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.
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.
Events by Andre Wells: Andre 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.
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.
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.
Thank you for reading! Hope you discovered some new wedding planners or rediscovered old favorites.