Evan’s Summer Camp Adventure

I know it’s December. It’s cold outside, well kind of. We do live in Alabama. The holidays are upon us so I thought what better way to remember the warm summer weather than a trip to Summer Camp. America, I Present…  2015-07-14_0001 This past June I took a trip down memory lane. Some of will know what I’m talking about, most of you won’t.  2015-08-02_0007 When I was younger I lived at Springville Camp. My Mom was the concessions and staff coordinator during Bro. Greg Kelley’s time as DYD. We grew up at camp. If my memory serves me correctly Mom started when I was about 8 0r 9? Actaully I don’t know, I could be completely wrong but who cares, that’s besides the point. No matter my age I LIVED for summer time. You couldn’t get me to camp soon enough.  2015-08-02_0010 2015-08-02_0013 Camp Springville holds many memories for me personally. I made tons of friendships and even developed a few crushes the 9 years we were there. Hey Tenly Sue, Hey!  2015-08-02_0008 2015-08-02_0004 I think one of my most favorite things about summer time was meeting and getting to know the staff. We stay in touch with a number of them still today (Thanks Facebook!). There a few that have made lasting impressions on my life, a few that a wasn’t too crazy about and a few that are no longer with us, but no matter where they are in life now, they were a part of mine once and I am forever grateful for that. From Lice check every Monday… 2015-08-02_0011 to late night waffle house runs, there was never a dull moment. 2015-08-02_0001 Oh, can we have a moment of silence for those sequin aprons? Yes America, I’m the responsible one. I sewed each and every sequin on those aprons by hand. The Springville Camp and Conference center kitchen ladies are gold. Some of the sweetest folks you’ll meet. I LOVED spending my summers with them.  2015-08-02_0002 2015-08-02_0003 Some of those staffers we see on a regular basis and are apart of our everyday life. Who would’ve thought?  2015-08-02_0016 2015-08-02_0014 2015-08-02_0009 Camp Memories are memories I will cherish forever. I don’t particularly miss the matching t-shirts and the scorching hot summer days but everything in-between…. what I would’t give somedays to go back to those times.  2015-08-02_0012 I hadn’t been back to Camp Springville since our last summer of 2008. So this past June, I figured it was time to take a field trip. I called Steve Mason (the camp director) and asked if we could come up and spend the day… without hesitation, he said “Come On”.

A LOT has changed since my time away. But if there was one thing that hadn’t changed, it was C-7. My home away from home. Oh the stories that room could tell if walls could talk.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper Campers sill hang their lake drenched clothes out to dry. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper The pavilion hill is tougher than ever, View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper and the Team Spirit is still alive and well. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper  I went to Summer Camp with the intentions of trying some of the activities that 1), I was too afraid to try as a 12 year old or 2.) weren’t there when we were. I still have yet to find the “amphitheater”. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper The river front was booming. TONS of new activities and I was ready to tackle them all. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper Clearly I wasn’t a fan of the lifejacket or the water activities in general… View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper but I was a beast on the rock wall. Well kind of. It’s actually a lot harder than it looks, but I haven’t been working on those bulging biceps for nothing. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper and most importantly it IS possible to spend the day at summer camp and look fashionable.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/campcooper As if the picture weren’t enough… you know this post wouldn’t be complete without a video of my adventurous day. Enjoy! 

Evan’s summer camp adventure from Luke Lindgren on Vimeo.

A HUGE thank you to my “Production Team” for braving the heat and spending the day with me. I couldn’t have done it without you.  2015-12-07_0001

 

Top 5 Reasons Hire a Wedding Planner

Victoria, our summer intern has been kicking booty the few shorts weeks she has been with us and we couldn’t be more grateful. I’ve already asked her if she is interested in working with us after her internship is up. She’s just that fantastic y’all! This past week I gave her the small task of coming up with the Top 5 reasons why You should hire a wedding planner. Here’s what she had to say.

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If there is one thing I’ve heard from my married friends, it’s that “a wedding planner was quite possibly be the best money we’ve ever spent”. Now that I am several weddings in with Evan and Company, I’ve learned so much and there still much to be learned. I picked up on a few reasons as to why it was a good idea to hire a wedding planner. Here are my Top 5:

You Work A Full Time Job and Cannot Let Wedding Planning Take Over Your Life.

  • A lot of time and effort go into planning a wedding, time you might not have if you work a full-time job. Having a wedding planner is like having a personal assistant whose sole purpose and responsibility is to make sure your wedding day is everything you dreamed about and more.

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcndp You Do Not Know What Amount To Budget For Things

  • Money is one of the hardest aspects of the wedding process. Its hard to know who’ s paying what, how much do I spend, or when do I pay and to who.  A wedding planner knows all the answers to these questions; they are like a financial advisor specializing in weddings.

2015-09-03_0001 You Might be Planning a Wedding Somewhere Other Than Where You or Your Helpful Family Members Live.

  • It’s hard to plan a wedding, but it is even more difficult when it is in a different city then where you or your happy-to-help family members live. When you hire a wedding planner, he or she is there to make sure no appointments, tastings, or walkthroughs are missed because you couldn’t make it that day or got stuck in traffic on your way there. Wedding planners are also there to lend a hand when family members are unable to provide the necessary opinions, traveling, or assistance required.

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/egcndp You’re Venue Coordinator is Not Your Wedding Planner

  • Venue coordinators take care of all of the logistics for the venue, but that about as far as he or she’s services extend. A wedding planner goes above and beyond those tasks to help plan your special day.

2015-09-03_0002 You Might Not Have Time to Put in The Required Research to Make Your Dream Wedding a Reality.

  • Researching for weddings can be intimidating and can add unnecessary stress to the planning process. Lucky for you though, if you hire a wedding planner, he or she already has a list of trustworthy vendors and suppliers they have used for previous weddings and will recommend ones that are a perfect fit for your wedding.

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The Real EGC

I never imagined that people would be saying, “Evan G. Cooper planned my wedding”.   It was always a dream to that I never thought would become a reality.  I had high hopes back then though,  I even printed my own business card in 2006. #embarassing

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A lot of you may know me personally, but most of you don’t. I blog very little but I really am trying to make more of a conscious effort to blog more. I felt that it was LONG overdue for an introduction and more of a back story about me and how I got to where I am today….

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I was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Baptist Hospital,  Room 223 to be exact. Ok! Ok! That’s not the room number! I’ve lived here my entire life and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. As a kid I can remember mom working in a flower shop “flowers etc.” to be exact, with Mrs. Tina and Mrs. Cindy, running around like crazy, planning church events.  She was constantly moving furniture or painting around the house. She’s one of the most creative and artistic people I know. My sister majored in art and is crazy talented with a paint brush, and Dad is a true  handyman. Creativity comes natural or at least I think it does.

In 2006 my parents bought me a camera. I still have no idea why, but I remember seeing this shiny camera sitting on the shelf at Wal-Mart (because Target wasn’t around at the time. Who shops at Walmart these days?) and I had to have it. For some odd reason, the thought of taking pictures and capturing special moments fascinated me. In 2009 I met the sweetest dark headed photographer, Kim Box. Long story short, I started working at Kim Box Photography in August of 2009. While there I did everything from order appointments, packing orders, “receptionist” to shooting weddings on the weekends. Through my 3 years shooting weddings I had and “AH HA” moment one day: the wedding photographer is only as good as the Wedding Planner or floral designer. If it weren’t for those individuals, the brains behind creating the concept for the day, the photographer wouldn’t have prettying things to photograph.

That’s when it all began.  I started offering to decorate and design my friend’s and family’s parties and events.  My church always had exciting celebrations that needed decorating, and I was always first in line to help.  My sister, Morgan, got married in in 2013 and it was my first ever wedding to plan start to finish.

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I had a BLAST planning Morgan’s wedding.  It really is one of my favorite’s of all the weddings I have done (not that I’m biased or anything).  From there, business skyrocketed.  I got calls left and right, and before I knew it, I was a full fledged business owner, managing multiple weddings at a time, creating floral designs, and gaining incredible relationships with vendors around town.

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2014-11-09_0064 2015-07-14_0004 Today, We have done over 50 weddings and I am so incredibly amazed.  If someone had asked me what I would be doing 5 years ago, I never would’ve imagined this.  God has blessed me and my business.  He has given me an amazingly supportive family, church fellowship, and co-workers, who all make my business what it is today.

View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 If I could tell you one piece of advice it would be this: take a chance at doing what you love, you may find out you’re actually good at it, you may get to live your life doing what you love doing.  Follow your passions and don’t be afraid of the journey it takes to get you where you want to be.  Hard work and a love for what you’re doing will take you further than you could ever imagine.  God is constantly next to you, guiding your heart and directing you where you need to be.  We live in a country full of dreamers and freedom to follow those dreams. So be a dreamer, be a do-er, be what you’ve always wanted to be.

 

Photo Credits: Aubrie Moates | Nick Drollette | Josh Moates | Kim Box

Balloons: Kreative Moments 

We’ll Miss You Sharon

Sharon, Oh Sharon. What are we going to do without you!?

Yup folks, you heard right. She’s leaving. Well, she’s actually officially gone. She celebrated our 50th wedding with us this past weekend and went out with a bang. She will never forget her last wedding at Evan and Company, it was 100 degrees, literally.  2015-06-14_0008 My name may be on the t-shirts and van, but it’s gals like Sharon that really make Evan and Company a success. Sharon has been with me since day one. From photo shoots, weddings and everything in between I don’t know what I would’ve done these last 2 years without her. 2015-06-14_0002 Sharon and her husband are moving back “home” to Headland, Alabama. Both of their Mothers are facing some health setbacks and they mutually felt it was time for them to be closer. I tried to talk her oldest daughter into having a kiddo so they would be more inclined to stay in Montgomery. It didn’t work.  2015-06-14_0005 2015-06-14_0004 Shar-bear (that’s what we call her around the office. You can thank Chandler for that one!) has truly been like a 2nd Mom to not only me, but everyone on our team. Though we don’t always listen, it doesn’t stop Momma Sharon. Her brain is packed with cheesy jokes, heartfelt words and a wealth of wisdom.  2015-06-14_0003 We’ve shared lots of memories with Sharon but one of my most favorite moments…. 2015-06-14_0009 Our team photo shoot with Aubrie. It’s not everyday a gal gets professional hair and makeup. You should’ve have seen her getting all glammed up, you would’ve thought she was going to prom. 2015-06-14_0007

I never imagined that I would cross paths with an individual like Sharon, but I’m certainly glad they did.

Thank you for everything you do in helping me fulfill my dreams in life. I couldn’t do what I do without strong team players like you. You inspire me to keep going, push me to be creative and yell at me when I book 3 weddings in 1 weekend but I wouldn’t change it one bit. You will be missed tremendously but of course not forgotten. Answer your phone when I call to talk. 😉

Love You!