On the blog today we bring to you a Connecticut based weddings and events planner! 

Company Snapshot: Mary Isabel Events is Located in North Haven, CT and specializes in weddings throughout the entire state. Owner, Mary Mattei delights in collaborating with couples to bring their unique vision to life. She is on hand to fulfill all your planning needs, from full-service to day-of coordination, according to your budget and preferences. 

Chief coordinator Mary Mattei has garnered over five years of experience in the hospitality industry. In 2020, she established Mary Isabel Events, and the rest is history. With a keen eye for detail and a personable nature, she is the ideal person to assist prospective newlyweds on their exciting journey. 

Mary Isabel Events, LLC offers a range of wedding packages to appeal to every individual’s needs and tastes. Whether you desire partial guidance or the complete works, there is a plan to suit your requests. Mary oversees everything from venue visits to sourcing and booking vendors and devising timelines. On the day, she will ensure the smooth running of events and supervise setup and breakdown by various vendors. So, you can look forward to a sophisticated celebration, knowing your milestone celebration is in capable, caring hands.

QUICK Q & A:

How did you get your idea or concept for your business? I got the idea for Mary Isabel Events after I had begun freelance event planning. I had realized that it would be so much easier for me to market my brand with an official company name. Truthfully, I didn’t expect or plan to start a business but it kind of just happened and I think that it’s wonderful. Some of the best things are unplanned. 

How did you pick the name of your business? I decided on using my first(Mary) and middle name (Isabel) for my business. I feel as though many people use their full name or first and last name, so I thought about doing something outside of the box. I also have an uncommon first name and my middle name is also spelled in an uncommon way. I liked doing something a little different. 

How have you pivoted given the current circumstances? I launched my business in July 202o, filed for the LLC name in May 2020, so all I have really known with this business is the current circumstances. It has been an adjustment with the conversation I have with brides. The main focus is now about guest counts, venue limitations, and possibilities of having to postpone. I have really pivoted towards helping couples understand contracts with venues and vendors as they have been updated since the pandemic began. Having a “backup” date or plan is also something that I am beginning to discuss with my couples as things continue to look uncertain. 

Tell us a little bit about your background in your career prior to starting your business. I started out in the event planning and hospitality industry at 16 years old as a banquet server in my hometown. I always loved the idea of planning events and the tourism industry, which is what pushed me to go to school for it. I attended the University of New Hampshire majoring in Hospitality for two years before changing over to Program and Event Management. I gained experience working at the Wentworth by the Sea in New Castle, New Hampshire, the Rockingham Country Club in New Market, NH, and Rafanelli Events, in Boston, MA. Most recently I worked in events at the Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites in Salem, MA before moving back to my home state of Connecticut. 

What motivates you? Doing what I love and having a passion for events is what motivates me. I’m extremely lucky that I found something I love doing every single day. Helping to plan and create someone’s wedding is extremely rewarding and I love being a part of their special day.

Visit Mary Isabel Events’ website to learn more! maryisabelevents.com

Credits: 

Event Planner: Mary Isabel Events, LLC 

Photographer: Teresa Johnson Photography 

Venue: The Meadows, Stonington CT 

Hair Stylist: Brenna Yantorno, Hair By Brenna

Makeup Artist: Emma DeFelice 

Bridal Dress: Bliss Bridal, Cheshire CT 

Suit: Whalley Sample Shop, New Haven CT 

Florals: Brambles & Bittersweet, Stonington CT