For over ten years, the award-winning team at An Affair To Remember has been helping clients attain the wedding of their dreams. With a focus on comprehensive design and a big-picture approach, our team’s attention to detail is only matched by our unparalleled customer service and dedication to each client. Without a doubt, the wedding and event industry is fast-paced and naturally stressful, but the passion we have for our work and the joy we get from being a part of such a special day for so many makes this “job” better than most. It’s with gratitude and privilege we get to do what we do. Thank you to our clients past, present, and future for trusting us with your dreams.
Owner + PrincipAL Designer
With a background in marketing, PR and events, Jody began her entrepreneurial debut in 2009 by offering marketing-focused event services and small business marketing consulting. Her sister business, An Affair To Remember, offered wedding planning and design services. After the first full wedding season in 2010, it was clear the direction the business was taking. Brides were eager for someone to help them bring the vision they had in their minds to life. In the days before Pinterest, it was even more of a challenge – think pages of magazine clippings, dress and paint swatches, and any other inspiration they could find to help define their wedding style. It was (and is still often) overwhelming for brides to make sense of it all. With a keen eye for color, flower selection, texture and, most importantly, “the big picture”, Jody takes those inspirational elements and creates a comprehensive design that truly brings to life the dream wedding each bride or groom envisions.
Her favorite part of the job is two-fold, “Our consultation process is pretty interactive. My favorite part is toward the end where we get to ‘play’. We layer linens, bring in various containers, light candles, mock up florals and more. The look of excitement on my clients’ faces when they start to see their vision take shape is hands down the best part. This is only magnified when they leave our studio saying how stress-free they feel and how we just ‘get their vision’. When we exceed their expectations on one of the most important days of their life, it makes all the hard work worth it. What we do is truly a labor of love in the best kind of way.”
If you know Jody on a personal level, you know that she spends most of her time working. When she gets the opportunity to travel or pop a bottle of good wine, she jumps on it. Spending a day with her husband and their two pups, Max & Jules, is the best way to spend a day off.
STUDIO MANAGER + FLORAL DESIGN
Whether it be a classic wedding or lavish event, Ashli’s attention to detail on any event is met with remarkable delight. Clients rely on her insider’s knowledge, experience, and effortless talent. After growing up near St. Louis and attending school for Interior Design at Southeast Missouri State University, Ashli moved to Belleville to start her family. She began working in floral shops, attending design courses, and studied under world renowned floral designer and educator, Hitomi Gilliam AIFD paid for by scholarship she won with Teleflora.
Ashli knew at a young age that she wanted to work with flowers. She watched her mother make permanent botanical wedding bouquets and fell in love. Now after thirteen years of designing, Ashli still strives to be as current and knowledgeable in the floral industry as possible. She says “There is something new to learn every day in this line of work.” Ashli loves the chase of new trends and what is yet to come.
When she’s not designing, she cherishes spending time with her son, family, and friends. She is an avid gardener and plant enthusiast. She has 18 varieties of hostas and looks forward to adding more to her garden each year!
Floral Designer + Linen Artist
Mary has been with AATR since its inception in 2009. Even though Mary hasn’t been a lifelong floral designer, she comes from a long lineage of florists in Pennsylvania where her family has owned their flower shop for over 100 years. Originally assisting with event design and styling, when AATR expanded into more comprehensive floral design, Mary picked up arranging with ease and mastered challenging techniques. When Mary isn’t creating beautiful arbor arrangements or intricate centerpiece designs, you can find her laboring (with love!) over our extensive linen and rental collection to make sure they are in pristine condition for each and every wedding or event.
Mary is mother to three girls, three sons-in-law, and boasts six (going on 7) beautiful grandchildren. Mary loves a good glass of wine, preferably with her toes in the sand when possible, and spending time with her husband and family.
WAREHOUSE + INVENTORY MANAGER
A wedding photographer by trade, Nora joined the AATR as the rental prep specialist and has now turned into the rental guru. If you've ever taken a peek into the warehouses at AATR, you know of the rows and rows of votives, linens, chargers, etc. Nora makes sure everything has a place and is in its place. She confirms what goes out and what comes in and makes sure its in tip top condition for each event. It's a crucial part of our process and her attention to detail is paramount in our success.
Nora's favorite part of the job is seeing the whole puzzle come together. "It’s kind of like playing dress up as a grown-up. We get to create beautiful things for clients that are unique and tailored to them and their vision. It really is something special to be part that process."
When she's not working at AATR and shooting (and editing!) weddings, she enjoys spending time with her husband Alex, cleaning out my yard, bringing my home into the 21st century and counted cross stitch. "I love small dogs, velvet anything, and 70s/80s Arena rock music."
Check out Nora Sandoval Photography at https://www.norasandovalphotography.com/
An Affair To Remember is proud to support marriage equality. We are thrilled to assist all couples who are in love and ready to tie the knot!