Our approach

We’ve worked in a variety of roles in the industry, providing us with a unique understanding of how to effortlessly piece together every part of your day, allowing you to rest assured knowing that your event execution will be seamless and each aspect of your design will be stunning. 

Our event backgrounds bring forward a combination of logistics-forward thinking paired with a decade of hospitality experience. This means that not only will your wedding day design “wow” your friends and family, but also that we’ll always have an expertly thought out Plan B ready to go if needed. 

It means that your catering and beverages will be curated specifically for you and that the drinks will be flowing and the service will be incredible, that your ceremony music will transition seamlessly and your dance floor will be packed all night. It means that we are more than equipped to handle all of the behind the scenes elements so that you can have the day you dreamed of - because we genuinely care about making sure your wedding is a success and have the skills to pull it off. 

And most importantly, we put together a dream team of creative, quick-thinking young professionals who have combined our planning and design expertise to craft one-of-a-kind weddings for couples looking to celebrate their love surrounded by the beauty of Northern Michigan. Oh, and we have a lot of fun along the way – promise.

Meaghan

Meaghan has been producing events professionally since 2011. She started out coordinating weddings for a top wedding planning company while completing her degree in Special Event Management from the University of Florida.

Meaghan’s love affair with Northern Michigan began when her parents purchased a cottage on Green Lake in Interlochen when she turned seven and became a “summer kid.” After spending every summer up north, she knew that she was a Michigan girl at heart and relocated to Traverse City after college, where she has continued to direct weddings and social events.

Though she’s still not a fan of snow in April (the worst), Meaghan still cannot get enough of Northern Michigan and loves working with couples to plan their dream weddings in a place that holds so much meaning to her.

Meaghan drinks her coffee black, her wine red and takes her fries in any form. When she’s not planning weddings, she is likely rehearsing for a show at her local community theater, quoting Parks and Rec, or talking about how cute her dog and son are.

Kelsey

Kelsey joined fox & fern events after mastering her organizational, multi-tasking & event-coordinating skills for over a decade in hospitality management & award-winning fine-dining.

She has an incredible eye for design and knows exactly the questions to ask to create a gorgeous and uniquely personal wedding design plan for her couples.  

A native of Chicago, Kelsey has a degree in business management from Northwestern Michigan College and has lived in Traverse City for the better part of TWO decades.

Outside of work, you can find Kelsey going on adventures with her Bernese mountain dog, Hodge, road-tripping to Chicago to visit her ever growing family, dancing to Beyoncé, drinking sparkling wine, solving Netflix crime mysteries & closing in on a world-record of most stints as a bridesmaid.

“They worked so hard to find vendors that fit our style and sensibilities, and are unbelievably organized. On top of that, they are kind, caring, and funny — a genuine pleasure to work with.”

— Jessica, 2021 Bride

The Fox & Fern team is quick to respond, incredibly organized and most importantly, they are all just really kind people. We loved working with them and can't recommend them enough.

— Julia, 2020 Bride

Hands down the best decision we made for our day was hiring the Fox + Fern team. They were by our side every step of the way and made our vision come to life with grace and creativity. The most professional, supportive, and FUN team I have ever encountered.

— Sydney, 2020 Bride

Fox + Fern was punctual, detail oriented, organized, caring and most of all fun to work with. Our A-TEAM of lovely ladies (HUGE SHOUT OUT TO MEAGHAN AND KELSEY) became our friends and by the time our wedding day came there was no one we would have rather had there to run the day.

— Julia, 2019 Bride

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2012

Meaghan kicks off her professional event planning career working for an Event Planning firm and planning weddings, corporate and non-profit events with a focus on logistics-first planning and guest experience - something she still prioritizes when planning weddings today.

2016

Fox & Fern is born after Meaghan realizes that she loves her side hustle more than her current job. She tours a lot of venues, re-ignites a lot of former relationships, and gets to work, booking 17 weddings for the 2017 season.

2014

Sidestep into the world of Marketing and Sales, where Meaghan’s previous firm has stopped offering wedding planning and starts sending referrals her way, where wedding planning becomes her official “side hustle”

Our story
from the
beginning

2018

We double our weddings for 2018 and send 36 amazing couples down the aisle.

2020

The year we fully understood the level of service we provided and the amount of emotional investment we put into every single wedding day. A lot of postponements, a lot of pivoting, a lot of beautiful intimate celebrations.

2019

Knowing we need to increase our full time staff to maintain the level of service we want to provide, Kelsey joins our crew as a lead planner in January 2019.

2017

A year in, Fox & Fern hires it’s first part-time employee and outgrows Meaghan’s home office, finding a new homebase in a beautiful loft space in Downtown Traverse City, where we’re still located today!

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