Meris Gantt // Owner // Principal Planner

I believe authenticity, passion, hard work and a touch of wit are the key ingredients to every successful event. Just like you, I want to create that completely original, utterly unforgettable event. Most importantly, I want it to be a reflection of you and for it to bring out the best in you. I love logistics and comprehensive event management.

I look for clients who are adventurous, down to earth and open to collaboration. As the owner behind every TWS wedding or event, I dedicate myself to each and every client. We create events that are one of a kind, yet always approachable, comfortable, and an experience you’ll love and remember.


Kelsey Fidis - Planner

I started working with The Whole Shebang in 2014 for my internship at Appalachian State and fell in love with weddings instantly. From the start, making connections with clients and their families, understanding their visions and building a team to make it a reality all felt like something I was meant to do. My eye for detail and work in previous leadership positions come in handy when directing vendors to get everything picture perfect on wedding days.

As a native of the Asheville area, and AppState grad, I am at home in the WNC mountains. However, I recently made the move to Charlotte where I’m learning to love city life with my boyfriend and our pup. I love traveling and can’t keep away from the mountains so I am currently booking weddings across the Boone and Charlotte areas!

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Andrea Elaver - Planner

A well planned wedding is beautiful, relaxed, fun, and makes even the most distant relatives misty eyed. As a wedding planner, I am honored to be part of making a couple’s vision of that perfect day, a reality.

I’m from Green Bay, WI where the weddings are big, and the dancing goes late into the night. I met my husband after college in Madison, WI. There we planned our own very funky Madison wedding. In the high country I have been part of glorious, breath-takingly beautiful weddings. This is a stunning place, to live and a magical place to exchange vows.

With my past experience, hard working nature, and knowledge of all things wedding - from food and wine, to decor and coordination - I can confidently assist you in creating that beautiful, relaxed, fun, celebration; that makes everyone misty eyed, even me.


Katie Armstrong - Planner

I love, LOVE!!!  When searching for the perfect college internship, I contacted Meris and knew right away I had found the company I wanted to work for.  The team was genuine, down to earth, passionate, and had a way of making me feel welcome from the moment I met them. That’s the feeling and experience that we want all of our clients to have.

As a recent ASU grad, I’m splitting my time between the High Country and Raleigh; planning events in both locations.

I have traveled to three continents and plan to visit all seven!  I love Frank Sinatra, a good Riesling, fuzzy socks and all things Appalachian.  You can find me reading the news, running an absurd number of miles on a greenway somewhere or watching all things pertaining to The Bachelor.  I bring a sweet southern charm, creativity, and a kind smile to all events.