Aoife began her event planning career in the nonprofit world in 2007, working for the Archdiocese of New York. This experience taught her the invaluable skill of learning how to design and style events on a variety of budgets– from the Al Smith Dinner attended by the Republican/Democrat Presidential Nominees to more local fundraising events for the Cardinal. From there she went on to join First Protocol, a leading International Events agency where she planned high profile and high-end events for some of the firm’s top clients including Morgan Stanley and RBS. One of her biggest projects during her tenure at First Protocol was being imbedded into the NY/NJ Super Bowl Host Committee team where she worked on all events in preparation for Super Bowl XLVIII. What sets Aoife apart is her passion for event planning, her thoughtful commitment to clients, incredible attention to detail, and her creative eye.
Growing up in Rye, NY, raised in a large Irish family where celebrations and get-togethers were the regular, Aoife got the event planning bug early in life. With a degree in Marketing and Creative Arts from Siena College, Aoife is highly resourceful, determined and creative. Recently, she has been working designing and creating the collateral that goes not only into weddings and events but also for business and social events. With her experience and art background, Aoife is able to create and customize invitations, logos, signage, menus, weekend itinerary pamphlets and more, while truly embracing all parts of the planning and execution process.
When Aoife is not planning events she can usually be found hosting Sunday brunch, creating floral arrangements, at the beach (especially in the winter) with her daughter, Hadley Grace and dog Sophie, or travelling with her husband while they work on their lifetime goal of visiting 100 countries (75 more to go!). Aoife is an eternal optimist at heart, DIY junkie, loves people and a great cup of coffee.
Lauren started her event and wedding planning career 10 years ago at the boutique event production company Bowen & Company. During her tenure, Lauren planned a variety of non-profit galas, award shows, magazine launches, as well as headed up the company’s wedding division. She had the opportunity to work with an array of clients from The James Beard Foundation, Lululemon, Alzheimer’s Association, Saks Fifth Avenue and EcoHealth Alliance. Having the chance to work with such high profile clients has taught Lauren how to stay calm under pressure, think quickly on her feet and strive for excellence. Perseverance and her graceful demeanor are just a few characteristics that have led to Lauren’s success.
During her wedding planning experiences at Bowen & Company, Lauren worked with many of the industries most talented and recognized wedding vendors. She has coordinated weddings at a variety of venues including Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to destination weddings in upstate New York. Establishing and fostering relationships within the industry has led to Lauren’s success in executing flawless weddings.
Lauren’s favorite parts of the event planning process is scouting locations, helping her clients find the perfect team of vendors and really taking the time to get to know her client’s interests and needs. Her main goal is to provide each client with an event that reflects pieces of who they are.
When Lauren is not planning events, you can find her traveling with her husband Stephen and their son Luca Jack. She loves destinations off the beaten path and has recently visited Tulum, which she fell in love with. If she is not eating at the newest restaurant, she can be found in the kitchen cooking for friends and family or having a dance party. A few of her favorite things include Chocolate Peanut Butter Talenti, Ray LaMontagne, all things pumpkin, and chai tea lattes.