I love what I do. 

I love 
what I do. 

stress. worries. frustration. you won't give any of that a second thought.

I have a passion for having fun and making others happy. Given these two things, it's no wonder I chose weddings as my 'job.' Weddings are one of the happiest days of our lives, full of joy and tradition and meaningful moments when two families come together. Your happiness truly is my passion and my reason for doing what I do. I'm here for you, literally. 

Distance is nothing. 

Planning from out of state? I've helped brides from all across the country. As far as California, booking everything sight-unseen, to be more specific. Communication is key and I can promise that you'll never feel alone in planning and bringing your dream to life.  Although I'm based in Eastern North Carolina, I'm up for travel. If you want to plan a destination wedding somewhere else, I'm all in. 

experience is everything.

I've been coordinating events across the Carolina coast since 2010. Hundreds of events, of all shapes, sizes and styles. My experience and knowledge grow with each passing day and I am proud to share that with you. Years of connections with vendors, every snafu and tangle you can think of has tried to wrinkle our best laid plans, and every weather condition the Carolina skies have to offer has been thrown my way.  When it comes to seamlessly bringing events together, I've been called a "perfection-making super ninja." Nothing better than that! 

Start-to-finish planning & coordination

Start-to-finish 
planning & coordination

It is my belief that couples should be able to sit back and totally embrace the day; this is a special moment, relish. Take it all in. Let us take care of all of the details. Here are some of the things that we do, most of these you wont even notice us doing and that is the point. Our team will work closely with you to create a plan of action bringing your personality, style and ideas to life. We work with the best vendors in the area who will assist in making your vision a reality. Our goal is to take the stress out of planning so you can enjoy this wonderful time.  

It is my belief that couples should be able to sit back and totally embrace the day; this is a special moment, relish. Take it all in. Let us take care of all of the details.   

"  the knot "

Start-to-finish coordination includes all of the above, starting at $2800

•  Unlimited phone, email, and text communication. 
    (In person meetings as your schedule allows) 
•  Budget development and cost saving ideas
•  Venue/Vendor selection
•  Vendor contract negotiation and review
•  Assistance with design and decor development
•  Complete coordination and direction of rehearsal,       
    ceremony and reception


• Properly line up processional and cue musicians
•  Etiquette guidance throughout the planning process
•  Assistance with menu planning and floor plan
•  Hotel room block coordination
•  Detailed timeline for wedding party and vendors
•  Contact with all vendors prior to wedding to confirm final details and schedules

•  Distribution of final payments and gratuities to 
    vendors at event as needed
•  Secure all gifts and personal items at end of event
•  Unlimited hours of direction on day of wedding
•  Emergency Kit on hand at all times

partial planning & coordination

Your day will be executed just as you planned and we'll be there to ensure things run smoothly. We will coordinate with all vendors and help with setting up items such as favors, place cards and making sure the reception is set as planned. Included is our Weekend-Of coordination which allows you and your family to be a guest the day of your wedding. We will jump in and take the reins 1-6 months out from your most special day.

"  set sail "

Partial coordination includes all of the above, starting at $1800. Add-on items are available "a-la-carte."

•  (3) One hour meetings to discuss contracted vendors and obtain an understanding of your vision for the event
•  Detailed timeline for wedding party and vendors
•  Contact all contracted vendors the week prior to the event to confirm and discuss timeline
•  Ceremony rehearsal, ceremony and reception direction 
•  Supervise all vendor set up at the ceremony and reception
•  Coordinate with all vendors to ensure the ceremony and reception follow timeline





•  (3) One hour meetings to discuss contracted vendors and obtain an understanding of your vision 
•  Detailed timeline for wedding party and vendors
•  Contact all contracted vendors the week prior to the event to confirm and discuss timeline
•  Rehearsal, ceremony and reception direction 
•  Supervise vendor set up for ceremony and reception
•  Coordinate with all vendors to ensure the ceremony and reception follow timeline





•  Distribution of final payments and gratuities to 
    the vendors at your event as needed
•  Secure all gifts and personal items at end of event
•  Unlimited hours of direction on day of wedding
•  Emergency Kit on hand at all times

WEEKEND-OF COORDINATION

Sometimes you need more than a Day-Of coordinator, right? How about the Weekend-Of? We will take over and run you through a rehearsal and the Big Day. If you have already taken care of all of the details and just want to sit back and relax and watch it all unfold, let us make sure that it happens seamlessly for you.

"  the anchor "

Weekend-Of coordination includes all of the above starting at $1000.
Add-on items are available "a-la-carte."

•  Initial Phone Consultation
•  Final Phone Meeting/Contract Review
•  Creation of a wedding day Itinerary/Timeline
•  Final vendor confirmations
•  Primary vendor point of contact

•  Rehearsal and Ceremony Direction
•  Reception Coordination
•  Setup and breakdown Coordination
•  Wedding Day Management
•  Emergency Kit on hand at all times

a-la-carte planning & coordination

" loose ends "

"A-La-Carte" items and special events are priced based on time and event requirements. Please get in touch with me and tell me a little about what I can do for you, and I'll happily give you a cost estimate.

•  Hourly Consultations
•  Timeline Creation
•  Event Design
•  Ceremony and reception search
•  Engagement party
•  Wedding shower
•  Rehearsal dinner
•  Anniversary party

•  Birthday party
•  Corporate events
•  RSVP tracking
•  Out-of-town guest arrangements
•  Addressing Save the Date cards
•  Addressing invitations
•  Rental returns

love notes from my couples

" love notes "
from my couples

real, honest feedback from start-to-finish.

"Zena was such a big help during the whole process! I dont know how couples get married without a Wedding Coordinator. We loved how she really helped us through normally easy steps (cutting the cake, throwing the bouquet, etc) because this was our first (and last) time getting married! She even brought help with her on the Wedding day to make sure that everything was taken care of. I would highly recommend Zena to all Brides! Thanks!"
-Heather and Chad

"It was wonderful to have such a great person there to ensure we didn't need to worry about anything. We are so glad and pleased that we a had beautiful location and great vendors! Zena was a wonderful coordinator! I couldn't imagine the stress I would have felt if we hadn't had her there making sure our wedding turned out perfectly! Thank you so much!"
-Layla and Dustin

"We were thrilled when our daughter chose to be married on the windswept, sandy shores of Emerald Isle, NC because we live near the sugar-white shores of the Gulf of Mexico in southern Alabama and had never been to the Outer Banks. Planning a wedding for a destination that was 13 hours and hundreds of miles away was a daunting task but Zena was there for us every step of the way both before and during the wedding. She provided us with the names of all the vendors and set up appointments with them when we visited. They were all first class and thanks to Zena, we were able to give our daughter an elegant, magical beach wedding dreams are made of! I have a guardian angel and her name is Zena!"
- Robin, Mother of the Bride

"We were very upset when we learned the day before our wedding that we would not be able to have it as planned at the beautiful house we had rented for the week because of tropical storm Andrea. Zena was immediately on the phone with us, our vendors, and different possibilities for venues. They made sure everything ran smoothly and we created amazing memories on our wedding day! Zena saved our wedding day!"
-Rachel, Bride

"I think retaining your services for coordinating the wedding was the best decision we made. Even though it was a small wedding, there were many things that had to be handled prior to the actual ceremony. Your experience was certainly helpful thru all the organizing and planning. Thanks to your efforts , everything was perfect including the venue, catering, setup (inside and outside). Thanks again."
-John, Father of the Bride

"I cannot thank you enough for all you have done.  You have been the absolute best in planning and keeping everything together. I'm positive we wouldn't have made it without your help, encouragement and wittiness. You are wonderful."
-Meagan and Tyler

"Zena is the absolute best! Her help was utterly invaluable at every step of the wedding planning process. We planned our NC wedding from NYC and could not have done it without her help! The day of the wedding she and her staff were like perfect-making super ninjas. They managed every detail to perfection. I can't recommend her strongly enough!"
 - Jennifer and Robert

"I truly don't know what we would've done without Zena to help plan our wedding!! We were so overwhelmed with all of the choices and Zena did such an amazing job at helping us choose the best options for our budget! Our wedding was absolutely magical and I give Zena the credit for helping our day come together as smoothly as it did! You won't be disappointed in your choice to have Zena help plan your big day!"
 - Fallin and Cory

"Celebration Cottage was an absolute dream! We took a chance booking from California without seeing the venue or meeting any of the people (crazy). The venue is beautifully done. The people are incredible and made the whole process easy and beautiful. Zena is incredible, Denise is a gem and we could not have been happier with the whole crew. 
Food was great, servers were the best, Aimee was on top of everything. 
We couldnt have been happier with our wedding day."
 - Claire and Randall

"Celebration Cottage was an absolute dream! We took a chance booking from California without seeing the venue or meeting any of the people (crazy). The venue is beautifully done. The people are incredible and made the whole process easy and beautiful. Zena is incredible, Denise is a gem and we could not have been happier with the whole crew. Food was great, servers were the best, Aimee was on top of everything. We couldnt have been happier with our wedding day."
 - Claire and Randall

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Amazing photos courtesy of Casey Futrell Photography, Common Dove Photography, Cynthia Rose Photography, Love by Serena, Chad Winstead Photography, Jim Colman Photography