Ode to Orange September.
A piece of our minds regarding the gift of planning peace of mind.
It is our great privilege to tell you about our experience with Vicki and Jerry Newsom.
As we looked for help planning our New Mexico wedding, a clo...
se friend offered us a few recommendations. Orange September immediately stood out to us after learning they are a husband and wife team, working in unison to help other couples celebrate this momentous event. Our first conversation over the phone highlighted one of the great keys to their success - they are incredible listeners. The discussion was in many ways like a first date, or a mutual interview; a collaboration that asked both sides if they wanted to dance with the other. The “date” went smoothly because of the ease at which they put you, giving us permission to freely express who we are and how we wanted to celebrate. Our decision to let them guide us on this adventure was a simple one.
As the business of planning moves forward, you begin to see the staggering amount of details required to complete the dream that we, as couples, formulate and are continuing to develop during the months leading up to the wedding - details we never would have considered, nor would we have time to. Vicki and Jerry deftly guide you with recommendations, using their vast network of connections to maximize your budget. To witness the reciprocal respect between the vendors and Orange September continually validated our decision to hire them. Multiple vendor solutions were always presented, matching us with potential partners in the shared mental model we had developed, and without exception every vendor we chose gushed about coming together again to work with Orange September.
It was not only us who noticed the care involved in this process. Members of our families sought out Vicki at the wedding, expressing heartfelt gratitude for finding ways to care for the many specific needs of various family members. From accessibility issues to dietary restrictions, their attention to detail allowed us to simply be in the moment of the celebration. This never could have happened without the trusting relationship Vicki and Jerry cultivated with us.
Our wedding experience was all we could have hoped for and more. Vicki and Jerry are truly gifted in articulating your wishes - they look into your heart and deliver an event that makes you feel like you are their only client. Their own vision statement says it perfectly, "We take pride in seeking the road a little less traveled, pulling inspiration from the daily lives and real life to create timeless and effortless experiences for couples and their guests. Every event should be visually inspiring from the moment your guests arrive until it's time for them to say goodbye. Our goal is to create just that … environments where people will want to stay a little longer, reconnecting with family and friends and depart wishing it to never end."
That is exactly how we felt.
We feel so lucky to have chosen them as our wedding planners, and even more lucky to now call them friends.
Shawna and Joey Hemphill
est. September 22, 2018