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A New Years Eve Wedding | Kerith & Andy | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

A New Years Eve wedding for the books, for sure! I’m so excited to finally share this gorgeous NYE wedding on Kerith & Andy’s 1st year anniversary! Kerith & Andy’s wedding was all the things you want a wedding to be: meaningful, energetic, drinks flowing, and the best experience for their guests throughout the whole night. Kerith didn’t leave any detail out when planning her wedding. From all the gorgeous paper goods from Mug & Pia, the open bar and catering by Marshall Catering, the perfectly mismatched bridesmaid dresses,  both of her head to toe NYE looks to the midnight snack after the clock struck midnight! Check out all the gorgeous photos from Amy Wallen Photography and the breathtaking video by Alyson Biggs Films!

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WV Weddings Magazine

The Knot

Love Stories TV


Photography: Amy Wallen Photography
Videography: Alyson Biggs Videography
Day-Of Coordination/Design/Styling: Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill
Florals: Spurlock’s Flowers
Catering/Linens/Dishes: Marshall Catering by Sodexo
Cake: Contessa Assebes
Ceremony Venue: Marshall University Campus Christian Center
Reception Venue/Chairs/Tables: Don Morris Room
Dress: Bridal and Formal
Tuxedos: Joseph A. Bank
Papergoods: mug and pia
Makeup: Makeup by Leslie Midkiff
Hair: Christopher & Company Salon & Spa
Draping: A to Z Rentals- Special Events
Ceremony Musicians: Christa Navy & Taylor Isaacs
Band: RadioActive Band
Transportation: Spring Valley Charter Company, Inc.

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner

New Years Eve Wedding | WV Wedding Planner


Wishing you a Happy New Year from the SGE team!




Our Wedding – May 31, 2014

Our Wedding

Today marks our 3 year wedding anniversary! I thought it would be fitting to finally share our wedding with you today! James and I started dating in high school on May 28, 2005, when he proposed I knew we were going to get married in May. James and I wanted to keep the wedding date as close to the 28th of May as possible. We only had 9 months of planning, but we made it happen! Leading up to our wedding day, it called for rain, it rained every single day leading up to the wedding, but May 31, 2014, no rain! Thank goodness! Because I refused to get a tent and cover up the beauty of the Lionheart Chateau! I was dead set on having an outdoor wedding unless there was a state of emergency! Haha! I remember telling my mom I will run to Walmart and get umbrellas if I have to! Everything worked out! It was a gorgeous day with all of our family and friends! I always remembered to stop and embrace every moment from getting ready, to taking a moment to walk to the arbor we just got married under (just the two of us), just to have our time together. I’m so grateful I was able to have these moments and enjoy them. This day is a day I will never forget, I can honestly say I had the BEST DAY EVER!

Vendor Love:

Day-of Coordinator/Catering/Florals: Tastefully Dun

Venue: Lionheart Chateau, Hurricane, WV

Photography: Hallie McComas Photography

Entertainment: DJ Nick Scott

Tables, Chivari Chairs, Table Linens, China, Flatware: A to Z Rentals

Dress Shop: Kleinfeld Bridal

Dress Designer: Dennis Basso

Shoes: Badgley Mischka

Tuxedo’s: Men’s Wearhouse

Invitation Suite: Envision Event Studio

Hair Stylist: 712 Salon and Dana Burdette

Make-Up Artist: Sarah Franklin

Transportation: Chandlier’s Limousine Service

So grateful for my dad, brothers, and husband for building the gorgeous 12ft arbor for our special day!

































Had to!




Take Me to the Waterfall Wedding Inspiration Styled Shoot


Last year, I teamed up with Tabitha Stover Photography for this dreamy wedding inspiration styled shoot. I have been wanting to blog this shoot for a while and now here it is! This shoot was featured on Artfully Wed. The gorgeous scenery at Hawk’s Nest State Park is absolutely breathtaking. When Tabitha said waterfall I was immediately in when she asked me to style this shoot. With vibrant colors, touches of copper, and the sound of the waterfall in the background, it was the perfect intimate setting for the bride and groom.

Photographer: Tabitha Stover Photography

Wedding & Floral Designer and Stylist: Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill

Venue: Hawks Nest State Park

Cake Designer: Kellie’s Kreations

Dress/Veil Designer: Kata Banko Couture

Stationery Designer: Simply Steph Ko

Rentals: Ultrapom

Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic












How to Use Pinterest to Design Your Wedding

Let’s talk Pinterest! Pinterest was founded in 2010, in 2010 no one had a clue what Pinterest was, by 2011 it took off and every one was pinning away. According to recent studies 70% percent of women with a Pinterest account have a wedding board. Pinterest is pretty awesome, a great tool for fun crafts, inspiration, and of course weddings! Can you believe people actually decided their wedding details without Pinterest?! Now with tons of inspiration easily accessible on the Internet, sometimes it can create tons of pressure for brides-to-be’s, leaving them feeling like they have to have that “Pinterest wedding.” Pinterest can be a love, hate relationship when designing your wedding! I will be the first to tell you, I am obsessed with pinning anything and everything that catches my eye; I sometimes can’t stop myself! When designing your wedding, Pinterest can start to become overwhelming. At Simply Gorgeous Events by Lara-Jill, I use these steps to help my brides use Pinterest to create the wedding of their dreams, which are uniquely theirs, and not just a “Pinterest wedding.”


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Wedding Wednesday


Happy Wedding Wednesday AND first day of March!! Wow! I can’t believe it’s March already!! We’re are kicking it off with Brittany & John’s wedding day! The week of the wedding it called for rain, but amazingly enough there were a few sprinkles in the early morning on the day-of then clear skies for the rest of the day. It was such a gorgeous day. AND this venue is right out of a fairytale! Loved having the chance to do a wedding that took me back to where my husband and I said our I Do’s for such a great couple.

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Wedding Wednesday


Happy Wedding Wednesday!! Next up is SGE couple, Tracie & Seth Martin!! This wedding was a little different than most as the bride and groom are good friends of ours! James and I grew up with Seth from elementary school and all the way through high school. Go Poca Dots! (Sorry Tracie, had to! haha!) It was such an honor for both James and I to be in the wedding party. From the time we met Tracie, we knew this was the girl for Seth. These two are made for each other and balance one another beautifully. For Tracie and Seth’s wedding, I decided to take on multiple roles and not just be a bridesmaid. I really wanted to be able to give Tracie and Seth time to be with their wedding party & family, have a relaxing & fun day, and not have that worry of setting up. So I took on the role of wedding planner, florist, and did a little bit of hand lettering! Trust me, this was a challenge with a wedding party of 18 and setting up for a guest count of 266. I couldn’t have pulled this off without some extra hands: my mom, dad, brother, sister-in-law, and (of course) the hubs. They are seriously the best! Enjoy some of my favorite photos from Tracie & Seth’s special day!

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Wedding Wednesday

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It’s Wedding Wednesday!! Starting today, I’m blogging the highlights of our 2016 weddings!! I’m so excited to start with SGE Couple, Megan & Dylan Harrison! Megan contacted me about a month out from her wedding and I was so honored she asked me to style and coordinate her special day! Megan literally put ALL her trust in me and let me do my thing when styling her wedding (little kid in a candy store over here!) One thing about Megan & Dylan’s wedding that will always stick with me is their true love for one another and God. I’m so grateful to witness that. Thank you so much for allowing me to take a little part in your big day!

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2017 Charleston Wedding Expo


A couple of weeks ago, I set up shop for the 2017 Charleston Wedding Expo in West Virginia! I’m so excited to share some gorgeous images from my expo booth! I had the pleasure of meeting several gorgeous bride-to-be’s and seeing so many familiar vendor friends and meeting new ones that I hope to work with in the future!! Thank you so much for stopping by my booth! If you have any questions about my services or just want to chat, click the contact button above and fill out the contact form or you can email me at!!

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Welcome to the SGE website!

I am so excited to share the news with everyone! I have officially launched my new website – Simply Gorgeous Events!!! I couldn’t be more excited! My business birthday was officially September 13, 2015!! After months of designing, my website is finally here! I can’t wait to share all the gorgeousness with you!

Simply Gorgeous Events was a dream I had, that I never thought was possible. BUT I jumped right into it after planning, styling, and doing the florals for a styled shoot with Ashton Kelley Photography. Up to that point, I spent months contemplating, scared of failure, money, and so many other things, but with the encouragement from my hubby, I decided I HAD to go for it! I realized if I don’t ever try I would never know!

I have always LOVED design, anything girly, obsessed with love, and WEDDINGS! I love seeing the end result of a wedding after planning and designing all the details!! SGE is something I only dreamed about while planning my wedding! So here I am chasing dreams!

So welcome to Simply Gorgeous Events, a wedding planning and design company! I’m so glad you’re here! Take a look around and let me know if you have any questions!

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