Part Two: Our Talented Event Planner
This new blog series will give you a chance to get to know our CF team. Kelsie is our Event Planner that goes above and beyond to make every event special and unique. We’re so blessed to have her apart of our team! Happy reading!
Give us a little background about yourself and how you got into Event Planning:
KELSIE: When I was a sophomore in College I wanted to find a part time job that could work with my hectic college schedule. I heard about an opening at a bridal shop that some of my friends who were working there, absolutely loved! It was there I began selling wedding dresses and it didn't take me long to get bit by the "wedding bug" (as they like to call it). I continued to work at the bridal shop for the next three years. Shortly after I began dreaming of having my own wedding planning business. It wasn't long after that, I became the wedding coordinator for my church, where my husband is a pastor. I loved doing weddings and so I decided to start my own wedding and event coordinating business on the side as well.
How did you get started at The Cottage Farmhouse?
KELSIE: I actually met Kim in the fall of 2015 at a birthday dinner for a mutual friend of ours. We happened to sit next to each other and began sharing about our lives. She was telling me about her dream to open a wedding barn with her daughter and I began telling her mine was to start my own business as a wedding planner. It was like a match made in heaven that night! We stayed in contact the next few months, as her and Bailey were looking for a Barn and once they had found one we were ready to start our journey together! It has been a blessing to work with these two ladies and to be able to start with them from the ground up. We all bring new ideas to the table and build off of each others creativity. They inspire me every time we are together!
What do you love most about Event Planning?
KELSIE: One of my favorite parts would be when we have arrived to the actual wedding day. We all step into what seems to be a real-life Pinterest board of all their dreams pulled together, uniquely designed for the couple. Another all time favorite is simply seeing the joy and happiness on the couple's faces as the day is coming to a close. Knowing I helped their day go smoothly brings much satisfaction.
What keeps you passionate?
KELSIE: Doing weddings, thinking weddings, talking weddings; weddings, weddings, weddings! But seriously, anytime I'm meeting with a bride, planning new ideas with Kim or Bailey, walking around the farmhouse for inspiration, or just talking to a friend who is engaged fuels my desire to do what I do. I love hearing the stories of the couple and hearing their vision for their special day.
What is your idea of a fun date?
KELSIE: Anything that involves food and movies! Ideally, going out for dinner (probably something Mexican) then packing up loads of snacks, treats, (popcorn is a must) and if the weather was great, taking our Jeep to a drive-in movie near our home.
What do you love most about The Cottage Farmhouse?
KELSIE: I love the charm and character that is everywhere on the property from the buildings down to the smallest details of the Bridal Cottage. It is so beautiful and unique. My favorite part of the day is right before and after the sunset, the whole venue lights up with the most beautiful golden hue.
Thanks for taking some time to read more about our talented team. If you’d like more information about our planning packages, please email Kelsie@thecottagefarmhousemn.com.
Next month, we’ll interview one of our favorite local cookie companies! THE COOKIE CREATIVE is a specialty cookie company based in Minneapolis, MN serving the Twin City area. Their cookies are baked fresh with the finest ingredients and hand-piped to perfection. If you can dream it, they can make it into a cookie! Cori collaborated with us to create our custom cookie boxes that we give out to each couple who books their wedding with us--so expect something extra special to come in the mail just for YOU!
Kim & Bailey