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!

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Saturday, June 6th marked a HUGE millstone for Evan and Company. We celebrated our 50th Wedding. It’s hard to believe that 2 years ago I decided to leave my full time job and take a leap of faith. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 I’m not gonna lie, it’s been tough. Really tough. Running a business is hard. Being a boss is hard. Hustling to make ends meet it hard but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Being able to live out my dream is feeling like no other. If you would’ve asked be 3 years ago if I thought I would be were I am today, I would’ve told you No. Maybe even a HECK NO. I was content shooting weddings (as a photographer) and being a full time studio manager at KBP.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 I had always dream of running  by own business. Mom worked briefly in a flower shop when I was younger, so I grew up tagging along some afternoons. My sister is an incredible artist. She can draw and paint like nobodies business and my Dad is a handy carpenter/builder/Mr. Fix-It, so I always imagined that my career path would in someway be creative, but no necessarily a floral and event designer.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 In honor of our 50th Wedding we pulled together a super fun shoot to celebrate. Complete with champagne, glittery hats, party horns a TONS of balloons. View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 We have some pretty exciting things in the works for Evan and Company and can’t wait to share them with you guys. If all goes at planned our NEW (teeny tiny) retail space should be opened (Fingers Crossed) by July.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50 Thanks to everyone from the bottom of my heart who has shared in my journey, cheered me on and continued to support and believe in me. I know it sounds cliche, but it means more than you know. I couldn’t do what I do without the FANTASTIC clients that put their trust in us. Happy 50th Evan and Co.  View More: http://nickdrollette.pass.us/evans50

Sweet Home Montgomery

My sweet, sweet assistant Laura Jean and her Husband, Cody are traveling away from Sweet Home Montgomery in just a few short weeks. They’re traveling thousands of miles to a city that needs love just like the one we call home. colorboxphoto_30 LJ has been talking about her trip to Moldova with Stellas Voice for weeks. They couldn’t be happier to have the opportunity to share Christ’s Love with a city of broken and hurting souls.  colorboxphoto_2 The Bell’s have a bit of fundraising left to do and have created some super comfy t-shirts to help in their efforts in rounding out their goal. Laura, Cody and their extremely talented graphic design friend Nalin have created some of the trendiest tee’s that reflect our city.  colorboxphoto_39 The shirts were printed locally through a non-profit, Urban Seed XChange, a mission to enrich the lives of urban youth through entrepreneurship. colorboxphoto_55 It’s simple. Purchase on these shirts and the proceeds will go to support Laura and Cody’s mission trip to Moldova. To order, click HERE

I think I need this one: colorboxphoto_37 I can’t wait to see how these tees help change the world. Go Buy on NOW!!

…and tell em’ Laura sent ya!

Photos By: Brooke Glassford/ ColorBox Photographers