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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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2019 Personal and Business Goals | Tennessee and Pennsylvania Wedding Photographer

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As I sit down to write this, we are only two days away from 2019… Like, What?! How did that happen? Some times it feels as if a year goes by so slowly, but before you know it, a new year comes out of nowhere. This year I made a decision to go full-time with my photography business. Phew. It certainly hasn’t been easy, but I am really happy I did. It forced me to be 150% trusting and reliant on God, my Provider. As I reflect over this past year — the ups and downs, triumphs and failures, mountains and valleys, I can confidently say that through it all God was by my side. There were moments I questioned if He was really there, if He could hear my cries, my prayers; if He would provide.

Darlings, not once has He let me down. More often than not, the way He would show Himself to me looked differently than I expected, but isn’t that how He works? He surprises us and what He gives us is far greater than what we could ever imagine. I’ve been learning how to be still, listen and simply talk to Him. This year I walked through His Refiner’s Fire. It’s taken me a whole year to understand that, but that has been my journey for 2018. Here’s the thing, no one really tells you that your twenties are really ten years of figuring yourself out and becoming confident in who you are, what you believe in, and what you want to do with your life. The teenage years feel like that, but honestly, it’s a whole new level in your twenties. It is ten years of growing into yourself, realizing who will walk beside you on your journey and striving to be the best version of yourself and the legacy you’re going to leave behind. I will tell you that I am not the easiest person to love some times. I’ve made plenty of mistakes this year, but I will not let those mistakes define me. 2019 is my last year in my twenties. Turning thirty is a tad terrifying, LOL, but at the same time, I am so excited for this last year and the ways it will prepare me for thirty. In some ways, for me, thirty feels kind of like a new beginning.

Sitting down, praying and writing out what goals I have for both myself personally and for my photography business, these two phrases stuck out to me and I am running with it: “Just Ask” and “You Got This”. I wrote down 15 goals — a mix of personal and business — that I am going to share below. While I have many more, these 15 have the most significance. :) My hope is that by sharing them, you can keep me accountable. If you see me, ask me about them! If you’re reading this, I’d love to hear from you!

Most importantly though, if you’re taking time to read this, if I have worked with you in any way this year, or if you pushed me to dream big, prayed for me or with me, encouraged me, supported me: Thank you. Thank you for supporting my business — this dream. Thank you for helping make it possible for me to do something I love while also making it possible for me to provide for me and my son— that is such a humbling fact!

Much love, MK

Here’s to 2019 and all the Lord has!

-Learn to shoot film

-Read my Bible daily

-Exercise daily

-Journal

-Send written notes to loved ones

-Take a Mommy and Me trip with Mark

-Learn Photoshop

-Organize a Styled Shoot

-Get my work published

-Knock out debt

-Declutter my life / live with minimalistic intention

-Be intentional

-Pray often

-Drink more water

-Give myself permission to say “No”

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