Gillian

My father is an artist, which likely explains my ability to see color and understand proportion. I remember as a child asking for charcoals and sketchpads for Christmas, and loving drawing and painting. Upon leaving home for college, I quickly learned the fun of entertaining friends. Years later, I planned my sister's wedding at my cabin in Truckee. This was my first real event and I knew immediately that I wanted to do this on a professional level. I'd been bitten by the bug.

I already had years of experience in the field of interior design and realized that I yearned to create environments not only for spaces, but also for special and important occasions. Event planning was a natural transition for me. I was able to forge my background in design with my passion for family celebrations to create memorable and joyful experiences for people.

I am fortunate to have worked with prominent designers across both the interior design and event planning industries. I have developed ongoing relationships with photographers and videographers, floral and lighting designers, sound technicians and entertainers, stationers and caterers – the very best in the greater Bay Area, Napa Valley, and Sonoma. With these resources and a penchant for understanding how to create an environment, I have found success in my work.

Most importantly, I love what I do and derive great joy from interacting with my clients. My first question for a bride and groom is generally, "How did you meet?" This opens a casual (often funny) discourse and from there a lovely relationship develops. I tell my clients from the outset that we will work very hard through this process and that they will then let it all go – all of the details – and be in their party. They nod in agreement that yes, this is what they are looking for… and so we begin.