Martel Event’s mission is to come alongside brides and their families and provide them with a seamless planning process and innovative design with a hands-on approach.
Having never met anyone with my name (pronounced Mary-Lisa), I sometimes felt outside the norm, but always appreciative of unique stories. Growing up in New Jersey and living in the south has certainly built a fun balance of northern roots and southern hospitality, which I believe helps me be passionate and comfortable in endlessly new situations.
“I guide my clients through the planning process with kindness and efficiency.”
My primary goal is to ensure that your honest celebration takes center stage, and that the aesthetics only enhance that. From the start of the planning process I will guide you in logistics and design (because I believe they work hand in hand) to make certain your event runs seamlessly, and represents a beautiful depiction of your relationship and your style.
From those who have worked with Marilisa...
Where to begin. I guess I should say that our wedding was only 8 days ago (and we just returned from our honeymoon today), and I felt immediately compelled to sing high praises. Marilisa worked with us over 14 months to plan really what was the most beautiful and special day. She recommended the most wonderful vendors (all within our budget), corresponded frequently and very timely via email/text/phone/in person meetings. She of course leant her spectacular editorial taste and pulled together the vision my husband and I had and executed it perfectly...and I mean perfectly. The weekend of my wedding, I did not worry about a thing; I did not even know what time it was as she coordinated everything effortlessly...Our wedding was a dream, and I could never thank Marilisa enough.
Lisa Rauh-Benoit, former bride
I simply cannot express the depth of my gratitude...A combination of creative and business is not always easy. You do it seamlessly. To hold our hands. To calm us. Negotiate for us. Conjure up grand ideas. To implement grand ideas. To navigate the day(s) for us. All with a smile. With sheer professionalism, manners and authority. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I have dreamt of my daughters wedding day. Probably before she was even born. It was truly a dream you made come true.
Jayne Habicht, mother of former bride
Marilisa was an indispensable asset in every facet of making our wedding day the amazing memory that it is. Marilisa was able to provide counseling and advice for every single step of the way. Her wealth of experience along with her organization made planning a delight. She was always reachable whenever we had any questions and always had a positive and never ending work ethic. On the day of our wedding she did everything and was able to take care of some unexpected situations, without making us feel any bit of stress. There is a lot to do on the day of a wedding, and Marilisa’s energy and spirit really made our wedding a time of enjoyment.
Zach Savage, former groom
Marilisa and her team were a dream team! We used Marilisa for full service wedding planning including Day Of Services. Not being from Atlanta, when I got engaged I had no idea where to start. Marilisa spent time getting to know me and my husband to understand, what was important to us and our style. She saved me countless hours of researching vendors by recommending 2-3 vendors according to our style. She helped us in negotiating terms and costs. Thanks to Marilisa we assembled a dream team of vendors! In addition to the vendors, Marilisa has an incredible eye for design and she really helped to craft what our wedding story was. She was a true pleasure to work with and someone I consider a good friend. I highly recommend her to anyone starting this wonderful journey, it was by far the best investment we made!!
Nikki Perry, former bride
I was more than pleased with everything that Marilisa provided us. I worked with her for the full planning period of our wedding, including the day of, and it was worth every penny. I have little to no experience with weddings, and Marilisa coached me throughout the entire process. Marilisa took inspiration photos from my pinterest board, and created a cohesive and gorgeous design for my entire wedding day. She closely monitored my budget and even negotiated prices with vendors that I never would have thought to ask for on my own. It was incredibly helpful to have her prioritize my budget, based on what was important to my husband and I. She kept me on track every step of the way with a calm and overwhelmingly kind attitude. As a typically anxious person, with a demanding full-time job and hectic schedule, this made my engagement experience a million times more enjoyable.
Sarah Barksdale, former bride
As a wedding planner and wedding lover, I want my brides to feel special on their big day. By being both a designer and planner, I hope to make my bride’s vision become a reality. I start by learning everything about the couple and use that to draw inspiration for the atmosphere for their big day. Then, we tackle the planning. We will perfect every detail until we are sure everyone is on the same page about your vision for the day. After designing process, I offer full-service planning. We can plan everything from anticipated guest count, the space for the wedding, and the various vendors you need. As a wedding planner, I believe in backup plans to ensure that everything goes smoothly. Brides are all unique and therefore we accommodate to whatever they need. My goal as a wedding planner is to ease the process for the bride and groom and let them celebrate and enjoy their day. I hope to do all it takes to make your dream vision come true.