5 Years of FUN!

27 Oct 5 Years of FUN!

Hello Loves!

OK, I’m blogging for the first time ever but today it just felt right. This is going to be a long post. I swear I will never do this again. 😛

On this day 5 years ago I coordinated my first wedding. This was THE wedding that sparked the idea for Mise En Place Events! I love this story and its the story that began my journey into entrepreneurship and the wedding industry!

First things first: Happy Anniversary to my very dear friends, Kristin + Jonathan!! 17 years together, 5 years of marriage, 2 years as parents and a lifetime of joy to look forward to! These two are relationship goals for sure!!

About six years ago Kristin and Jonathan got engaged and began to plan their wedding by putting a deposit down on a local venue. Shortly after that Kristin decided to go back to school to become a nurse and they realized that their wedding plans needed to be delayed a bit. They cancelled their contract with the venue and lost their deposit. Being on a tight budget it was at that point Kristin realized she needed help planning the wedding while she was in school, and reached out to me to help. She knew that I’d be a perfect fit to help her plan the big day, not only because we had been best of friends since we were three years old…

…but because she knew that I thoroughly enjoyed anything that had to do with planning, organization, parties and, (yes of course) weddings! We got started putting together the details for her big day and they quickly realized that they wanted to plan a destination wedding to Gulf Shores. They found the perfect house to rent, Right on the beach with plenty of room for all of their closest friends and family to stay the night. Kristin and I work together to find the rest of her vendors and put together all of the little details that go into planning such an event. From the timeline to the rentals, invitation proofing, menu planning and even mapping out which of the bedrooms in the house would belong to which of the family and friends that would be staying on site.

It was a long and fun process and finally the week of the wedding arrived! We got to Halekai three days before the wedding. It was a Thursday afternoon and we got to work right away unloading all of the liquor and beverages we purchased for their bar, the food for the rehearsal dinner and remaining meals throughout the weekend, and all of the wedding & decor items that Kristin had put together. The rental tables and chairs had already been delivered and we were well on our way to having a great wedding weekend!

It wasn’t until the next morning while hanging out on the beach that we noticed some construction tape and cones surrounding the beach area near the house and heavy equipment about a mile or so down the beach. Jonathan and I took a walk to see what was going on and were quickly informed by some construction workers that there was a beach restoration project taking place. They told us that they were moving up the beach about a mile a day and that they would be right on top of us come the morning of the wedding. As you can imagine, this was less than ideal {insert nervous laughter}.

We got right to work calling the rental company for the property, City Hall, the Department of Planning and Zoning and any other entities that we could imagine would have control over a project like this, that might be able to put a stop to it for the weekend. Well, clearly that wasn’t happening.

We now had an entire wedding that need to be relocated and nearly 100 guests that needed to be notified on very short notice. All of the wedding guests were from out of town, some of them were from out of the country. So we knew we had a big job ahead of us with the wedding happening the very next day. The rental company worked quickly and found us another beach front rental property about 9 miles up the beach where the restoration had already taken place. We checked out the house and quickly fell in love with the new location: Rumors.

That night we gathered at Halekai and prepared an amazing meal and I coordinated a rehearsal out on the beach for Jonathan and Kristin’s ceremony. As maid of Honor I gave a speech to celebrate my friend and her soon to be husband. I quoted a story that you may have heard – The Jar of Life – that my own Dad had told me years earlier. This message had struck me so personally as a young girl and I wanted Kristin and Jonathan to take this message into their marriage. Don’t worry about the sand!!

That’s me in the purple dress talking to the Mother of the Groom! 🙂

The sand is just the small stuff – We weren’t going to worry about the sand this weekend for sure. We had a wedding to put on!! When the merriment of the night was over and their family members had headed back to their hotel rooms, the bridal party got to work packing up the booze, the food and all oft our things and moved everything 9 miles down Beach Boulevard, while Kristin and Jonathan worked on notifying all of their guest of the location change.

We spent a few hours that night moving and setting up, restocking the new bar, putting out the rental chairs and tables, and re-assigning all of the bedrooms at the new house where their guests would be moving to for the rest of the weekend.

When we were finished we headed back to Halekai for one last night, to get a good nights rest before the wedding day. I woke up just after sunrise on Saturday, October 27, 2012 and walked out onto the balcony to greet Jonathan.

This is what we saw:

The workers seriously were on point with their timeline. And we were so thankful that we were able to get everything moved over to the new venue in time. Everyone woke up, ate a quick breakfast and grabbed our bags to leave Halekai and head to Rumors. I spent the morning putting every detail in its place at the house that I could think of, rearranging living room furniture with a few of the other bridal party members so that the party space would be conducive for a dance floor and buffet. Once we were all set and ready to go we headed out for hair and make up and scheduled a surprise massage for the beautiful bride.

The wedding day went off without a hitch. It was definitely interesting to be Maid of Honor and Coordinator all in one, and I can tell you it’s not something I would recommend {insert nervous laughter again}. I got everyone down the aisle, gave Kristin a few instructions for her processional, snapped a quick picture of her and her dad and then headed down the staircase to the front of the ceremony myself. I was so happy to watch my best friend marry the love of her life. It was a really beautiful ceremony!

Pro Tip: Beach weddings are windy – a lot more wind than we expected – and rose petals don’t stay put in wind.

The rest of the night I assisted with DJ announcements, formal pictures and special moments that we had put into her timeline and making sure that everything went perfectly. All of the same things I do for every couple I work with.

All night long Kristin’s family and friends told me that I was doing such a great job and Kristin and Jonathan were so calm and happy. That night and for weeks after I heard that I should do this for a living… I should start my own business… I should plan weddings all the time. The praise was amazing and I was so happy to hear that my best friend had the wedding of her dreams!

It wasn’t until several months later that Kristin and I were sitting in her apartment drinking coffee discussing my career possibilities and what I wanted to be when I grew up 😆 that the idea came to fruition that I should open a business of my own and eventually that I should be a wedding planner. We hashed out the name together – Mise En Place means ‘put in place’ or everything in its place. Kristin thought it was just perfect name for me and my personality and the way that I like to handle things and she wasn’t wrong. And if you know me, then you know that its just so me!

It’s been a wonderful five years since they got married and a wonderful four years planning and coordinating weddings and I’m grateful every day that I was able to help put the details in place for the most wonderful people in my life and many others!

Here’s to a Lifetime of FUN! 

  • Lisa Bienvenu
    Posted at 21:54h, 27 October Reply

    Christie, love the blog! Of course this is our story. As the mother of the bride it was heart-wrenching to know the dozers would be directly in front of the wedding venue at precisely the time of the ceremony. I was so concerned that Kristin’s dream wedding was about to be destroyed. You took charge and handled the catastrophe with amazing confidence, calmness and finesse. You told me and Kristin’s dad not to worry and that you had things under control. Boy did you! The wedding went off without a hitch at the new venue! After it was all over I remember telling you that you needed to do this for a living because you did such a great job. I recommend your services highly and am so glad you’re part of our lives and that you were there to “save the day” five years ago. I wish you continued success!

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