Hi, I’m Natalie Bradley and I’m a wedding and event planner turned blogger and artist (you can see my new etsy shop here!). I still personally take on a handful of weddings and events each year, but mostly I love sharing ideas, tips and tutorials for weddings, parties, home and arts and crafts. Now that I’m a mama this really allows me to be a work-at-home mom so that I can be there for all my little girl’s activities and really be present for her childhood. Ever since I first saw Martha Stewart, I knew I “wanted to be that” one day. It’s just taken me a couple of decades to realize what that means.
Hi, I’m Natalie Bradley and I’m a wedding and event planner turned blogger and artist (you can see my new etsy shop here!). I still personally take on a handful of weddings and events each year, but mostly NatalieBradley.com is now a lifestyle blog, sharing ideas, tips and tutorials for weddings, parties, home and arts and crafts. I also have an etsy store (it’s going up this week) where I sell many of my handmade arts and crafts, event details and paintings, as well as my husband’s arts and crafts made from wood.
Having this blog and taking on only a few weddings and events a year really allows me to be a work-at-home mom so that I can be there for all my little girl’s activities and really be present for her childhood. Ever since I first saw Martha Stewart, I knew I “wanted to be that” one day. It’s just taken me a couple of decades to realize what that means. Now I know what everyone meant when they said you really come into your own in your 30s. It’s about time!
If you are planning a wedding or event, Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events is an agency of planners and coordinators based in Athens, Georgia. We have a team of coordinators who work together and manage various weddings and events. In 2003, Natalie Bradley started Soirée! Ltd. now doing business as Natalie Bradley Events after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2001 and returning to Athens with her husband to the town they fell in love with while in school.
Natalie is a columnist for the Athens-Banner Herald and OnlineAthens.com, and penned the entertaining column for Southern Distinction magazine from 2003-2007. Soirée by Natalie Bradley Events has been published in The Red Envelope Blog, DIY Lifestyle Magazine, The Handmade Home, The Frosted Petticoat, Oconee Magazine, Inside Weddings, TLCWeddings.com, CNN.com, Vows Magazine, Hybrid Mom, WedTheMagazine.com, Elite Bridal Network, Black Star Rising Blog, WedLock Magazine, American Express for Entrepreneurs, AthensWeddingProfessionals.com, OnlineAthens.com, Modern Bride Atlanta, Style Me Pretty, Long Island Bride and Groom, The Knot Georgia, Lake Oconee Living, Weddings with Style, Brides.com and Southern Distinction.
In addition, Natalie was the lifestyle expert for Georgia Living TV and Holiday Home. Natalie Bradley has also been a special guest on BB Webb’s Living Life with Style TV show, as well as Elizabeth Dalton’s and Barbara Dooley’s radio shows! In 2007 and 2008, Bradley planned and designed the Girls’ and Guys’ Night Out fund-raiser for Hope Haven and again planned and designed Threads of Hope for them in 2012. In 2013, Natalie planned and designed the Tour and Tastes of Kitchens Fundraiser for the Georgia Children’s Chorus. Natalie volunteers regularly throughout the community, at her daughter’s school and in her church. Natalie is the President Emeritus for Athens Wedding Professionals, and now also owns a second company (Natalie Bradley Consulting) in which she helps other small business owners learn how to market their businesses better on and offline.
Natalie lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband Edward and their daughter Reese.
Wedding + Event Coordinator Morgan Hall
Morgan Hall has been coordinating events with Natalie Bradley Events since 2013. Ironically, Morgan got involved in the wedding business about two weeks after she and her husband tied the knot at the Oconee County courthouse in 2010… all due to the extreme stress and frustration that comes along with trying to coordinate a wedding with no planner! Shortly after their wedding, she and her husband founded Oconee Events, a wedding tent and event rental company in Watkinsville, Georgia, and Morgan has been planning events at full speed ever since. Morgan is also the co-founder, head event designer and marketing manager of The Farm at High Shoals, a luxury event venue located in Bishop, Georgia.
In her spare time, Morgan dabbles in website design, photography, and graphic design. She has a passion for cooking, gardening, and collecting unique treasures from estate sales around Athens.
Morgan lives in Watkinsville, Georgia with her husband Rhett and their three children, Marley, Betsy, and Emma.
Wedding + Event Coordinator Liz Mooney
Liz has been coordinating events with Natalie Bradley since April of 2014. A Georgia girl from day one, Liz Mooney was born and raised in Powder Springs. She left the Peach State to attend the University of Kentucky, but realized her mistake and returned to Georgia to attend the University of Georgia and complete a degree in Special Education. Growing up in a family of Type A’s, Liz is accustomed to planning events in intricate detail. A full-time teacher in Clarke County, Liz uses her coordinating experience to provide an outstanding classroom environment for her students and to also execute beautiful weddings for Natalie Bradley Events clients.
She loves the challenge of tailoring each wedding day to fit the needs of her clients. Liz has enjoyed working on the variety of stunning events with Natalie and is eager to learn as much as possible about the event industry. Liz lives at home with her husband, Mark (a content Type B), and their dog Zoe, a maniac.
A Bride’s Interview with owner Natalie Bradley
Please take a moment to read this before hiring Natalie and her planning team.
How long have you been doing what you do and how did you become a wedding planner?
While in college at the University of Georgia, I had the opportunity to volunteer for a non-profit organization called Safe Campuses Now. During my time spent there, I found that not only was I a great student leader, but I also realized that I was very gifted as an Event Planner. Raising thousands of dollars for worthwhile causes felt wonderful and I realized that I need to figure out how to make this my career. And so I did.
Almost 15 years ago, after working as an Event Planner for a Special Events Facility, Hotel and Caterer, I found my calling to open my own company when my husband and I moved back to Athens. While I enjoyed planning events, I absolutely loved planning weddings.
I truly resonated with brides especially because I did not have my own dream wedding. I had the resources and I had the knowledge, but I didn’t know what I really wanted. I didn’t know how to tap into who “Natalie Keene” was at the time. You see, I realized that even though I could look through the most amazing wedding magazines and call upon all the best vendors to use their outstanding talents, it all means nothing if you don’t even know who you are or what you desire in your heart of hearts for your dream wedding…and being in that place feels not-so-fabulous.
As I worked with dozens and dozens of brides and their families, I saw a need for a full-service wedding planner in Athens to help struggling stressed out brides, grooms and families plan and design their dream wedding days. I had found that people are either at their best or at their worst at a wedding, depending on their stress levels and support around them.
My favorite thing ever was when I discovered how to eliminate the “ick factor” around wedding planning, that “ick” being stress, lack of time and know-how, in addition to helping people discover who they are and what is truly important to them. The best part about tapping into these keys for dream wedding planning is that I learned how to allow my couples to focus on their love for one another more than all that other stuff that tends to get in the way. How awesome is that?
We love your wedding planning services and portfolio. Everything sounds great… So, can you tell me what really sets you apart from all the other wedding planners out there?
Natalie Bradley Events is a full-service, full-time Wedding Planning and Design company, based in Athens, Georgia, serving surrounding areas in Northeast Georgia, including Watkinsville, Madison, Social Circle, Greensboro, Eatonton, Lake Oconee, and other destination locations such as Hiawassee, GA in the North Georgia mountains. I do not have another “day job” that you’ll have to worry about not having me to respond to your questions, concerns or desires in a timely manner. You can rest assured that I will always get back to you in as quickly as possible, and you are always a priority for us because we only work with a limited number of brides per year.
The way we work is a bit different from most, and for good reason. You will work hands on with me (Natalie) throughout the planning process, no matter what package you select or the person who is your day of coordinator. I will help you with recommendations, hold your hand throughout the process, and help you reduce stress and save money as much as is possible. Approximately 2-3 months (ideally) before the wedding, we will meet at your venue for a detailed walk through that usually takes about two hours from start to finish. This meeting always includes me as well as your day of coordinator (if that person is not me). During this meeting, we will ask you a lot of questions and review what you’ve planned in order to create a very detailed wedding timeline that will serve as our go-to document on your wedding day for all vendors involved!
We will match vendors to your wedding planning needs, loves and personality. Hiring our company also means not having to do an exhausting search online for the right people to match your needs. A wedding planner who offers a guarantee of three or more vendors in each category for your wedding planning is someone who is insecure in their abilities to properly match you to the right vendor. It’s my top priority in always take time and sincere thought in matching you to each and every vendor who complements your dream wedding needs.
The weddings we plan and design alongside our clients are also extremely unique…from one to another, meaning that they are custom to our couples, not to what I love or to what my tastes are. It’s not about me – it’s about you. I’m not like other wedding planners you may have heard of (or encountered) who are trying to recreate their own dream wedding days. You would not be happy if I did that, and neither would I, to be quite honest. This is not about my ego, or making me look good. In fact, I’ve done a practically perfect job when everything flows seamlessly and my team and I are very much so in the background.
We have a passion for what we do, which will be obvious in my work and in our conversations. We love helping others create their dream weddings!
Our clients will tell you that working with us means that you’ll not only get straight-forward, impartial feedback from me, but you’ll also get someone who is here for you emotionally and more. We all need support, love and feedback, and I promise to be all that and more for our brides, grooms and their families. We love each and every one of our clients, and you will always know and feel that.
This all sounds so wonderful. But, it also seems expensive. Are we going to be able to afford all this?
I’ve read that it takes the average bride several hundred hours to plan her wedding, in some cases, up to 400 hours. That’s TEN 40-hour work weeks. Yikes! That’s kind of ridiculous, and who has time for that? How can you possibly have a life or be able to focus on anything else right now? But it’s not only about that. I’ve had so many clients tell me how much they’ve saved in time, money and energy working with us.
Plus, I’ve actually had people who decided that we were “too expensive” to work with us in the past, but came back after their weddings and let me know how they tripled or quadrupled their budgets, all because they didn’t know what they were doing, and probably the worst of all, it wasn’t even close to what they wanted. Well, that hurts my heart, and I don’t want that to happen to you too. What a terrible experience for a family to have to go through!
So, really think about what your dream wedding looks like and what that means to you…seriously. And, call or visit with me for your complimentary “get acquainted” consultation so that we can really talk about your dreams and how we can create them together. It doesn’t sound that expensive now, does it? (Besides, there’s a reason why I have packages. There’s a solution for every bride at various price points. So take a deep breath.)
Who do you work best with?
You will benefit best from working with our team if you want your dream wedding, but you either don’t have the time, the resources or the know-how to get this done. If you know what you want, but have no idea how to get there, or if you are not clear at all about how to plan the wedding of your dreams, that’s okay. You are a perfect candidate.
Will I lose control of my own wedding if you are planning it for me?
No, of course not. A bad wedding planner is one who takes control away from you. That is not the point of wedding planning. The point of having a wedding planner is to have an extension of who you are and of your creativity. That’s what we do. You are the focus of your wedding and it’s totally your day. We’re just here to help you fully explore your potential and fully realize your dreams in ways that you never even realized! Basically, you just can’t be the star and the backstage manager at the same time.
You will never, ever lose control. It is YOUR day. Period.
Of course. We will work with your fabulous vendors and make sure that they’re the right fit for you. It is not necessary for you to only work with people we’ve planned with in the past; however, we do have amazing vendors at our fingertips that we can easily match to your needs.
Do you take credit cards and can we have a payment plan?
Yes. We happily accept all major credit cards. That’s how we do most of our business actually. What also makes us different from others is that we can setup automatic payments so that you never have to worry about sending checks, and you don’t have to think about paying us before the wedding.
Do you have liability insurance?
Yes. We have liability insurance that allows us to work confidently every where. We have never needed it, but we are protected to help you feel more secure and safe for your peace of mind knowing that we’re fully covered.
Because we have multiple wedding planners and coordinators, our company is able to take on multiple weddings on one day. But your wedding coordinator will never have more than one wedding per day so that your wedding is an absolute priority no matter what!
This sounds like everything we’ve been looking for. What happens next to start the wedding planning process?
Fabulous! The next step is for you is to email me for more information or to setup a time to talk. I want to hear about your vision for your dream wedding day and what you’d love to see your day be like.
I’ll be happy to take you through our packages to see which one makes the most sense for you, to show you more from our portfolio, and to describe our process in more detail.
Yes, absolutely! Our brides, grooms and their families have become raving fans of our wedding planning services and love to speak to other potential brides about their experience with Natalie Bradley Events. You can also look at our client testimonials here now.
We have a couple more questions before getting started…can I call you to discuss this further?
Yes. Every single wedding we plan and design is distinctive, unique and is customized completely to the couple.
Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions via email!