I am so blessed to do what I love! As early as I can remember I was picking bouquets from the gardens of the women in my life and arranging beautiful vignettes. My great grandmother raised 3 girls through the depression by opening a flower shop. My grandmother attended Furman University on a Flower Scholarship. Imagine that! A scholarship for girls who were responsible for the fresh arrangements in the College! My mother is an artist and Master Gardener. Now God has blessed me as a designer and stylist to assist women on the most wonderful day of their lives to create the perfect environment of beauty to wed. Life is Good!
With a background in visual and performing arts, Allison Doares-Sykora is a designer and stylist who has studied and trained under Marianne Caldwell of River Oaks Charleston, Joy Thigpen and Emily Newman of Once Wed, and Jessica Rourke and Kaitlin Holland of The School of Styling. Allison is also a budding garden-style floral designer who has studied and trained under Kelly Perry of Team Flower, Holly Carlisle of Rosegolden Flowers, Ashley Beyer of Tinge, Heather Barrie of Gathering Floral & Event Design, Anne Dabney of Stems, and Amy Osaba of Amy Osaba Events. Allison’s work has been photographed by Heather Payne, Almond Leaf Studios, Perry Vaile and Corbin Gurkin. She is also a Senior Certified Wedding Planner through The Bridal Society.
Allison and her husband, Andy Sykora, also own Custom Audio & Lighting, our parent company. Allison and Andy enjoy flying (Andy's a private pilot!), travel, friends, and are huge movie buffs! They are the parents of eight children between them.
Laura Katherine McCallum
First and foremost, I am a sucker for furry friends-- and currently own the cutest little brown princess-- Pippa Rose, a "happy-go-lucky", Boykin Spaniel puppy. She is full of energy and definitely keeps me on my toes, but I love nothing more than being her mom. I am a buff for a good romance novel and love story.. (Yes, The Notebook still makes me ball my eyes out). I could eat a Burger for lunch at least 6 days out of the week and I've made it my personal goal to eat at every "burger joint" in South Carolina. I LOVE pound cake, fresh cut flowers, and the Clemson Tigers! Oh! and of course a well-made Tom Collins. I melt over old plantations, old brick buildings, Spanish moss, vintage china, mixed metals, and textured table linens.
As a SC native and Clemson University graduate, Laura Katherine has been with Callie Weddings since 2012. Laura Katherine is an internationally certified wedding planner through The Bridal Society. While obtaining her degree in Travel and Tourism, Laura Katherine interned with Randi Events and Hospitality Consults in Nashville, TN and she has also worked as an Event Specialist for the City of Greenville, SC. We are very proud to have Laura Katherine as Callie Weddings' Senior Wedding Planner.
Obsessively organized and detail oriented, Laura Katherine handles the logistics and all those things you don’t even know you should think of. With established vender relationships, Laura Katherine will guide you in choosing the best professionals to bring your vision into reality, and will provide you tools to keep you in budget, keep you on track, and produce a detailed timeline for the Day-of. Laura Katherine is intimately familiar with event safety and etiquette, and she handles those little emergencies on the Day-of, often without you even being aware.