For over 12 years, Kristi has made wedding dreams come true and made the entire process stress-free for our couples. Her warm personality and contagiously positive energy makes her a tremendous asset to the company and the couples she works with.
What is your philosophy on wedding planning?
“The biggest thing I focus on first is that this is the couple’s day. Our couples not only get a planner but they are more importantly getting an entire team of wedding experienced staff to take care of them. We do everything in our power to make their wedding day as easy and stress-free as possible. If it were up to us, we would do everything for them and let them enjoy every moment of their wedding day.
I love helping people – it’s one of the things that drives my husband and 2 kids crazy! I believe we were given 2 commandments- Serve God and Serve People and by serving people, we are serving God. Helping couples and their families in any way that I can is how I can live out my desire to serve people on a daily basis through my work.”
What is the first step after a Destin Beach Wedding is booked?
“I get in touch with them immediately and we start working on the Big Day Questionnaire. I generally correspond by email and this is especially good for couples who have tight work or school schedules or who live far away. The questionnaire covers everything from descriptions of their ideal wedding and expectations to colors and themes.”
What is it like to work with couples that live across the country?
“It’s actually a lot easier that it seems. Sometimes our couples don’t come into town until the weekend of their wedding so it’s up to our team to send them real time pictures, videos and all the details to ensure they are comfortable with their big day plans. Over the past 12 years, I’ve grown to know lots of vendors in the area. I am here to help brides find the right vendors for them, whether they are local or not.”
Where does most of the focus lie in the wedding planning process?
“Day of coordination is key – our team coordinates from beginning to end, so our bridal parties aren’t lost during the event, they have guidance. When we coordinate, we don’t coordinate events the way we think it should go—I create a timeline WITH the couple beforehand and we implement the timeline that was approved by them—and if day of changes are needed—no problem, we roll with the punches!”
What is unique about planning Destin Beach Weddings?
“They are some of the most beautiful weddings in the world – between the water, the sunset and the sugar white sand, it’s just breathtaking. But Destin Beach Weddings are unique venues that require experienced professionals. We know which flowers won’t wilt, how to secure the arbors/flowers, the ins and outs of the ever-changing Beach Permit laws and having the essential venue back-ups in case of rain. It’s also important that our couples select outside vendors (i.e. photographers, videographers, etc.) that are experienced with Destin Beach Weddings.”
What is your main objective when working with each couple?
“My objective is that each and every couple feel completely comfortable and calm when they wake up on their wedding day, knowing that their Sunquest wedding professional team is taking care of it all!”