I knew from the start of our introductory conversation that Shelby was right for us. We had already selected our venue and date so I could answer those initial questions. When Shelby asked about aesthetic, design, or theme I paused. I laughed a...
nd said something like no drama or chaos, and a chill vibe - is that a design aesthetic? She heartily laughed then responded with a quip about human behavior, weddings, and, if necessary, the “mom voice”. In that moment I knew that I could be myself and our personalities worked well together; it would also complement my now husband’s personality as well. We could face the inevitable unknowns and chaos as a team.
Shelby proceeded to ask thoughtful questions to get to know us and understand our style. I was able to tell her more about what we didn’t like/want than what we did. Yet, she was able to suggest a vendor that wasn’t on my radar and perfect for us. By the end of our conversation, it was clear Shelby would introduce levity and humor to the experience (lots of it), expertly navigate our cast of characters (which she definitely did), and keep everything on track (and ahead of schedule when weather threatened).
We could not have anticipated how phenomenal Shelby would be the month leading up to our wedding. She far exceeded any expectation or thought we had about the experience. Before our month-out meeting, we shared our planning “binder” with Shelby.She reviewed it in advance of our meeting and arrived with excellent follow-up questions and suggestions. We included a fair number of DIY additions to the decor that came with some design ideas (from n00bs, to be clear), and Shelby was totally on board with making it work. It was important to us that the things we made be included, but she really pulled it all together in a way that worked. We were confident Shelby understood the “vision” and, if there were issues the day of, she would handle it with that vision in mind. We discussed all of the details, including the things we would need to figure out a few days before or the day of our wedding because of family health issues. Shelby was compassionate and supportive, and ready with plans A-Z for whatever happened. And, at the rehearsal, when there were several new ideas or suggestions for family needs, Shelby looked to me. I said that we’d proceed with the original plan and she moved us along to the next step. But, if needed, she was ready to step in and handle the moment. There were several moments throughout the rehearsal where I appreciated our visual check-in and unspoken alignment on how to handle the moment.
Shelby’s fantastic communication skills and calm approach really kicked in at this time, and she masterfully handled several challenges and concerns that arose with a vendor. One day a few weeks before the wedding when things started to go sideways with a vendor, my now husband commented “Shelby is already on it, as usual”. Shelby gifted us peace of mind and support when we really needed it.
Everything was exquisite the day of the wedding. When the curtains were pulled back in the ballroom, I was overcome with emotion. Shelby and her team attended to every detail and the execution exceeded anything we envisioned. We had a great time without a worry because Shelby was on it.
Shelby is as incredible a person as she is an event planner. Your day will be full of joy and happiness if you work with Shelby. We cannot recommend Shelby and Shelby Your Day Events enough.