The excitement of dreams coming true is beyond the description of words.
Yes, your dream wedding can most certainly happen. It probably won't happen the way that you had originally planned, but it can still happen. Two months into planning during the Coronavirus Pandemic and on the verge of weddings starting at the end of June, I have learned that there is still hope for dream weddings and happy endings.
If you are still planning on getting married in 2020 you should expect and consider the following in planning and preparing for your wedding.
If you are considering eloping, having a Micro Wedding or Private Residence Wedding/Pop Up Wedding and postponing your reception to a later date consider the following in planning and preparing for your wedding.
Elopement & Micro Weddings
Elopement and Micro Weddings have been popular for years, now more than ever they are becoming a very practical option in today's wedding planning world. The following venues are offering special packages for these weddings:
Private Residence Pop Up Weddings
I've had many clients in the past get married right in their own backyard or parents backyard. Almost any private residence will do! Hands down these have always been some of my favorite weddings over the years! If you are considering planning a private residence wedding consider the following:
While you are planning in so much uncertainty going on in the world, know that you can have a dream wedding if you just keep going and embrace that uncertainty. Even if you only have 5 or 10 people there, you will still get married. It can still be a beautiful moment and memory and even more beautiful because you unlike so many of the couples that came before - you have had to go through so much to get to that moment! You've had to consider so many more different and stressful things than they did and I'm sorry that you are having to balance so much. Never before has anything like this impacted so many lives around the world. When your dream day comes and you have that moment it will be so beautiful, I promise you, and it won't matter if you had high end table linens, or a plated salad, or a late night snack, or dance floor props! The moment will come, I am very certain of that. Love isn't cancelled!
2020 the year I turned 36, Peachy Keen turns 10 and the wedding industry comes to a halt. This year certainly has been off to a shaky start and even though things are not going as originally planned, I still plan on making the best of it.
This August marks my 10 year anniversary since starting Peachy Keen Planners LLC. A lot has happened over the past 10 years, 344 weddings to be exact and still counting. Looking back over the years has made me realize just how truly blessed I am. So grateful for each new year and for every single opportunity that has come my way.
In 2010, I was making plans to venture outside of my mother's wedding venue, Simple Gatherings at Four Oaks Manor and do weddings on my own. I had been doing weddings for 6 years in Buford, while living in Atlanta and was desperate for a change.
As soon as my first website was launched I decided that 2011 was the year for change, and I made it my last year at Simple Gatherings. Little did I know that it would take two more years before my first Peachy Keen wedding would happen. In 2013 I was blessed with my first Peachy Keen client. I worked with this particular client for 10 months in total, helping them find their wedding venue and vendors, planning and designing their entire wedding. I learned a lot helping them, things that help me even today. When we were four months out of their wedding date their wedding venue, The Ravinia Club, went out of business. We had one week to find a new wedding venue, redraft wedding invitations and re-coordinate all of our vendors. Luckily, everything worked out! We ended up going with Canoe in Vinings and were able to keep the same date and everything fell right back into place. I got to work with some wedding vendors that I regularly work with and keep in touch with to this day. It truly was a wonderful experience and I wouldn't change a thing.
My fourth year in business was when things started to really take off for me. I was fortunate to plan and design weddings at Trolley Barn, the DeKalb History Center, The Brickyard, Flat Creek Country Club, The Piedmont Room, Fernbank, Villa Christina. the Crowne Plaza Atlanta Midtown and even a private residence wedding in Roswell on the Chattahoochee River.
By the time I was in business five years, I had finally made Peachy Keen my full time job and watched my business boom within a year. 2015 was probably one my of favorite years looking back. So many wonderful weddings at Monday Night Brewing, Trolley Barn, Roswell Historic Cottage, Roswell River Landing, The Solarium, The Heritage at Sandy Springs, The Strand, The Georgian Terrace, The Ritz Carlton, Foundry at Puritan Mill, Wimbish House, 550 Trackside, The Farm, Train Depot Smithgall Arts Ctr, Hightower Falls and out of state weddings in Alabama and North Carolina. Such a beautiful year (tears, tears, tears - happy tears)!
2016 was one of the busiest years of my life. Every year the weddings seem to get more and more beautiful, especially this year. We were blessed to be able to celebrate weddings at Trolley Barn, the DeKalb History Center, The Solarium, The Georgian Terrace, Trees Atlanta, Wimbish House, The Engine Room, Wild Heaven, The Estate in Buckhead, CeNita Vineyards, Rhodes Hall, The Piedmont Room and Garden Tent, the Peachtree Club, Brawner Nayler Hall, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Cator Woolford Gardens, Roswell River Landing, Summerour Studios, Roswell Historic Cottage, Monday Night Brewing, Swan House, Atlanta History Center, JCT Kitchen and Terrapin in Athens. Looking back 2016 was certainly a beautiful year and a year of good venue and vendor connections that I still maintain today.
Seven years in and time to make even bigger changes. 2017 was the year that I decided to get an office space. This was by far the biggest step I had taken as a business owner and it was also one the best decisions that I had made.
Having even the smallest of office spaces allowed us to create some beautiful weddings and expand our decor inventory.
2018 was another beautiful and successful Peachy Keen year. We outgrew our office space and began searching for a retail space to call home.
Last year, was another step in the right direction with a brand new year and brand new opportunity in a retail space, home sweet home. So much was poured into that new home...hopes, dreams, money, sweat/hard work, time, planning, replanning, sacrifice, etc
In between all of that hard work well, so many beautiful weddings happened...chasing dreams was certainly my 2019 theme.
2020, here we are...it started off so beautiful and now we have paused everything. One day it will be beautiful again and I can't wait.
I wouldn't be where I am today without the love and support of so many. So blessed to have almost 200 Weddingwire reviews and countless (saved) thank you cards from clients. I can't say thank you enough for entrusting me with your most cherished wedding days.
Looking forward to another 10 years.
Dearest wedding day:
Even though we have successfully postponed you, I am still sad that many more days will have to pass before I can see you.
So many details planned and prepared for:
Rest assured wedding day, everything has been taken care of:
Happiest day of our lives......here we come!
Venue: DeKalb History Center
Caterer: Endive Atlanta
Linens: Peachy Keen Lady
Wedding Coordination: Peachy Keen Lady
Flowers & Decor: Peachy Keen Lady
Photography: Myles Berrio Photography
DJ: DJ Cuttlefish
Photo Booth: Robot Booth
If you are postponing/planning your wedding in 2021 and 2022 A LOT of those remaining dates are quickly filling up at the popular venues in and around Atlanta. Make sure that you move fast and secure your date AND your vendors! Be sure to reach out to vendors such as caterers, coordinators, florists, DJs, photographers and videographers to see if they are offering any booking promotions right now. Postponed spring and summer wedding dates have been pushed to late summer, fall, winter and 2021 - which means availability will run out sooner than usual and most vendors will probably make different business decisions/how much business they book based on what has happened this year. I think it is safe to say the we will all be busy this late summer, fall and winter. Right now I do feel that summer, fall and winter 2020 weddings are safe and we should all be looking forward to them.
One positive thing that has come out of this is that we are now learning how to be prepared/how to be better prepared when dealing with these kinds of scenarios when planning weddings.
Since I have so much free time on my hands now with my schedule being magically cleared up, it's time for me to send some shout outs to the people that I love so dearly. People that I know work so hard and are going through tough times like so many of us right now. I am going to spend this time replanning for the future, but also reflecting on the wonderful things that we have done. Wonderful and beautiful things that will lead to a bright future.
Zest Atlanta Catering is just one of a long list of amazing caterers in Atlanta that I regularly work with. They are one of the brightest stars and are like family to me. Hannah and Dana, husband and wife team, the owners are so amazing. There really aren't accurate words for me to describe how much they mean to me. Hannah especially, when I need someone to talk to. Let's not forget Garrett, he is such a fun energy to be around and really makes me so look forward to wedding day. The Zest Family - hands down 5 star experience.
I will never forget the first wedding I did with Zest it was at The Cator Woolford Gardens in June 2016 on the hottest day of the summer that year (no exaggeration it was recorded that day). I had just had emergency gallbladder surgery 5 days prior and probably shouldn't have been working, but you know it's my job. Hannah came walking up to me from across the atrium and she is not a tall lady (she's short) but you wouldn't think that when she's near you, she is a real boss lady. I thought to myself - wow I better not screw this up! I also met Garrett that day and we've been friends ever since (I may or may not be crying while writing this) oooohhhh memories! Anyway of course the wedding was a success and we've done sooooo many weddings together since that day. Instant friendors for sure!!
I've had the pleasure of working with them at so many venues all across Atlanta and it is the same experience every single time. I always look forward to Zest weddings!
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Dear Zest Family,
I can't wait for our upcoming weddings this summer, fall and winter - 2020 is going to be a wonderful year...see you very soon!
Peachy Keen Lady
Greetings! Week two into a worldwide pandemic that has finally reached our daily lives in the lovely state of Georgia. I've been trying to find the time to write a blog and seeing as how it has taken two years since my last blog post...its no surprise that it took the world shutting down for me to write a blog about weddings, something that I do and have been doing for so many years.
That's me! Courtney - the Peachy Keen Lady! When I'm not doing wedding related things you can find me trying to keep up with my kids and spending time with my husband and cat. Peachy Keen has blessed me with a wonderful life that provides for my family and supports a huge wedding community that surrounds me. I have the privilege of working with and referring so many wonderful venues, caterers, photographers, florists, coordinators, DJ's, cake bakers, videographers and fabulous hair and makeup teams. We all rally around each other building each other up in this industry. We also support a huge online community of fabric vendors, wholesale decor vendors, candle vendors, food markets, photo labs, flower distributors, etc we make up such a vast and valuable part this industry/economy and as a business owner, I couldn't be more proud to be but a small part of it. What a wonderful life to live because of the love and trust from all of my clients - past clients, current clients AND future clients (that's you hopefully) I have been able to chase my dreams and do what I love every single day! THANK YOU for having faith in Peachy Keen and all that you have done for us! I've planned weddings through no experience (just starting out), through venue closures, unexpected vendor emergencies, trees falling on a venue (true story crushed the venue and grooms car), family tragedies, my pregnancies, my own health emergencies, deployments, BAD weather, venues loosing power from a storm etc. I could keep going. Its been a wild ride and I wouldn't change a thing.
In all my years of weddings, planning through a pandemic is something I never thought of or prepared myself for. My advice to all of my clients at this time is the following:
This vendor team is more like a family - people we work with that we trust, and trust me it always shows at weddings. You get a fabulous wedding WHEN you have a fabulous vendor team. With SO many amazing places/venues like the DeKalb History Center, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Cator Woolford Gardens, Trolley Barn, The Georgian Terrace, The Factory ATL, King Plow, The Foundry at Purtian Mill, The Stave Room, The Solarium, Wimbish House, The Piedmont Room, Ventanas, Paris on Ponce, Westside Warehouse and I could keep going and going AND amazing vendors/people like Zest Atlanta, Endive, Dogwood Catering, Fox Bros, Luna Strings, Confection Perfection, The Cake Hag, Ballroom Blitz, Ampd Entertainment, Sifi Entertainment, Radial Entertainment, Lethal Rhythms, Krisandra Evans Photography, Lunalee Photography, Abby Byrd Photography, Laura Watson Photography, Whynn Photography, Robot Booth, Six Hearts Photography, Radiance to Go, Bombshell, Vigilante, Formal Faces, Etc and I could keep going and going and going so many wonderful people!! PLEASE work with your vendors through this trying time and know that we are here for you.
Please also know that I have cried so many tears this past week because I have SO been looking forward to this spring and summer wedding season and know how much your wedding days meant to you...they meant so much to me too. Making wedding days happen is what I do best and having things happen on such a large scale that are totally out of my control is something that I am not used to and has been a lot to handle - both for me and my clients. This is not the norm at all just ask the people that know me and work with me...I'm the miracle lady....I make things happen.....I always fix things and make them all better. All I can say is that we will make things better one day at a time and this will just be a memory existing with so many other memories. One more thing that we over came and the ending turned out better than we had originally planned.
Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale.
Simple & Sweet Wedding Flowers - Budget Friendly Wedding Flowers Atlanta, Atlanta Wedding Florist, Peachy Keen Weddings
Attention budget conscious brides! Are you working with a flower budget less than $1500? Peachy Keen Weddings has the perfect solution for you.
We are now offering Simple & Sweet Wedding Flower options that begin at $750. Click here to see what a budget friendly quote looks like.
You can either pick up your wedding flowers (free) or you can pay us to deliver your order ($75-$100).
Your order can include personal flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, corsages etc), ceremony flowers (large arrangements, aisle way flowers etc) and reception flowers (vases with flowers and candles).
Vase selections include clear glass vases, plastic (gold, silver, white or green) or you can provide your own vases and we will provide the flowers.
We can include reception votives with tealights with your order.
All orders must be placed and paid for two weeks prior to your wedding.
We also offer upgraded flower packages that include decor items (lanterns, candelabras, terrarium vases, woodslices, mercury glass etc) starting at $1500.
Contact us today to secure your date!
Atlanta Day of Wedding Coordinator Promotion
Happy holidays to all of our Peachy Keen clients past, present and future!
We are excited to announce that Peachy Keen Weddings is offering an Engagement Season special!
Starting December 14th, 2017 through February 14th, 2018 all of our wedding planning packages, excluding Package #1 - Simple and Sweet, are $200 off for new bookings!
Check out all of our packages and our floral design services on our website: www.peachykeenwedding.com
Our flower packages start off at $1500.
We can't wait to make your wedding dreams a reality!
Photo credit: Krisandra Evans Photography
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Take me back to this gorgeous wedding day! Even though this wedding was almost two years ago, it still takes my breath away.
Sushma and Bobby got married next to an enchanting waterfall in an intimate setting with family and friends. Hightower Falls is gorgeous! Contact them to schedule a tour and book your wedding.
We had so much fun decorating the ceremony, cocktail and reception with lots of stunning flowers and cascading greenery garlands. The setting was simply magical!
As you can see the wedding was stunning! We had an outstanding vendor team that made the day so perfect.
Joy with Joyelan Photography captured the day beautifully! We highly recommend working with Joy. Reach out to her for your photography needs!
Endive provided the catering, bartending and linens. We work with Endive a lot and love working with them. Please reach out to Julia or Stephanie.
Cake Hag provided the wedding cake! They are our #1 cake vendor and we just love Maggie and Katie. Book your apt with them for your wedding cake asap!
Wedding Coordination, Flowers & Decor provided by Peachy Keen Planners
Taking a trip down memory lane and remembering a gorgeous wedding we did at Roswell Historic Cottage last year. We love doing weddings at Roswell Historic Cottage! With all that is included, you can be assured that your wedding will be an absolute vision on day of. Contact them today to schedule a walk through and secure your wedding date.
With so many beautiful backdrops in Roswell you won't have any issue finding pre-ceremony picture locations before tying the knot. The Roswell Mill Bridge is the prefect location for portraits, wedding party photos and the first look.
Beautiful Callas Lilies and floating candles enhanced this enchanting setting creating a wonderful ambiance. Peachy Keen Planners was more than happy to assist with providing the wedding decor and flowers for ceremony, cocktail hour and reception. Contact us today for a quote for your wedding design.
Alison Church Photography did an oustanding job capturing the details of Liz and Kevin's wedding day! We highly recommend working with her on your big day.
Check out Andrew with Sirius Diversions video capturing Liz and Andrews wedding day. We love working with Andrew! If you need a DJ make sure to reach out to him.
Let us help with you with a stress free wedding planning experience. Contact us today!
Our outstanding vendors:
Venue: Roswell Historic Cottage – Mahi Office 770-518-6546 Cell 770-778-7795 firstname.lastname@example.org
DJ: Sirius Diversions – Andrew email@example.com 770-722-1000
Catering: Gotta Have it Catering – Vincent 404-936-8987 firstname.lastname@example.org
Photographer: Alison Church Photography 404-909-7880 email@example.com
Wedding Planning & Flowers: Peachy Keen Planners Courtney Guthrie 404-964-3636 firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
What an amazing year it has been. 2016 has truly been a blessing to say the least.
I started the year off welcoming my newest addition to my family. I am truly blessed to have a family of 4!
I just want to say thank you to all of our amazing clients for entrusting us with your most cherished wedding days. We are so grateful to have been there for each of you. So many beautiful memories!
February and March were a gorgeous start to the year. We had so much fun helping clients get married at Roswell Historic Cottage, Park Tavern, Broad 9A in Athens, Terrapin Brewery, and Houston Mill House in Decatur. Looking forward to this coming winter and spring!
Words can not begin to describe how beautiful this past spring was! Such a pleasure working at the Atlanta History Center, DeKalb Historic Courthouse, The Estate in Buckhead and Park Tavern!
Stunning late spring and early summer weddings! A huge thank you to these beautiful clients! We enjoyed working with you at Brawner Hall, Rhodes Hall, JCT Kitchen, Monday Night Brewing, and Fox Hall.
As you can see summer weddings are absolutely stunning with Peachy Keen Planners by your side. We loved working with Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, The Solarium, Cator Woolford Gardens and The Crossings in Historic Norcross!
I had the honor and pleasure of helping and being a part of my sisters wedding in New Orleans! Simply charming and unforgettable.
Summer, we can't get enough of you! How could we forget these beautiful weddings at Trolley Barn and The Peachtree Club. We also had fun providing flowers for a stunning photo shoot at The Barn at Oak Manor!
Such a lovely end to summer celebrating at CeNita Vineyards, The Archibald Howell House and Wild Heaven Brewery! Love the memories!
We had such a gorgeous start to fall this year in Georgia! Thanks for making your wedding Peachy Keen during one of our favorite seasons! We loved working at Summerour Studio, The Engine Room in Monroe and at an intimate wedding at a private residence in Smyrna.
October you sure were good to us! Loved those happy moments at The Solarium, CeNita Vineyards, The Social Goat Bed and Breakfast and at another private residence intimate wedding in Sandy Springs.
Fall you have blessed us with weddings of a lifetime at Roswell River Landing, Summerour Studio, Trees Atlanta and The Georgian Terrace. Thank you for the working with us on your wedding day!
Thank you 2016 from the bottom of my heart.
2017 we are ready for you!
A dream is a wish your heart makes.
About Peachy Keen:
Peachy Keen is based in Marietta, GA and specializes in day of wedding coordination, flowers and design. Our goal is to give you your dream wedding, whether it's a simple and sweet day with close friends and family or a lavish dream wedding. We focus on each individual client's needs and desires to make your vision come to life.