Where do I even begin.... First of all, 5 stars aren't even close too enough to give Laura and her team. We interviewed 4 or 5 planners before finding Laura. We had a good hour or so on the phone and immediately felt like we were lifelong friends. We began planning our wedding a year in advance and couldn't have been in better hands. Laura's suggestions, expertise and attention to detail made our event literally the wedding of the century. She thought of things we never even would have considered. I, being the groom and never having been married before didn't know what to expect but also tried to be as involved in everything as possible and Laura made the process enjoyable, and seamless. She is a professional and when you hire her, trust her opinion because she will ABSOLUTELY not steer you wrong. Her photographer recommendation was spot on and our pictures for both our engagement photos and wedding photos and video were done by another lovely couple and they turned out fantastic. After a year of planning, meetings, phone calls and text messages, the big day finally arrived. We set foot on the venue and saw a team of people putting up a tent, chairs, decorations, building a kitchen, etc. It looked like they were setting up Coachella a few months early and all of it was under Laura and Dana's watch. The day went perfectly, and everything was beautiful. Laura also communicated with my family over 600 miles away to plan a kick ass rehearsal dinner. This was SO important because it really set the tone for the rest of the weekend and I think we kicked things off with a bang. I have been receiving notes about not only how wonderful the wedding was and how it was literally the best wedding anyone had ever been too but also how on top of it and wonderful Josefina Events was. Laura and Dana interacted with guests, were extremely accommodating and helpful to every single person that needed them. The next day, Laura came back to check in with us and catch up, even though she didn't need to! We felt loved and taken care of throughout the entire course of planning through execution of one of the best events I have ever been too. My best friend recently got engaged and has also decided to work with Laura and her team. If you are looking to WOW your friends and family and make your day a day to remember, HIRE THESE GIRLS. The only complaint I have is that I won't be getting married again, so we can only do this with them once. But, we are looking forward to celebrating again with all of my friends who are just now planning their big days. I couldn't be happier with Laura and Dana. Not only did they help us make sure the biggest day of our lives went perfectly, but we became family in the process. Thank you again to the Josefina dream team! -David & Katie DeSantis
LAUREN & BEN
I can't say enough great things about Josefina events and Dana!!!
Our venue required my fiance and I to hire a wedding coordinator for the 3 months leading up to our wedding. We found Josefina Events and are beyond happy with our decision. Even though we aren't at the 3-month mark Dana has gone ABOVE AND BEYOND to help! We are doing a destination wedding in San Diego and Dana has alleviated much of the stress that comes with planning a wedding. Dana is prompt and highly responsive on both the phone and through email. She has helped us find our necessary vendors and even met us for lunch just to meet when we were in San Diego this past fall. We have even had the experience of speaking with Laura who is so sweet! This lovely team is truly passionate about what they do! Dana is highly organized and I know our wedding day will run seamlessly all because of Dana and Josefina Events! We are getting married this June and I am confident Dana will execute an unforgettable day! If you are looking for a coordinator choose Josefina Events!
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This is a follow-up review! Dana and Josefina Events... hands down the best!!!! Dana was a few days shy of having a baby and still made it to our wedding tasting! She was beyond responsive with a few conflicts that arose the months leading up to our wedding. Dana is so calm and organized, everything one would need in a wedding coordinator. Aside from that, she is the sweetest person ever! She was of course early to our rehearsal and made the run through seamless! The day of the wedding Dana, again early, handled everything! She was there way before the day began and way after guests began to leave. My parents were in awe of how amazing Dana is at her job! My dad is a hard person to impress and he was so impressed with Dana!! If you need a coordinator look no further. Dana and Josefina Events will make sure any brides wedding day runs perfectly! My husband and I are going to miss working with Dana and wish we could get married all over again just to hire Dana!
JOHN & TOM
I don't even know where to start. Josefina Weddings and Events was money well spent. Laura and her staff went above and beyond what we hired them to do. In our initial meeting, Laura said that she would give more than 100%. This wasn't a sales pitch. She was being honest and we couldn't be happier.
There were times when things (that were out of Laura's control) were not working out the way we wanted them to work out. Laura handled every situation professionally. Her level-headed responses could calm any groom (or bride) to be. And I can't forget the best part: remember those problems that were out of her control and above her pay grade to fix? She would always come back having fixed them anyway, just because that's the kind of service that she offers.
If you're looking for a hardworking, honest, problem solver that makes it look easy, Laura at Josefina Weddings and Events is the person for you!
HAILEY & PHIL
Dana with Josefina Events was wonderful!!! We live in Arizona and one of my concerns with planning an out of state wedding was knowing which vendors to use and not being there to coordinate with them. Josefina Events provided us with a long list of recommended vendors that were both awesome and within our budget. All of their recommended vendors were amazing and did a great job. Dana made our special day stress free and run smoothly. From the setup to the breakdown I did not have to worry about anything. I can't thank Dana enough for all the work she put into our wedding. It wouldn't have been a success without her.
AINIDEL & RAMON
We hired Laura and her amazing team (Dana and Andrea) for our wedding this past October 17, 2015. We hired her to help us with last month coordination and we were in contact with her even before the last month. She was always so open and willing to answer any questions we had. We knew we wanted to hire her as soon as we met her, you can tell right away from her personality that she will make sure things run smoothly the day of your wedding! I gave her a list of how we wanted things set up for our wedding reception and when we walked in we were blown away! She and her team made our vision come to life!
I had Dana with us at our rehearsal and during our church wedding ceremony and she was so great! Of course, we were running a little late getting to the church but she was so calm (which calmed me!), made sure I wasn't seen beforehand, lined everyone up and made sure I looked my best walking down that aisle. It was such an emotional and important moment for me, I was so glad to have her there. I literally felt like I had one of my best friends helping me that day :)
Long story short, our wedding day was flawless because of Laura and her team! If something went wrong that day, I didn't know about it. Everything seemed absolutely PERFECT. My husband and I continue to talk about all our favorite parts and we are forever grateful to all of them. Not only are they amazing at what they do, they are the sweetest people! We have no regrets hiring them and definitely highly recommended them to anyone looking for wedding coordinators :)
CALVIN & QUYEN
We have absolutely no regrets in investing in a day of coordinator for our wedding this past June. For those of you on the fence, do it. It is money well spent. For those who are looking for one, look no further than Josefina Events. Contacting them was one of the best things we did for our wedding.
Our biggest concern was that we were looking for someone who had experience with Chinese/Vietnamese tea ceremony traditions. However, the initial meeting with Dana put us at ease. Even tho she hadn't done a Chinese/Vietnamese tea ceremony before us, she was very willing to learn, take on the challenge and had a team she could lean on who had done similar tea ceremonies before.
When it came to the day of, Dana went above and beyond our expectations. She was not only prompt and on top of all the details, she personally took great care of us. There were lots of little things throughout the day that Dana did to make sure we were taking care of ourselves or being taken care of. Dana executed the schedule and coordinated with our vendors extremely well and got rave reviews from them as well. She defined teamwork and acted as a great leader.
We couldn't have done it without Dana and can't thank her enough for making our special day even more extra special.
LEAH & LOUIS
Laura and her team were such an integral and intimate part of our special day that it feels a little weird to write a "review" for her. But in the interest of sharing with the world how wonderful she is and why you should jump at the chance of working with her, here goes:
If you care enough to be looking for a wedding planner, chances are your wedding is extremely important to you. With your loved ones gathered on a day full of little moments you want to remember for the rest of your life, you need to have someone who is seasoned and who you can fully place your trust in. Laura is that friend who always has your best interest at heart, who will relentlessly fight on your behalf, and who is not afraid to be honest with you when her experience tells her that something you planned may not play out as you had hoped.
In planning a wedding, you will be dealing with lots of vendors, contracts, and delicate coordination. If you are not a professional event planner, it can get a bit overwhelming juggling it all. Laura and Dana are the allies you need on your side who will find the best deals for you and clearly communicate with you each step of the way.
Putting things in terms of dollars cheapens how highly we think of Laura and her team. But if that's what matters to you, the savings that Laura can get you - through her list of vendors and her negotiating skills - alone is worth what you would be paying her. The true value of working with her comes from having someone with so much heart and so dedicated to channeling all of her expertise in making the day special for you.
Thank you, Laura, for all of your hard work. You put up with our many weird requests, you took it all in and still were able to make our wedding an amazing and memorable day for us and our guests