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Meet The Ying To My Yang

Her name is Katie Reno. And she completes me.


Seriously. I’m known to be a little dramatic (hello, have you met me?) but when it comes to my business partner, I would go to the ends of the earth for Katie. She is my wingman, my sidekick, my best friend, my business partner and my sensible, rational side all rolled into one awesomely talented package. I love her.


So it thrills me to no end to officially “introduce” her to you. If you work with Simply Devine you will have the pleasure of getting to know Katie, but let me tell you a little about her anyway.


Katie was born and raised in Mitchell and after a short tour of colleges she landed at DWU. While going to school, she also worked at The Depot, a local bar/restaurant. That’s where she met an awesome guy named Jared. They dated for two years and got married on October 4, 2003.


Fast-forward through two kids (Jackson and Jillian, born less than a year apart—I never said she wasn’t crazy) and a move to Huron, where Jared was offered a job at  the bank where my husband works. Katie and I were introduced at a bank function (thank you God!). I had just opened Simply Devine and she was excited for me, and seemed genuine when she said “If you ever need any help, let me know.”


A few weeks later, I let her know.


That was in 2009 and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without her. Katie started out as an extra set of hands but quickly became indispensable. Simply Devine grew and Katie’s talent and ability to do this job grew right along with it. She’s incredible. Now I don’t think she would ever do anything else. Gosh…would she?


“No way,” said Katie. “I love what I do. Every day is different, every wedding is different and I love that we get to make people happy. When brides ask us ‘what all do you do?’ it makes me proud to say ‘we take care of you, whatever it takes.’ We are GOOD at our jobs. Coming to work is a blast and it’s awesome to work with my best friend.”




Which is why we decided to make this partnership officially official. Last year, Katie invested in Simply Devine and now owns a part of this adventure with me. It is amazing to share my dreams with someone who understands those dreams and has just as much passion for them as I do. We’ve been through everything together and I cannot wait to see what the future holds. Neither can Katie.


“We started serving more brides. Our inventory has grown, our staff has grown, but I don’t think we are done yet. We haven’t reached our plateau. There are so many people out there that need our help! It’s exciting to think about the people we will meet and the things we will do,” she said.


I couldn’t agree more. If you think you might be one of those amazing people we have yet to meet, know that we are excited to make your wedding day one of the best days of your life. And also know that you are getting a great team from Simply Devine—starting with Katie, the icing on the biggest, most fantastic wedding cake of all time.


Thanks Katie. You really do complete me.

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