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Oct. 13, 2021

She Knows What She Wants

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In this episode, co-hosts Kristina, Mike & Sharon sat down with bride-to-be, Katie, to discuss her thoughts, feelings, ideas and what she is most excited about with her wedding less than a month away!

Tune in to this episode to hear a bride-to-be’s engagement story, why she is using her three younger brothers as flowermen during the ceremony, all about her castle venue and about the most unique bridal shower idea we’ve heard yet!

Don’t miss this episode! Kristina, Mike & Sharon sat down with Katie, a soon-to-be bride, and talked all about her wedding planning journey, her biggest struggles and what she is most excited about on her wedding day.

Listen to this episode to hear a bride-to-be’s advice on not comparing your wedding to others… knowing what you want, staying true and making it personal by incorporating things into your ceremony and reception that are truly, uniquely you and your fiance.

BY THE TIME YOU FINISH LISTENING, YOU’LL LEARN about a bride-to-be’s struggles, her thoughts, feelings, ideas and what she is most excited about with her wedding less than a month away!

Are you close to your wedding day? Share with us your struggles, wins, thoughts and feelings about your wedding planning process and tag us on Facebook or Instagram @theringtheblingandallthethings 

While you’re there, make sure you follow us @theringtheblingandallthethings so you can see behind the scenes where me, Mike & Sharon will take you from engagement to your wedding day and beyond with The Ring, The Bling & All The Things 


Michael Gaddie  0:00  
There is nothing we love more than talking to a real love rod. And we have one of our favorites with us on this episode.

Sharon Rumsey  0:08  
How do you combine a castle, a distillery, a sunken garden and your three besties is flower man all into one amazing wedding.

Kristina Stubblefield  0:17  
Check out this episode as this bride helps us understand how you can make a wedding uniquely your own while still guaranteeing a fantastic time for your guest. 

You got engaged. Congratulations. Happy. Yes, joyful time. Of course. Now what timelines to do lists and checklists. 100% Don't worry, you're in the right place. Welcome to The Ring The Bling And All The Things. Hi, I'm Kristina Stubblefield, one of your hosts, along with my two good friends, Michael Gaddie . And Sharon Rumsey. We have over 50 years of wedding industry experience between us. We have seen it, heard it, done it and found a way around it. We are here to get you from down on one knee to down the aisle. Our podcast will cover everything from you saying yes to the I do's and all that happens in between. So buckle up and enjoy the journey. Now let's get started with this episode.

Sharon Rumsey  1:37  
So excited for this episode. Our guest today is not only one of my absolutely favorite people in the whole world, but she's also one of my clients. Ladies and gentlemen, we have a real life bride on today. She's getting married in less than a month. And we are on countdown. We're sliding into that wedding day and she's going to share everything about her feelings, her most enjoyable things, her biggest struggles and maybe some things I don't even know she's going to share. You mean

Kristina Stubblefield  2:07  
she's gonna share all the things with all

Sharon Rumsey  2:09  
the things awesome. So my favorite doodle dog mom, Katie Hill, Katie, tell us a little bit about yourself and that cute guy that's gonna be up there at the end of the aisle.

Katie Hill  2:23  
Okay. My name is Katie Hill future Katie cow, me. And Andrew and I met at in high school Actually, we weren't even driving it. And so we were highschool sweethearts, and he would come pick me up every day before school. And like, bring me sweet treats.

Sharon Rumsey  2:40  
We'll see that boy.

Kristina Stubblefield  2:43  
Yes. Sounds like a keeper.

Katie Hill  2:45  
Yeah, so we've been dating forever. I think he's been dating me a quarter of my brother's life. Which is crazy. But

Kristina Stubblefield  2:52  
I've already heard a little bit about these brothers. But I know that's coming up later in the episodes.

Sharon Rumsey  3:00  
So tell us a little bit about your engagement.

Kristina Stubblefield  3:03  
The story the story? Yes. We love the story.

Katie Hill  3:07  
Okay, well, it was actually Andrews birthday of all things. And so he knows that I do not like to get my Christmas presents early. His birthday is December 23. But he was telling me I had to get my Christmas present early and I was adamantly against it. And I said, No, I don't want to get I don't don't tell me I don't want to know bla bla bla. But he convinced me that we were getting pictures with our dog Nala and I kind of had an inkling that something might be going on. So I made sure to get my nails done. smart girl, and my hair curled. And we took pictures on the farm that my horses at the front of my neighborhood. And the whole time leading up to it. He told me he's gonna propose before the beginning of the year, so December 23 was kind of gave us Yeah, I was like, there's got to be something. And by but the whole time he kept messing with me being like, did you see something on the Christmas tree? Did you see this? Did you see that? And so I never really believed and I tried to like search his pockets during the pictures. But I couldn't feel anything. Um, and then we got to a fireplace and he he like we turned back to back. And then he turned around. I said stop. You're making me nervous. Like you're making me think you're gonna propose he goes well, I'm glad because I am and I want to spend like the rest of my life with you. Oh,

Sharon Rumsey  4:24  
oh, hey, you guys. He's the sweetest guy. He's good. I cannot wait for their wedding. I'm so excited. So I know when you called me. I loved it when I heard your venue because it's unique and different. Tell us a little bit about your venue and why you chose your venue.

Katie Hill  4:42  
Okay, yes, it is castle and key distillery in Frankfurt. And I've lived in Lowell my whole life and I had never heard of it before, but it's a really cool place. We ended up choosing it because I wanted an indoor outdoor feel. And I wanted it to be really fun and so we get to get married in front of the castle and a guard In. And then we get to have a beautiful reception in the shocking building that has all these string lights. And Mike's gonna make it really pretty.

Michael Gaddie  5:11  
Make everything and I wanted

Katie Hill  5:12  
it to be an experience. I didn't want it to be just

Sharon Rumsey  5:17  
Mike, what do you think about her venue now that we've done a site visit? Well,

Michael Gaddie  5:20  
we've been there and just the unique of the shapes of the buildings, the garden, the lights, I think everything is going to be so unique and different from every day with

Sharon Rumsey  5:36  
the sunken garden is gorgeous. I love a garden wedding anyway. But we were just there about a week and a half ago, and everything's in bloom. There's flowers everywhere, it's it's just going to be stunning. I'm so excited for that. And I love that you wanted it to be a whole experience. What kind of vibe Are you trying to create? What kind of like vision are you having?

Katie Hill  6:02  
Well, I think the biggest thing to me is that I wanted it to be a really fun, like, fancy venue where people got to dress up. But at the end of the day, I wanted it to feel like home to everyone. So I didn't want anyone to feel like oh my gosh, if I break a glass or I spill this drink, that it's going to be detrimental to Katie's wedding. And it's going to be horrible that this happened. And so no brides Ella moments like nothing like that. So I just love that it created an intimate feel. But you could still have a large amount of guests. And they could have a lot of fun and a different experience. But at the end of the day, it was truly Andrew and I and our relationship that set out the most out of the whole venue.

Michael Gaddie  6:44  
By perfect. One thing I like about the venue is from where your wedding is, to your or your reception is just flow so easily, they're going to get up, they're going to walk across the courtyard or one of the garden and go right into where the reception is. And I think that's a good flow. And most of the time you have to go upstairs or downstairs or go to another building, or whatever it is. This is a really smooth transition.

Sharon Rumsey  7:08  
I love it.

Kristina Stubblefield  7:09  
I know you all are talking about venues. But we left out a really important event, the shower. We have to kind of talk a little bit about the shower because I at least got to experience that

Sharon Rumsey  7:24  
Katie did have I got the honor of being asked by the moms as we call them. Both Andrews mom and Katie's mom to also plan her shower, not just her wedding. And that was super fun for me. And tell them what you wanted. I won't speak for you.

Kristina Stubblefield  7:44  
So take the microphone she normally go for

Michael Gaddie  7:48  
a while you get it?

Katie Hill  7:50  
Well, I think the first thing is that I wanted one big shower. I think that as Brides, you're kind of pulled in a lot of different directions string, your time being a fiance. And quite frankly, my family's really busy. So it was just easiest. If one we could just have one big shower logistically, but also I didn't want it to be like my mom's throwing me a shower. And then Andrew sponsoring me I shot that division. Yeah, the division between the families. It's really important that you know, you're both coming together as one, at least for me personally. And so the biggest thing to me was that they both through it, and they both had a piece in it. So Sharon introduced us to the reserve, hosted by the refinery. And it was just a gorgeous venue that was just created. And Mike had a great floral lesson that I think everyone's going to copy.

Sharon Rumsey  8:37  
Now we want to talk about that a little bit more. So we I know, when I met with you You said I just remember it vividly, you said I don't care what we do, but I'm not playing all those cheesy games. So that puts me in my my planner hat on like, what am I going to do to fill this time? And what did we come up with?

Katie Hill  8:56  
We had Mike and he brought all these beautiful flowers and he taught us all how to make floral arrangements. And that was their home like the thing they could take home at the end of the day. Are you hearing any feedback?

Sharon Rumsey  9:06  
feedback from your guests? Like are you

Kristina Stubblefield  9:10  
it? Does anybody have anything to say? Did I like

Katie Hill  9:12  
it? Yes, I was told so many times that it was the most fun shower that anyone has ever been to. And I really liked like so I have older people in my family and the older ladies really loved getting to learn how to make a bouquet. But then all the younger people my age we I just I loved it. I had a great time. I was laughing the whole time. Like it was so much fun. So first I'll

Michael Gaddie  9:33  
be honest with you, I was a little leery about it. But I thought you know what, let's try this out. And I enjoyed it. I mean, even after it was over, I would say at least five to six ladies came up to me and said hey, can you do this for me in my office or I mean it was just it was quite amusing.

Sharon Rumsey  9:50  
A lot of the guests you know they would come up to me and they go do we really get to take this home this is and I'm like yeah, cheers. And it was a full on like a florist had major flowers. arrangement was gorgeous,

Michael Gaddie  10:01  
and everybody did a great job. I mean, everybody did. So

Kristina Stubblefield  10:04  
fun. And we played just one little, not a cheesy game, but just a fun game while Mike was kind of setting up. And then we had a great lunch and did the flower arranging. And I thought it was an absolutely perfect afternoon, it was just everything I could have asked for. So as a person that got to observe it, I was there to actually capture most of it. And I think the thing that surprised me the most was you had, and I'm not gonna name ages here, but you had from one end of the spectrum to the other. And not a, I don't remember seeing a single person on their cell phones. I don't remember, people were talking at their tables, but they were talking about your flowers, and they were so engaged in what was going on. And that to me, you know, a lot of times I get to be in the back of the room and kind of what's going on. And I was so surprised at how in tune people were with learning to do this, even the younger or any millennials or anything like that. You You weren't like two or three of them sitting there be like, yeah, I'm not gonna do that. They, they were all doing it and seemed like they were having a great time.

Michael Gaddie  11:16  
And we made it simple to so it would be fun. And you know, hats off to you.

Kristina Stubblefield  11:21  
I was such a unique shower, one that you enjoyed. But that was also memorable for your guest. Because I don't know how much that really happens out there. Like you said, you're pulled in so many different directions. You were you actually seemed to really enjoy that day.

Katie Hill  11:39  
I loved it. Yes. And I cannot take all the credits. Obviously, I had a great wedding planner and florist to put it all together. But yes, I think that was the most important thing.

Sharon Rumsey  11:48  
I think one of the things that I appreciate the most about my time spent working with Katie is Katie does. She knows what she wants. She has a vision in her head. But she's so so sweet about it. But when she communicates with me, I'm able to actually see what she wants to happen. And I think that I've gotten to know her well enough now that that I could answer for her. And as a wedding planner, that's super important. Because on that wedding day, I need to be able to know what would Katie do. That's, that's what I need to have in my head so that I can represent her. And I appreciate your open communication. And when you said I do not want to play those cheesy games, I was like 100%, no games. That's all I just need to know, what do you want to do? So it was super fun. I had a blast. Let's talk about one of the things that I think is really unique about your ceremony and you don't have to give away your secrets because we're gonna have you back on. Okay, tell as much as you're comfortable sharing. We're three weeks out from the wedding. We're gonna have you back on afterwards.

Michael Gaddie  12:51  

Kristina Stubblefield  12:54  
I know. But Sharon's just dying to get into this. But don't forget, you get to come back. And we want to recap everything is the oldest of four children.

Sharon Rumsey  13:03  
Yep. And Katie is the only girl so she has three younger brothers, how are we incorporating these brothers into wedding day?

Katie Hill  13:12  
They are going to be flower men. And they got to pick their own outfits and their own song to go down the aisle to?

Sharon Rumsey  13:21  
And are we going to share that today? Or we'll share it later when there's photos.

Kristina Stubblefield  13:25  
I can do either. I don't we'll wait with the photos. I'll speak.

Michael Gaddie  13:28  
Yeah, cuz I think that will be amazing.

Kristina Stubblefield  13:30  
There'll be but I've kind of heard and our audience is going to want to tune back in for this.

Sharon Rumsey  13:37  
Can I just tell you that Katie has made it such a fun experience for her vendor team. So we had our DJ meeting the other night, and her mom had a big cookout and had myself the DJ, Katie's brother was there. Katie's? Well, two of Katie's brothers were there. The groom's parents were there and we picked all the songs and we played songs in the living room and chose songs and just just had a blast. So I think everything about this wedding has been super fun. But there had to have been a struggle. What if you could pick it has been your biggest struggle. I feel like this is gonna shock you actually. Oh, um, was it choosing your wedding planner? No. Okay, good. Okay, anything else?

Kristina Stubblefield  14:25  
Sure, Katie. Now you want to get that out of the way.

Katie Hill  14:29  
I have thought a lot about this. And I think that probably a lot of brides feel the same way that I do in this era of 2020. Right is like the era of brides right? Everyone's getting married. Everyone's getting engaged. And so I really struggled with feeling pinched between multiple different weddings at different times. You know, like, I know everyone who's getting married right now and trying not to compare my wedding to their wedding, or feel like I had to do this thing because They did this thing. Um, what helps me is that I did know what I wanted. So I think that I truly tried to stay true to myself regardless of that. But I think a lot of brides right now we're all feeling that kind of way of, oh my gosh, is it really special for me because I'm in this one month, and then my friends getting married this next month, and then this month, and then this month. So that was a struggle that I had at first.

Sharon Rumsey  15:21  
Well, I know just in your friend group I'm doing for weddings, where you guys all know each other. And I've heard that from from other brides as well, that it's it's hard.

Kristina Stubblefield  15:32  
You know what, though, but what I hear you saying is, you want to be respectful of those other events, but you still want that special feeling for your event.

Sharon Rumsey  15:43  
And she's an apple, you know, I'll say why don't we do this? And she'll go, Well, I don't want to hurt someone's feelings. They

Kristina Stubblefield  15:50  
I think they're doing that or, you know, and it says a lot when you say you're hearing some of the same things from the others a very calm, that must mean that you have a very special friendship and circle of people that you're with.

Katie Hill  16:02  
Yeah, yeah. And I think we all felt that way. And I think you got to make the best of it. At the end of the day. It's always nice to bounce ideas off each other. But it is truly something that I think everyone's going through right now.

Michael Gaddie  16:14  
Well, I think, especially young girls and your age, I mean, that age group is is your friends and everybody get married or real close the same time. So I think a lot of people deal with that. That doesn't want to say that, you know,

Kristina Stubblefield  16:27  
they don't know how to talk about it or not talk about it. I

Sharon Rumsey  16:30  
did a wedding back in June. And literally, the bridal party Katie was one of those bridesmaids, but I could go she's my client, and she's my client. Yeah, and I love that I love you know that, that that friend group, my name is out now and that they trust me. But I do hear it a lot. Yeah, they don't want to step on each other's toes.

Kristina Stubblefield  16:50  
I have a question for you. When you first got engaged, what were you most excited about in regards to the wedding planning? on the spot? I don't know wedding planning is preparing for the wedding and things what was one of the first things you were most excited about? Honestly, I was just excited to get married. That's a

Katie Hill  17:16  
good answer. And I truly knew nothing about wedding planning, which is why sharing was our first hire. But I guess I was just excited. I honestly had been dreaming of that day for so long. And I knew things that I wanted to do that. Maybe like not everyone was doing. And I wanted to incorporate but probably like, seeing my dad for the first time would be like one thing. Oh,

Sharon Rumsey  17:39  
I love it. Yeah, I love it. And you're gonna do not only a first look with your dad, but we're gonna do one with our flower men as well. Yeah,

Kristina Stubblefield  17:49  
yeah, I cannot wait. I

Michael Gaddie  17:50  
can't wait to see that.

Sharon Rumsey  17:52  
I think it's gonna be really, really cool. And I think another cool thing is your ceremony. Tell us about your officiant.

Katie Hill  18:01  
Our officiant is Andrews dad ordained online. But um, I think that just really goes back to my whole theme was, at the end of the day, we're having actually a pretty big wedding.

Sharon Rumsey  18:14  
But your guest count now. Well,

Katie Hill  18:16  
we started at 220 inviting to 20. We're at about like 160 right now with rsvps. But I never wanted anyone to feel out of place. And to me, Andrew and I didn't have the same pastor growing up all the time. And so it didn't really feel right to just have someone that knew me, come and marry us or someone that knew Andrew, come and marry us. So we really wanted someone who could speak to both of us and speak to both of us growing up and so we wanted to include Andrew stat in that way.

Michael Gaddie  18:44  
I think that's amazing. That's cool.

Sharon Rumsey  18:46  
He's He's very, he is very much taking it seriously. You guys he has he reached out to me and asked for his own meeting. And if a meeting between myself and the officiant he didn't Katie didn't come Andrew didn't come just because he wants to make sure that he gets it right. And I love that I'm so excited for that.

Kristina Stubblefield  19:04  
I can I keep going? How many dresses Did you try on?

Katie Hill  19:09  
I went to two stores. Less than 10. I know that. Really? like seven?

Kristina Stubblefield  19:16  
Okay, sorry. I just randomly thought I was like, I'm wonder if she only tried on one or two. Now I was between one or two. But you were between one or two. Okay, I just chose the perfect I get a feeling that you kind of knew the direction you wanted and what you were envisioning. So that's why I wonder

Katie Hill  19:34  
I think I thought that so I thought I wanted something simple

Kristina Stubblefield  19:37  
until you started trying them on. Yes.

Sharon Rumsey  19:39  
The nice thing about you is simple.

Katie Hill  19:42  
Sharing is no my true colors. Um, but yeah, I actually went with something different than what I thought I was going to go with.

Kristina Stubblefield  19:51  
Sorry, Sharon, that just randomly came to me and I just wondered since she was so new her vision what what she ended up with But I think you should I think girls, it anyone out there should try on different outfits to find what they really like got in different stores? I don't think I don't see any problem.

Sharon Rumsey  20:11  
I mean, not at all. And honestly, a lot of girls think they know what they want until they start trying them on. Yeah. So super, super close to your wedding. I mean, we are, we are sliding into wedding week. How are you feeling? What are your thoughts? What are your feelings because there are other brides out there listening that at some point are going to be right where you're at.

Kristina Stubblefield  20:33  
So what what is going through your head there as you listen to Sharon?

Katie Hill  20:38  
Honestly, I'm just ready to get married. And I know that there's a lot of little pieces right now it feels like have to come together at the end of the day. So but I'm getting packages to my door like every two hours. Yeah, it is the fun part, all the Etsy things that I've purchased. I'm a little nervous just to see it all come together. But honestly, I'm just ready to get married at the end of the day. And I think when you have a team of people that you trust, it's really not as hard as it seems,

Kristina Stubblefield  21:07  
doesn't seem stressed at all.

Michael Gaddie  21:09  
But you know what you said the right exact thing, because I mean, we talk about that over and over and over. If you're at write a team, then you don't have to worry about anything she's hired. And I can tell by looking at her face that she's she's not worried about anything. And that's the way it she's

Sharon Rumsey  21:25  
excited. And she's excited. Yeah, that makes me feel like we've done a good job, you

Kristina Stubblefield  21:29  
really hope that for every engaged couple out there. And in all honesty, I know we talked about using wedding professionals. But when this is what they do, and this is their profession, this is the end result, being able to sit here have a conversation, and not be like, Oh, don't mention this, oh, don't bring this up to me. You know what I mean? You seem very relaxed. And I bet you're going to be one of the few people that remember most of what happens at their ceremony and the reception because you're going to be able to be part of it. not worried about this and not worried about that. You're going to be able to mesh right in and have a great time. Another

Sharon Rumsey  22:13  
thing that Katie is a superstar at she she's like I said she communicates clearly you know what she wants. But she also knows to let the professionals be the professional, she doesn't micromanage. Because I think sometimes when you put your vendors into too tight of a box, and you don't let them do I mean, planning weddings is how I take care of my family. I'm not kidding around.

Kristina Stubblefield  22:35  
I leave them leave them some room to breathe and do what they do.

Sharon Rumsey  22:39  
So let me do what I do. You know, florals is how Mike takes care of his family. He takes it very seriously. So you have to let us do what we do. And she's been so good at that and open to suggestion and new ideas. And I'm just pumped for it. I'm so ready to go. I cannot wait and I can't wait to have you back on and share with all of our listeners like everything,

Kristina Stubblefield  23:00  
all the details, all the details, maybe

Sharon Rumsey  23:03  
some things you thought you would feel or thought would happen that didn't and like crying, like crying. So Katie's mom, who I've actually known Katie's mom for about 30 years. And very good. You know,

Kristina Stubblefield  23:19  
maybe we could get her to come in with Katie. Oh,

Sharon Rumsey  23:21  
she wanted to? She would okay.

Kristina Stubblefield  23:24  
If Katie fine.

Sharon Rumsey  23:27  
Literally like a joke with us now that we're keeping a tally of how many times Pam cries because you literally can say okay, we're gonna try on socks now and Pam's gonna cry about this. We are just so I mean, there are to show me

Kristina Stubblefield  23:42  
how is she gonna make it through the day?

Sharon Rumsey  23:44  
I have it on my assistants notes that anywhere Pam is there should be tissues I know. But is there a makeup artist to follow around and

Kristina Stubblefield  23:52  
worried about the makeup and not the makeup artist? I'm sorry. But is there somebody to have her like a little thing that you know, for the

Sharon Rumsey  24:01  
paper straight? I'll keep it straight. So we end every episode with rapid fire questions.

Kristina Stubblefield  24:06  
now. Wait a second. We can't wrap it up. I have questions. For ideas over a year. You mentioned florals and Sharon just zoom right

Sharon Rumsey  24:15  
on past. Sorry.

Kristina Stubblefield  24:17  
Excuse us. We're gonna conduct the rest of this. Okay, Katie. So talk to me about your florals or your decor. You know, Sharon mentioned a little bit about your vision. But I mean, come on my gosh, you should be asking these I'm seeing some of your ideas. For those listeners out there. What was what's the vibe or what was that?

Sharon Rumsey  24:38  
What are your secrets? No, there

Michael Gaddie  24:41  
was certain things that Katie wanted automatically right off the bat she already knew she knew what she wanted. I mean from the little details such as Did

Kristina Stubblefield  24:48  
you have a Pinterest board you took in with you?

Katie Hill  24:50  
Oh yes. Yeah, yeah I'll planner.

Sharon Rumsey  24:53  
Okay as a design studio in it. That you know, shout out to I plan our planner i'm not i'm not paid by them. Anything to endorse them, but we are able to log Mike on. And as a designer, you know, when he knows he has an appointment coming up, he can look and see all the pictures that The couple has chosen in which Kristina is looking at over

Kristina Stubblefield  25:15  
here. Yeah, I'm getting an inside scoop.

Michael Gaddie  25:18  
Yes. Well, with all the whites in the creams, and that's so I love that. That's just that's, that's, that's, that's why I mean that I'm excited to do it, actually.

Kristina Stubblefield  25:30  
Yeah, that seems like when I first glance at that, timeless is what I just thought of when I saw those images

Sharon Rumsey  25:37  
in my Quinn, we do a ceremony outside. And we're already in a garden. And there's already I mean, this, this place is lined with hydrangeas, and does that make your job easier? Or harder? Because you have to kind of make everything mesh?

Michael Gaddie  25:52  
No, he doesn't. Honestly, anything. And when it comes to florals, it doesn't make my job harder. I mean, you add flowers to anything, it's going to make it pretty. I know. And I mean, this is a beautiful canvas to even start with, with the bushes going down the aisle and the lighting and we're going to add candles and that kind of thing. No, it doesn't make it harder. I mean, actually, it gives me creativity, that we've got a whole different canvas that we're not used to such as a church, or a reception area. It's kind of fun. It's fun, because it's something totally different. Like the little house I don't want I wanted to call it like a little.

Sharon Rumsey  26:30  
I call it the mushroom, mushroom house.

Michael Gaddie  26:33  
We're gonna decorate that. And I think that's great. We'll have pictures of that to show too.

Katie Hill  26:38  
I think we're excited to You did a great job. You took a tour with us to go see the vignettes so important. Yes, that was really important. But there's also things that I didn't really love that I wanted a cover up down the aisle. And so it was really cool to see how we could incorporate florals and make it look like it was on purpose. But it really was covering something up that I didn't like,

Kristina Stubblefield  26:57  
oh, we'll have to see pictures that

Sharon Rumsey  26:59  
that's another great tip. Especially if you're at a venue that your floral designer is not familiar with, asked him to come out to a site visit because they need to know,

Kristina Stubblefield  27:10  
and also what she just said, if there's something that you're just not a real big fan of ask how, how could that look change or a cover up or so to speak what you just mentioned? Well,

Michael Gaddie  27:22  
like Sharon said, y'all were there a couple weeks ago, and she snapped me pictures. We got to do something about this. We got to do this. This is horrible.

Sharon Rumsey  27:28  
Katie doesn't like that.

Kristina Stubblefield  27:31  
x x, and it's

Michael Gaddie  27:32  
okay. That's what makes it fun.

Sharon Rumsey  27:33  
And he kept texting me back. I have a plan. I have a plan. And that's what I want to hear that there's a plan.

Kristina Stubblefield  27:39  
In all honesty, I did want to talk about decor just a little bit. But before you completely wrap this up with rapid fire questions. What do you want to share out there? I know that you have said you've listened to the podcast before. So you know how this works. What do you what would you like to share that we haven't asked you about the floor is yours Hurry, before Sharon takes over the microphone

Katie Hill  28:01  
about the wedding or about my advice. by either way.

I, I have my one piece of advice. I've been thinking about this for a really long time. And I think that in this season of getting married and all the crazy, the most important thing is that you stay true to yourself and your fiance, whoever that may be. I am most excited about my wedding because I'm incorporating so many things that are truly just Andrew and I. And at the end of the day, and I can look back on other people's weddings. And I think every bride does this to you kind of like see what you like about their wedding and see what you don't like and what you would incorporate or something. And the thing that stands out to me the most I like went to a wedding one time. And it was not my taste at all. Nothing I wouldn't have done, personally anything that they had done, but I don't remember those things. I just remember it was truly them. And it stood out to me because it was what they wanted. So I think that my piece of advice is just stay true to yourself. Stay true to the person that you're getting married to incorporate those things that are little pieces of you throughout the wedding, and then everything else will just fall into place.

Michael Gaddie  29:12  
I think that's perfectly sized. Yes. Because the Met. And we've said this before, the main thing at the end of the day is it's all about YouTube. It's not about the wedding, even though we're we're part of the wedding and we're making it come alive. But still the main thing is you to become an united. So that's the main thing.

Sharon Rumsey  29:32  
I leave a wedding and I always as we're packing up, I'm always listening to what guests are saying. And I say this to brides all the time. I never hear boy that was a crappy plate they gave me to eat off of or I didn't like my seat. What I hear is they really love each other. You can tell they really love each other and when I hear that I sleep good because I know we did a great job. Yep. And I'm looking forward to it.

Kristina Stubblefield  29:58  
Anything else you want to share? As an avid podcast listener, if not Sharon's gonna hit you with some rapid fire questions. any part of your journey or anything before the big day? This is the last chance you have to talk to us before your wedding. No pressure

Michael Gaddie  30:21  
we may have to circle back around

Kristina Stubblefield  30:23  
she's not stressed she's not I can't do anything.

Michael Gaddie  30:26  
Oh, love her that that is always got a smile on always

Sharon Rumsey  30:29  

Kristina Stubblefield  30:31  
She's trying to be excited. Shoot it.

Sharon Rumsey  30:33  
It's my favorite part. I'm ready. Okay. Okay, you can and you probably already know these because you listen all the time. I thought you were gonna change them up. You cannot say your family and you cannot say your dog. What can you not live without? And remember pumpkin spice season started yesterday. Just saying to pull a to pull a really did not know that. See? did not know that. Okay, Mike,

Michael Gaddie  31:03  
do you run towards the dance floor or run away from the dance floor? I bet you run right to it. Don't do

Katie Hill  31:09  
it. And I okay. It depends on how many things of liquid courage I have a

Kristina Stubblefield  31:15  
good answer.

Sharon Rumsey  31:17  
We just talked about this at her DJ meeting. Because the DJ was like, you know, are you going to be a dancer and and he will always tell you a DJ will always tell you that the guest follow the bride and groom's example. And she was like, well, I might need some liquid courage. But after that, I'm ready. Okay, well,

Kristina Stubblefield  31:35  
speaking of liquid courage. I'm is Yeah, it's twofold. Favorite shot. Right now Lemon Drop. Okay. And your favorite drink of choice. Alcoholic Margarita. Margarita. Should have known that. She said chipolte day.

Michael Gaddie  31:54  
Well, Katie, we're counting down and I cannot wait. I'm looking forward to. I'm going to be there to see you walk down the aisle. So I'm really excited about that.

Kristina Stubblefield  32:02  
He's gonna hang with us. Okay, I have one last question. What is the picture you're looking most forward to looking at? That's a good after your wedding. When you get your photos back. I'm not talking about the next day challenge.

Unknown Speaker  32:19  
Which one?

Katie Hill  32:20  
Okay, so Andrew and I are not doing a first look. So we're spending the whole time not seeing each other. So I want to see the picture of him when he sees me down the aisle

Kristina Stubblefield  32:30  
that is Sharon's favorite thing if to do is when a girl or when the bride goes down the aisle she wants to watch.

Sharon Rumsey  32:39  
And I always make sure my bride is set and fluffed and puffed. And then I just look at the grain the rest of the way.

Michael Gaddie  32:46  
I cry every time. The goal

Kristina Stubblefield  32:48  
is to make him cry. Now is your dog gonna be part of your ceremony? I've heard it mentioned a couple times.

Katie Hill  32:53  
We love our dog, but she can't come to the distillery. bacha? Yep. And she really wants her to make a trip.

Kristina Stubblefield  33:00  
Yes, well, thank you so much. I think I've been wanting to ask that question. And she seemed like the perfect one to ask because

Sharon Rumsey  33:07  
no one Katie she's thought

Kristina Stubblefield  33:08  
about it. Oh, she you can tell him an answer. She thought about it. All right, we can't wait to have you back. Good luck on your day. I'm sure it's gonna go great. You have a excellent team with these two right here. And I'm sure all the others that you've chosen. Thank you for taking time to come in and talk to us. But we can't wait to have you back. We'll let you go on your honeymoon and have a little bit of time. And we'll wait for you to reach out to us. Unless a couple weeks go by then we'll probably got to call you. Okay.

Michael Gaddie  33:37  
We'll get that scheduled your mom in here too.

Kristina Stubblefield  33:39  
Yeah, bring your mom with you too. That'd be fun. So thank you for everyone listening. If you haven't subscribed, make sure to go to your favorite podcast platform and hit the subscribe button. If you like what you hear,

Sharon Rumsey  33:51  
leave us a glowing five star review.

Kristina Stubblefield  33:54  
All right. Until next time, everyone wish Katy the very best on her big day and we'll be back with another episode to follow up with her soon, everyone take care.

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