Sweet and Southern | Park Crest, Hoover, AL | Lauren and Ryan

March 18th, 2018

Lauren and Ryan are the epitome of the cutest couple. Ryan’s love and affection for Lauren was ever so clear throughout the entire planning process and that much more on their wedding day. Love oozed, everywhere, and it was down right contagious. That right there is why I love planning weddings. That love concurs all, that love is enduring, and love will always be there, no matter what!

Their planning process was not the easiest of weddings, thank covid, and unfortunately one thing did go wrong. Not every wedding we plan goes off 120% smoothly, there are and can be some hiccups along the way. However, what makes it much more less noticeable is how your wedding vendor team deals with it. In the weeks leading up to the wedding day, I always call and email all the vendors involved to check in, make sure their details are accurate, arrival times, etc. All the vendors responded and everyone was on the same page, all that is except one, our cake. Emails after emails, calls after calls, this vendor was not responsive. A few days before the wedding, I brought this to the attention of Lauren’s mother. I didn’t want to burden and stress her out even more. I tried a few more times. The day of the wedding comes, I call, my assistants call, because maybe my number wasn’t going through for some reason. Nothing.
I had no option but to devise a plan, what in the world were we suppose to do without a cake?

Being in the industry for many years now, I have established amazing connections with other wedding professionals. I made an SOS call to a local baker to see if something, anything could be done. Now I know what you’re probably thinking, why didn’t I do that in the first place. Well, I wanted to give that vendor the benefit of the doubt.
Once I spoke to the mother and told her of my plan she was totally fine with it, whatever had to be done. This is where I’m super thankful I have my husband and an assistant planner on my team! Us three worked out in detail this plan of mine, I was going to run to this bakery, run back, set it up with florals and be back in time to direct the ceremony. I would be coming in hot on 2 wheels but I’ve trained for this my whole life! I told my team to get the wedding party ready just in case. Boy did I come in hot, with 5 minutes to spare too! We start ceremony right on time. All. Is. GOOD! Until one of the staff members comes to me during the processional saying that the cake was there. I’m so glad I was not in any view of the cameras! I get everyone down the aisle, ceremony is flawless and the tears are flowing. WIN! I then have to deal with this person. My mama always thought me if you don’t have anything nice to say then don’t say anything at all. I asked my questions, let them respond and walked away. Still gets me a little heated when I talk about it!

I pride myself in making sure wedding days go off without any major obstacles, and that starts with COMMUNICATION. When you have difficulties with this with your vendors, let that be a red flag. This is why you hire professionals, so that in the event something does go awfully wrong, they have the means for backup, they have those cell phone numbers of established vendors. Lauren did end up knowing what happened. When she looks back on her wedding day, hopefully, she remembers everything that was perfect and not being stressed about that one thing because it was taken care of and that we were going to have cake at that wedding regardless!

Lauren and Ryan, it was a pleasure! I loved every moment of helping yall plan your special day!!
Even my last minute, unplanned trip. It was all so worth it!

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