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(202) 813-9707
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    User6228038

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  • Wow, where can I even begin? Vanessa was the best money my wife (!!) and I have ever spent. Backstory- we’re both physicians who got engaged 4.5 years before our wedding and waited 3 years to start planning because we are busy, lazy, and had only very vague visions when it came to planning. Vanessa came along and not only did she make our dreams come true, she turned them from very blurry, nonspecific dreams into clear, perfect reality. She is extremely organized: we told her at the beginning that we wouldn’t be good at keeping on task, what with our busy schedules. She kept us on task and everything was always done on time, in spite of us often dragging our feet or having limited availability. This was often because: She goes above and beyond. She would run to the marriage license bureau for us, pick up all the alcohol for us, return the leftovers, and a bunch of other things that I can’t remember because Vanessa just took care of it. She clearly worked nights and weekends... Read more

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    Oh my goodness!!! I told you not to make me cry! It was great getting to know you both during the planning process. Thank you for trusting me to make it happen. Seeing the two of you totally in your element on your wedding day was the best thing ever!

    Jeremy Attermann

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  • Vanessa was amazing! We had a fairly large wedding (250 people) and we had a lot of moving parts. My now wife and I wanted to make this wedding feel like "ours", and Vanessa was in-step with us the entire time providing really great feedback and advice. Going into the week of and weekend of our wedding, there were definitely some things my wife and i had meant to do but hadn't gotten around to doing them. Vanessa and her team stepped-up to the plate and made sure our wedding day was an amazing time. She was also so incredibly supportive day-of the wedding--despite having so much to coordinate and do (many of which I'm probably not even aware of myself), she consistently checked-in with us to make sure we were doing ok. I would highly recommend!!!!

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    You guys made it so easy to work with you! I'm thrilled everything turned out the way you envisioned. And you had such a fun crowd of guests! So glad it was the day you wanted. :)

    Adam Martin

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  • Vanessa and Little Black Book Events seamlessly transitioned into the role of our day-of coordinator. She was responsive, showed initiative, and demonstrated her expertise in attention to detail. Many of our guests lauded our wedding as the best they had ever been to. We highly recommend her for your wedding and other events!

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    Your wedding was pretty awesome. :) Thank you so much for the kind words. Your bridal party ceremony entrance was hands down the best I have ever witnessed! Thank you for letting me play a small part in your special day.

    R Kirk Mcpike

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  • We were about halfway through planning our wedding when we reached out to Vanessa, and all we can say is that we wish we had contacted her sooner! Her professionalism, efficiency and knowledge made bringing our wedding together so much easier than it could have been. Vanessa was patient and understanding when we ran into obstacles, and quick with ideas that helped us save time and money. She stayed with us every step of the way, and made our wedding an incredible day. She is very responsive and creative. If you’re looking for help planning and pulling together your wedding, we can’t recommend Vanessa enough.

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    Jason and Kirk!!! What can I even say? I love you guys and I'm so happy the day turned out beautifully. Glad I can call you both and Punky friends!!!

    Jennifer

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  • Vanessa was absolutely amazing!! I was looking for a wedding planner that was local to where we were getting married (DC area) since we lived in PA. I interviewed a few planners and Vanessa seemed professional, knowledgeable, organized and very calm. From the beginning she was very reachable, timely in responding to me, extremely organized and on top of all the details. She let me handle the details I wanted to and took care of all the things I didn't want to deal with myself. A little over a month before the wedding my reception venue canceled due to COVID and Vanessa was calm, reassuring and confident in the hours following assuring me we would find a solution and then she set out helping me find a new venue - a venue that turned out to be even better than what we originally had planned. The weeks leading up to the wedding she made sure we had every detail covered and having her made it so that the days leading up to the wedding I could relax and simply enjoy my time with friends and... Read more

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    Jennifer I am so thrilled things turned out so well for you and Matt. It was such a pleasure working with you and I absolutely loved your boat wedding!

    Grace McNamee

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  • In terms of our wedding, Vanessa at Little Black Books was the best decision that my husband and I made (second only to marrying each other!). We were supposed to get married in May of 2020 and wound up married in August of 2020, and I never felt the need to panic because I knew Vanessa had it all under control. In countless instances, Vanessa used her incredibly calming, rational presence to help us work through the difficult challenges of getting married during a pandemic. She is fabulous with logistics, brilliant at thinking of things to make the event that much better (drink covers when you're getting married in a pandemic, a reusable straw the morning of the wedding so your lipstick doesn't get everywhere!), and a real joy to work with. Hire her. It will be your best wedding planning decision--and the rest, she'll handle.

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    Grace & David - You will always have a special place in my heart as my first "COIVD" wedding. I know it wasn't an easy process, dealing with the numerous curveballs thrown your way. But in the end, the day was amazing and reflected the two of you beautifully. I am so incredibly happy for you and am grateful I got to know the two of you!

    Candice Geller

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  • From start to finish LBB was PERFECT! We had heard of their services and I called her the day after we got engaged. She met with me on a Sunday night and immediately helped me plan next steps and make a play-by-play agenda for planning, which was important to me as a bride. Every step of the way Vanessa was there to not only remind me of pending deadlines, but to stay on track with my budget and also to keep me sane. On the day of she kept me calm and on schedule and if I ever get married again (lets hope not!) I would definitely use her again!

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    Candice! One and done! I absolutely loved working with you and Ted. Such a beautiful day for a beautiful couple.

    Rebecca

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  • Hiring Vanessa was one of the best decisions we made in the wedding planning process! Our attitude going in to planning was that we wanted to spend the wedding day enjoying our day, not worrying about the details, and Vanessa pulled this off flawlessly. From our initial consultations, to recommending vendors, to actually managing the day, she was so helpful and positive and fun to have helping us through the planning process. She kept us sane and made sure everything ran smoothly.

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    Thanks, Rebecca! It was so great getting to know you and Ian. And I think you get the best wedding reception food award! Loved the pizza and loved you guys!

    Michelle Curth

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  • Vanessa was absolutely amazing and made our wedding run perfectly! We hired her for day-of coordination and she was in tune to all of our plans for the big day from the first minute we met her. It was so much more than just the "day of!" She made sure that the whole weekend was stress-free and impeccably planned! It was great to have someone who really listened to us and seemed to know exactly how to bring our ideas to life. We highly recommend working with LBB!

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    Thanks so much, Michelle! I'm so glad you had the best day. You had such a wonderful crowd and you two looked amazing!

    Robyn Spence

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  • Vanessa was fantastic to work with! We hired her for day of wedding services and she made our day stress free. We met with Vanessa a couple of times before our big day and she was happy to send over recommendations for vendors and point us in the right direction. The day of everything moved smoothly and we didn't feel the need to follow up with Vanessa once. She had everything under control and exactly how we had envisioned/expected. It was almost like she wasn't there (in the best way possible :))!!

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    I loved working with you Diego and little Mya! It was such a fun day and I'm so happy it turned out exactly how you wanted.

    Alyssa

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  • Choosing to work with Vanessa of LBB as a day-of planner was the best decision! Her services went beyond just the day of to help recommend vendors, create a timeline, and be available to answer any questions we had. They day of, Vanessa's calm and organized presence ensured that things went out without a hitch.

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    Thanks, Alyssa! You and Ari are such a sweet couple! And you guys looked amazing! I really enjoyed working with you and your family. I hope the day was everything you wanted. ❤️

    Adell Coleman

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  • Where do we begin? Meeting Vanessa and Little Black Book was like a breath of fresh air. Coming off the heels of a terrible planner, we had honestly been scarred of planners but we knew that we needed the help. She was referred to us and when we met her we knew immediately that we were making the right decision. Vanessa has this keen sense for detail a great style a wonderful understanding and to be quite frank she knows what she is doing. It’s a lot of people out here who call themselves planners, But they are not they don’t care about what your needs are and they don’t have a great way of execution. Vanessa has great ideas but she does not push or impose her own things. She does make suggestions but leaves it to you! She delivers what you want and more. My wedding was a vision but she made it more of a dream that I never knew I had she exceeded my husband and my expectations. When there was conflict she handled it when they were issues with the vendors she handled it. Anythi... Read more

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    Oh wow! Thank you so much for those words Adell. This is exactly how we want our clients to feel...like we were able to bring their vision to life. So glad that we could do that for you and Mike. You are such a special couple. It was one of the most fun weddings I have!

    Amy Chan

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  • Vanessa and her team were outstanding! We had a large Indian wedding with around 300 guests. Vanessa was efficient and kept the day moving without any glitches. She also had a calm demeanor throughout our wedding process and the day of the event, which was greatly appreciated. I couldn't recommend her services enough!

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    Thank you Amy! We are so glad we were able to help you and your guests have a smooth and enjoyable day!

    Kate

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  • We worked with Jacqueline, and she was really great! She helped us for hte month up to the wedding, and created a day-of timeline for us. It was also really helpful to have her review all of our contracts and make sure we weren't missing anything before or after our wedding. She was a really steady presence for us and helped everyone stay calm (including my mom, which is a challenge!) I would highly recommend LBB and Jacqueline!

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    Thank you for your review and recommendation Kate. It was a joy planning with you, Will and Susan. All the best! ~ Jacqueline

    Vy

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  • Vanessa was a really excellent day of coordinator for our early May wedding! As a bride to be I was a little nervous with the few weeks leading up to the wedding and Vanessa was so accommodating and patient with me. She answered my emails/texts promptly and was always very pleasant to work with. On the day of the wedding, everything went very smoothly all thanks to Vanessa in the background making it all come together! We had an amazing, unforgettable wedding and it was all due to Vanessa's help. I got really lucky with finding Vanessa!!! She is worth the money.

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    Aww you are so sweet!!! I’m so glad everything came together and it was the day you and Elliot wanted. So happy for you guys!
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