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SAMANTHA DOCKERY

MY NAME IS:

SAMANTHA DOCKERY

birthplace

Brooklyn, New York

current residence

Chicago,IL & Durham, NC

services provided

Full Service Wedding & Event Styling

Partial Planning Services

Final Month Coordination

event planning since

1998

favorite type of event to plan

A birthday party! Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite holiday is May 7 – my birthday! My uncle once told me that if you can imagine how many people didn’t get to celebrate their birthday each year, you realize how blessed you are to still be alive every 365 days! I celebrate all month and love helping people celebrate theirs!

favorite part of the wedding day

I know this says favorite part of the wedding day but I have two answers! My favorite part of the ceremony is when the couple sees each other for the first time. The look on their faces is priceless and you can really ‘see’ how much they love each other. My favorite part of the reception – wedding cake! I live to eat wedding cake at my receptions. Especially if it’s lemon flavored. Yum!

i (absolutely!) love

buying shoes, dancing, traveling, shop at Banana Republic, change my hairstyle, watching football (especially the Dallas Cowboys) and of course…planning weddings and events!

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MICHAEL ALDEN SAWYER

MY NAME IS:

MICHAEL ALDEN SAWYER

birthplace

Born in a hospital in Anne Arundel, MD. Grew up outside of D.C. in Upper Marlboro/Baden, MD... a small tobacco farming community.

current residence

CHI City!!!! I have been a proud resident of Chicago for the past 8 years! Andersonville to be accurate. Love the neighborhood and the people that live in it. An amazing melting pot!

qualifications

BBS Assistant/Planner May 2012-February 2015: I literally sent out hard copies of my resume to event companies that I found via Google. Samantha was the first to respond.  After our first meeting, it was kismet.  She understood that I wanted to grow and I understood that she wanted the same.  And look at us now… doing the damn thing! Samantha has taught me a lot.  My personal favorite is:  “Love love.”  It’s not only about the event or how well you execute it, it’s about the love.  Not just the love that the couple shares, but the love that YOU put into making their day as amazing as possible.  I learned a lot and am still learning.  Not just about how to structurally execute an event, but how to be clearer and more succinct. Working with BBS has made me more aware and mindful of what it means to be an event planner. It’s not just the execution of an event, but the act of helping to create memories for our clients.

event planning since

Wedding Planning Since March 2015:  I was promoted in Bliss but I've always been the planner.  From birthdays to keg parties in college, I always took the reigns.  After college, I managed the events department for a fine dining restaurant in Springfield MO.  Wanting to change, I moved to Chicago on a whim.  Since then, I've worked at The Racquet Club of Chicago.  I was always mildly involved in the parties we have there.  It was never enough.  That is why I sought out another channel.  That's when I found Sam!

favorite part of the ceremony

Tears.  A ceremony is supposed to be personal and heart felt.  As a planner, you only know your clients for a small amount of time, but it is amazingly personal.  When you understand the love that a couple shares (as any good planner should) there better be tears at the end of any good ceremony.  Tears are considered cleansing.  You cry when something bad happens to release the pain… BUT you also cry when a beautiful moment happens so you can make room for that next beautiful moment…

favorite part of the reception

Dance.  It is a celebration!  And you better dance!  Dancing is the universal language.  If you’re not dancing, you’re not having a good time!  It doesn’t matter how well you dance, just as long as you are feeling it!

i (absolutely!) love

A true SMILE.  Weird thing about me:  I love it when people with no teeth smile.  There is no flaunting, no show-boating, no vanity….  just HAPPINESS!  If you can smile with no teeth, you must be happy!  I know people that are rich, people that are poor, people that are considered beautiful and those that are not… They all smile the same way when they are happy.  Happiness knows no bounds, right?  Just smile.  That’s why I try to make people laugh.  Because whether you have teeth or not… If I can make you smile, then I did a good thing.

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Adrianne Phillips

MY NAME IS:

Adrianne Phillips

services provided

Luxury Travel Agent with Traveler’s Q

current residence

Wilmington, DE

i (absolutely!) love

Creating unforgettable travel experiences for my clients.

qualifications

Adrianne Phillips has been a travel consultant since 2009 and started her own company just two years later, in 2011. Her passion for travel began at a young age, as her family moved throughout the U.S. She then served in the U.S. Air Force as a law enforcement official where she was able to explore the culture of many countries. These experiences shaped her life, and transitioning into the travel industry was a natural fit. In her free time, she loves venturing to new locations, both domestic and international. She is also a mentor to veterans and children through non-profit organizations.

 

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