On the wedding day I am usually pretty calm, almost like a duck, calm on top and swimming like crazy underneath. Never let them see you sweat!
Honestly, I have been doing this long enough and am fortunate enough to be able to surround myself with some pretty amazing individuals who know exactly what I like and what needs to be done. A good planner works in this manner and is able to step back and take a look at the bigger picture. If you allow yourself to get caught up in situations then you will loose sight of the important details, thus mistakes are made. And I was going to work my hardest to make sure no mistakes were made! That’s why I work with a village of talented people. You know the saying it takes a village? Well it does take a village, in some cases a city to pull off a wedding like Bethenny and Jason's!
Checking in with the client is something I always do on the day of the wedding. So today was no different than any other. However, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I get Bridezilla or would I get someone that was relaxed and ready to embrace the moment? Of course as a planner you always hope for the latter ... and thank goodness the latter is what I got!
I wasn’t really shocked to find that she was in a place of calm. I think she had worked so hard to get to this place of happiness that nothing else really mattered. It was her day and I sensed that she was finally willing to relinquish control.
It made me happy to know that she finally trusted me, she was finally (on the wedding day) able to trust me. Maybe somewhere earlier up the road I had gained her trust. Maybe she was keeping me on my toes making sure I didn’t trip up again. I’m not sure and quite frankly I don’t care, because she trusted me and she allowed me to deal with the details while she soaked up every moment of her big day.
Now I know what you’re thinking – why did I tell her the place was set up and looked fabulous when in fact it looked horrible? Why did I stretch the truth? Because you never tell a client otherwise, plain and simple! I knew in my head that the room would look fabulous, I knew it would give me chills (and her chills) and had I told her otherwise it would have caused unnecessary anxiety. That too is part of being a planner – don’t tell the client things that aren’t necessary. At that moment it wasn’t necessary for me to tell her anything other than what the end result would be! And I knew it would be fabulous!
Shawn, You did such a terrific job, you should be so proud of yourself. I hope it brings you lots and lots of business as you sure deserve it!
You are the best! You work well under pressure and clearly everything you touch is a masterpiece! You should be so proud of yourself.
The viewers LOVE you:) A
OMG, you made me laugh out loud when you were talking about the peepee scene. you almost stole the show. bravo should give you your own show, you're so funny! you did a great job and wish you the best.
Enjoyed your work Shawn. Well done and I hope your business increases even more a a result of doing Bethenney's wedding.
Shawn you are a magician!! FABULIOUS JOB!!! You crack me up all the time!!Your relationship with Cookie is hilarious!
Shawn, you totally were great at this event. The peeing-thing was hilarious and the fact that you came out with all your parts intact, says a lot about what kind of planner you are. I love Bethenny's show and you grew on me more and more as the weeks past. Great job for all your efforts -- it totally paid off. I'm just bummed you weren't be part of the show now : ( Good luck on all your future endeavors.
Oh, Shawn! I'm going to miss you now that the wedding is over. :-( I sure hope Bravo gives you your own show. You are hilarious, and it's fun watching you work your magic. Bravo needs to start following you as you plan events. It sounds like a winning show to me! Congratulations on a job well done with Bethenny's wedding!!
Shawn you are a saint for the way you professionally handled an emotional bride (Bethenny) who was not always very pleasant to you. If I ever get married again, I am def going to hire you!! You interviews are the best part of the show - and the faces you make....priceless!! Love it!
Shawn, You were wonderful and so professional. At times i felt like Bethenny was looking down on you. And you the professional that you were made the wedding so special. You did a great job and hope to see you somewhere again on TV.
Congratulations on an awesome achievement in the planning and delivery of Bethaney's Wedding Day Reception. You absolutely created magic! And under such pressure, it was beautifully done. Hat's Off to you !
Shawn, it's not about you! Do you have any idea how many times you used "I" in your blog? If I'd had to listen to you say that blog, I'd have gone all "Cookie".
It was "I did this; I did that; I was wonderful." Huge yawn. Isn't that what a wedding planner is supposed to do?
Why didn't you explain to us where you put all the guests for the 45 minutes while the Four Seasons was changed from a perfect wedding setting back into a restaurant? Did they just all dangle from the ceiling? Stand out in the rain? What?
Best wishes with your career. Stay away from dogs. You're not a dog person.
Great job, you should be so proud of yourself. I've worked in a hospital for a decade and you get used to helping people with all kinds of bodily functions. Good for you for finding your inner nurse. I think you're the best wedding planner of all time.
Congratulations. You did a beautiful job and went way beyond. I really enjoyed watching this episode. You really pulled it together.
Congratulations on putting on and pulling together a magnificent event. The absolute joy in Bethenny's face when she saw the results of all your hard work must have made you feel so very special. You have been a great source of comic relief in these episodes, but in this episode, you were definitely the hero!
You have such poise and grace and I have learned a great amount of coping skills by watching you in action these past few episodes. You deserve and have earned all of the praise and accolades coming your way!
Shawn, what an OUTSTANDING job you did!!! OMG it was so beautiful!
You are a really special person. You somehow "understood" what B wanted and man, did you deliver!!
Many regards and hope your business sky-rockets after seeing what you produce. There's just something about you... you are TRULY special!!!
Thanks for allowing us into YOUR life!!!
You did it! It was elegant...pee bucket and all! God bless you...that must have been a first? Every woman will want you for their wedding planner because you go above and beyond the call of duty! To top it off she loved the cake! That was a cliff hanger!!!! Best of luck on your next wededing. May it be as elegant and perfect as Bethenny's.
Wow! What an amazing wedding experience you created for them! You are talented and dedicated to making your clients' wedding dreams come true. Best of luck and may your business continue to grow and flourish. I wish I could afford you. :)
Shawn! congratulations to YOU for pulling of a fabulous wedding in such a short amount of time. You really worked hard, and you have a great "village" of people who obviously all work well together.
It was hard not to be nervous for you. Especially when you had to fib about the room, but you're so right. Why cause anxiety when you KNOW it is going to look great?
I still can't get over that you did this in 4 weeks.
Do you think you could break that record? ;)
You looked great, too, I must add. I love how you "directed" everything and you're right. Terri was getting a bit hyper. Bethenny trusted you from the get-go, I believe, but yes, she wanted to shoot that gun at your feet and keep you dancing!
I'm thrilled for you and wish you continued success!
I think you are hilarious. You made this show as far as I'm concerned. Maybe Kathy Griffin or Jeff Lewis or someone else from the Bravo family will get married so we can see more of you.
As an event planner and fan of this show, I have to say - your work, your style and your joy for your client radiated through this episode. Bethenny put you through the ringer and you performed magic. Kudos to you on a beautifully executed, yeoman's effort.
This was so funny to read and I have to say, you have been so adorable to watch on this show, I will miss you after the wedding - they'll have to hire you to do another event!
I am still crying after watching the wedding. Shawn what an amazing job you did and what an amazing person you are. I knew that you would do a wonderful job and I also knew that in the end Bethenny and Jason would appreciate all of your hard work. I also loved how you stayed with Bethenny and gave her moral support and I could tell that you have a great deal of respect for her and you love her like we do.
Shawn, you did a FABULOUS job on Bethenny's wedding ! And you are so adorable, and patient,and professional. Bethenny should keep you in her show for EVER. You are a great addition to team Bethenny.I am keeping the wedding episode on my DVR. The "pee in the bucket" scene is priceless ! Love you.If i was getting married,i'd hire you in a heartbeat. XOXO Russian Girl
Shawn, you did a fantastic job at putting together the event and managing Bethenny. I will miss you on the show :(
i love watching bethenny but oh boy i dont know if i could work for her. you´re like an aplus student whose teacher wants to give a genious challenge-and you passed, surpassed I will say. Congrats. I love your personality, you are one tough cookie, im sure as a boss youre like bethenny or worse!! haha. congratulatgions on this job and in general for your beautiful mission in women´s dream day...love you! xoxo
Dude you freaking rocked it. Your part in the show was so funny and refreshing. I thank you for making Jason and B a wonderful wedding. KUDOOS for the wedding planner!!!!!
OMG....Sh...I awn was the super star of the wedding event!!!.. I love, love, love, this guy..Give him a show...."Magic Makers of New York City"
I loved watching you on the show and your colorful expressions. I think you need to get your own show on Bravo. I would watch, it would be fun and especially entertaining with you being the main lead.
Anyone who saw you handle the pee incident with such masterful aplomb would hire you for anything. what a lovely man you are.
I love watching you on this show. I wish you could get your own show. I hope to see you more on Bethenny getting married :-)
Shawn - you should change your name to Job honey, because throughout those four weeks, the patience you've exercised matched Job's (from the Old Testament)!
I couldn't believe how calm you remained through Hurricane Bethenny. The grace and focus you've shown really were phenomenal, and on top of that, you've created the kind of day every little girl dreams of, which was, to have the wedding she wanted.
I have great admiration for you. Every possible positive word ever created would absolutely describe what I thought of you while observing you work through that process.
I wish you continual success in your business, as well as life.
Keep doing the good work, Shawn! Lots of Love!!!!
bless you i know what its like to have to pee when your all dressed up it was so funny i cant get over the look on your face when she shussed you so she could go wonder if david would have done that for one of his brides loved it shes so refreshing haaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
You did such an amazing job in such a short period of time, the wedding was awesome. I knew you would deliver something fabulous for Bethany, and you seemed to be able to deal with all her stress so well, and seemed to have a lot of fun with it too. I will miss seeing you on the show now that you are finished with the wedding, I really liked you. I wish you much success and happiness in your work and in your life.
You did an absolutely wonderful job! Not only did your artistic talent shine through, your organizational skills abound, but your maturiity and level headedness in stress beyond comprehension.
You were part artist, ringmaster, CEO, and therapist.. all at once. Oh! And comedian! BRAVO!!!
Hoping the exposure on Bravo exposure has you booked into the next century! Because what ever they paid you? YOu were totally unerdpaid!
Again, BRAVO!!!! Thanks for allowing all of us single women to live our dreams of a beautiful wedding through Bethany! It was magnificent! Trish
You did an unbelievable job creating a perfect place and atmosphere for what I thought was a truly perfect wedding that anyone wound love to have had ! I was pulling for you the whole way through the planning episodes and feeling so bad for you, BUT what I realized, this is why your reputation has and will carry you through a long and lasting successful career. You are adorable, thoughtful and incredibly patient. Bravo to you!!!! I just hope you were reimbursed for all the rips in your pants from the many attacks from Cookie!
Shaun . . . the moment on your face when you were watching Bethenny walk down the aisle is so glorious. You look like a proud parent in the warmest moment of love. You did a phenomenal job Shaun.
Shawn...the wedding was GORGEOUS!!!
You did an AWESOME job and if I ever get married again, I'm hiring you!!!
You rock! What a professional-- to calm the bride and take care of all the details. Wonderful sense of humor and comic timing too. I hope you get your own show. Best wishes to you and your career!