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ASHLEY DOUGLASS

"I love that planning events allows me to combine both my passions and my strengths. Designing a vision, telling a story and orchestrating a performance all while collaborating with people from all walks of life. I think of this as a project, first holistically. What is the overall feeling we want to be remembered afterwards, the first moments and the last, and then the details that fall in between. I find great satisfaction seeing how happy each client is with the end result of the events we plan. Additionally, and most noteworthy, the relationships that we form with many of our clients last a lifetime. This line of work offers the opportunity to be up-close and personal with what life’s all about, while getting to be creative - it’s pretty perfect.."

Ashley Douglass has been coordinating events across the country for nearly 15 years. This year (2018) will be our eighth year in business. She's worked for restauranteurs Steve Hanson, Marcus Samuelsson and WolfGang Puck to name a few, and she’s been on the opening team of over seven five star restaurants. These experiences have taught Ashley the value of setting the bar high when it comes to planning events for her clients. Ashley is disciplined and remains calm when things are at their most hectic, and is truly driven by perfection. 

Ashley finds inspiration in many places – her love of a good story, fine art, nature, landscape design, yoga, different cultures and music. Will your event be inspired by the Three Tenors, classical guitar, Run DMC, Faith Hill, Springsteen, Jack Johnson, solo Cello or The Cure?  

Ashley's favorite moment of a wedding is right before you walk down the aisle. If given an unlimited budget she would milk the ceremony making it as fabulous as possible with a full symphony, lighting spectacular, a few great performances chock-full of meaningful content to truly reflect the importance and sweetness of the moment. Many thanks for taking the time to visit our website! We look forward to hearing from you!


JULIA D’AGOSTINO

Assistant to Ashley Douglass + Event Manager

Julia is now on her third year with ADE. She is a graduate from Loyola University of Maryland in Baltimore, with an interdisciplinary major in Journalism and Photography.  While at school she worked for Loyola's Athletic Communication's team and photographed every home-game day event for every sport. Julia also devoted weekly time to LUM Relay for Life Event Committee, as well as, Loyola's Spoon University Chapter.

Julia is also a professional photographer, photographing families, newborns, fundraisers and sporting events in the tri-state area. On wedding days, she is completely clued into the whereabouts of the photo team, often enough following them around, being an extra set of eyes, helping the couple to put their best foot forward. 

Her days are quite busy doing anything from research on a client’s behalf, to seamlessly managing event days, to packing welcome bags, helping with our social media, to helping plan our 2018 and 2019 events! "The amount of varied work that passes by an event planner's desk in a day is startling and Ashley catches the balls like no one else. As Ashley says, we line up all the dominoes perfectly so when your important day(s) takes place, it's like a well oiled dream that unfolds according to plan. I'm super proud to be part of something that is important in other people's lives." 

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PAIGE PARNESS

Event Manager

A graduate from Fairfield University with a double major in marketing and management, Paige fell in love with the town of Fairfield during college and decided to stay post graduation. She is currently living in Fairfield, Connecticut with her son, Ethan, baby girl, Kayla and husband, Todd.

A planner and organized person by nature, Paige loves to get involved in every detail of events and enjoys seeing them come to life after months of preparation! She has planned well over a hundred small to very large events to launch new products, both domestically and internationally. She is accustom to walking into new environments, with new people and making an event happen perfectly despite any unforeseen challenges.

Paige loves the adrenaline rush and competitive side of things, and enjoys kickboxing and bootcamps when getting the chance to work out. Running with her Black Lab, hitting the beach and playing with her son are Paige's favorite ways to relax!

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PAGE SOPER

2018 Team Member, Former 2017 Summer Intern

I am a rising junior at the University of Richmond currently seeking a degree in Leadership Studies. I was born in Southport, Connecticut and have lived there my whole life. Next fall I will be studying abroad in Scotland at the University of Edinburgh and I am excited to explore the city and other countries in Europe!

I am an avid equestrian and have grown up horseback riding my whole life. My favorite days are those I spend at the barn or at a horse show, spending time in the sun watching my friends compete. On top of that, I love to travel and have so many places on my bucket list that I am eager to explore. One of my goals in life is to visit all fifty states in the US.

I have been on student government since my freshman year of high school at Greens Farms Academy and now at UR, and have absolutely loved it. I have gained a little bit of event planning experience as a member of student government, organizing dances and the homecoming concert at UR this past year. I have always loved to plan events, especially my birthday parties as a child, and am eager to learn about event planning on a larger scale. As an education and society minor, I have loved learning about the education system in Richmond, Virginia and can see myself working in the Department of Education or a College Deans Office in some realm of event planning. I am looking forward to learning more about what takes place in the weeks and months prior to a large event and to seeing ADE’s 2017 weddings and social events come to life first hand!

 

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SARA FAWCETT 

Event Manager

Sara has been with ADE for six years, using her calm-under-pressure personality to help clients, brides and grooms have a fantastic day without worry.  She is industrious, remembers every detail large and small, and thinks of ways to fix problems before they arise.

Sara resides in Greenwich, CT with her son Lucas and her hubby James. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Connecticut. When she is not helping on events, she is in graduate school at Fairfield University, earning her Master’s in Special Education.

Community service has always been something close to her heart. Today, she does a lot of volunteering by participating in marathons and events to raise money for various research and organizations such as Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, CancerCare, Stamford Hospital and the American Red Cross. As a side note, she is also a master baker and has even taken a few courses at the Culinary Institute of America (CIA).


DEVON CONLEY

2017 Fall Intern

Devon is a senior at Sacred Heart University with plans to graduate next spring of 2018 with a major in marketing and a minor in digital advertising. She is the captain of Sacred Heart's division 1 NCEA and IHSA equestrian team. She grew up competing in hunter/jumper division but has recently discovered a love for riding western through the team. When she is not riding or working on her studies, she enjoys creating and perfecting recipes like her sour cream blueberry streusel muffins or tiramisu cupcakes. We've tasted her pies and can vouch for her talents as a baker! 

In past internships, Devon worked for a 3D printing and design company based in NYC. In addition to helping them with design, she also helped increase their search engine optimization (SEO). This past summer she was a marketing intern at First County Bank, working on projects to help increase engagement and social media awareness. She has also been the Vice President of Finance for Alpha Kappa Psi which is a co-ed business fraternity on campus. 

At ADE she hopes to learn about what it takes to plan a major event, like a wedding. She is excited to be part of taking another person's dream and making it come true!  Seeing an event from start, to planning, to finish is what she is most excited about!

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RACHEL EMMANUELLE

Team Member

Rachel is a recent graduate from Fairfield University with a degree in both Communications and English literature. She was a member of Fairfield University Student Association and the Relay For Life committee all four years of college, as well as working as a Building Manager at Fairfield’s campus center. When Rachel is not too busy, she can be found at the beach with friends or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.

Rachel was an intern with ADE the Summer before her Senior year in college and is so happy to be seeing events come to life many weekends over the warmer months. She has planned events on Fairfield’s campus since her freshmen year and loves continuing to learn everything about the industry. Rachel's career goal is to eventually own her own event planning company and create beautiful weddings and events, and strong relationships with clients, just like Ashley Douglass Events.

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Caleigh Nolan

2018 Spring Intern

Bio coming soon!


 

TESTIMONIALS

"Ashley, this note is a bit belated but I did want you to know what a wonderful job you did with my daughter in law and son’s wedding event. Everything was perfect, gorgeous and memorable! I also want to express extra thanks for your involvement in all of our added surprises that evening!"

— Claire, New York City, NY

 

"Your ideas were perfect for the party! Your people [vendors] were right on the money. The partners were so happy. Everything really was perfect."

— Carol, Stamford, CT

"I really enjoyed working with you and am so grateful for how well you executed the vision. Everyone was blown away by the design and quality of everything. The flowers and the staging of all the details were simply amazing. You pulled it off so quickly, that was the real “street magic”. Thank you for all your talent and attention to detail, I noticed and appreciated every effort."

— Nancie, Greenwich, CT


"Thank you for all your help! I could not have done it without you. I don’t know how you do  your job. Your level of detail is amazing and everything could not have been more perfect."

— Jane, Scarsdale, NY (Family Celebration)

"Thank you so much to you and your team, and all the vendors on our wedding! They are all rock stars! Everything was stunning as you can see in our amazing photos!"

— Elizabeth, New York City


"I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you did to make last night and the weekend what it was for us, which was amazing. Your patience and understanding from the beginning was truly impressive and appreciated. Thanks a ton for everything again! Many, many, thanks!"

— David (Groom), New York, NY


"I want to thank you for the marvelous work that you did. Because of you, I was able to fully enjoy every moment of Laura’s big day.Many of my guests called me and commented at how beautiful everything was and how smooth everything went, and how relaxed I was! You'll be highly recommended. Thanks again for your professionalism and dedication."

— Maria (Mother of the Bride), Old Westbury, NY


We look forward to getting to know you and what's most important to you.