About Us

About Us

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Weddings by Lydia first appeared on the wedding scene on April 7, 2014. 

Like all new businesses, it was extremely exciting and scary at the same time! I had decided to leave a field in which I had many years of experience and stability for little else than a dream. I knew I could stay in my field for many more years but was totally unsatisfied in the corporate world and missed my days as an entrepreneur. I knew at the time that I loved working for myself and had experience as a wedding planner earlier in my career. 

I truly loved being creative and having the freedom to make my own decisions, good or bad. The success of my company would depend on finding a wonderful team who would give 150% of themselves. What’s more, I love seeing the fruits of our labor, as the brides and grooms meet at the altar and begin the first day of their lives together. What an honor it is to share a time as special as this!

It has certainly become our passion and with the help of a wonderful team, I have seen “our” company grow and become a premier wedding planning and coordinating company here in Pensacola and throughout the gorgeous Gulf Coasts of Florida and Alabama. We offer many services, including full-wedding planning, day/month of coordinating, décor and design, and offer the most important service of all…..our desire to make every wedding our best ever!

Thank you so much!

Lydia McHenry

Lydia McHenry

Founder and Owner

Hi There! 

My name is Lydia McHenry and I'm proud to introduce myself as the founder and owner of "Weddings by Lydia"! We celebrated our 5-year anniversary in Pensacola last April and we have our fantastic brides and grooms to thank for that! We also have three prior years of wedding and event planning in Virginia Beach, VA!
I began planning and coordinating weddings and events at a young age while raising my two beautiful children. My love of working with brides from every walk of life and sharing their excitement has always been an honor and privilege and also a lot of fun! 

I'm originally from Virginia Beach and have lived in Pensacola for 10 years with my wonderful husband, Greg. I and my team of Wedding Assistants join forces with the most professional vendors along the Gulf Coast of FL and AL to create unique and beautiful weddings and events!
I love to laugh and believe that a good sense of humor can get you through anything! After all, weddings are a celebration of love and life! So, sit back and relax and let us make this most memorable day, a perfect one for you!

Dawn Oliveira

Lindsey Arrant

Senior Wedding Coordinator

Hi! My name is Lindsey Arrant, and I grew up in Pace, Florida. I graduated from the University of West Florida with a degree in Education. I am currently employed as an ESE teacher in Milton, Florida. I also work as a wedding assistant to Lydia. Working with Lydia has allowed me to use my creativity in the best ways I know! I also have an Etsy business where I specialize in creating custom wedding signs. I love decorating for weddings, and I love being a part of your BIG day!

Shannon Terry

Brittney Anderson

Senior Wedding Coordinator

Hi! I’m from the small town of Defuniak Springs, Florida. I attended University of West Florida and just received my Bachelor’s Degree in Global Hospitality and Tourism Management. I have always loved weddings and events and have helped my family with both. When I first met Lydia and worked my first wedding with her at Weddings by Lydia, I knew that wedding planning and coordinating was exactly what I wanted to do. Throughout 2019, I have worked with Lydia, making sure that we capture the vision of what our bridal couples want and have loved how unique each one is! We’re so excited to be an important part of making Weddings by Lydia a continued success!❣️

“There are no words to describe just how grateful we are, I can tell you right now that it's not going to fit into a card! Lydia was hands down the best decision we made in this whole wedding process, we really did have the best day of our lives and we will treasure it forever. For two people who were very much out of their element, you were patient, understanding, and clear in your communications. Thank you for the late nights, the never-ending emails, the laughter, and memories. 

From help picking out a beach house, photographer, florist, baker and everyone involved we were blown away by the cohesion and beauty in every aspect of our day. Lydia is ps much more than a wedding planner, she is an angel who goes above and beyond on all occasions. Her knowledge, attention to detail, and dedication are just amazing. She is a rarity and a diligent professional, from the little details to the overall picture she made our day absolutely perfect. People don't believe us when we said we never felt stress, only joy, but it's true. My wife and I are from Mississippi and I grew the best relationship with Lydia over the phone. Best wishes to Lydia and her team. A small THANK YOU for a BIG job.”

― Debbie Hicks