Photography: J.Perlman Photography
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Autumn + Jason
Thank you for your help in making our wedding an amazing success!
Melissa + Adam
Sonya and the rest of the staff: I cannot begin to tell you how thankful we are for your services!!! You have vision, style and precision! Thank you so much for helping us make Melissa and Adam’s wedding so extra special!!!
-Karen Bregar (Melissa’s mother)
Star + Ian
In addition to our family and friends, Ian and I wanted to give special thanks to Sonya Houston from Mendocino Weddings & Events. Not only is she a well organized spectacular coordinator with amazing people skills, she is wonderful outgoing and kind. At the planning stages, during the wedding, and now after, we believe Sonya to be the piece that unites all the other pieces. She was the Keystone in our wedding arch, we will never forget her part in our event as we walk through life together. Thank you Sonya from the bottom of our hearts.
Dorothee + Adam
We recently got married in the Mendocino Area. At first, we thought we could do all the planning ourselves from afar. Boy were we wrong : ). We hired Mendocino Weddings (Sonya Houston and her team) to help us with “day-of wedding coordination. It was the best decision we made in the entire planning process! The day of the wedding I had zero things to worry about, Sonya’s team took care of everything and made sure it all ran smoothly. Leading up to the wedding Sonya also met with us a few times to get details down. She totally went above and beyond in every way. She was very helpful. We were in-touch almost everyday the week leading up to the wedding so “day-of coordination” is more than it sounds like. It is very clean that Sonya and her team know exactly what they are doing. Mendo Weddings has a working relationship with all of the great vendors in the area which also makes for a smooth day. Carol and Alicia were the coordinators at our wedding that day and they were professional and made a challenging job look easy. Thanks Mendocino Weddings!!
Alexis + Santiago
Seriously? Did that just happen? Was that really my wedding? I just experience a storybook soiree or at least something fit for Martha Stewart Weddings. And guess what? It was mine! All mine! (oh, and my dude’s, I guess.) And who is it I have to thank? My family? Sure, partly. My friends? Yeah, a little. Sonya Houston? Yes, yes! Wholeheartedly yes.
At the beginning of the wedding planning process you might think you don’t need a wedding planner. Rethink.
Saying I do to Sonya will be the most undoubtedly solid, beneficial, supportive relationship you’ll ever be in (sorry, soon-to-be husbands, but it’s true). Right from the start, Sonya was energetic about every idea. She was like, “Oh yeah, we can do that, and here’s how…” A lot of your ideas she’s heard before, and she knows exactly how to execute them. If you do have a fresh never-before-seen idea, firstly, good for you, secondly, Sonya will have a solution within days… she or one of the dream team vendors she’s helped you put together. (Seriously, everyone we worked with was incredible, and I think we’d be hard pressed to find such talent even in San Francisco — Gene Parsons (formerly of The Byrds… WHAT?!), Mendocino Floral Design, Mendocino Beauty, and DJ Johanna Schultz)
Then… here comes the wedding day, all fat and wide. And guess what? You’ll be a guest at your own wedding. Sonya told me this from the start, but really, I didn’t believe her. I was all like, “Yeah, how are those pinatas going to get hung? And how is that pie wagon going to get rolled out?” But one of my bridesmaids summed it up best: “I swear there are fairies up here. Things just magically get done.” True statement. And the magical fairy is Mizz Houston. She was there for three days working her tail off, she stayed until the very last, not-so-easy-to-handle guest was gone (wait, was that me?), and several times during the party, my best lady came announced, “I love your wedding planner!” Amen, sister.
My two regrets: 1) I didn’t have Mendocino Weddings coordinate our rehearsal night (although Sonya totally helped with pointers and making sure we had it all under control). 2) I only get to have one wedding. I seriously don’t want to lose touch with this driven, smart, and enthusiastic lady. So let’s put polygamy on the ballot already.
Katarina + Justin (mother of the groom)
My thanks to you, too, Sonya. Everything was impeccable. As a caterer, I could see all the little details that maybe others might not have picked up. That kitchen tent for the caterers?! Wow! Wouldn’t I love to have a set up like that for the weddings I cater in the middle of meadows and orchards.
I know how much working with you meant to Katarina and Justin. They think the world of you.
Mary (Justin’s mom)
Katarina and Justin
WOW, WOW, WOW… is really what we think of Sonya and her staff at Mendocino Weddings! Truly loving what you do radiates through them. Not to mention the professionalism and expertise that they carry, you just can’t beat it. Really! and here’s why….
Planning a wedding is new to most of us and Justin and I living in San Diego and planning a wedding in Mendocino was proving to be a bit tricky UNTIL we had Sonya in our corner. If you are trying to avoid having family, friends, and yourself stress about all the details on your wedding day, you really need Sonya and team! EVERYTHING I mean everything down to any detail and anything that matters to you Sonya takes care of. She thinks of so many things that you have not even though of. She is insanely talented and full of information; she listens and does everything that you have asked and then more! She really wants you to have that ultimate experience. I have never felt so at ease and taken care of, our families as well! I am a compulsive person and relaxing when it comes to planning something as big as your wedding is a very hard thing to do. Working with Sonya for over a year up to our big day made me feel and know that we had made the absolute BEST decision in our wedding planning process, hands down. Worth every penny and then some!
True memories are hard to capture when you are too busy thinking about all of the details. It’s the before, during, and after your wedding. It’s the memories of ALL of it! We could not have had the day we had, or the months leading up to it that we had without Mendocino Weddings. You will see exactly what I mean when you are sitting here after your amazing wedding trying to write or scream rather, Mendocino weddings I DO to you too!! ;D So from the bottom of our hearts thank you Sonya for being the funny, professional, laid back, awesome you and doing what you do! We LOVE Mendocino Weddings!
Katarina and Justin Marlett
June 16th, 2012
Sascha and Dan
Sonya and her staff at Mendocino Weddings were absolutely amazing. Just after our first meeting, Sonya completely got who we were and understood what we were looking for. We wanted originality and most of all we wanted the wedding to be a representation of who we were. Sonya did an amazing job helping us through the planning process. She was organized, efficient, resourceful and very knowledgeable. What we liked most about her was how she displayed her assertiveness with a calming energy. We never once felt overwhelmed while planning with Sonya.
Three days before the wedding the forecast changed from sunny skies to heavy rain. With a lot of our festivities being held outside, this definitely threw us a curve ball. Sonya handled the situation with ease and skill. We were comfortable knowing that everything would work out. Right before the ceremony the clouds parted and the sun shined brightly. After the ceremony it began to rain again, but with Sonya’s planning everyone stayed warm and dry. The rain actually turned out to be a beautiful part of the wedding, bringing all of our guests closer together and making the day even more special.
Having Mendocino Weddings be a part of our special day was the best decisions we made. Thank you again to Sonya and her amazing staff.
-Sascha and Dan
I can’t say enough about Mendocino weddings! I have had a few years to think back on my wedding and I still would NOT change a thing! It was so perfect thanks to Mendocino Weddings!
Wendy and Jason
Being a couple with VERY high standards for all of our personally-planned social events, my husband-to-be and I had quite the elaborate vision for our Big Day. Given that Mendocino is several hours away from where we live, we knew we had a tricky process ahead of us. Quickly coming to the conclusion that it would be impossible to accomplish this vision by ourselves, we looked very carefully for a seasoned wedding coordinator who could make our dream day a reality. After briefly considering a few coordinators outside of Mendocino, we found Sonya at Mendocino Weddings…perhaps it wasn’t so much that we casually “found” her as much as, while inquiring for wedding services, everyone in and around Mendocino and many former out-of-area clients and vendors she’d worked with just raved about the work of Mendocino Weddings. As soon as we met Sonya, we knew – this was definitely our Wedding Coordinator.
Throughout the planning process, Sonya was consistently in touch with us, keeping us up-to-date on the planning progress, carefully taking note of our ideas & even building on our vision with inspiration she shared. It seems like every week we left a conversation with Sonya saying- “We love it!”. Her local connections and thorough knowledge of the area made planning not only a breeze, but a fun & exciting experience that Jason & I got to enjoy together. How Sonya & Mendocino Weddings kept so many details together from such a detail-oriented, yet somewhat disorganized pair we were, is beyond me- but that’s exactly what they did.
On the day of our wedding, Mendocino Weddings completely brought our wedding vision to life. I’m partially convinced that Sonya has a twin because this amazing woman was everywhere! She successfully went to every effort to make sure everything was in place and that we were blissfully happy. It made me giggle to find that, although I knew what we we’d asked for in our day, I found myself constantly gasping in delight seeing just how impeccably our vision had become a reality. Jason & I had the most incredible day filled completely with love & celebration with absolutely not a care in the world regarding how the details of the day unfolded; we knew it was in the best hands. All Jason & I had to do was focus on one another and share our joy with those we dearly love – it truly can’t get any better than that. Many thanks, Sonya & Mendocino Weddings!”
Wendy & Jason Osburn