Los Angeles, CA
Loleena + Tripp:
Jackie and I have been friends for the past 23 years. I've seen her talents transition from organizing junior high school dances to corporate events to her passion of planning weddings. There was no doubt that Jackie would not only be in my wedding, but would also plan my wedding. There were logistical hurdles right away. First, my husband and I were in San Diego and knew we wanted a wedding in Los Angeles. Next, we had the complicated task of combining two cultures, Western and South Asian and two religions, Christianity and Islam, into one wedding. Jackie is not someone who says no or ever thinks negatively. This quality is necessary for a wedding planner and eventually becomes contagious. She was our eyes in Los Angeles when we couldn't be there and helped us think of creative meshes of our cultures.
Working with my cousins and family for cultural guidance, Jackie planned a colorful and joyous mehndi and wedding day for us. She helped interview DJs for the mehndi to find just the right person who understood our blended families. Jackie provided us with lists of vendors for Indian food and then handled all the nitty gritty details after we picked one. She also locked down our venue and worked with them (LA Downtown Hotel) to provide a stage and appropriate amenities.
She negotiated our contracts with our lighting, venue, hotel (the Biltmore) and heater vendors for our wedding day at Cafe Pinot. Jackie effortlessly organized all of our vendors on the day of our wedding, including our nontraditional vendors (friends and family) who were helping out with the center pieces and flowers. When we thought we might want candles at our outdoor reception, Jackie was the one who took care of all the necessary permits. Her knowledge of regulations in Los Angeles is invaluable.
Jackie is practically a member of my family, and I guarantee it will seem like she's a member of yours by the end of your wedding. She has coordinated countless weddings for people I know and everyone has loved and recommended her work. She's the person you want to handle the crisis you will never know happened at your wedding.