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I’m the founder of Sonnet Weddings & Events, and I’m based in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

I’m a good listener and peacekeeper. I love strategizing interesting family dynamics and being a mini therapist as you set the stage for starting your own family unit. I will have the most fun brainstorming how to incorporate your nerdy obsessions, your pets, your friends and family, and thinking of ways to make your wedding feel so much like you it couldn’t be anyone else’s day.

My eye is drawn to fun colors and my heart is full when I’m designing bold, bright, happy weddings. I also love minimalist aesthetics and classic looks! Being creative and getting to build/paint/craft/dye/forage/thrift is a joyful part of my job.

My family and I have a big veggie and flower garden where we are waging a constant battle against the deer that keep knocking over our fence to get to the rainbow chard.

I would love to see many photos and cute videos of your pets. We have the best cat ever but I love dogs too! I used to volunteer in Texas working with super shy and scaredy shelter dogs and I grew up with a hilarious blind/incontinent beagle. Animals are the best!

I am positive and calm and love working with my couples. You can expect me to tell you over and over throughout the planning process that you’re doing a great job and that everything is alright.

We wholeheartedly support a diverse group of local vendors and will help you find businesses to create your dream wedding. We’ll always point you in the direction of our favorite Black-owned businesses, gay-owned businesses, LGBTQIA+ friendly businesses, women-owned businesses, and size-inclusive businesses to fit your wedding-day needs. 

Vegan | Enneagram 9 | Oldest Child | Teva Wearer

Everyone on the Sonnet Wedding team is an LGBTQ ally and we are respectful of all gender identities and expressions. Love is love.

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Hi! I have been a planner at Sonnet Weddings since 2018.

I’ve worked with people and in events my whole life across different fields: theatre, restaurants, museums, and the nonprofit world. I’m a do-er and enjoy getting into the details to get something just right. I love the energy when people gather together to learn, connect, and celebrate, particularly when it comes to weddings. The pandemic has made these moments even more special, and I appreciate the care and innovation that everyone has been implementing in order to stay safe: walks around the lake, a backyard bonfire, matching wedding party masks!

I’m a knitter (20 years!) and I’m drawn to subtle textures and color combinations. I appreciate the challenge of finding the right stitch to highlight the yarn itself while creating something functional and wearable. I’ve been trying to take things slower and be more intentional with my time and energy during the pandemic. Although my boyfriend, our dog, and I still get out for hikes and canoeing, I’m enjoying more cozy, creative home time.

I will advocate for you and your partners’ needs, be your cheerleader, and help your vision come to life.

Read a Q&A with Melissa on the blog here.

Omnivore | Enneagram 1 | Oldest Child | Chaco Wearer

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Melissa's first photo credit: Ironside Photography