More about Marilisa

MY HEART

When I’m not planning events, I am soaking up life with my best friend and husband, Taylor. After 5 years in our beloved college town of Athens, GA we moved last summer right outside of Atlanta’s perimeter and have loved building a home and traditions in a new town. Taylor and I are expecting our first baby this spring and cannot wait to experience the incredible blessing of parenthood. We savor time with family and friends and strive to be invested in our community and local church. On weekends you can find us frequenting our local farmer’s market with our two pups in tow, Chief & Kola, or trying out new restaurants. We especially love to travel and some of our favorite adventures have included driving through the Highlands of Scotland, hiking in Wyoming and relaxing on the coast of Rosemary Beach.

In addition to managing Martel Event, I serve as a creative mentor for Chancey Charm’s Associate Planner Program, helping women establish smart business practices in the beginning of their event planning career. I truly believe the creative industry is stronger when we share our knowledge with others, so being able to encourage female entrepreneurs in this capacity has been an incredible opportunity and blessing.

WHY WEDDINGS

Besides wanting to know what brought me to the world of event planning, I’m also asked, “if it’s assumed to be a ‘stressful’ job, why stick with it?” It took me a few years to find my “why” beyond a simple, “because I love weddings!” During a sermon one Sunday, a member of my congregation was sharing communion about Christ’s first miracle, which took place at a wedding. While the primary focus of the miracle story is the water being turned into wine to save the hosts from embarrassment, the speaker reminded us that we can’t overlook the servants who carried the heavy wine barrels until they were filled with water and then changed to wine. That simple truth resonated with me and became the source of my passion and purpose in work- to follow Christ’s direction in my life and exceed expectations with hard work until wonderful things happen.

I'M INSPIRED BY UNIQUE CELEBRATIONS THAT TAP INTO ALL THE SENSES WITH DETAILS THAT ARE THOUGHTFUL - NOT OVERDONE. I'M DRAWN TO DESIGNS THAT ARE FRESH, CALMING, EFFORTLESS, FRIENDLY, ORGANIZED, EDGY, INDULGING AND TIMELESS.