As we quickly approach our 5th year in business I wanted to take some blog time and dedicate it to my amazing Senior Coordinators (or SeCo's as we like to call them). Wihtout these talented, smart and hard working women…#teamkowe would not be as successful as we are today. So sit back, relax and enjoy learning more about these sparkly ladies…
Today we're showcasing two of the ladies who have majored in sparkle and bring their unique skills and personalities to every KOWE event! They are our “newest” SeCo's and have had an awesome seaon running weddings and events this year.
First up, meet Senior Coordinator Norah (in her own words)…
Although my master's degree is in Organizational Management, it really comes in handy on the wedding day because my education allows me to see how people react and interact differently than most folks; this helps in a handful of situations that may arise during a wedding. But in addition to my formal education, I feel like my passion and committement towards people has helped me find so much joy in my work with Katie O' Weddings and Events.
By far, my most favorite part of the day is when the bride and groom see eachother for the first time–whether this is during a first look or coming down the aisle, it's an incredible sight to see and the energy is tangible.
Family means everything to me; my brother has been by my side since the day I was born. He's my compass and I wouldn't be the person I am today without his love and guidance. My love for weddings really stemmed from the amazing experience I had during my own wedding. Having everyone in one room was incredible and you really can't fully appreciate the gravity of the experience until you've had it.
My favorite food may seem a little plain Jane, but it's certainly fitting for the time of year–I LOVE turkey sandwiches. Which is why I love Thanksgiving…I could eat leftovers for weeks–not days, weeks!
My wedding day essentials include a sense of humor and comfy shoes–these things are absolutely critical during a 12 hour (sometimes more) day…
When I try to define sparkle, I think of it more as a state of being than something physical or tangible. Sparkle is a state of wit, brilliance, and livliness.
What I love about working for KOWE is the energy of the day…there is a buzz and everyone is (usually) pysched to be there and I really like being around that positivity. And first looks are a MUST!
Favorite hashtag: #SIL (I am also Katie O's Sister In Law so it seems right!)
And now onto Senior Coordinator Kelly (in her own words)…
Outside of working I like to spend my time kicking ass in fantasy football. If my fantasy league isn't doing so great, I just cheer for the Giants. When football is not on, I spend time with my fantastic hound mix, Cooper. I also like to listen to music (Andrew McMahon is my favorite artist, followed closely by Jason Mraz).
Not to get all 27 Dresses on you, but my favorite moment at any wedding is when the couple first sees each other. It's the ultimate build-up moment and the excitement and the relief and the joy is practically tangible in that moment.
My favorite food is moonshine wings and twisted tea. Having a rough day? It's cool. Juniors has got you. I recently attended a wedding shower, and you were supposed to share a recipe with the bride. I gave her the phone number for Juniors. If you haven't tried them, you need to.
What I love most about working for KOWE is hands down all of the people that I get to meet. I get to work with some of the most well-known and respected vendors in the area. And on top of that, I truly feel that I have made some long-lasting friendships with some of the brides and grooms that I have met. Fostering relationships creates the foundation for any business, no matter what you are doing. That is something that Katie has taught me right from the beginning, and it's something that I will take with me no matter where I go in life.
To me, Sparkle is that secret element that really makes a good day extraordinary. In cooking, I believe it was Rachel Ray that said that nutmeg is an ingredient that makes you say “hmm…what is that??” To me, that's exactly what the Sparkle of Katie O' Weddings and Events does. It's not always obvious and it's certainly not always pretty, but it's truly what makes us unique, and it keeps us unified. To answer Zach Brown Band, “Whatever It Is” – it's Sparkle. Duh.
Some of my favorite traits about myself – if we're looking for physical traits, I like my naturally curly hair (which you can't see here on account of my serious blowout). Correction: I like my naturally curly hair *most* days. I also really like my left wrist. It carries my favorite tattoo – the anchor! I went to school in Rhode Island and lived there for a few years after. The anchor is the state symbol for RI and it also signifies “hope.” I love both of those facts about the anchor and so I decided it would be a good idea to carry it around with me forever.
I love to laugh. That's why I do it so easily. I feel like a good laugh can make a bad day good, and a good day better. If you can make me laugh, we can be friends. More importantly – if you laugh when I'm being hilarious, we can stay friends.
There is one wedding day necessity – 5 hour energy. I have two on me at all times. One for me, one for Katie. One of my favorite memories of Katie was when I was working a wedding with her and we had a little bit of downtime so we went to Starbucks. She said to me, “I'm not sure I should have anything here; I 've already had two lattes and a 5-hour energy.” That was the one and only time in my life when I had to cut Katie off.
I am a HUGE fan of the first look!! I think it has become such a great tradition. And I love when a couple has that moment just to themselves. I firmly believe that if Carrie and Big had had a first look, the first Sex and the City movie would have been really short and boring, but would also have featured a spectacular wedding.
My favorite hashtags include: #fightforkowemvp #proudofyou
AHHH! I LOVE these ladies SO. MUCH! Thank you for all that you do, Norah and Kelly!!! Stayed tuned for more SeCo blogs coming up!