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rose brownridge wedding review

From: Rose Tapia
Sent: Sunday, January 25, 2015 2:53 PM
To: Laurie
Subject: RE: Congratulations!!

Hey Laurie!

It's been a nice two weeks of winding down from all the craziness of the wedding and traveling for our honeymoon. I finally have some time to respond to important emails!

Thank you very much for your email and for sending your congratulations.

I cannot believe how perfect our wedding day went, mostly as a result of your and Chris's work and involvement. We have received only positive feedback from our family and friends about the coordination of our wedding. Everything ran smoothly and to schedule. I certainly felt like I just had to show up.

We were blessed with the perfect weather - if our wedding was one day later, everyone may have seen quite the bride-zilla because of the downpour LOL! I certainly prayed for everything to work out and the good Lord was gracious enough to grant me my prayers.

Chris was absolutely fabulous. I actually didn't see much of him at all - he did a good job blending in, that's for sure! But when I did see him, it was because he was making sure I was okay and asking if I needed anything, like my "BRIDE" flip flops! He really knows what he's doing and coming from Winnipeg, I am not used to this kind of service, e.g. wedding coordination. Most weddings we attend do not have professional wedding coordinators. Chris was courteous, professional and always mindful of the schedule.

The servers, bartender(s), shuttle drivers were excellent as well. I will send my feedback to Randy @ Westwood, Mary @ Jensens & Mark from Creative sometime soon.

At the end of the night we went upstairs and all of our personal items were neatly packed and all garbage was thrown out. I couldn't believe that we could just change and leave! It was the best feeling as it was a lovely, but long day & night and the last thing I wanted to do was clean.

If I could ever give any brides-to-be any advice, it would be to consider wedding coordination services. If I could ever recommend a specific wedding coordination service to someone having their wedding in PS and surrounding area, it would be the Events Department 110%. Thanks again and talk soon.

Rose Brownridge

Jessicca Brueggeman

From: Jessicca Brueggeman
] Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:13 AM
To: Laurie
Subject: Re: Congratulations!!

Hi Laurie,

Thank you so much for your email!  The wedding turned out beautifully and we were really lucky with the weather.  I didn't think it was too cold at all and most of the guests seemed comfortable (the heaters really did their job).

Also, I wanted to take a moment to say thank YOU so much for all of your guidance and assistance over the past few months.  You have been so nice, so patient and so knowledgeable throughout this whole process and I can't tell you how grateful I am for your assistance in planning this event.

The O'Donnell house was an absolute dream venue and my wedding day truly was the very BEST day of my life.  Thank you again for your help in making my dream day possible.  I will shoot over another email with a link to pictures.

With my Very Best Regards.


mark and nicole email

From: NicoleMark MantheyTadros
Sent: Wednesday, January 14, 2015 9:07 PM
To: lisa@eventsdepartment.com; laurie@eventsdepartment.com
Subject: Manthey Tados Wedding Photos

Lisa & Laurie,

We have just wrapped up a wonderful month of travel; four countries in four weeks was so much fun!!!
We have received our wedding photos from our amazingly talented photographer, Tana Gandhi.

Thank you again for making our dreams come true on our wedding day.
We hope you are all doing fantastic!
Mark & Nicole

abby and chris letter to lisa sipe

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Subject: Re: Abby & Chris
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:45:28 -0800
From: Wike, Abby

To: Lisa Sipe <lisa@eventsdepartment.com

Hi Lisa--
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.


Thanks again Lisa!
Best wishes, Abby

hollie pritchard letter

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Subject: Thank you!!!!
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2014 21:58:23 -0800
From: Hollie Pritchard To: Lisa Sipe

Hi Lisa!

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!!!

Thank you!
11/8/14 O'Donnell house

email from robin safford Subject: Thank you Lisa
Date: Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:20:55 -0700
From: Robin Safford
To: lisa@eventsdepartment.com

All of us want you to know how much we appreciated you this past weekend.  I can only imagine how much work it is dealing with brides and their mothersso many details to have in order.  You worked effortlessly and quietly. I noticed your calmness and attention to details which made the evening so enjoyable for me.  It was wonderful to be a guest at our own party.  Thank you for being a great communicator with Kyle, she appreciated you as well.  Please give our thanks to Cassie and Chris as well, they were delightful.
Kudos to Super Sitters, the parents LOVED them!  Flowers were beauty-ful, catering staff was impressive, and Fat Burger was, wellFATpeople loved it! 
Heartfelt thanks from all of us,

Robin Safford

testimonial from mark tadros

From: Mark Tadros
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2014 4:25 PM
To: Laurie
Subject: Re: Congratulations!!


I cannot express enough to you or Lisa how happy Nicole and I are with the decision to hire your company! I don't think we could have pulled off even a fraction of what we had planned without Lisa's help, both the day before and day of. Scott was right Lisa is truly a super star!
One a side note I would love to tell you that Lisa just amazed both of my parents. Not only did she make them feel very special that day but she found my mothers Diamond bracelet that fell off of her wrist. She found it before my mom even knew it was missing. All night all they could do was sing her praises and talk about how wonderful she was. Both Nicole and I couldn't agree more!
I would also like to thank you for your help leading up to the event. The photo booth was a huge success and everyone at the party loved it. We cant wait to see the pictures.
Lastly, if there is a place online that we can leave a review for how wonderful your company is, please let us know.
Nicole and Mark

Beth, Paul, Tasha and Sammy testimonial

From: Beth Seidenberg
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 9:42 PM
To: Peggy Shevlin
Subject: Thank you

A week ago today we were anxiously anticipating the joy of Tasha and Sammy's wedding. We had high expectations and with your help, they were exceeded. You were with us every step of the way from the moment we selected you as our wedding planner until the last box was packed into our cars at the end of the wedding. This was the first wedding that we planned and there were a lot of things that we did not know, with your help every step was seamless and without stress…well except for the endless spreadsheets…All of the vendors you recommended were outstanding, professional and worked as a team with you.

Tasha and Sammy's wedding was the best day of all of our lives. You were a major part of our joy and we will be forever grateful.

We stand ready to provide a reference for you at anytime. In addition, please feel free to share these comments with your clients or on your website.

Beth, Paul, Tasha & Sammy

Katie and Justin

Subject: THANK YOU!
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2014 11:24:42 -0700
From: Katie Tuttle
To: Lisa Sipe

Hi Lisa!

I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! We had the best wedding and we have you to thank for it! Thank you for keeping everything smooth and for all of your assistance. Even though there was a hiccup or two, it all appeared to go off without a hitch! Every vendor I talked with during the planning process spoke your and The Events Department's praises. And they couldn't be more right! If there is anywhere I could leave a review, I would love to do so! We would like to send you a little something to show our appreciation! Do you have a preferred mailing address we can use?

I attached some photos but will also be sending you more if you would like to use them for anything! Thanks again Lisa! It was a fun process with you!!!

Katie and Justin Tuttle

Sean and Megan's testimonial about their wedding experience


Hi Laurie,

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

Dave and Julia review The Events Departments' wedding planning skills



OMG - when do we begin !?! Thank you so much for being so patient w/ us and making everything happen for our big day. You were so great from the beginning and we were so lucky to have you. Best of luck and I hope you had a great holiday and an even better New Year!

Dave and Julia

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.

Smile emoticon!!
From: Raisa Orleans
Sent: Monday, December 02, 2013 7:48 AM
To: Lisa Sipe


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!


-----Original Message-----
From: Carley Pinkney
Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:43 PM
To: Laurie
Subject: Hello!!

Hi Laurie ~
Just wanted to thank you and Chris for helping us coordinate a BEAUTIFUL wedding for Kat and Nicholas.
I felt guilty at first hiring someone to help me because none of my friends used wedding planners.
HOWEVER Having lived through it now, and knowing what can go wrong, I wouldn't dream of doing a wedding with out one :)
You guys in particular! Chris was terrific! So calm and cool and so together He orchestrated the evening beautifully and we received all the credit!

It was magical.

Thank you for the excellent service ~

We had the photographer take some photos that I'll send over and we'll be in touch soon.


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 ou helped everything run smoothly


Thanks for doing a great job!

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 ou helped everything run smoothly. We truly owe could't have done it without out!

Jen and Johari

Dear Peggy, We can't thank you enough for all the time, effort and heart you have put in to making our wedding beautiful!

October 19, 2013

Dear Peggy,

We can't thank you enough for all the time, effort and heart you have put in to making our wedding beautiful! You were so helpful and endcourageing, making a very busy time feel less stressfuol. It was a please working with you, thank you again!

Tracy and Cathy

Thank you so much for the amazing work you did for our wedding. I appeciate all the time you took to hlep us organize, and then make sure eerything went smoothly.

October 18, 2013

Dear Lisa,

Thank you so much for the amazing work you did for our wedding. I appeciate all the time you took to hlep us organize, and then make sure eerything went smoothly. Your help with my family drama was amazing and you made it all worth it. I know my family was happy to have you. I will recoommend you to anyone i ever hear getting married in Palm Springs.

Thanks to your team! :)

Kasey and Pavi Jury

Peggy and I enjoyed our wedding day more than we could have ever imagined

October 18, 2013


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

testimonial from client done at odonnell house

From: Nancy Buller
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 9:00 PM
To: 'Laurie'
Subject: RE: following through

Hi Laurie:
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. 

A heartfelt thanks,

Thank you for your help with the lighting at my wedding at the Cree Estate on May 21, 2013


Laurie Lund,

Thank you for your help with the lighting at my wedding at the Cree Estate on May 21, 2013. I never had the pleasure of meeting you, but your work was impecable. The lighting was more than i expected and made such a beautiful impact. Like the topper of a cake!

Thank you !
Amber and Erick

review of peggy's service on the planning of their wedding

From: Mathilda Dickey
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 6:29 PM
To: Peggy Shevlin
Subject: Re: Hi Soni

Hi Peggy , 

I am telling everyone that no matter what you charge you are worth every penny and more

I will continue my praises and just say to give you a call.

Thank you so much for making Gaby and Ricks day a truly pleasurable memory for all of us.

The baby will be a little boy! Can't wait!

Love, Sonie

review from Cecilia about wedding planned by events department

From: Cecilia
Sent: Tuesday, June 11, 2013 11:21 AM
To: Peggy Shevlin
Subject: Thank you!!

Hi Peg,
Wanted to drop you a quick note to say THANK YOU on behalf of my entire family for executing a dream wedding! It was a huge success due in large part to you, your poise and professionalism. Thank you for everything!!



From: Carmina
Sent: Thursday, June 06, 2013 6:29 PM
To: Laurie

Hi Laurie! Oh my goodness, can I just say how amazing you all are over there?  The day was amazing and we will never stop raving about you guys to everyone we know who wants to get married in Palm Springs.  It was just magic and your team made the day run so smoothly.everyone kept telling me that they didn't think weddings were supposed to feel so easy like ours did.  I know you all work so hard and we can't thank you enough.  


Kapakatestimonial from Kapaka & George Senko, mother and father of hte bride

From: Kapaka Senko
Sent: Monday, May 20, 2013 9:13 AM
To: peggyshevlin
Cc: 'Lisa Foltz'
Subject: Thank You!

Dear Peggy,

Thank you for coordinating the day of Rachel and Ryan Foltz’s beautiful wedding at the Sherwood Country Club, May 18, 2013.  Your promptness, attention to detail, ability to move things along, and staying power through wrap-up were very much appreciated.   

Grace under pressure and a willingness to pleasantly and cooperatively flow with changes as décor and timing are tweaked before and on the day of the wedding are traits needed in an event coordinator.  Good listening skills and careful records of the families’ timeline wishes make the planning process smooth.  Understanding and accommodating the amalgamated styles of the family, even when at variance with the coordinator’s personal style, requires delicacy and good humor.  It’s not an easy assignment. 

We thank you for balancing all these demands, Peggy.  It was such a relief for us to hear that you told the groom’s parents about ten minutes after the guests left from the wedding, “Go home.  I’ve got this handled.”  I don’t know how long it took you to get everything out the door, but it was speedy.  You put in a very long day with your able assistant.

Your dedication to doing your job with excellence is very commendable.

A fond thanks,

Kapaka and George Senko, MOB and FOB

testimonial for peg from Denise and Glen

From: Denise Schmitz
Sent: Saturday, May 11, 2013 4:57 PM
To: peggy Shevlin
Subject: Thank you!

Hi Peg -

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!
Best, Denise and Glenn

elissa testimonial

From: Elissa Howarth Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 4:05 PM To: Laurie Lund Subject: THANK YOU!!! Hi Laurie!!! I just wanted to thank you again for the most amazing wedding in the history of weddings - I was absolutely blown away and could not have been happier with how everything went. You are a miracle worker! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!



-----Original Message-----
From: Ariana
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2012 7:11 PM
To: Laurie
Subject: Thank You!

Michael and I wanted to say THANK YOU so very much for an amazing weekend.
You and your assistant Lisa made our day phenomenal but most of all, stress free! If you have a boss, please give us his name and number or email because you two definitely need a raise!!! Haha. We just couldn't hold back any praises for you so we had to email you. Have a great rest of the week!!
And thank u again.

- Mr. And Mrs. Kintzle


-----Original Message-----
From: Lilly Hall
Sent: Monday, November 26, 2012 10:50 AM
To: Laurie Lund
Cc: Shannon Hall; Raphael Pereira; Beaumont Hall; Brent Hall; Matthew Hall
Subject: A Big Thank You

Dear Laurie, Lisa Sipes, and Chris, 

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.  We will give you links soon for photos and you can go to You Tube now and type in Shannon and
Raphael's Wedding dance to see the video.  

Sncerely, Lilly and Beaumont



From: Katie Nichol
Sent: Monday, November 12, 2012 3:25 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Thank You!!

Hi Laurie,

We are approaching our one-year anniversary (7 days!) and I just wanted to say thank you, AGAIN, for making the wedding of my dreams (and maybe my mom’s, too ?) come true. I was not the fairytale-wedding-dreamer type, but you somehow managed to take my hazy vision of the event and truly make something magical for Christian, me, and our families. I cannot thank you enough for your ability to flex-and-flow with our changing plans and for your boundless optimism. I felt completely at ease with you and your team at the helm!!

We plan to visit Smoke Tree Ranch over this Thanksgiving holiday and hope to make it a yearly routine. Maybe one day we’ll have a ‘wedding reunion’ with all of our friends and family! I watched our highlights video again today (www.epochproductions.com/kcn.html (SEE IT RIGHT HERE BELOW!!!) and it made me think of you…I hope you and your family are having a wonderful fall and start of winter. And that you are not too busy :)

No need to write back- I just wanted you to know that I am grateful!






From: Sarah Killelea Suput
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2012 3:27 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: With tremendous thanks!

Dear Laurie-

I am just so very grateful for all of your help with our wedding. (And Marko is too!!!).  As you remember, I was a little hesitant about using the Events Department's full services.  And now I just look back and laugh.  I can't imagine our wedding without you or your fabulous team.  From the small details to your ability to say yes to my last minute requests, I felt like no matter what you were going to make sure that Marko and I had the wedding we envisioned from the beginning.

I've heard nothing but rave reviews from ALL our guests to how great the venue looked to how smoothly the entire night went.  And it truly did!  Marko and I look at our pictures with such tremendous fondness (and there's not a single picture with a worried look on my face).  I was able to really enjoy the day and "be present" during the ceremony and reception because of all you had covered.

I wish you so much success ahead.  I will recommend you to ANY couple even considering hiring a wedding coordinator.

I will forever remember our wedding as one of my best days.  And I know that you were instrumental in making that happen.

With gratitude,

Sarah Suput




Laurie and Lisa,

Thank you so much for all the attention and effort that went into our wedding celebration. It was wonderful in great part thanks to you both. Laurie, our countless emails and conversations were invaluable to pulling it all off without a hitch and Lisa, your Day of Powerhouse energy and skills, knowledge and effort, really shined! You are lovely and everyone loved working with you.

Thanks again—will never forget our day.

Rebecca and Lisa


From: Lynn McCormack
Sent: Monday, October 08, 2012 12:07 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Last but not least

Dear Laurie,

As you can see from the emails that I have copied you on, I have taken a few moments to thank people who played a role in making Devin and Tim's wedding pretty darn perfect. Although I am emailing you last, you are the main reason why we feel their wedding was everything we could have imagined. Thank you Laurie! You helped us settle on the best possible venue; you coordinated countless details for us; you gently pushed us to get things done; and, you worked with us through a crisis that threatened to derail the entire wedding. You did all of this with style and grace. We could not have asked for a more professional event planner. Your patience, expertise, availability and warmth meant a great deal to us. You were the perfect consultant, mentor, crisis manager and friend. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You were wonderful to work with and we credit you with making our daughter's wedding an memory that we will forever treasure. 

Warmest regards, Lynn


Sent: Thursday, April 26, 2012 9:01 AM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Mayer/Dyer Wrap-up!

Hi Laurie. 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!!

Warmest regards.Sue Mayer

beth testimonial in may

From: Beth Overlan

Sent: Sunday, April 21, 2013 6:21 PM To: Lisa Bell; Laurie Lund Subject: THANK YOU

Hi Lisa and Laurie - I'm about to go into major offline honeymoon mode, but I just couldn't disappear yet without dropping you a quick note to say thank you.

Brandon and I are still in a daze with the perfection that was our wedding and just smoke tree ranch in general. You are both amazing and I truly, truly thank you for everything you did to make our day so absolutely perfect.

We'll keep in touch and I'll be writing you much more heartfelt thank you's when we are back in real life mode. Thank you thank you thank you. All best - Brandon and Beth HOANG!


Sent: Wednesday, April 11, 2012 4:11 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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!!!!!!!!




Sent: Sunday, April 01, 2012 8:32 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Thank you!!!

Laurie - 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 (4/17).



03-05 cori

Sent: Monday, March 26, 2012 6:42 AM
To: Lisa Sipe
Subject: A Big Thanks!

Hi Lisa,

I will send you a proper thank you snail mail after this week of family but I wanted you to know how indispensable you proved to be. I was so happy to leave you to take care of the behind the scenes and last minute details and you did a SUPER job of it. I was not worried but Is see how minute last minute details there are! Finding a mike.finding Nancy and Taylorgetting things set up for the guests.greeting all the vendorsWOW You did it all and probably much more that I did not see! I felt safe knowing that you were there and keeping things moving. As far as I can tell, it went without a hitch and we have gotten RAVE reviews from our friends and family for everything from flowers to food to cupcakes to dancing! And I loved the ceremony with the harp and Reverend Jim. Also loved the fact that somehow.everything got back to my room!

Thanks so much for all your efforts on behalf of our family and Nancy and Taylor. You did a fantastic job!


Mary Felando (MOB)

03-05 cori

Sent:Monday, March 05, 2012 7:07 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: thanks again

Hi Laurie,

I just wanted to say thank you again for all of your help in the past 5 months. You have been great to work with. I appreciate your commitment to your clients and the timely manner in which you always responded to my many questions. I am so glad that we decided on The O'Donnell House. It truly was the best day everand the best weekend ever!



Dear Laurie and Team,

We will never begin to ever thank you enough for all your help this past year! You truly were my saving grace in planning our wedding. It was the most special day of our lives, and we owe most of that to you! We wish you all the best in the new year!

Love, Ali and Justin

We just returned from our honeymoon to raining Northern California. I wanted to tell you that we couldn't have had a better time in Palm Springs at Smoke Tree Ranch. Everyone is raving about it and you were a HUGE part of that!
I thought you enjoy seeing a few of the wedding photos. I can't thank you enough for all the work you did to make our wedding the best day. We truly had an amazing time, as well as the rest of the guests.
Thank you again!!!
Lindsey King :)

08-01 Gerry

Sent: Monday, August 01, 2011 12:37 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Re: You


I just got back online which is why you haven't heard from me since I got to LV.

You know, you are really excellent. You continue to amaze both of us. 

Your calm harmony and exceptional interpersonal skills, your network of universally admiring vendors and clients (very well deserved as far as we can tell), your professionalism, knowledge, experience, your incredible generosity, and finally your loving nature, are all so exceptional, Laurie. We are wondering what we did to deserve to have you on our team or to even know you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your impact has been essential.  

Thank you!!!!!



From: Mimi Karsh
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2011 8:13 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: a HUGE thank you!!!

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 shortyikes!. 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

From: rbm
Sent: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 10:36 AM
To: laurie@eventsdepartment.com
Subject: Thank you

Hi Laurie,

I know that you've already spoken to Bill, but I wanted to thank you as well for all your amazing help and expertise both in the planning and execution of Liz and Azil's wedding. You are not only a dream to work with, you ROCK! I think if we hadn't had you we would have been totally nuts and Liz would have been very uptight on her wedding day worrying about how everything was going to work. The change in location at the site would have been enough to unravel us. Take care.


Raye Murphy

From: Murphy, William
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2011 2:29 PM
To: laurie@eventsdepartment.com
Cc: Murphy, Darlene; Elizabeth Murphy
Subject: Thank you!!!


I just want to thank you again for all your behind the scenes efforts. Liz and Az had a great party.  We could not have done it without you.  I know I could have never dealt with the myriad of issues and retained my sanity. You and your staff are terrific!  As threatened last Saturday evening, when the heat of the summer slows things down a little let’s plan to have dinner.


William E. Murphy   (FOB)

From: Tony Marsiglia
Sent: Monday, April 18th, 2011
To: "Laurie Lund"
Subject: RE: Janelle's wedding


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 Monther-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.

My Best,

Tony Marsiglia

Responsive Marketing Communications, Inc.
1278 W. Northwest Hwy.
Palatine, IL 60067

V. 847.303.5600
F. 847.303.7180

WEB: www.RmcNow.com

From: Beverly Leuchter
Sent: Thursday, December 02, 2010
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Nov 26-27 wedding weekend

Although I am literally buried alive, I wanted to drop you a note to tell you how much you meant to ALL of us. Every member of my family told me how remarkable you are I know I told you throughout the process, but I waould like to say once again that you are a true professional and EXCELLENT at what you do. You came along and saved the day for me. I consider you a good friend as well.

See you in December for a drink!

Beverly Leuchter
Nov. 26-27, 2010

Dear Laurie,

Thank you so much for being such a big part of making our wedding day a huge success! It was everything we hoped it would be and more! We truly enjoyed working with you and fabulous team!!

Many thanks to all of you. Wishing you and your family happy holidays!


Erica & James
November 13, 2010
O’Donnell House

From: William Clark
Sent: Monday, November 8, 2010
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Thank you


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 estat is truly the perfect venue for a wedding.


Bill and Candice
November 2010
The Solomon House




From: Lee Husfeldt
Sent: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 12:02 AM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Oct 23, 2010

Hey Girlfriend,

I cannot thank you enough for an absolutely perfect wedding day.  I enjoyed every minute of it, as well as the journey you and I shared putting it together.  It was everything I had hoped for, and more. I've had people tell me it was the best wedding they had ever been to.  And I heard that people at the high school reunion down below at the O'Donnell Golf Club that night wanted to come up and party with us when they heard our band.  So many people have asked me about New Sensations -- they were fantastic! Jack and I keep talking about how everything  was amazing! You and your staff  did a terrific job. You made it seem seamless, but I know you worked hard. You wowed us and the crowd!
  Thanks so much for making my fairy tale wedding come true!
  Your new “BFF”, 
   Lee Bonno  

From: carrie walker
Sent: Saturday, October 30, 2010 11:45 AM
To: Laurie Lund
Subject: Why hello there!!!

Good Morning!!! or I should say almost afternoon!!

You are probably busy with a wedding already but I wanted to send you an e-mail because I am taking to long to get my thank you cards out!!! surprise surprise!!!! 

Well really where do I start!! There are no words to express how thankful David and I are for your making our wedding so incredibly unforgettable! Everything was perfect! The wedding and reception were just gorgeous! Everyone that we talk to tell us that they had the best time at the wedding and that they had so much fun! My Uncle Harlan even went as far as saying that it was the best wedding that he had ever been at he had so much fun! I just point my finger to you and Carina!!!

I could not have done this with out you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart! David and I still try to make it down to the desert some Sundays so we should do lunch one Sunday when we are in town!!!

Carrie JACKSON!!!!! AAAHHHHH!!! I'm a Jackson!

Katie & Kurt

October 16th, 2010


Thank you for everything! Meeting you was the best thing to happen to our wedding! You are an amazing woman and we appreciate everything so much!

Katie & Kurt

Ross & Brooke Hartsock

October 2nd, 2010


Thank you for all your help & the many months of planning you put into our wedding. Our day was just as we had imagined. It really meant a lot to us to have you there every step of the way. Your true professionalism gave us & our families a sense of calm throughout the entire weekend. We would also like to thank your assistants for all of their hard work as well. We truly enjoyed every moment & detail of our wedding. We hope you were able to enjoy the event as well. Hope we weren't too much of a burden

Ross & Brooke Hartsock

I am sorry that I did not speak to you before you left on Saturday night.  I just wanted to pass along Jan’s and mine (and Roger & Jennifer’s) deep gratitude in making the JR wedding the most spectacular event of their lives. We heard from them today and all they had to say was “Thanks for the best day ever.”  This was in no little part, due to your participation.  Please accept this as a token of our appreciation.

Gene & Jan Blakeslee

From: Jillian Tokheim
Sent: Thursday, June 24, 2010 12:21 PM
To: Laurie Lund
Cc: Brian Glover; Mom & Dad
Subject: Thank You!!

Hi Laurie!

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,



Dear Laurie,

Thank you so very much for all that you did to make Jill and Brian's Wedding day a most special day for them. I'm sure we'll never know all of the "behind the scenes"! The challenges on their day.the bridal bracelet, the quick but determined decision to test Mother Nature, not-so-ready seating chart.you were amazing!! Most of all, your caring, understanding, patiences and creativity are what make you so incredibly special and fun to work with! We also wish for you and your family many "aha" moments. Enjoy Westin - send photos :)

It goes by quickly! Warm thanks,

Nancy and Tom
Oh…your daughter & staff were amazing also! You're all the package!