Surprise Gatsby 40th Birthday

It’s every girls dream to have a FABULOUS over the top birthday party, right? What about a FABULOUS Great Gatsby themed 40th? Well, we did just that for one of our most FAVORITE clients.

I remember Mrs. Toni (the birthday gals Mom) calling like it was yesterday… She said, “Let the Planning Begin”. I called my sweet friend Meghan at the Renaissance Hotel and Spa downtown Montgomery and immediately sat up a meeting. 2015-11-10_0016 The entry to the ballroom was draped with sheer white voile and flanked with geometric pedestals and lush florals. As guest entered they were greeted by our “Gatsby Girls” and a glass of champagne. SIDE NOTE: Isn’t that sequin table linen AMAZING?  2015-11-10_0017 Gatsby Girls on slits? I KNOW, we thought of EVERYTHING. I love thinking of special unique touches that take an event to the next level. Not to mention, people are still talking about the “Gatsby stilt walkers from Julie’s Party”. 2015-11-10_0026 2015-11-10_0022 As you entered the ballroom, we spared no detail. From lounge area seating, gorgeous table centerpieces to a 60 foot balloon wall complete with over 1,000 gold balloons. Don’t tell anyone but we weren’t allowed to have balloons. We had to call in a few favors.  2015-11-10_0018 Those GORGEOUS table linens are from Nuage Designs. They have an entire “art deco” collection that was a match made in linen heaven for our event.  2015-11-10_0023 2015-11-10_0029 2015-11-10_0020 One of my personal FAVORITE details was the “Sweets Bar”. Cake Pops, Petite Fours, Sugar Cookies and French Macaroons were a HUGE hit with party guest. I might have been seen her most of the night. 2015-11-10_0019 Speaking of sweets… Ligers Bakery knocked it out of the park with Julie’s cake. Feathers and Strawberry for the win.  2015-11-10_0028 Now that all the details are set & ready to go and guests were in place….. it was time to reveal the surprise. (Do I get an award for “Best Photobomb”? I laugh every time I look at this picture. What kind of face am I making?) 2015-11-10_0024 The only requirement for the party: Super T. The band played at Julie’s wedding and I now know why they had to booked them again. They were FANTASTIC and certainly now how to get the party started.  2015-11-13_0001 2015-11-10_0027 Of course the Birthday Girl needed an official photo with the Gatsby Girls.  2015-11-13_0003 Julie is beyond blessed to have such amazing family and friends that celebrated with her.  2015-11-10_0025 2015-11-10_0030 It was the party of the year.. Well besides the #BigTopBirthdayBash. (which is coming soon, BTW) Thanks Sanders Family for allowing Evan and Company to be a part of so many special events in your life. WE LOVE Y’ALL!  2015-11-10_0031 Event Planning/ Floral Design: Evan G. Cooper, Evan and Company | Lighting: Encore Productions | Venue: Renaissance Hotel and Spa | Catering: Renaissance Hotel and Spa | Cake: Ligers Bakery | Sugar Cookies: Simply Sugared | Entertainment: Super T & DJ at Large | Photo Booth: Face Time Photo Booth | Gatsby Girls: Glitterbug the Clown | Linens: Nuage Designs | Drapery: American Rental and Tent | Balloons: The Balloon Lady | Sofa Towers: Brendle Rentals  Photography: Steve Wells Photography 

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!