And as a planner, I do what is best for my clients and what fits their needs and desires. So no. I’ll never stop recommending the other amazing wedding venues in the area because this spot won’t be everyone’s cup of tea.
I’m getting married. Can I get married at your venue?
Yes. Absolutely. We would love to give you a tour (as long as you don’t mind a bit of construction) and introduce you to the Mims House. We’re officially accepting bookings for 2015 and you’ll be able to meet and greet with us at the Forever Bridal Show in Raleigh in January.
I know there are millions of other things I didn’t address but I hope I’ve at least made you a teeny little bit excited about what’s in store. Our website is in progress but our email is up and running so feel free to reach out if you’re interested in setting up a tour, asking a question or if you just want to high five us. And while you’re at it, and since it’s my birthday, would you please like, love, hug and kiss all of our social media outlets? Not to give you a guilt trip or anything but it is my 30th birthday.
Now go and run and tell your friends to tell their friends that there’s an awesome new spot to get married or hold a conference or a rehearsal dinner or a luncheon and then blast it all over your social media because we all know someone who knows someone who is getting married.
And here’s to waking up a year older. Starting a new adventure that I have tons of experience with and yet am clueless all at the same time. Blowing out the inferno of candles and realizing I already have everything I could ever wish for.