Hi, I'm Kathy
I’m a wedding and event stylist and the owner of Romance & Rust Weddings and Events!
When I’m not planning events with my wonderful brides and celebrators, I love spending time with my family, especially my grandchildren! The beach is my happy place! Add in some good pizza and a craft beer, and I’m in heaven!
Fall has to be my most favorite time of year. I love the colors, textures and coziness of the season, including all things pumpkin spice! And of course, being from middle Tennessee, I just can’t get enough of tobacco barns smoking!
I’ve been married to my wonderful husband, Scott, for more than two decades. You’ll probably see him around – he’s the best of the best when it comes to hauling our design pieces and furniture, packing, loading and unloading, and gathering every last detail at the end of the night. He’s Romance & Rust’s biggest supporter and encourager, and I couldn’t do it without him.
I am also Mom to two incredible daughters, Savannah and Sydney, and have two amazing bonus daughters, Allison and Nicole. It has been the honor of a lifetime to see them grow, find the loves of their lives, and start their own families. Through them, I’ve been given the best gift of all: being called Mimi to 9 grandchildren! I am blessed beyond measure!
My story starts where I believe a lot of stories start for those of us in the wedding industry, out of the joy of being creative. I have always loved styling, whether it was a birthday party, baby shower, or decorating my home. I can remember being a young teen and instead of spending my allowance on clothing, I would buy curtains, pillows or furniture to decorate my room, being surrounded by pretty things brought me joy.
Although I had helped to create many events over the years, it wasn’t until my bonus daughter, Allison, got engaged in 2013 that I ventured into the world of weddings. She asked if I would help her with the décor aspect, and I jumped at the chance. I had no idea what I was getting into! Pinterest was all the rage and every photo was an inspiration.
Even though I had collected quite a bit of items over the years, I knew I needed to purchase or rent more, borrow from friends, etc. to get the look we were after. The design plan was created, everything was packed up, we rented a U Haul truck and then set out to bring her vision to life.
Thankfully the venue allowed us to rent the entire weekend. Friday consisted of setting up until time for the rehearsal. Saturday morning, all things that needed to be set up outside, plus the finishing touches inside were on the list. My husband and I were literally running to get everything completed. With less than an hour to spare, we got dressed and headed to family photos, not having spent any time beforehand with her on her special day. At the end of the evening, it was left up to us to breakdown and pack it all back up.
Her wedding was a huge success, everything looked beautiful, everyone had a wonderful time, and Allison and Josh were happily married. We were so happy….but also exhausted. Had we known of a company that did all the work for us, we would have hired them in a heartbeat!! We can never get that time back.
Although it was really hard work, I believe everything happens for a reason. I found that I loved every second of the process and seeing the gratitude and joy on her face that day, made my heart smile. Allison submitted her wedding for publication, and it was featured on a Wedding 101 blog, which gave me the confidence to pursue my newly found passion.
Out of my experience, I realized I could provide an invaluable service on one of the most important days of my clients’ lives. I have often said, I do this for my couples, but also for the mamas (and bonus moms) out there, ensuring they don’t miss a single minute of their daughter’s or son’s wedding day.
Romance & Rust Owner