In this episode, Kristina, Mike & Sharon invited new bride, Katie Hill, back on the show to recap the good, the bad and the ugly from her wedding day… and from her recollection, it was all good!
A few months ago, co-hosts Kristina, Mike & Sharon had soon-to-be-bride, Katie Hill on the show to discuss how her wedding planning was going. In this episode they invited her back on the show as a married woman and she is sharing how everything fell into place and that she 100% enjoyed herself on wedding day.
Stay tuned for this episode! A new bride was on the show sharing all about her wedding planning process, about her confidence in the team she and her wedding planner had assembled to execute her vision perfectly… and how she just didn’t sweat the small stuff and ended up having the perfect wedding.
From flower MEN wearing iridescent cowboy hats and dancing down the aisle to Mambo #5 to the great balloon debacle of 2021, this episode is a must listen. Tune in to hear about all the fun moments, the touching moments and how this bride slid into her wedding day happy and calm and able to be present for every moment.
BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL UNDERSTAND that you can have an enjoyable wedding day and be present for it if you hire a vendor team you trust to pull it all off.
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Kristina Stubblefield 0:00
We welcome back an old friend on this episode,
Michael Gaddie 0:03
Katie's name has changed and she is now a married lady.
Sharon Rumsey 0:07
Tune in as Katie recaps with us her wedding day and shares all the things.
Kristina Stubblefield 0:12
You're listening to The Ring The Bling And All The Things Podcast. I'm Kristina Stubblefield, one of your hosts, along with my two good friends Michael Gaddie and Sharon Rumsey. We are here to get you from down on one knee, down the aisle and into happily ever after. Our informative episodes deliver valuable tips, trends, ideas, and advice covering everything from you saying yes to the i do's and all that happens in between and after. Now, let's get started with this episode. Sharon I know you want to do this intro do I do go for it.
Sharon Rumsey 0:57
We are so excited y'all to have Katie now Kalmy back with us. Katie was on before her wedding and we talked about wedding planning. She was a client of both myself and Mike. Her wedding is over. She got married on September 18. But we want to hear post wedding we want to know the good the bad the ugly everything from a bride that is now post Wedding by first of all,
Kristina Stubblefield 1:25
there is no ugly I'm looking at these photos right here. My happenings. Oh, okay. So she's gonna give us all the details.
Sharon Rumsey 1:35
All the things. All the things, Katie.
Kristina Stubblefield 1:38
Thanks, Katie for coming back. You're welcome. We must not have been too bad the first time she came back around. I did. She's so sweet. She loves? Absolutely. Okay. first words out of your mouth. What was your overall experience of that day? Perfect. Oh, awesome. I don't think you could want any better response. So you asked you did you get to enjoy yourself?
Katie Hill 2:04
100%. And I shocked myself how calm I was. I thought I you know, like, I'm a horseback rider back in the day. And so I would do shows and I I literally couldn't eat for the whole time until I I went out and did it. And then I would be hungry afterwards. No was nervous. It was perfect.
Kristina Stubblefield 2:21
You look very relaxed in these photos. Even getting ready.
Katie Hill 2:26
Yeah, I was so calm. And myself. And we got her to eat lunch. Yep. Yeah. And I I don't know, it just fell into place.
Kristina Stubblefield 2:35
Where to start? Overall planning? What is one of your What's something that you would like to share? or multiple things you'd like to share with people about that planning process now that your day? It's happened? What would you share with people about the planning process?
Katie Hill 2:51
Um, I will I actually think something interesting that I learned that day is that I was so my mom even said it. Like we were so involved in the wedding planning process, that by the time the day got there, I just felt so confident in my team and the vision that I had. And so I really wasn't worried about little things. And I knew they would execute it, right, like you all had discussed and planned, or at least they knew my vision enough to make it what I would want it to be without me having to be nitty gritty in all the details. And so it was so funny to me, because like I had Andrew texting me, my husband now. But um, he was texting me kind of like questions about like, when we were doing things, and so he wasn't as involved. And so he had more questions than I had. So it was just kind of funny. But yeah, it just, it was perfect.
Sharon Rumsey 3:40
My favorite memory from that day as as we were leaving, I went to give Katie a hug. And I said Was it all that you dreamed of? And she said it was so much more? Yeah. And that just made my whole entire that made every single second worthwhile when you hear a bride say that?
Michael Gaddie 3:55
Well, I love it when I was lucky enough to be at the wedding. Yes. And, you know, I've been to a few weddings and work with a few brides that are a little panicky. You know, they she doesn't know she's nervous. Yeah. As soon as I saw you get out of the bus with a limousine. I mean, you were you had a smile on your face. You were happy go lucky. I mean, you can tell just by looking at you that you were having fun and enjoying the day. And if anything, that's one thing that abroad should do is just enjoy the day. Don't get caught up in it.
Kristina Stubblefield 4:31
Okay. I have a question though. From that. Do you remember the people that were there? Do you remember the day?
Katie Hill 4:37
I do. So I just got those videos back. And I honestly remember every single moment that they captured it. So many people don't I know. I don't I don't know.
Sharon Rumsey 4:47
I was so calm and so happy the whole day.
Kristina Stubblefield 4:51
So she had the space to enjoy. It used to be That's awesome. Yeah,
Sharon Rumsey 4:56
yeah. Yeah. And I think one of the good things that You know what I hear her talking what I hear as a planner is we work so closely together. And also with Mike, same thing that I think we knew Katie well enough that I felt like I could answer for her. And I knew what she would want. And one of the things that comes to mind is you bought the monograms, the wooded monograms. Yes. And we weren't really sure what we were going to do with those. And when we decided to session around the cocktail tables, I ended up loving the look. But I didn't feel like I had to run in and ask Katie is this okay? Because I felt like I knew Katie well enough that she would like that. Yeah, I think it's really important to let your vendors get to really know you so that they feel comfortable making a decision on your behalf.
Michael Gaddie 5:41
I mean, really, you know, things. Sometimes things happen at weddings that that the bride doesn't even know about. But I can honestly say at Katie's wedding, it was just as smooth. And you know, I wasn't nervous. I wasn't panicking. I was I was excited to be there. Yeah. And seeing you and all your girls. I mean, you all like you're having a blast. And from the beginning to the end.
Katie Hill 6:07
Yeah, yeah. And I will say I think that that also really helped me the people that I had chose to be with me that day getting ready. It wasn't overwhelming to me the amount of people but they truly were the people that I wanted to spend most that day with, I think I you end up spending more time with your bridesmaids in your group than you do with your real husband at the end of the day on your wedding day. But each person had a role like like Abby, my sister in law, she fixed my eyelashes that were like coming undone or got got stuck to my my face. And then we had someone re curling my hair a little bit because it was hot. Like everyone had a role and they all helped out.
Michael Gaddie 6:44
I have to say it was hot that day. It did it was shockingly, it was
Katie Hill 6:51
so shocked by that but a
Unknown Speaker 6:54
beautiful day better than beautiful day.
Kristina Stubblefield 6:56
We with Katie's permission, we will share some of these photos out and I know you used I don't want to mess up their name. It's honey
Sharon Rumsey 7:03
and bee photography out of Nashville, Tennessee. The photographer's name is Kinsey hammock, and she actually was a god wink for us. Yeah, Katie had originally had a different photographer that became unavailable. And I had worked with Kinsey before and just fell in love with her. And so we gave her a call. She was available in May. And you guys when you see these pictures,
Kristina Stubblefield 7:24
one thing that just stands out to me and I believe this has come up before on an episode. I see it looks like your bridesmaids all have different style dresses, same color, but different style dresses. Sharon, we you're seeing more of that right?
Sharon Rumsey 7:40
A lot more? Yeah,
Michael Gaddie 7:42
that's very trendy right now.
Sharon Rumsey 7:43
They're just letting the Girls pick what they're comfortable in and staying within color palette.
Kristina Stubblefield 7:47
And what color was this? Katie?
Katie Hill 7:50
Kristina Stubblefield 7:51
It's considered dusty blue. Yeah. Wow. And the flowers. Mike, what would you what? summarize this for us?
Michael Gaddie 8:01
Well, what we used was blue hydrangeas. We used a white cabbage rose, which is one of my favorite. There was little touches of baby's breath in there. Dusty Miller, the Dusty Miller is the same color as the dusty blue gowns. Very soft. Very, you know, very romantic. And the way the garden she had the wedding in the garden, and I'm sure you also show some pictures there. I mean, the garden was absolutely beautiful.
Kristina Stubblefield 8:32
Sharon. I think Mike did a much better job describing those flowers than we would have, right?
Sharon Rumsey 8:37
Yes, that's why that's why I was trying to get my mic stays on speed dial. Yeah.
Kristina Stubblefield 8:42
Right. Beautiful setting just absolutely gorgeous. And this was a castle Lynn and castle
Sharon Rumsey 8:48
and key distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.
Kristina Stubblefield 8:51
So Sharon Pena, walk us through you all walk us through this day.
Sharon Rumsey 8:57
One of the things that I loved about well, I just I love Katie, I've known Katie for a long time. But um, some of the things that really stand out to me that made Katie's wedding unique was that she had such a vision for what she wanted. So it wasn't like Mike and I really had to come up with a lot of design. We just listened to what Katie dreamed and then we figured out how to execute that. And I think that's always a plus when a bride really knows what she wants. I also one of the things Katie did that stood out to me was she wanted some time with
Kristina Stubblefield 9:30
Andrew, that we're seeing right now the first look, that's my dad with
Sharon Rumsey 9:37
some time with Andrew that morning. So they actually were able to, they didn't separate the night before and they were actually able to have breakfast together on wedding day, and I've never had a bride do that before. And I really loved that and I felt like it calmed both of their nerves, that they shared breakfast together that day, before Katie came to hair and makeup.
Katie Hill 9:56
Yep. And we also exchange our gifts too. So that was like a private moment just between too without all the hustle, yes. And no one was photographing you or anything like that. So that was nice. Oh special,
Sharon Rumsey 10:06
right. And then um, when we did hair and makeup I actually commandeered. We had a hotel block. So I actually come into your three hotel rooms. So we did hair in one room makeup in another room. And then I had another room that I think it was Katie's brother's room. Yep, we kicked them out. But we made them make the bed and have the room perfect so that we could go in and do pictures in a clean room with a bed that was made. So it was like not stressful at all during hair and makeup because we had enough room for everybody to spread out.
Kristina Stubblefield 10:38
That's an interesting point there because it can it's a lot of stuff getting spread out in a room and
Sharon Rumsey 10:44
Katie was able to go room during the visit as she wished rather than being crammed in one room with 20 people Yeah, cuz
Michael Gaddie 10:50
those rooms you that look like a tornado, right? Yes. So
Sharon Rumsey 10:54
that's my new trick is I now take hotel rooms away.
Michael Gaddie 10:57
Something that I thought was very unique and very special was Andrews dad. Yeah, did the ceremony did and he did an absolute wonderful job. Yes, he did. It very, very touching. Very emotional. I don't know how he did it to tell you the truth. Because I would have stood up there and bawled like a baby.
Katie Hill 11:21
He didn't I worry, watch the video he really didn't cry was here. He held himself
Sharon Rumsey 11:26
together very well. Yeah. Another thing that really stands out to me is I hope that you guys will look at the pictures because it's just hard to describe it. Castle and key has a sunken garden. And that's where our ceremony was, and it's just gorgeous. So there were a lot of decor details in that that I hope we can share. cocktail hour ended up being probably my favorite area. Honestly,
Kristina Stubblefield 11:49
what we're looking at right now are gorgeous.
Sharon Rumsey 11:52
The wooden sashes there. That's what I'm talking about where we sash the cocktail type on the bottom. But my favorite moment from her ceremony was Katie is one of four children but has three brothers. And they were her flower men. Yep, they were that was Andrew. They came down the aisle to Mambo number five and did let's just say they did not disappoint.
Michael Gaddie 12:16
Oh, they did great. Yeah,
Katie Hill 12:18
yeah, that was a good way, um, three of them. And so we had six people in our wedding as wedding party people on each side. And so I really didn't feel like it was fair to ask Andrew to have my three brothers be half of his groomsmen but I really wanted them to be involved at the end of the day. And so it ended up being like so special, that that's what they ended up.
Sharon Rumsey 12:37
I remember standing back and you know, I always stand back and tell people when to walk. So the rest of the bridal parties day on and I've got Katie's three brothers and you literally could see their legs Twitch all day where they were so ready to go. And they wore iridescent cowboy hats and fanny packs to keep their flowers in. Yeah, yeah. I just remember that moment where it was me and her three brothers and like everybody was I mean, I was just giggling like, it was so fun. It was Yeah. Well,
Michael Gaddie 13:03
and one of them was just enjoying it more than the Oh, yeah. No, I mean, it was just it was
Kristina Stubblefield 13:08
a kick. Okay, so I see a signature drink here that this involved your dog, right? Yes,
Katie Hill 13:12
that is Nala. So we could not have her at the wedding because she's a dog. So that was our way of incorporating her.
Kristina Stubblefield 13:22
That is so adorable. And so you did a first look with your dad. We mentioned that briefly. I
Katie Hill 13:28
did yet my goal was to get him to cry. And I succeeded. We talk about the gift. Yes, yeah, we can. So if you go back, you should be able to see it eventually. But I got him cufflinks and I put our picture in it when I was a baby and I was at a wedding with him. And so that was like our first wedding that we were at. And then our song was I loved her first. And so I wrote on there I love to you first only.
Sharon Rumsey 13:59
There was some tears being shed during working with Katie's dad throughout the 18 months we work together. He's pretty stoic. He's an accountant, you know, matches the matches the
Kristina Stubblefield 14:10
disclaimer, she doesn't mean anything towards like,
Katie Hill 14:13
I'm an accountant, too. So we're tell accountants,
Sharon Rumsey 14:14
I guess but anyway, John's pretty stoic. He kids around a lot doesn't show a lot of emotion. And, you know, Katie's Mom and I had talked like wonder what he's gonna do and I was lucky enough to be standing off to the side. And I saw it and he was he was just starting to cry. He was like, okay, okay, and then he turned around because he was losing it. Yeah. And he said Peace I'm out peace out so that in that video that's
Kristina Stubblefield 14:40
when you lean your head back in that picture when he was like peace out? Yeah. Oh, and I see the wooden sharing referring back to the wooden things are about how adorable
Katie Hill 14:49
Yeah, that came
Michael Gaddie 14:50
out. Go back a few more pictures. Right. Say word that there was a cake topper and a dome. Thank you. Gotta go the other way. I'm sorry, the other way. Okay. Right there. Yes. Tell us about this.
Katie Hill 15:05
This is I was just very old in our family. I don't even know great, great grandma some great, great, great, great, great. Yeah, I gotta add all this G's in there. But
Sharon Rumsey 15:13
the reason I know that Sargon Katie's Mom wrote out
Kristina Stubblefield 15:18
card. This is from her wedding.
Katie Hill 15:20
They are great, great grandma's sick times.
Sharon Rumsey 15:24
Katie's Mom, Pam wrote out a card that explained the story of this. But we had a memorial table. And that's Katie's grandma in the red dress, okay, that you see there. But yeah, on her memorial table, you can see the card that Pam wrote. And that's been in their family for all these generations. And it was very important to them. But of course, we didn't want to put it on top of a cake. Because for one thing, I was terrified the whole entire day that something was going to happen to it. So we used it on the memorial table. And I just think it was the most special touch and having the card there that explained to guests the significance of that piece. Yeah, yeah, that
Kristina Stubblefield 16:02
is amazing. Yeah. And we had it
Sharon Rumsey 16:05
displayed at cocktail hour instead of in the reception where guests had a time to, like, you know, look at the card and look at the pictures,
Kristina Stubblefield 16:12
and really understand the significance of that we
Sharon Rumsey 16:15
actually had a photo album as well of people that had passed away.
Katie Hill 16:18
Yep, yep. So that was all the people that were important to us. And Mike did a great job of making that look pretty too and incorporated because it was an ugly wooden base at the bottom.
Kristina Stubblefield 16:29
That people are always looking for unique ways to incorporate sentimental items or people that could not be there.
Katie Hill 16:39
Or it was a way to make it not sad to it wasn't a sad thing. No, like, what if you I don't know that there's actually a picture of it. But that's my Nana there. And then like we have wedding photos of the other people that have passed, I sold the home over to the guys yes, my grandparents on my mom, my mom's side. And so and then Andrews grandparents are there as well. And so I thought that was so cute to never forget
Sharon Rumsey 16:59
wedding, Katie's grandpa, Papa J. who I love. He came in that picture of that beautiful lady, there is his wife. And he got a little misty and he said, That's just how I remember her. Yeah. And that was a really special moment that day as well. Because he wasn't sad. He was just remembering.
Kristina Stubblefield 17:20
And for those that are listening on the podcast, the video will be up on YouTube. And I'll see if there's not a way for us to incorporate those pictures since we're referring to them a lot in it. So if you want to go and check that out, nevermind the dog toy that you may have seen in the beginning of the
Sharon Rumsey 17:35
video. They're amazing pictures. I can't I cannot shout out Kinzie enough,
Michael Gaddie 17:43
she did amazing. She
Katie Hill 17:44
was so present throughout the day. I mean, okay, can you talk about how you guys were bustling? My dress for me and Kinsey's on the ground? Mike's holding things up and Sharon's there and like my mom's nowhere to be found, right. She's socializing. So they had to like bustle my dress for me and it's like, Does that not mean that you have a great team? That for you?
Sharon Rumsey 18:05
Whatever they Yeah,
Kristina Stubblefield 18:06
Mike, would you like to admit how many dresses you've been under?
Michael Gaddie 18:13
Sharon Rumsey 18:15
that one mother the bride that got stuck in the dress? Yeah.
Kristina Stubblefield 18:18
Yes. Yeah. And so this was what what is the what do you call this here? Mike? What's this atmosphere of this here? Uh I don't want to say rusty put me on the spot. Rustic chic. No,
Michael Gaddie 18:34
it's rustic rest Atmos a rough dish.
Kristina Stubblefield 18:36
I mean, that's what I was thinking. But then I was like, Yeah, that's what it looks like to me.
Michael Gaddie 18:41
That was a very unique it because it was not a barn.
Kristina Stubblefield 18:45
Is that what you are it like rustic chic? Yeah, I
Katie Hill 18:48
think so. It's it's called like the shipping building from it's actually an old bourbon way. Yeah. Yeah. I like to the romantic vibe to it too.
Kristina Stubblefield 18:57
That's why I almost hesitated when I said rustic chic because it's just got a little bit different vibe. But
Katie Hill 19:03
we yeah, we incorporate rustic chic. So we took like the gold Jafari chairs and put those with the farmhouse tables, and then the farmhouse chairs with the white tables to try to just mix everything in together.
Michael Gaddie 19:15
The market live? Yes. The chandelier. I mean, it was it was very perfect for that. That host said yes.
Katie Hill 19:21
There's a fireman. And
Kristina Stubblefield 19:22
yes, I love the fanny packs of the sunken garden that you referred to earlier. I mean,
Michael Gaddie 19:28
and it was nice because she had also had when she had her dance with her dad and the first dance and all that she also danced with all her brothers that was very
Sharon Rumsey 19:36
dance to you've got a friend and me from Toy Story up and they all cut in. And then my husband was actually Katie's DJ, and he's been DJing I think 35 years and kind of like your dad not. And I looked up and Ron had tears in his eyes when she was dancing with his brothers. And he told me when he ate dinner that night, he said that's one of the coolest moments. I remember.
Kristina Stubblefield 19:56
As Sharon This is one of your favorite things. Whether tears Yeah,
Katie Hill 20:00
If you keep going event I did a first look. But there were still too you know we didn't do for it's not for all but you saw each other. Yes, yes. True. Yeah. Yeah.
Kristina Stubblefield 20:07
So there we go. There it is. Yeah.
Katie Hill 20:09
There's the tears. What a beautiful setting.
Kristina Stubblefield 20:11
Absolutely gorgeous. Like
Sharon Rumsey 20:13
really? The gardens gorgeous to start with. But if you guys get a chance to look at these pictures, shout out to Mike. He really really just rocked that added.
Michael Gaddie 20:25
She told me what you want it. Yeah, yeah. And we kind of ran with it. That's cute. And
Katie Hill 20:29
yeah, I mean, you You I like you made it come to life. Like I don't even remember what we talked about half the time. I was like, I don't like this. I think that these aren't pretty. So can you cover that up? And like, can you make this look good. One
Sharon Rumsey 20:42
of the things I remember too is Katie, Katie had a photo opportunity. She had a photo wall that a family member had built and it was really, really cute. But they kind of didn't get the measurements just right on the legs. So the legs were kind of sticking out. And honestly, they weren't pretty when we set up. And so I called Mike because I was there the night before. And I called him and I said, Hey, you know, these legs are sticking out? I don't love them. Can we do something? And I'm telling you what, he covered the legs of that flower wall. It all looked like it was 100% intentional. Like we had planned it for 18 months. Yep. And it just added so much to it to it and got the legs out of the way. We're nobody would trip on them. We didn't have a safety hazard. It was He did such a nice job.
Kristina Stubblefield 21:29
Thank you. I'm looking at a bunch of different family photos. And that setting is just gorgeous for wedding party. Anything. Absolutely. So the the dances with the special dances. And then let's talk about the reception. So what did you decide on for food? Let's walk through.
Katie Hill 21:53
Yeah, we had chicken and green beans and mashed potatoes.
Sharon Rumsey 21:58
He was she had the best cheesy potatoes.
Katie Hill 22:01
It was it was honestly so good.
Sharon Rumsey 22:03
I actually reached out to the Kate No joke. reached out to the caterer when I got assigned side dishes for my family for Thanksgiving. And asked for the recipe for the cheesy potatoes. Scallop potato. What do you call them scout?
Katie Hill 22:15
Potatoes? Yeah, yeah. So that was cool. She did. I mean, it was a great, it was just great.
Sharon Rumsey 22:20
One of the things I loved about Katie too, was so considerate of her vendor team. I always tried to do a vendor table because your vendors are there with you all day long, and there's no place for them to eat. She was fine with that. We did a vendor table and then all of her vendors ate along with her guest. And it just it really made everyone feel very appreciated and fed. Yeah. And it was kind of a time for the vendors to take a breath and rejuvenate a little bit before we went back to work on the rest of the reception
Kristina Stubblefield 22:52
that looks like she thoroughly was having a great time.
Sharon Rumsey 22:56
They had a great time.
Katie Hill 22:57
Andrew takes credit for that photo.
Kristina Stubblefield 22:59
He does. Yes,
Katie Hill 23:00
he's like, See, I made you do a dip and you got that photo.
Kristina Stubblefield 23:05
I'm just so glad that you remember the day remember who was there to celebrate with you? Because that's such a big thing. When we talk to people that are like, it was gone in no time. It did go
Katie Hill 23:17
by very fast. I will say that like it goes by so fast. But I yeah, I truly do. I just I attribute it to like I trusted my people. I was confident in marrying Andrew at the end of the day. Yeah, it's like this is just here to have fun. Like, that's all that's the whole thing.
Kristina Stubblefield 23:34
So you did the traditional dances Did you do the other traditions with I saw you do the cake cutting? Did you do bouquet and Garter? Or did you
Katie Hill 23:42
not do that? No, we didn't. And I'm kind of glad that we did it. Because I I think we took up some time like with the brothers doing a dance that's kind of a bit different. And so at that point, it was like Okay, let's get everyone on the dance floor. Like it's time to have some fun.
Sharon Rumsey 23:55
That was planned out perfect. Katie also had a plated meal and I love a plated meal. I think it's such a nice touch. But it does take a little more time right? Sometimes. So I think that we would have really shorten her time for dancing. Had we done those kinds of things?
Katie Hill 24:09
Yeah. That's my brother crying at the father daughter dance.
Kristina Stubblefield 24:13
And the market lights just a very a wonderful touch. Especially towards the end of the evening. That's very, very for the evening. I'm sorry for the dancing portion. Yeah. Market lights. I do feel like that is popular. Yeah, a lot of people talking about that.
Michael Gaddie 24:31
Okay, one thing what what? What grabbed your attention that day? And you just, you remember the most?
Katie Hill 24:41
Oh, geez. I guess I would say seeing Andrew down the aisle. And I also remember he he just like held my hands so tight. And one of the things like okay, you can listen like a little bit standing there, because he was just, yeah, he was nervous and just holding on. He's like, I'm here. So yeah, I that was my most favorite memories just seeing him because he he prefaced the whole thing with Hey, I'm not like super emotional guy like, I'm not gonna cry, don't get upset that I'm not gonna cry. And then we come down and he's already crying. My dad's like Andrews crying and then I start crying because I was just like, oh gosh. So
Michael Gaddie 25:17
I tell you what if, if, if some I go to a wedding and I cry, so I mean, people that doesn't cry, or especially a groom that doesn't cry there.
Sharon Rumsey 25:26
I still cry every time. It's always that moment where I fluffed their dress that last time and I say, Okay, go. There's just something like my belly kind of hurts a little bit and I I start to feel like I'm gonna cry happens every time. Oh, yes. John's gonna kill.
Katie Hill 25:46
I'm not kidding about it. He did it. Yep, my dad. I'll say it. He lifted up his shirt in the middle of the dance floor, because he was having that much
Sharon Rumsey 25:53
and Kinsey is such a good fit. I know. She caught it. It's like
Katie Hill 25:57
five seconds. I cannot believe that. She caught that. As he seen that photo yet. Yes, he knows. Okay. It's a signature move from his. Okay. This,
Michael Gaddie 26:09
this was a balloon. Let's talk about that. Because that was. Let's let's talk about
Katie Hill 26:13
that. But I did hear some things that happened with the balloons.
Michael Gaddie 26:17
I've never laughed so hard. Was it
Kristina Stubblefield 26:19
about them being tangled?
Katie Hill 26:21
Yeah, and the water bottles did not work.
Kristina Stubblefield 26:25
We're not gonna talk during this portion but
Katie Hill 26:28
but look at the picture opportunity
Sharon Rumsey 26:31
came out so well. Once again. Thank you Kinsey. So I
Michael Gaddie 26:37
love sharing. Sharon probably won't do that. Again. She want to come up with something.
Sharon Rumsey 26:41
Katie? What did we decide? Like a month before? Maybe? Yeah, I
Katie Hill 26:45
could not figure out as much as I knew so many things. I couldn't figure out how I wanted to do the exit the photos.
Kristina Stubblefield 26:50
Absolutely gorgeous blue. It was when I wish we had video of about five minutes before this.
Sharon Rumsey 26:57
I don't know if Katie really even knows what happened. I know now a little bit more.
Katie Hill 27:01
But I didn't know
Kristina Stubblefield 27:02
about the scissors. Yeah, I
Katie Hill 27:04
had to cut off all.
Kristina Stubblefield 27:06
Sharon can't say what she says
Michael Gaddie 27:08
Sharon was just
Sharon Rumsey 27:10
she told me that she wanted to do this. But why did balloon exit and I've done it before and it was not a problem. And I'm like, Oh, sure. Like we'll get that, you know, not a big deal. Well, I called the company that I had always used for lighted balloon exits, and they would not travel as far as Katie's venue.
Kristina Stubblefield 27:27
And the venue had very strict guidelines. Yes. About very strict
Sharon Rumsey 27:31
Michael Gaddie 27:33
did you know that in advance,
Sharon Rumsey 27:35
I'm getting there. Okay. So I ended up calling eight different places to try to find a balloon vendor. And apparently helium
Kristina Stubblefield 27:43
one 800 Call Sharon.
Sharon Rumsey 27:45
Apparently helium has gone up quite a bit and not as many people are doing it. Now. I called my best friend Mike. He literally laughed in my face and said, No, I'm not doing that. So I found a vendor. I found a vendor just literally off of Google. And hired this vendor. Funny
Kristina Stubblefield 28:05
thing is is Mike didn't know you're referring to him. Oh,
Sharon Rumsey 28:09
I 100% was referring to you. So anyway, I found someone to do it, and they came to deliver them. And when I talked to the venue about doing it, she said, Well, you're gonna have to sign a release. Because we are a distillery. And it's dangerous for any balloons to be released and then get into any of our equipment or anything plus their neighboring farms. Animals could be hurt, you know, and I'm just thinking, oh my god, I just I just wanted a balloon, like that's all I wanted. So they tell me that I will have to personally sign a release and that I will be responsible if any balloons go up into the air if any balloons are injured and that I could keep my clients damaged deposit if any balloons were actually released into the air. So I'm like okay, well this is a shared move because I'm now telling 150 Drunk people to hold their helium filled balloon and not release it into the air. So I came up with the idea that if I tied a bottle of water on to the balloon, they would not only have something to hold but I'm making drink they're giving them a bottle of water I'm hydrating him right before they go out to go home with all their alcohol on board. So it all seemed like a really good idea. We got the case of water never even like ran it by Katie or anything we just got it done. What I did not know is how I was with Katie into hair and makeup when they came and delivered the balloons. They put them in a storage room that had a huge ceiling fan at the top. So wow, how the balloons did not float to the top because they were tied to water. The fan ran all night long so the ribbons on the balloons just got all twisted up but I know I go pro of this. I don't realize this until
Kristina Stubblefield 29:56
right before you need them like 10 minutes before I have 10
Sharon Rumsey 29:59
minutes To get this exit accomplished the venue's telling me you know, 10 minutes, we're turning on the lights, I have 10 minutes, we go into the storage room, Rachel, my assistant and I and they are completely tangled up as we bring him out. And as I'm bringing him out, the bottles of water just start falling off. They're rolling all over the ground, we're tripping on them like it is, it is
Kristina Stubblefield 30:21
just before after the scissors.
Sharon Rumsey 30:25
My best friend Mike is doubled over laughing at me not offering to help me at all. We carry him out waters dropping off of them brawling everywhere, I'm like, let's just get the picture. We'll pick up the water in a minute. Like, let's just, you know, get her her pictures. And there was the sweetest little intern working at the venue who kept trying to untangle the balloon. So now I'm down to like eight minutes. And I kept telling this intern, we don't have time for that. We don't have time for that. So finally, I looked at my assistant and said, Give me some scissors. And as the poor girl is holding all the strings of the balloons. I just grasp above her hand and I just cut them right out of her hand and didn't say anything. You just cut them. I did maybe I did maybe say an F word.
Kristina Stubblefield 31:14
Did it belong with a friend. And I got you had an 18
Sharon Rumsey 31:22
and then we started passing out the balloons and we I went and got Katie and Andrew brought him out the side door and we had our photo and no one except for me, Mike and maybe some other people saw that I I had a moment.
Michael Gaddie 31:36
And out of all that we I think there was only one balloon that
Sharon Rumsey 31:39
was one balloon was let go. They did not make me pay for it.
Katie Hill 31:44
That's great. And I was blissfully unaware
Kristina Stubblefield 31:47
when looking at this photo that we're going to share with people. Yeah, this person right here to the left of you who's having a fabulous time.
Katie Hill 31:58
My mom, that's your mom. Yeah.
Kristina Stubblefield 32:00
Yeah. I mean, she's like, we made it through it.
Sharon Rumsey 32:03
Pam was so much fun all day long.
Kristina Stubblefield 32:05
I mean, yet that photo is.
Katie Hill 32:10
See, yeah, they, it's all attributable to looking at
Sharon Rumsey 32:13
your dad's face to
Kristina Stubblefield 32:15
salute. You know, looking through these pictures, and I've done it quickly. I'll tell you what I see is love and joy. Yep, yep. I'm everybody that was there. And you know
Sharon Rumsey 32:25
what, I would do the whole balloon thing again for this picture.
Kristina Stubblefield 32:29
Well, and this isn't the only one. I mean, there was other ones too. But that absolutely was Katie. I
Michael Gaddie 32:35
just wish you had a recording of what was going on and being said, right before you got out.
Katie Hill 32:43
You're not alone. Oh, yeah. And honestly, even if I had known I don't think I'd be worried about it. I don't know. Do you got your balloon? Yeah, Sharon, would it come through Sharon had it so it's it's all good.
Sharon Rumsey 32:55
Honestly, my in my first career I spent every day in an operating room and I don't think I ever felt as stressed in the operating room as I did that night with those balloons. Every time I turned around to look at Mike he was hands on his knees bent over like City
Kristina Stubblefield 33:09
was wondering what the barrel he was like lean.
Sharon Rumsey 33:13
tears rolling down his face. laughing.
Michael Gaddie 33:15
I thought I was gonna record. I was laughing too hard.
Sharon Rumsey 33:22
Oh, great. It was something.
Kristina Stubblefield 33:25
So is there anything you would change from your day?
Katie Hill 33:29
Not from that day? No. But we do have something. Yes, I do have some things that I would change. I answered I so I guess the wedding ended at 11 ish ish. So we went back and we had a flight to catch that next day to get to Jamaica for our honeymoon. And so we got up at 4am After our wedding.
Kristina Stubblefield 33:53
Wait, you didn't get once you get back to the hotel.
Katie Hill 33:57
Like midnight, but then we went to hang out over friends. So we didn't really we didn't
Kristina Stubblefield 34:01
even go to bed?
Katie Hill 34:02
Oh no. We went to Well, I tried to go to bed. Andrew went straight to bed. So then I was the one that was putting on the alarms and like getting everything together. And then his dad drove us to the airport. But I would not recommend that. I would say give yourself a day because it was painful.
Sharon Rumsey 34:17
I remember it was so funny. We went to eat breakfast brunch, whatever you call it at Cracker Barrel, my my husband who was Katie's DJ and my assistant, and we went and lo and behold who's there but Katie's parents and all her brothers are at the Cracker Barrel and they were all like, you should have seen him like it was all you know, like, they were exhausted and it was like noon. So
Katie Hill 34:44
I distinctly said to Andrews dad, who is waiting for us at the lobby that I had to text say we are coming I promise that we're up. We are surviving. Or not thriving. Yeah. Wow.
Kristina Stubblefield 34:56
Give yourself more time.
Katie Hill 34:59
Yeah, yeah. 100% I believe on leave on my long
Kristina Stubblefield 35:02
day. Yeah, I mean, you started at what time the day of your wedding. Actually, we
Katie Hill 35:07
we had two people for each thing. So that helped us with our time. So it was like nine we had to hair and then my wedding was until six. You did breakfast at nine. We what? I came a little bit later, but Andrew and I got up and just kind of did our own thing. And then everyone was at hair and makeup at nine that so my girls were there. Yeah. But
Sharon Rumsey 35:24
Katie came in a little bit later after she finished breakfast.
Kristina Stubblefield 35:27
16 hours? Yes. Yeah. The normal wedding
Sharon Rumsey 35:31
day for me. Like my clock is about 1920 hours usually. Yeah, I mean, you're exhausted.
Katie Hill 35:37
Yep, definitely give yourself a day. And I also will say, in these ever changing times that we're in, I probably wouldn't have gone international. Only because it made me stressed out to take a COVID test right before my wedding. Because I was like, it's all over. Yeah. If you test positive, you're your weddings canceled. So I would not recommend, but it was great. You know, worked
Kristina Stubblefield 35:58
out of the country. Yeah. Tested to come back.
Katie Hill 36:01
Yep. Yep. Which is?
Sharon Rumsey 36:03
How far ahead of wedding day did you guys get your test? I don't remember. I had to do it that
Kristina Stubblefield 36:07
Thursday. Isn't it 48 hours? Or is it 48 to 70? It
Katie Hill 36:11
was yeah, 72 hours before your flight. And so we did it the Thursday before. But just being a worrywart kind of that was like the only thing that stressed me out at the end of the day,
Kristina Stubblefield 36:22
but that's a really good point, though. About Yeah, going out of the country and stuff for your honeymoon. No problems.
Katie Hill 36:28
No, no problems. No, I broke my phone the first night. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Right. I mean, answer nice first purchase together as was my new cell phone.
Sharon Rumsey 36:39
Where did you guys stay? What do you have to tell us about that?
Katie Hill 36:41
And we stayed in an all inclusive, it was a new place, the excellence club in Jamaica. And it was great. My son and daughter in law went there. Oh, really? Yeah. Yeah, it was. It was gorgeous. And everyone there was so nice. I loved like the all inclusive atmosphere. And we kind of just got so much needed sleep and rest, and relaxation. And just time together at the end of the day was so great. But we didn't really do a whole lot. We just kind of leave. Yeah, yeah. Yeah. So that was nice. And I didn't realize how tired I really was because I was having so much fun. Leading up to it. But then when I got there, I was like, Oh, I'm going to like sleep.
Sharon Rumsey 37:20
How's it been? Like, since you've gotten home and kind of settling into life? You were so like, so hands on with your wedding planner? Has it been like what am I supposed to do with my time? Like,
Katie Hill 37:32
I do feel like I have a lot, a lot of time. I'm not really questioning it. Like what do I What should I do with my time, but I miss my people that I used to talk to you all it's so sad. But yeah, it is. It's like you're you're so invested in then it's 24 hours, it's over. It's crazy how fast it's
Sharon Rumsey 37:51
hard for me to I get so close to my to, especially to my girls to My Brides. And then when wedding day is over, I feel like I'm not gonna see him anymore. So this has been nice to get to see you. And well, that's
Michael Gaddie 38:02
one thing being a vendor, you know, I mean, I have been doing this for a long time and you become close to people. And then the days there and then they're gone. It's like well, okay, turn the page next on the list. Yeah, that's what I hate about my job. I wonder
Sharon Rumsey 38:16
if our couples would be shocked at how much we sat around and reminisce about our couples. Do you remember Katie's wedding? Or do you you know, do you remember it Chelsea's wedding when this happen? Or, you know, we do that a lot like parents sitting around talking about their kids kind of Yeah,
Kristina Stubblefield 38:32
yeah. Well, because not only is the couple invested in their immediate family, but your whole wedding team is for that day, so well. And
Sharon Rumsey 38:41
also Katie's Mom was with us at just about every meeting. And the way we talked about Katie's temperament on wedding day, her mom was exactly the same way. She never worried about anything. I remember saying give you know, one of the things I say to my people a lot to my brides and bridal party stuff is I'll say, give me an adjective. Tell me how you're feeling. Because you know, they come off with stressed or scared or whatever, then I know what I need to do. And I remember saying to Katy, give me an adjective and she was happy. I'm just happy. And so I go to Pam. I'm like, Okay, give me an adjective. How are you feeling? She said, Joy. She was not worried about a thing. She She literally took in every single moment of watching her daughter's wedding day and you
Kristina Stubblefield 39:26
can't want more for anybody else. I think then yes, that
Michael Gaddie 39:31
well, and you know, it, we spent, what was it? February, we went to conky. And we met that's when I met you all for the first time. And then we met at the shop. And then we did the shower. That was very, very
Kristina Stubblefield 39:44
fun. Yeah, people are talking about that show.
Michael Gaddie 39:47
Yes. And then we had the wedding and I mean, it was Thank you. It was It filled my life a whole lot, you know, for that for that for that year. It was it was
Sharon Rumsey 39:56
such a people business and this this year has been so hard. So To feel appreciated like you guys made your vendors feel and to feel included and cared about. I agree like tons of gratitude to you guys, because it made our I mean, it'll be in my heart forever, it was very, very special seems
Kristina Stubblefield 40:14
like this is an event, there's just some of those that resonate, and it just always comes up. You always think about it. And I feel like for you both how you've talked about it, it is definitely one of those events. Well,
Sharon Rumsey 40:29
in every every single couple, you know, like we've talked about so many times, we do this every weekend, but it's their one and only, they deserve 100. You know, like we've said, percent of us every day, but there are some clients that you just get really close to. And you know, it's it's sad when it's over a little bit. It really is. It really
Katie Hill 40:50
is sad. Yeah. But also our day could not have happened without these two people right here. So. And that's so true. At the end
Sharon Rumsey 40:58
of it. I think one of the things we did that I'm happy we did, is asking Mike to stay on site, because we did repurpose some things from the ceremony to the reception. So I think having him there, it always makes me feel better when he's there. Because I know that always makes her feel better does it 100% does, you know, and he was able to take some of the ceremony flowers and cover up the legs of the firewall, that kind of thing. So I think when you're able to have more of your vendor team on site, I think that's really, really
Michael Gaddie 41:29
big. And we came up with more stories and we'll share those with you.
Katie Hill 41:33
Oh, I have some stories that Sharon's gonna love to Oh, no.
Kristina Stubblefield 41:39
That's all right. Okay, so let's close this out. Yep. Okay. You have a new couple that's listening. They just got engaged. Well, what would you share with them?
Katie Hill 41:53
One hire wedding planner, too, though, I think you need to, you need to really sit down and think about what your goals are. So we have a video on here and Andrews dad, he was our officiant. And he got up and said, kind of like what we had wanted for the wedding before they started the ceremony. And our number one goal was we wanted everyone to feel like family. Don't worry about something going wrong. Just be here and have fun. You're here we're going to celebrate together. And so we had that goal throughout the day and throughout the whole wedding planning process. And so I think that that really created this event that it was a big event. But at the end of the day, I felt like everyone just felt so loved all together. And we were all so close, even though there was 100 some odd people there. So I would say make your priorities. And if that's your priority, then you plan around that.
Sharon Rumsey 42:44
Amazing, awesome advice. That's all a mission. And mission accomplished. Yeah. Yeah. Everybody loved your wedding. Thank you. Yeah.
Kristina Stubblefield 42:52
Well, thank you so much for coming in to share all this with us, Katie, because it was great to talk to you beforehand. And then after Sharon, Mike, anything else? I mean, we could talk to her for all day. hours. Right. But Katie,
Michael Gaddie 43:05
Katie Hill 43:06
Absolutely. Thank you for having thank you
Sharon Rumsey 43:08
for sharing, you know your life with us and your your planning journey with us. And
Michael Gaddie 43:13
and we're looking forward to the future too, because we're still here still. Other events. It's
Katie Hill 43:17
I got three brothers. So
Kristina Stubblefield 43:20
notice she pushed that off? Yes. All right. Well, thank you so much. And for those listening, you heard us talk a lot about pictures and some video as well. We'll get that pushed out on our social media. And you can see the video from this episode we're recording on our YouTube channel. Katie, this is going to help so many other people that listen to this episode. So it's been a lot of fun reminiscing with you, but this information and how it's going to carry on and help people. You don't know how many people you're genuinely going to help by opening up and talking about it. So thank you.
Sharon Rumsey 43:56
And if you want to have a first anniversary party we're in we'll do it
Kristina Stubblefield 44:01
Okay, thanks everybody for tuning in. Make sure you subscribe on your favorite podcast platform. And as Sharon always says, Mike, what do we what are we looking for?
Michael Gaddie 44:12
A glowing five star review. Enjoy
Kristina Stubblefield 44:14
listening did Sharon have to cheer and have to work that day? No. Oh no. Do you have
Michael Gaddie 44:20
gotten it out to be perfect? Glowing? Five Star right? There's
Kristina Stubblefield 44:25
no. Okay. Until next time, take care. Thank you for tuning in to this episode of The Ring The Bling And All The Things. If you liked what you heard, make sure to hit the subscribe or follow button on your favorite podcast platform to get notified of upcoming episodes. You can also visit our website, ringblingallthethings.com where you can join our email list and get notifications about you New Episodes and other information you can also follow us on your favorite social media platforms
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