Brittany, one of Stella’s event planners, was essential in the planning of my southwest Michigan wedding. I was planning my wedding from Chicago and had NO idea about which vendors to work with. She was friendly, responsive and professional and full of ideas. My wedding day was completely without stress because of Brittany’s organization and ability to tie things together.
Married 9.17.11 in Southwest Michigan
From Chicago, IL
Jessica and her team were fantastic, and we couldn’t have pulled off our wedding without her! I no longer live in Michigan and have a very busy job in which I travel every week, so I needed a lot of help selecting and communicating with vendors whom I wasn’t familiar with. She always had great recommendations and had established relationships with everyone I worked with, so she knew what areas the vendors were good at managing and the areas she needed to stay on top of with them. She was also very friendly and really allowed for me and my family to relax and enjoy our special day. She never made me feel like this was just another wedding for her. I would definitley recommend working with Jessica. She is super flexible and incredibly knowledgable about the SW Michigan area!
Married 8.13.11 in St. Joseph
From Chicago, IL
When I first told my mom I had hired Jessica, she was a little mad at me. Not because she had anything against Jessica, but wedding planners in general. She had wanted to do all things wedding, including setting up the day of the wedding and tearing down. After the wedding, I asked her how she felt about me hiring Jessica and she said, “I don’t know how we could’ve done it without her.” And that’s not an exaggeration. We got married at Millcreek Barns in Watervliet, which is very much an a la carte site. For day of services, Jessica received all the deliveries, set up the ceremony site, reception hall, coordinated timing for all the vendors, ordered us more alcohol when we were running low on beer, wine, rum and whiskey at 7 pm, double-sided taped my dress up… etc. etc. etc. Her services were so valuable the day of the wedding so we could actually enjoy our day without stress. I can only imagine the panic that would’ve occurred if she hadn’t been there to solve our alcohol situation, but instead it was handled immediately. I also hired Jessica for decor for the wedding. I’m a bride with eclectic tastes, I love all colors, all textures, all patterns. Jessica found a way to execute my vision without going overboard and being tacky (which I’m really good at!). I repeatedly received compliments on how beautiful our wedding was. Jessica took my vision (or lack of) and picked out beautiful table linens, put together our floral order, created several handmade touches and made my wedding something I can be proud of. Why hire Jessica? Many people think a wedding planner is out of their budget. I planned my wedding on 18k and Stella Event Design was a pivotal piece to my wedding I could have never done without. Because I was a budget bride, I gave my decor budget to Jessica, and she kept me on budget. Rather than going over budget on flowers because I fell in love with something, she chose a floral arrangement within my budget. She created handmade touches to make my wedding special without being exorbitant. Everything came in at my budget, which is difficult to do when planning a wedding. My entire family was able to enjoy our wedding as much as my husband and I did, because they got to participate in the fun stuff without all the hard work. Jessica is friendly, responsive, knowledgeable, helpful, professional. All the things that a wedding planner should be.
8.19.11 in Watervliet
From St. Joseph, MI
Every bride and groom should be as lucky as us to have Jessica Pennington from Stella Event Design as their wedding planner. From the minute we started working with her, she exemplified professionalism. She also has a vast knowledge of the industry and goes above and beyond to make sure your day goes perfectly. Without Jessica, our wedding would not have been nearly as perfect as it was. On top of her great knowlege and professionalism, Jessica goes above and beyond to really get to know the couple she is working with and make sure that they are the highlight of the event. We simply cannot send enought Thank You’s her way!
Married 9.17.11 in St. Joseph
From Ann Arbor, MI
Jessica from Stella Event Design was very flexible and easy to work with. My husband and I live out of state and she was willing to coordinate almost the entire wedding via email and phone calls. Her vendor recommendations and event design suggestions were also extremely helpful. We really liked everyone we ended up working with, and the wedding turned out perfectly. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the look of the entire event.
Married 9.10.11 in Saugatuck
From Oakland, CA
My hopes for Jessica Pennington didn’t stop at her wonderful web site. Those pictures and ideas are real. My daughter’s wedding was amazing and truly beautiful. Jessica was prompt with responses and ideas. She was willing to give me honest advice. I thought I was organized until I worked with Stella Event Design. They worked our plan and made the day more fun and lovely than we ever imagined. My daughter and I were able to laugh, cry and enjoy all our guests without the stress of details. Mothers of Brides– you need this woman!
Melanie, Mother of the Bride
Married 10.3.10 in Watervliet
From Denver, CO
Wow!! Brittany Johnson from Stella Event Design was unbelievable!!! She was so on top of everything from me being late to the ceremony to a missing center piece! She gave helpful hints to any questions that we had! She was very detailed about things that we didn’t even think about!! The day went off without an issue,thanks all to Brittany!!
Married 10.22.10 in Watervliet
From Valparaiso, IN
Jessica Pennington and the team at Stella Event Design made my wedding AMAZING! I had but *ONE* freak out during the ENTIRE wedding process and that came the morning of the wedding when I woke up to a torrential downpour (the sky cleared and it was a BEAUTIFUL day, phew!). I am not the ‘typical’ bride. I had not dreamed of my wedding day for years, and frankly – didn’t really want to work out all the details that lots of girls enjoy. Call me crazy…. Cue Stella Event Design and their “full service” planning option!! I gave Jessica my vision and because I trusted her and her expertise I just let her run with it. The vendors she works with are TOP NOTCH and she made this entire wedding process fun, (almost) effortless, and easy-peasy. My hubby and I had a totally stress-free experience – no joke! I could NOT imagine pulling off what she pulled off on my own and I would HIGHLY recommend her to ANYONE planning a wedding in Michigan. Our wedding was PERFECT, there is not ONE SINGLE THING that I would change, and that is due in large part to Jessica and her team. They listen, they respond, they deliver!
Married 7.24.10 in St. Joseph
From Chicago, IL
Brittany, Thank you again for all of your help leading up to, and on our wedding day! We couldn’t have pulled off such a fantastic event without you. Best of luck in all you do, and thanks again!
Married 9.18.10 in South Haven
From Chicago, IL
Living in Chicago and planning a destination wedding in St. Joseph was challenging, but Jessica was a lifesaver during this process! I hired Stella Event Design for day-of coordination, design assistance and vendor referrals. Jessica provided referrals for extremely professional vendors with great service. She even coordinated vendors to meet us at her office to make it more convenient for me and my husband. She was always responsive to phone and email correspondence, and available/flexible for our meetings. Multiple times I went to her with general planning questions and she always provided helpful information and advice from past wedding and personal experiences. When the wedding day came, I was relieved that I had an experienced and reliable coordinator overseeing the day’s events and making sure everything went as planned….and it did, thanks to Jessica and her team!
Married 8.7.10 in St. Joseph
From Chicago, IL