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Meet Kelsey - Connor and Co. Wedding Planner, Wedding Design and Floral Curator | Vendor Highlight Mini Blog Series | Tennessee and Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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Happy Monday darling friends!

I am currently sitting in a cute coffee shop in Nashville cranking out a bunch of work (ie editing, answering emails and finally writing a new blog post)! I’m in Nashville working with my girls Collins and Megan — shooting for their blogs and have some down time. Going some place new and just sitting down, people watching, networking with new people and cranking out some work can be really energizing! Yay for a productive and fun Monday!

In December when I was brainstorming what sort of blog posts I wanted to incorporate into my brand this year, I came up with this fun mini blog series idea that I am excited to introduce to you! I am calling it the Vendor Highlight Mini Series! As a wedding photographer, I have the privilege to work with so many amazing, crazy talented people (or vendors) and I thought to myself, “you know, as a bride planning a wedding, a blog feature might be a fun way to learn and “meet” other vendors in the wedding world!” It is also a really great way to support my fellow creative friends and feature their hard work/small businesses!

My first Vendor Highlight is my dear, sweet friend Kelsey! She owns and runs her business — Connor & Co. Wedding Planning, Wedding Design and Floral Curator. Let me tell you, this girl is extremely talented, she has a lot of drive and gumption and will go so incredibly far with her business. She has so many dreams, goals and vision for Connor & Co. I consider it a privilege to be her friend, watch her continue to blossom, work along side her and see her go leaps and bounds with her business.

I sat down with Kelsey to ask her some questions about Connor & Co. — what it is exactly that she does, where she’d like to be in 5 years, what she loves about being a planner and floral curator etc. I hope you enjoy reading and learning more about Kelsey and Connor & Co.!

Mary Kate: Tell me about your business? What about your business do you love the most?

Kelsey: I love the freedom to be creative. I have a background in business as well, so getting to use that, while being creative is a lot of fun. I love meeting new people and helping them. Connor & Co. allows me enjoy all those aspects.

Mary Kate: What inspired you to do this; to start a business and go full-time with it? 

Kelsey: I love all the aspects of owning a small business. As a bride, your wedding day is a day society deems the most important day of your life. It is stressful. I love helping people and being a part of the creative process and help them make decisions. I’m the friend that won’t grow tired of hearing you talk about your wedding plans/dreams. I want to help you bring your vision to life!!

Mary Kate: What are some of your goals for this year and for the future? 

Kelsey: My 5 year plan: I really want to add business coaching to my business. As a wedding planner starting out, for example, I didn’t have someone that could tell me exactly where to go to get a business license, how to run a business, or where to get my whole sale license etc. I would love to offer a place for creatives to find those answers and tools to succeed. I want to be the planner that other vendors can come to and ask questions and learn from. One of my goals is to build a community, a place where someone feels welcomed and can learn — no matter where they are at in their business. As creatives, we really do need an outlet for us to all come together and support one another in the business realm, creative realm, etc.

Mary Kate: What are some questions that you get from brides inquiring? What specifically do you do? 

Kelsey: I help with brides’ create their wedding day timeline. If a bride is undecided on her color scheme, I help her nail that down. I also help her make decisions in general about her wedding day. One way I do that is create mood boards of inspiration. I will help with the floor layout, too. I am one of few wedding planners that leave communication between me and the bride open, meaning the bride may email me as much as needed throughout the wedding planning process.

I also offer Add On items to the packages I offer : Vendor meetings, Tour the venue place again, Visiting rental places etc. I also help brides’ with budget management and/or help them set a general wedding budget. I offer Invitation management – take the invitations to designer and calligraphy, keep up with RSVPs.

I hope this was a fun little interview that was helpful for you as a bride! Kelsey truly is so much fun and will do an amazing job bringing your wedding day and floral dreams to life!

Connor & Co. books weddings that hire them for Wedding planning, Wedding design and Floral Design.

xoxo, MK

 

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2018 Behind The Scenes and Highlights | A Fun, Busy Year Recap | Destination Wedding Photographer

Hello darlings!

If you’re reading this, thank you for stopping by my small corner of the world to catch up with me! I’ll be honest, every year around this time I tell myself I should write a yearly behind the scense/recap and then it never happens. Well, this year that is changing! Thanks Rachel Hollis for inspiring me to follow through with promises I speak over myself. :)

2018 YEAR REVIEW

15 Weddings

2 Destination Weddings

300+ Fashion Shoots

25+ Family/Maternity Sessions

12 Travel Trips

-New York (3x), Las Vegas (2x), New Orleans, Utah, Wyoming, Birmingham, Pigeon Forge, Quebec City, Branson, Mystic

So, without further a do, here are this year’s highlights and some behind the scenes from weddings, fashion shoots and trips!

Enjoy!! Xoxo - MK

Wedding photographers wear so many hats on a wedding day — and to be honest, we kinda love it. Fluffing the bride’s dress is definitely high on that list. :D

Wedding photographers wear so many hats on a wedding day — and to be honest, we kinda love it. Fluffing the bride’s dress is definitely high on that list. :D

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I could spend hours styling details — that’s why I allow myself an hour on wedding days, if possible. ;)

I could spend hours styling details — that’s why I allow myself an hour on wedding days, if possible. ;)

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When Kelsey, one of my second shooters, catches me off guard shoving yummy wedding cake in my mouth. LOL.

When Kelsey, one of my second shooters, catches me off guard shoving yummy wedding cake in my mouth. LOL.

This is Laura, of NLA Weddings, and she’s seriously the best. Love teaming up at weddings together. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

This is Laura, of NLA Weddings, and she’s seriously the best. Love teaming up at weddings together. #teamworkmakesthedreamwork

KELSEY!

KELSEY!

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2019 couple! New York City engagement session!

2019 couple! New York City engagement session!

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Fluffing that dress. <3

Fluffing that dress. <3

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Caught me, again, Kelsey! LOL!

Caught me, again, Kelsey! LOL!

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When it’s raining, you do what you have to. :)

When it’s raining, you do what you have to. :)

Loved meeting and working with Hunter Premo from Nashville during Memphis Fashion Week!!

Loved meeting and working with Hunter Premo from Nashville during Memphis Fashion Week!!

Werk it gurl.

Werk it gurl.

Memphis Fashion Week

Memphis Fashion Week

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New York Fashion Week!!

New York Fashion Week!!

Second home: New York City.

Second home: New York City.

Las Vegas!

Las Vegas!

Red Rock Canyon was breathtaking. Wish we had spent more time there!

Red Rock Canyon was breathtaking. Wish we had spent more time there!

Red Rock Canyon!!

Red Rock Canyon!!

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Editing &amp; traveling. The hustle is real.

Editing & traveling. The hustle is real.

The three traveling musketeers! Oh how I love these two!

The three traveling musketeers! Oh how I love these two!

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Christmas at Graceland Hallmark movie screening in Memphis with Collins, Megan and Laura!

Christmas at Graceland Hallmark movie screening in Memphis with Collins, Megan and Laura!

My little assistant. My son, Mark!! He tags along as much as he can and he’s really good at it. :D

My little assistant. My son, Mark!! He tags along as much as he can and he’s really good at it. :D

My mini me. &lt;3

My mini me. <3

Isn’t he just the cutest thing ever?? &lt;3

Isn’t he just the cutest thing ever?? <3

That’s a wrap on 2018!! Here’s to new adventures, more amazing client-friends and blessing all those around me! :)

That’s a wrap on 2018!! Here’s to new adventures, more amazing client-friends and blessing all those around me! :)