Introducing Molly Middleton :: NYC Wedding Planner

Molly Middleton, Founder of Molly Middleton Events

A little while back I took a business trip to my former home, New York City. I waited for Molly in the W in Union Square, and as soon as she walked in the door I knew we would be fast friends. We sat and chatted (work and non-work related) for an hour as people stared at our ‘out of character for a New Yorker’ attire of bright orange pants and a sunshine yellow dress. We had so much fun that Molly & I plan on collaborating on a few personal projects for her daughter, and with her kick a$$ personality, I needed to share a few fun things about her.

Me: Why did you become a planner?
MM: Actually, I really just fell into it. I was an art history major in college and then went to graduate school for contemporary art.  When I moved to Atlanta after grad school, I wanted to work at the High Museum of Art in the curatorial department.  They didn’t have an opening in that department at the time, but they did have something available in special events.  I took the job as a foot in the door and never thought about curating again.  I think it was in my blood from the beginning.  My grandmother was a florist and helped with all of the big events in her town in South Georgia.  My mother has always loved to entertain, as well. You should have seen the “Sip ‘n See” she threw for my daughter when we went home to visit her for the first time!  And on top of all of that, I am a control freak and totally OCD, so I am incredibly organized, which is the most important part of planning an event.

Me: What is your biggest piece of advice when planning an event?
MM: Keep calm and carry on – IT’S ONLY A WEDDING! I have this mantra framed on my desk.  Truly, as much time and effort as we put into our events, it is important that everything goes off without a hitch.  However, you can’t stress yourself out to the point that it becomes more work than fun.  Planning your big day should be enjoyable!  You want to create GOOD memories that last a lifetime. Its funny, as a planner, I often find myself playing therapist between bride and mother of the bride, or worse, bride and groom.  A wedding is about the celebration of love. In my opinion, arguing over the napkin fold seems a bit trivial in comparison.

Me: Any exciting projects coming up that we should look out for?
MM: I am doing a wedding this spring at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York for a bride from Brazil.  Her fiancé is American, so we will be melding the two cultures at the party. Think caipirinhas and apple pie!  The bride doesn’t want an “end time” for the reception.  You can imagine how those negotiations went down with the vendors in New York City!

Me: What is the most RAD thing you a) own, b) have done,  c) want to do?
a) My Robert August custom surfboard – a gift from my husband.
b) A cattle drive in Montana with over 80 bovine
c) Climb the Grand Teton in Wyoming

Me: What is the coolest beach/ocean destination you’ve been to?
MM: Well, I do love Bermuda.  I recently took a trip there with three generations of Middleton women – my mother, my 9-month old daughter and me.  It was incredible!  The blues and greens of the water there are truly amazing.  But, I have to say that my FAVORITE beach spot is one that I will probably never get to again, which is Bali.  My husband and I went there for our honeymoon and we traveled around the entire island.  The water is of course beautiful there, as well.  The flowers are INSANE!  I remember relaxing by the pool and reading my book under the most beautiful pergola covered in bougainvillea. There was something so peaceful about that.

Me: What would you pack for a beach/ocean getaway?
MM: Aside from the obvious – bathing suit, sunglasses, flip flops and sunscreen?  Hmmm, well since I can’t ever read any of the magazines that I subscribe to because I don’t have time between work and baby, I would probably bring my most recent issue of each of those – Vanity Fair, Vogue, Town & Country, Elle Décor, House Beautiful, Real Simple, and Garden & Gun.  Of course, I don’t go anywhere without my computer (sad) and my iPhone for taking pics (and answering a few emails here and there).  Water – because I never drink enough compared to the amount of time I spend in the sun. BIG, FLUFFY TOWELS!  I can’t stand thin towels that end up leaving you wetter than you were before you dried off.

*Check out my finds inspired by Molly’s things!  robert august board | stay hydrated | essential iphone cover | bright beach towel


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