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Welcome to Occasions Events & Design, where unforgettable moments are meticulously crafted into extraordinary experiences. Established in May 2013, we have been dedicated to turning your dreams into reality through our expert event planning, coordination, and innovative photobooth services. We have office in Dallas - Fort Worth, Austin, and Wichita Falls. With a passion for perfection and an eye for detail, we bring your occasions to life in ways that exceed your wildest expectations.

Our Story

Blake began officiating weddings in 2013 and the same year he started his first company within the industry, Weddings By Blake. Over a two-year period, Blake officiated hundreds of weddings, but it was during this time that he discovered his true passion: wedding planning and execution. Through hard work and perseverance, Blake became a Certified Wedding Planner with The Association of Bridal Consultants. In 2016 Blake rebranded the company to Occasions Events & Design. Tiffany and Alex joined the Occasions Leadership team in 2023.

Our Approach

At Occasions Events & Design, we believe that each event tells a unique story, and it's our privilege to help you tell it in the most captivating way. Our approach is rooted in collaboration, personalization, and innovation. We understand that your event is an extension of your personality and aspirations, which is why we work closely with you to understand your vision, preferences, and expectations. Our team of seasoned professionals then brings their expertise to the table, curating an experience that reflects your style and resonates with your guests.

Services We Offer

  1. Event Planning: Our meticulous event planning services ensure that every detail is thoughtfully considered and flawlessly executed. From conceptualization to execution, we handle everything – venue selection, décor, entertainment, catering, and more. Our goal is to alleviate the stress of planning so that you can fully enjoy your event.
  2. Coordination: On the day of your event, our coordination team takes charge, ensuring that everything runs smoothly. We handle logistics, manage vendors, and oversee the schedule, allowing you to be fully present and immersed in the celebration.
  3. Photobooth Services: Add a touch of interactive fun to your event with our photobooth services. Our photobooths capture candid moments and create instant keepsakes for your guests.

Why Choose Us

  • Experience: With over a decade of experience, we have a deep understanding of what it takes to make an event unforgettable. Our track record speaks for itself, with a portfolio of diverse and successful events.
  • Creativity: We thrive on innovation and creative thinking. Our team loves pushing boundaries and finding unique ways to make your event stand out.
  • Personalized Approach: Your event is as unique as you are. We tailor our services to match your preferences, ensuring that your personality shines through every detail.
  • Attention to Detail: We are sticklers for details. From the grandest element to the tiniest nuance, we leave no stone unturned in our quest for perfection.
  • Passion: We are driven by an unbridled passion for creating memorable experiences. Your joy is our motivation, and we pour our hearts into every event we undertake.

At Occasions Events & Design, we don't just plan events; we craft stories that resonate. Join us in turning your special occasions into extraordinary moments that will be cherished for a lifetime.

  • LGBTQ+-owned
  • Woman-owned

Frequently asked questions

Do you offer an hourly rate?

Yes

What wedding events do you provide services for?

Ceremony
Reception
Rehearsal Dinner

What wedding planning services do you offer?

Day-of Coordination
Full Planning
Partial Planning

What weddings do you have experience planning?

Civil
Cultural
Destination
Double Weddings
Elopement
Eco-Friendly
Military
Non-Religious
Religious
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4.9 out of 5 rating
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
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94% Recommended by couples
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Occasions Events and Design, specifically Blake Herrera and his team, received high praise for their wedding coordination services. Reviewers mentioned the team's helpfulness, professionalism, and attentiveness to detail. From managing vendors and timelines to setting up decor and executing the couple's vision, the team ensured a stress-free and flawless wedding day. They were also commended for their communication skills, organization, and ability to make the couple's dreams come true. Overall, reviewers highly recommended the services provided by Occasions Events and Design.

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Occasions Events and Design, specifically Blake Herrera and his team, received high praise for their wedding coordination services. Reviewers mentioned the team's helpfulness, professionalism, and attentiveness to detail. From managing vendors and timelines to setting up decor and executing the couple's vision, the team ensured a stress-free and flawless wedding day. They were also commended for their communication skills, organization, and ability to make the couple's dreams come true. Overall, reviewers highly recommended the services provided by Occasions Events and Design.

Ashley
Ashley S. Sent on 10/24/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Best Wedding Decision

I was hesitant to hire any planning services because I was worried about trusting a stranger with such a big event in my life, and I tend to be be very particular and like to feel in-control. However, I could not recommend Occasions enough. We hired Blake for month-of coordination, which wound up being exactly when I was losing my mind and needed help the most! I am stunned that we got Blake and his team with their skill level and amazing service for the price that we did. They were our angels the entire month before the wedding and on the day. We had an entire team of 3 catering to our every need. They asked lots of amazing questions to get to know us and our personalities and very clearly used that to guide how they managed and handled everything. They managed all vendors and timelines leading up to the day (we had already hired everyone and Blake took over communication), they set up ALL of the decor (my family and I DIY-ed almost everything), and they executed my vision perfectly. Blake attended our final meeting with the venue and DJ and was polite, sitting back to let me lead, but pushed back and supported me to make sure I got exactly what I wanted when it was needed. In cases where decisions needed to be made and I felt overwhelmed, Blake made suggestions and made the decisions feel lighter. I emailed and texted Blake thoughts and vendor needs at the most random times and he kept track of everything and made sure to remind me (so gently and sweetly) when I was supposed to submit something. Blake even picked up all of our decor and our alcohol order for us before the wedding to deliver to the venue on wedding day. The whole experience went so smoothly and I cannot imagine having done it without Blake. We even had an unexpected security lockdown in the neighborhood during the actual wedding…and the Occasions team made sure not only that we were safe, but that only the critical people knew and the party kept going. I had no idea til my mom told me the next day, and I had a complete worry-free blast. Blake and his team are the best and made my wedding a dream. If you are on the fence, don’t be. Hiring OED was the best wedding decision that we made.
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Gq Sent on 10/12/2023
5 out of 5 rating

A joy to work with!

I worked with Blake recently at a stunning wedding he planned in Santa Fe, NM. His attention to detail, proactive communication skills and organization skills made it a joy for me as a photographer to work with him and run things smoothly. The entire thing was amazing!
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Mckenzie Sent on 10/11/2023
5 out of 5 rating

Highly recommend!

We had the pleasure of working with Blake, TJ, and Frida on wedding day (and the 2 weeks leading up to it).
From start to finish, they executed everything flawlessly, ensuring every detail was just as we envisioned. Their professionalism, attentiveness, and coordination skills were exceptional. They made wedding day stress-free and magical, allowing us to fully enjoy the moment!
I highly recommend this team for anyone seeking high quality wedding coordination services.
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WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2024 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2019 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2018 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2017 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2016 Winner
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards 2015 Winner

Team

Blake Herrera
Blake Herrera
Chief Executive Officer, Certified Wedding Planner

Blake began officiating weddings in 2013 and the same year he started his first company within the industry, Weddings By Blake. Over a two-year period, Blake officiated hundreds of weddings, but it was during this time that he discovered his true passion: wedding planning and execution. Through hard work and perseverance, Blake became a Certified Wedding Planner with The Association of Bridal Consultants. In 2016 Blake rebranded the company to Occasions Events & Design. For the next four years, Blake continued to provide the DFW area with the highest quality service. In 2020, Occasions Events & Design merged with Michaelz Media and became a powerhouse in the industry.

In 2021, Blake took a step back from Occasions to spend more quality time with his family, while taking a consultant role. During his time off, Blake never felt content and was overcome by the urge to return to the business he built from the ground up. He began a partnership with Tiffany Hartman, a graphic artist with over 20 years of experience (and current Chief Operating Officer), and together they began restructuring Occasions and its services while taking care to ensure our clients and their events are our TOP PRIORITY.

Our team is constantly growing, so while Blake himself may not be your lead coordinator, we can assure you he oversees every aspect of your event down to the last detail. One of Blake’s greatest strengths is his attention to detail, his eye for design is unrivaled, and his A-Z planning style will guarantee that your experience will be one to remember.

Alex Goggin
Alex Goggin
CCO + Senior Event Lead

Alex began working in the weddings industry on a whim when Blake asked her to join the team for an event in 2017, and has been in love with event planning and execution ever since. Her passion is helping Blake grow the business and providing the highest level of quality for weddings and events of all sizes. For her there is truly nothing more rewarding than helping our clients create their dream event, whatever it takes.

After taking some time away from the industry to grow her family and focus on building her skills, she is excited to return to events and to Occasions as a partner with Blake and Tiffany. Alex has extensive recent experience in managing and leading operational teams, training top-notch staff, and managing client and vendor relationships, and she is ready to put her skills to work for our clients! As Chief Customer Officer, Alex will work with Blake to ensure every aspect of our clients' events meets their satisfaction, including training and staffing event teams, communicating with clients to build their vision with them, and cultivating relationships with our industry's leading vendors to provide the highest level of quality service. Along with her teams, she is ready to take on any challenge and help make your event a success!

"There is nothing more satisfying or rewarding to me than being able to see the look on our clients' faces when we execute their dream. I'm so excited to get to work!" - Alex Goggin

Professional Network & Endorsements

2 Endorsements
Exceptional Events Exceptional Events Wedding Planners

Blake and Weddings by Blake are truly a joy to work with!!! Always very responsive, open to clients needs and wants and will tailor the ceremony to precisely what they want. He is kind and thoughtful...everything you want in a Wedding Minister. I highly recommend Blake and Weddings by Blake!

Dr. J's Shoes, Bridal Shoes and Accessories Dr. J's Shoes, Bridal Shoes and Accessories Wedding Dresses

When looking for a Wedding Officiant look no further, Weddings By Blake is non-denominational. I am proud to give my endorsement. Dr. J's Bridal Shoes and Accessories 972-496-4396

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