Wow, this was a great wedding to coordinate and I had such a great time with the entire family. There were so many details to keep track of, items to prioritize, vendors to book and family traditions to preserve. Here is the story of my most recent wedding event: When Amy Larsen and Derek Baker discussed “something old” for their October wedding, the choice was obvious – The Maclin family compound, known around the world as Maclin’s Open Air Market. While a location known for antiques, livestock auctions and swap meet bargains seems to be an unusual background for exchanging wedding vows, the young couple actually honors an earlier family marriage that took place in July 1932.
Amy’s great grandparents were married 76 years ago in the living room of one of the homes that remains on the compound. While many traditions were followed, many things were fresh and new in this wedding. The guest list was over 150, they enjoyed a four-course dinner provided under a 3,000 square foot tent by Gourmet Gourmet Catering, custom designed cake from Sweet Art Cakes, amazing lighting effects and a fun interactive DJ from The D’Jay Company and amazing pictures by Joseph’s Photographic Design (see below). We had a light drizzle all day but everything went just as planned and it even stopped raining for the outdoor ceremony.
In today’s tight economy many brides may think one item to cut from their budget could be a coordinator, but it may end up costing you more in the long run if you don’t hire a coordinator. I can say I used all my experience and connections for this wedding and we came in under the original budgeted amount and it couldn’t have been more beautiful!