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Weddings / Receptions / Anniversaries

Testimonials – Praise From our Clients

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

  • Dear Laurie,

    I’d hoped to have a photo to send along with this note…but they haven’t quite arrived and I cant wait any longer to send a note in. You are just divine! You truly made the wedding feel so easy, so calm…and so very perfect. I am still just shaking my head. The whole weekend was truly a dream come true. Thank you so very much for all your hard work, your -I’m sure- sore feet, your lack of sleep, it was all so fun. You really were amazing!

    When all the planning began I had no appreciation for the vast difference between “dreaming” of the perfect wedding and actually living that dream. There were so many details, so many pieces to the puzzle, so many “if’s”…and you made it all happen. We are all still floating in wedding clouds. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    With a big hug,



    Michelle- MOB- January 2019
  • Words cannot express how much I appreciate all you have done to help make our special day be exactly how “Miss Mouse” dreamed. Thanks for being my text-calming agent!

    Cathy (Mother of the Bride)
  • I hope you are having a great summer! ? I wanted to send you a long overdue THANK YOU for everything you did for the wedding! Brian, my parents and I just thought the whole day was perfect and couldn’t have gone any better… this certainly could not have been done without you.Thank you so much again for everything. It was so great working with you, and we hope to keep in touch!Hope little Westin is doing well and you’ve had plenty of time with the family in between events. :)Take care and talk to you soon

  • We cannot thank you enough for helping us have our absolute perfect wedding day!

    All your work and efforts and all the back and forth is SO appreciated. We feel so grateful to have met you. Every vendor you connected us with surpassed our expectations. Thank you, Thank you!

    Wishing you the all the best in 2014.

    Sean and Megan
  • Lisa,

    We’re still in awe at how amazing our wedding weekend was. We can’t thank you enough for being there with us through the journey from our engagement to marriage. There were definitely some stressful encounters along the way, but you gave us so much support and confidence that the day would run seamlessly, and it did.
    I really hope we stay in touch, it was so great getting to know you and I already miss our conversations! Let us know if you are ever in the Bay Area and we’ll let you know when we’re down in PS. Maybe we will set up an appointment to tour the ODH as a newly engaged couple so we can hang out with you again ?. Just kidding!! Anyways, all the best. Miss you!

    Rachel & Steve – October 2018
  • Thank you, thank you again for everything. You and Laurie were nothing short of amazing and I really appreciate all of the time and effort you guys put in to making our wedding wonderful. I wanted to ask our photographer first, but she got some amazing shots of the house– if she gives it the okay (and you want them) you’re free to use them for promotional whatever. I’m also happy to write a rave review for the venue, you guys…really any way I can be helpful to you guys now or in the future, please just let me know. .I hope you had a really nice Thanksgiving!

  • 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
  • I wanted to say thanks to you both for your involvement in our wedding this past Sunday. I can’t count how many times people have come up to us and said how magical of a place The O’Donnell House is, and how wonderful everything was throughout the evening. High marks to you and everyone else that helped out, including all the vendors. Thanks so much – we had a wonderful time. Thanks again you two!

  • 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
  • Lisa,

    Thank you so much for coordinating our wedding! You’ve been so pleasant and fun to work with, and you made the process feel so smooth and easy. We really appreciate your helping to make our day as memorable and stress free as possible!

    Thanks again,

    Chloe & Evan

    Chloe & Evan – October 2017
  • Dear Lisa,

    I had intended to write you a “real” thank you note after the wedding but with seeing guests and family off, assembling and dispersing all of the wedding paraphernalia, etc. time got away from me. So I’m back to email, our favored form of communication in the last year.

    The testimonial was not difficult to write because, really, I could not say enough good things. The girls were deliriously happy with their wedding—as were Winston and I and Lucy’s parents, the Clarks. Virtually all of our family and friends—from England, east coast, mid-west, even southern California—were wowed by the O’Donnell House. And you: you are truly the best—organized, efficient, responsive, good humored, and SUCH a hard worker. All qualities that are so rare in combination. I enjoyed working with you so much and already miss you.

    I wish you all the best.

    Debbie (MOB)

    Debbie – April 2018
  • The Hall and Pereira families want to thank all of you so much for helping us put on as many of our friends said “the wedding of the century”! Everything was wonderful and beautifully executed. We are still having people calling and telling us that this was the best wedding ever. The food was delicious, service was outstanding, the most beautiful of venues and so many personal touches. Although we were sorry that Laurie was unable to be with us on the wedding day,  we couldn’t have been more fortunate than to have Lisa take over. Lisa really earned her pay, she and Chris worked so hard especially cleaning up at the end of the very long day.  Lisa was just great to work with, keeping her cool and her sense of humor throughout the day.  Everything went smoothly or at least all the guests thought so and they never knew we were “sweating” it at times!!!   Thanks again for making Shannon and Raphael’s wedding day a dream come true.


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.