When it comes to celebrating life’s biggest moments, we believe the two go hand-in-hand. Our detail-oriented system for handling logistics and our total attention to style and presentation, combined with our dedication and fun-loving approach is what makes us the go to Creative Planning & Production company on Vancouver Island.
Our weddings & celebrations are inspired by the clients we work with and this inspiration carries through to the smallest details of their event. We love to bring creative ideas to life and thrive on working with couples and event hosts who share the same desire to push the boundaries of same-old, same-old and create joyful and uniquely memorable celebrations for their loved ones and guests.
With a background in Social Work and Counselling, I spent over ten years working in human services positions from Oxford, England to Calgary, Alberta and most recently back here, at home, in beautiful Victoria, BC.
Being the first of my friends to get married, I was involved in the behind the scenes planning and creative design for almost a dozen weddings before I realized that my summertime passion project had the potential to become something more. With my loving husband’s support and a whole lot of faith, I made the leap into small business ownership in early 2015 and haven’t looked back! I truly consider it a blessing to have the opportunity to work with so many awesome clients during some of the most exciting times of their lives.
This Creative Planning & Production company is a joyful part of my life and I’m so proud of how far we have come in five short years. We were thrilled to be named Vancouver Island’s Best Wedding Planner for 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 as well as the Island’s Best Overall Wedding Designer for 2017, 2018, and 2019. Most recently we were a Finalist at both the BC Wedding Awards for Best Wedding Planning and the Canadian Special Event Awards and were honoured to be named one of Canada’s Top Wedding Planners by WeddingBells Magazine. I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us next!
With a strong background in event management and wedding planning, Anouk had managed with over 70 weddings through her position as an event coordinator at a local resort when she joined our team in January 2018. Anouk takes the lead role with many of our full planning clients as well as works behind the scenes in the studio managing administrative tasks. When Anouk isn’t in the studio, she’s likely on an adventure somewhere or creating something beautiful. Anouk is the face behind one of our favourite local rental companies, Structuur, where she creates custom designs + rentals for weddings and events!
Camille joined our team in the summer of 2016 as an event assistant and quickly made herself irreplaceable. Over the past 5 years, she completed her diploma in Hospitality Management, her Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management, and has worked as the Lead Planner on over a dozen weddings. Camille is a west-coaster at heart and has a knack for finding the most picture perfect venues for our clients. Her passion for guest experience shines through when she’s on site on wedding day as she’s consistently going above and beyond to ensure all of our clients’ guests are well taken care of. Camille’s love of colourful design paired with her attention to detail makes her the perfect fit for planning clients looking to infuse fun into their celebrations! Camille never ceases to amaze us with her entrepreneurial mind and recently launched Elly’s Oat Butter – the perfect go to event day snack for a yummy energy boost!
Simply saying, fashion lover, does not give Dakota’s passion for all things vogue enough credit. With a background in costume design and men’s personal styling, Dakota’s knack for pulling things together, whether it’s an awesome outfit or an inspiring event, is what originally inspired us to recruit her to join our planning team. However, it very quickly became clear that Dakota’s ability to form connections and build trusting relationships with clients and vendors is what truly makes her unique. We are thrilled to have Dakota on board as a fully certified WPIC planner offering both production and full planning services for our wedding clients. Clients who work with Dakota rave that she is fun, vibrant, energetic, and fantastic listener and we couldn’t agree more!
Carley came into our world almost four years ago with a bang at one of our favourite weddings of all time! Carley’s cousin was tying the knot that day and she was PUMPED to pull Emma aside and let her know that she would be absolutely psyched to join the team. With her love of events, degree in Businesses Administration with a combined concentration in International business & Marketing (quite the mouthful!), and incredibly fun personality, we couldn’t say no and Carley has been with us ever since. Carley works alongside her Planning, Coordination, + Design clients on bringing their vision to life while creating a stress-free day for them and their guests. Carley works behind the scenes on tons of our creative installations and is always dreaming up new eye catching Instagrammable moments that pop up around our city!
Sarah joined the party in early 2019, coming to us with an impressive event related resume. From organizing her first fundraiser at age 14 to completing a certification in event planning in 2017, Sarah has immersed herself in the events world over the past ten years and has experience in everything from youth programming and corporate fundraisers to wedding planning and floral design (did we mention she also owns a local focused floral company, Blooms & Co.!). A west coast girl at heart, Sarah grew up in Metchosin, which happens to be home to one of her favourite venues, Bilston Creek Farm, and dreams of having the opportunity to plan an epic bohemian inspired tented wedding celebration somewhere close to home!
From bride-to-be to Lead Planner, Sara has hit almost every role on our team over the last 5 years. Emma met with Sara and, her now husband, Dustin over some Froyo and it was clear from the start that she was meant to be more than a bride – she joined the team within the month as an event assistant. Since then, Sara has also worked as our Studio Manager and Logistics Coordinator. Sara is now a Lead Planner and effortlessly manages the many organizational and logistical challenges our team and her clients throw her way. Although she means business, Sara lives and breathes the “anything for the couple” motto and this past summer even made a guest appearance as Pikachu for a Pokemon loving duo! When she’s not on-site, Sara can be found in the dance studio where she teaches Irish dancing or at home completing a never-ending list of renovation projects with Dustin and their dog, Savvy.
With a love of the outdoors, Kara is the perfect person to plan your West Coast wedding. Graduating with a diploma in Tourism Marketing Management, and a certificate in Event and Wedding Planning, she knows exactly what it takes to pull off the best day ever. She greets every challenge with a smile. You can often find her hiking, exploring the beach, or maybe having a Hoyne Dark Matter or two when she isn’t busy planning.
Marley joined the team in January of 2019 and it’s hard to remember life before her! She is Emma’s right-hand woman in the studio and worked on site on over 20 weddings this season alone! With a degree in Creative Writing and a Diploma in Writing for Television & Film, Marley not only delivers in person but also online via our social media platforms and blog. Marley takes care of everyone around her and is a fan favourite with all our clients as she’s always making sure they are well taken care of (Prosecco anyone?). When asked about her favourite part of the job, Marley says it’s making sure there’s consistently a good balance of sweet and salty treats on the snack cart. Just kidding, we didn’t ask her that… but if we had, we are pretty sure it’s a close tie between the snack cart and getting to share an office with Duck and Goose, our resident studio dogs.
One of the best things about our previous shared studio space, was the friendships and connections that come from it. Kody is one of those connections. A full time member of the talented team behind our brand and website, The Studio Design, Kody’s education in marketing, social media, and all things pretty fits in perfectly with our team. We adore her bubbly personality and laughter and seriously love putting her design skills to the test for everything from save the dates to custom invitations suites and day-of stationery and signage for our full planning clients.
CaseyCoordinator/Head of Hype
Casey is our own personal energizer bunny. On site at events, you can find her assisting guests and setting up decor, all while thinking two or three steps ahead of what needs to be done next. She’s the gal you want to have next to you at 2:00am when you need that boost of energy. With a strong passion for customer service, she is always willing to go the extra mile for our clients. When she’s not on site, you can find her up a mountain (she LOVES a good hike!) or in some body of water – this year Casey is jumping in the ocean or a lake every month and it’s not surprising she’s convinced a handful of friends to join her mission. She’s just that type of gal, wherever she goes, good people follow!
KirstenJr. Social + Marketing Coordinator
Kirsten first came to us through an Internship Opportunity through her program at the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria aimed at assisting small businesses with their COVID Pivot Plan. When we saw her very impressive (and aesthetically pleasing!) resume, we knew it was going to be a great fit. Kirsten spent 2020 with us sprucing up our branding, reworking our marketing materials, creating tons of new Digital content, crafting pom-poms, and so much more! We are thrilled to welcome her back for the 2021 season!
Chloe is a gal who knows what she wants. In 2020, she was determined to spend her summer internship for the Hospitality & Tourism Program at Camosun College with us, despite the uncertainty of all things events. We were lucky enough to be able to take her on and show her the ropes of micro-weddings, balloon garlands, and community engagement projects. Chloe’s bubbly energy was infectious and she was game to tackle anything we threw at her. We are so excited to have Chloe with us for another season of intimate celebrations, colourful installations, and lots more confetti!
Duck and Goose
There are not enough words to say how incredible our experience was with The Good Party. The most incredible women make up this powerhouse team and they BROUGHT IT for our wedding. From day one, we knew we were working with true professionals. Their ability to listen and execute, coordinate with vendors, communicate/organize with the venue, run the show FLAWLESSLY day of, FAR exceeded our expectations.
You are in safe hands with this team and they have truly earned their incredible reputation. I kid you not, every single vendor we worked with (from the caterer, to the florist, to the designer, to the officiant!) were ALL over the moon when they heard we were working with The Good Party. The experience we had with The Good Party in having our vision/wedding dreams come to fruition was seamless and flawless. My husband and I didn’t have to worry about one single thing… they had it covered. 100 percent. And damn it turned out AMAZING.
Emma and her team are more than amazing, they are magical! They brought so many personal touches to our big day we could not have asked for more. I can not praise The Good Party enough for all they did from the planning, the prep, and the clean up in the end that left our families and friends no responsibilities but to enjoy the perfect day! Thank you!
Emma and her team are absolutely incredible. Emma is super well connected with all the right vendors, and has a great eye for style and all the small details. She takes the time understand what her clients want and how to execute their vision flawlessly.
From the beginning to the end, Emma was there every step of the way —managing budget, finding the best vendors that suited us and our needs, and coordinating our 3 day destination wedding. Our wedding was on a family property in the Gulf Islands, everything from a fork to a chef station was brought in. The level of detail required to pull our wedding off was obvious to all our guests, who were so impressed.
The whole team felt like friends who had our backs and went above and beyond for us. We are so thankful, it was such a magical wedding and we enjoyed every minute of it. Everything went off without a hitch, which is not an easy thing to do on a small island with no taxis, limited accommodations and resources. Thank you, Emma, you are the absolute best and we could not have done this without you.
Emma & Dakota – What can I say!? Words can’t explain how amazing these two are. They are the text book definition of professionals. I still can’t wrap my head around the incredible attention to detail these ladies have. The stress of planning a wedding can be a little overwhelming (coming for experience). Let me assure you that if you want the best, then The Good Party has to be your choice. They worked tirelessly with us, and made our day nothing short of spectacular. I cant thank you guys enough!
Hiring The Good Party team to help with our daughter’s wedding preparation was the best investment that we made. The team was professional, encouraging, and helped us stay on top of all the myriad of details that needed to be taken care of. They spent a ton of time with us in person, communicating by email and phone, and made several visits to the wedding ceremony site and reception site prior to the big day. And the day of the actual wedding, we were able to completely relax and know that they would ensure all the vendors and volunteers were ready to go, that we were sticking to our timeline, and that nothing would be missed. The wedding was spectacular. Their service was incredible value for our money. Thanks so much to Dakota, Camille and Emma; you obviously love what you do, and are very good at it!