In 2016, Kara interviewed Torri to fill an event planning position at a nonprofit organization in Holland, MI.  They immediately connected over their love of to-do lists and spending college football seasons tailgating at Spartan Stadium.

While working together, Torri and Kara were selected to co-plan a special fundraising event. During the planning process, their compatibility in work styles became evident through their shared passion for organization and executing each detail perfectly. The women became creative collaborators and sounding boards for each other, which segued into a fast friendship.

Together, Torri and Kara have over a decade of experience in the industry. They have planned a variety of events including weddings, corporate gatherings, community parades, showers, holiday parties, races, graduation celebrations, and nonprofit fundraisers.

The Melons + Marigolds Story

When it came to selecting a name for the business, each woman felt it was important to celebrate their complementary skill sets while also recognizing their individuality. During the brainstorming process, words like enhance, together, complement, and growth were highlighted as pillars of Kara and Torri’s working relationship. When they came across a gardening article discussing companion planting, this sentence immediately resonated with them:
“Many seasoned gardeners believe that certain plant combinations, when positioned side by side, have extraordinary powers to help each other grow.”

Melons and marigolds are companion plants. Torri and Kara, while individuals with unique strengths, see the power in what they can accomplish side by side. The contrasting strengths of each woman create a well-rounded business that has grown through their partnership.

About Torri

Torri lives in Zeeland, MI with her husband Mike, son Chip, and rescue pup Luna. She loves being creative through home design, writing for her blog, and making looks-too-good-to-eat cheese boards. Torri’s event strengths lie in creativity and design. Her warm personality and organized mindset create an unforgettable experience for her clients. 

  • She’s probably sipping (AM/PM): Vanilla cream cold brew / An overpriced glass of red wine 
  • Tonight she’s binging: Criminal Minds
  • The MSU win she’s probably bragging about: Michigan State’s fake-field-goal-turned-touchdown to beat Notre Dame (September 18, 2010)

About Kara

Kara lives in Holland, MI with her husband Corey, daughter Emree, and sweet cockapoo Kedzie. She loves being active and spending time in northern Michigan with her family and friends. Each fall you can find Kara and Corey at Spartan Stadium cheering on the MSU football team or hitting local breweries to find their new favorite brew. Kara is a ‘born to be’ event planner whose strengths lie in the logistics. Her ability to quickly problem-solve, impressive organizational skills, and attention to detail make her a client’s dream. 

  • She’s probably sipping (AM/PM): Iced Coffee / A seasonally appropriate craft beer
  • Tonight she’s binging: This Is Us
  • The MSU win she’s probably bragging about: Michigan State’s Hail Mary to beat Wisconsin (October 22, 2011)