Toria has always been a beaming light of positivity and grace! That is why when she contacted me about the new event planning company she had started, asking if I needed any Day Of Coordinating, I jumped at the opportunity! My wedding planning process (or lackthereof) until that point had consisted of my mom doing almost all of the work of finding ideas and me struggling to make up my mind at any of them. In the final weeks of planning both of our brains were fried and I contemplated running off to an island to elope. I was on the verge of a mental breakdown! Toria reaching out to us was a GIFT FROM GOD !
On my wedding day, I was sick with anxiety longing for the day I had dreamed of to go perfectly. Toria being the sweetheart that she is, brought my bridal party a beautiful breakfast spread. Then proceeded onto the venue to manage all the chaos that I’m sure was taking place but I never heard of because she just handled it! I arrived at my venue and she greeted us with a smile, and ushered us into our room to avoid being seen by my groom. As I was getting ready, she was arranging all the photography schedules, vendor arrival schedules, and because of the impending thunderstorm dealing with transforming my reception space into a ceremony space! Toria took every single bit of responsibility off my shoulders! I didn’t have to handle anything! She allowed me to enjoy the process without any stress whatsoever! When it came time for my ceremony to start she cued every one of their times and places! Everything went off without a hitch! We were officially wed! Toria ensured we stayed on schedule and guided the reception along smoothly. She even saved us some money working out a last minute scheduling change with our photographer! By the end of the night I was worn out and glowing with happiness!
Toria is (as my mother says) more than worth her weight in Gold! I am a firm believer that God puts people in your life for a reason and it is such an honor and a blessing to know her and to be her friend! She saved our lives for this wedding! It would not have worked without her! I could not be more grateful for all of her help and guidance and just sheer brilliance with making our wedding so special for us! Daniel and I could not have started our marriage off more beautifully and I owe it all to her! I will be recommending Petals & Lace to absolutely everyone! I know that she will do outstanding things with this company and help so many more beautiful brides!
- Mr. & Mrs. Calvert
First, I have to be honest and say I didn't initially think that we needed a planner for our wedding day, but let me tell you we could not have made it through our wedding weekend without Toria and her team from Petals and Lace. Toria helped us through much more than just our wedding day. From the moment we met, we felt that she understood what we were looking for in a planner, and what our vision was for our wedding. Having both sets of parents living out of town, we really didn't have a "team" to depend on with any sort of planning help, and when we hired Toria, I for one felt so much better just knowing I had someone on my side and that I could rely on for help or questions.
Leading up to the wedding Toria helped us by coming to our final details meeting at our venue, researching a last minute videographer, and was there to answer any and all questions. She even thought of things we hadn't considered. She was also so, so, so helpful (I can't stress it enough) in doing final vendor confirmations, as well as helping us create a timeline for the weekend, which was HUGE in keeping my stress and anxiety in check.
During the wedding weekend we appreciated that she came to our rehearsal so she could understand the flow of the ceremony, and more importantly meet some of the key players of the weekend (ie. bridal party, parents, officiant, etc.). She was also able to go over any last minute details afterwards about the day of and set up, so that we were completely on the same page. On the wedding day, I didn't have to worry about a single thing because I knew I was in such good hands. In the morning, instead of a family member having to pick up 16 dozen Holtman's donuts, Toria's team handled it. Instead of ushers having to collect flowers and transport them, they moved everything to the reception so that we could enjoy pictures and celebrating with family and friends.
When it came to our reception, everything was decorated perfectly according to our vision. I really didn't leave too much direction for our decor, however, not only did Toria surpass our requests, but did an amazing job transforming our space to make it just perfect! I couldn't have done it better! Throughout the night, everything went according to our timeline, and she made sure to check in every now and again to make sure things were great (which they always were!) If something went wrong on the day of the wedding, we had NO idea about it because everything was so well planned.
Overall, my advice as a past bride is you will not regret having a planner. We didn't think we needed one but we definitely did! I would completely recommend Toria with Petals and Lace because I really felt that she had our best interest at heart during the entire wedding planning process. At times with other vendors you have trouble trusting them and if they really want whats best for you or their bottom line, but we never felt that with her. We also liked that we felt we were her only focus, not like possibly other planners that have tons of brides and weddings to work on all at the same time. She understood our vision, was knowledgeable about the industry, and was readily available at all times without being pushy. We are so pleased we went with Petals and Lace for our big day!!