Toni Is Sweet 16

Most people think Evan and Company is strictly a “wedding” related business. That’s not at all the case. We do everything from weddings, corporate events and NOW, even Sweet Sixteens. I remember laying in bed one evening watching Criminal Minds (as I do most late nights) and I heard the email alert on my phone go off. Of course, like any good business man, no matter the time,  I opened it within seconds. The email was from Julie Sanders, owner of Glow in Troy. She mentioned that she needed our help desperately planning a Sweet 16 party for her daughter. I emailed her immediately and told her I would call her and chat all the details out. After numerous conversations back and forth on dates, guest list and 324 menu revisions everything started coming together….

Did I mentioned we planned this HUGE shindig in 3 weeks. NO LIE.

Party week finally arrived and our Thursday and Friday started with vendor load at the Emporium and 500 pink roses. Oh and 700 yards of pink ribbon.  2014-10-12_0005 It wouldn’t have been a proper initiation if I hadn’t of dragged our newest (at the time) Evan and Company team along for the crazy ride. I am not sure Brian had a 4am wrap time in his mind. But he’s dang good at retrieving giant balloons from tall ceilings.  2014-10-12_0001 No party is complete without a KILLER invitation suite and Courtnie from Poppy Pedals delivered just that. Pink and gold glitter, every sixteen year girls dream. 2014-10-05_0001 And can we talk about that gold calligraphy on those pink envelopes? OBSESSED!  2014-10-05_0015 While planning #toniissweet16 I called Kim, owner of Kreative Moments with my CRAZY balloon ideas and she brought them to life. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE flowers and we used LOTS of them but I didn’t want Toni’s party to resemble a wedding reception. I wanted it to have the glamorous feel of a reception but an overall fun vibe of a Birthday party and the balloons did just that. Most people think balloons are just on a string that you pick up from a party supply store. NOT. Look at those wraps around the columns… 2014-10-05_0004 2014-10-05_0007 I’m still kind of dying over these centerpieces. They combine two of my FAVORITE THINGS, Balloons and Flowers. What do you think? 2014-10-12_0002 We even carried the balloon theme outside. The entrance was draped with pink fabric and accented with pink and gold balloon columns from Kreative Moments. 2014-10-05_0005 Didn’t your Sweet 16 party have a pink carpet too?  2014-10-05_0016 2014-10-05_0002 Honestly, this was my FAVORITE part of Toni’s party… I think Brian and I ate a combined total of 7 popsicles during a 3 hour period. If you haven’t heard of 80 Pops in Birmingham you need to know about them. The lemonade pop is TO.DIE.FOR. 2014-10-05_0012 2014-10-05_0003 2014-10-05_0017 The folks at Jennie Weller Catering always have topnotch presentation and with the addition of a custom menu chalkboard from Poppy Pedals, it’s every event planners dream. Oh the buffalo pizza was delicious by the way. 2014-10-05_0010 Can’t have a party without a cake, right? a few flowers never hurt anyone. 2014-10-05_0013 We ended the night with a 600 piece balloon drop. I was chatting with Julie earlier in the week and we decide to add this like 3 days before the party. Kim was on top of it and made it happen. SO, SO Fun!  2014-10-05_0006 The hours and hours of hard work paid off when Toni came up to me at the end of the night and said, “Thank You so much for my party. We had a blast” 2014-10-12_0003  Though I dreamed up an over the top celebration, I couldn’t have done it without an INCREDIBLE team of Vendors.

Balloons: Kreative Moments | Rentals: Brendle Rentals | Venue: The Emporium | Lighting:  Special Event Lighting | Invitation/ Paper Products: PoppyPedals | Popsicles: 80 Pops | Photography: Saxon McClamma Catering: Jennie Weller Catering | Cake: Ligers Bakery | PhotoBooth: Birmingham Photobooths | Entertainment: DJ Porta Party!!

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE working with these vendors and couldn’t imagine it any other way. In ways we’ve become family working with each other weekend after weekend, but the real goes out to my team Sharon, Laura and Brian. I feel like I drive it into the ground weekend after weekend, but I couldn’t do what I do without them. They make me look good. It’s really all them. My name is just on the t-shirt. THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! Love You Guys! Thanks again Julie and Toni for allowing me to be a part of such a exciting moment in your life.

Labor Day + #makeittwochurch = exhausted EGC

The last few years my Labor day weekend has looked a little like this: 2014-09-03_0002

This year, it had a slightly different look…  2014-09-03_0004 Yup! You guessed it, a wedding! If you follow me on Social Media, you are probably aware that this past weekend was a BIG one, 400 of my closets friends big to be exact. It was such a honor and a privilege to plan Kelsey and Kyle’s special day. We worked our tails off and couldn’t be happier with the end results. Here is a little run down of our weekend caught through the eyes of the iPhone. Enjoy America!

#Makeittwochurch was the VERY FIRST reception to take place in Montgomery’s newest wedding venue, “The Warehouse at Alley Station”. My, my, my is it a beauty. 35ft Ceilings, beautiful exposed brick and original wall panelings… it doesn’t get much better than that. Our day started with a few hiccups, but it wasn’t anything a few phone calls and Dreamland BBQ couldn’t fix.  2014-09-03_0003 As much as I wanted a nap after my BBQ and Diet Coke it was go time now. The girls are finishing up the flowers at the office and Brian and I headed to the warehouse with LOTS AND LOTS of flowers in tow. 2014-09-03_0011  It was time get started tying 4,587,487 chair sashes. Ok, it wasn’t really that many but it sure felt like it. He tried so hard, really he did. Sharon still reigns as the “Bow Hoe”  title holder, though! 2014-09-03_0005

I seriously couldn’t do what I do without a kick butt team. They are THE BEST, and I am so thankful that I get work and laugh along side some crazy talented folks. They make me look good, really good! LOVE YOU GUYS!!! Oh, we missed you this weekend Sharon!  2014-09-03_0006 and every successful team takes group selfies, right?  2014-09-03_0007 Thousands of flowers later, long hours and an incredible team of vendors we pulled it off. I think we did a pretty bang up job considering the timelines and deadlines we were working with. Those farmhouse table garlands, might be my favorite, what do you think? 2014-09-03_0008 It’s pretty safe to say I had one happy bride on my hands. Let’s do it again, ok Kels?  2014-09-03_0010 Cake, Popsicles and a vintage car…. YES, YES, YES!!!! Don’t tell Mr. Eddie, but I had 4 popsicles. 😉 2014-09-03_0009 And of course we can’t forget my most favorite part of the night, THE PHOTO BOOTH!!!! I am a photo booth hoe, don’t tell my mother I said that!  2014-09-03_0001 All in all, it was an incredible night/weekend and I am so humbled and honored to have been a part of such a special day for Kyle and Kelsey as they start their new journey together! Thanks again to the Welch’s, Team Evan and Company LOVES YOU!