Meet the Weddings & Events by Raina Wedding Planners!
It's a New Year and we have some new additions to our team.
Without further ado, we'd like to introduce you to some of the top wedding planners in Nashville!
Our fearless leader originally hails from upstate New York, but has never felt more at home than she does in Tennesee. Apparently sweet tea has always flowed in her veins...who knew? She gets really excited whenever a couple selects lemon for their wedding cake since its her favorite flavor and when she's not busy planning events and weddings of all shapes and sizes she can often be found holed up somewhere cozy with a cookbook planning her next culinary adventure. She's foodie who's all about petticoats, planning ahead and pretty things and she has a unique ability to reduce stress for her couples and their families so they can enjoy the planning process. Also, we are fairly certain that she drinks more tea than the Queen!
Our favorite Okie, who's not actually from Muskogee, contrary to popular belief. Hailing from the Cherokee tribe, Mariah was named after a song in the movie "Paint Your Wagon," she can often be found watching sports in her free time, which is rare since she is also currently in law school. Hailing from a really large family (she's one of 24 grandkids) she is our resident expert on family dynamics and her super power is being able to shop for shoes in the kids department...size 4 for this Cinderella!
Hailing from Alabama, Brittany is the definition of sweet and sassy. Auburn to the core, she can often be found rooting for the Tigers while spending as much of her free time as possible with her sweet niece & nephew. We are fairly certain that her super power is the ability to get even the most stubborn of guests to smile with her southern charm and quick wit. And she's a beverage connoisseur! Whether its cocktails, coffee or tea...we are pretty sure that she's got caffeine flowing through her veins...whether its a coffee bean or grape varietal, we're pretty sure she's aware of it!
A Michigan gal through and through, she loves the changing of the seasons more than anyone we've ever met. She is the master of bringing order to chaos and is a planner in every sense of the word. She even shops for her Christmas gifts all twelve months of the year! When she's not sorting, cleaning or organizing, she can often be found at her desk writing her mother's memoir or spending quality time playing with her granddaughters Amelia, who is bilingual and Iris, our little "flower" girl.
This fun loving Florida gal who also played in the school's drum line is the master of keeping unruly bridal parties in line, but watch out...she's also a 2nd degree black belt! When she isn't planning weddings this artist of many talents can often be found concocting delicious new recipes or painting wonderful whimsical scenes, which is why we always consult her on the visual design for our beautiful events.
Transplanted from southern Michigan, right off of Lake Erie, this sweet gal was always meant to be a southern belle. Creating beauty wherever she goes, with a designer's eye, she makes sure that everything is always elegantly displayed. When she's not sourcing eye catching items for clients, she can often be found at her daughters cheer competitions. We're fairly sure they get their talent and grace from their momma who was a competitive figure skater for over 13 years!
A fun and fabulous Murfreesboro native with an adventurer's spirit and a plan to see the world. Jillian is our resident greeter...your guests are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome from this sweet southern belle. We're pretty sure she's never met a stranger! Towering over the rest of the team at 5'8" her super power is definitely getting things off high shelves for all of the rest of us. We often joke she's our 'Elastic Girl' from the Incredibles.
A Gryffindor from Florida, Amanda truly lives up the characteristics of her house. When she isn't busy in the wizarding world of weddings, she can be found letting her imagination go wild. WE have yet to meet a craftier person, whether its creating beautiful drawing, sewing a new cosplay outfit or knitting something for someone she loves. She is an incredible seamstress. She even made her sister’s wedding dress, but don't let that fool you, it's not just sewing that she's all about. She is a crafty-needling-scissor-wielding Ninja! If you can think of a craft, we can guarantee that she's mastered it They are like Pokémon, after all...she's gotta catch’em all!
Transplanted from southern Wisconsin, not far from Milwaukee, this military wife has certainly seen a lot of the country, but nowhere else captured her heart like the heart of Tennessee. Entering the event world through the kitchen, this trained sous chef quickly found that being a chaos coordinator is where her passion truly lies. When she's not 'keeping calm and carrying on,' she can be found, cheese hat in place, cheering for her Green Bay Packers while snuggling her rescue pups. Our favorite thing about Ashley, however, is when she sings while setting up at events. Betcha didn't know she is also a classically trained opera singer!! Hearing her is a real treat!
Transplanted from the tropical vibes of Miami, Cat can't get enough of the amazing food and southern charm here in Nashville! When she's not planning or accessorizing parties (she makes the cutest party props!!), she can often be found touring the many murals of Middle Tennessee or dancing off all her energy by taking hip hop classes. We are fairly certain that her super power is making parody music videos, however! She can always be found singing her own funny lyrics to everyone's favorite songs keeping us all laughing.
A local gal from Columbia, Tennessee, born with a wanderer's heart, she ventures from city to country and has some fabulous stories to tell. Having visited seven countries (so far)...she can relay her adventures in one of four languages. She is fluent in French, Spanish, Bulgarian and English. Recently returned from a year teaching English abroad after being awarded the Fulbright Scholarship, Casey seems to always be up for a linguistical challenge. In addition to languages, we are also fairly certain she knows the words to every song ever written. Seriously!! We've tried to stump her and just can't!
This Jersey girl has a disturbingly good memory which makes her the master of wrangling bridal parties as she never forgets a name or a face. Her laser focus can easily be derailed, however, with the promise of excellent Italian food. It's definitely her Achilles heel! When she isn't busy planning events she can often be found enjoying the great outdoors hiking, kayaking and going on nature walks with her cute kiddos.
A local gal from Franklin, Angela is our go-to gal for keeping those wedding day nerves at bay. She is a pro at keeping brides, grooms and moms alike all calm and happy so that they can enjoy the day. She has always had a passion for weddings. Even as a child she would draw and sketch a variety of wedding dress designs for brides, bridesmaids and their mothers. While she opted to become a nurse instead, she still does enjoy sketching and drawing in her free time. She's the team's "momma bear" who makes sure that everyone around her is well cared for. We would be lost without her. She is truly an angel!
All the way rom the beautiful rolling hills of Paso Robles, California deep in the heart of wine country, Ashley uses her extreme attention to detail and excellent time management skills to keep all our events on track and running smoothly. When she's not planning our next event, this sun worshipper can usually be found somewhere out on an adventure with her sweet pup, Roo or hunting down the next best burger in town. We like to joke that she's the cheeseburger whisperer...the Nashville Burger Week is definitely her version of the Super Bowl!
From the coastal climes of North Carolina, this sweet southern belle moved to Nashville to attend Belmont University and fell in love with Tennessee, but still has an adventurous heart who loves to travel. Her favorite destination to date has been Australia.We secretly believe that she is actually a Disney princess, incognito, of course. We've never met a bigger Disney fanatic than Rachel...pretty sure she could sing and dance every part of every film they have ever released!