About Emily

photo by  L'amour Foto

photo by L'amour Foto

Hi! I'm Emily. I'm a private event planner and venue consultant based in Durham, North Carolina. I graduated from Wesleyan University in 2007. After college in the Northeast, I worked in New York City for ten years, before moving to the Triangle in 2017 to start my own company. I began my career in restaurant management, where I developed my palate for food and wine. (Italian whites are my favorite!) In my early to mid 20s, I was maitre’d at Union Square Café and the General Manager of brucie restaurant in Cobble Hill.

After working private events over the years, I quickly realized that event planning was my passion. In 2012, I joined the private events team at City Winery NYC, eventually becoming the event space’s Private Event Director in 2015. While serving as the director of two downtown venues, I started producing weddings and other events for friends, family, and increasingly independent clients. Over the years, I have planned weddings in NYC, upstate New York, Virginia, North Carolina, and California. 

After five wonderful years planning and booking events in New York, I decided that it was time to take my love for working with individual clients and turn it into my own full-time business. I'm originally from Charlottesville, Virginia, and grew up surrounded by the greenery and beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The South's lush landscape inspires everything that I do. My events have a naturalistic, rustic, and clean design, with a focus on sustainability. When I'm not busy planning my next big event (hint: doing this most of the time!), I can be found running around Durham with my husband Stuart and my dog Levi, hiking, biking and enjoying all that North Carolina has to offer. I'm passionate about creating a meaningful and valued experience for all of my clients, and I'm thrilled to be back down South, home of enlightened hospitality.


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