Michelle (Fage) Cawthron is a wedding planner specializing in destination weddings in St John, USVI. Before coming to the island, she spent eight years in Los Angeles as an event coordinator for ASA Events and ESPN's X Games and ESPY Awards. She is currently the owner of Paradise Planning in the Virgin Islands, with over one hundred weddings in her body of work.
Michelle received her Bachelors of Business Administration, with a concentration in Management, from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY, and then moved to the west coast where she became involved in the world of entertainment event planning.
In early 2011, after eight years in Los Angeles, a change was in order. Michelle chose the island life and moved to St John, USVI, where she began working for local wedding planners. It quickly became clear to Michelle that her background in celebrity events gave her a unique perspective on event planning, and in 2012 she started Paradise Planning based on this simple tenet:
"You have a vision for your wedding or special event, and the responsibility of Paradise Planning is to do everything in our power to realize that vision".
Michelle's experience with large-scale luxury events, stateside weddings, and destination weddings leaves her uniquely qualified to design and create an event that meets and exceeds your expectations.
Contact Michelle today at Michelle@ParadisePlanningUSVI.com or (310) 968-3789.
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Bruce Cooley · Getting married on 03/04/2021
A Very Special Destination Wedding Week
Michelle, you and your team are amazing. You made a special time in our lives extraordinary. As the father of the bride, I want to especially thank you for the patience, diligence and attention to the details that made the entire event exceptional for our all of our family and guests . You helped make my daughter and wife’s dream wedding a reality! It could not have been done without you. Thanks again!Sent on 05/11/2019
Paradise Planning's reply:Oh Bruce--thank you so much for this review. Camille and Kyle's wedding was truly one of the best ones our team has ever been a part of! Working with Camille and Cydne was so fun and wow, what a celebration we had! Cheers to Camille and Kyle and can't believe their special day was almost a year ago!
Jessica · Married on 05/09/2020
Michelle at Paradise Planning was wonderful from the very beginning. We had a phone call to get things started in which she asked thorough questions to make sure she knew exactly what I wanted. She worked with me to accommodate every need!Sent on 08/16/2019
Ariel · Married on 06/01/2019
Michelle and her team gave us our dream destination wedding! She coordinated our first look on Hawksnest Beach and ceremony & reception at Sirenusa. Throughout the entire planning process, Michelle was professional, organized, and extremely responsive. She knows everyone on St. John, which made planning a wedding remotely a LOT easier. When the forecast showed rain, Michelle was able to get us a tent a couple of days before the wedding (luckily, no rain!). Our wedding day was PERFECT and my vision of our "tropical glam" décor came to life. We cannot thank Michelle and her wonderful team enough!!Sent on 06/15/2019
Paradise Planning's reply:Thank you, Ariel, for such a sweet review. Your wedding day was so special--we loved getting to know you and celebrating with your amazing family and friends! Hard to believe we are approaching your one year anniversary! Cheers!
Michelle is super friendly and organized. She has a great knowledge of the islands and is easy to work with.
has a special way of allowing her clients to have an amazing experience on the tropical wedding paradie start to end
‘Ridiculously efficient’ is the phrase that comes to mind when I think about Michelle. Our peer/co-worker relationship started last year, and I cannot wait to see what this year has ins tore for our collaboration efforts. We even have a secret meeting spot for coffee that has THE best view of the island anyone could imagine. But we won't tell, so don't ask! :) Michelle is just the sweetest thing, always aiming to please while being efficient at the same time. Any bride, and photographer for that matter, would be so lucky to have Michelle as his/her planner. You rock dear! Best, Anne, STJ Creative Photography