**All Pretty & Planned Weddings is the little wedding coordinating side-business I started. For more info, see here.  – Chandler
If you’ve ever clicked on the “Our Wedding” tab at the top of the page, you may have picked up on the fact that weddings make me giddy. I love the excitement and joy that comes with a wedding day and seeing a new couple make a lifelong covenant with one another. I love everything that marriage represents. I love the picture of Jesus Christ with his bride that is played out in the beautiful details of a wedding.
The smiles on the faces of the couple and the guests
The gathering of families and best friends
A bride in her white dress who always looks like the most beautiful woman in the world
The excitement and hope for the future
Fresh flowers
The scripture read over a couple as a reminder of the meaning of it all
The details that are unique to the people they represent.

But, in the midst of all those details, brides can easily become overwhelmed and lose sight of the joy of the day.

That’s where I come in.

I have started a little side business of helping brides with coordinating their days. I think every bride should have a day-of coordinator. Even the most organized and detail oriented brides need someone to take the load off their shoulders when the actual day comes.

So I thought I would do a little feature on one of the first weddings I got to help with on March 1. Meet Lauren & Mike Chapman.

I can’t take credit for the ideas behind this one. Lauren is bursting with creative ideas and event planning know-how, so she made my job easy. We met several times before the wedding to discuss her ideas and my responsibilities and look at the venues, and it was my job to take the load off her shoulders once the weekend came.

I coordinated with the vendors to make sure everything was at the right place at the right time, I delivered all the reception decor to the venue and set up everything on the table centerpieces and around the reception, and I worked directly with the videographer and photographer on the day-of to make sure people were where they were supposed to be. Basically, I was the point person on the wedding day for all details so that the bride and her mom could just enjoy the emotion of the day.

All of these photos are compliments of Lovinggood’s Photography. And the amazing video is from FocalPoint Cinematic.

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Lauren was an absolutely picture perfect bride. She was calm, joyful, and pulled together. There was such a serenity over the whole day because everyone there knew that Mike & Lauren are a perfect match. The love felt throughout the whole event was palpable.
And look at that gorgeous wedding party. Seriously.

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What a dream day. Lauren and her family kept the guests in mind throughout the whole day and truly threw a party that no-one will soon forget. Lauren is from a small town in Ohio, and I think the entire town made the trip to Nashville to celebrate this vivacious and delightful couple. Lauren’s parents rented THREE 50 PASSENGER BUSES to transport the guests from the hotel to the reception. They really went out of their way to show people a good time. Everything went off without a hitch and even a seven hour reception flew by!
{photo above is a still shot from wedding video. See below}

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{photo above is a still shot from wedding video. See below}

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One of my FAVORITE ideas Lauren came up with was to use photos of every guest as her escort cards. She scoured Facebook and old photo albums for a photo of every single one of the 200+ guests and wrote their table number and a personal note on the back of each. I hung them that day on twine with mini clothespins, and guests found their photo to find their table. The following photos are stills from the video below.

Congrats, Mike & Lauren! Thanks for letting me be a part of your day! It was an absolute joy!!

Check out this video from FocalPoint Cinematic to relive the day. I even made an appearance at the beginning!
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Michael & Lauren :: Highlights from FocalPoint Cinematic Weddings on Vimeo.

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And if you know anyone who may just need a wedding coordinator, send them my way!