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Special Occasions is an event rental and design company based out of Grand Blanc, Michigan, and also serving Grand Rapids and Traverse City. This business offers high-quality rental selections to fit any taste and budget, including full-service and do-it-yourself options. With more than 15 years of experience, Special Occasions has a team of talented and friendly designers who provide excellent design and event-planning services that will make your wedding dreams a reality.
Along with their design and planning services, Special Occasions provides delivery, set up, and clean up so you can relax on your big day. The dedicated team can accommodate any style, from romantic, trendy, and elegant to whimsical or colorful. The event rentals include beautiful linens, chair covers, napkins, and more, in a variety of materials, colors, and patterns. Whatever your theme or style, Special Occasions can help you achieve your desired look.
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Prior to leading Special Occasions, Jamie Carnes was the founder of Design Effect. She used her more than 15 years of experience in event coordination, design, marketing and fundraising to assist corporate and non-profit clients throughout the country. Although she grew up as a Spartan in East Lansing, she spent many years coordinating in both Chicago and New York City.
Prior to launching Design Effect full time, Jamie was the Director of Event Management for RSVP Events in Grand Rapids, where she successfully worked with more than 75 clients each year to raise key dollars and plan stunning, unique events. While Jamie was managing the RSVP Events team, they received several awards including 2014 and 2013 recipient of The Knot Best of Weddings, 2012 recipient of Brides Choice Award, Wedding Wire and 2012 recipient of 8 Perfect Michigan Weddings, the Knot Michigan.
In 2010 Jamie acted as an Account Coordinator for SeyferthPR with clients such as McDonald’s, Huntington Bank, Kent County Parks Foundation and many others. She was also instrumental in the planning and implementation of the Grand Rapids Art Museum’s 100th Anniversary Gala and the Princess Diana Exhibition which visited Grand Rapids in November of 2010.
Prior to joining the Grand Rapids community, Jamie held the position of Director of Special Events at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, where she, with the support of a talented team, planned over 500 events each year.
Additional experience includes talent and performance management for individuals such as The Roots, Dane Cook, Jason Mraz, Jim Gaffigan, Naz and others.
Prior to leading Special Occasions, Keri Kujala worked in special events at Mercy Health Saint Mary's for over 14 years. In her role she significantly increased the organization’s visibility by planning and executing events such as the Saint Mary’s Annual Gala, Up on the Roof, and the Shoppe Soirée, which attracted thousands of people and raised over $500,000 annually. Other projects Keri lead included organization wide picnics for 3,500+ individuals, the kickoff celebrations, community open houses and public relations plans for the Mercy Health Hauenstein Neurosciences Building, Mercy Health Southwest Campus and the 125th Year Anniversary of Mercy Health Saint Mary's.
In her role as Director of Corporate and Donor Relations, Keri secured corporate event sponsors and oversaw all of the major events and benefits for the strategic initiatives of the President and CEO of Mercy Health Saint Mary’s and for the Saint Mary’s Foundation.
Prior to working at Mercy Health, Keri was the Concierge at Amway Grand Plaza Hotel.
Some of Keri's accomplishments and awards include Certified Tourism Ambassador™ Designation, 2014 Grand Rapids Young Professionals Community Impact Award Recipient, 2013 Young Non-Profit Professional of the Year Finalist, and participant of the 2013 Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Grand Rapids class.
Leia has been with Special Occasions since 2016 and works with clients to help design their dream wedding or event.
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We have worked with Lorrie and her staff at Special Occasions East for years and they are definitely the leader in linens & chair covers in the Genesee County area. Not only do our brides use Special Occasions but IMA Brookwood uses Special Occasions for all of the special events that we host at IMA Brookwood Banquet Center. They are always professional and willing to go the extra mile to make sure their clients are happy.
Special Occasions is fantastic to work with - we have photographed so many weddings where they have provided the linens and chair covers. Everything always looks fantastic and the couples and families are always thrilled with their efforts.
I've worked with Lori and her team on many occasions. They're always very courteous and flexible. Because I work a full time job during they day they often stay late to accomodate my schedule. They have an excellent quality and selection in linens. The best in our area. I highly recommend Special Occasions to my brides and all my clients.