A TELL OF THE "HAPPY EVER AFTER"...
Katie & David
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 Jackquelyn'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 Jacquelyn 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 Jacquelyn. 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
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!
Adi & Rashid
Hiring Josefina was the best wedding decision I made. My husband and I wanted to get married at a house, so the wedding was very DIY. Three months before our wedding, we hadn't done much and were struggling to find time to research and vet the vendors we'd need (eg. table/chair rentals, bathroom rentals, caterers, DJs, buses to take guests to/from the venue and on and on). We were VERY stressed. I found Josefina online and their reviews were perfect, so I scheduled a time to speak with Laura and I immediately felt relieved. She talked me through the different options and it was clear because of the time frame and the DIY nature of the wedding we'd need full-service planning. And I'm so happy we did it! Jackquelyn did the most amazing job. She walked us through every decision, clearly explained the pros and cons of each option, and made recommendations (which were all spot on). She set a realistic budget from the outset, was very clear about invoicing and budgeting, and helped us stay within our budget. She was there on day-of to coordinate all the vendors and it took all the stress out of the day. I was so pleased with all the vendors! The flowers were so beautiful, the DJ was a hit, the food was delicious and the photographer/videographers were great! She made sure everyone was where they should be when they needed to be and that all the preparations went smoothly. The wedding decor was so much better than what I could have imagined/planned myself (I'm a lawyer, and have no artistic sensibility). I'm immensely thankful to Jackquelyn and Laura who guided us through the process, made it all seem easy and created the most incredible day for us. I cannot recommend Jackquelyn and Laura and their whole team highly enough!!
BRIEZE & PETER
"If you are looking for the best wedding or event designers/producers on the planet, then stop your search right now because I promise you will find that in Josefina Events! Laura and her fantastic team (including Kristin, Bryce, and others) designed and produced our wedding and they could not have done a more spectacular job! My husband and I recommend them wholeheartedly to plan your wedding and/or special event.
When we met Laura (Josefina Events Founder and CEO), it was immediately clear that she is brilliant, engaging, and kind. She exudes creativity, vision, and the energy it takes to accomplish any dream you might have. It didn't take more than a couple of conversations and review of her outstanding work to realize that she and her team were the wedding producers of our dreams! We never regretted the decision for an instant.
Peter and I could not have made a better decision. At every turn, Laura and her team made the process fun, rewarding, and relaxing. She took the inspiration we gave her and turned it into an incredibly luxurious, beautiful, and fun weekend that was a joy for us and all of our guests! Throughout the process, the Josefina Events team introduced us to an A-list group of vendors who made the event planning a breeze. She and her team turned our inspiration into a reality that FAR exceeded expectations, and we truly had the wedding weekend of our dreams! She also respected our budget throughout the process, which was so appreciated. Most importantly, Laura and her team became valued friends throughout the process. For example, she and her team found creative and beautiful ways to honor the spirit of my late mother throughout the wedding weekend. We truly connected and she understood how much my mom means to be, and that was reflected in such moving and tasteful ways at our wedding.
Josefina Events is the BEST wedding design and production team in Coachella Valley (and quite frankly, anywhere!). We can't recommend them highly enough to plan and produce your special day!"
Stephanie & Connor
There are no words that can describe my experience with Laura but here we go. From the beginning of pre-COVID wedding planning, Laura was a shining light of energy. She’s knowledgable, charismatic and honest. She’ll give you her honest opinion on vendors, budget planning and expectations. Her industry experience is completely unparalleled. I was excited to start planning the big day with a great support.
Fast forward COVID where no one knew what was going on. Laura stayed positive and honest and hopeful throughout it all. There was a lot of checking in and a sense of ‘it’s going to be ok’ which is exactly what I needed. Despite everyone telling me to push the wedding to 2021 so ‘everyone can be there’ Laura helped me see the only person that needed to be there was my fiancé. Laura would help me with whatever I decided but in my heart I knew this was the right path for us.
After 3 wedding date changes, 1 venue cancellation and a dramatic drop in guests, I got my dream wedding. To say that I truly could not have done it without Laura would be a understatement. Is she a new best friend, a therapist, a magical fairy godmother and a boss? Yes, yes, yes and hell yes!!! The day was executed flawlessly which speaks volumes to Laura’s planning. She brought together a vision I didn’t even know was possible. I was truly taken aback by the beauty of the venue. I trusted Laura’s vision and expertise and was not disappointed. I couldn’t have ‘pinned’ a more beautiful day. As I waited to walk down the with my dad, with tears in his eyes he said, “wow, this is absolutely incredible.” He is a man of few words but they are full of sentiment.
I can never thank her enough for planing the most special day of my life but the happiness that we all exude from the photos are a great start.
Laura, I hope you know your gifts are as unique as you! Thank you for always putting my mind at ease, coming up with hilarious puns, having the most calming energy and for simply being you throughout this wild journey!