While Deb and I have been in the photography business for many years and have made many friends both in and outside the business, I never understood exactly how good these friends were until one day in late January 2013 when Deb and I decided to get married. We picked February 14 for a Valentine wedding. As this was to be a second marriage for both of us we were just going to the Justice of the Peace with a witness or two. Then our families wanted to come, followed by some close friends, and the party quickly got larger than any of our houses would accommodate. I started to look for a space and immediately contacted April and Craig Bloomer at Events Catering. They had the Brookside room available so I asked them to book the place, find a DJ, and pick the food. Next I told our friends Shirley Holland and Frances Patterson at Country Designs that we needed some flowers and instead of a traditional arch, I wanted to get married in front of a large heart trimmed in flowers. I called two of Deb's friends, Julie and David Fisher of J&D Images, another husband and wife professional photographer team (we could not photograph our own wedding after all). Then I called Cindy Parks at Originals to Remember for the speciality cup cakes. One thing after another fell into place and in less than 3 weeks we had gone from a Justice of the Peace plan to a the full sit-down dinner for over 60 people with dance floor and all. For those of you who have planned a wedding or other big event, you know that is an impossible task. We were only able to pull it off with the help of our friends. Please take a moment to look over their web sites and let all your friends know about the wonderful people who can pull off miracles when the stars are aligned properly and the moon is right. Even the wedding witch was amazed.
Being in the special events business, you get exposed to a wide range of venues and providers, and you quickly learn who is the best. And imagine what they can do when you give them time to really plan your most special events.