My husband & I were married October 25th, 2008. As much as my (then) finance and I loved each other, the journey to our wedding day would have been unbearable if it were not for the amazing grace of Stephanie Day.
Although we hired her on...
ly for "day of" services, like the other brides who have posted here, there was never a day that Stephanie was not available via phone or email.
My husband & I had lightly tossed around the idea of a wedding planner but figured we could muddle our way through the process ourselves; yeah, right! We're not from the area and had moved here from CA one year prior to our wedding day. We were 100% clueless about reliable vendors. We'd been to several wedding shows in Los Angeles to get a feel of what this whole wedding thing was all about. When we moved to MD, we went to a few more and felt disappointed with them all.
We begrudgingly decided to attend another bridal show near Linthicum. We are SO glad we went. Standing out like the calming, elegant, and kind woman she is, Stephanie pleasantly greeted brides as they wandered past her booth. A few spoke with her, but the site was so impossibly loud from sample DJ's across the room not many couples could talk to ANY of the vendors, let alone Stephanie. It was her reassuring smile that drew me in.
We spent only five minutes with her, relaying stories of our recent move, the fall date of our planned nuptials, the colors and elegant evening & candlelight style we had in mind, that we'd yet to find a church or venue, and somehow about our dog and that my finance loved to cook! Stephanie was SO friendly, knowledgeable, and considerate of our confusion about local vendors because of our recent move.
She gave us her business card, told us to give her a call if we felt that we needed help and bid us a warm goodbye. NO Pressure! That was such a Wonderful change from everything else out there! Fast forward several months... my husband and I went to another bridal show, this one being put on by the Association of Bridal Consultants, I believe. This was definitely a show of a higher caliber, not the tag 'em and bag 'em shows we'd been to before. Well guess who we saw there? Stephanie! With a smile as bright as ever, she greeted us warmly and to our complete shock, brought up topics we'd mentioned to her when we first met her...had we found a venue, how was the search going for the fall feel we wanted, etc. Needless to say, we were sold. We called her for an appointment the moment we got home.
Fast forward about a year...Stephanie's help was priceless. She pointed us to a wonderful (and affordable) florist, the best baker on the East Coast (http://www.artisticdesserts.com), offered innumerable ideas for color & style, and even helped me secretly find a bagpiper to surprise my husband as we entered our reception venue; oh, and did I mention, she did all this while growing a beautiful baby? She was 8 months pregnant on our big day!
Stephanie Day was a godsend for all the reasons stated above, but mostly for her compassion, the obvious love for job, her creativity, and her uncanny skill for making brides feel secure in crazy times, and horrible ones too... My father died unexpectedly exactly one month before my wedding day; Stephanie was kind, gentle, loving, and understanding when I tried to hold myself together that last month. She was the backbone that held me up, and for that alone I am forever in her debt. Choose Stephanie, ladies. You won't r