Love Notes


This couple and their family!! Everything about Marita and Brian's day was extra sweet and so meaningful!! Let's just say I had all the emotions from day one of meeting these two! I knew they would be something special to my heart! I'm beyond honored to take a little part in it! And the team of vendors we had absolutely knocked it out of the park for our sweet couple! Photography: @markwebbphoto Full Planning, Styling, & Design: @simplygorgeventsbylj Florals: @wildwoodwatters Videography: @mccomasvideo Custom Crest/Stationery: @rockpapersis Catering: Italian Grille in Teays Valley Cake: @cakesbyappointment Ceremony Music: Montani String Quartet Reception Entertainment: @bravolivedj @dj_ej_ Rentals: @atozrentalswv Hair: @hair_by_fal Make-Up: @samantha.browning Transportation: Chandler's Limo Service Dress: The House of Fashion Shoes: @badgleymischka Ring Box: @the_mrs_box

Lara-Jill worked with me for over a year to plan my big dream wedding which took place on 9/9/2017, and I could not be more thankful that I found her! She assisted me through all aspects of the planning and design process. She is sweet, creative, and super organized, but my favorite thing about Lara-Jill is how much she genuinely cares for her brides. She really takes the time to get to know you and understand what your vision is for the wedding, which makes it easy to trust her with all the important details of your special day.

On my wedding day, I was completely at ease knowing that she was there to oversee everything and to deal with any issues that would arise. This left my husband and I free to soak up every single moment of our beautiful day. Everyone from the SGE team that helped on my special day was wonderful, and thanks to Lara-Jill my wedding was nothing short of a fairy tale!

COURTNEY & WIL | JULY 15, 2017


Lara-Jill planned, designed, and did all of the florals for my wedding and everything was absolutely amazing! She and her assistants covered every detail and made sure they were beautiful. Lara-Jill made the planning process and day of the event smooth and stress free. She was definitely one of the best decisions we could have made!

Mother of the Bride, Lisa | July 15, 2017

I can’t even begin to tell you what an asset LJ was. Our special day went perfectly thanks to her and her crew. She went above and beyond to make sure of it. Her designs were stunning and we couldn’t have asked for a better day!


Kerith Andy Wedding-748

We don’t have enough nice things to say about our experience with Simply Gorgeous Events! We booked a planner later in the game and she took all of our stresses and worries and led us to the big day with ease. She caught on to my designs I had in mind, advised us how to dothings so our guests would be more comfortable and creating a timeline for all to enjoy, she kept us within the budget, and executed everything we planned beautifully. When I saw her the next day, I became overwhelmed with emotions because of how perfect she made our day! Her ideas are awesome, she’s creative and she’s capable! I would recommend her to every bride I know who wants a stress free day!



Seth and I are so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Lara-Jill and Simply Gorgeous Events. Lara-Jill andher team were extremely professional and provided quality service. They went above and beyond to make our day so special and amazing. It’s because of Lara-Jill and Simply Gorgeous Events that we even had a wedding at all! I could probably speak for Lara-Jill when I say that our wedding will probably be the toughest one yet, I make this accusation because she had so many different titles, she not only served as the wedding planner but also as the coordinator, florist, and bridesmaid. Yes, I know most people are thinking that I’m obligated to leave a good review since we’re friends, however, Lara-Jill was still very professional, she treated me like a true client and left her bridesmaids duties separate. I was very stressed about having two different venue sites for our ceremony and reception, but hiring simply gorgeous events was the best decision we could have made. I am very OCD and so it’s very hard for me to sit back and let someone take control, but with Lara-Jill being so talented and since she took the time to put a portfolio together of my ideas I was able to relax. She had me over a few different occasions to review this portfolio and make changes as needed, it was so cool seeing different collages of certain details and decorations together before hand. Lara-Jill was always one phone call or email away when I needed opinions on decorations, invitations, and color palettes. Simply gorgeous events saved the day, we had a few wedding glitches throughout our wedding and they were handled very professionally by her staff; one example- our wedding cake fell over before we made it to the reception site and Lara-Jill handled the situation professionally and calmly and was able to make it look fabulous! For our Rehearsal, Lara-Jill put together a itinerary of details to pass out to each person involved in our wedding so everyone knew what was expected of them throughout our wedding weekend. I sent pictures of floral arrangements I liked, and Lara-Jill was able to find and order the blooms I wanted. She arranged our bouquets, boutonnière, centerpieces, corsages, etc. We received wonderful feedback from family and friends on how lovely, professional, and creative the decorations were…especially the flowers and bouquets, lighting, and the crystal chandelier and fabric that she draped in the tree  for our ceremony was breathtaking. Most importantly, Lara-Jill & Simply Gorgeous Events made us feel apart of their family, and made sure we were taken care of. We have already recommended Simply Gorgeous Events to our friends & family. I promise you will not be let down, she will go that extra mile to make your day perfect.

MEGAN & DYLAN | JULY 2, 2016


I would like to start by explaining how I hired Lara-Jill. Last December, had seen her editorial work on Facebook and Instagram and was so impressed. At the time, I had a makeshift wedding planner because I was on a budget and was trying to cut corners with costs. I was obsessed with Lara-Jill’s work but didn’t even consider hiring a professional planner because I just trusted that my makeshift planner friend would do the job. Then June came…and my makeshift planner backed out because she accidentally planned a vacation for that weekend…..awesome right? I was panicked, mad and just didn’t know what to do. I had researched wedding planning options for the WV area and had done some research on it before I was even engaged so I was pretty sure that Lara-Jill was not only the best around but also had the style/taste that I was going for. I contacted her and asked if she thought she could help me with such short notice. She was the sweetest ever and I am SO THANKFUL that she ended up being my wedding planner. The details of my wedding were beyond fabulous. Her design ideas are spot on and we’re just what I wanted and what we discussed in our meeting. I literally trusted her and let her run with it. I gave her full creative freedom to decorate my reception because I knew that after our meetings she would know just what I wanted. I was so impressed.  Before the wedding day, we sat down and made a detailed schedule for the day-of. She printed copies of these schedules and supplied them to me so that I could hand them out to all of my vendors. This was fabulous and eased sooo much stress. Everyone in the bridal party, family and crew knew exactly what was supposed to be going on at all times and they say was smooth and silk. I could not recommend her more. She is a fabulous wedding planner and an even better gal. I can’t give you any negative feedback on her, I was 100% pleased with my experience!


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I have been best friends with Lara-Jill for almost ten years and she’s always been a creative person and is very dependable. She planned my baby shower and she went above and beyond for it! She loves doing things like that and she wanted it to be perfect for me. She even had a table set up with candy that matched the theme of my baby shower. She was my maid of honor and I don’t know what I would have done without her help. She planned our couples wedding shower and it was very beautiful! Her and her husband worked very hard and built the farmhouse tables that looked amazing. Her “the Hunt is Over” theme is just one of her many great ideas. I forgot something at my house before the wedding and she had her husband crawl through a window just so my special day wasn’t ruined. She never let me stress over anything and helped keep everything with the wedding organized and running smoothly. Even though she is my best friend, she would treat every bride as if they were her best friend. I would recommend her to anyone planning an event because of her dedication to making people happy.

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