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.
  • I do hospitality consulting and speaking, and I host a weekly podcast!
  • 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 three sweet daughters; Emma, Molly, and Abigail, who are so full of life and wow me every day!
SENIOR 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
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
ASSOCIATE CONSULTANT
LINDSAY MERHEGE
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  • Graduated from College of Charleston with a degree in Finance, where I then started my career in event planning in gorgeous Charleston, SC. Come 2019, I will begin my fifth year of being in this amazing industry and can't wait to work with all the NC couples and vendors.
  • Traveling, exploring, and experiencing new cultures will always be at the top of my bucket list
  • Born and raised in the Southwest, but officially a converted Southerner
  • Design is my true passion
  • My favorite part of the wedding day is the first dance--everything just seems to come together in that one moment
  • Dog mom to the sweetest Cockapoo named Charlie
  • Grew up eating authentic Mexican food (thanks Grandma!) and can now make some mean enchiladas
  • Timeless, never trendy
  • Published in Southern Bride, Style My Pretty and Carats and Cake
  • Whoever created the Athleisure trend deserves an award; However, there's nothing better than getting all dolled up for a night out