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Meet the Team

Wendy Markum-Scanlan

 Owner & Wedding Planner

Hi there, my name is Wendy the owner and lead planner of The Savvy Bride.


I have been planning large-scale events and theatre productions for over twenty years and for the past six years have been exclusively planning awesome weddings for some really amazing brides.


I function on coffee, share my office with four high-maintenance furry critters, do late-night design research in a bubble bath and celebrate the end of the day with red wine. I ugly sing in the car on my way to client meetings, and geek out to Harry Potter and emoji banter with my brides.

I created The Savvy Bride six-years ago because I wanted to offer couples some levity during the planning process. It is so easy to feel the pressures of creating perfection and that can lead to unnecessary stress and frustration. My focus of planning requires developing a personal relationship with my client allowing me to translate their unique personalities into a wedding celebration that is authentic to the couple's love and life together. I tell my couples that a successful wedding is when your guests walk away and say "That was so them!" I would love the opportunity to help you create YOUR perfect wedding celebration.



Matt and Wendy have known each other since they were children and grew up doing theatre together. As a 20+ year professional carpenter, this guy is our very own McGyver. You might see Matt assisting on setup of complex weddings or in the workshop shop building decor to add to our rental stock.

Matt is the father to two teens and a college student. When he is not working as a carpenter, or traveling to St. Louis to assist with weddings, Matt enjoys hiking in nature or working on house projects. 

Wedding Assistant



Wedding Assistant

Emily, a recent graduate from Lindenwood University with a degree in Elementary Education, always knew that planning weddings and events was her ultimate dream job. After teaching Kindergarten for one year and realizing it wasn’t the right fit, she decided to take the leap and start pursuing her passion. Leaning on her prior experience in wedding and event planning, Emily landed a job that allows her to help people the best way she knows how. She takes pride in bringing her clients’ dreams to fruition and is honored to join the Savvy Bride team!


Emily has flourished in the Saint Louis area as a mom of three fur babies, a sister in a family of seven, and a lifelong friend to many. In her spare time, Emily loves to try out new recipes, pour over a good book, and plan fun date nights with her husband, Alex.



Wedding Assistant

Liz, is a graduate from Christopher Newport University with a degree in Communications, has always had a passion for wedding planning and events. After living overseas with her husband for 4 years and gaining experience working
international events, she is back in the states and ready to focus on planning your dream wedding! Nothing makes her more happy than seeing two people in love and starting their next lives together.

She is a mom to two fur-babies and is expecting her first child in the spring of 2021! She absolutely loves coffee and anything to do with Disney or Harry Potter. In her spare time, Liz loves spending time adventuring new places with her husband and spending time with her friends! She can’t wait to assist with making your dream wedding come to life! Love conquers all.