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Weddings / Receptions / Anniversaries

Testimonials – Praise From our Clients

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

  • Lisa,

    We can’t thank you enough for your help with our wedding. You helped us create a beautiful and memorable celebration. We couldn’t have done it without you. You and your team allowed us to relax and have a worry-free day, so we could focus on what was most important – each other! We are so lucky we found you and the O’Donnell House. Our wedding was everything we wanted!

    Marissa & Casey
  • I just wanted to let you know how incredibly wonderful our event was last night at the O’Donnell House.  Everything was executed just perfectly, along with all of our guests had a truly fantastic time.  Lisa did a fantastic job and the event could not possibly have been any better.  We are so pleased and grateful to you, your staff and Tracy C. for making this special milestone happen and be so memorable for us.

    Robert and Bob
  • Wow. It still all feels like a dream. I can’t believe how fast the whole week/weekend went. Everything was just perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing. And that is in large part because of you. You were so wonderful from day one. I appreciate how quick you are to respond to my emails, no matter how small or silly the question. I never felt overwhelmed at any point and that’s because I knew I had you in my corner. I know it was by chance you ended up in our lives, but we are so thankful. I can’t imagine the last year without you there to guide us every step of the way.Ben and I hope to vacation at Smoke Tree in the future. It will always be such a special spot to us.Thank you again for everything! I feel like I just can’t say it enough.

  • Thank you for being there to share, and be such an integral part of our special day and family. Peggy and I enjoyed our wedding day more than we could have ever imagined and your presence only added to the color and joy of the festivities.

    Thank you for being there for us both and for your love and support.

    James, Peggy and Grace
  • Posted on The Knot:

    Laurie Lund & her team at The Events Department were the best coordinating team we could’ve ever asked for. We got married at Smoke Tree Ranch and they required that we hire Laurie and thank God they did!! From the very beginning, Laurie was a dream coordinator to work with. She was on top of EVERYTHING, answered all of my questions, gave me advice when I needed it and was well prepared for everything. We never had a single worry throughout the whole process because Laurie was always on top of everything. She even saved the day when my husband had a last minute shirt malfunction as he was getting ready for our first look! She also was so helpful and supportive when we had a last minute weather scare, luckily everything went our way weather wise but Laurie was prepared either way!! Laurie’s also just the nicest person ever. She’s so calm, easy to work with and so knowledgable about everything wedding related. She never made me feel crazy or bad for emailing her a bunch of times in a day or coming to her with a million questions. She also made sure to help us keep our budget on track. I’m not kidding when I say that now that it’s all over I miss my daily emails with Laurie! Laurie, we love you, thank you for bringing our dream wedding to life and keeping us sane and keeping everything running smoothly! You’re THE BEST!



    Danielle & Mikey – February 2019
  • Dear Lisa,

    Thank your for all your detailed attention and help through this whole process. You made everything so easy. Thank you for being a part of our day and bringing it to life!

    <3 Sharon & Daniel

    Sharon & Daniel – April 2018
  • Laurie,

    Aww man… I’m already getting emotional just writing your name! We are back from the honeymoon and settling into “real life”, lol. We are still floating on clouds…

    Our wedding was amazing. I kept walking around thinking “wow… it’s perfect”. The flowers were perfect, the lights, the dance floor, the stage, the band was amazing, the food also amazing, the staff, the linens…everything. We had so much FUN!

    Even with Mike’s fainting spell which cut the rehearsal short..yikes!… the ceremony flowed smoothly. The reception was amazing, I can’t say enough about the staff at STR, sooo awesome! Lisa S. kept everyone on schedule and didn’t bother me with all the backstage drama (I heard there was a little) ha! The past year was so much fun for me. I am actually one of those brides who likes to plan a wedding. But I know that the key ingredient to making the process less stressful… was YOU! All of your ideas were the right ideas, and all of your advice was taken! You are an incredible party planner, and a lovely person. We enjoyed our time with you and I will miss our weekly emails!  I hope to keep in touch every now and then! Looking forward to the vow renewal….  ?

    Mimi and Mike
  • Hi Lisa! I just wanted to say hi and thank you one more time for making my day run soooo smoothly! It was the perfect day thanks to you and your amazing team! I loved working with you and you really made me feel so special and comfortable through the whole process! Hope you enjoyed your holidays and happy new year!


    Karli & Allen – December 2017
  • We just got back from our honeymoon this week. I wanted to thank you again for helping to make our wedding day so perfect – I wouldn’t have changed a single thing and I thought it all went perfectly. Thank you so much for your help and hard work!!Thanks again!

  • Hi ladies!

    Cassie and Laurie, it was so nice to finally meet you yesterday!! Lisa, again thank you for coordinating the most perfect evening I could have ever dreamed of! Everything was absolutely perfect! Here are a few of the pictures of the day from Katie Geiberger’s blog:
    To view wedding photos click here

    Wish I james and I could have a wedding every year at the O’Donnell house just so I could keep emailing you all!!

    Big hugs and a million thank yous,


  • Laurie,

    You are the wedding planning angel/goddess extraordinaire! How lucky are we to have found you?! I honestly do not think we would have been able to pull of many of our plans so seamlessly without your help, your love, and your care. I mean that.

    We are blessed to have worked with you on our wedding. To be 100% honest, you made planning fun & you allowed me to live out my bridal dreams with enthusiasm! Thank you for that.

    When I first met you, I was drawn to your energy. And after several months of working together, I am still amazed at your level of dedication +  PASSION for making magical things happen. Laurie, I mean it when I say that I hope this isn’t the last time we see each other. You are so special + we love you very much!

    Cassey + Sam

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    Cassey & Sam – October 2018
  • Thanks so much for everything!  We absolutely loved our wedding and everyone was totally blown away by the ODonnell House.  I couldn’t have done this without you, and I was deeply impressed with the amazing vendors you guys work with for this venue.  It was truly a perfect day.


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.