Hello Southern friends! My name is Kari (or Kari Lou as my family calls me). I started my career in event planning in Community Affairs at EDS in the dark ages (1993) where I planned large-scale mega-events for the company. I loved coordinating recognition and awards ceremonies, banquets, and volunteer lunches with EDS executives. In my spare time, I planned friends and families' dream weddings. Well, here comes 1999 and it was time to start a family. I scaled back on work and changed course. However, I couldn't get rid of that event planning bug and continued to utilize my skills coordinating school and charity events. Now that all three kiddoes are out of the house and at Texas A&M (Whoop!), I get to focus my efforts full-time on making your big day the Southern Bash it was meant to be. When you meet me, you will be able to tell that I am passionate about your big day. I am trained and certified through AACWP. I value my Christian ideals - don't be surprised if you hear an "amen" when I agree with your officiant or start your rehearsal with a prayer. I always remember that in the long run, this is about the MARRIAGE, not just the WEDDING. Call me to start the planning!
Cindy got the wedding bug when she planned her daughter's wedding. It was "I Do" for bride, Rylie, and "I Do" to the wedding business for mom. We welcome her to Southern Bash. Cindy loves traveling with her family, studying God's word, baking, and celebrating the big and little (and everything in between) pieces of life. Cindy's favorite part of the wedding is watching the bride and groom's first dance....it just makes her heart happy. Cindy brings organization to the team from her years of corraling her numerous kiddos (5!). She also brings a sweet spirit and dedication to each bride. Everyone will be calling her "mom" by the time the big day rolls around.
Miyuki, happy bride gushes, " WOW....I cannot thank Southern Bash, particularly Cindy Fish enough - they absolutely welcomed me with open arms and worked within my budget to make my wedding beautiful. Not only did we gain an INCREDIBLE wedding planner, we gained an EXCEPTIONAL friend. We are forever grateful for everything Cindy has done for us in making our wedding day PERFECT and EXTRA SPECIAL."
Ashlee is a newly-wed who fell in love with the wedding planning process when planning her own big day. She’s a 2018 graduate of Texas A&M University, and loves all things crafting and fighting Texas Aggie football. She’s a Fort Worth resident and a proud golden retriever mom. Ashlee's favorite part of the wedding is the first dance! She is such a softie and always cries happy tears! (Dont' we all?!)
Lindsey with Horizon says, "Ashlee & the Southern Bash team were amazing to work with! We hired their team to plan our corporate gala event and couldn't be happier with how everything turned out. Ashlee made sure every detail was perfect - she went above & beyond for us! This was especially important for us as we are a Seattle based company so hosting our event in Dallas presented a new set of challenges for us. Ashlee made the planning process so easy - we couldn't be happier! I highly recommend Ashlee & the Southern Bash team!"
Gabrielle, a work-a-holic, organized, enthusiatic soul, loves Jesus, Texas A&M (a girl after my own heart), traveling and ice cream. Her favorite part of the wedding day is watching the groom's face as the bride walks down the aisle.
Minnie, happy bride says, "Kari and her assistant Gabrielle made my wedding as stress free as possible and are the kindest people ever!! Highly recommend Southern Bash. They are incredibly reliable, responsive and professional. Most importantly they make you feel beautiful and taken care of on your special day." – Minnie
Tami joins Southern Bash through mutual connections in the event planning industry. She has experience planning weddings both large and small as well as corporate events and food catering. Her attention to the smallest of details helps the bride and groom leave their focus where it should be on their special day – each other. Tami is a true green-thumb, and when not planning special events, she loves cultivating her many flower beds and sharing along her clippings to friends and family. Fun Fact: Some call her “the Zookeeper” for caring for many babies big and small. A resident of McKinney for over 25 years, she is blessed with three children and a husband of soon to be 30 years!
Caroline, a caring, thoughtful, multi-tasker, loves the beach, peanut M&M's, and shopping (who doesn't?). Her favorite part of the big day is watching the bride and groom leave the wedding with friends and family gathered around them.
Chrissa brings orgaization, friendliness, and a sweet personality to every wedding. Chrissa loves bible study, queso and traveling. Her favorite part of a wedding is the send off, especially when it involves sparklers (I love me some sparklers too)!
Courtney, a vivacious, empathetic, intelligent bass guitar player, designs everything you are seeing here. Now, if I can get her to take over my social media... Courtney loves Mexican food, beaches, friends, and classic rock.
Madissen is a sweet, detail-oriented, & fun-loving gal! Madissen loves her dogs, anything with peanut butter & spending quality time with the people she loves most!! Her favorite part of any wedding day is watching the groom's face as the bride walks down the aisle. (That part is really special!)
Nina is a energetic and loving girl. She enjoys traveling and spending time with family. Her favorite part of the wedding is when the bride has her first looks with the bridesmaids, father and groom. What a special moment!
Kristin enjoys volunteering in the community, coffee and walks with friends, snuggling with her Goldendoodle, playing board games with her boys, date nights with the hubby and watching sunsets. Her favorite part of the wedding day is watching the bride walk down the aisle with her loved one.