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Our Story

Grow Social is founded on the belief that intimate moments lead to lasting memories.

We were strangers that immediately fell in love with the character and authenticity that the coast offers. Since moving to Morehead City, we have spent time envisioning how our life experiences and passion can compliment the existing characteristics- and to us, it is an elevated touch to each and every occasion. 

We are lovers of all things celebratory and joyous. With many years of combined experiences in hospitality, design, and event planning- we know exactly what it takes to ensure people are taken care of. We live by creativity, transparency, and poise and we strive to provide a level of service that we would expect to be given to ourselves.

Cody Aubel

From your very first interaction, Cody's bubbly and welcoming personality will make you feel like you've known him forever! With an an extensive background in interior design and operations management, Cody brings an artistic lens to unthought of details. He is great with adding a little spunk to anything he has his finger on. Cody loves entertaining and styling, which makes him the perfect match for anyone looking for an elevated event. When he's not designing your celebration, you can find him hanging with his adorable doodles and drinking a bold glass of Cabernet.  


Laiken McManigal 

A Michigander who traveled South to share her unparalleled energy with the coast. Laiken's career has been centered around event design and planning. She's a Type A planner with a peppy and fun loving demeanor everyone adores. Laiken is not just a name, she's a vibe; you'll understand when you meet her! She's a visionary for anything intimate but loves the idea of bringing the same attention to large celebrations. Laiken enjoys a great cup of coffee, the occasional glass of champagne, and spending time with the amazing people who are closest to her. 

Kody Krebs

Kody is the definition of a gentleman and a scholar. He's inviting and sophisticated while being the perfect voice of reason.  Although he has a background in law, his knowledge of hospitality makes him the ideal fit for every occasion.  While being a self-proclaimed foodie and wine connoisseur, he knows the do's and don'ts when throwing the perfect soirée. Kody serves as an Executive Board Member for Beaufort Wine and Food,  and loves to give back to our community. He's sure to make each event impeccable, just like a sweet delicacy and a smoked Old Fashioned to end the night.

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