Hello! So nice to meet you! Welcome to Beyond Smitten Events! We are a full service wedding and event planning company based out of California's beautiful Capital, but we also love to travel all over the state and beyond!
Our couples want to bask, feel, experience, and live in the moment. We want to help tell your story through personalization whether your style is traditional and timeless or whimsical and unconventional. We understand it's not about what's trending - it is about looking back and saying "that is genuinely us!"
We would have been lost without our incredible wedding planner Mae Mallon of Beyond Smitten Events. A planner was absolutely crucial, seeing as neither of us lived locally. Mae was an invaluable resource, offering everything from design ideas to excellent referrals, but more than that, she became a dear friend and shoulder to lean on, particularly as the pandemic became an inevitable part of every discussion. She was patient, poised, and so well-organized, with a gentle spirit and eternal optimism that kept us afloat on harder days. Mae kept us steady and focused even when the horizon was hard to see. She helped us manage our budget, sent us excellent local vendor recommendations, detailed and set our timeline, ran our rehearsal, and communicated to our loved ones and team members with compassion and kindness. She even sent us notes of encouragement and little congratulatory gifts along the way. She was essential throughout the entire process, and blessed us big time.
Mae was the absolute best decision we made for our wedding. I could not be more thankful for taking a chance on something I found via an online review! She went above and beyond to help us out, was thoughtful, organized, and excellent in managing family dynamics. Our venue was not an easy one (even though we absolutely LOVED it) as it was 1 mile down a dirt road and mostly outdoors. Mae took on the challenge with aplomb!
She has a calm, professional and fun attitude that made our day so very special. She also executed the most beautiful reception tables and decorations in our outdoor barn. There were MANY hiccups that occurred from vendor vehicles breaking down on the way to our venue for the rehearsal, to unexpected snow on wedding day (!) Mae + team handled all of the issues with grace and I can't begin to express how much her support, guidance and orchestration made our weekend flow so smoothly.
We are SO SO SO thankful she was at the helm of our special weekend. We love you Mae!
"We got married just two days ago and are still feeling the excitement of our wedding day, which would not have been a success without Mae. I can't say enough wonderful things about Mae. From our first meeting at a coffee shop in San Francisco, it felt like getting together with a friend. We hired her for the month of coordination, but she checked in with us throughout the months leading up to our wedding and was always available to answer questions and provide advice. We were planning a beautiful outdoor wedding in Foresthill, CA. Then the week before we were hit with cold and rain. Our vision for a spring wedding turned into a winter storm. Naturally I began to panic, but Mae was amazing and quickly helped us think through alternative spots for the cocktail hour, and we managed to shift things around so that everyone could stay warm and dry. Everything turned out more beautiful than I ever could have imagined. And during the wedding I didn't need to worry about a thing. Mae had everything under control and was so calm throughout, I don't know how she does it. I would recommend Mae to anyone, for any type of wedding. She can handle it all!"
You can tell Mae loves what she does and is a pro. For anyone who may be on the fence about whether you should invest in a coordinator for your wedding - the answer is Yes! It is 100% worth it.
We hired Mae for 'month-of coordination' which really began over three months out. Mae's services were perfect for the level of planning we needed. She took the lead role coordinating our church ceremony and hotel reception, each of which had their own event teams. She was also very familiar with working with the Cathedral and incorporating elements of a traditional Filipino wedding ceremony. This was important to us and her knowledge was incredibly helpful.
Her guidance and vendor recommendations were spot on without ever making us feel pressured to do anything other than what we had envisioned. In the month before the wedding she takes over as the point of contact for all vendors. This is when it gets really real! After all the work of planning, it was such a relief to have her managing all those last minute details and synching up timelines to get everyone on the same page. Then, on the actual wedding day, she was there receiving deliveries, handling set-up, and making sure the day flowed according to schedule. Let yourself, your family, and your wedding party enjoy hanging out and getting ready with you on the big day - not stressing about any of that stuff.
Above all, Mae is the sweetest soul who just understood our vibe. Her calm demeanor put us at ease on the most hectic day of our lives, and she feels like another member of the family now :)
Beyond Smitten Events made planning my wedding stress free- even during a pandemic! I chose to do the package with wedding planning and day-of coordination and it was SO worth it! Mae even helped coordinate my Rehearsal Dinner- she can do it all!
Mae was so flexible, solutions oriented and organized- it was truly a dream to work with her! She was also extremely responsive to any questions or concerns I had throughout the planning process. She made sure that everything was done on a timeline, vendors were organized and honestly so many other details I hadn’t even considered. She made my entire vision come to life! On the actual wedding day- she made sure everything was set up perfectly and that all of the vendors knew exactly what to do and where to go. I feel so lucky to have gone through this process with Mae- she is amazing at what she does! I would highly recommend Beyond Smitten Events for your wedding!!
Even a year after my wedding, I will still say hiring Mae and her team as my day of coordinator was one of the best things I did. I debated about getting a day of coordinator until multiple former brides told me it's a necessity (they were right). I was planning my Sacramento wedding from Southern California and I really didn't know much about the area or who to look to. So, I turned to all the different wedding websites and found Beyond Smitten Events. Mae was there for me from start to finish. Having that support system during the planning and especially the day of was hands down one of the best things I did for our wedding (and honestly, myself). Mae was incredibly responsive and so accommodating to us. Mae and her team had the day flow by effortlessly. I've heard horror stories of weddings, but I can honestly say not one thing went wrong and I truly believe that is because Mae and her team were behind the scenes guiding everything. I cannot recommend her enough to any bride looking for a wedding coordinator. You will sincerely not regret it.