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Weddings / Receptions / Anniversaries

Testimonials – Praise From our Clients

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

  • Lisa,

    Thank you so much for helping us pull off such a fabulous wedding day, we couldn’t have done this without you! It was so much fun working with you throughout this process. I was constantly impressed by your attention to detail, and how on top of everything you were. The day was such a whirlwind, and not once did I have to worry about how anything was going. It was all smooth sailing, thanks to you. Hope you had fun, we had a magical time.

    Love,

    Tim & Renee

    Tim & Renee
  • Thanks again for all your work at the wedding. I think my parents described your team best as the “secret service” that made sure everything went smoothly. That was definitely one of the smoothest weddings I have ever attended. And of course, the best wedding ever!! We are definitely still going through withdrawals as I want to relive every single moment of that magical day and the rest of the weekend. Big thanks to GOD for making the sun shine so bright all weekend :)Those golf carts were so awesome! Everything is awesome! (cue the Lego Movie song).Anyways, being in the office again is not so awesome, but at least I have fun memories from the past week to keep me going. And I should be getting in a large order of Drankgons within the next month or so. Let me know if you want one ;)As our wedding planner, you get top priority!

    Jeff and Sara
  • I’m back in my heels at work…reality hit and it all seems like a dream.

    Wedding guests have been so complimentary and the bride and groom seemed to have more than enjoyed their day at the O House.  Megan cried all the way to Maui.

    I tried to inhale every second there and truly loved it…including the palm trees.  The candles were also a terrific touch and chimes in the city must have started at 5:30.  Timing was perfect.  The overall affect with that view and the setting was indeed magical. As to the ceremony, maybe I told you this, but when I asked Mike how he would like me to address him in the proper way  – he said “either your holiness or Mike”…what a great guy!  And, that might be my only regret…not recording his message.  Incredible!  The very best service ever of any kind. The staff and hospitality and food were outstanding…when I was talking in the dining room holding my dessert that was listing on my plate, one of the servers offered to take it to my table…that doesn’t happen at home.  And, the DJ did a really nice job with music and announcements.  And, flowers?  WoW!!!  Absolutely amazing!  I will follow-up with Mary, for sure. I really can’t thank you enough for just the best time of our lives.  It was simply wonderful and I so enjoyed working with you.

    Nancy
  • We just wanted to take a moment to express our deep appreciation for all your help with the wedding. We had the time of our lives, and you helped everything run smoothly. We truly owe could’t have done it without out!

    Jen and Johari
  • 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
  • Now that the dust has settled and each day is just another boring day without a panic call from a nervous Bride-to-Be (hoping for a Mother-to-Be!!); I wanted to thank you and Lisa for a great job and outstanding service and recommendations. It’s no wonder the vendors we spoke with had such great things to say about you. It was a fantastic wedding weekend … and while I will never use your services for another wedding I will certainly recommend you with the highest regards. And if ever needed, feel confident to list me as a reference.

    Tony
  • Laurie (and your staff!),

    I know this card is very delayed but we really want you to know how thankful we are for everything you did to make our wedding day so special. You were great to work with and made our lives very easy. We also thought this card was very appropriate to remind you of the world’s biggest donut board! Thank you again, and we hope to see you at STR when we come back every year for our anniversary!

    Love,

    Casey & Cody

    Casey & Cody – January 2018
  • 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

    Rachel & Steve – October 2018
  • Hi Lisa –

    I really cannot thank you enough for everything this weekend and the months leading up to it. The wedding was perfect and exactly what we wanted, and the night flowed SO smoothly and easily. We got compliment after compliment from the guests about the venue and how great the party was, and so much of that comes down to you and your team who facilitated everything so beautifully and just allowed us to have fun.

    Thank you for being so easy to work with! I’m a little sad that it’s over now, but Dave and I had an amazing night that we will remember forever.
    All the best,

    Laura

    Laura & Dave
  • Thank you SO SO SO much for making our weekend + our whole wedding experience a dream!  Everything couldn’t have gone any smoother.  It was truly magical + you are a wedding planner rockstar!

    Lauren and August
  • We did it!!  Thank you for your attention and care over the past 7 months!

    I could not have pulled off “the best wedding ever” if it wasn’t for you and the support of the Event Department.

    You really are an expert–and I appreciated that part of the process more than you know!

    I can be very strong headed- and expect thing to be done my way only!  But with you, I actually let go and truly trusted that I was in the hands of an experienced wedding planner.

    I didn’t anticipate being such a cool, calm bride.  It was a lot to plan in a short period of time.  But I was!!! I was relaxed, and confident and EXCITED for my big day!  I wasn’t nervous and stressed- and I owe a big part of that you YOU!!

    The professionalism and advice in handling and hiring my vendors was priceless- especially given the challenging- but Oh so VERY worth it venue!

    The execution on the day of was SUPERB!  Every single guest was happy- every single guest was enjoying themselves and every single guest had a night to remember!  Thank you!

    I knew we were going to have an awesome night- but this wedding was literally beyond what I could dream of!!!  We are forever grateful!!!

    H&J
  • Laurie,

    I Know you are literally “onto the next one”, but I am just coming up for air and wanted to thank you for making Maureen and Lee’s wedding incredible. You and your team are just amazing. There wasn’t one detail that you had not anticipated. Any request we made great and small down to the last minute you met with grace and consideration. It was such a feeling of comfort and relief to know you would be at smoke tree and Our Lady Of Solitude making sure everything went on as it should. I can’t imagine we could ever top this one! It was a perfect wedding weekend in every way. All of us just love working with you. I had a sneak peek of some of the photos from the O’Donnell house. Simply stunning. This is one for the books! How about those dancers at the after party? That was a great call. So much better than a DJ! Thank goodness we have a few more years between weddings. Please put your thinking cap on and be ready for us about 3 to 4 years from now. I have been trying to cook up ideas for a party of some kind between now and then just so we could work together. In the meantime if you ever need to talk to someone at 5 AM, feel free to call.😊warmly, Denise (MOB)

    Maureen & Lee – April 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.