Living the Dream

Events are milestones. A distinct time in one's life where people come together, fall in love, celebrate, congratulate, and often mark the closing of one phase of life and the beginning of another. I was never a woman that dreamt about planning her wedding since she was a little girl. It honestly wasn't until the weeks after my wedding that I realized how amazing everything was. I realized the success of the day was all in the detail. The small details are what tell the story. Coordinators are charged with the duty to execute every detail to the vision of the client or couple.

 

I started Maebell in 2018 as a way to make extra income to pay for grad school at JU while still working full-time as a School Counselor in Duval. Little did I know that I would find myself living the dream as an Event Coordinator and Small Business Owner. With a background in logistics and a creative knack for detail, I have found my true and authentic self when I am with my clients, couples, and their families.   

 

I am thankful to my family, friends, and my husband, for encouraging me to turn my gift into something I can share with others all year round. When I am not working on your event you can find me snuggled up on the couch with my dog Benny watching (and re-watching) seasons of The Challenge or Big Brother, or you might catch me at a local brewery in Jacksonville enjoying games with my beautiful friends.

Welcome to Team Maebell <3 

Allyson Mae Reese
Owner & Head Coordinator
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Why Mae+bell?

As an adult, I try to hold onto as many memories from my childhood as I can. One can't possibly remember all of them, but I find that the ones I do remember, I remember with absolute vividness. My grandma was, and is, one of my greatest role models; her and my mother are women that I aspire to be everyday. My grandma was a no nonsense, infinitely loving, strong, God centered woman who played the piano better than anyone. It was always a treat getting to hear her play the piano after an evening dinner at my grandparents house. As a kid I knew she was good, but I didn't understand just how good.

 

One day, she told me, "If anyone ever tells you, that you can't do something, don't ever listen to them, keep going and never give up." It was my grandma's biggest dream to be a concert pianist. She auditioned to be in the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and after not getting a seat, her coach told her to give up because she would probably never make it and she quit to find a 'normal' career. "Never give someone that power to steal your dreams from you," she said. 12 year old me heard her, but now as an adult, I hold onto those words almost everyday.

 

My grandma had a whole shelf of bells that sat next to her piano. When she passed, I kept one of those bells; it is a physical reminder of this vivid memory.

Don't stay quiet, sound the alarm on

your dreams...or simply just ring the bell.  

1 Peter 5:6-8
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