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Planner in Santa Cruz, CA,
(831) 566-0157
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    Lesley Luginbill

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  • Don't think twice - LJ of LUX & JASPER was absolutely one of the BEST decisions we made when planning our wedding last year in Monterey, CA!! If you are lucky enough for her to have availability, just hire her. She makes the stressful process feel manageable, and I was fully confident on the day of the wedding that she had everything under control. She is also super creative - it's such a gift to chat with her and hear her ideas to transform a space. We had a more complicated wedding schedule, with two separate Hindu and Christian ceremonies in one day, and with a tea hour, cocktail hour, dinner, dancing, the works - her and her ladies moved around our guests seamlessly. She also dealt with some vendors & our venue through tricky situations, and kept us out of the loop in the moment - exactly what we wanted so we could be as present as possible. So incredibly grateful for LUX & JASPER!

    Chiho Bunden

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  • LJ is INCREDIBLE!! I told her that if I hadn’t married my husband, I’d marry her in a heartbeat! Working with her was stress free and so much fun. She has the warmest heart and mellow personality. You can’t help but love her. She wore so many hats for us: day of coordinator, decor, florals, and I have a feeling she shielded us from a “hard to deal with” venue owner. She was so sweet and came through with making our ideas come to life and added special touches throughout the venue that I never would have thought of. If she’s available for your special day, snag her right away. If she’s not...change your wedding date.

    Lucy Irwin

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  • LJ was very calm and relaxed, and was open to all our ideas. She was able to gracefully navigate our busy schedules and was well versed in the particulars of the Sequoia Retreat Center, which was very helpful. As the Mother of the Bride, I can say she helped us stay on track, and the day of services were smooth, considering the millions of details that were put in place. It was great to know LJ knew all our desires, and was able to make sure it came together. A beautiful weekend of love, family and friends.

    Megan

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  • My husband and I got married on 5/18/19 at the Sequoia Retreat Center, and we truly can’t imagine our wedding without LJ’s help. She was DEFINITELY the best investment we made throughout our wedding process, and went so above and beyond our expectations. We ended up doing a full wedding weekend for our guests, and LJ helped us with the entire weekend from the Friday welcome dinner until the Sunday post-wedding brunch (and everything in between!). Her extreme knowledge with our venue and relationship with the staff there is invaluable. During the actual wedding, we had a super unexpected storm that put much of our planning and organization at risk. It felt in the moment like everything had to be changed and we were running out of time, but LJ dove into execution mode and did whatever it took to make the day go off without a hitch. We ended up fully relying on LJ to make many new decisions about the wedding that had to be made in this new vision with a day full of rain, and she ex... Read more

    Jessica

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  • Laura was so helpful from start to finish! She had all the right questions and made sure nothing was left out. Laura's creativity helped guide me when I was unsure, I loved her ideas every time! Max and I went the less traditional route with a few steps, but Laura made us feel comfortable and ensured us there is no right or wrong way to do things. The weeks leading up to our wedding she made sure she was the point of contact with all of our vendors so we could focus on us. Wedding weekend she made sure we didn't have to worry about a thing! It was really nice having someone help me plan, who cared so much about us and our wedding weekend. Planning a wedding can be stressful, but after each meeting with Laura she made me feel at ease. We love Laura so much and I would highly recommend her!

    Yin Yin

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  • We worked with LJ and couldn't have had a better experience. We gave LJ the reins to design our venue (barn in downtown Monterey), and she did an amazing job. Ours was an Indian - Chinese wedding. What makes LJ stand out is that she thought through the small design details to incorporate both cultures. She added paper lanterns to the oak trees and went above and beyond to make our mandap. We had over 30 kids at the wedding and LJ made sure there were enough toys to keep the kids. The photos from LJ's clients can speak for themselves in terms of her creative vision. What's not seen is the hard work LJ puts in behind the scenes to make everything run smoothly. Thank you LJ!

    Avi

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  • LJ is EXCEPTIONAL. She is organized, effective, and creative. We let her have free reign at designing big parts of our wedding and she did a spectacular job. She could easily charge double what she does and we'd still have been thrilled at the value. She is a delightful person and a pleasure to work with as well. We are deeply grateful we found her and would recommend her to anyone.

    Alex

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  • LJ is outstanding and is an absolute must for your wedding! Not only did she make our wedding a huge success, she made the planning a breeze and did an amazing job of balancing everything (and everyone!). Can't thank you enough for all your help!

    Cynthia

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  • Laura is an exceptional planner and orchestrator of events. We have used her services in the past, and will definitely use her in the future. Her pricing is fair and her services are of high value. Laura is expert at anticipating needs and potential issues. She has a good eye for design, placement of decorations, ideas on how to beautify an event, all within budget. Laura is such a pleasure to work with, patient, kind, thoughtful and smart! She saved the day on my son's wedding, and helped everyone relax and enjoy.

    LeTa

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  • LJ is absolutely fantastic! Her ability to do almost everything is mind boggling! She took the stress away from me on a very important day! I loved her creativity and solutions when we needed them. She was reliable, responsible, time-sensitive and honestly, AMAZING! I would 100% use her again and refer to her!

    Eduardo

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  • We provided the food (paella) for a large wedding that LJ coordinated. From our experience in working with wedding coordinators we see that the wedding parties needs take priority over the vendors needs which is understandable. With LJ we were pleasantly surprised. Every bit of our communication during the planning phase was always immediate and with no drama. During the wedding we observed a very relaxed and stress free coordination and day of execution that is hard to come by with planners. To boot LJ answered her cell phone during the most stressful part of the wedding to field a quick last minute question and with a calm and confident demeanor. It really was a pleasure to work with her team.

    Kristen

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  • LJ is someone you like after your very first conversation with her. She is friendly, energetic, and clearly passionate about what she does. We booked for the smallest service package, but LJ went above and beyond and started working on our wedding long before her contract said she would. Most of our communication was via email or phone. LJ was there every step of the way to answer our questions, give us advice, help us narrow down our options, and give us guidance on what we should be working on at any given time. Planning a wedding involves so many details that it can be overwhelming. LJ helped us prioritize projects and keep everything organized. As someone who loves lists and spreadsheets, I appreciated LJ’s attention to detail and her ability to help us stay on track. My more free-form, artistic husband appreciated her vision and creativity, and that she was comfortable taking the reins in situations where all we had were vague ideas about what we wanted. LJ was also great at ... Read more

    Jason

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  • I shared a similar review on Yelp, but wanted to share here as well. Want to have a smooth and fantastic wedding? Work with LJ. It's that easy. She'll make sure you cross your T's and dot your I's. She'll coordinate with the venue to make sure everyone is in sync. She'll make sure you day goes off without a hitch. She'll create gorgeous floral arrangements for your table centerpieces. She'll decorate the venue in ways that will leave you and your guests impressed. She'll even help you pick the right vendors. Here's the thing... your special wedding day will have tons of hiccups. It's normal and every event has them. The magic, though, is that LJ will make sure you never know. She'll solve everything behind the scenes before it ever makes it to you and THAT is what you want on your wedding day. Phoebe and I can't recommend LJ enough. She's worth every penny. Thank you LJ!

    Lindsey

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  • There are not enough words to express how amazing LJ is. From day 1 she went above and beyond to help put me at ease and make my wedding day one of the best days of my life. I was a very unorganized bride and LJ managed to wrangle me in and always had the best suggestions for decor ideas, event flow, and more. I can honestly say I felt no stress the day of my wedding because i knew LJ was there and she was taking care of everything behind the scenes. I 100% recommend LJ and her services to anyone looking for support and guidance with their event. You will not be disappointed!

    Susan

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  • LJ is an absolute gem! I hired her exactly one month out from our wedding to be our day of coordinator and she went FAR above and beyond that role. She has worked a bunch of weddings and has a relationship with our venue (Sequoia Retreat Center) which is a enormous property and we were hosting an entire weekend wedding. As we were getting closer to the weekend, I realized that we really needed someone to help us manage the flow of things and help us literally pull the whole thing off. I can't stress this enough- we would have been lost without LJ. We had multiple phone calls over the month including an almost 2 hour call where LJ walked me through every possible scenario, timeline, and seating/catering plan. In the week before, she was in touch via text almost every day just to ask if there was anything at all on my mind or stressing me out. Once the weekend arrived, LJ was literally everywhere at once, I don't know how she did it. She offered for us to give her phone number out to our... Read more
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