About

Planning a wedding should be fun and as stress-free as possible. That’s our motto. Our ultimate goal is that by the time you get to your wedding day, you are relaxed and excited to see everything come together perfectly (and we are too!). We truly love what we do and it is reflected in our relationships with our clients. We are blessed to call many of our clients friends even after the big event.

Although we all have very different personalities on our team, we are very much a family and love to laugh about everything (including ourselves). Beginning with your first consultation, A Southern Soiree will guide you through the planning process and help you slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the experience!

OWNER AND LEAD CONSULTANT
Megan Gillikin
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  • Breakfast and dessert are my two favorite meals.
  • I love a good knock-knock joke.
  • I have a Hospitality Management Degree and my MBA.
  • I worked at 3 Marriott properties, moving up from Front Desk Operations to Event Planning.
  • The best feeling ever is exceeding my client’s vision of their perfect day.
  • Dusk is my favorite time of day.
  • I lived in Japan for three years as a kid.
  • House of Cards, Shark Tank, and The Good Wife are a few of my favorite shows.
  • ECU Pirate Alum, but married a Tar Heel…Aaarrrgghhh!
  • I wish I could wear flip-flops year round.
  • I love to belt out some 80’s Madonna while driving.
  • I truly enjoy visiting college campuses and speaking in industry-related college classes.
  • I have two sweet daughters, Emma and Molly, who are both full of life and wow me every day!
ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
GINA JOHNSTON
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  • Lived in North Carolina my whole life!
  • ECU Grad with a BS in Hospitality Management and a minor in Business Administration
  • I love all types of cakes…make that desserts
  • I’ve been featured on two national blogs including this feature
  • I’m determined to go RVing across the country
  • I love visiting places off the beaten path
  • Worked in Catering for 3 years and at the Four Seasons Resort
  • I love surrounding myself with funny people
  • Breakfast for dinner is the best dinner
  • Would rather go barefoot than wear shoes
  • Laughing is the best way to exercise
  • I live for the big hug goodbye at the end of the night before the couple leaves!
ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
KELLEY ANN WARD
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  • I was an Irish step dancer and traveled to Ireland for competitions
  • I worked at The Umstead Hotel and Spa for three years in the catering and events department
  • The bolder the lipstick the better!
  • The Sandlot and Moonstruck are my all time favorite movies!
  • I love anything with polka dots!
  • Bravo TV is my guilty pleasure! I love the Real Housewives!
  • My planner is my lifeline and is color coded
  • No meal is complete without dessert!
  • I listen to Whitney Houston’s “I want to dance with somebody” at least once a day
ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
ALYSSA BUSICHIO
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  • I graduated from High Point University with a degree in Human Relations
  • Kappa Delta, Gamma Gamma
  • Bread and butter before dinner > dessert
  • Grew up on the Eastern Shore in Maryland but have also lived in Massachusetts, Southwest Florida, Northeast Florida, Alabama and now North Carolina
  • Below Deck is my favorite TV show
  • I absolutely love to travel and have become an expert at finding the best coffee shops/bakeries wherever I go
  • Australian Shepherds are my absolute favorite.. especially mine!
  • Spring is my favorite season, I love the cooler mornings and warmer days!
  • My favorite part of the wedding is watching the Bride and Groom’s reactions while the Bride is walking down the aisle