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Weddings / Receptions / Anniversaries

Testimonials – Praise From our Clients

Here’s what our clients are saying about The Events Department:

  • Hi Lisa,

    You were AMAZING!!!  I couldn’t have asked for a better wedding if I had planned it myself, which I did not.  Without you, none of this could have happened with such a level of efficiency, kindness, and grace.  Thank you a million times over.  The kids are in snow in Banff enjoying their honeymoon so you might not hear from Mel for a week or so, but I know she felt the same way.  The wedding she had always dreamed of came true!
    I will happily stay in touch.  You guys are the best.
    xo,
    Kitty

    Kitty (MOB) – May 2018
  • Hi there!! I realized today that I never said a BIG THANK YOU to you and the entire team.
    Our night was magical and we loved working your team so much!!
    We truly appreciated everyone and their support so much…..
    The house was gorgeous and our guests were blown away by the setting!! THANK YOU SO MUCH

    Jim
  • While we all bask in the wonderful memories of Lindsay’s wedding day, you are, I’m sure, in the midst of the next event! How do you do it, making us feel so special and working so hard for us…then doing the same for another after another after another client? Awesome! Your summer vacation is WELL DESERVED! The easiest thing I can say is THANK YOU!! From the get go you were always there for us, enthusiastically accepting so many of our ideas, gently guiding us away from others you knew weren’t right. You were extremely responsive to our questions/concerns, a good link with some of the communication issues we had with Smoke Tree, ALWAYS THERE!! When I handed over to you all of our wedding day items Thursday, I became so relaxed, knowing that it was all in your expert hands. It certainly made Lindsay’s and my weekend so much more enjoyable. Besides the pre-April 21st aspects that you and your staff worked so hard on, on Saturday you and Lisa were just incredible! I know that there were minor glitches that occurred…but you two remained cool (attitude-wise!) and collected. The biggest issue, of course, was THE HEAT! Add to that…rearranging the chairs to fit the number of sunglasses…the need to get pictures DONE before all parties wilted…a nervous Pete’s mini-fit re. just when he would give his speech…I’m sure there were a few more I don’t even know about. (Thank you!) And it was only during that last few hours before the ceremony that I realized that Smoke Tree, especially in the HEAT, can be a challenge for you, with all of the different venues and the distances between them, as well as the walkie-talkie issues the location has. You…and Lisa…were AMAZING! Kudos also to the vendors whom you recommended. Mary Cass…just a doll! She was so enthusiastic with Lindsay’s vision and carried it out perfectly. My friends are all talking about the glorious job she did with the flowers…and also that, for example, the fantastic centerpieces were only $50 each! Chris Paul…everyone LOVED him. They commented that his accent gave him all the more class. My two nieces thought the baby sitters were not only reasonable, but wonderful. They plan on writing the service and expressing their pleasure over the two ladies they hired. Classic Rentals always does a good job… the Descanso tables were great…and, yes, our choice of dance floor may have been a bit too small. Chris Paul’s fault!!! Am I missing anyone? If so, I am sorry! Smoke Tee itself did such a terrific job…way above and beyond my expectations. Errick was our main man, always there, never saying no to our wishes. And the staff made us all feel so at home, too. I am so happy that, first of all, so many of our guests stayed at the Ranch. I only wish that those who just came in for the wedding itself could have known the fun and warm hospitality that Smoke Tree Ranch so easily offers. They missed a good time! Laurie– I know why you are such a highly recommended event planner here in the Valley. Feel free to use me as a reference. Thank you, thank you, thank you. It was a PLEASURE!!

    Sue
  • We are on our way to the airport but couldn’t leave without telling you thank you SO much. You are the absolute best and we appreciate you (and your staff) making out wedding perfect. It was an incredible time for us and we thank you! I will give you a call when we get back.

    Meg
  • I’m sure if you are like us, you are suffering from withdrawals from our wedding, which was totally like the best wedding ever.  Duh.  Everyone said so.  Anyway, thanks so much for all your work in helping us to put it all together.  I must admit that when the Smoke Tree Ranch told us that we HAD to use their wedding planner, we were skeptical.  But you turned out to be more than awesome…. UBER-awesome if you will.  Hopefully we can connect again sometime when we are down there.  Jeff has a Drankgon with your name on it.  We love you!Thanks for Everything

    Jeff and Sara
  • Laurie,

    Where do I even begin?!?! THANK YOU!! You are honestly the best coordinator EVER and we feel so lucky to have gotten to work with you on our wedding. Our wedding was a literal dream come true. It was a million times better than we ever could’ve dreamed. It was so much fun, so love-filled and just so beautiful. Thank you for all your guidance, support, and help. Thank you for being so on top of everything and so competent and for making us feel completely secure that you were handling everything! Even the small hiccups were nothing because you worked it all out.

    Anyway – I could go on, but really we’re just so grateful. It was obviously the best weekend of our lives, but so many of our guests had the best weekend of their lives, which is really saying something.

    I just left you a review on the knot, let me know if there’s another site that you’d like a review on!! Happy to do whatever! Also – if we were to send you a little thank you where would we send that to?

    Thank you again – you’re THE BEST!! xoxox

    Danielle & Mikey – February 2019
  • Aloha from Maui. We would like to thank you and your staff for all your hard work. The wedding was perfect, better than we could have imagined. Considering how obsessive we can be with details, it was a pleasure to work with someone as compulsive. Please also thank everyone who was involved in aking our wedding such a special day. The minister was eloquent, the flowers beautiful, and the food was delicious. Please let Randy know the salmon was even better the third time. Please also thank Mr. Solomon for allowing us to use his estate for the day. The estate is truly the perfect venue for a wedding.

    Bill and Candice
  • I have been trying to find the words to express how unbelievably grateful I am to you, but I simply can’t — there ARE NO WORDS to describe how amazing you are and how lucky I am to have worked with you!!!!! You are the best. You are just the best, ever… the best wedding planner and overall person in general. It was such an honor to get to work with you, and our wonderful and ridiculously perfect wedding was due 100% to you and your staff. I just really can’t get over it. I had no idea what that day was going to be like, and my memory of it will forever be one of happy surprise — surprise at how every single detail went perfectly, like magic, and how much fun it enabled me to have. Based on everything I’d heard about weddings, I thought we would have moments of true happiness and love sprinkled throughout a hectic and draining and crazy day. Um… no. The ENTIRE day was flawless. I spent the morning surrounded by my best friends as we got ready, cracking up and having a blast together, then proceeded to the wedding ceremony where everything was not just perfect but so much more than I ever expected, then onto the reception where everyone kept telling me they felt like they were “in a movie” (seriously, multiple guests made this comment), and finally the after-party which was also PERFECT and SO MUCH FUN! I mean, not only did nothing go wrong, but everything went AWESOME! Not just good, awesome. I want to star in a commercial for your company, basically. If you have clients who want to know what it’s like to work with you please have them call me. Like my mom said in her speech at the wedding, I honestly feel bad for any bride that doesn’t get to have you as their wedding planner. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!

    Maggie
  • I wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you to your entire incredible team last weekend!  Our wedding was a dream and all of the vendors were amazing.  Lisa was so incredibly helpful and we were so grateful for her!  And the event at the O’Donnell golf course wasn’t an issue at all!

    Katie
  • Dear Lisa,

    April 28 was a glorious night at the O’Donnell House! Thank you and your staff for what we—and all of our guests—feel was “the best wedding ever!” The O’Donnell House is an extraordinary venue: a lovely historical house, gorgeous landscaping, and breathtaking views. It is a magical setting. We looked at many potential sites but there is simply nothing like the O’Donnell House. Just as important, you and your staff organized a perfect evening. I can’t tell you how much we appreciate your help, patience, and hard work. Before the wedding, you kept us and our vendors on track and responded to every question immediately and with good humor. One would have thought that this was the only wedding your were organizing. On the wedding day, you and your staff were benevolent whirlwinds getting everything ready, while making sure that the brides and wedding party remained relaxed and happy. The evening of the wedding you were virtually invisible but, at the same time, you were everywhere: signaling the band and the waiters, giving the cues for toasts—in, general, making sure that everything was perfect. We will never forget our amazing wedding at the O’Donnell House.

    Lucy and Jane

    Lucy & Jane – April 2018
  • Dear Lisa, Bridgette, & The Events Department,

    Thank you so much!

    It was a pleasure to work with you for this wedding. Leading up to the event was a breeze and I always felt that on the day of, you had it handled. We greatly appreciate all of the hard work you did and it was a pleasure to spend this special day with you.

    Thank you,

    Ryan & Jay

    Ryan & Jay – October 2017
  • Dear Lisa and everyone at The Events Department,

    We cannot thank you enough for all of your incredible skill and expertise in making our wedding the best day ever! The day was phenomenal thanks to your amazing talent, and the venue was gorgeous – everyone is still raving about it all! You all are wonderful at what you do and we are so very grateful!

    Love, -Britta & Chris

    Britta & Chris – March 2018

Your Personal Care Team

Right from the start, we listen to You. We tend to everything for You, following the detailed proposal and your budget requirements, your every need will be exquisitely planned and executed for your memories.

As a full event management company, we have the ability to provide every element you need for the wedding you desire.

  • Flowers to Flatware and Fine Linens,
  • Ice Sculptures, Decor and Centerpieces,
  • Photographers and Videographers
  • Complete Rehearsal Dinner and Brunch planning,
  • Finding Your Perfect Location
  • Elegant, Classic Transportation
  • Music
  • Invitations
  • Accommodations
  • Activities and more
  • Size Does Not Matter
  • and more!

Most brides dream of a traditional wedding and reception, while some consider alternatives. From small and intimate, to large and lavish, casual or themed, we can handle it all for you. You CAN have it all with The Events Department. Unique combinations of traditional, alternative, universal locations, ceremonies, receptions and sites may also include personal “quirky nuances” relevant only to you, your family and friends.

Traditional or Themed Wedding / Receptions

Traditional weddings will always be very popular, as will receptions. You will be in warm, experienced hands when the Events Department plans and produces your wedding.

Want Something Different?

Imagine a wedding or reception that takes everyone away to another place and time. Transport your wedding party and guests into a magical, mysterious time of celebration and delight. Creative Lighting, Floral Arrangements and Fabrics, Backdrops, Accents, Music and Delicious Food all contribute to transforming the wedding and/or reception into Your Unique Wedding Experience.

Share your ideas with us, we can make it happen.

Your Choice

You really can have it your way. If you desire, we can handle every detail from start to finish, relieving you of the stress that inevitably increases as the big day gets closer. You can also select the areas and details where you would like to devote your own personal attention. Your Personal Care Team will work closely with you all the way through so that your big day is sweetly memorable.

Your Ideas – Our Expertise

Even after looking over our web site, you still may not see quite what you are thinking about. No problem! Jot down any questions you may have, make a few notes and Contact the Events Department. We are here, eager to turn your dreams into reality.