What a journey it has been! How do we even begin to thank you for all of the love and attention you’ve given us and our wedding? Through all of the disasters in California - you’ve stuck by us and helped us pull through, better and stronger than ever before. From the moment I spoke to you on the phone a year and a half ago, I knew you were going to be more than our weddig planner. I was right, you’ve become our confidant and true friend. Thanks for everything! -KWe are so grateful for you. Through the ups and downs, you’ve been a constant rock of strength, support, and “hippy” positivity. Thank you so much for being there for K during the hardest of times. You are so much more than a wedding planner. It almost feels like you are part of the family. We are definitely going to go through withdrawals when we are not sending 81 texts and emails back and forth every 30 minutes. This is among the most special days of our lives and you’ve made it such a pleasure. Truly, thank you for your guidance, hard work, and excellent execution. Here’s to a successful wedding, marriage, and long friendship! - R
When my husband and I first met Jessica Kuipers, we both fell in love with her vivacious sparkling charm, wit and infectiously bubbly personality. It is so absolutely clear that she loves what she does. Whenever (which turned out to be many a time) we were overwhelmed but how much was coming our way, either on one of our looong pixelated Skype calls or in person, the white knight (AKA Jessica) would come and magically make everything come together. With a smile on her face! That’s not only the ultimate sense of duty, but also a true example of how to live life looking at all glasses, no matter their shape or size, 3/4th full or more.As Jessica says, what she does is a labor of love, and man does it show! We were often (especially towards the end of our planning road) baffled and a little bit ashamed at our failure to figure out when she had time to sleep, let raise the two cutest children ever. And we’d become only more baffled when we remembered we weren’t her only clients! How she did it remains a mystery.We have been taught to give honest feedback, and that means the good and the perfectible. But, we just couldn’t come up with any fault. None. Jessica is amazing. Stunning and exemplary. Over the course of our entire wedding weekend, from the moment we arrived to Santa Barbara, there was something in the air whispering reassuringly “nope, don’t worry, it’s all taken care of”. Friday’s loungy Welcome Drinks (at a venue recommended by Jessica) were perfect! Saturday morning’s Mass glorious. Saturday evening and night, with climate change and a vicious weather god playing around with Gulf of Mexico hurricane weather in pristine Santa Barbara, Jessica was tested yet again, now in the ultimate improvisational skill: how to react to gushes of wind 5x above design for the dinner space. She shined.What can we say. When there are too many words, there are not enough words. We will be forever grateful.
Jessica is fabulous!!! She is so down to earth and willing to go the extra mile. When I arrived in SB for the wedding weekend, she followed up with every last little detail and never rushed any meeting we had together or forgot any of our concerns. She is extremely outgoing and friendly, but professional and hustles!! We always felt taken care of and reassured with her in our corner. More than that, she is extremely creative in her designs and set up our reception space beautifully. The day went off without a hitch and I know it was because of her. Jessica is the type of planner to stay up with you all night until everything is perfect. 4 stars, for sure!
A million thank you’s for making our wedding day so special! The day was so organized that I honestly did not waste one second of the day worrying about anything. Your attention to detail and positive energy was noticed by many of our guests who told us it was a top-notch wedding…I could not agree more and wish we could do it all over again. Also, the suite looked beautiful. Thank you again for helping the day become a fairytale for us.
Jessica is an amazing event planner. She planned and coordinated my wedding this June at Westmont and the Double Tree in Santa Barbara and I could not have been happier. I recommend her highly and will ask her in a heart beat to plan any event I might put on in the future. Jessica is organized, has great visions for spaces, communicates back quickly and really knows what she is doing. Whatever needs to be done, she will make it happen..no matter how crazy and no matter how little time. One of our wedding guests that interacted with Jessica during the reception said it well. She said “Jessica is always one step and one thought ahead, which allows her to make things run smoothly and people to feel taken care of.” Jessica has a great eye for what goes well together. Even after all of the planning, table linen renting, and decoration selection, I didn’t have a totally clear picture of what it would all look like together...but Jessica clearly did because when I peeked in the ballroom before guests entered, I was flabbergasted. I honestly could not believe how gorgeous and elegant the space looked. It was a beautiful, soulful day and the aesthetics and atmosphere of the room mirrored the day nicely. Beyond being a great planner and executing those plans seemingly flawlessly during the event, Jessica is a fun person to work with. She is down to earth, has a great, big personality, is low stress (not sure how she pulls that off!) and planning meetings felt less like planning and more like throwing around ideas with a friend. I highly recommend that anyone planning a large event or a wedding contact Jessica at Onyx and Redwood!
Amazing! Fabulous! Extraordinary! I could go on and on about Jessica and her Team at Onyx and Redwood. We did a fairly luxurious non-traditional wedding (think elaborate cocktail and dinner party) with a lot of moving parts and a very short runway (90 days) and it was SPECTACULAR because of Jessica! She took our basic vision and gave it heart and character, her suggestions were on point and brought an added touch of elegance to the event. At first, we had no understanding of the many, many, moving parts required to pull off such an event. Jessica educated us, negotiated (exceptionally well) on our behalf, and on the weekend-of made sure ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING from start to finish went off without a hitch. I can not recommend or praise Jessica and her Team enough. If you are considering a wedding or event you absolutely can not go wrong engaging Onyx and Redwood!!!!
Thank you for all of your hard work and meticulous organization that helped ensure that all of the months of planning our big day would be seamless and amazing. Thank you again for all of your support and levity you helped bring to potentially stressful moments. And thanks for helping Kade with the “fist pump” during the grand entrance – awesome! Wish we could do it again!
What a magical event you helped us create! Words cannot express how thankful I am to you for all your work, experience, and support. We have had floods of notes from our friends and family on how lovely everything was for the reception – Largely due to you and a smooth flowing plan.
You my dear, with all your organizational skills, cheerful and calming personality, along with a “can do” outlook, contributed hugely to making the occasion the happy, completely spectacular success it was! It’s not only our opinion, but also our guests comments that evening and later, which support that sentiment. Upon meeting, John and I, along with Liesl, Devon, and Jon, thought immediately that the planning process and experience would be the complete pleasure it turned out to be. Thank you Jessica, for your attention to detail, all your help above and beyond the call of duty, and your genuine kindness. Thanks for being you!