The Hawthorne House | Vendor Featured Post

If you don’t already know this about me–you should.

I absolutely LOVE encouragement! Yes, of course getting it–but having the opportunity to come alongside someone else and say, “Yes! You’re doing it! And I’m here beside you!” Now THAT’S energizing!!!

That’s how I feel about Elizabeth! And to top it off, her husband Wade, herself and her in-laws recently purchased the beautiful Hawthorne House! For brides looking for a stunning venue with people who will more than take care of you–you need to check them out! Scroll down for a better look into who they are & why they do what they do! I (whole-heartedly believing in them and cheering them on beside) want to introduce you to Elizabeth from The Hawthorne House!

Where were you born and what brought you to Kansas City?
I was born and raised in Sioux City, Iowa, then went to Iowa State University (GO CLONES!). I graduated in 2014 with a degree in Child Development and two minors in Business and Leadership. In 2012 I met my now husband and business partner, Wade, and he got an internship at Burns & McDonnell. Wade’s job brought us to Kansas City and we are slowly but surly becoming #KCproud.

On your days off, what is your favorite way to spend your time?
I am low-key obsess with Power Life Yoga and have made it a 2019 goal to become certified as a Barre teacher. There we go- now you all have to hold me accountable for my resolution! If I’m not at Power Life, I’m in the Home Goods card department, smelling Anthropologie candles (I can sniff a Blue Volcano candle from a mile away) or in Half Price Books searching for my next novel. Whenever I’m in my car I’m listening to the Goal Digger, Rise, or For Better or For Worse Podcasts and I always have either a coffee or a kombucha in my hand.

What are three adjectives that you would use to describe yourself?
Energetic. Relatable. Compassionate

Where is your dream vacation?
An RV trip across the Pacific Northwest!!!!!!! Wade and I have gone to Italy and France together, England and Spain on our own and- I know- you’re going to think I’m nuts. One thing I have yet to cross off my bucket list is to RV across America; Specifically the Pacific Northwest. Give me all the trees and wine country and freezing cold ocean you can’t swim in. (Cough, cough- Wade, if you’re reading this I would not be made if we celebrated my 27th birthday in an RV. In fact, you would win husband of the year.)

What is your favorite thing about living in Kansas City? -If you were given the option of coffee, tea or pop what would it be?
Coffee 110%. I’ve been digging lattes recently, but it’s certainly a phase because this girl can’t function without a good chunk of caffeine.

What other hobbies do you have?
Going for walks is a a major part of my life- that is when my best brainstorming happens. Lately, I’ve been big into yoga and meditation. I’m not the greatest person at relaxing, so I’ve learned leaning on activities that enforce this help me a bunch! Date night with my husband is my favorite hobby, visiting friends and trying new food/visiting new places are all things that bring me joy.

How did you get your start in running and owning a venue?
My husband, Wade, and I have always worked well together. Our best selves come out when we partner on big ideas and this new adventure is no exception. I’ve been in the wedding industry for a few years and this felt like the natural next step. I’ve adored working with couples as a wedding coordinator and have been loving being able to help the couple’s in a new way. 

Was running a venue something that you always wanted to do?
My two joys in life are hosting and helping people. I never would have imagined these to joys would collide into one amazing dream, but now that I look back I can see that this was the path I was meant to be on.

What is your favorite part about running a venue?
I have a passion for making the journey of wedding planning easier on a couple so they can focus on the sacrament of marriage. There are checklists galore ‘you should follow’ and Pinterest boards that seem to pressure couple’s to turn their focus on the planning and the details during engagement. As a venue, I am not able to hold their hand throughout the entire planning process, but I have made it my mission to do everything I can to be sure each couple at Hawthorne House feels supported and confident in their venue so they can solely focus on this incredible life step they are taking. I absolutely adore seeing the joy on a couple’s face when I ask about the engagement story, or how they met!

If there is one thing that you could tell your clients (or future clients) what would it be and why?
Regarding Hawthorne House: A venue is a really big deal. Like, a REALLY big deal. It is the location of your start to forever. It is (usually) the first vendor you book. It is the person who can assist you with vendor recommendations, a nudge in event design and the person you work with the longest throughout your engagement. Be sure to compare apples to apples- is sales tax included; do they provide tables/chairs/linens; am I okay with plastic or do I want glassware; what type of service am I getting throughout my engagement; etc. Don’t rush this decision, but don’t over think this decision. No question is a silly question when wedding planning! I’ve had people bring me a list they found online of 35 questions they should ask a venue and I’ve had a couple ask no question- neither one is wrong!

About marriage: Marriage is an incredible blessing and one of the greatest gifts life brings. Embrace it with open arms. You’re in this together- for better or for worse. If you’re engaged and feeling overwhelmed- Take. A. Break. Go out for dinner and don’t talk about wedding planning! It’s okay to put things on hold for a week- I promise you it will still be there when you come back to it. This will allow you to have a clear mind and a thankful mind for this sacrament you are about to partake in and you will cherish every moment of this journey by approaching it with utter togetherness.

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