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Planner in Portland, Oregon,
(360) 567-5922
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    Kylie Brunger

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  • HIRE GABRIELLE! I planned a wedding of 35 people at the end of August 2020 during all the corona virus craziness. Gabrielle was fantastic to work with. I was very skeptical that I needed a day of coordinator but once we hired her we decided it was the best decision we made. Her communication was top-notch, very consistent, extremely detailed. Her knowledge and advice about weddings was incredible. She brought things up that I would never think about, down to the very last detail. Gabrielle went above and beyond to make sure we were taken care of and our wedding went extremely smooth. When you hire Gabrielle you are hiring someone who truly cares about you and your wedding, you will not regret it!

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    Dear Kylie and Ryan, It was a joy to work with you and your family! One of the coolest things you did was how you brought so many personal elements to the celebration. You where wonderfully organized and your and Ryan's sense of fun infused every element of the celebration. No wonder your guest where literally dancing on the roof! Your ability to balance personal touches with delegating tasks has inspired Black Swan's article Boutique Wedding Brilliance - When and Why to DIY. Thank you so much for an incredible experience!

    Anupriya Singh

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  • I don't know where to start because I am filled with so much joy when I think about our wedding day. We could not have had the wedding day we did without Gabrielle and Black Swan Events. She and her team were absolutely essential to not just our wedding day but the hours, days, months etc. of planning that went into it. We called off the original wedding due to COVID and pivoted to an intimate ceremony in my parents backyard -- when I shared this with Gabrielle she gracefully and very quickly supported us in executing a totally new wedding in a matter of 4 weeks. We had a traditional Hindu ceremony and wedding which Gabrielle has experience in -- it was amazing to bright together our desires and her ideas/experience. We really appreciated the energy, attention to detail, flexibility and personal touch that Gabrielle brought to our wedding planning journey and wedding day. Please please please have Gabrielle and her team be a part of your wedding planning team. You will not regret it.

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    Thank you so much Anupriya! Watching your and Sachin's love and support for each other as you reimagined your wedding was a joy. You never lost sight that your love is not defined by how or when you get married. You showed that even in the age of covid, you can still have your perfect day, it may just look a little different.

    Ann Palmer

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  • Gabrielle was the perfect planner for our wedding, the second for us both. It was exactly what we had envisioned: simple, beautiful and intimate, at the lovely home of friends in the Colorado mountains.

    Marti Dell

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  • Gabrielle from Black Swan events was a partner from the beginning. We always knew that we wanted a wedding redo with an intimate feel and hosted at our home, because when we originally go married we just eloped. She listened to us, and did amazing things with the parameters we gave her. A formal sit down type reception wasn't our style. Gabrielle helped us create a flowing open house reception, which was just perfect for us. The planning process was extensive, from figuring out parking, where and what seating we could have, menus, decorations, and music. She helped us solve every problem and anticipated others before they even happened. Gabrielle has a seemingly endless supply of vendors, all of whom love to work with her, and she had wonderful ideas for getting the most out of our budget. We loved every idea she proposed, and she was so good working with us for tweaking any ideas so they fit for us. We wanted to take a really active role in our planning. Gabrielle c... Read more

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    Thank you Marti and Jay! You home, garden, personal journey and artistry gave us so many great elements to weave into your day. When you opened your gardeners shed and Jay revealed his wood shop, it was like opening a treasure chest! Thank you for choosing Black Swan.

    Rajeev Singh

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  • Wedding of our daughter on June 20th was a very special day of our life. The planning was in process for over a year and then Covid came with all the new normal changes to our lives. Gabrielle and her partners were with us in our journey as it changed from exhaustive celebrations to moving the wedding to our backyard. Transformation to the new plan was the best thing that could have happened within the limitations and Gabrielle was crucial to all what finally took shape. She made it special. She was there in every details of the plan, single handidly steered it to become grand. We want to thank Gabrielle for all what she did, her professionalism, her energy that was evident all throughout and making it the most special day for us. Her planning was immaculate and all the work she did in collaboration with Royce Prop Shop was fabulous. Thank you Gabrielle!

    Laura Caldwell

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  • Gabrielle Lennartz with Black Swan Events was so professional, knowledgeable, and personable. She supported us each step of the way, brainstormed ideas to create the wedding that fit us, thought of so many details, and handled vendors before and day of wedding to make it all go seamlessly. We got to just be immersed in the moment and didn't have to worry about anything. It was the perfect day. I would highly recommend Gabrielle to anyone planning a special event. She is also very reasonably priced, and makes herself completely available.

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    Thank you so much Laura and Al. A love story, shared in a autumn vineyard, surround by people who celebrate you. You gave me the perfect ingredients to make an incredible wedding day.

    Meghana Deodhar

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  • With COVID in mind, we wanted a small wedding with our closest family members with plans of a bigger celebration to follow in 2022. We hired Gabby for the 2022 celebration but as she said in the very beginning when we hired her: "I do it all, from now until the big day. It's all inclusive." She is a true professional and helped us bring this intimate backyard (and very impromptu wedding) to life -- and in a matter of weeks! Her genuine character, passion for her work and the extra effort she always puts forth is immeasurable. We feel like the only couple she is working with and are consistently comforted with her full-undivided presence and attention. More than just doing the job effectively, her way of relating to love is touching, real and remarkable. She brings that touch and intention into her work and it shows. Moreover, her ops and logistics trained brain helped us tremendously to stay on top of our timeline and responsibilities. Gabby/Black Swan is not a flashy or super... Read more

    Greg Lennartz

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  • Gabrielle from Black Swan Events was an amazing guide to all that is needed to plan a wedding, especially one not hosted by a venue. From the other side of the country, she helped us find and coordinate the vendors needed to have our wedding at our own 253 year old farm house. She reviewed each contract and on several occasions kept us from spending extra money in areas where vendors overlapped such as glassware and linens between the rental company and the caterer. She also gave us a ton of great decoration ideas since we were starting with a blank slate in an open field, she threw everything that came to mind out there and we chose or modified her ideas to make a truly beautiful setting. Gabrielle is a go-getting, she gets stuff done! On the day of, she was way ahead of schedule and knew what to delegate to whom in the wedding party to get the decorations assembled, and the flowers from our garden arranged on the tables. Weddings can be stressful, and when we expected the morning to... Read more

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    Thank you so much Greg and Chelsea! A remember meeting you both in Boston. Chelsea made the most amazing impression; "We want to buy a historic NE Farm and have our wedding in the field where our children will one day play." The wedding you created was timeless. Thank you for entrusting Black Swan to help bring it to life.

    Tulsee Doshi

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  • Gabrielle Dowding and Black Swan Events were crucial to our wedding planning and execution process. Gabrielle has so much energy, and she leverages that energy to drive many intertwined pieces of the wedding planning process. I appreciated her attention and availability every step of the way. I never realized how many details go into planning a single event, or even a single moment, of the wedding. Gabrielle’s expertise, skill, and efficiency led us to identify all the pieces we needed to make the wedding such a beautiful and everlasting memory.

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    500 guests from 3 different continents, representing 8 cultures, over 6 days, celebrating one love. Your ability to interweave centuries of Jain traditions with your style and vibrancy was incredible. Your families were a joy to work with. Thank you entrusting Black Swan with your dream wedding. Gabrielle

    Tayler Barnett

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  • Planning my wedding in less than 4 months was a breeze thanks to Gabrielle. She is quick on her feet, very articulate and easy to work with. My happiest day was bliss because of her amazing work. I had not a single worry in the world that day.

    Katie

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  • Gabrielle of Black Swan Events is the wedding planner of your dreams! She’s not only incredible at managing every technical detail of your big day - she is emapathetic and an incredible manager of people (from vendors to in-laws). She has the ability to anticipate everyone’s needs, especially those of the couple. Our wedding was a two-day affair, complete with multiple event sites and an overnight camp-out. When I first started planning, I was so overwhelmed and stressed out, I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it all. Once I had Gabrielle in my corner, all those worries disappeared, and all I had to do was look forward to getting married! Every bride should be so lucky! Book her while you can - her schedule fills up fast!

    Mira

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  • My wedding was this July 2018. At first, I thought I could do it all on my own, trying to keep things as simple and minimal as possible, while still trying to make it a special day. Gradually, thinking about all of the details, keeping track of everything, stressing about what I might be forgetting about....everything became so overwhelming! Gabrielle was the wedding planner for my sister 4 years ago, she did an amazing job with a huge 400 guestlist, 4 day Indian wedding extravaganza. Though my wedding was MUCH smaller, planning it myself was making it a day I was dreading. That's when I knew I needed help, and Gabrielle is the only planner I would trust. The day was one of the happiest of my life, it went seamlessly and that is all thanks to this amazing woman! I highly recommend her!

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    Thank you [email protected] What made your and Clay's wedding so special was that your personality flowed through every detail. Thank you for entrusting Black Swan with your day!

    Ann-Marie Blix

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  • I have hired Black Swan Events for several private and corporate events. Without fail Gabrielle turns an average occasion in to a very memorable event both on time and on budget. She brings to the table unique ideas, decades of deep industry contacts and expertise and an attention to logistical detail that allows me to relax and have fun knowing she is in charge. I will never stop using her for my most important family milestone events. Bravo Black Swan!

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    AnneMarie, thank you so much! Your family and friends are such a pleasure to work with. Many entertain. You understand the art of hospitality.

    Varun Pattani

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  • Gabrielle Dowding and Black Swan were amazing during our wedding. We had complicated fusion wedding spanning couple of days including Sangeet (musical evening), followed by Baraat (Groom comes on a horse for the wedding accompanied by people dancing on the streets), Indian wedding, American wedding and Reception. Execution and planning were flawless including all design ideas for decor, arranging all vendors and great execution and monitoring during the events. I strongly recommend Gabrielle and team for having a fabulous and flawless wedding!!!

    Prashant Gupta

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  • Gabrielle is an outstanding individual passionate about doing it right the first time.
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