Oh haiiii!! 

Kelly here. Still planning gorgeous weddings. Still loving collaborating with fabulous vendors and darling brides. Chugging along on the quiet but steady train. Learning a new pace. 

As could be anticipated, my life has been completely flipped on its side following Lilly's entrance into the world. Everything is different. My marriage, my time, my body, the way I think, the way I make decisions, the way I eat... so many aspects of who I am have changed.

It seems across the board in all avenues of life right now that there's an ushering in a season of transition. People taking new and leaving old jobs. People moving. New births, new deaths. Engagements, marriages, divorces. Weather changing. Physical relocations. New construction. Nashville itself is ENTIRELY different than it was five years ago, one year ago. It's incredible witnessing it all. Life changing before me! The world changing before me.

I haven't always been very adept at adjusting with change. Sometimes I'm in denial -- I brush off the inevitable and just assume "it'll take care of itself." And time always DOES take care of itself, but at the same time, if you just start aimlessly wandering somewhere you may end up somewhere you don't want to be. Intentionality is very important.

One of my favorite speakers talked about holding on loosely to things of this world, of this life. (I've mentioned it here before.) It always makes me think of that Anthology song even though the subject matter really isn't that related. I will give myself credit that I have been MUCH better about opening my fists and going along with transition as it comes as of late. (God, please don't test this assertion, k?)

One of those areas has been my business.

As this year has progressed, I have had to face the fact that my business is not the same as it was one year ago, nine months ago, or even three months ago. I've tried to keep a VERY open mind about how I operate. I have to! I don't know what every month will hold, and I have to take it little by little. Things that worked for me a year ago, two years ago, don't necessarily work for me now. I've been HONING my business. I'm picky about the clients I work with. (And I L-O-V-E that. My clients are amazing!!!) I know better what types of jobs I work the best on. I know better what workload works for me. And I know that things will continue to change, especially in the years to come. So I'm working on changing with it all.

I literally have to ask myself regularly, "Who am I now?" As life goes on, it becomes more limited (in a good way). With limitations, you have to make choices and prioritize. INTENTIONALITY. What relationships do I want to continue to pursue? What direction do I want to go with my business? How do I want to spend the time I have every day, every weekend, every evening? 

Everything is a choice. It's that way with wedding planning too. You have a limited time period (i.e. your engagement) to plan your perfect event. You have a million decisions to make. You must prioritize what you want in every avenue of the planning process.

So I'm here! Honing away. Making decisions, right or wrong, learning from mistakes, living life, planning weddings. I do love this career. I love my business, I love my clients, I love the life it enables me to live.

Thank you for the part you play.

september life updates

I swear I keep blinking and suddenly another month has passed, or a season has gone by. As I was driving yesterday morning to a Nashville Wedding Planners Group meeting, I rolled the windows and sunroof down and turned on some Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffet. Wind tousled my hair, the warm sun shone down on me, and I breathed it all in -- "This is summer bliss, right here!" Thoughts of coconut water and crystal seas came to my mind. And then I remembered... it was the last day of summer. WHAT?

who says tennessee porches can't be beachy?

who says tennessee porches can't be beachy?

I kept complaining that I wasn't doing enough summery things the past couple of months. I wanted to go to the pool more often, make a batch of homemade ice cream, get outside and catch fireflies or something. Sit on the front porch more, anything! It irritated Drew whenever I'd say that, since he felt that we had a perfectly great summer and did plenty of fun things and I wasn't giving it enough credit. And perhaps we did. We did go on a wonderful vacation, see the ocean, go to the pool (once), made lots of key lime pies, and took a few walks. But it was REALLY hot. Too hot to go on walks most days. Too hot to sit out on the back deck or front porch for longer than a few minutes. Too hot to go to the zoo. You know, Tennessee really sucks that it gets so hot and humid (WITH NO OCEAN BREEZE) in the summers. You really have to be out on a body of water (read: boating) to fully enjoy it, I feel like.

At least fall means the weather is nice! It's still a little unbearably warm today, but there were a few morning hours of blissful 72 degrees. And more is coming. The evening temps are going to be dropping, daytime hours will be more comfortable. And hopefully it won't rain too much.

I'm going to be in denial that winter will soon follow. That's literally the worst part of fall.

For whatever reason, my summer got cram-packed-full with weddings and my fall ended up light and slow and peaceful work-wise. I am 100% happy with that, too. For the first time in 5 years, I'm getting to enjoy weekends in September and October! I am loving every minute with little Lilly Beth and she gets more fun with every passing month. She is such a giggly, sweet girl. She's super talkative, blows the funniest raspberries (especially when conversing with her father), and loves songs and even sings along with me on occasion. I am so grateful for this slower work season for ample family time.

LB at four months - such a sweet girl!

LB at four months - such a sweet girl!

I remember last year (in the midst of one of my most demanding Septembers ever) seeing houses near Cheekwood with haybales and pumpkins on their stately front porches. I thought to myself, "Huh! Must be fall soon, I guess." Now I am having the opportunity to buy mums and keep them alive and decorate my mantle with polka-dotted glittered gourds. To plan a zoo date with the little girl whose eyes light up when she sees new things. To bake an apple pie. To throw a baby shower for a close friend, for pleasure. To take barre classes and mama-baby yoga, and learn what it is to practice self care as a new mom. To actually go to church, and take walks and go on little day hikes enjoying the foliage.

There's a new season on its way! I can't drink a pumpkin spice latte like I'd like to (#diabeticprobs), but I'm taking advantage of this fall. Fall free of sorority recruitment, free of work-packed weekends, free of CPA studying and test dates. Free fall for me!

some fall-y inspiration for you -- via amy nicole & le parfait

some fall-y inspiration for you -- via amy nicole & le parfait

If you need me, I'll be wearing ankle boots and orange scarves, cheering on Tennessee college football (from a distance -- I don't actually care about it enough to watch a game in person), lighting harvest-scented candles, dressing my baby in ridiculously cute Halloween outfits, and wrapping up 2015 wedding season in a beautiful slow-paced (but still efficient) manner. PS -- We already have several 2016 dates booked up and plans underway, so don't waste too much time if you need some assistance for your next-year wedding. :)

Happy fall, y'all!


I'm late to the game in posting these images of my daughter Lillian's sweetly Southern nursery, but better late than never!

One of the very first discussions my husband and I had upon finding out we were expecting was how to outfit the baby's nursery (#priorities). We tend to have very complementary interior design tastes -- we're typically drawn to a more neutral palette, natural-finished wood, lighter colors, and anything subtly evocative of the sea. (Although sometimes we do go overboard -- there are actual seashells lining the surface of our garden tub at the present moment, but I'll forgive that.) As much as we both love the whitewashed ultra-neutral nurseries of Restoration Hardware lore, we knew we could take some liberties to go bright and whimsical for our little one's room. (It is a child's space, after all!)

Initial ideas of the "theme" were Adventure (too "Pinteresty", IMO), Maps (also overdone), Sea Creatures (love them but don't love the premade cutest "sets" they sell at baby gear outfitters), Lilly Pulitzer (obviously a big influence but didn't want it to be identical to my office and I can never pick just ONE favorite print), and Flamingos (also love but there is such a thing as too much pink).

Drew was really pulling for the Maps/Adventure thing (esp when we were both convinced Baby Dellinger would be a boy) and I could get into it a little -- I've seen gorgeous antique watercolor maps in Savannah bookstores of the SC/GA coastline that are to die for. However, a $400 framed vintage map wasn't really in the budget and I didn't want to get too too themey. (Too many maps and you look like a Subway station, amirite?) 

Then we moved into our new house and found out we were having a Lilly. Drew was even more insistent upon painting the nursery a girly hue (which was a bit of a sallow pale green upon move-in) than I was. We found the perfect color, Beach Trail by Behr, and decided to subtly decorate the room with things influenced by our favorite city, Charleston. The color palette is reminiscent of Rainbow Row (and a project is in the works for a legitimate Rainbow Row-shaped bookshelf Drew's going to make!) -- bright pastels and beachy shades. We framed a couple of watercolor maps of the city and Isle of Palms, my maternity shoot was taken downtown so there are images of baby & me in her nursery city, and the room is replete with all the fixings of a sweet little Southern belle -- monogrammed wares, seersucker, Lilly Pulitzer baby shifts, bonnets and bows for days. 

It's certainly been a work in progress, one we're not completely through with. Things have evolved even since this photoshoot, taken when Lilly was a mere 2 weeks old. There's now a capiz shell chandelier mobile hanging above her crib, the seahorse painting has been hung above the glider, and one day we'll actually decide what to adorn the largest wall space which is currently still empty. But for now, a glimpse at a lovely little girl's room. :)

All images by the incomparable Amy Cherry.

Some of my favorite elements in her room are all of the handmade pieces gifted to us by our ultra-creative families. The below seahorse watercolor was painted by my sister-in-law, Jennifer, the day after Lilly was born (in between visiting us that morning and evening - can you believe it?!). My own sister, Dani, painted the narwhal and jellyfish canvas. My father made the gorgeous wooden stands that display my mother's handiwork: the going-home dress and bonnet Lilly wore out of the hospital.


Crib, Nightstand, & Dresser | Dolce Babi via USA Baby
Glider & Ottoman | Best Home Furnishings via USA Baby
Paint | Beach Trail by Behr
Flamingo Wall Organizer | Three Sprouts
Crib Sheet | Pottery Barn Kids
Whale Organizer | PBK
Narwhal Canvas | Dani Boudreau
Seahorse Watercolor |  Jennifer Dellinger
Sailboat | World Market
Swiss Dot Balloon Shade | Target
Hairbows | Julia's Boutique
Monogrammed Receiving Blanket | Vera Bradley

july life updates

Oh hey July!

July = bountiful coffee drinks. 3rd wedding anniversary. A million catch-up meetings. My first wedding back since birthing a baby. Learning how to be a working mom. Keeping my head above water.

Coffee & lists. So many lists.

Coffee & lists. So many lists.

And so much coffee.

And so much coffee.

You already know it goes fast. It's halfway through July already! 2015 is already halfway done. I met with my late-October bride & her mom this afternoon and we all shook our heads at the craziness that soon it will be her wedding day. We'll blink and the leaves will have all fallen off. It makes me feel like I've swallowed my own heart to think I'll have a SIX MONTH OLD by then. I'm not rushing anything -- au contraire, I'm trying to take advantage of each and every day, each and every season, and hold tight to it while it lasts. Hold on loosely enough to find peace with change as it comes, but not neglect the present either.

God's doing big things. When is He not? This is a new season. I don't know what it looks like, exactly, nor what it will, but I know His presence. And this is it! It's a really lovely thing to have Him there steering, isn't it? I'm closing my eyes and letting Him propel me where I need to go.

Business goals? Blog more. Wrap up Melissa & Kenny's wedding with a big sparkly bow and help make Saturday be the day of a lifetime. Serve fall couples well. Navigate the waters.

Personal goals? Celebrate Drew's & my anniversary in some legitimate fashion. Make healthier choices. Continue to work on being a better friend, sister, mother, wife, daughter. Design a life that has some semblance of normalcy -- some routine but lots of flexibility. Make our house a home, little by little. Do some summery things before it's gone. (Make homemade ice cream? Go to the zoo? Host an outdoors party? Go to a pool?)

Coupla sneak peeks of my favorite professional project -- a styled shoot in Charleston with Amy Nicole & Karis Floral Design. Gorg gown by Modern Trousseau, rentals by EventHaus, hair & makeup by Studio M Salon, all at Legare Waring House.

Coupla sneak peeks of my favorite professional project -- a styled shoot in Charleston with Amy Nicole & Karis Floral Design. Gorg gown by Modern Trousseau, rentals by EventHaus, hair & makeup by Studio M Salon, all at Legare Waring House.

PS -- happy news: Drew passed his CPA exam. :D 

while we were away

Much happens in the span of two months in the wedding world, especially in peak wedding season of May & June! I've been taking some much-needed time away, learning how to parent a brand-new baby, keeping up with doctors visits and health concerns, spending time with family, and finding a new normal in daily life. We definitely don't have a perfect routine set up yet and business most certainly got pushed to the backburner (although I learned it's near impossible to completely step away when you own your own). However, my goal of Lilly & I surviving the months of May & June has been accomplished (HOORAY!), and we are easing back into more normal biz operations at last! Thank you all for your understanding and patience in my sloooooow response times (or lack thereof, for any new inquiring clients!)... I know it can be frustrating, but this time has been so necessary and is so appreciated! :)

We are resuming scheduling meetings and taking on new clients starting today -- Monday, July 6. This leave period has allowed us to see what works and what doesn't. Trying new things always entails some growing pains and lotsssss of learning, so there will likely be some structural changes that go into action in the coming months as we transition back into a new modus operandi! 

In the meantime, here are some pictures from our two gorgeous May weddings!

Melissa & Dustin 5.16.15, courtesy of Jen & Chris Creed

a bride and her dog
scarritt bennett wedding
union station wedding kelly dellinger events
peonies wedding centerpiece kelly dellinger events
timeless wedding reception kelly dellinger events
nashville first dance kelly dellinger events
nashville wedding cake cutting kelly dellinger events

Carrie & Mike 5.24.15, courtesy of Spindle Photography

cheekwood wedding kelly dellinger events

We look forward to a blissful summer and fall wedding season and wish all you engaged folks happy planning!

introducing our tiniest team member

Lilly Beth.jpg

My husband Drew & I welcomed our darling daughter, Lillian Elizabeth, into the world on April 23, 2015 at 10:23pm. Weighing 8lbs 9oz at 20.5 inches long, she has stolen our hearts completely.

As I spend the next two months taking in this precious time adjusting to motherhood, all forthcoming emails will be automatically forwarded to our new office manager, Mary Catherine. You may contact her directly at hello@kellydellingerevents.com or by phone at 205.639.7022.

Please note that we will temporarily not be taking on any new planning or consulting clients until after my return to the office in July 2015.

We look forward to reconnecting with everyone this summer!


It may be several months into 2015, but regardless -- 2015 is a new year, and with every new year and engagement season, there are obviously new brides and readers! (YAY! Welcome! Glad you're here!!) You can read about me & my team from our website "about" page, but I thought I'd elaborate a little more here on the blog today.

My name is (obviously indeed) Kelly Dellinger, I'm in my mid-twenties, married for close to 3 years, wife of my darling college sweetheart Drew, and future mama to Lillian Elizabeth (Lilly Beth - coming literally any day now). I have been wedding planning for 5+ years and worked a crazy circuit of all KINDS of special events industry jobs before I started my own business -- so you are safe to assume I am a well-rounded professional when it comes to planning events. (I've done it all -- manned photo booths, prepped flowers, delivered cakes, wrote for a magazine, served as a bridal concierge, coordinated for a venue, logged countless hours of wedding films, you name it!) I have a Bachelor's degree in Communications, but the best experience I garnered in college was planning events as my sorority's social chair and interning for a wedding planning studio my Junior & Senior years. When I am not pregnant, I am an avid hot yoga practitioner and instructor (and yes, that's probably the thing I miss the most as a preggo). My favorite place in the world is Charleston, South Carolina -- namely, the beach at the Isle of Palms. I have yet to find an ice cream parlor on the island, but I'm determined there HAS to be one somewhere, as that is the only missing link to it being the most perfect place on earth. I also adore Mexico and all of the Caribbean islands; I am an equal-opportunity island appreciator, especially when mojitos and coconut drinks are involved. Mexican food is my favorite (pregnant or not, 24/7, and 365 days a year), specifically anything with copious amounts of avocado and spicy peppers (bonus points for fresh-off-the-boat shrimp). Drew is always tackling challenging Rick Bayless recipes to my culinary delight, so I am spoiled rotten in the food department.

Cake is my favorite part of weddings, but I am very picky about the quality. (And I could seriously talk to you for DAYS about it -- incredible flavor combinations, comparisons of crumb texture and buttercreams, how much I love it... you get the point.) I'm also obsessed with bridal fashion and go starry-eyed any chance I get to walk into a gown boutique. (Favorite details:  tulle and fine-quality crystals and fancy lace and STUNNING silhouettes.) I love the variety there is for brides to choose from -- everything from the simplest clean, sophisticated lines with architectural detailing in ivory for a perfectly timeless look to masterfully designed, hand-sewn beading and sequins and pleated ribbons on a work-of-art blush pink tulle number. My own gown was very simple but timeless -- ivory Duchesse satin, A-line skirt, straight-across strapless neckline, but with a gorgeous asymmetrical bustle and small bow-flap on the back. (And I accessorized with a perfect crystal belt that I still break out to wear at least once a year. Girl's gotta have some bling.) I love stunning tablescapes and heartfelt details and luxurious paper goods and classic getaway cars and all-night dancing and sharing a first married meal, and obviously the gorgeous/lovely/love-permeating start of brand new marriages. Weddings are A DREAM!

My honey & I, at our favorite restaurant in Savannah -- B Matthew's!

My honey & I, at our favorite restaurant in Savannah -- B Matthew's!

I am a Nashville native (born, bred & educated), but I hope to move to the lowcountry part of the southeastern United States as soon as humanly possible. Shrimp & grits would probably be my last meal request, and I really can't stand cold weather. I have two (enormously fat) cats and one day hope to adopt a golden doodle or a giant poodle named Lulu. I prefer to spend as much time as humanly possible outside, under string lights or overlooking a body of water. Party-planning is my love language -- Drew and I love nothing more than to cook and entertain guests while playing parlor games and drinking wine (or signature cocktails). I love beaucoups of natural daylight, green trees and fresh flowers, and have a pretty impressive dress closet accumulated over the years. 

And now, because i haven't done one of these in eons:

the best advice i've ever received
"feel the fear and do it anyway."

my favorite quote
"do everything well." - kenneth calhoun

favorite vacation spots
charleston, sc | cancun, mexico

five things i cannot live without (excluding my family, faith, and God)
sunshine, avocados, vacation time, my iPhone, & ample sleep

favorite thing to cook
i love to bake, so cake! otherwise, marguerite pizza.

something surprising about me you may not know
i started out college aspiring to be a broadway actress.

most trusted beauty secret
mascara + blush makes all the difference in the world.

song that sums up my life outlook
i surrender all

women i admire, and why?
mothers in general (definitely including my own) - because motherhood is insanely hard, lara casey - her faith is her guiding force and she is one hell of an influencer in the best way, & calder clark - her style and approach to designing weddings; she always comes up with something brilliant.

books on my bedside table. 
make it happen, bringing up bebe, and lessons from madame chic.

how i enjoy spending my free time
snuggling, pontooning, entertaining, seeing family, traveling or dreaming about it.

Another particularly notable factoid:  I will be on maternity leave from the end of April until mid-July, so if you are reaching out to us, you will hear from our fabulous planner Katie in my absence. I am planning to continue blogging and staying as in touch with the biz as possible, but as you can imagine, newborns tend to be a bit demanding in the time and attention department:)