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Top Wedding Planners to Follow Now!

While By Sophia and Co specializes in corporate and social events, we LOVE a great wedding and behind every great wedding is a fabulous planner and designer.  Coming off of an inspiring bridal fashion week, we want to share the wedding planners in the industry that make us SWOON!

Coming up with this list was not an easy task as nor am I an expert in wedding planning. For an official and comprehensive list of the best planners in the industry, a good place to start is  Martha Stewart Weddings and Harpers Bazaar. Now that that is out of the way, I chose the  six on my list for their great eye and timeless sense of style. Their instagram feeds provide countless hours of drool worthy photos and it seems from their social media posts that they really enjoy what they do. I love that!  

Bash Please is  the brain child of Paige Appel and Kelly Harris, the event planning duo who are not only moms to small children but also incredible business women. In addition to their wedding planning and design services, they also plan a yearly wedding bash called The Cream -  an experimental wedding showcase for curious brides, grooms and friends. They also offer Interior Design services. Bash Please is based in LA  but like most other highly-sought wedding planners, will plan and design a wedding near or far.  

Bash Please studio mock up for a May wedding

Bash Please studio mock up for a May wedding


Easton Events is a fabulous wedding and social event planning company with offices in Charleston, South Carolina and Charolettesville, Virginia; Easton Events plans timeless and refined events for clients. They’ve been singled out for top honors by reputable publications time and time again (here, here and here). Co-founder and creative director Lynn Easton has been leading Easton Events  since 1998 and along with her husband has expanded their portfolio into hospitality management and event venues.  They manage Easton Events, Zero George Street Hotel, Pippin Hill Farms and Vineyard, Red Pump Kitchen and Cannon Green.  

Photo credit: Aaron Delesie

Photo credit: Aaron Delesie


Events by Andre WellsAndre Wells is based in Washington, DC and a fixture on the DC social scene.  He is highly sought after for his signature avant-garde style. Wells is not afraid to push the envelope and create stand-out events. When he isn’t planning events for the likes of Patti LaBelle and President Barack Obama, he volunteers his time with causes helping inner city kids and HIV/AIDS initiatives.


Leading Gather Events is another dynamic duo, Sarah and Robin. They are a “soup to nuts” wedding planning and design firm pulling off stunning fetes in California and beyond. They have a knack for drawing inspiration from the surroundings and bringing in natural elements as into their design.  Prepare to be blown away.

Photo Credit: Jenn Wiley 

Photo Credit: Jenn Wiley 

Mindy Weiss started Mindy Weiss Consultants in 1992. She has planned weddings and events for everyone from Sofia Vergara and Joe Manganiello, to Kris Jenner and  Blue Ivy Carter to name a few. Needless to say, she and her team know how to throw a phenomenal party. She does events all over the world and calls California home.  In addition to planning some of the most glamorous weddings and parties, she is also a three time best selling author and jewelry designer.

Blue Ivy Carter's Bohemian-Princess birthday Party 

Blue Ivy Carter's Bohemian-Princess birthday Party 

Sinclair Moore: Full disclosure, these two hold a special place in my heart. Sinclair Moore is a husband wife duo  I discovered about two years ago thanks to the queen herself-- Ms. Martha Stewart. No she didn’t personally introduce me. I was checking out Martha Stewart’s Weddings list of  Top wedding planners and that’s when they caught my eye. I checked out their instagram page and immediately fell in love with their personal style, muted color palate, and ability to make event planning look easy.  

They were the very first wedding planners I followed on instagram and seeing the beauty they created was a source of daily inspiration that  pushed me to start By Sophia & Co.

I found out later that Martha Stewart featured their own wedding.  Steve also designed AND sewed Jamie’s wedding dress (Who does that?! #relationshipgoals)

Steve and Jamie Moore are based in Seattle and over the last few years have become leaders in the wedding planning industry. They plan bespoke weddings in the Pacific Northwest and are also available to travel.  In addition to being a full service wedding and design firm, they also handle floral arrangements; currently offering several floral design workshops for beginners and experienced floral designers.

Tablescape and model from Sinclair Moore floral design worksop

Tablescape and model from Sinclair Moore floral design worksop

Thank you for reading! Hope you discovered some new wedding planners or rediscovered old favorites.


DIY Tablescape

Floral arrangements reign supreme when it comes to event design-- and for good reason, they are versatile, can tell a range of stories and work in any settings. But if you are looking to do something different or have a tight budget for decor this DIY tablescape design will come in handy!

I planned and styled an intimate dinner party for a client that wanted a tablescape that was lush, abundant and colorful. I wanted to source as many items as I could that were in season and local. The inspiration for the tablescape came from designer Justina Blakeney.  

The brightly colored produce are the stars of this tablescape! Don’t get me wrong, the proteas and ranunculus are show stoppers too but the focal point of the tablescape was produce and how displaying them whole and cut brought out their natural beauty.

For this project I used a mix of blood oranges, apples, papaya, grapes, peaches, plums, grapefruit, kumato tomatoes and artichokes. Then chose red and orange proteas and ranunculus to compliment the produce and added greenery to dress the table. The beauty of this project is that you can use whatever you want, depending on the vibe or color story you want.

Tools and Materials:

Cutting board


Floral scissors


Decorative accents




Table cloth or table runner

Step One:

Lay your greenery (you can chose any kind that you like, its not the star) and decorative accents over your table runner or table cloth.

Step Two:

Decide what produce you want to cut or use whole, mix it up so that there is depth, texture and dimension to your design. Produce that is bright on the inside and with visible seeds, like blood orange, grapefruit and papaya look stunning cut open. Likewise, produce that is shiny or has a textured exterior are beauty left whole.

Step Three:

Once you have a nice mix of whole or cut produce, arrange to your liking, either end to end or as several smaller arrangements, then cut and arrange your flowers. For this project I used gold balls to anchor the tablescape and placed red and orange ranuculus and proteas in several tall cylinder vases.

Step Four:

Step back, take a look at your design and see if there is anything out of place, fix and enjoy!

I hope you try this design idea for your next dinner party. Let us know your results by leaving a comment below!



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