Without a Hitch


Ringless. Jobless. Hopeless.

Ringless, jobless and hopeless, Lottie Jones commits to doing the only thing she truly studied in school: wedding planning.

When floundering and unlucky-in-love twentysomething Lottie Jones lands a new career as a wedding planner at a top-tier boutique event firm, she begins navigating a cutthroat workplace specializing in over-the-top details, unlimited budgets, and a broad spectrum of taste. Whether planning for parachute landings or wrangling intoxicated groomsmen, she has her hands full at every million-dollar wedding she helps organize.

After her boss announces he’s opening a new office, Lottie sees her chance to finally carve out her place—and earn an income that justifies her dating app subscription fees. The weddings get bigger, the clients get wilder, the mishaps get funnier, and the stakes get higher. And Lottie’s forced to discover what she’ll risk for love and how far she’ll go to find herself.

Set against the glamorous, ruthless world of high-end Southern weddings and inspired by real events in the authors’ lives, Without a Hitch is a hilarious romp about taking ownership, facing fears, planning your ex-boyfriend’s wedding, and choosing a happy ending that wasn’t what you once expected.


“Without a Hitch is a must-read. It is absolutely fabulous. As someone who works in the wedding industry, I found this book’s brevity, humor, and the glamorous over-the-top world of Southern weddings a true joy to read. This is the book you will be gifting to all your friends!”

Mindy Weiss, bestselling author of The Wedding Book

“This book caught me by the first page. And I was kept interested all the way to the end.”

Liv, Goodreads Review

"...Cancel your plans because you will not be able to put the book down once you start! I absolutely loved it!”

Lisa Patton, bestselling author of Rush and Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter

“Welcome to the wild and hilarious world of high-dollar wedding planning! In Without a Hitch, authors Huddleston and Paul have penned a tale that combines glamorous locales, dizzying hijinks, and ingenious fixes for wedding-day disasters with the all-too-familiar fears and longings of early adulthood. Pour a glass of something bubbly and get ready to laugh!”

Lauren Denton, USA Today bestselling author of The Hideaway

“Without a Hitch is a delightfully quirky novel that proves the age-old adage ‘We plan. God laughs.’ Filled with fascinating insights into the world of high-end wedding planning, you can’t help but cheer for Lottie Jones as she learns that you can’t script your life and that, sometimes, the best-laid plans are the ones you never make.”

Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of All We Ever Wanted and The Lies That Bind

"I love the message this book conveys , personally — When everything seems not to go in a way that you planned, you moved on. You pivot. On all fronts."

Billie, Goodreads Review

“Put a ring on Without a Hitch—a sweet, Southern confection of a book about what it takes to orchestrate everyone else’s happily-ever-after when your own heart has been broken. A sneak peek into the world of high-end wedding planning will keep you laughing as Lottie deconstructs the fairy tale and finds her authentic self.”

Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wish You Were Here and The Book of Two Ways


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mary hollis huddleston

Mary Hollis Huddleston is the cofounder and creative director of Please Be Seated, the premier event rental company in Nashville, Tennessee. Mary started her career as an event and wedding coordinator in Dallas, TX. In 2018 Mary established Mrs. Southern Social, a lifestyle platform focused on modern entertaining at home.

asher fogle paul

Asher Fogle Paul is a human interest and entertainment journalist. Most recently, she served as digital features editor at Good Housekeeping. She’s also held posts at Us WeeklyPeople, and Readers’ Digest, and her work has been published in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, House Beautiful, Elle, and W, among others. Without a Hitch is her debut novel.