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Planner in Sonoma, CA,
(707) 721-1627
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    Curtis Ferland

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  • Sara is superwoman! We are from out of town and this was a destination wedding in wine country. Sara was our eyes and ears during the entire planning process. From our first call with Sara we felt like she was part of the family. Sara kept us calm through the whole process and was very organized, responsive, and knowledgeable. She understood our vision perfectly and helped us bring to life our dream wedding. We were hit with bad news during our wedding week with multiple power outages and the outbreak of the Kincade Fire. We were told 24 hours before our wedding that we would need to move the reception inside due to poor air quality. Sara made sure that everything was still beautiful and the event was amazing. Some of our vendors, including rentals and catering, lived in evacuation zones and needed to leave in the morning on our wedding day. Sara essentially set everything up herself with a very limited crew. It was completely seamless and you would never know that everyone ... Read more

    Lauren & Jeff

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  • There are just not enough words to fully describe how phenomenal Brooke Altman is—but I will try!  We worked very closely with Brooke over 16 months to plan our wedding at BR Cohn in Sonoma. Everything turned out spectacularly well—even a few little hiccups that arose along the way turned out to be even *better* than the original plan because of Brooke's incredible ability to problem solve on the fly. Most importantly, I had ZERO stress in the days leading up to our wedding and was able to thoroughly enjoy myself on our big day because I was 100% confident that everything was in Brooke's very capable hands. I cannot overstate how important this—my (now) husband and I looked at each other at least once a week throughout the planning process and agreed that the best money we spent on our wedding was for our awesome wedding planner.  More details about our specific story and experience are below, but for those who just want the bottom line: Brooke is exceptionally detail-... Read more

    responded with the following comments.

    Aww! You are so sweet to write such a detailed review! I absolutely loved working with you. I truly can’t believe that photo!! I’m so honored that you took time on your honeymoon to create such a special thank you to me. You are so welcome for everything!! Xx

    Miriam Green

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  • I found Sara in the middle of our planning process, when we already really needed help. I had just figured out that a day-of coordinator was pretty much necessary for a wedding to run smoothly, and was realizing that we needed planning help in order for all the details to come together. My now-husband and I were planning a Santa Rosa wedding with him in LA and me in Seattle - we just couldn't do it on our own. At first, what set Sara Sugrue apart from other planners was her flexibility. We weren't doing a mega-wedding, we didn't need full service planning, and we already had a vision for what we wanted. She embraced our vision, without trying to change it, and made it come to life. Throughout the process, Sara was patient, professional, responsive, creative, knowledgeable, an awesome communicator, caring, and diplomatic as she negotiated a balance between our crazy and super-specific set of needs and the reality of how to make it happen. Sara saved our planning process and gav... Read more

    Urvashi

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  • Brooke went above and beyond to ensure that our wedding day turned out exactly the way we wanted it to. Originally we were only looking for a day-of coordinator but after speaking with Brooke over the phone, I was so impressed with her answers to our questions that we decided to sign a contract to have her as our planner. When Brooke joined our planning process, my fiancee and I felt instantly relieved. Not only was she detail oriented and organized but she also had a ton of experience planning weddings in Sonoma. With Brooke's help we were able to get exactly the type of vendors we wanted. Since Brooke had done our wedding venue before she was able to quickly answer vendor questions and think about details way ahead of everyone else. My husband and I know that our wedding day would not have gone as smoothly without her help. She did everything possible to make sure the two of us could have a good time and not worry about the details. We're forever grateful for all the hard wor... Read more

    Joseph Dinsdale

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  • Brooke made our wedding weekend perfect. Not only did she plan an incredible experience for our destination wedding pre party on Friday. She made our actual wedding better than we could have ever imagined. From someone that is obsessed with the details and over plans everything Brooke made me look like an amateur. She planned out every detail to perfection. I never needed anything and more importantly my wife never wanted anything because of her attention to detail. If you are even thinking about a planner talk to Brooke she truly is incredible. Thank You for making our wedding weekend perfect. We can't thank you enough!!

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    Awww...thank you so much! I truly had such a wonderful time working with you and getting to know your amazing friends and family! I can't wait to plan this all over for you guys when you come back to wine country to celebrate your milestone anniversaries! xx

    Christy Sisko

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  • My wife and I could not say enough amazing things about Brooke- both as a person and as a wedding planner. Her responsiveness and attention to detail are unlike anything I have seen before. She was always five steps ahead of us, which was invaluable to my wife and I who were not familiar in any way with process of planning a wedding. Brooke was always incredibly patient and kind with the endless questions we had and changes we wanted to make- she truly made all of our wedding dreams come true with a smile on her face and such a contagiously positive attitude. Brooke's sense of style and vision are incredible and her close connections to the event planning community in both Sonoma and Napa gave us a clear path to selecting the best vendors we could have asked for based on our budget. We live in VA and did not know one vendor in Sonoma (where our wedding was), but Brooke facilitated every single connection we could have ever needed and our wedding was seamless, from start to finish, tha... Read more

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    You two are the best! I may have cried a few tears of joy as I watched you walk down the aisle. I truly couldn't be more happy that you had your fairy tale wedding and to hear that everything was perfect. I hope you will come visit again soon!! Much love, Brooke

    Samantha

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  • Brooke is a life saver! Both my fiancé and I have busy work lives and we could not have done this without Brooke. She helped to navigate the complex vendor landscape while helping us avoid unreliable and unresponsive vendors. From contacting different vendors until we liked the choices, to reminding us when payments are due and simply to remind us to eat on the day of the wedding-Brooke was on top of it all! She has more than a decade of experience doing events like weddings but also running Taste of Sonoma which has 200+ vendors every year! She told us she does weddings to keep her sane. She loves what she does and it shows in everything she does. She is organized, has such amazing attention to detail and definitely put out so many fires on the day of our wedding that we never even dealt with. If you want a stress free day, HIRE BROOKE! She is an excellent communicator. She was always a quick email or text away and you know you’d get a response VERY quickly! She has such a good ey... Read more

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    Aww. Thank you for the kind words! You and Sam were such a pleasure to work and I’m so honored to be a part of your love story! I wish you all of the happiness in the world!!

    Jim

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  • Brooke did an amazing job as our wedding planner. We had many things in place when we contacted her, and she was able to jump right in and tie up all the loose ends. A destination wedding can be stressful, but this was not the case at all with Brooke. When we were in town she made sure to clear her whole day to work with us. She worked with all vendors to ensure that our event went well. We are so glad that we chose Orchard Avenue Events!

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    Thank you Jim! I had so much fun working with you and seeing your vision come to life!!

    Brent

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  • We are from Chicago so when it came time to look for a wedding planner in the Sonoma area, we relied on reviews and recommendations from sites such as these. We were recommended from our venue who suggested we meet with Brooke from Orchard Avenue Events. Having been an event planner myself, I had very high expectations of who we would work with. After meeting with Brooke, we knew it would be her! I cannot emphasize enough her extreme level of detail, responsiveness, and knowledge in wedding planning. From assisting us with event rentals such as chairs and linens, to running out to make sure our raw bar display was exactly how we imagined it, she took care of every detail imagineable. We truly were able to come to Sonoma and enjoy our wedding weekend with no worry- a real gift to us! You’ll come to realize very quickly that most vendors in Sonoma take a little while to respond- that’s just not the case with Brooke. She was incredibly quick to reply to our questions, made sure we fel... Read more

    Kirstin

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  • Sara was the perfect fit for all of my unique needs! She listened attentively, held my hand through the process and had great solutions. Always a consummate professional, I never had to worry about any detail. She's great at planning and very creative, but equally as good at problem solving in-the-field! Most importantly, she's fun and such a delight to be around. I made a friend for life in Sara and will be hiring her again in the future for all of my party planning needs.

    Amy

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  • We are so glad that we decided to work with Brooke for our wedding! We don't know how we would have done it without her. She was so organized, calm, responsive, and made our wedding day just perfect! I couldn't have asked for anything more on our special day. Brooke executed it exactly the way we imagined it. Would highly recommend her for wedding planning!

    Annie

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  • Brooke was amazing. My husband and I are both very busy professionals who travel most of the time. Having Brooke local and managing all the vendors as well as working around our schedules was great. She did a fantastic job of really understanding us and what we were looking for from the beginning, then gave us the right choices to help turn our vision into a beautiful, wonderfully executed reality. All of our guests are still raving about the wedding and most of them have commented it was the best wedding they had ever attended!

    Sarah

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  • Brooke is an absolute gem. She went above and beyond at every step of the process and provided invaluable support and advice that allowed us to have a stress-free and beautiful day. My fiance (now husband) and I were so pleased with her work and would highly recommend her skills and expertise to anyone who wants help regardless of how "hands on" you think you might be. Not only is she highly professional but she brings an ease and optimism that sometimes you really need during the grueling process of wedding planning! From her expertise on the best vendors to layouts to specific logistics to decor ideas, Brooke has the knowledge to perfect every detail - even ones you haven't even thought of yet. If you are on the fence about hiring a coordinator or planner, DO NOT think twice about it and hire Brooke. You will NOT regret it! I couldn't have imagined working with anyone better than her.

    Talia

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  • I found Brooke online and knew right away that she was the perfect planner to help plan my destination wedding. My (now) husband and I had visited wine country a few times, and fell in love with its beauty, food and wineries. We knew it was the perfect place to invite our family and friends to celebrate our wedding. Both my husband and I are extremely busy with work, and being that we live on the east coast, we knew hiring a planner was essential! Brooke was so easy to work with. She was extremely responsive and on top of all of our ideas and requests. Given we had been to wine country a few times, we had an idea of what we wanted, but Brooke also gave us a lot of amazing suggestions on hidden gems we never would have thought of on our own. We started the weekend off with a wine tour/welcome dinner. It was the perfect way to bring all of our guests together before the wedding. Then of course the wedding day was perfection. I didn’t have a ton of time to think through all of the weddi... Read more

    Karla

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  • I had an amazing experience working with Brooke from Orchard Avenue Events! She met with us months in advance to walk the venue and gave us great ideas with how we could set things up for the wedding. I loved the fact that she had also worked at my venue so many times and knew exactly how everything should go. She was very quick to respond to any questions I had and was extremely helpful. Her professionalism and experience is out of this world. The day of the rehearsal she wanted me to feel comfortable and was willing to go through everything as many times as I needed and the day of the wedding I wasn’t nearly as stressed as I thought I would be because of her. I knew she had everything under control. I cannot recommend her enough!!!
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