Allison Barnes Events (ABE) became a real thing in 2011, still pretty crazy to think about the fact that I've been doing this since then. Time certainly does fly, right?
I wasn't always sure about what I wanted to do in life. I have two very hard working parents who worked their tails off to provide a beautiful life for me and my sisters. Their work ethic trickled down & I had never been more sure (or unsure) of myself than when I quit my well paying job with incredible benefits that allowed me to travel all over the country to pursue this pipe dream.
I had the best of benefits, a great steady paycheck, and friends often reminded me that I had what appeared to be a 'dream job', but something was missing & something inside of me pushed me to figure that out.
There was a lot of uncertainty when I started ABE, like, how would I pay my rent & why would people I don't know put their trust in me to plan their wedding over someone else who has years of experience? BUT - I took a chance on myself, we should all believe in ourselves and take chances. It's because of that chance that you're here reading this today :)
In 2014 I met the love of my life & we married in 2017 at a gorgeous winery in between the hills of the mountains in Virginia. We currently reside in Woodbridge, VA where we have a beautiful home.
My story is still being written but I'm so honored and blessed to be where I am today & to have been recognized by The Knot over the past 5 years and included in their 'Hall of Fame', we've won awards and been published (to include a 4 page spread in Southern Living Magazine & BRIDES - whaaaat?! Crazy, right?) but our number one goal is to maintain our relationships with our clients, making it a great and seamless experience!
I’ve developed an amazing team: my lead planner, Maykayla has amazing experience in the industry and is excited to work with anyone looking for our ‘Final Touches’ or ‘Partial Planning Packages’.
You might also hear from Johanna from time to time - she’s an amazing assistant who helps keep my head on straight! We’re all here to make your life easier - so fill out the contact form and let’s get started planning!