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Most importantly, my end goal is to ensure my couples get to fully experience this joyous time in their lives and are present in every single moment.

A keystone of my business is working with couples to help them create a realistic overall wedding budget based on their vision and my in-depth understanding of the local market. With the budget in place, I streamline the planning process by presenting my couples with the best options for them based on their vision. From there, we build their dream vendor team and design a bespoke event experience that highlights their unique love story. My collaborative process takes the project management burden and stress off my couples while ensuring they stay informed and are able to make important decisions along the way. On their wedding day, my team ensures every detail is taken care of so my couples can see their vision come to life.

Choosing the right wedding planner is one of the defining decisions of your wedding planning experience. As a seasoned event planner, I bring over a decade of experience in wedding and hospitality management throughout the Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia region. The guiding principles of my business are transparency, authenticity, logistics-first, and a focus on finance. 

Since opening Blue Sapphire Events in 2018, I have realized that two of the biggest stressors for a majority of couples are 1) not fully understanding the finances and cost breakdown of their dream wedding, and 2) not knowing how to effectively project manage the planning and execution of a large scale event. Being engaged and planning a wedding should be fun - not riddled with anxiety and countless hours of research. 

creating custom-fit weddings with financial clarity. 

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Washington DC Wedding Planner creating custom fit weddings with financial clarity.

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From comprehensive planning to wedding day management, our services cater to your unique needs.

At Blue Sapphire Events, we believe that a well-designed wedding starts with solid logistics. We draw on years of industry and Washington, D.C. area expertise to offer you the best options for your tastes and values. 

We're your advocates who provide honest guidance and prioritize your best interests.

Empowering your wedding vision with a logistics first approach

She was attentive to our vision, easily accessible through emails and video call, and experienced in choosing dependable vendors from the Baltimore/DC area. She helped us to design our beautiful ceremony and reception layouts and all of the table settings. We looked at many different vendors and really appreciated that she had worked well with young professionals who work full-time. She was accommodating and able to meet with us after 5 or 6pm during the work week, and she also participated with us on vendor calls to offer her insight. She was excited to help us plan a mixed Pakistani-Chinese-American wedding with unique cultural practices. We are so grateful to have hired her, and we encourage others to do the same before she's all booked out!"

- L & M, 2023 wedding

"Kolena was an expert in planning our wedding and made our multi-day celebration absolutely enjoyable and seamless. 

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Designing your dream wedding is not about copying the latest trends on social media. Good design focuses on enhancing the chosen event venue and then creating defined focal points and unexpected details that speak to the couples' tastes and shared experiences. Through event design, we focus on bringing in sentimental details of your past, present and future and lead your guests through a distinctive event experience. Your wedding should feel like you! Let's create something magical and that perfectly embodies who you are as a couple. 

Timeless, Tasteful, and Unique.

Our design process focuses on elevating an event space and infusing our couples' events with details that matter to them.

Bespoke Wedding Design

Our design philosophy. 

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Envision a wedding crafted to reflect your individual style, with vendors meticulously chosen to match your vision - that's our speciality.

Tastefully Timeless

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