I inadvertently took a couple years’ hiatus from posting consistently on here… Growing my family took first priority over the last few years so I spent my work time exclusively planning weddings and let the majority of my marketing strategies take a backseat. I am so excited to be re-entering the world of working ON the business (rather than JUST in it!) with a refreshed mindset. Without further ado, here’s a re-introduction of myself and what we do here at Kelly Dellinger Events!
Hometown: Chapmansboro, Tennessee but I was born in (and currently reside in) Nashville!
Birthday: August 7. This year I turn 30, and I’ve never been so excited for a new year!
What fires me up: Dancing, teaching barre, worship music (obsessed with Amanda Cook from Bethel), soaking in precious little things about my daughters, the beach, spending quality time with my husband Drew.
You would be surprised to know: I once performed as a living statue for a cocktail reception at the Nashville Library. I was covered head-to-toe in maroon iridescent paint and wore a top hat that had a bunny coming out of it. It took FOREVER to get that paint out of my hair!
Favorite class I took in college: Creative nonfiction! We read so many memoirs and wrote our own mini one. I love reading and telling real life stories!
How I came to work at Kelly Dellinger Events: I began my career working in political event planning and nonprofit fundraising. While I quickly learned that was NOT my cup of tea, it segued into an internship with a wedding planning company that I fell in love with! I worked as many wedding industry jobs as I could fit in for many years, and then launched my own planning company in January 2013!
Favorite wedding to plan, ever: This is so hard — each of my couples has meant so much to me personally and every wedding I put my hands on teaches me something valuable. Perhaps one of my most recent favorites was Ellen and Joe’s — I planned and designed the entirety of their backyard Owensboro, Kentucky wedding from the ground up. We brought in all our team of vendors from Nashville: everything from flooring to clear-top tent to floral chandeliers, tables and chairs, tabletops, paper goods, you name it. It gave me a lot of creative liberty and was a challenge in the best way.
Best part of my job: I love the creative expression my career offers me. My favorite part of the process is when we do our vendor meetings, particularly design meetings, in person! The vast majority of my clients plan their Nashville weddings from afar, so I really thrive facilitating “marathon planning sessions” where we knock out a lot of decisions over the span of a few days. This is always a great time to get to know my clients better (since so much of what we do is over phone or email, there’s just something special about face-to-face!) and really lets us flesh out the particulars of the style and feeling we’re evoking with the wedding.
What I do in my spare time: My girls, ages 2 and almost 4, keep me on my toes most days! (Lots of play-doh building, dance parties, making art, and going on adventures as a family.) I also LOVE taking and teaching barre classes at Village Barre, and serving on Sundays at Zeal Church.
The cause/organization/charity that most captures my heart: I have loved the mission of Project R12 since I first heard about it in 2013. I think they have a really unique structure with empowering leaders internally in Uganda and funding projects that are sustainable for the country’s growth (that benefit education, access to health care, etc). They’re also founded locally here, so it’s special to me getting to know the spearheads personally who make so much amazing progress happen!
True love is: I actually dreamed about that question two nights ago, randomly! In much better words than my own, true love is patient, kind, does not envy or boast, is not rude or self-seeking, is not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil but rejoices in truth, always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres, and never fails.