THE FIRST EVENT I ever planned was my parent’s SURPRISE 17TH wedding anniversary… I was age 9. In true “Sarah” fashion, I planned, designed, and executed an anniversary party for over 100 guests. I oversaw all the arrangements for the invitations, food & beverage, musical entertainment, and of course, CAKE! It was in that very moment, that my dream became a small fire in my heart… Maybe I didn’t fully know who I wanted to be when I grew up. But I was certain that I didn’t need to be ‘the guest of honor’ or ‘the life of the party’. My happiness would derive from being the woman within the party, experiencing from the inside/out, yet my eyes always watching intently from the outside/in. My hands craved to hold the strings, to control all the details, to make it come together, to bring it all to LIFE. That is where I have always naturally excelled…
The road to realizing my dream started soon after. I began home school to devote more time to additional pursuits. I simultaneously worked toward my high school diploma and college education. It wasn’t until I began studying Special Events Management at Monterey Peninsula College that my fire was fully lit. I became a Floral Assistant to an industry professional for the next 2 years. I knew there was much I could learn, and continued to seek out every opportunity to involve myself in the Industry. My strong work ethic afforded me unique opportunities that ultimately earned me my stripes – I observed seasoned disc jockey’s and the in’s and outs of event rentals from my professional internships. I was both delighted and privileged to experience the grunting work of event setup and breakdown at some of the most coveted venues in California. My insatiable thirst for knowledge and experience led me to find a program well suited for my needs – California State University East Bay’s Wedding & Event Program in 2010. The program provided a wealth of information pertaining to the Industry, and trends. It also equipped all students with the needed tools to succeed.
Upon completion of the course at CSUEB, I was offered me an internship at a highly regarded Wedding and Event agency! I happily accepted. I learned invaluable experience and lessons through my work, and built solid relationships with each client based on open communication, and unwavering trust. My main goal was, and continues to be: Commitment to excellence. Much can be attributed to the training received through each internship opportunity I had, but also too, my dream job as an Associate Planner for 3 years. I’m eternally grateful for each of my experiences that have been an integral part to advancing my proficiency in active listening, time-management, and goal-attainment. It was through the endless emails, hard work, and observing the rules/parameters of “business is business” and “love is love” coupled with the enlightening fact that in this industry, the two go hand in hand… that my dream was not just a dream but became my PASSION.
It is an immensely rewarding privilege to be entrusted with the planning of a couple’s wedding celebration. I would be happy to embark on YOUR journey… to plan alongside you, to stand behind you, guide you through the process and to arrive on that day as a friend and witness to the most meaningful commitment two people can make – your wedding.
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Madeline · Married on 11/18/2017
CALL SARAH TODAY! Hiring her and the La Bella Weddings (LBW) team was a phenomenal, outstanding, excellent choice.
My fiance and I hit it off with Sarah immediately. She's friendly, flexible, knowledgeable and has strong relationships with vendors and the wedding industry at-large. She empowered us to take the lead on wedding elements that we really wanted to manage ourselves, and effortlessly handled the rest. From decor and design to venue and vendor selection and personality management, she made it look easy. We live across the country, and Sarah helped us organize all the essential appointments and decisions into a single trip home.
Sarah and her team planned and designed our rehearsal dinner (Forge in the Forest), ceremony, reception & after party (Mission Ranch/Brophy's), plus a Sunday farewell brunch (La Bicyclette). Each event had 120-170 guests, and the whole weekend felt intimate and effortless. Our family members and bridal parties received customized itineraries, and were encouraged to get in touch with LBW day or night with questions. This meant all their last-minute meltdowns were directed to the LBW team--no one needed to contact my husband or me with emergencies, so we spent the weekend relaxing and enjoying time with loved ones.
Angie and Rebecca spent a lot of time with me on the day of the wedding, and they made it a seamless experience. Angie was waiting for us with champagne after the ceremony, and made sure that we each had a plate of appetizers to eat before we walked into cocktail hour. Rebecca spent the morning of the wedding with the bridal party, coordinating meals, steaming dresses, fetching flowers and being generally awesome.
If you're wondering whether to get in touch with Sarah, DO IT!!!! You won't regret it.Sent on 03/08/2018
Katie · Married on 10/29/2017
Sarah was the month of day of coordinator for our Holman Ranch wedding, and she and her team pulled off our event with skill and panache. It was clear from our first telephone conversation that Sarah was extremely organized and competent, and I was in excellent hands from beginning to end. And, he warm bubbly personality made her a joy to work with. Her assistants were also amazing, Angie helped me to stay calm and focused while getting ready to walk down the aisle. I absolutely recommend Sarah Villa at La Bella Weddings.Sent on 10/31/2017
Teresa · Married on 01/07/2017
Sarah and her staff at La Bella Weddings helped make my daughter's wedding dreams come true. Before the wedding, Sarah helped us select some of our vendors, oversaw the walkthrough and menu tasting and conducted the rehearsal the night before. She was a great resource on timelines and shared her expertise on what she has seen work well at weddings. But the most important thing she did was on the day of the wedding, when she handled all the details of setup and takedown at both the church venue and the reception venue. She worked closely with all our vendors to set up a timeline and orchestrated an essentially flawless ceremony and reception. Of course, there were some minor hiccups, but she was always there, trying to make things right. I truly did not worry about anything on the day of the wedding, and was able to enjoy watching my daughter get ready for her big day as she married the love of her life. Everything was set up beautifully! We pretty much ran right on schedule and she was always there to tell the bridal party what to do and when. She always alerted our family before major events (cake cutting, bouquet toss, garter toss and exit), so that we would have a good view of it. My husband commented that as he was getting ready to make his toast to the bride and groom, a flute of champagne magically appeared in his hand, courtesy of Sarah! She was attentive to every small detail and we truly appreciated her services, which were always done with a smile and a "can do" attitude. She even managed to hold off the rain until after the pictures were taken! Thank you, Sarah and La Bella Weddings! Don't hesitate to work with her! She will help to make your day spectacular!Sent on 01/22/2017
Sarah is SO perfect for any Princess that wishes to have the most glitzy, pampered, & couture event! Working with her numerous times over the years in the industry, I have truly experienced such a wide range of her many talents eg: people/vendor contact, organization, attention to details the size of pixels! If you are considering hiring a planner, definitely reach out to her to set up a phone interview...just see what she says! Besides, you want to actually enjoy and experience your dream weekend right?!