Simply put, hiring With Grace and Love Events for our wedding was the smartest decision we made in our planning process. We had the absolute pleasure of working with both Sara and Mary for the year and a half leading up to our wedding, and they both brought a strong sense of professionalism and utter passion in every conversation and interaction we had with them.
As someone who's been mentally planning their wedding since they were 12 years old, being involved in the planning process was important to me, and both Sara and Mary were very patient and gracious in my involvement. The most important aspect of their planning was their honesty in the ideas that I had for the wedding. While I like to think I'm great at design, I most certainly do not have the eye for detail that Sara and Mary have.
Fast forward to the big day, I did not worry about a single thing! Mary had everything covered 3 times over. She made me feel at ease, excited, and that she truly cared for me, my husband, and all of our needs on that special day. The day after our wedding, I was sad for a moment, not only because the day was over, but sad that I wouldn't have an excuse to talk to Mary 15 times a day. She has become such a wonderful friend through this process. Bottom line, do yourself a favor and hire With Grace and Love Events for your wedding if what you want is a gorgeous, seamless, and forever memorable wedding day.
Coming from the groom's perspective, I was totally unprepared for the sheer amount of big decisions and little details that go into planning a wedding. With Grace and Love Events took all of that potential stress and turned it into pure excitement for the wedding they planned for us. I was constantly impressed by the proactive approach Sara and Mary took to making sure everything was taken care of, that it was taken care of with plenty of time to spare, and most importantly, that I didn't need to worry about a thing. If I could do it again (which I totally would, our wedding was amazing and I'll cherish the memories of that day for the rest of my life), I would hire With Grace and Love Events in a heartbeat.Ryan & Grayland
Hiring Sara, the owner of With Grace & Love Events, as our planner for my July 2017 wedding was the SINGLE BEST DECISION my husband and I made during our wedding planning process. We were initially EXTREMELY hesitant to hire a planner for various reasons, mainly -- 1) We wanted to minimize extraneous costs wherever possible, and 2) I really thought I could probably handle things myself come wedding day. We chose the day-of coordination package, but Sara want SO far beyond the call of duty for our package it isn't even funny. She was involved in nearly every aspect of our wedding in the countdown towards the big day, and COMPLETELY took the reins in the final weeks -- leaving me, my husband, my parents and bridal party to simply show up to our wedding, be fully present in every moment, and enjoy the day to its absolute fullest. She was worth every single penny spent, and then some (and even SAVED us a ton of cash by putting us in contact with some incredible vendors we would have had no idea about otherwise).Allison & Victor
Wedding day: My husband and I truly felt like first class guests at our own wedding. All we had to do was show up to the most perfectly executed event I have ever seen, and have a blast. The end. SARA HANDLED EVERYTHING. SARA THINKS OF EVERYTHING. (And when I say everything, I mean everything -- and she'll think of it and handle it before you even have a chance to.) Example: It's 5 minutes before garter/bouquet toss time, and I'm not wearing a garter. Sara brings me my toss garter to put on just in time! How did she know I forgot to put it on? How did she know where my garter was? When did she even go to find it in between being a wedding magic maker all night?!
Example #2: I am too excited to eat my lunch all afternoon long (bad idea). After I came back from taking pre-ceremony photos, there is a plate of pizza waiting for me on the counter, cut up into bite size pieces so I wouldn't ruin my lipstick..... and she was sweet enough to make time to do this, while setting up our entire reception hall to perfection.
SARA LITERALLY KNOWS ALL, DOES ALL, AND MAKES IT LOOK EFFORTLESS. Her intuition for the wedding industry is uncanny. Any meeting or conversation with her is like catching up with an amazing friend. It is literally impossible to be stressed out or nervous in her presence. She somehow flawlessly meshes with anyone of any personality type that exists. She carries herself with such profound poise -- "With Grace and Love" couldn't be more accurate.
After seeing her in action firsthand making the ultimate wedding magic happen, every single one of my bridesmaids is now proclaiming that the second they get engaged, the very first call they will make is to With Grace & Love.
I fully attribute the absolute crazy success of our wedding day to Sara and her team (shoutout to Mary, her WONDERFUL assistant who kept me having a blast all morning). I could quite literally go on and on until I have written a Harry Potter-sized novel singing Sara's & WGL's praises -- and this is only because I feel so, so strongly about her abilities, and the tremendous worth she added to my wedding day. THANK YOU, SARA + TEAM, from the absolute bottom of our hearts for all you dedicate yourselves to.
- Allison & Victor
Mary Hicks was absolutely AMAZING as our wedding planner!! We got married recently back in June at Park Winters. Mary is as patient, talented, and sweet as they come! My entire family and friends were impressed with her and we all couldn't believe how organized she was!! She made sure our special day was nothing less than perfection! She always went above and beyond for us! We adore her and will refer her to everyone!! Thank you again Mary, we all love you!!!Alicia & Daniel
My wedding would not have turned out as amazing as it did if I had not work with Sara! I have absolutely no regrets about hiring Sara as my day of coordinator because she was so much more than that. Sara was available from the day I hired her (about 8 months before my wedding) until even the day after my wedding! I was able to ask her questions like the best timeline for the wedding so I could figure out a ceremony start time to put on my invitations, and questions about vendor contracts. Sara was a huge help when the weather decided to get a little crazy on me two weeks before the wedding, the chance of rain fluctuated from 20% to 70% chance rain all the way up until the wedding day! Sara helped us figure out a rain plan (I had a plan A, B, and C), and she even helped book a tent rental for our rain plan and she let us use a credit she had with a rental company! We had a little issue with the open bar at our venue the day of the wedding, and Sara took care of everything without having to get my husband and I involved! And I said Sara was even available to help the day after the wedding, our lighting vendor really messed up and did not take down some lighting at the scheduled time and there was an event the next day. Sara was able to help us straighten things out. These were all things I realized after the wedding! I was definitely stressed the last couple weeks before the big day, especially because of the weather, but Sara was always available to chat, she was always energetic and excited, and she assured me that if I trusted her, everything would turn out great, and it really honestly did! She really knows what she is doing. Sara makes you feel like you are her only client (even though I'm sure she has a lot going on), she helps figure out solutions to problems without compromising your wedding plans, she takes care of situations on the day of your wedding without getting you involved, she does not push her own agenda, but offers her experience!Andrea & Greg
Worth. Every. Penny. Mary is magic. Hiring WG&L was, hands down, the smartest decision we made and guaranteed a perfect day. I am super organized and a control freak, yet I trusted Mary 100%. She went above and beyond day-of coordination even though this was the scope of her contract. In the months leading up to our nuptials she made time for phone calls and was very responsive to my texts and dilemmas. She helped answer all of my wedding protocol questions and navigate family dynamics. Her insight is invaluable. Our wedding day was VERY HOT and she tracked the weather like a hawk, updating me on forecasts and offering suggestions. While providing advice she also gave me complete freedom to choose and respected my opinion-- with the weather and with a million other details. When I needed help nudging vendors she nudged, and she had my back every moment from the first days of planning to the sparkler exit. She bustled my dress, dried my happy tears, and ordered us pizza for a 2am post-wedding feast. No detail is forgotten with Mary-- she is a gem of human and an expert wedding planner. Mary is the most friendly person and since my wedding I've missed being in touch with her. She really becomes a friend along the path of planning, and is always poised, professional and empathic. I could not adore or recommend her more.Jessica & Brian
Pick With Grace and Love! You will be so happy you did! I used this team for wedding planning and day-of coordination for my wedding on May 21st, 2016. With Grace and Love Events gave me the most perfect wedding in every way! She took my ideas and inspiration and materialized it, literally to a T. I only wish I could articulate how dreamily wonderful my wedding was. I have heard from over half of my wedding guests, “that was the best wedding I have ever been to!” Specifically, Sara is the most proactive and helpful person I have ever worked with in any dimension of my life. She is inexplicably organized and motivated. Let me also mention how very patient and professional she is working with crazy brides like myself! Everyone in my family, myself included, was expansively impressed with her throughout the entire planning process and the day of… and they verbalized it often! I’m not sure if Sara slept at all in the 6 months we worked together. She was available (nearly) 24 hours a day and 7 days a week to chat with me, answer any questions, and quell all my wedding-related panic attacks! She coordinated with all my vendors countless times, scheduled payments, and nailed down every detail of the day. She has a plethora of connections in the wedding world and made my all decisions effortless. I continue to tell everyone that not a single thing went wrong or astray on my wedding day. I sincerely believe that is because of Sara’s organization. I can’t name a single thing that I had to “handle” – Sara took care of literally everything and if anything needed to be worked out, I didn’t hear anything about it! The day rolled out seamlessly and all I had to do was sit back and be pretty! This could be you! I really enjoyed getting to know Sara over the last 6 months. She is truly a treasure and I appreciate her so much! I can’t encourage you enough to pick this team for your dream wedding!Morgan & Clark
Sara is simply THE BEST. She's incredibly organized, professional, knowledgable, talented and kind. Immediately she put us at ease with her calm yet assertive demeanor. As our wedding planner she helped to make the process as fun and stress free as possible. We completely trusted her opinion, appreciated her style and greatly valued her honesty. Her patience and attention to detail truly makes for perfection. She definitely went above and beyond and I would highly recommend her to any future bride & groom. We felt extremely lucky to have had the opportunity to work with her!Annika & Troy
Sara is more then just a wedding planner she is a professional, punctual and poised human! She was our wedding planner at park winters and she went above and beyond in anyway. Being in the industry of bridal makeup I have had a chance to work with many different planners I would hands down recommend all my brides to Sara!
Not to mention she is calm as can be but let's be honest you still have to be assertive to get stuff done, it's your wedding day!! I cannot wait to have another big event just so we can hire her.Christina & Chris
We just want to start by saying that Sara was the absolute best, most incredible, and brilliant addition to our wedding! Bringing her into our wedding planning process, was the best decision we made leading up to the big day. We meshed with her instantly, and collaborating with her during the planning process was an absolute delight. She has an eye for detail, that is unmatched, and she quadruple checks everything to make sure nothing is ever overlooked.
From the moment we met her, Sara was nothing but sweet, and she bent over backwards to make sure our every wish came true. She is experienced enough to know what works and what doesn’t, and though she was able to advise us as such, she was always 100% willing to do whatever we desired. And her taste is impeccable!
Her approach to wedding planning is very methodical, and her system is set up so that things like RSVP’s, vendors, and planning meetings are dealt with at the appropriate times, and are such a breeze!
On the day of the wedding, Sara did EVERYTHING! We ended up having about 20 people working the wedding, and she coordinated it all. She kept us both updated throughout the day, so that we knew everything was going as planned. And we found out later, that there had been a few proverbial fires that needed putting out, but instead of coming and worrying us, Sara took it upon herself and solved the issues. She also made sure the two of us had drinks and snacks available throughout the day, so that we were never hungry or thirsty. She thought of everything. We felt like royalty. We couldn’t have been more thrilled with the way she took charge and ran the show. The day went absolutely perfectly.
Now that everything has come and gone, we have Sara to thank for all the fond and wonderful memories. She truly made our dreams come true.
If you want the wedding of a lifetime; one that will live on in the memories of everyone in attendance for some time to come, then Sara might just be the absolute best, most incredible, and brilliant addition to your wedding, as well.JT & Dori
There's something about planning a wedding that can turn a relatively sane person into a giant ball of crazy. I was a giant ball of crazy, and Sara was my saving grace throughout the whole process.
Sara was the day of coordinator for my beautiful August 1st wedding. I honestly do not know how I could have gotten through the day without her, or managed all of the little details of my wedding day. She was right there when ever I needed help, ensured my timeline was followed perfectly, got us up for sunset photos and communicated with all of the vendors to ensure our day was perfect.
Sara is the most patient person I have ever met. She has a very calming way about her that reassured me I was in good hands and that everything would be fine. And it was :)
Thank you, Sara, for being such an integral part of the biggest day of my life (so far)!Shauna & Ted
I am a pretty organized person who is used to managing large projects and juggling lots of things at once. But on your wedding day, you want to relax knowing that all your hard work planning and your vision will come together by someone who knows how to get it done right. Sara and the team at With Grace and Love are those people! Sara was such an amazing help to us and our families throughout the wedding planning process. From making vendor recommendations, answering questions about rental items and timelines, to personally searching several different craft stores to help find the right shade of grey poster board for my welcome sign, Sara was always available and quick to respond and help! She was even so kind to help my mother-in-law pull off a beautiful rehearsal dinner the evening before, totally going above and beyond! When the weather began to turn for the worse the week before our outdoor wedding, Sara called or texted me daily with updates and recommendations, and made sure to understand exactly what we wanted so she could make it happen on the day if at all possible. I never doubted throughout the planning process (and especially on my wedding day) that she had our interests in mind first, always keeping a calm and friendly demeanor while still very much in control of the whole event. Me, my husband, and our families all wholeheartedly recommend With Grace and Love. They were so fun, knowledgeable, easy to work with, and made our special day come together without a hitch. I am so grateful that we picked Sara to help coordinate our wedding, we truly couldn't have done it without her!Alexandra & Erik
Simply the best, highly recommended. Made our day go off without a hitch, attention to detail was best in class. Sara is AMAZING! But above all else, Sara was cool as a cucumber, and that in itself was priceless... on what I thought was going to be a stressful day. Thank you for making our Sept 5th wedding day so memorable!Mariah & Scott
In a word, Sara is amazing! There are so many things to think about when planning a wedding, but with Sara's guidance and attention to every detail, I had complete confidence that she was on it. Sara is knowledgeable and certainly knows every aspect of event planning, but more than that, she truly cares, and wants to exceed one's expectations. I also appreciated her "less is more" approach. When I asked Sara if I needed to have more decorations or signage, she simply said, "You don't need it! It's already beautiful enough." I'm so happy that Sara was a part of my wedding and my memories of a truly perfect day. Thanks for everything Sara!! You are truly the best!Lynn & Bruce
After years working in event planning it was hard to let go of the reigns when it came to my own wedding. After our first conversation Sara's attention to detail put me at ease.
Sara was quick to get back to me regarding my questions and concerns throughout the process and thought of things that hadn't occurred to me in the flurry of wedding planning. There is not a doubt in my mind that without Sara running the show behind the scenes, my wedding would not have gone so smoothly.
As soon as I saw her on my wedding day I felt that I could relax and enjoy my wedding knowing it was in capable hands. Each time I turned around the next step was ready to go. The cake was where it needed to be with the silverware etc when it was cake cutting time, the food was set and cleared without a hitch. All of the details I had been stressing about were flawlessly taken care of by Sara and her team.
I whole-heartedly recommend Sara to any bride and will definitely use her for future event planning!Angela & Scott