vote for a hot husband!

Well, I’m asking you to vote for someone else’s hot husband.

Our very own local peeps Shawnda McNeal and her hot husband (her words) Dave Huffman have been selected as a finalist in Katie Couric’s Show.

Um, hello? How cool is that? Evansville’s own!!!!

Now I know the both of them personally and would love for you take two seconds to vote for them. Super Awesome Alert: you don’t have to sign up or anything.

Just click on VOTE UP underneath Dave and Shawnda Huffman. To make it even easier, they are first on the list. And if you have a moment, take a look at their video they created. You’ll understand why I have such an affection for them both.

I don’t know what they win, I’m secretly hoping it will include a tiara and banner for Dave to wear around town or at our next social media club meeting. Whatever it is, I just want them to go big!

Thanks everyone!


… and the winner is …

We like to thank all of our contestants who participated in our Wedding Day Management Service contest. All of the couples are fabulous and deserve to win!

So, without further ado, the winner is:

Katelyn Clevidence + Andrew Crowe

A little background; we have never given away a service like this in a form of a contest. Our motivation was to give back and generate a little buzz about our company in the community, which we have proudly served for the past eight years in weddings, corporate events, and non-profit groups.

an unfortunate, but necessary disclaimer:

As some of you know (or will now know), we did hit a small snafu with the online voting application. The contest rules clearly states that there should be one vote, per computer. A few computer geniuses figured out a work around and cheated the system by doing multiple votes on the same computer. Luckily, the application tracked each vote down to the date, hour, minute second and respective IP address. So when you have a votes that are within ten seconds apart, assigned to the same IP address, it’s really, quite easy to see illegal votes. The volume of votes during some of these sessions were remarkable, the sheer patience it must have taken the hacker.

Rest assured, once we realized this was happening, we contacted all of the contestants off-line. Since every contestant had a loved one that thought it would be cool to do circumvent the system, we decided to the only fair way was to select a final winner by cross-referencing three different methods. 1. The voting application on the website, that is posted 2. Using the back-end log system by removing all multiple IP addresses and 3. Using the back-end log system to remove only voting sessions that were obviously cheating the system. After pouring over 106 pages of individual votes, the CLEAR winner was the same couple, using all three methods. We sincerely apologize that the third-party, voting system failed to stop hackers from voting illegally. We are disappointed to think we have had our own online “wedding-gate scandal”. This must have been how the politicians felt with their “dimpled chads”.

However this too shall pass. To the many of you that took the time to legally vote for your favorite couple, we truly appreciate you and am sure that they do as well. We look forward to serving all of our clients in 2012, including the winning couple.

plan on!


vote for your favorite couple to win!


We’d like to thank all of the beautiful brides and groovy grooms that submitted their entries to win a wedding day management service. It was difficult to narrow down the top three entries, but we did it. We wish everyone a fabulous wedding day.

Here are the top three entries. It’s now time for YOU, (dear reader, friends and family), to vote. For your convenience, we have put the poll at the top of this page, but we encourage you to read through each story below and see the couples. Remember to spread the word  … you’ll want to copy this link when spreading the news so people can vote easily.

Voting Period: Contest concludes Monday, December 19, 2011 by 12:00am
There is one vote per computer.  So you have to spread the word! This is a FLASH based poll program, so it may not show up on some smart phones.

Here are your finalists:

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photo credit: stewartography

Brittany Gibbs + Jeremy Alexander

Wedding Date: April 28, 2012

Hi everyone! My name is Brittany Gibbs and I am going to marry the man I love, Jeremy Alexander, next April. We met almost 4 ½ years ago. I was a server at Buffalo Wild Wings when he and his buddies came in and were seated in my section. It was my third day on the job and I was awful! Luckily, they were nice. His friends bugged the two of us to death about how we should exchange phone numbers. Eventually, I gave in…..and I’m so glad I did! We were engaged on January 7, 2011 with over a year to plan the wedding. We are getting married in beautiful New Harmony and plan on a small, intimate wedding.

I have been so excited planning the wedding; event planning has always seemed like so much fun and so glamorous! But it has not been exactly what I thought it would be like. Jeremy and I are paying for the wedding and being fairly recent college graduates; you can imagine how difficult budgeting has been. Unfortunately, we are not been able to have family to help us, either financially or with the planning details. We really would appreciate the assistance from a wedding planner to help us solidify our ideas and of course, trust with our special day. We’ve never done this before or have a lot of experience. Since we are fairly new to Evansville, we would really appreciate your vote.

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photo credit: jeffrey boyd

Katelyn Clevidence + Andrew Crowe

Wedding Date: July 29, 2012

Once upon a time there lived a princess who fell in love… with her dad.  Sounds strange, but at three years old I fell in love with my daddy.  Every night my dad would read to me the story of Cinderella.  My dad was a firefighter and would spend three days at the station at a time, on those nights he would call and tell me the story of my favorite princess over the phone.

Now, Cinderella is marrying her Prince, Andrew Phillip Crowe.  Andrew is the Prince my daddy prayed about for the past twenty-one years! In 2009, it was at the first night of a freshmen bible study on campus when our eyes met.  As an icebreaker everyone was paired off randomly to play a game, ironically called “Meet Your New Best Friend”.  As you probably guessed… Andrew and I were paired up to be each other’s ‘new best friends’, as corny as it sounds, it apparently worked because from the moment we began asking each other questions and revealing our hearts to each other piece by piece something amazing happened… Cinderella fell in love.  Our friendship grew rapidly over the next couple weeks because we knew that God was at work in our hearts for something HUGE.  Our entire relationship has been entirely grounded on God.

Our wedding is going to be fun and youthful, just like our love. Our life will begin together in New Harmony and more than anything we would like a day of coordinator to take the load off of our parents.  Our parents and especially my daddy have been looking forward to this day from the moment they first held us.  We want our gift for them to be this… that they can sit back, relax and watch Cinderella marry her Prince Charming.

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photo credit: alex morgan

Cathy Gilbert + Marcus Chandler

Wedding Date: October 6, 2012

Hello! I am Cathy Gilbert and I will be marrying Marcus Chandler my high school sweetheart next October.  We have been together for 13 years and have a 12 year old son together. I think we met by chance.   The chance that Marcus had enough guts to invite me swimming on one hot summer day.  I had been eying this cute boy since we had moved to Princeton.  Of course I couldn’t talk to him.  He was HOT!  So to my surprise on day a few weeks before school started there was a knock on my door.  I open the door and there he stood!!!  Marcus invited me swimming that evening.  I went in and begged my parents to let me go.  (This was my shot)  They said YES.  The rest is history.  Who knew we would be where we are today.

We were engaged this past July and to my surprise Marcus and our son Blake sure are good at keeping a secret.  The pair of them went shopping and picked the ring.  He snuck the ring all the way to Florida on vacation with us.  Where he took me out on the beach for a moon lit walk and proposal.  It is a day I will never forget.  We are planning to be married on the overlook deck above the African Safari at the Mesker Park Zoo. We are so looking forward to a unique wedding.  Now that I have started planning I realize there is so many details.  I feel that our relationship is very special and I want our day to be just as special.  We still have to choose a vendors, make invites, and about a million other things.   It would be so amazing to have the help of pros to make sure our day is special and goes smoothly.

So that’s it friends! Three amazing weddings, all unique. Who are you going to vote for? The winner is up to YOU!



contest alert: win a wedding planning service!

Hold on to your bridal bouquets, because we have a fabulous announcement if you’re getting married. We are pleased to offer this once in a lifetime chance… If you’re getting married and getting stressed out… Wait for it…

a contest to win a


Wedding Day Management Service

from planning…forever events

(the most awesome event engineers that you will ever meet)

We haven’t offered anything like this since 2003. It’s time to give back. Economy is tight. 2012 is the End of the World. We’re a little crazy. Whatever! You benefit.


Wedding Day Management is a “you plan, we implement” wedding service. Approximately 6-8 weeks before the wedding we will meet and review all your planning and capture your wedding plans. We’ll create timelines and contact your vendors and take the last minute planning and details off your hands! We are present at rehearsal and on your wedding day, implementing all your plans and allowing you to feel like a guest at your own wedding. Oh yes! It’s fantastic!

Here’s the CATCH (there is always one, isn’t there?): You have to do a little work to be eligible to win this contest. That’s right, you can’t appreciate a gift like this if you don’t put in a little effort.

Be sure to read through the following thoroughly. Any entries that omit anything will not be eligible or considered.




  • You must write us a 500-word essay as to why you would want/need the Wedding Day Management Service. Be creative. Be unique. Sell us on why we should be at your wedding, serving you.
  • You will email your entry to staff (at) . Your submission should be in a regular email.
  • Your entry email MUST INCLUDE all of the following (or your entry will not be considered): bride’s first & last name, groom’s first & last name, your email address, your cell phone number, the date of your wedding, your ceremony location, your reception location, how many expected guests.
  • Your entry email MUST INCLUDE vendors that you have selected: photographer, videographer, DJ or Band, caterer, florist.
  • Include at least one photo of the bride and groom, together.
  • All submissions must be received by November, 30, 2011 by 6:00pm


HOW TO WIN:(this is the good stuff)


  • On Monday, December 5th the top THREE entries (selected by the planning…forever events staff) and will be posted on this blog. This will include your entry email/essay and photo of the bride/groom.
  • Top THREE contestants will now go head-to-head battle to garner the MOST votes possible from their friends, family, bosses, cousins, long lost relatives. So the public chooses the winner! Voting will be done by an online poll on this blog, one vote per person.
  • Contest concludes Monday, December 19, 2011 by 12:00am. It’s two weeks….. so be sure to get the word out for voting!




  • Weddings must be located within a 75 mile radius from Evansville.
  • Approximate value of prize is $1,400
  • Winners will be provided a detailed list of duties that are included in the service. Any additional services requested not listed may be charged an additional fee.
  • There is only one vote per person/computer. So really get out there and share this contest with your family!
  • There are some blackout weekends, they will not be published but will be considered when selecting the final top three entries. Weddings must occur in 2011-12. Take a chance and submit your entry!


Good luck!

photo credit: Dream Copy Photography

oh, good grief … my aha moment is in the finals!

If you are sick of seeing me post about my aha moment, then you are in good company. Because I’m just about tired of writing about it. I’ve talked about it here, here and (sigh) here.

But at the same time, kinda proud.

My video was selected (thanks to all of you) as the last 25 finalists to make the NATIONAL COMMERCIAL in 2010. Only 10 videos will be selected for the commercial.

Cool, huh? It is, but I have beg all of you to vote, one last time.

Swear, I will not join a contest for at least 10 months. I had no idea when I taped it this summer that I would end up here.

It only takes a moment. YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SIGN UP (thank goodness). Simply click on this link and you will see my aha moment video and click vote! I even got my own URL:

Super, duper appreciate it and I hope to make it and represent all the wedding professionals out there !!!

VOTING ends on October 31, 2009.