The Stella Harper Team has been planning and designing weddings throughout Georgia for over a decade.
The Founder, Emily, manages our Athens weddings and all things administrative. Stephanie, our Principal Planner, works with our Atlanta and destination couples seeking full planning and design services. Ariel, our resident Coordinator, focuses on couples seeking Day Of services. Keep scrolling to learn more about the team!
With hundreds of weddings to look back on, we still feel that excitement and anticipation for our couples as their big day approaches. We have a genuine desire to ensure our couples are happy and to carry out their wishes as if they were our own.
Based on reviews from our couples, we were awarded The Knot’s Best of Weddings for 2020, making it our eighth consecutive win. In 2017, we were inducted into The Knot's Hall of Fame, putting us in the top 3% of wedding professionals nationwide.
Our Elopement package is designed for couples whose main priority is cementing their union quickly and efficiently, without the fuss of a large gathering or the hassle of sourcing outside vendors. Your planner will work with you to create the perfect vision for your intimate ceremony, complete with excellent pre-selected photographers, cake & bubbles, and personalized floral details. Designed for a smaller gathering, this package is meant to relieve all the traditional pressures of wedding planning and fears of the unknown, so that the couple and their close family & friends can simply celebrate a beautiful wedding ceremony together.
If a future reception is planned, you may opt to add our Coordination+ services to ensure a seamless transition between events.
Our All In Package is designed to allow couples to enjoy all the fun of wedding planning without the stress of not knowing where to start or what to do when (and so on!). Your planner will do all of the leg work, reaching out to vendors, pulling together design ideas, steering the to-do list, etc. while you enjoy being engaged! We get the details together so that you're able to make informed decisions without the headaches getting to the decision-making point. Whether you're a busy professional and simply don't have the time to dedicate to planning, or you're worried about your organizational skills lacking what's needed, or the design process is intimidating, we would love to show you how wonderful having a planner and designer in your corner can be!
Coordination+ is our base package and is structured to provide phone/email support to clients as they conquer the task of planning. We step in to make sure everything has been addressed around the 2-month mark. Your Coordinator will schedule and attend a final walk-through appointment at your venue, work to create an event timeline, and take over vendor management at the one month mark.
Here's where the + comes in! We offer Planning Support Add-On's to help fill the gap in your planning needs. From adding moodboard design creation, budget strategy, additional planning meetings, contract review, or RSVP tracking, we're totally up for adding whatever services you feel you need and leaving off what you don't!
When we met Emily, my now husband and I connected instantly and never looked back. Emily is careful not to tell you exactly what you should choose on specific items or vendors. She made recommendations and then let us decide. Because she was judicious in her opinions, when she did provide a specific opinion, we knew it was extremely important. She prevented us from making a couple of mistakes with her perfectly timed advice.
Emily is extremely organized, responsive and kept us on track throughout the nine months of our engagement. She ensured we hit all the planning deadlines with vendors and made our actual wedding day absolutely stress-free. Emily has been coordinating weddings for many years and has deep relationships with vendors which is extremely beneficial.
Emily was critical to the success of it all. And best of all, my husband and I feel like we have a new friend in Emily as well.
Julia was incredible from start to finish, making me feel at ease about everything from our first meeting.
She was friendly, knowledgeable and professional, always willing to answer any question I had. Her experience helped me nail down details I never would have thought of on my own. SHE made the entire process smooth and stress-free so that I was actually able to enjoy the wedding day.
I can't say enough good things about my experience. I selected SHE based on references and reviews, and they lived up to all expectations. Thanks so much Julia, couldn't have done it without you!
I interviewed 7 different coordinators. Erin at Stella Harper stood out and I booked her immediately. All I can say is that Erin was the BEST choice I made in wedding planning.
Even before the wedding month, she helped me stay on track with every detail. She was full of tips and ideas, and quickly responded to all of my questions. Erin thought of a million details that never crossed my mind. Our wedding day was exactly what I hoped it would be, thanks to Erin. I couldn't be more pleased!
Simply the BEST! Emily and her team far exceeded our expectations. We interviewed several wedding planners for our daughter’s wedding of 250 guests and she was FANTASTIC. Very professional, highest level of honesty, integrity and problem solving. She brought very creative ideas and solutions we never dreamed possible, including helping us select the best VENUE, flowers, cake, 10-piece band, etc.
...in the end, my daughter and son-in-law got the fairytale wedding of a lifetime. Guests texted the next day, “Best. Wedding. Ever.”
Emily is everything you could wish for in a wedding planner - organized, responsive, trustworthy, knowledgeable, prepared, fun, the list goes on! Emily set us up with amazing vendors that we loved working with as well.
We also truly appreciated Emily’s willingness to give her opinion and help us come to a decision when we were acting indecisive - and her opinions always ended up being the right decision! Emily and her team made sure our wedding day was flawlessly planned and that definitely shined through on our wedding day. 100% recommend Emily and Stella Harper Events for your wedding planning - you won’t regret it!
From the moment I met Emily, with Stella Harper Events, I knew that I made the best possible decision in selecting a wedding planner. Emily is amazingly organized, creative, professional, and absolutely knows what she’s doing when it comes to planning a wedding.
Her responsiveness as a wedding planner is unparalleled; I can’t tell you how many times she quickly responded to a call, text, or email. Things I wouldn’t have even thought to consider, Emily already had a plan! It was so great to be working with someone that I genuinely trusted to get the job done and done well.
Because Emily and her team were so on top of everything, I was able to relax and have a fun, stress-free wedding day (as all brides should)! I truly couldn’t have planned the wedding of my dreams without Stella Harper Events! You’ll be happy to have SHE by your side when planning your wedding!
Emily, the founder of Stella Harper Events, re-branded almost nine years ago after the birth of Stella and Harper, her now eleven-year-old twin girls. With over 15 years of experience in the events industry and over 13 years as the owner of a successful planning company, Emily has built a reputation based on passion, dependability, and team work.
After receiving a Master's degree from the University of Alabama, Emily began the journey into entrepreneurship. She lives in Athens with her husband, pup Dolly, and three daughters.
Ariel graduated from Kennesaw State University with a Bachelor's degree in Communication and will soon pursue her masters. She developed a passion for event coordination through various internships and work experiences. She is always the one her friends go to when they need help planning events.
Aside from event coordination she enjoys going to movies and spending time with family and friends.
After graduating with a dual degree in English and Spanish from the University of Kentucky, Stephanie spent a few years teaching high school Spanish before moving to Georgia for her husband’s MBA program at the University of Georgia. Over her two years in the Classic City, Stephanie worked as the Events Manager at the historic Georgian Hall in downtown Athens, where she helped organize and execute countless events, including 45+ weddings. This experience combined with planning her own wedding in fall of 2018 sealed the deal (in more ways than one!) as far as Stephanie's career passions, and she is so excited to turn her experience and energy toward planning your big day!
Erin has been working with Stella Harper since the summer of 2011. Her love for wedding coordinating came from planning her own wedding in 2010 and her insistence on being 100% organized 100% of the time! Erin has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications from Kennesaw State University and a Masters Degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from the University of West Alabama.
Besides coordinating weddings, Erin mostly loves spending time with her two daughters and husband doing pretty much anything!
Julia graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. Prior to joining the SHE team she was a Catering Sales Manager for Wolfgang Puck Catering at the Georgia Aquarium and was at the Atlanta Athletic Club for six years, managing special events and weddings for more than 1,800 members. After 7 years of experiencing the wedding industry she realized her true passion, helping to create a seamless wedding day for her brides and families, that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Julia is also a member of the Junior League of Atlanta, and an active Atlanta (WIPA) Wedding Industry Professional Association member. She lives in the Buckhead area with her goldendoodle, Griffin.
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