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An Exceptional Event

Purcellville, VA View map
2023 Couples' Choice Awards Winner
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2023 Couples' Choice Awards Winner

An Exceptional Event is a full-service wedding and event planning company creating personalized weddings and special occasions in beautiful Loudoun County and throughout Northern Virginia.

Services Offered

An Exceptional Event offers a variety of services including Day-Of Coordination and Partial Planning, with each package curated to match each couple's unique needs.

Known for her superior attention to detail with calm and grace, owner Shawn Marie Carnall has been planning events for over 20 years. She managed events for an educational association, planning conferences for 300-18,000 people and banquets for 200-1,000. A former sales manager for Hilton Hotels, she decided to channel her organizational energies to weddings and conferences in 1999 and created An Exceptional Event. She holds a graduate certificate in Event Management from the George Washington University and has held the prestigious CMP designation (Certified Meeting Professional). She is also a graduate of the Association of Bridal Consultants professional development program

Shawn Marie has planned many, many events at amazing venues in Northern Virginia - and has a special place in her heart for Loudoun County.

  • Woman-owned

Frequently Asked Questions

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Day-of Coordination
Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

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    Clayton R. Married on 12/10/2022
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    We worked with Shawn Carnall from An Exceptional Event and she was an absolute pleasure to work with from day one in our process. Shawn worked as our coordinator for the day of but went above and beyond, making herself available about a month in advance of the big day for questions, active management of vendors, and helping us make sure we weren't missing anything.

    Where Shawn really shined was her ability to actively problem solve. We worked with a venue which was quite poor at communicating and all around not up to par with the quality you would expect from a full-time venue, but Shawn actively managed the difficult conversations with the venue staff on the day of and from our walkthrough forward, making sure that nothing impeded our big day!

    Shawn's attention to detail was stunning, she helped us through our wedding day with poise, making sure we checked all of our boxes, kept us on time and on track for our schedule, and ultimately helped us have an all around fantastic experience. Shawn is highly experienced in her field and from the first time we spoke with her, we knew she was trustworthy enough to allow us to fully enjoy our day without having to think about any of the logistics.

    My spouse and I would recommend Shawn to anybody having a wedding in the DMV because she provides excellent service. True to the name of her company Shawn was nothing if not exceptional in her management of people, fine details, day-of setup, decor, and welcoming demeanor.

    Shawn's quality service continued past the day of; she checked in with us frequently after our wedding to wish us well and to see if we had any questions or needed assistance with any final wedding closure. If you are looking for the experience of a highly competent wedding planner or coordinator look no further than An Exceptional Event.
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    Megan E. Married on 11/04/2022
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    Shawn is the best!

    Shawn is such an incredible person! She is easy going, fun to work with, and so attentive to detail! Funny not so funny story but my wedding earrings broke while I was putting them on and Shawn was the first person to quickly offer to use her personal earrings for my wedding day!! I couldn't have chosen a better wedding coordinator for our special day. To say she went above and beyond is an understatement. Our wedding day went so smoothly and with literally no hiccups because of her wonderful work. Don't hesitate! Book with An Exceptional Event you won't regret it!!!

    An Exceptional Event's reply:

    Thank you so much, Megan! It was such a pleasure being part of your gorgeous fall wedding. I was more than happy to lend my earrings - like I said, there are more than 20 years of love in them :). My very best wishes to you both. Keep in touch!
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    David A. Married on 10/02/2022
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    Wonderful event!

    Shawn was extremely helpful with contract review and managing our special day! She was friendly, knew our venue very well, and also helped us through a difficult weather transition. We were very happy with how things went!
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