California Wedding Day – We’re a FINALIST!

Photo: Lucas Rossi Photography  | Designer: An Enlightened Event  | Venue: Chateau de Grace  | Florals: Rogue and Fox  | Gown: Claire Pettibone  | Suit: Friar Tux

Wow!  I am beyond thrilled and surprised and grateful to have my team chosen as one of the TOP 4 Best Wedding Planners in Ventura County/Santa Barbara.  What an amazing accomplishment and recognition for our team.  Thank you to everyone who voted for us!

Now that we’re finalists, why not aim for the title of Best Wedding Planner?!  If you’re in the industry and you’ve worked with us and/or like the way we roll, please please PLEASE (<— is this considered begging?) vote for us.  Don’t worry – you have two votes available.  You can vote for us twice!

Seriously though…thank you for helping us to achieve the Top 4 and for considering us for your #1 Best Wedding Planner 2017.  By the way…you MUST cast your vote by Friday, 17 March.  That’s in less than 48 hours!

Safari Inspired Styled Shoot

Sometimes I get inspired by random things that I see (or haven’t seen!) and I jump on the opportunity to design it and team up with some amazing vendors to help bring the vision to life.

We are so lucky to be able to work with so much talent and to have them trust in our vision.  This amazing shoot we did this summer is definitely one to remember and one to share ALL OVER.

Hop on over to Green Wedding Shoes to see the FULL FEATURE of this shoot captured by Anna Delores Photography!  We couldn’t be happier with the way this shoot turned out!  Thank you much for all who were involved and a huge shout out to Green Wedding Shoes for featuring this shoot!

Photography: Anna Delores Photography (@annadelores)
Venue: Private Property
Design/Coordination: An Enlightened Event (@anenlightenedevent)
Design/Rentals: Party Pleasers (@partypleasers)
Floral Design: Knot Just Flowers (@knotjustflowers)
Hair and Make-Up: Blushing Beauty (
Cake: Frost It Cakery (@frostitcakery)
Calligraphy: Sky Dog Designs (@skydogdesigns)
Invitations: Minted (@minted)
Leather Products: Rustico Made (@rusticomade)
Gown: BHLDN (@bhldn)
Suit: Zara (@zara)


Team Interview – Katie Gallo

Meet one of our Lead Planners, Katie Gallo!  She has been with An Enlightened Event for 2 seasons and has been such an asset to our company and to the clients that we work closely with.


What is your greatest achievement and how did it shape you?
My greatest achievement is being a mom.  My daughters are my absolute loves of my life and I enjoy working hard to ensure they never have any needs in life.  I enjoy spending time with them, volunteering for their extracurricular activities and raising them to be thoughtful and caring.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go and why?
I have been wanting to go to Australia for quite some time now.  I love traveling to relaxing destinations located on the water with warm weather.

If you could have one super power, what would it be and how would you use it?
If I could have one super power it would be to cure disease.  There are so many wonderful people fighting the good fight to live a healthy life.  I would love to be able to take away their pain.

How did you get involved in event planning?
I love everything to be color coded, alphabetized and put into chronological order so the organizational part of event planning came very easy.  After planning a few parties and weddings for family and friends, I then fell in love with the event design aspect and being able to choose design elements to fulfill the vision a client has for their event.

What three things are a MUST HAVE at each of your events?
1.  Great beverages – whether it is a signature cocktail with a clever name or even just infusing water with fruit like strawberries, oranges or limes.  Putting in a little extra effort in the details goes a long way in showing guests your appreciation for them coming to your event.
2.  Lighting for evening or indoor events – Uplighting or twinkle lights can transform a venue space and enhance your vision for the feel of an event.  They also allow for amazing photo opportunities; especially with a professional photographer.
3.  Creative signage – Whether it is using an antiqued door for escort cards, using vacation destinations as table names or hanging homemade Mr. and Mrs. signs from the bride and groom’s chairs it allows you to personalize your event in an inexpensive way.