The Belvedere in Baltimore is one of our favorite venues to work at, and we’re ever grateful for the relationship we have with their amazing events team. I’m sure you can imagine how happy we were when Kat Philgreen and Logan Paris of Belvedere & Co. Events said they would be featured in an interview on our blog! Today we’re talking weddings and more, so read on to get to know these very awesome ladies!
How did you get started in the wedding business?
K: I’ve been working in the hospitality industry since before I could drive, and after college was offered a Catering Sales position that grew to catering weddings & corporate events in Charleston, SC. From there, I found the Belvedere here in Baltimore & the rest is history.
L: I always knew I wanted to be in the event industry.After moving to Maryland in 2009, I was offered an event coordinator internship which turned into a part time position.I got to experience the fun and frenzy of the wedding industry and couldn’t get enough!
What do you do when you are not working?
K: I garden & cook, watch too much Netflix, and hang out with my 4-legged child, Ferris.
L:I love hanging out with friends and going to Sunday brunch, visiting local wineries, concerts, and of course traveling.My all-time guilty pleasure is watching horribly addictive reality TV shows, or as my boyfriend likes to call it, “Trash TV”.
How would you describe your approach to weddings?
K: Each wedding is different. I like to find out which part of the wedding is most important to the couple, be it the food, music, bar, décor – and craft the event around that.
L: Laid back and patient.During planning there can be times when the stress is high for the bride, groom and their families and it’s important that I be someone they can reach out to who can give them reassurance and a sense of relief.
What inspires you in your work?
K: While I definitely still have stacks of wedding magazines all over the house (especially Martha Stewart’s), blogs are my go-to for new ideas & inspiration.
L: I love seeing how brides work in family traditions and things that mean a lot personally.It’s different with every bride and I think it’s what makes weddings so special.
What do you find the most rewarding about your job?
K: Hearing the bride, groom & their families say that it’s the BEST day of their lives.
L: After working with these couples for months and sometimes year to plan the biggest day of their life, it’s a great feeling to see their faces covered with sheer happiness and love at the end of the night.
What's the one thing you wish everyone knew about you or your company?
K:That we are really inclusive when it comes to the entire planning process. Not only do we help to guide our clients every step of the way, but we make it FUN! When the details get a little too girly for the grooms, they can always pop into the Owl Bar for a pint or two.
L: I wish people knew that beyond great customer service, our food is amazing!My favorite is the seared sea scallops with sweet pea risotto at the 13th Floor.
What do you think sets your company apart from others in your field?
K: We are family owned, and really pour our heart & soul into everything we do.
L: Our team is the best of the best.From initial site tour to our day-of banquet staff,professionalism with personality is at the core of our business.Not only do we deliver on beautiful weddings, but we make the experience really fun and get to know our brides and grooms like family.
What do you love about weddings?
K: From start to finish, I pretty much love it all. The whole emotional gamut that’s involved with the planning process is different for everyone, so it’s NEVER boring.
L: I love the personal touches that each wedding brings.There is a good chance (100%) that I will tear up while listening to a couple recite their vows and the toasts from friends and family.
What do you hate about weddings?
L: When a couple lets other opinions take over their big day.As important as friends and family can be, I want couples to remember that this is their day.It is always important to take the different opinions into consideration during the planning process but each couple should have the wedding that they envision.
What is the coolest thing you've ever seen at a wedding?
K: The belly dancer that we had at an Egyptian wedding this past October was amazing. I wasn’t sure how the party would go, since it was a non-Alcoholic affair – but she got the dance floor PACKED for the whole night.
L: We recently had a surprise wedding at the 13th Floor!Friends and family thought they were coming for an engagement party, but SURPRISE- it was a wedding!The bride wore the most gorgeous floor length purple sequin gown and her two sons were very much a part of the Big Day.
What's the best piece of advice you can give to couples planning a wedding?
K: Don’t sweat the small stuff, that’s my job!
L: Stay focused on the big picture.It’s easy to get caught up in little details that can make you go crazy, but if you keep the big picture in mind you will enjoy the whole process and end up with the wedding of your dreams!
Who is your favorite artist or band?
K: I am a huge Ben Folds fan.
L: This is a hard one for me.I love all different types of music and have been to a ton of concerts and music festivals but I would have to say the most played Pandora station for me at the moment is The Avett Brothers.
What is the worst song of all time?
K: Butterfly Kisses.
L: Group dance songs (ahem, Electric Slide)
Open mic, final thoughts:
L: Truffles Catering has a new name!We decided to change our name to something that better embraced our beautiful building, so we are now Belvedere & Co. Events!Belvedere & Co. Events will handle all weddings and events in the Belvedere, whether a ballroom, Owl Bar or the 13th Floor.Look for our new website soon- www.BelvedereAndCoEvents.com