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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 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."

Ashley Douglass has been coordinating weddings and events across the country for nearly 15 years. 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. With the right organization and knowledge, everything is possible.

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?  She works closely with her clients, getting to know them well, to determine how they want their event to feel – the experience they want to give their guests.

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!


PAIGE PARNESS

Lead Event Planner

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!


JULIA D’AGOSTINO

Assistant to Ashley Douglass

Julia 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.

Fun Fact – Julia also works a bit for the talents of Melani Lust Photography. "It’s been great learning about special events and in particular weddings, from these two vendor perspectives."

Ashley Douglass Events keeps her quite busy doing anything from research on a client’s behalf, to packing welcome bags, to helping begin planning on their 2018 events! "The amount of varied work that passes by an event planners desk in a day is startling and Ashley catches the balls like no one else." Her 2017 Spring to Fall season will be her second season with ADE.

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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).

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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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PAGE SOPER

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!

 

 

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.