Get to know our Lead Coordinators

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Natalie Atkinson

If your must have list for your coordinator sounds something like: super organized, relaxed, experienced, good hearted and fun to be around, then Natalie is a good fit for you!  She loves new people and appreciates unique styles and tastes. When’s she not hustling to make brides’ wedding dreams come true, she’s chasing around her adorable toddler Daxon, hanging with her girlfriends, or sippin’ wine on the back porch with her hubby.  

Natalie works with brides looking to outsource the responsibility of running their own wedding day. She knows the wedding day can be perfect without the bride feeling burdened with the details she has planned.  She supports her clients with her natural ability to help others and anticipate their needs.  

Natalie has worked within the service industry since she was 17, as a server, bartender, expediter, hostess and floor manager.  She knows the ins and outs of every position in this field.  She can also mix any drink you can think of! Combine that experience with her 10+ years working in commercial property and general liability insurance and you’ve got a uniquely qualified wedding coordinator.   

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Heather Schwaner

Heather is an accomplished digital artist and has been recognized for her work at the New Orleans Museum of Art and has been nominated for a 2018 New Orleans ADDY Award.  She is a graduate of Tulane University where she studied Marketing, Website Development and Graphic Design.  In addition to her work and success as a coordinator, Heather owns and designs for French Magnolia Design. She has extensive experience in the hospitality, tourism, and marketing industries as well.  Her keen eye for detail, coupled with her unique combination of education and experience make Heather an expert on bringing a wedding vision to life.

Heather is a great listener; she works hard, and always strives for perfection.  Brides love her passionate work and her ability to lead the wedding day team and schedule!She channels her natural ability to organize and manage details to bring her clients the peace of mind they need to enjoy the wedding day.  She knows how quickly the day goes by and believes in the importance of cherishing each moment.   

Professionally, she’s a boss y’all!  But we love being her friend too!  Her adorably designed home is usually filled with the smell of her Cajun cooking and sweet conversation with her hubby Nick and their Chi-Weenie, Mini.  You’ll catch her there with a glass of wine or a dirty martini, singing her heart out and simultaneously knocking out home repairs!  If you’re looking for someone to help you relax and take in every wedding moment, hand things over to Heather.  Not only will you appreciate her professionalism and experience, you’ll love her warm, friendly personality.  This is an investment you’ll be glad you made!  

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Janet Howell

On a day off, you’ll find Janet hanging with her hubby and 2 kids, chatting with her best girlfriends, or catching a comedy show.  She’s a coffee lover, a romantic, and knows way too much cars and trucks!  Really, ask her something about which specs get you the most for your money, how to find the best price deal on a car when buying retail, what time of year to buy a vehicle depending on which vehicle type and manufacturer, which year model the manufacturer had injector pump problems, etc.  Plus we love to combine that with the fact that this amazing woman still makes her bed every day!  

The moment you meet Janet, you’ll recognize her calm and nurturing kindness. And as you get to know her more, you’ll see the organization, dedication, flexibility and positivity that make her among the finest wedding coordinators in our area.  Janet has a background in project management, global logistics, contract negotiation, and risk management. Combined with her innate problem solving ability, Janet’s experience guarantees her clients a meticulously reviewed wedding plan that is routinely carried out according to the wedding vision. She is a skilled communicator, a trait that both vendors and clients appreciate.  

Janet joined Uncommon Camellia in January of 2018 and has completed the Lead Coordinator Certification Program. She is a master of the wedding timeline and says it’s the best part of the service she provides. In fact, its what sold her on joining Uncommon Camellia in the first place! 15 years ago, she made her own uber-detailed wedding timeline and discovered the peace and joy it allowed her and her bridal party. Now she brings that same organization and attention to detail to each of her brides.    

If you’re looking for a strong ally that can seamlessly manage your day, Janet will deliver. We love having her on our team, and know you’ll love having her on yours!   

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Amélie Pizza

Amélie married her high school sweetheart and they live in the most charming circa 1902 home with their two darling children.  Aside from her busy life as a mamma and coordinator, Amélie moonlights as a painter, lettering artist and interior designer.  You never know what new project she and her husband are undertaking, but it’s probably somewhere along the lines of knocking out a wall, building a dining room table, enclosing a new room, adding on a deck…there’s always something being created in their home!  

Amélie ensures a stress free day for her clients.  She provides the optimal wedding experience by anticipating each detail, vendor need, and possible hiccup.  She is focused, hard-working and reliable mixed perfectly with her contagious positivity and love for life.  
Amélie has worked with venues and vendors across New Orleans and the Northshore and has established a reputation as a top wedding coordinator. She has completed the certification for Lead Coordinator and has worked in this role since January 2017.  Amélie is certified Distinguished Communicator, awarded through LSU where she also earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Clients appreciate this refined skill in communication as Amelie is quickly able to onboard a vendor team to bring the wedding vision to life.  

If it isn’t already obvious this woman can keep order where most would feel chaos.  Amélie’s brides have noted her stellar work ethic and how that makes things swing in her favor when obstacles arise.  If you are looking for a coordinator who can keep cool under pressure, find joy in anything, command the room, and organize like the boss she is, then have some coffee or sangria with this rock star!  We predict you’ll immediately book her and feel a major weight lifted off your shoulders. 

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Adrienne Brink

Adrienne loves putting together the client's wedding day vision.  Finding the perfect place for each part of the puzzle is a fun and rewarding challenge for her.  She grew up watching Annie on repeat, always wishing she could be the fabulous Grace Ferrell (secretary to Oliver Warbucks). And now she loves being the Grace Ferrell for all her clients, pulling together all their details, with a smile and an occasional shimmy, kick ball change! (youtube "We Got Annie").

She's wife to Fritz, and mama to Turner (5), June (3), newborn Auggie and pup Beaullieu.  She loves walks to the farmer's market, sipping coffee on the porch, getting wrapped up in conversations over wine, planning trips and adventures, and enjoying the company of her sweet family.

Adrienne has a bachelors degree in Business Management and a masters in Counseling.  Expect a little stress management along with the wedding coordination package! She is devoted to her clients and her work and will always put in the effort and care required to make the wedding day a success.