Love Notes

Here’s what a few of our clients have to say

Tamara helped me find my voice and taste while we were planning my wedding. On our first phone call, she picked the perfect color palette for our wedding. Within a week, she introduced me to Pinterest for inspiration and made an “Ideas for Robyn” board. I had not visualized or planned the big day growing up so she was starting with a blank canvas. Tamara provided feedback and suggestions on anything we asked for including above and beyond requests such as a tip schedule, a conference call with the MOB about wedding shower anxiety, groom’s gift ideas, and more. A family member took a last minute trip out to Sonoma and Tamara arranged visits with all of our vendors, the venue, etc. and knocked her socks off!

My husband and I are business professionals, planners, and list makers – she operated in our task master environment as effortlessly as she did with the creative vendors. Tamara matched us with vendors that fit our wallet AND our personalities. This made the event that much more spectacular. Tamara planned our wedding and rehearsal dinner – she was our Sonoma expert since we planned a destination wedding to a destination we had never been to – and she gave us the gift of a lifetime. She thought of details we did not – she brought wraps to the reception for the ladies who were cold, and orchids to the rehearsal dinner for centerpieces and more. Tamara was professional, responsive, friendly, understanding and firm – which is exactly what I needed. She even negotiated down the rate of the site fee for our venue after we had chosen it! She makes the day/event/etc. about you and your groom. She anticipates guest personalities and flexes to many styles. I cannot say enough wonderful things about her and her talent. If you calculate the value you receive for the time and effort Tamara spends making your day unforgettable – she is a bargain. I would recommend Tamara to any bride who wants a wedding planner who can take charge, help her navigate through the all of the planning noise and has personality to spare!

-Robyn & Tony

The most amazing, beautiful, glittery, magical day (I could go on and on) but Tamara, YOU, knocked it out of the park and made every piece of my dream wedding come true. A thousand thank you’s wouldn’t suffice, and all the people that made the event happen, were unbelievable! From the incredible food from Alex’s catering (which everyone raved about), to LUX for making the party rock with great lighting and sound and were on top of the every single detail (big props to Jillian and Billy), HUGE thanks to Anita for the jaw dropping flower arrangements (I got choked up too many times to count by their beauty), delectable desserts from Patisserie Angelica and the cake … Wow!…. They took my wild idea of mad hatter design and made it better then I imagined it could be, Wine Country for making the site look like a whimsical palace with the highest quality of decor provided, and last but certainly not least…. The amazing Jen Bagwell!! That woman is something else I tell you. My (now husband) and I felt so comfortable with her and she was so incredibly attentive and caring and just a true gem we are so incredibly grateful we put our trust in you to make this day happen as you, Tamara, went waaay above our expectations and only work with the best of the best vendors out there (which was well proven). I miss our phone calls already! Lol. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, for everything.

-Sara & Frank

Tamara J Events – Tamara is our Month of Coordinator and she has also become a friend over the last 6 months since we booked her. She is a little wacky like me but she is also all business. Both me and Angella love her fun personality and have confidence in her ability to run the show effortlessly….

-Aurora & Angella Blackwell

Our wedding was flawless.  From the flowers, to the cake, to the execution, everything was amazing. To top it off, you made it all happen in Yosemite, a place dear to us since we’re the fourth generation to get married there.  Thank you isn’t enough.

– Ming Zhu & Matthew Adams

My husband and I were absolutely thrilled with Tamara. We are both control freaks (ok, maybe I am more of one!) and amazingly, with Tamara in charge, I was able to completely let go, stop worrying and enjoy my wedding. From the very beginning she was incredibly helpful and thoughtful with her ideas, and gave us great advice on everything from location, vendor, timing, to menus, wedding dress, hairstyle and how to deal with drunken relatives! In the process, she saved us a lot of money and a lot of effort, and went above and beyond what was simply required by her contract. We cannot recommend her enough for all the brides and grooms who just want to know things will get done and done in the way they want them, but who also want to work with someone who has great ideas and can offer some creative input. I wish I could hire her to help me figure out the rest of my life!!!

– Irena & Tycho

Tamara and her team were nothing but professional, creative and fun! Tamara is not only an expert wedding planner, she is now a forever friend! She understood our unique family, budget and travel requirements and did it all with a smile. She is well-connected and a very trustworthy force in the wedding business! I received Tamara’s name via a colleague’s recommendation and have already passed her name along to a friend (who already had a beautiful and successful Napa valley wedding). Her attention to detail and fun personality made planning a breeze and allowed me to enjoy my entire wedding from start to finish…and I wouldn’t change a thing. Tamara is not only an accomplished professional and wise advisor but she will forever be a part of our family!!!

-Carrie & Mike

When my fiancée asked me to get married….I knew I wanted to do it in Napa, CA. We had been there a few years ago on holiday. I reached out to Tamara by email and didn’t expect to hear from her right away, given the time difference between Shanghai and California. To my surprise she responded, we scheduled a time that would be convenient for us to talk by phone and it was so nice. She was knowledgeable, gave me an honest and detailed review of what my dream wedding would cost and that the biggest challenge would be finding a venue first….

I hired her in July for my wedding in October. In a short period of time, Tamara not only found the perfect venue (Auberge Du Soleil), but a team of fantastic vendors, shopped for and secured my wedding gown as well as clothing for all the kids in the ceremony, arranged all the airport pickups, a full day of wine tours….we even had one winery to ourselves for 2.5 hours.  Most of my guests came here from Shanghai and Singapore and did not speak English, but even that was not a barrier to Tamara and her team. When I tried on my wedding gown ten days before the wedding (that is when I physically met Tamara) the dress fit perfectly. She designed everything perfectly, from the invitations to the linen choices, to our officiant (who even lived in China for a time). It is hard to find the words to express how much Tamara means to me and my family. She’s a wonderful planner and her attention to detail is truly amazing. She gave me my dream wedding and I am eternally thankful.

-Amy & Fung

Thank you – again – so very much for your agreeing to be the day of coordinator for David’s wedding (my son and only child). For someone who by nature is a micro-manager, I was completely at ease leaving things to you. I felt no stress or worries as I knew things were in very good hands. I love your energy and welcomed your great ideas for maximizing the unique features of the winery. I thought things were absolutely beautiful. And I wouldn’t have changed anything. You were a pleasure to work with. And I was totally at ease and able to enjoy David’s wedding to the fullest, moist eyes, Kleenex and all. You are the greatest!

-Susan Moreno

We love Tamara!

We researched and interviewed several planners, but booked Tamara as soon as we met her. We loved her spunky yet warm personality and it was clear that she was a go-getter from the get-go. We hired her for day of/month of coordination. Our expectation was that she would not enter the picture until a few weeks before our wedding day as most planners do for this level of service.

Tamara really cares about her brides and her events, so she invested much more time than we ever expected her to in helping our day go off without a hitch. She took our vision for our wedding and expanded on it and helped us save money along the way. By the end of it, we really felt that she had paid for herself.

She was there for us throughout the process and worked hard the weekend of our wedding. From giving our guests directions, to organizing the vendors……no task was too big or too small. She tackled them all and was the last one to leave on our wedding day. She was worth her weight in gold. We’d definitely hire her again to help us with future events! Love her!

-Thanh & Billy

Tamara J events planned my Son and Daughter-in- laws wedding, a couple years ago, so when it came time to plan my Daughter’s wedding, we went back to the best! Tamara’s ideas and concepts are amazing. She came up with a list of venues that we’d have never known about… the one we decided on, The Brazil Room, in Tilden Park, Berkeley… was the best possible venue we could have found.

The wedding was absolutely magical and we got compliments the entire night… on everything. I wish I could convey just how gorgeous everything was. The perfect venue, the perfect food, the best DJ, (DJ CHAOS) that played the best music… we danced all night and best of all, we were all able to enjoy the festivities and really absorb the big day. I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a moment, and I appreciate that gift so much.

Our photographer, Nichole, of Sweetness and Light, captured those lovely moments for us, and we absolutely love going over the day in photos. Such good memories to last a lifetime 💕

 

-Bernadette Maher

Tamara did an excellent job with our wedding. It was more than what I could have ever asked for. She was very professional, dependable and helpful. We were very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with her.

Her knowledge and experience definitely made our wedding a dream. She worked with our input and budget. She went above and beyond to make our wedding special and spent time on every detail. She helped us pick out our flowers and even handmade our flower arrangements.

She gave us excellent recommendations for vendors as well. She alleviated us of any stress we may have had and made us feel like family. I would recommend her to anyone and would be confident with knowing she would plan the perfect wedding!

 

 

-Whitney Shepherd

Tamara planned and designed my wedding and did a phenomenal job. She was knowledgeable, practical, and understanding. She managed everything from our budget to our family.

I honestly don’t know how we could have done it without her. There’s so much to weddings that you never consider, from small details (“we have to spend how much more on serving utensils if we go family style?”) to major considerations (“what do mean there’s not enough light in here for people to see what they eat?”).

She worked closely with my wife who had some unconventional ideas (Halloween theme with skulls and a red wedding dress) she wanted to include and Tamara was able to work them all in and still make it a wedding that everyone enjoyed. Over a year later, and our guests are still telling us how great our wedding was and how much fun they had. I cannot recommend her highly enough.

 

 

 

-Wesley Bonnheim