Amanda & Mike
"If you're reading this, just hire Holly. Stop reading, and email her.
If you want statements to back up this opinion, read on!
Holly is a wonderful blend of qualities that you don't always find together in one person. She is structured, and creative. She is enthusiastic, but not overbearing. She is strong and sympathetic. She is honest, but fair and supportive. She's the very best person to have in your corner on your big day (and it's so much more than one day, isn't it?).
I'm a professional production coordinator. I live organization and communication. Honestly, thanks God I didn't try to do this on my own!!! When you hire Holly you not only get her organizational skills and professionalism, you get access to her team of trusted vendors. The woman knows EVERYONE and is frankly a matchmaker when it comes to pairing you with people she thinks will "get" you, and understand you and your partner's vision. As if to prove it, the only vendors I had trouble with throughout the entire process were the two that we picked before hiring Holly, that did not come from her referral. Everyone she brought onto the team was wonderful. She was raised by another awesome wedding planner, and she clearly loves what she does.
The day of my wedding, I got to hang out and get my hair done with my mom, and my mother in law and bridesmaids. We had champagne and chilled out. I was so relaxed, because I knew that Holly and her team of magic elves were at the venue making sure everything was perfect so I wouldn't have to worry about it. Do you really want to be calling vendors and arranging flowers and setting things and answering questions the morning of your wedding? Even worse, do you want your mother or your bridesmaids to have to do it? No one wants that. Call Holly.
A wedding planner works with you for (usually) a year or more. A good wedding planner is a good communicator and can deal with a stressed out bride. Holly dealt with me during health issues and job changes and stress. She handled it like a champ, keeping us on budget and keeping track of which vendors we liked, didn't like, owed payments to, etc. She made herself available to answer wedding and engagement related questions- she's seen it all! Again... I'm super organized, I'm familiar with weddings, I know what I want, and I STILL wouldn't have been able to pull of our wedding without Holly. She's just wonderful, hard-working, and a great person to boot.
If you're on the fence about whether to hire a wedding planner or not, the answer is you should. If you're on the fence about which wedding planner to hire, the answer is Holly, assuming you're looking to make your day unique, special, colorful and creative. I couldn't have trusted a better professional for the job. Holly is worth every single dime. She really goes above and beyond, and puts you first when sometimes you forget to do it yourself.
Okay... NOW you really should go email her."
Aja & Steve
"Choosing Holly to plan our wedding was a no-brainer. She is a boss and a go-getter with all the fun and flair that makes her so fun to work with. When Steve and I got engaged almost 2 years ago, she was the first call we made in the wedding planning process. We were confident that Holly would help us execute the ultimate bash. Holly connected us with a wide variety of vendors to consider. Her input was invaluable as we chose our amazing team.
As if planning wasn’t enough, she gave us the ultimate VIP treatment, helping us find our “day of” wears. Holly met me at her favorite bridal boutique for a trunk show she said I had to see. Knowing me better than I knew myself, she convinced me to try on a dress that I initially wouldn’t have, and it turned out to be THE dress. Holly and Steve, having developed their own special bond, even went tux shopping together. She truly played a special role in every step of the journey.
Holly was an expert throughout the entire process, and she was a true master at executing the day of flawlessly. She managed our team of vendors perfectly, communicated the timeline well in advance, and if there were any glitches we didn’t know anything about it. She made sure our wedding day went exactly as we envisioned. We had a blast, our guests had a blast, and it even looked like our amazing team had a blast! Our friends and family have been raving about Holly and the wedding for weeks.
Holly is a true professional and a dream to work with. We consider her a friend and a valuable asset. We cannot recommend her highly enough, and we can’t wait to plan more parties with Holly!"
Joanna & Michael
"Holly was absolutely indispensable. If something went wrong on my wedding day, I still have no idea. She was an absolute professional who was always reachable and ready with a vendor or creative idea. Prior to finding her, I was on the fence about hiring a wedding planner--I had delusions of being able to plan it ourselves. Hiring Holly and working with her was the single best wedding planning decision I made. She made the process smooth and the wedding day phenomenal. She is absolutely the person you should hire to help plan your wedding!"
Megan & Mike
"I literally don't know how she did it. We gave Holly a, pretty much, Herculean wedding task: A backyard wedding (built from scratch), in the middle of nowhere (the Anderson Valley, 2+ hours north of San Francisco), in the middle of wedding season (June omfg why), where errybody had opinions (me, my partner, my mom, my MIL, my FIL, our wedding party, etc). So I told myself "don't expect perfect. I've been in the wedding industry for almost a decade and I know there's no such thing as a perfect wedding." And yet... it was. The day of the wedding, Holly glided in like the perfect wedding fairy and just got. shit. done. I, of course, had my own stresses (a bridesmaid bailing at the last minute, 90+ degree heat, and a flustered MIL) but it was so nice to just deal with my own stuff, and let Holly take care of EVERYTHING ELSE.
By the time I got to the ceremony and reception site, she had transformed it from my Mother in Law's backyard to a Game of Thrones-meets-foodie wonderland. I still don't know how she did it. And I can't thank her enough.
Her radiant smile, enthusiasm, and high social IQ made everything and everyone work together perfectly.
If you're in the unique position of looking for a local LA wedding planner to help you pull off a difficult destination wedding, well... if she can pull off The Redwood Wedding, she can do whatever zany and complicated plans you may be scheming. Trust me."
Allison & Brian
"If you are looking for a planner who will go above and beyond for your big day - and do so with a genuine smile on her face the entire time - Holly is the planner for you. She coordinated my recent wedding this June and while the day was absolutely perfect, it was all the hard work, planning, and help Holly provided leading up to it that made the entire process not only seamless, but enjoyable! I was constantly told throughout the wedding planning process and on the day that I seemed incredibly calm and happy and a big part of that was having Holly in my corner making sure everything was being executed the way my husband and I wanted.
I came into the wedding planning process with a few ideas, no vendors, and fear of the overwhelming process we were embarking on. Holly was amazing helping us get a vision of our day while recommending the most incredible vendors that are not only top of their game, but were familiar with one another making the day they all came together feel all the more perfect. For me, having your photographers come in as excited to see you as your make up artist is important to me as you know they have worked together before and are ready to make you look amazing.
Whether you know exactly what you want for your wedding or are starting from a blank page, Holly loves what she does and her passion and excitement never waver from your initial meeting to your wedding. She was a true collaborator and partner and I cannot thank her enough for not only helping us have such a magical day, but how I can also look back on the planning process with a smile remembering how beautifully everything came together. I have heard stories about the stress of planning a wedding, and while it can be overwhelming, Holly made it fun and enjoyable - we cannot recommend her enough!"
Ashley & Chase
"Holly is the best! We were lost and had no idea what to do when it came to anything wedding related. After selecting Holly as our wedding planner it was like a weight was lifted off our shoulders. She was very detailed and was very responsive to all our wants and ideas. Even when we had difficulty with the dates Holly was there, and helped everything transition smoothly. We are beyond thrilled with how our wedding turned out, and it would have not been that way without Holly! We can't recommend her enough, and are so thankful to have had her as our planner."
Ed & Jose
"Holly was the fabulous planner for the wedding of my husband and me at the end of October 2016. I’ve heard some people suggest that a wedding planners isn’t essential. Based on my experience, believe me, it is the most essential! You want to spend your wedding day taking in the ceremony, enjoying the reception, dancing, creating memories with your guests, and eating your own food. You want to spend the day being isolated from all the logistics and business-related decisions that need to be made in order to make your vision for the day a reality. And Holly ensured that every detail exceeded our expectations! My husband and I didn’t need to be concerned with anything other than taking in each moment of our wedding day. Holly perfectly carried out our vision - and she made sure that we were actually able to eat the food at the reception. Obviously the better you know what you want (or don’t want) for your wedding the better Holly can serve you. She met with us along the way and based on our thoughts, she had suggestions for and connections to great vendors, as well as creative ideas when it came to themes, décor, food, etc. She gave us great feedback as we wrestled with different decisions and was there to support us every step of the way.
We enthusiastically recommend Holly Gray! She helped to make all the big decisions more manageable. And once all the vendors were finalized and Holly knew exactly what we wanted for our wedding, she made sure it happened – all with a smile. Bottom line: you’re in safe hands with Holly."
Jessica & Nick
"We hired Holly as our planner and I am SO GLAD we did. I would highly recommend getting a planner in general. I didn't have to worry about decor or where the guestbook was, etc. It was so lovely to have someone else in charge! But I would also specifically recommend Holly. She was seriously great. One of my bridesmaids had a zipper break on her dress and Holly was immediately on the scene sewing her in. She was also great in coaching me through a worrying situation with a former coworker who was fired a week before the wedding but showed up anyway! She has great taste and absolutely carried out my vision for the day.
Having Holly there allowed me to just float through the day and enjoy being with my family and friends rather than worry about the details. I would 100% recommend her to anyone planning an event."
Chrissa & Jon
"Holly is a GIRL. BOSS. and she gets the job DONE! Our wedding was essentially a huge show, and Holly was on top of everything from the get-go! From the early stages of planning until the big day, her professionalism and fun spirit is what made this wedding process a phenomenal experience for both my husband and I. It's truly a blessing to work with someone who understands your vision and is equally as enthusiastic about your dream wedding. We love you, Holly! Thank you for making our dreams come true and bringing our #cutestweddingever to life!"
Gina & Dave
"We were incredibly fortunate to have Holly Gray as the planner. Not only is Holly one of the brightest, kindest and most downright pleasant people I've had the chance to work with in ANY capacity, she is an expert at what she does. From guiding us through logistics and timelines to contributing creative ideas that fit the style of our event, she was an absolutely essential part of our wedding planning process from the moment she came aboard.
Holly was always a phone call or email away, and after each of our scheduled in person meetings, my fiancee and I left with our minds put completely at ease because she was so on top of everything. She was great at catching little things that we would have otherwise completely missed, and always reassured us that we were on the right track.
The wedding weekend itself went perfectly with Holly at the helm. We had a very large wedding party, but Holly effortlessly took control at our rehearsal and made sure everyone knew what to do. I greatly appreciated that she handled any moments of chaos or confusion with laughter and smiles, and we received countless compliments from our friends and family about what a joy it was to have her running the show. On the day of the wedding itself, Holly was the primary reason we were able to enjoy ourselves and not stress about any of the setup or logistics.
Holly was above and beyond what I was expecting from a coordinator in every regard and, being on the other side of the process, I simply can't imagine someone I'd recommend more highly."
"Holly was an absolute godsend for our September 2015 wedding (which took place at the Malibou Lake Mountain Club in Agoura Hills, CA). I actually found her after our original coordinator had to back out for health reasons - 4 months before the wedding! As hectic as it was to find someone new in that time frame, it actually ended up being a blessing in disguise, because now I cannot imagine our wedding having happened without Holly's professional guidance and consistently poised and cheerful presence. She was a complete pleasure to be around throughout the entire planning process and was always quick to respond to a phone call or email, no matter how busy she was at the time. Even coming in late in the game, when the pace of wedding planning was ramping up and my fiancee and I were often scatterbrained and stressed, she was calm and on top of everything from the first day she signed on.
On top of being organized and composed in the face of wedding frenzy, Holly has a keen visual eye and often had ideas to help us beautify our wedding - but always in ways that spoke to the kind of event we were trying to create and who we were as a couple. We had a 'nerd chic' wedding involving lego boutonnieres, a Zelda cake, movie-themed tables and signage, and a bright color pallet, and although we weren't sure how all of our disparate ideas would work, Holly tied it all together beautifully. When I saw the reception space all set up for the first time, I couldn't believe my eyes - it was better than anything I'd envisioned.
We received multiple comments from our families and wedding parties about how great it was to have her around over the wedding weekend. And finally, we found her services to be VERY fairly priced - especially considering the amount of stress she took off of us on our wedding day! Overall, I couldn't recommend Holly enough!"
JOE & ADAM
"Holly was AWESOME as our wedding planner. She's very passionate about her work and it showed in every detail and component of our wedding. All throughout the planning process - from meeting her for the first time at a cafe and visiting venue - she was always instrumental in helping my husband and I hone our vision as well as supplying us with an array of resources. Holly was also great about getting right back to us quickly whenever we had a question or concern. Our wedding day was one of the most SATISFYING & MAGICAL moments of my life. Thanks to Holly, it was smooth sailing for us from morning to night on our big day. I highly recommend, whether gay or straight, working with this seasoned pro if you're embarking on planning a wedding!"