You're first in the lineup of my 2017 couple thank-you notes! I'm honored to have been a part of making your big day a success. You are a beautiful couple, and assembled a crackpot team of vendors I've come to turn to again and again since your wedding day. Thank you for choosing a gorgeous venue in The Green Building, which has allowed me to grow and nurture a relationship with their team and space that I'll forever be indebted to you for. I SO enjoyed bringing together your Irish and Puerto Rican families for a heartfelt ceremony and raucous good party! My every warm wish goes to you for a memorable 2018!
Click HERE to view the full gallery of photos from this gorgeous wedding!
2017 was QUITE the year for my baby business!
From just an inkling of an idea in the summer of 2016, Stephanie Gatton Events was born. 18 weddings later – and with another 8 already on the calendar for 2018, I’m loving what I do and who I work with. My clients invariably become my FRIENDS, a relationship born out of the trust and honesty they give me. They’ve taken me down to Philly, up to the Hudson Valley, all over this city that I love, and even on a plane back to San Francisco! Along the way, I’ve gotten to know some kick-ass vendors and venues, my partners in making your day extra-special.
Over the next few days, I’ll be thanking each and every one of those couples, as I look forward to making new memories in 2018 and beyond. LET'S DO THIS!
Though I've been working with this wonderful couple - and the groom's mother - since May, I'm only now just getting around to welcoming them officially to the Stephanie Gatton Events fold (how much more busy can this summer/fall get?!?).
Welcome to CELIA & DOUGLAS!
This lovely couple were sent my way by the mother of the groom of a previous couple of mine (did I mention that parents LOVE me?). Moms talk, and one thing led to another, and I ended up hitting it off with THIS mother of the groom, who was busy helping her son and soon-to-be daughter-in-law plan a Hudson Valley wedding while they were living in Texas and Pennsylvania, respectively. A tall order on a normal day, I was pleased to come on board to relieve some of the stress of it all. From site visits to their gorgeous venue to intricate timelines, sourcing wedding favors, props artisans to put the finishing touches on decor items, and even designing the seating chart as well as handling all calligraphy needs for the place cards, you name it, I jumped in and did it!
Now, Celia and Douglas are here, back in Manhattan! Celia's family has made the trip over from her native China, and both families look forward to becoming one. And I look forward to their fall wedding weekend in the beautiful Hudson Valley! I am honored that they've brought me on board to serve as the coordinator for their big day. Let's do this!
Long time no see! It's been a BUSY end of summer/beginning of fall for me, as I took on a record number of wedding clients (way to go, baby business!), while also completing a move from our apartment into our new home in August, with MUCH work to be done there as well!
I've been remiss in my welcome announcements for all of my lovely couples, but I'm happy to return to this series to say welcome to REBECCA & ANDREW!
These two cuties are getting married at one of my favorite venues - The Green Building, which recommended my services to them (thanks, Susan!). Once Rebecca and I met last month, it was clear it was a match made in musical heaven! She's a talented jazz singer, he's a jazz double-bassist, and so it was an effortless fit for us all. I'm expecting to have a delightful time with these two!
They'll be getting hitched THIS WEEKEND in a fun and festive DIY wedding surrounded by 100 of their very favorite people, and I am honored to join their team as their month-of coordinator for this weekend's Brooklyn wedding. Let's do this!
Apologies for the radio silence as of late - the hubs and I are in the midst of a pretty epic move. We are fortunate enough to be selling our condo in Astoria and purchasing a little HOUSE ten minutes away on the other side of the neighborhood. I'm beyond excited at the prospect of setting up shop there, and envision writing blog entries from the urban privacy of the deck in our backyard very soon! But this week has been a frenzy of packing!
Without further ado, and in the midst of all of this, I'm thrilled to welcome my newest couple to the Stephanie Gatton Events family - STARSHA & ANDREI!
FUN FACT! Starsha and I met in 2005 - in our collective former lives in theatrical stage management! Fast forward to 2017, when Starsha is marrying her lovely man (and papa to their adorable daughter, Zora), back in Brooklyn (they now call Chicago home).
Starsha found me - after all these years - crazily enough searching Instagram for #weddingshoes, and saw a recent post of mine. It was meant to be! As she wrote, "I have been very skeptical of my own ability to shut off the producing mode at my wedding. Then I saw you [on Instagram] and got VERY excited. I need a day-of coordinator and I already trust you implicitly because you taught me everything I know!!!"
That was just two weeks ago, folks. After planning the entire shindig, Starsha and Andrei will be getting hitched one week from tomorrow, on August 5, and I couldn't be more excited to have the privilege of being entrusted to carry their plans through to the finish line! I'm honored to join their team as the coordinator for their DIY, laid-back wedding at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture. Let's do this!
Their wedding was gorgeous - stay tuned for some amazing photos from Anthony Vazquez Photography - but in the meantime, here's their write-up in the Times (fun fact - they are my first NY Times couple!), as well as a few photos taken by yours truly to whet your appetite.
Happy Summer! Just a quick post to welcome my newest clients to the fold - INNA & JON!
You guys, word of mouth is a powerful thing. I’ve proud to have been sent this lovely couple by way of my dear friend, Rachel, who knows how PASSIONATE I am about my wedding clients and how I’ll work tirelessly for them. I had the pleasure of meeting with Inna and Jon, as well as Jon’s mother and sister, at the reception venue last month, and immediately knew it was a great fit!
These two have got a LOT of their decisions made and plans put in place (yay for them!), but are seeking help to bring all of the various pieces together cohesively for their wedding weekend. That's where I come in!
Friends for a year before they even began dating, Inna and Jon are connected through their church, their faith, their families, and their shared Armenian culture.
I'm honored to join the team as their coordinator for their July 2017 wedding at their local church, Holy Cross Church of Armenia in Washington Heights, followed by their reception at the New York Athletic Club in midtown, where their families are long-standing members.
Let's do this!
Are you getting married this summer? Have I got a deal for you!
If you book me for one of my remaining free weekends, it's a flat fee of $1500 - UNLIMITED planning hours, and ALL travel included within 150 miles of Astoria, NY.
First come, first booked!
Available dates: 6/23-25; 6/30-7/4; 7/21-23; 8/11-13
Well, it's confession time - this post was planned to be another Welcome Announcement on the blog back in late April - and then life - both personal and professional - intervened in a major way, and it never saw the light of day.
Still, it was written, and I want to acknowledge this lovely couple, and so, it'll get posted anyway, as an extremely belated (the couple were married last weekend!) Welcome Announcement. What can I say? I've been a busy gal!
Without further ado, here's what I wrote about six weeks ago:
This one’s special, you guys - special for several reasons! But first, here’s the gorgeous couple - LISA & PAUL!
SPECIAL REASON #1: Lisa and Paul came to me as a referral from one of my oldest and dearest friends, Melanyann. Seriously, Mel and I have been in each other’s lives since the fourth grade, back when we were involved in a daily friendly competition between who had the longest hair, the biggest role in the Drama Club musical, or who had the best grades (answers: me, her, and it seesawed back and forth for four straight years!). Melanyann is one of the few people left on this earth who knew me before my mother passed away, when we were in the sixth grade. She’s seen me at my first emotional and stressful moment of my life, and watched as I came through in one piece to the other side. So, when Mel recommended me to her friends from her church choir, her opinion counted. A LOT.
SPECIAL REASON #2: Lisa and Paul live in San Francisco. Astute readers may note that I do NOT live in San Francisco (well, not anymore - I did spend two glorious and formative years in the Bay Area right out of college). But what’s a little distance or jetlag got to do with anything? We connected on a terrific Facetime call, hitting it off immediately, and the rest is history!
SPECIAL REASON #3: There’s no reason more special than that Lisa and Paul are awesome, in love, and want to share a joyous day with 320 (?!?) of their closest friends and family. That’s the most special reason of all!
I'm honored to join the team as their coordinator for their May 2017 wedding at at their local Catholic church, followed by a reception on Cal’s campus in Berkeley, my old stomping grounds. Let's do this!
PS - Lisa and Paul are just one example of how distance does not necessarily prevent me from helping you execute the biggest day of your lives! The Bay Area is just one of many cities across the country (and around the world) where I’ve got generous friends not-so-secretly stashed away, who are more than happy to let me stay with them while you fly me to town to take care of everything for your wedding weekend. (Here’s another secret - for trips like these, I’m willing to slash my fee to make the investment worth your while!). Whether it’s Berkeley, San Diego, Boston, Philadelphia, D.C., or even London, I’ll be there for you!