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Planner in Newton Center, Massachusetts,
(617) 504-6944
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    Danielle

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  • We just came back to Toronto from our magical wedding near Florence, Italy and had the pleasure of having Luba as our Tuscan Wedding Planner. We worked with Luba for 1.5 years and she was excellent! Extremely organised, offered many beautiful options and couldn't have executed the day any better. Luba was a lifesaver, making sure we got things done on time and was great at mediating the different opinions between my husband and I (which is VERY important when planning a wedding!!). She was always available for a chat, and answered our emails and messages promptly. Luba is very intelligent, well educated, speaks multiple languages ( English, Russian and Italian and perhaps more!) and most importantly has a strong passion in her role as a Wedding Planner! I strongly feel her dedication, extreme diligence and passion are exactly what any couple would be looking for to help create their magical day at home or abroad :) Cheers! Danielle & Daniel

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    Thank you, Danielle, for your kind words. It was such a pleasure working with you on this exciting project and enjoy the amazing results! Your wedding was exquisite, beautiful and a pure joy!

    Ilya

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  • Luba is incredible! She helped me with any aspect of my party. She is very detail oriented. No single issue remained unanswered. Luba made sure that this party ran smoothly and easily! I can't even express how thankful I am! I recommend Luba as a planner to any kind of party or event!

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    Thank you, Ilya, it was such a fun working with you on this event! And I am happy that the event was indeed a great success and everyone was having a good time:)

    Arcady

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    5 out of 5
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  • My wife and I had the pleasure of working with Luba to plan our Italian coastal wedding. It was a daunting task, to say the least. We're busy professionals living in San Francisco, and about four years ago we fell in love with the Amalfi Coast in Italy. After getting engaged, we searched all over for wedding locations -- California, Hawaii, even Boston. No matter where we looked, we kept thinking of our magical vacation in Ravello. We needed help, and a lot of it. Thankfully, we were introduced to Luba, who specializes in planning destination weddings in Italy. We were incrediby fortunate to have done so. Her knowledge of the area, her professionalism, and her care & understanding for our needs were all above and beyond either of our expectations. From scoping out and picking the location of our rehearsal dinner, to interfacing with boat charter companies, to negotiating prices with Italian-speaking drivers, she did it all. Every time we spoke with her, the inevitable anxiety of a wedd... Read more

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    Dear Arcady, thank you for taking the time and reviewing my business! I was happy to help you with your wedding planning. I am delighted that your destination wedding was such a successful and beautiful multi-day event in one of the most amazing places to get married: Ravello and Amalfi Coast in Italy!

    Alla

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  • Luba helped my children to plan the destination wedding in Italy. Planning a big event is challenging, stressful, hard, overwhelming. When you try to do it distantly with the language barrier not knowing Italian, it is twice as harder. Luba came to the rescue later in a game when her help was needed right away. Her deep knowledge , passion, love to make other's happy took a weight from our shoulders. Luba is simply outstanding. If you lucky to find her, you will quickly realize you don't need to look anywhere else. Luba will become your any event planner for you, your family and friends. Luba went far beyond the responsibilities of a wedding planner. She helped to plan rehearsal dinner the day before wedding, she helped to find the boat to take wedding party for a sea trip among Amalfi coast. She stayed in touch all the way through for a little details like transportation of people to and from the points of destination. She was a true advocate and completely respected b... Read more

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    Thank you so much, Alla, for your kind words. It was a genuine pleasure to help your wonderful children. I am happy that everything went well and everyone did enjoy their time in this amazing part of Italy!

    Elisa Dodis

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  • Luba at Primavera Dreams could not have been a more helpful, efficient, and supportive wedding planner! She took the stress and anxiety out of the process leaving me and my husband to really enjoy wedding planning and our day. Luba made us feel at ease as soon as we met her - she is warm, incredibly smart, and is a hyper-organized professional. She guided us every step of the way - helped us find vendors and handle the negotiations, came with me to my dress fitting, spend hours with me and the caterer selecting the perfect menu, helped with the complex seating chart and was always available to take a call (and highly responsive on email!) and give advice or just offer support when I was stressed. Day of, she worked tirelessly to make sure our day went off without a hitch and knowing she was by my side made me much more calm. I highly recommend Luba - she is the best!

    Gene

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  • Luba at Primavera Dreams did an extraordinary job in helping us plan our wedding of 200+ guests. As soon as we met her, we knew we were in good hands! Luba left no stone unturned in helping us find a wedding venue and each one of our vendors. She was so knowledgeable about all the vendors in the Boston area (and I believe she also knows vendors and venues in Italy as she plans events there as well) and was able to narrow down a list for us based on our needs and preferences (and we had a lot!) - a must when dealing with an overwhelming number of options! She is well-connected in the industry and knows about the venues and vendors first hand so is able to offer great advice. Throughout the process, Luba was extremely organized and efficient. She paid attention to the smallest details and forseaw potential challenges and offered solutions. She was extremely responsive and always available for calls - whether to brainstorm, ask questions or just help with general stress relief around the ... Read more

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    Dear Gene, Thank you so much for your kind words! It was an honor and a pleasure to help you in your wedding preparation, and I am feeling so happy that your great day went so well. Much happiness and love to both of you.

    Shannon

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  • I'm pretty "type-A" and wanted to manage the wedding planning process, but we enlisted Luba's help a bit late in the game after recognizing that we simply couldn't do everything ourselves. We needed someone to keep things on course the day of the wedding, especially for the ceremony, & to manage set-up & breakdown logistics. We are so lucky we found Luba, who went far beyond the responsibilities of a "day of" wedding planner. She was a true advocate & completely respected our vision. She ensured everything was exactly what we wanted. Luba suggested solutions before we even recognized that there was a problem (i.e. the necessity for our officiant to have a mic), streamlined communications with all of the vendors & ensured everyone was on the same page, and was always available & responsive. She sincerely wanted everything to be perfect for us. For example, we wanted to do a Jewish challah bread-cutting ceremony during dinner, so Luba taste-tested the highest-regarded challahs in... Read more

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    Dear Shannon, Thank you so much for your kind words! I am happy to hear that you did enjoy your unique day to the fullest!

    Irina

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    5 out of 5
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  • We were lucky to meet Luba during our preparations for Bar Mitzvah. Luba guided us from "not-knowing much" to a very joyful stress-free celebration. She suggested a bunch of great vendors, photographers, bakeries and what's mostly important, she explained dos/dont's and what's in-style and expected. That helped a lot because our oldest child BM was 14 years ago. Our son's friends from school said that it was the best BM they've attended (even though we didn't break the bank).

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    Dear Irina, I am so happy that everything went well and your family and the guests did enjoy this happy and meaningful day!

    Alicia

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  • I met Luba late into our planning process, about 2 months prior to our destination wedding on the Amalfi Coast. I was still having trouble making decisions about, flowers, schedules, and finding it difficult to reach small vendors for items such as local Italian gifts for the wedding party. Luba was able to sort out and help solidify plans within a week! Her network on the Amalfi coast was invaluable in finding the most affordable options as well as curating all the details that made our wedding personal and extra special. Luba is able to give her opinion based on expertise but also listen to our opinions and desires, as well as give her feedback in a supportive and gentle manner. This was especially important when making big decisions that had become a dilemma for my fiancé and I. The week before the wedding I had a meltdown because I felt that the flower color scheme was all wrong. The florist had told me it was too late to change anything, but Luba came to the rescue and wa... Read more

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    Dear Alicia, thank you so much for your kind words. A destination celebration is always a unique and special event! But it may be challenging at the same time. I love the Amalfi Coast and Ravello and was happy to help you with your planning and organization of this multi-day celebration. I am so glad that you and your guests enjoyed your getaway. Best wishes to you!

    Natalia

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    5 out of 5
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  • It’s hard to put into words my gratitude to Luba from Primavera Dreams, who designed and realized the great party for our family and friends to celebrate my daughter’s Sweet 16 birthday as a surprise for her. We live outside of the US and only return for a few weeks in summer to our house at the Cape. By the time we arrived, the whole preparation was already completed and then perfectly executed. We had the great DJ, our kids as well as their grandmothers had a lot of fun with a photo-booth, there were gorgeous red balloons (red is our daughter’s preferred color), and a charming outside setup. Luba did recommend the perfect caterer to reflect our food preferences; we had an oyster bar with the freshest oysters, a video entertainment, fireworks, a champagne toast, a birthday cake to die for and dances! All that was captured by a talented photographer, Luba have found for us. It is obvious that she put her heart into it. Our daughter was delighted and all of us enjoyed the wond... Read more

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    Dear Natalia, thank you for your kind words, but the pleasure was all mine:) Watching the two grandmothers discovering a photo booth and putting on some props was a treat. Your family is loving and beautiful, and your daughter is amazing. I am happy you enjoyed the celebration.

    Elena

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  • Luba was amazing in helping us planning our wedding last June (the review is well overdue:))! She is the easiest person to get along with and did an amazing job with every aspect of the planning. Since my husband and I both work and have busy lives, Luba was exactly what we were looking for. She did an exceptional job in finding us the great vendors, organizing our budget and helping us prioritize the tasks at hand to have a stress-free experience. She was thoughtful, attentive and was giving us invaluable advises along the road. Needless to say, she was an enormous help during the wedding day. In the end, we and our guests had a great wedding and actually got to enjoy the process! We have nothing but great memories.

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    Dear Elena, I am so happy you did find time in your crazy busy schedule to write this review! Thank you for your kind words, I was happy to help you and Boris and feel grateful that you remember me:) Best!

    Stanislav

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    5 out of 5
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  • One can’t imagine how grateful we are for the beautiful celebration Luba from Primavera Dreams created for our wedding! The whole thing was so beautiful and delicate, exquisite and unique. We felt happy and cheerful, and our guests were delighted. We hesitated at first to have the attributes of a “typical” wedding, such as the bride’s bouquet or the wedding cake. But Luba convinced us that it would add a nice touch to the whole event and persuaded me that we shouldn’t think about our age but about happiness and beauty of the moment instead. We’ve spent a precious day with our children and grandchildren and the closest friends, and everyone told us that we were just stunning. Luba helped us to select the place and the room at Taj (we didn’t have enough energy to see ourselves and we just trusted her judgment), and spent time explaining all the menu choices and options. She was handling all the communications with all vendors on our behalf. She did found a gr... Read more

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    Dear Emiliya&Stanislav, it was a pleasure and an honor to be a planner for such a beautiful and unique couple. I wish you many happy years ahead!

    yelena

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  • I recently had the pleasure of attending a bridal shower that Luba flawlessly executed. In advance of the shower, she kept all attendees organized in preparing a sentimental (and useful!) cookbook gift for the bride. The finished product was beautiful and functional! The shower itself was ideal because it was not meandering or drawn-out like some showers can be. Instead, Luba kept things moving with a fun, light atmosphere of creative games and entertaining vignettes about the bride and groom. And did I mention the food? Luba prepared an assortment of restaurant-quality appetizers and brunch-type treats that were delicious! I’m still dreaming about her eggplant dip. I would highly recommend Luba to anyone planning a memorable event!

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    Many thanks for your very kind words. It’s always a joy for me to help with all types of special family celebrations.

    Lisa

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  • Luba was our wedding planner and exceeded every possible expectation of a very type-A, detail-oriented bride. I initially didn't think I needed a planner but closer to the wedding decided that I would love some help in coordinating the day such that me and my family didn't have to feel like we were "working" and could enjoy every minute. I don't think my day would have been as flawlessly executed nor as enjoyable for me if I hadn't hired Luba. I interviewed 7 different wedding planners and Luba stood out to me as not only the most organized, responsive, and warm but also the most passionate about wedding planning and helping to create a memorable and unique event. I could not be happier with my choice. While many planners are punctual and organized, Luba is also very thoughtful, smart and logical so was able to guide me through every decision (big and small - vendors, decor, menu, cake size, alcohol types and quantities, seating chart, toast lineup) in a very efficient manner that mad... Read more

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    It was my genuine pleasure to be involved with everything relating to your special day, and to help with all aspects of your celebration!

    Alexandra

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  • Planning an important event is a challenge. To make it both successful and memorable is art. Luckily, there are people who have the innate ability to put all the pieces of the event mosaic together so that the end result exceeds everyone’s expectations. Luba Gankin is one of those rare finds. She is the go to person if you are planning a big event and want it to be a worthwhile experience. Hebrew Rehabilitation Center often holds various events: research symposiums, professional trainings, staff holiday parties, fundraisers, etc. We have been very lucky to have Luba help us run a few major fundraisers. The most recent event was on January 12, 2017. Being a true professional with exceptional organizational skills, Luba started preparations ahead of time by identifying the best vendors in the area, by choosing the most advantageous location, by making sure that everything was completed according to the schedule. She worked hard during the event personally following up that everythi... Read more

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    Being involved with planning your fundraisers is always an honor -- not only is it for a truly special cause, but it is so meaningful for me to meet your residents in person, and know that my work is helping to improve their lives and wellbeing.

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