Creative grace planning

From calling and booking your vendors to help calming your nerves before you walk down the aisle, we are here to serve you the absolute best we can.

At Creative Grace Planning, we believe in making things simple and easy for you so you can DREAM without the added stress.

We strive to be inclusive in everything we do around here to give you the absolute best experience. We can't wait to hear about your love story!

the people who make it all happen

meet the team

Hi there, I'm so glad you're here! After working as a wedding photographer for over 3 years I have learned the importance of having a wedding planner + day- of coordinator by your side. I started Creative Grace Planning to give brides the stress-free wedding day they deserve. When I'm not photographing a wedding or running a business, you'll most likely find me hanging out with my hubby and fur babies! I can't wait to give you the absolute best experience!


Founder & Ceo of creative grace co.

Hello Bridal Babes! My name is Samantha Pickelman, but you can call me Sam. I am an Auburn, Michigan native and have played a lot of roles in the community. I was a funeral assistant for 5 years before jumping into wedding coordination. If you know me, you know I love to keep things structured and on track- especially when it comes to the most important day of your life- your wedding!

In my spare time, I am an Alzheimers and Dementia Advocate while competing in the Miss America Organization. My passion for public speaking has lead me to become an ordained minister in Michigan. 

I am so excited to get to know you and your partner as well as take care of those things that weigh on your shoulders leading up to your big day! Let's do this!

Day of Coordinator, full service planner, officiate


Hello all, I’m Aubrey. As a recent college graduate from Bowling Green State University, I bring fresh creativity and meticulous planning to your special day. From the first idea to the final dance, I’m here to ensure your wedding day unfolds seamlessly. With a little over a year’s experience, I come with a keen eye for detail and a passion for turning visions into reality! Your wedding day should be a memory of joy, not stress. That’s what I am here for. My outlook for you would be stress-free, focused moments, peace of mind, and a personalized touch. Your love story deserves nothing less than perfection! I cannot wait to get to work with you!

Full service Wedding Planner/ Designer/ Day of coordinator


Greetings lovely brides! I'm Riley- wife, dog mama, and current manager at T-Mobile.
On my free time, I enjoy golfing or cherishing time with my husband. We tied the knot on December 23, 2023. Being a recent bride like you, I'm thrilled to ensure that your experience is unforgettable, stress-free, and, above all, centered around YOU! Thank you for entrusting us with such a significant moment. Let's collaborate to make it the day you've always envisioned!


Wedding planner + day of coordinator

 Hi! I’m Ava! I’ve always been known as hardworking, helpful, organized, and fully prepared to complete any task thrown my way. I’m somewhat of a perfectionist too, so I’m all about paying attention to the little details! When I’m not working, you can find me sewing, painting, or whatever craft I’m hyper fixated to at the moment. I also enjoy traveling and spending time up north.

 I’m excited to be a part of the Creative Grace Planning team to help make your wedding the best memory!

Day of coordinator


Hello! My name is Kayla, I am a high school chemistry teacher, traveler and cat mom of two! I am so excited to work with you on your big day. I have always wanted to help people like you to have the day of their dreams! I have watched many of my friends get married and be so overwhelmed on their wedding day that afterwards they feel that they didn’t enjoy the day as much as they could have. That’s what I’m here for! I will take care of all that you need. I want to take that distracting pressure away from you - my number one goal is help you stay present in the moment and mindfully enjoy the party that you’ve spent months, if not, years planning! Let me do the difficult/stressful/distracting things - you relax and enjoy the beginning of an amazing new chapter in your lives!

Day of coordinator


Get to know Kayla here!

Hi, I’m Kendall! I am an Assistant Director of the Career Development Center at Central Michigan University, animal mom, traveler, and currently planning my own wedding for September 2024. Planning my own wedding has taught me that sometimes you really just need someone to delegate tasks to, confide in, and be a positive light in this process! I am here to bring you peace and be your wedding go-to-gal if you need anything. I am so grateful to get to work with you and hear your story!



Hello and welcome! My name is Abby and I am one of the Creative Grace wedding day assistants and elopement planner/ coordinators! As an elementary teacher, and recently engaged woman I know what it’s like to have a lot on your plate, and to need the peace of having a friend by your side who can help you navigate the world of weddings! When I’m not planning an elopement or assisting a wedding, you can find me in my classroom or my husband and I outdoors, traveling! I’m grateful to be apart of each of your stories and I can’t wait to help yours unfold!


day of assistant

Hey there! 
My name is Crystal, and I am ready to help assist the coordinator and YOU on your wedding day! I have an extensive background in coordination and helpfulness. As a future 2024 bride myself, I can understand personally how stressful wedding planning is, and I want to be there to help ensure everything is in order for your big day! I also love traveling—locally and internationally, and enjoy trying different food spots so please let me know your favorite! I can’t wait to help make your fairytale day come to life.


day of assistant

Hi, I’m Cassidy! Being the coordinators assistant is where I thrive. I enjoy keeping everyone on track and relaxed.
I’m looking forward to making your wedding day FUN and stress free. Just the way you envisioned it to be.


day of assistant

Hello there, I'm Mckenna.  As an interior designer, I love to focus on details and keeping things in order. When I'm not working you’ll find me outdoors hiking, working on my farm or squeezing in a quick road trip in search of a new adventure! I can’t wait to meet you and coordinate your wedding day!"
McKenna will be primarily working in the Nashville area for coordination.



Working with flowers and in nature has always been Eleanors passion. With over 5 years of experience in the floral industry, Eleanor has developed the skills to make floral magic happen! 

wedding florist


Need someone to bring your fur babies to your venue for photos as well as take care of them while you are enjoying your wedding day? Kristin's by far the best there is! She will play with your animals and make sure they are getting the attention they need!

Dog sitter


If I asked you what you thought a wedding planner is, you may picture stern woman in her scratchy polyester skirt-suit telling everyone to hold still, stand up straight, and look tall. Her “Super Nanny” glasses aren’t even as scary as her tone when cake cutting happens precisely 5 minutes late. 

Here at Creative Grace Planning, we prefer to think of ourselves more like Franck Eggelhoffer from “Father of the Bride” (If you’ve made it this far in life without seeing this classic- add it to your watch list immediately). 

Franck enters their lives and is an immediate staple in the wedding. He’s a part of the family and terribly fun, and yet, he carries as much weight and authority as Mrs. Polyester-Pant-Suit.

Have you been considering a wedding planner but haven’t quite found someone that’s the right fit? Let’s touch base and see what fun we can get into together!





From the invites to the charming decor, we will make sure to help bring your vision to life in a way that fits your budget!

we love details

Florals add such a beautiful finishing touch to  your wedding day! We can't wait to share our favorite wedding florists with you.

obsessed with florals

Around here we are all about building lifelong connections and shining our light. We want you to feel confident and comfortable working with us. throughout your entire planning process.

we love connections

With parities being our absolute favorite, we hope to make yours worthwhile !

parties are our absolute fav!

Kayla + Micheal

Creative Grace helped me so so much. I was not the most organized or communicative Bride and they handled everything for me. I didn't think I would need a planner, then I got to a month before my wedding. Everything was so chaotic and I realized I was in over my head. I posted in a group on Facebook, and they ended up reaching out to me, and after the first email and speaking with Anna, I knew they were the ones to help. Once we booked they even sent me a cute bride box, which I thought was thoughtful and such a nice touch, they really make you feel spoiled and special! I also thought their intake form was great because they ask for very detailed information about relationships that everyone in the wedding party has, they really want to know about your specific situation. They helped me by setting up and coordinating my entire wedding day and communicated with all of my vendors to ensure a great experience. I got compliments from my videographer and photographer because they were so great to work with. Kayla and Ava were so helpful and supportive. I feel like I just told them what I wanted and they made it happen. We even had a last-minute switch in the order the bridal party was announced, and Kayla confirmed that with me and then relayed the information to our DJ and it was flawless. They also were super quick on their feet when I decided I wanted to do a "fake exit" since our photographer was leaving for the evening. We didn't pre-plan it at all and Kayla communicated with the DJ, Photographer, and Videographer and made it happen seamlessly. I am so happy we went with them, the peace of mind was worth the (very affordable) price! If you need wedding coordination, I highly recommend Creative Grace Wedding Planning!

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