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Events by Mackie, a Baltimore wedding design firm.  Specializing in unique events in Washington DC, Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and New England


Things you want to know about your wedding/event designer.  I know…there are a lot of words, but you are going to want to read them!!!!

BEL Portraits

KahBang Reception 2011: White with a Splash of Color


Why should I choose you to be my event/wedding designer?

First and foremost you should choose me because when we meet we connect.  I believe that there is the right event designer out there for every bride, but I don’t believe that every event designer is right for every bride.  This is your special day.  The person you choose to design and coordinate it for you should be the person who can most clearly translate your visions and desires into a real and tangible day!  Finally you are the bride who wants to have your family and friends go home and tell everyone about the marvelous wedding they went to.  You are the host who never wants to pick up a magazine and see a wedding just like yours, attend another wedding that looks just like yours, or hear about another party that is anything like yours.  If you see photos like yours in a magazine…well you want them to be your photos. *Smile* When I tell you that I have done something for you, and only you, you can be assured that all aspects of your special day are yours!!  Last…I don’t believe any job is too small.  As a business owner I will do my best to meet your needs whether it be through full event design, day of coordination, or bits and pieces put together to help you have the perfect day.  Make sure to review the Packages we offer.

How did you become an event/wedding designer? 

In 1999 following my dreams I left my home on the west coast and headed to New York City, seeking the lights of Broadway!  I had no idea what I was going to do once I got there, but I knew I had to follow my dreams.  Thankfully after only a couple of weeks I connected with a childhood friend and joined her in the world of event design at Tobak Dantchik Events and Promotions.  While completing a Masters degree in Theater Arts at New York University, I spent many late nights assisting in the coordination of Broadway events, including opening and closing parties for such productions as Producers, Wicked, Hairspray, and Cats to name a few.  For five years I watched and learned from the experts how to craft, organize, and host the perfect event.


Wedding Centerpiece Tablescape

Events by Mackie Launch Party Signature Centerpiece 2010

What makes Events by Mackie unique?

Many event/wedding designers will answer this question by talking about their creativity, their attention to detail, and their dedication.  In the world of event design these should not be attributes that make you unique!  I think of myself as an event artist, crafting, painting, and creating new and wonderful experiences.  I stand out as an event artist because of my experience in event design and coordination, my background in theater, and how I use both of those things to create your special day. I love to use very theatrical design elements such as fabrics, lights, unusual and unique florals, and clean lines.  I am not a frilly, doily designer, I tend to lean away from vintage, and although I appreciate traditional wedding vows and family histories…I would rather create new traditions and modern history for my clients.



 Wedding Dress photo, BEL Portraits

Lyons-Lamontagne Wedding September 2011



So if your background is not in weddings, then why weddings? 

Because I believe in LOVE!  I believe that no event, besides the birth of a child, is more important than the day that you commit yourself for life to your significant other.  Having the chance to be a part of that day for all of my past, present, and future couples is the most extraordinary experience.  Watching a bride walk down the aisle, the first kiss, the Father/Daughter dance, all of these moments bring tears to my eyes and as I hand you a kleenex from my ever present pink and white bridal kit you will know that every ounce of energy I have put into creating your perfect day has been one of extreme passion.  In addition, I love what I do and enjoy every minute.   From wedding mapping (I’ll let you in on that secret later) to the moment the last guests leaves you will find me joyfully tapping my foot, either to the happy music in my head or to Kool and The Gang singing Celebration at your reception.



“Whether it is a Wedding, a Family Reunion, a Birthday, a Celebration of Life, a Grand Opening, or a Fundraiser together we can create an event that is memorable and uniquely yours. 


All photos on this page courtesy of BEL Portraits
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