Making Dreams Come True
- a Straight Talker, Best Friend, Shoe Lover, and Fashionista
- an Adventurer, Nerd, DIYer, and Big Time Dreamer!
- Witty, Bubbly, and Detailed (maybe a little OCD!)
I have my Diploma in Event Coordination & Management and I am a Certified Makeup Artist and Cake Artist!
I am an Actualizer who Makes It Happen!
I am a Planner Extraordinaire!
My fairytale life started a little less than Cinderella-like. As a child, I was often sick and, as a result, my parents were very protective of me. I didn’t have many friends and I didn’t get to go on play dates very much, so I missed out on a lot of fun stuff! Ironically, my family was all about throwing parties and social events — they were always ready to celebrate any occasion that came up. Those events were always a blast for me and a great escape. I loved the music, all the food, and especially the décor… it was all so pretty. Everyone at their parties and events was having fun, and, well, it turns out I was having fun, too!
I have always loved to create, design, decorate, and organize anything I could get my little hands on, even as a child. And children’s toys? No way! I was much happier planning my classmates’ “weddings” (no really, just ask any of them!). You could say I came straight out of one of those “Born to Do This” ads from John Casablancas! Little did I know what the future had in store for me.
As I got older, I started planning, styling, and decorating events as a hobby and a favour for family and friends, but I never saw it as a potential career. In 2004, I took up Makeup Artistry certificate courses to satisfy my creative side. Over time, my passion grew and I broadened my expertise by working at many weddings and doing makeup for people for a range of different special occasions. Later, I pushed further towards my dreams and completed a Fashion Design Diploma Program. Never satisfied, I continued to enhance my creativity and the artist within me and started designing cakes! This led to forming my own company, Couture Cakes by Jo.
All the while, I kept planning amazing events for friends and family including weddings.
In 2011, I went to school to learn everything I could about event management and coordination. From there, I was mentored by a well-known event decorator with a big reputation. It was then that a world of possibilities opened up for me and I realized MY dream was within reach by decorating for a variety of high profile special events.
Loving what I was doing, but still feeling thirsty for more knowledge and experience, I began working at one of the venues I had decorated. There, I implemented my knowledge and experience to coordinate events while working alongside different vendors. Here is where I found a pool of amazing resources for any couple getting married.
Today, I create and coordinate events, big and small (and have for over a decade!). I’m grateful that my path became crystal clear: I was born to be an event planner so I could combine everything into one great company that serves people just like you. My dream of having a fun, exciting, fulfilling, and adventurous career where I help people have fun was born! Welcome to Couture Events by Jo!
Our Core Values
- Exceptional Customer Service: We go above and beyond and receive glowing testimonials from our clients as a result.
- Our INTEGRITY is the ONLY thing that matters – we do what is best for our clients. Always.
- We have a mutual, high level of RESPECT between our clients and our company.
- Openness: We listen without JUDGEMENT and welcome all possibilities in all situations
- CARING, with LOVE, and PASSION is how we serve our clients.
- We work for clients with a POSITIVE approach that creates POSITIVE results.
- FUN!!! We create moments of JOY and HAPPINESS that become timeless memories.
“She did a phenomenal job. We are still receiving compliments, and people asking: “Who decorated?” … I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants their upcoming events to look