I am Stacy Horn, owner of Juniper & Lace Events. I’m a Michigan native, married on Mackinac Island where my husband and I spent 12 summers and 4 or 5 winters before adventuring out to Colorado for 8 years. Destination weddings and downhill skiing both provided epic experiences and I’m now excited to be based in Traverse City and honored to serve destination weddings in northern Michigan.
How did you get into the wedding industry?
I dabbled in some part time jobs, catering weddings in Mt. Pleasant and then working guest services on Mackinac Island before the opportunity to book destination mountain weddings for a Colorado conference center launched me into a full-time wedding career. My experience in menu creation, timelines, and setup logistics developed as I managed wedding sales for a luxury ranch resort. That experience led to three years of coordinating and planning destination weddings in Denver and the mountains for JA Special Events (voted “Best Event Planning Company 2016” in Colorado).
My return to Michigan in 2016 has been the perfect opportunity to launch Juniper & Lace Events and I’m thrilled to be working in such a beautiful destination area with excellent vendors and awesome clients!
How would you describe your style?
My planning style is collaborative and my overall intent is to craft event experiences that reflect the personal style and story of my clients. In other words, I really enjoy getting to know what each couple values, developing a design vision that reflects those values, and then working with a team of talented professionals to bring the vision to life. Sometimes that looks like an elegant seated dinner with fine wine, pink peonies, and mercury glass votives; sometimes it’s a horse-drawn wagon ride to a secluded meadow with an acoustic guitarist; sometimes it’s a colorful artsy vibe with an artisan coffee bar. I love the process of discovering and re-defining style for every wedding.
What is your favorite part of a wedding?
My favorite part of a wedding is witnessing the fullness of emotion that the day evokes. Sometimes it’s the tender exchange of dad and daughter when everyone is seated and just the two of them anticipate their walk down the aisle. Sometimes it’s the groom expressing a depth of adoration to his bride when they exchange vows. Sometimes it’s the satisfaction of a couple seeing the reception space and the décor they envisioned just before guests enter the room. Sometimes it’s the absolute joy of dancing with abandon on a packed dance floor. The day is so full of meaning and I love to see people engaging in those moments, fully experiencing the love and celebration around them.
What advice do you have for couples about choosing an event planner?
Couples hire event planners so that they and their family are free to enjoy the celebration of a lifetime. Hire a planner you can trust and relax with. In my years of working at venues, I had the opportunity to see many planners at work and there are some basic requirements: good communication skills, organization, understanding the needs of different vendors to pull off seamless execution of your day, and some aesthetic sense. The great planners can listen well to their clients’ ideas and then guide the experience and design to something even better, making the process fun.
The northern Michigan area has some stellar planners, so choosing which one to work with often comes down to a best personality fit. Keep in mind that of all the vendors you hire, you will likely spend the most amount of time with your planner, so choose someone you can have fun with. This person becomes your advocate in the process, so choose someone you can be totally open and honest with. And this person is going to be making day-of decisions and fielding any issues that come up while you’re off taking photos or enjoying your guests, so choose someone who you trust to be your stand-in, someone who can listen well and make the decisions you would make.
What advice do you have for couples about the planning process?
You’ve done the hardest part already—you found someone you want to spend the rest of your life with. Nurture that relationship through the planning process. Keep taking date nights. Keep spending time together that doesn’t focus on wedding decisions. There are a lot of decisions to be made and you tend to get a lot of advice from family and friends. It’s great practice for communicating as a couple. Don’t let the linen color and toast timing distract you from each other.
What do you love about living and working in Northern Michigan?
I love the natural beauty of the area, the diversity of water, vineyards, orchards, and forests, and I love the fun and relaxed vibe this area fosters. Bringing wedding guests to northern Michigan gives them an incredible setting that sets a happy tone and sense of excitement before the wedding even begins.