WE ARE SO SMITTEN
So Smitten Special Events is an award-winning event planning and production company owned and operated by Marni Farmer, based in Lakewood, California, serving the greater Southern California region. So Smitten was voted Best of the Knot by their clients for 2016 and 2017.
The So Smitten Team excels in coordinating weddings, corporate events, special occasions, and all types of shenanigans, with the goal of personalizing each event with impeccable style. With an intense attention to detail and organization, and a collaborative spirit, So Smitten is committed to making your event a truly smashing experience. Receive piece of mind that they will make your dream wedding come true!
In life, there is always something to celebrate. With passion, heart, and soul, So Smitten is here to assist you in planning celebrations for all of life’s milestones: from engagements, to weddings, honeymoons, baby showers, vow renewals, birthdays, and all the way to retirement.
So Smitten offers full and partial event coordination, design services, creative direction, consulting, and more. Whether you are looking for someone to coordinate your entire event with all of the bells and whistles, or just someone to take the reigns the day of, Marni and her team can do it all.
Why use So Smitten Special Events? Marni and her team have planned and coordinated countless events over the past 10 years. They have been through the planning process numerous times, giving them a leg-up when helping newly-engaged brides. The Team loves meeting new people through their work, and is committed to making clients comfortable and happy. In addition, So Smitten has developed strong relationships with reputable vendors over the years, which allows them to get her clients great deals that they would not be able to receive on their own. They also prides themselves in providing their clients with invaluable online planning tools and worksheets to keep event details up-to-date and organized.
See what else sets So Smitten apart from all the rest. Contact Marni today to set up a meeting to discuss your ideas! Something wonderful is about to happen.
So Smitten Special Events is insured, and certified by the U.S. Career Institute in Event Planning.
OWNER // MASTER PLANNER // DESIGNER
thoughtful - hard-working - fun
"I love meeting new people, and guiding them through the event planning process. I strive to make your life easier and less stressful during this exciting time , so that you can enjoy the process and each other. It's a party after all - let's have fun!"
Marni's event planning skills and organization stem from her background in theatre arts and theatre management. When she began planning events, she realized how similar producing an elaborate event was to producing a theatrical performance. She holds a BA in theatre arts, and went on to earn a dual-Masters degree from California State University, Long Beach—a Masters in fine art, theatre management, and a Masters in business administration with an emphasis on management.
She began organizing events when she was 18 years old, and has since led or assisted in organizing a number of events, parties, fundraisers, auctions, competitions, and weddings. Most notably, she planned and directed TheatreFest, a theatre competition for over 1,000 Southern California high school students, in 2008. In 2010, as she was planning her own wedding, she realized how much she enjoyed planning, designing, and executing a wedding. In 2011, she co-founded an annual fundraising event, which raises funds for childhood cancer research. Also in 2011, she co-founded the wedding blog Yellow Press Weddings.
In addition to her organization and management skills, Marni is an art director, graphic designer, and dance choreographer. She can style and direct photo shoots; design websites, save-the-dates, invitations, and more; and choreograph couple or group dances. She has a passion for styling events, and creating an overall look and feel--from the paper goods, to the decorations, and more--with an acute attention to detail.
She is the proud wife to wedding and portrait photographer Michael Farmer of Michael Farmer Photography, and mamma to Mikey and Donovan and fur babies Krypto and Scout.
friendly - perfectionist - passionate
"I absolutely love creating and carrying out clients' dreams and visions. Getting to know my clients is the most fulfilling aspect of my job. It's an amazing experience to play such an integral part of such a monumental milestone in a couple's life."
Jill Herrera has worked with So Smitten Events since 2014 assisting in the planning and coordination of the company's weddings and social events. She has successfully executed over 1,000 events in the fashion, beauty, and wedding industry throughout her career. She earned her Business and Marketing degree from University of Phoenix in 2008 while climbing the ranks in the Beauty Industry.
In her free time she has held Committee Member positions for consecutive years with the American Cancer Society facilitating San Pedro Relay For Life's Luminaria Ceremony events for over 500 attendees. She also has several producer credits in independent film production with her husband Joey.
Jill resides in picturesque Rancho Palos Verdes, CA with her husband. She has two beautiful step kids Madelyn and Garrett who are in their early twenties. She loves spending time with her family, friends and numerous nieces and nephews.
SPEECH WRITING CONSULTANT
outgoing - professional - detailed
"I love being a part of the happiest day of someone's life!"
Shaunté’s event planning skills began back in college, helping her best friend coordinate weddings on campus and at a local church. She built on those skills as a speech and debate coach, planning, organizing, and running speech and debate tournaments for hundreds of college students from schools all over the country. She continued her events journey as a catering and events manager in Nashville, TN where she coordinated events from weddings, to large fundraisers for thousands. She joined the So Smitten team when she returned to her hometown in Southern California.
Shaunté holds a BA in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Speech and Theatre, and a Master of Fine Art in Acting. She is a Theatre and Communications professor and a Speech and Debate coach. Shaunté is a sister of a Filipino fraternity, has been an active hula dancer for over 12 years, and a salsa dancer for over 15 years. She loves diversity and learning about other cultures. She also loves to travel and volunteer, and is the mother to her fur baby, Misty.
creative - witty - determined
"I love the magic of weddings that we get experience every time love is publicly declared and celebrated."
Katrina brings many years of event planning experience to the team. Beginning with music, fashion, and art events in San Diego, she moved to Los Angeles County in 2012, and began to coordinate more weddings and corporate events. She loves working with diverse types of people, and enjoys seeing all the details come to life.
During the day, Katrina runs her own business, Mischief Managed, as an Artist Consultant. She meets with freelance artists around Los Angeles to create personalized game plans, empowering artists to sustain a thriving arts practice. With her MA in Arts Management, she brings together the language of arts and business. Katrina teaches, as well as hosts workshops, around LA to young artist about Arts Business and Entrepreneurship. She also holds her BA in Film Photography and loves spending hours in the darkroom.
creative - fun - thoughtful
"I love weddings because everyone is ready for a good time, and we get to celebrate people in love! It makes me happy to make dreams come true."
organized - enthusiastic - crafty
"It makes me excited to see all of the planning and preparation come together to make a wedding day come to life. I love being a part of the magic!"
outgoing - direct - spontaneous
"It makes me excited to be behind-the scenes making someone's important day magical. I love to make dreams come true!"
jazzy - silly - artsy
"It's a dream working with clients to make their vision a reality!"
outgoing - poised - fun
"I love weddings because they're fun, they celebrate love, and they're beautiful."
outgoing - adventurous - fun
"I love helping people create their dream day, and I love to see everyone so happy!"
energetic - sweet - fun
"I love to help two people have one of the happiest days of their lives. It makes me happy!"
SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
cheery - enjoyable - positive
"I love being in the moment at a wedding, for many its just a day but for the couple I work with, it is the beginning of a lifetime adventure!"