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Every couple has a story. What makes a wedding memorable is when that story is woven into the celebration. Creating over 700 weddings nationally and internationally, Gabrielle and the award team of Black Swan brings these stories to life. From intimate to grand, marrying in a cathedral of trees or weaving their personality into 4000 yrs of tradition, couples trust Black Swan to exceed their expectations. "Look in the mirror. That is beauty. Look at your fiance. That is your story. When we infuse those elements into a client's wedding, then we create brilliance." Gabrielle Dowding, Director

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No matter the couple, culture or tradition, everyone wants their wedding to be remembered fondly for years.
The wedding industry, social media and cultural pressures can quickly turn one of the most joyful times in a couples life into one fraught with unrealistic expectations and unmanaged cost. Gabrielle and the award winning Black Swan team deliver celebrations that ignite the imagination while honoring the couple鈥檚 budget.

Ignite your imagination.

Embrace your authenticity.

Celebrate your story.

Black Swan Events - Amazing Starts Here!

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Black Swan works on many different types of weddings. We specialize in fusion and cultural weddings.

Other wedding types we plan:

  • Civil
  • Destination
  • Double weddings
  • Eco-friendly
  • Elopement
  • Military
  • Woman-owned

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Patrick P. Married on 09/16/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Highest Integrity

We hired Gabrielle as our wedding planner but unfortunately had a conflict come up a few weeks later (through no fault of her own) that prevented us from sticking with her. She handled the situation with grace and integrity, where I doubt few other vendors would have. In the time we worked together her knowledge and experience shone through. I highly recommend her to anyone.
Christopher M. Married on 10/29/2022
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Gabrielle made our Wedding come true.

My wife and I were nearly halfway through planning our Victorian Gothic Wedding till things had become so hectic that we felt like this wedding was going to be way over our heads. After realizing they we may have bitten off more than we could chew, we were referred to Gabrielle Lennartz from Black Swan Events. She has so much knowledge and experience in multiple types of weddings. She gave us so many ideas and things to decide, thing that we never knew we should've planned. If it weren't for her all those fine details could have potentially ruined our weddings. Gabrielle took what work we had done and fined tuned it and made it a cohesive and wonderful wedding. She referred us to an awesome photographer, Jon from Atelier Photography, and they both built a timeline for our wedding to make sure that every minute was used to its fullest. Thanks to her, our wedding was a great success. We highly recommend Gabrielle to anyone looking to have a professional, wonderful, and smooth wedding on their special day.
Megan S. Married on 08/20/2022
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Excellent, professional and efficient wedding planner - highly recommend

Gabrielle was phenomenal. She recommended vendors that matched exactly what we were wanting within our price point. She listened closely to how we wanted our wedding to be, and worked to achieve that dream. She was regularly available to meet in person, and via text/email/phone. She made sure every detail was planned in advance, per our desires. Day-of, Gabrielle was out of this world. Both the dress rehearsal and the ceremony and reception were a bit of a blur to me, but she was everywhere all at once, taking care of all details big and small, addressing any issues that came up, etc. The event was perfect, and I know that was because Gabrielle was behind the scenes taking care of everything. I didn't have to worry about or do anything day-of, other than enjoy my day! We had an amazing wedding, and that would have NOT been possible without Gabrielle's expertise and calm, professional ability to take care of everything and just let us enjoy and bask in our love and community. She was absolutely worth every penny. I would highly recommend her, specifically, and also strongly recommend to all brides to invest in a wedding planner -- they truly have the expertise to make your wedding special and to make the day calm and enjoyable. We had a relatively low key wedding, and I couldn't have imagined NOT having a planner to help us out.
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Courtyard Portland North Courtyard Portland North Hotel Weddings

Gabrielle at Black Swan Events is an amazing planner and never disappoints. She is a very hard worker and always goes above and beyond for her clients to ensure they are very happy. The Riverside Verandah loves working with Black Swan Events and we appreciate the great relationship we have together.

Designs by Muse Designs by Muse Banquet Halls

We have had the pleasure of working side-by-side with Black Swan Events and they are excellant at making certain that you will be 100% taken care of, there is no stress, and all of the details are seen to before they even show up on the day of the event!

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Gabrielle and her team are easy to work with and have more experience than anyone in the field. Gabrielle knows what she's doing, who to work with, limitations, and bringing visions to life. She will create the event of your dreams and manage every tiny detail in order to bring perfection to the table. She is generous with her wisdom and her time. Black Swan will always be our go to partner for elaborate visions and spectacular events!

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