When I began planning my wedding, I had a vision of what of I wanted, but pretty much no idea of the process. Thank goodness for Marisa!! She guided me through the entire planning process, gave me everything I needed to plan and budget, and helped me to mold my vision into a beautifully designed and incredibly fun celebration. Beyond that, I can very honestly say that I enjoyed the wedding planning process. Marisa helped me to stay on track and plan my wedding with ease and true joy- something I think I lot people miss out on when wedding planning.
In regard to designing, Marisa listened to my requests and really honed in my personal aesthetic. She hand painted a gorgeous fern theme in watercolor which she used to design our invitation suite, menus, escort cards, table numbers, wine labels, and thank you cards. During the design process, she extremely easy to communicate with and and quick to adapt to my (often changing) requests. The end results were always *exactly* what I wanted. It was so special to have a wedding design that was truly our own.
Marisa also did our florals and went above and beyond. I had requested a "magical, secret garden" feel and the effect was exactly that. We had hundreds carnations hand-sewed into garlands, floating from the center of the tent. Dramatic centerpieces, floral headpieces, and boutonnieres added to the magical, flowery feel. It was truly the secret garden of my dreams! I was completely blown away and so were my guests.
I really cannot recommend Marisa enough. If you are looking for someone to make your dream wedding into a reality (and do it with joy), you've found her!
AMANDA (Amanda & Sander)
Mari is fantastic! I can't recommend her highly enough. I hired her and her colleague Jen for partial planning when I thought I was going to have a big wedding. I was specifically looking for a planner who could work with a tight budget and had an open mind for a super non-traditional, diverse wedding. Boy did I find the right crew! They had tons of great suggestions for ways to save money, affordable venues in LA (which is tough to find!) and they have great contacts of really cool, laid back vendors.
Through the process my husband and I decided to pare things way back and have a very small, intimate wedding with only about 20 close friends and family members. Mari and Jen were so awesome when I approached them about changing the contract and ended up helping us out for a fraction of their already super reasonable price.
I wasn't sure if I needed any help for such a small wedding but their services were INVALUABLE: everything from making super detailed lists of everything I needed and all the plans ahead of time to showing up at a public park to hold down our space, setting up tables with decorations and snacks (which they did with amazing style), marking off an impromptu processional trail using logs they found around the park, sweet talking the sheriff and park staff to let us hold our ceremony without a permit (I might not recommend this!), calming our nerves and making sure all our guests were gathered in formation for the ceremony.
These gals seriously rock at their jobs, not to mention they are just really cool, creative, down to earth people who I would want to hang out with any day of the week.
I also hired them to do florals for the wedding, including a bouquet, boutonnieres and some centerpieces and bud vases for the tables. Holy cow! Mari knocked it out of the park. I gave them a few main flowers/colors I was interested in and some pictures of the general vibe (I wanted a wild feeling) - it was like they read my mind and then added their own super amazing creative juice to my boring ideas.
We gave Mari vague and ill-defined floral preferences. She gave us absolutely stunning arrangements for our wedding.
Mari didn't expect us to have a "vision" and spent time getting to know our likes and dislikes. She was incredibly flexible, adjusting the type boutonnieres, number of centerpieces, decor, etc.
What she delivered was above and beyond perfect. The bouquets cascaded beautifully, the centerpieces flawless, and the lighting was amazing (We received countless compliments on the striking bridal bouquet). And Mari created the most stunning Chuppah! It was everything we wanted and more.
In addition to being crazy talented, she's wonderfully easy going and a delight to work with!
As a producer and event planner myself I thought I'd be able to put together our small, relatively simple wedding on our own. It wasn't until the month before that I buckled and realized that there is no such thing as a "simple wedding" and desperately needed some help. In the end, I have no idea what I would have done without Marisa. From the moment we met to discuss my ideas for the wedding, I felt at ease and knew she understood my vision. She anticipated issues that may occur and deftly suggested ways for us to avoid them. On the day of the wedding, she handled much of the decor, our entire staff, and all of the logistics around our dinner with grace and ease. Beyond everything else, Marisa's an absolutely lovely person and has great energy, it was a total pleasure to work with her.
CAITLIN (Caitlin & Alejandro)
Planning a DIY wedding on a budget is not an easy task. Most people don't have more than one wedding, so unless you're involved in event planning, you're going to be a novice. Having Mari as our coordinator was a godsend. We cannot imagine surviving the process without her. She was a great sounding board to our concerns and helped implement a fantastic day. She went above and beyond, particularly with her design work. The elements she created for the wedding were truly unique, spoke to our personalities, and were the hit of the party. She was patient with all of our rounds of changes and generous with her time and expertise. On the day of, despite some obstacles out of her control, she helped make the day special. She is collaborative and easy to work with and truly cares about helping make the event special. We are lucky to have found her and recommend her services and design work to anyone.
It’s a gift to have not only a coordinator, but an ally and advocate during the wedding planning process. That is exactly what Marisa has been for us since day one. Athena and I are both working artists with a very specific, super curated idea for our wedding. In this pursuit, we have been beyond fortunate to have Marisa on our side. She is patient, warm, articulate, and able to wholly understand our vision. In our experience she is dedicated to the unification of all elements our wedding — from the philosophical to the conceptual, down to the practical. In Marisa’s hands, everything is carried out flawlessly and seemingly with ease, making every step of the way feel good and right.
JACQUELINE + ATHENA