Sure, the Bride Gets The Gifts But Here the Wedding Planner is the Real Star

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Just Marry! owner Susan Southerland and director of operations, Michele Butler of Orlando, coordinated another high-profile wedding for Style Network’s ‘Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?’ and save the day.

It’s your special day and you hope you’re only going to do this one time. You want everything to be perfect. You hire a wedding planner just to make sure all the bases are covered and so was the story for Orlando couple, Karree Boyles and Bob Cline. So what is so special about Karree and Bob? They were chosen to share their big day as a featured couple on ‘Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?’, Style Network’s revealing reality series that digs deep into the hectic lives of party pros. All this was courtesy of Just Marry! the Southeast’s premier, full-service luxury and destination wedding planning company headquartered in Orlando, Florida with offices also in Savannah and St. Augustine. Susan Southerland, founder and president of Just Marry! and Michele Butler, director of operations are used to high-profile weddings and this one, their second airing this year for “Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?” was expected to go smoothly.

But the best-laid plans don’t always work out that way. It wasn’t Mother Nature or the Mother of the Bride. The wedding couple had fallen in love with a photographer outside of Just Marry!’s recommended vendor list. The bride and groom were not aware that the team at Just Marry! had previous negative experiences with this particular photographer.

“Before we were made aware of Karree and Bob’s photography selection, they had already signed a contract and put down a deposit,” says Butler. “Rather than make the planning process more stressful, Susan and I took other precautions.”

Meanwhile, all the other details were arranged to perfection! The wedding was taking place at the upscale Casa Monica in St. Augustine, a Kessler Collection property, and, every bride’s nightmare was about to occur...Karree’s photographer didn’t show. But, being the professionals they are, the experts from Just Marry! put their back-up plan in motion. They had lined up a photographer of their own and brought her in at the final hour to capture the memories and she was waiting in the wings, just in case she was needed. “Your wedding planner is there to make sure the bride’s vision is perfectly executed. It’s our job to think of everything and have a back-up for every situation and the tools to fix it if necessary,” says Southerland. To add insult to injury, the photographer finally showed up after the ceremony and expected to be paid in full. Luckily, Southerland and her team were there to referee and the bride and groom could get on with their special day.

Since Just Marry! was established in 1992, it has specialized in custom wedding planning for couples with distinctive taste and style, as well as destination wedding planning for visitors from around the globe. Ceremonies range from intimate affairs for two people to large gatherings of more than 700 guests. Some rely on years of hard-earned experience; for Southerland and Butler, it’s this and Southerland’s public relations degree which comes in handy for many wedding situations.

Southerland and Butler are not new to high-profile weddings. Their weddings have appeared on The Learning Channel’s “A Wedding Story,” Orlando Bride, Orlando Leisure, The Wedding Pages, TheKnot and Central Florida Bride. Southerland serves as copy editor and Butler a contributing editor for Central Florida Bride. Southerland’s advice has appeared in the top national bridal publications and is a popular speaker on weddings and wedding planning, she has spoken to eager brides and their families, as well as at the annual convention of the Association of Bridal Consultants and The Caribbean Wedding Association.

Whether looking for a traditional wedding day or a trend-setting alternative for your special day, the experts at Just Marry! have what it takes to handle the most challenging of circumstances while making the memories of a lifetime!

Consider yourself officially invited to view the ‘Whose Wedding Is It Anyway?’ and tune in for the rest of the story, which airs frequently beginning May 16 (check local listings).

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