Elana Events is a distinguished wedding and event planning and design company headquartered in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. Our visionary founder, Elana Walker, CWP, is a certified wedding planner with over 13 years of unwavering commitment to crafting exceptional experiences. At Elana Events, we possess a unique talent for infusing personalized luxury into every event we touch, blending our wealth of experience, organizational prowess, creative ingenuity, and an unwavering passion for crafting emotionally captivating celebrations.
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Listening to my clients share their vision for their perfect day tugs at my heartstrings. My journey into the world of weddings began when I pursued a degree in fashion design at the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago back in 2000. It was there that I honed my passion for aesthetics, style, and design, which later became the Becoming a certified wedding planner has equipped me with invaluable skills. I've learned to anticipate potential challenges early in the planning process, meticulously review contracts to safeguard my clients' interests, find creative ways to save them money, and orchestrate weddings with the utmost precision.
In my role as a wedding planner, I am not just a coordinator; I am a curator of dreams. I strive to transform each couple's vision into a reality that surpasses their expectations, ensuring that their special day is a celebration of love, style, and lasting memories. cornerstone of my career.
eeting couples at the pinnacle of their happiness is one of the most rewarding aspects of my profession. Witnessing the spark of anticipation in a bride's eyes as she envisions her dream wedding and the groom's unmistakable pride as he embarks on this new chapter of life fills me with profound joy.
Even with all our requests, our over extended budget which sometimes directly and indirectly affected her, and all the times we texted/called her on the weekend, she was extremely patient, straight forward, and worked with us every step of the way. Her professionalism is one thing, but her kindness is out of this world.
The dedicated coordinators at Elana Events are seasoned professionals, each bringing prior planning experience to our team and undergoing rigorous training under the guidance of our owner, Elana Walker, CWP. They have not only mastered our proven methods but also uphold the same uncompromising commitment to delivering superior service. Working diligently behind the scenes, they ensure the flawless execution of every event, providing a level of service that is unparalleled.
Whether they are assisting Elana herself or taking the lead in orchestrating a wedding independently, rest assured that you are in capable hands with our team of meticulous planners and coordinators. Your event experience is our top priority!
have been planning events in some capacity for over half of my life. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a bachelor's degree in Business Administration, where my journey into the events industry began with an internship at Walt Disney World's College Program.
During my time at Disney, I had the incredible opportunity to work with the parades in the Magic Kingdom, igniting my love for event planning.
I shifted my focus after graduation and started working as a wedding assistant for a local wedding planner while simultaneously pursuing Event and Meeting Planning classes at Meredith College and in 2015 I was able to join Elana's team. I thoroughly enjoy witnessing how Elana can turn your personality and vision into a unique and extraordinary experience. As part of the team, I find joy in ensuring that every detail of your special day is meticulously executed.
I'm excited to be a part of your special day and to bring my experience and attention to detail to create an unforgettable experience.
i, I’m Thembelani Marshall! I have worked with Elana Events since 2018. In that time, my ability to problem solve and work with others has helped me to be an asset and leader to the team. Event planning has been a joy to me since I was young and had the opportunity to plan and execute events at my home church in Seattle, throughout high school and college within student organizations and currently in my professional career for my Employee Resource Groups. I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in International Public Relations. Event planning has allowed an outlet that seamlessly blends my creativity, customer service and passion for people into one.
y journey into the world of wedding planning began with a personal revelation during the planning of my own wedding. My experience working with Elana, fueled my inspiration, and I eagerly joined her team following my own nuptials.
What truly fuels my passion for this craft is an unwavering fascination with the intricate details that breathe life into a wedding, from the very first step to the final flourish. Witnessing the radiant smiles that grace a couple's faces on their special day, and observing the beautiful merging of two families, is a source of immense joy for me. I recognize that a wedding day is one of the most significant moments in a couple's life, and the knowledge that I play a meaningful role in making it unforgettable is profoundly rewarding.
Moreover, the diversity and uniqueness that define each wedding celebration are a constant source of inspiration. It's a privilege to be part of this incredible journey for every couple we have the pleasure of serving.
'm Ebony King, an Internationally Certified Event and Wedding Planning professional. I originally hail from the charming state of Virginia but decided to pursue my passion in North Carolina, where I've been orchestrating memorable events for over seven years.
I get a real kick out of turning my clients' visions into reality. The excitement in the air as guests enter a beautifully designed space and the sheer happiness of satisfied clients and couples is what drives me. Event Planning isn't just my profession; it's my calling, my passion, and my way of spreading joy.
In my free time, you'll find me on the dance floor, grooving to the rhythm. I'm a big fan of scary movies, do I love a thrilling movie night. And when I'm looking for some downtime, I dive into the world of video games.
I'm excited to bring my dedication, enthusiasm, and a touch of fun to the amazing team at Elana Events. Let's create some unforgettable moments together!
At Elana Events, we hold a deep respect for all forms of love, irrespective of race, gender, or orientation.
Our commitment to our clients is unwavering, and we always act in their best interests, never prioritizing anything that solely benefits us.
We operate with transparent & integrity, we refraining from accepting commissions or finder's fees from vendors as Your satisfaction and trust are our top priorities.
We understand the importance of staying within your comfort zone financially and will never push you to spend beyond your means.
We value open and transparent communication, and we are here to listen to your ideas, address your concerns, answer your questions, and discuss any matters that are important to you.
Your privacy and confidentiality are of the utmost importance to us, and we treat your personal information with the utmost respect and discretion.
In our dedication to exceptional service, we commit to responding to our clients within 24 hours during our office hours, ensuring that you always receive timely and attentive support.
We maintain licenses and insurance for all of our business and our events
Code of ethics
We hold ourselves to the highest standard of values when it comes to every event we have the privilege to be a part of. Drawing upon our experience, knowledge, and deep understanding of this industry, we have meticulously crafted a code of ethics that serves as the guiding principles by which we conduct our business. These values are the bedrock of our commitment to excellence in every aspect of our work.
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