vendor tour: Cityside Events


consultant: Kirby Johnson
address: 75 Market St. #303, Portland
phone: 207.774.4527

I'm lucky to know many wonderful wedding planners & coordinators. Their personality and organizational skills are what can make or break the flow of a wedding.

Cityside Events in Portland hosts events exclusively with a number of venues in the Portland area. One of their consultants, Kirby, is someone I look forward to working with. Her sweet, spirited approach is fun and welcome no matter what the circumstance.

Kirby loves all aspects of the wedding planning process and especially appreciates the relationships formed with a bride and groom once all is said and done. She has a marketing degree from USM and has been with Cityside for two years.

What you may not know about Kirby is her other love, dancing. Kirby has been dancing with the Maine State Ballet in Falmouth since she was four years old and dances 5 nights a week! They just wrapped their Nutcracker performances last month and are starting rehearsals for Cinderella this spring.

I recently dropped in on Kirby at work and at dance class to give you a little peek at what she does best.

Meet Kirby.

And Bella, Cityside Events owner's (Jim Ciampi of the Jim Ciampi Band) sweet golden.

The Cityside reception area.

The consultation area.

On this particular day, Kirby was meeting with a bride and groom interested in The Landing, Cityside's newest venue in Scarborough.

The Landing is currently undergoing a huge renovation and should be open this spring. Kirby pulled out the plans to show the couple.

Kirby said January is a very busy month for prospective meetings, with recently engaged brides and grooms eager to make their wedding plans.

In addition to helping choose a venue, Cityside also assists with selecting other vendors, linens and day-of coordination.

Kelly Couture, behind Kirby, is the wedding events manager.

After work, Kirby heads to class ditching her boots for ballet slippers.

I love photographing dance. You may not believe it, but I, too, started taking classes when I was super young all the way through high school (ballet, tap and jazz). Photographing Kirby's class made me miss it a lot (and announce to J when I got home that this is where I'd like our daughter to go one day. We have no news to report, of course!).

Kirby's dance instructor and company artistic director, Linda MacArthur Miele, was the youngest member accepted into the New York City Ballet Company at age 14. After years touring the world, she has settled in Maine.

Thank you so much for this inside peek, Kirby! I am equally impressed with your coordinating skills as I am the ballet. Looking forward to working with you again soon! Have a great vacation to St. John next month!

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