Meet Our Amazing Team of Planners
Our amazing team have been the wedding planners for weddings in Toronto, Etobicoke, Caledon, Durham, and the GTA for the last couple of years now, and have recently been voted the Best New Wedding Planner in Etobicoke! As of 2016 we have launched a second location in Lower Mainland, Vancouver to assist the Vancouver area brides with their dream day!
All of our coordinators are chosen very carefully to ensure that you are getting the very best for your special day!
Lead Coordinator – Melissa Gurley, Vancouver
Melissa brings the ‘girly’ into “Gurley Events”. As a certified wedding planner, Melissa has learned how to create the perfect day for her clients. She wants the day to be all about you, whether your wedding is a romantic vintage inspired day, or a steam-punk soiree. Melissa has a love for all things pink and sparkly, but there is nothing she loves better than seeing a client ecstatic about their day.
A wedding should be about the couple getting married, and Melissa absolutely loves to find the little things to make your day as unique as you. Her top-notch (slightly obsessive) organization skills will ensure that your day runs smoothly, that all those involved know what is going on at all times, and that (most importantly) you aren’t worrying about anything but enjoying your day to the very fullest!
Facts About Our Lead Wedding Planner, Melissa:
- Melissa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and her Wedding Planner Certification from the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada
- Melissa has experience in a variety of different parts of the industry including: Tent and Linen Rentals, DJ and Band Management, Venue Coordination and Corporate Event Coordinator
- Melissa LOVES shoes! (hence the logo), and anything pink and sparkly
- As a kid, Melissa was literally *obsessed* with Cinderella, her love of fairy tales created the basis behind what we have built here
- Melissa is an overly proud ‘fur-baby mom’ to her tiny Yorkie/Boston Terrier and an even prouder mom of her little girl, Aubrey
Creative Director – Assunta Rende, Toronto
Assunta has worked in the hospitality industry for over a decade where she has gained strong interpersonal skills while remaining calm and courteous, ensuring customers’ needs were always met. Her strong creative side and attention to detail was utilized in the planning of her own wedding, which was featured in Wedding Essentials Magazine back in Fall 2012 issue! This is when Assunta knew it was time to pursue her passion in the wedding industry. In 2012, she received her Wedding Planning Institution of Certification.
Today, Assunta brings her artful eye and organizational skills as an event planner. Her main goal is to ensure her brides are entirely satisfied. “It is always rewarding at the night seeing the bride and groom extremely happy with their beautiful day with no regrets. Knowing I can make dreams come true is always a pleasure. “Assunta is also very social and a good delegator. She believes weddings should always be about the bride and groom, making sure their day is filled with excitement while keeping the couple calm. She wants every bride and groom to remember their day as the best time of their life. Assunta’s style can be described as being trendy with a touch of elegance.
Assunta creativity brings the “go big or go home” side to Gurley Events!