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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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A Classic, Vintage Inspired Wedding at 409 South Main | Jaynee and Miles | Memphis Tennessee Wedding Photographer

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When I first met Jaynee, her sweet, down to earth disposition and gorgeous red hair reminded me of a character you’d fall in love with out of a Jane Austin novel. She such a genuine and graceful personality that I loved. Her husband, Miles, with his true Southern gentleman charm and politeness perfectly compliments his darling wife. Together, they have the sweetest fur baby who was just as much apart of their wedding day as everyone else. Capturing them and their precious families on such an important day in their lives was a joy and privilege. :)

I personally loved all the classy, vintage touches Jaynee incorporated into their day. As well as proudly adding touches from their Ala Mater — Mississippi State. Check out the cowbells that pop up in a few places. ;)

Fun Fact: The image below — We stopped St. Patty’s Day traffic to get this awesome photo. It was quite humorous and 100% worth it.

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5 Reasons You Should Have a First Look | Destination and Elopement Wedding Photographer

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Hello Darlings!

Today’s blog post is going to address one question that will almost always come up in conversation when speaking with my couples — “First Look or No First Look?” I know, crazy that something truly so simple to add or take away from a wedding day timeline can be such a big question! That is why I decided to give you 5 reasons to do one or at the very least, consider it. :)

I have been shooting weddings since 2012 and as a photographer I have learned so much from each one. I have seen and experienced just about everything - what works from a practical approach, a creative approach and any other approach you can think of. From these experiences, I have developed practical approaches that have helped keep a wedding day less stressful, fun, and on time.

One of my personal preferences when a couple first inquires is having the opportunity to meet them - in person, over FaceTime (so thankful for today’s technology!), treat them to a coffee or dinner and listen to their story. I also love hearing about their wedding day vision, fears, desires, questions — everything! I love it all.

Usually one of the top reservations a bride or groom will have is the First Look and seeing each other before the bride’s grand ceremony entrance — completely understandable! I tell all my couples who are on the fence about having a First Look that it is the only element in their Wedding Timeline that dictates how the rest of their day flows. Both ways are completely and 100% possible (obviously), in most cases. Sometimes the time of year or time of ceremony will otherwise determine that ultimate decision and your photographer should be communicating that to you right away. However, in most cases, you will have the option.

These are the 5 Reasons I give each of my clients for why they should consider having a First Look:

  1. Think about this: both you and your families are inviting 200+ of your dearest friends to your wedding. Once you are introduced at your reception, the dances are finished, the cake has been cut, what is it that you AND your guests want to do?! Dance! Party! Talk and visit! Yay! That means, if you really breakdown your wedding day, your morning is spent Getting Ready, followed by pictures, the Ceremony, maybe a lot more pictures (if you don’t do a First Look) and the Reception. I have heard so many stories of couples saying they didn’t have a single moment with just them that did not consist of picture taking, people etc. Choosing to have a First Look prioritizes that. It allows for just the two of you to pause, slow down, share a special, intimate moment together, taking in your day and everything about it. This is YOUR day — you are getting MARRIED!! :D

  2. From a photographer, and practical point of view, a First Look allows for more time in your Timeline for pictures and/or time to rest before the ceremony. Simple as that. When a First Look is a part of the Timeline, you can pretty much knock out 95% of your wedding photos: bridal party (group and individuals at once), family, bride & groom portraits.

  3. Every single one of my couples who were on the fence about a First Look and decided to go with it specifically thanked me after the wedding day for ultimately convincing them to do a First Look. Here is another reason why: they realized how much it relieved the entire day of unnecessary Timeline stress. Also, they realized later that seeing each other in that intimate setting really helped calm any Wedding Day nerves. They were able to enjoy their ceremony in ways they probably would not have because of prior ceremony stress and nerves.

  4. I have yet to shoot a wedding when a couple said their First Look took away from the bride’s grand entrance of walking down the aisle. That is usually the biggest concern and every couple I have worked with who had been on the fence about the First Look said in no way did it actually take away from “that moment” — the groom seeing/watching his bride walk towards him. Surprised? I have a few tricks up my sleeve that the bride and I talk over before the wedding day to help with this — they are really simple and it works every time. ;)

  5. First Looks give you the freedom to do this: after the ceremony, it is time to PARTY!!! All the pre-reception photos are done (aside from sunset photos with the bride & groom if that is possible), which means you get to your reception and on that dance floor faster!! :)

I hope this post was helpful and insightful to you! Regardless of whether you choose to do a First Look, know that your wedding day is your day and it be will incredibly beautiful! I would love to hear your thoughts, so drop me a line! <3 MK

P.s. Scroll down to see some of my favorite First Look moments!


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