In an effort to give brides, vendors, and friends a more personal and inside look at the goings-on of the Tickled Pink team, we’re bringing you a short series of weekly posts called (you guessed it) “You Should Know”! My hope is that this short answer format will soon extend to other wedding professionals we think you’ll want to get to know as well.
If you haven’t already noticed, Kristi is one of our lead wedding planners and is a total rockstar when it comes to creating some amazing weddings and befriending brides along the way. She has an eye for detail and design and in less than two years with Tickled Pink has already made a name for herself with some seriously gorgeous and inspiring events under her belt. Today we’re checking in on the more personal side of things so you all can get to know her better.
First 3 things I do when I wake up: Aside from the usual check phone,brush teeth, etc, my husband and I have what we call ‘5 minute family snuggle’. Our 90lb chocolate lab, Bear, is not allowed to sleep in our bed (he is a complete bed hog), but we like to start each day by letting him up for 5 minutes of uninterupted cuddling. You really can’t go wrong when your day starts with a giant, happy pup!
Go-to uniform: Blame it on my sorority girl roots, but if I had it my way, I would live in leggings and oversized t-shirts. Did I just wake up? Did I just come from the gym? The world doesn’t know and thats the best part.
Best advice I’ve ever received: Honestly? Clear eyes, Full hearts, Can’t lose. I truly think it applies to every struggle I’ve been through. Everything I need to know about life I learned from Coach Eric Taylor.
Truth or Dare: As the daughter of a law enforcement officer, I am a rule-follower by nature and have gotten in the habit of always saying truth 🙂
On a free Saturday I…am most likely in Doak Campbell Stadium. Football season is my favorite time of year and (weddings permitting). I try to make it to every home game and as many away games as possible in my family’s RV. Outside of football season, I try to make it to Jacksonville as often as I can to visit my bestie. (Shout out to all you North Florida brides looking for a planner.. I travel!)
Adventure I’d love to take: My travel bucket list is ambitious (riding elephants in Thailand, vacationing in all 50 states, visiting the 7 wonders of the world) but right now I am really hoping to go to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympics.
Soundtrack lately: I went on a severe Shania Twain bender this summer both before and after seeing her live with my girlfriends but currently I cannot stop playing The Wombat’s newest album “Glitterbug”. It’s just too good.
Best thing I’ve ever eaten: Food is probably my favorite thing about being alive, so this is so hard. It might be a tie between Voodoo Doughnuts out of Portland, Oregon and Berger Cookies out of Baltimore, Maryland. But also pizza. So much pizza.
Always makes me laugh: My friends and family. As cheesy as it sounds, I am surrounded by the best, most hilarious group of people I ever could have hoped for.
Actress that would play me in a movie: My favorite Australian comedian Chris Lilley (genius behind Summer Heights High, Angry Boys, etc). I just really want to see what that would look like.
My necessary extravagance: Mani/Pedi’s. There are few things I love more than getting my nails done before a vacation or big event.
On my bedside table: Make It Happen by Southern Weddings editor-in-chief Lara Casey and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (every time I finish the series, I start it over again. Yes, I’m that girl).
Top inspirations: My mom. We almost lost her in 2010 and that event changed the way I look at life. She reminds me every day that I am not promised tomorrow and because of this I strive to make the most of each opportunity I am given.
The age I am at heart: 24 and 25 were my favorite years. It’s when I discovered my love for whiskey, when I took the leap of faith to change careers and found my home at Tickled Pink Brides, when the friendships that mean the most to me really blossomed, when I watched in person as my noles won a national title in one of the country’s most historic stadiums. I think when I look back on my life, I will always feel the most connected to those years.
Favorite distraction: Netflix. While I love binge-watching new shows with my husband (when are we getting season 4, OITNB writers?), I use it mostly to re-watch my favorites (Parks & Rec, The Office, Friday Night Lights, Gilmore Girls) while doing every day tasks like cardio, cleaning the house, responding to emails, etc.
Favorite part of a wedding: While trends change and brides choose new, unique details to set their weddings apart, one thing stays constant across the board and that is the look on the Groom’s face when he sees his Bride walk down the aisle (same for first looks, as well!). Everything else fades away and I’m reminded why I do what I do. That look will never get old! Thanks, Kristi!