Pink Olive Events is a wedding and event planning company based in Cheshire, Connecticut, that services all of Connecticut and beyond. Owner Carisa Lockery has been in the wedding industry for over 12 years, where she has planned and coordinated hundreds of weddings, both intimate and grand. Throughout the wedding planning process, the Pink Olive Events team will be with you every step of the way, offering insightful, helpful and detailed assistance as you plan one of the most exciting days of your lives.
Pink Olive Events is a full-service wedding planning company that is available for planning cultural, religious and non-religious ceremonies, civil unions and elopements. Prior to your wedding day, the team will sit down with you to go over your budget, refer you to preferred vendors, and write up a series of timelines and to-do lists that will keep the planning on track. Pink Olive Events offers day-of coordination and partial or full planning.
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First and foremost, I am a wife and mother to 2 boys, Kyle and Mason. They’re part of the reason that I continued to pursue my dream of being a business owner. Having the ability to make my own hours and still be present for them is invaluable, and an experience for which I will forever be indebted to my amazing husband.
As a kid, I was always organizing everything. I loved stationary and paper and pens and markers and journals and planners and anything else that allowed me to plan and organize. Trapper Keepers and Lisa Frank? Yes, PLEASE! As I got older, that love for organization became a love for planning, particularly fun things like events. I woke up one day with the thought, “Could I actually make a living doing this?”. I had gone to Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT for my Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, so I had a little knowledge about business and how they worked. When the idea began to formulate more and more in my head, I decided to take my education even further and pursue a Master of Business Administration Degree. Right after I earned this degree, I had my first son, so the timing was perfect! I was able to be home with him during the week while my husband worked, and work at night and on the weekends, when most events took place!
More than 14 years later, I still love bringing the idea and concept of a wedding or event into reality. Each one plays out differently, and I love that! It keeps things fresh and exciting! I can’t wait to hear from you and learn all about how I can help with your next event!
Shannon comes to our team with many years of experience in different facets of the events world. Her full-time job at Yale University consists of planning academic year symposiums and conferences along with youth and adults summer programs. Prior to Yale, she worked at the Omni Hotel, planning an array of meetings and events for corporate clients, as well as working with couples on their wedding room blocks. Her early career began in Boston, where she worked as a Sales and Events Assistant in both television and radio.
Shannon has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Quinnipiac University and a Certificate in Special Events, Meetings and Conferences from Gateway. She has worked with us on many weddings since 2010 and enjoys getting to be a part of a couple’s special day. When she is not planning events, she enjoys spending time with her two sons, Trevor and Derek.
Alexzandra (Alex) joined our team in Summer of 2019 as an intern and now is part of our event planning team. She received her Bachelors in Marketing in 2019 and her MBA in 2020 from Quinnipiac University through a 4+1 fast-track program. Along with her knowledge and background in the business world, she holds a strong creative side that allows her to bring attention to detail that plays a major role in our clients’ events. She has helped set up and coordinate many weddings over the past two years, as well as supported couple’s needs through out the day. Along with marketing, Alex has always had a strong passion for wedding planning and thoroughly enjoys providing our couples with nothing but a care free and happy wedding day. One of her favorite parts during the wedding process is seeing the couples’ joyful expressions when seeing their ceremony and venue all set up. Alex keeps busy outside of work through art by creating her own paintings and drawings as well as continually finding new hobbies to enjoy the outdoors.
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I've worked with Carissa at a few events and she is always on top of her game with details organized and everything ready to go as it should be. Not all planners are down to earth and calm but she is and I would work with her anytime!